BG Pathum United
Originally named Bangkok Glass FC, BG Pathum United (BGPU) has been a household name in the top tier of Thai football since taking over from the famous Krung Thai Bank FC in 2009. During their first decade, The Rabbits finished in the top 5 position 5 fives – reaching as high as 3rd on 2 occasions. However, to everybody’s surprise, the club were relegated in 2018 but still managed to bounce back up a year later as T2 champions. Owned by Boon Rawd Brewery, Thailand’s oldest brewery, BGPU is known as a major player in the domestic transfer market and prides itself in having one of the country’s best infrastructure as well as a strong academy system.
Head coach – Dusit Chalermsan
Despite winning promotion with Trat FC in 2018, Dusit Chalermsan decided to stay in T2 for another year when he took charge of BGPU. A year later, he went on to win the league, his first silverware as head coach, and became the first head coach to last a full-season at the LEO Stadium in over a decade. An attack-minded left-back in his playing days, Dusit wants his team to always be on the front foot – playing a proactive, direct and energetic style of football.
Andres Tunez (Center Back) – BGPU shook the whole league when they managed to land Andres Tunez during the lockdown despite the towering defender’s initial plans to return to Spain. Regarded as one of the best foriegn player to grace the Thai League, Tunez won 10 domestic trophies with Buriram United between 2014 and the beginning of 2020. A Venezuela international, Tunez brings with him the experience of playing in La Liga with Celta and the AFC Champions League. Definitely an individual that improves what is previously seen by many as one of the league’s strongest defense.
Thitipan Puangchan (Midfield) – Having spent a year on-loan at J1 League side Oita Trinita, Thitipan Puangchan has developed into a much more well-rounded player and return as BGPU’s talisman for the 2020 season. An all-action box-to-box midfielder, expect to see Thitipan throwing himself into tackles before charging forward to finish off a cutback at the edge of the opponent’s box.
Phongrawit Jantawong (Midfield) – A left-footed version of a midfielder in a similar mold to Thitipan Puangchan, Phongrawit Jantawong spent the whole of 2019 with Cerezo Osaka U23 squad. Still just 19 years old, he already developed a decent level of athleticism and a wicked shot from range. Competition is fierce in midfield, so don’t expect to see him start week-in week-out, but the fact that Phongrawit is still with the squad while more experienced players are loaned out elsewhere is evidence of the club’s faith in him.
Notable former players
Matt Smith (Center Back) – Former Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith joined BGPU at the start of 2015 and went on to mke over 120 Thai League appearances across 4 seasons with the club. A leader and true professional, Smith quickly became the heart of the backline and is an aerial threat in both boxes, often popping up with crucial headed goals at important times.
What’s to like?
A iconic, 3-stand, purpose-built football stadium that allows alcohol beverages inside the ground(!). It can be a bit troublesome to get to via public transport so driving is advised. Still, there is plenty of parking spaces right next to the stadium where fans, home and away, often tailgate and before games. The flawless playing surface encourages high quality of football on show – plus the view from the away end is better than most Thai League ground.