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TOURNAMENT

RECORD

Winners in

1996, 2000, 2002
2014 & 2016

Runners up

 

Nickname

Changsuek

(The War Elephants)

National Coach

Milovan Rajevac

 

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TOURNAMENT RECORD

Winners in

1996, 2000, 2002, 2014 & 2016

Runners up in

2006/7, 2008 and 2012

Nickname

Changsuek

(The War Elephants)

National Coach

Milovan Rajeva

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About Thailand

Thailand became the most successful team in AFF Suzuki Cup history when they won the title for a record fifth time in 2016.

The defending champions and pre-tournament favourites defeated Indonesia 3-2 on aggregate but there were a couple of wobbles along the way for the ‘War Elephants’.

They lost the first leg of the final 2-1 away to Indonesia and were thankful for a double from young striker Siroch Chatthong in the return encounter at  Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.

Earlier in the group stage in the Philippines, Thailand were less dominant than the side that swept to the title in 2014 but had enough guns to progress to the last four in top spot.

A hat-trick from star forward Teerasil Dangda helped them to a 4-2 victory over Indonesia in their opening game and they went on to record 1-0 wins over Singapore and hosts the Philippines.

After a hard-fought 2-0 first leg victory over Myanmar in Yangon, the Thais turned on the after burners and hit four unanswered goals in the return encounter to sail into the final.

Teerasil emerged as tournament top scorer with six goals while talented midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin was named Most Valuable Player for the second successive time.

Both players have since moved to Japan’s top league, Teerasil to Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Chanathip to Consadole Sapporo.

After leading Thailand to victory in 2014 and 2016, popular coach Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang stepped away from the job and was replaced in April 2017 by Serbian Milovan Rajevac.

Rajevac, who took Ghana to the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in 2010, will be looking to guide Thailand to their third straight title and sixth overall at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018.

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