Former giants of the Thai game, Chonburi were the first team outside the capital to in the Thai League, back in 2007. Their achievements forever changed the landscape of Thai football, bringing in clubs from across the country hoping to work the model Chonburi used to cultivate a province-wide fanbase. The Sharks also fielded some of the best players to ever grace Thai football, and are known for bringing through players who continue to remain loyal “club-men” and are revered as legends at the club. However, in recent seasons, Chonburi found themselves in mid-table, no longer able to compete financially with the league’s top dogs.
Head coach – Sasom Pobprasert
Appointed midway through the 2019 season, Sasom represented a major departure from Chonburi’s prior policy of hiring former players and the aforementioned loyal “club-men” to be head coach. Having been around the block with Port FC, Buriram United, Bangkok United and Air Force FC, Sasom sought to bring more experience to Chonburi’s youthful side, radically changing their orientation and recruitment policy to turn the squad into one of the oldest in the league. So far, he has had mixed results, and looks unlikely to lift the side from the mid-table rut they continue to find themselves in.
Herlison Caion (Striker) – Entering his second season leading the line for Chonburi, Herlison Caion had a solid campaign last season. The forward scored 6 goals from 15 in the first half of the season for Prachuap, before netting 7 in 14 for the Sharks during the second leg. The Brazilian forward could even improve on that return this season, after scoring three goals in Chonburi’s first four games this season.
Kroekrit Thaweekarn (Winger) – Sharks captain Kroekrit Thaweekarn has been at the club for eight years now, making over 150 appearances for the side. Despite his small stature, he is Chonburi’s leader on the pitch and an ever-present down the flanks. While he tends to be an inconsistent player, the team always functions when the 29-year-old is on top of his game. Getting the best out of Kroekrit will be crucial for the Sharks this season.
Kritsada Kaman (Center-Back/Defensive Midfielder) – Despite being only 21 years old, Kritsada Kaman has been a mainstay in Chonburi’s defense for a number of seasons now. Formerly a center-back known for his tackling and defensive awareness, Kritsada has developed his on-ball ability since being shifted into defensive midfield by coach Sasom. His excellent performances were noticed by national team coach Akira Nishino, who gave him a starring role at the AFC U23 Championships at the start of 2020.
Notable former players
Pipob On-Mo, Therdsak Chaiman, Surat Sukha, Suree Sukha, Pokklaw Anan, Nurul Sriyankem,
What’s to like?
Chonburi have a great history and a loyal fan base which they built from that time. It would be quite exciting if success was to return to the Eastern Seaboard.