Thai League 2020 Club Profiles: Buriram United

Buriram United

Thailand’s biggest and most successful club currently, the side have won six titles over the last decade and seven in total, including one under former name PEA FC. Originally league duopolists with Muangthong, the side have faced more challengers for their crown in recent years. However, visits to Buriram’s 32,000 seated “Thunder Castle” remain the toughest in the league. 

Head coach – Bozidar Bandovic

Formerly a scout and assistant boss at Greek giants Olympiacos, Bandovic has had an impressive career in Thailand. Currently in his second spell with Buriram United, the Montenegrin boss led his side to the Thai League title in 2017 and 2018, breaking the league’s points record on both occasions. Known for developing functional sides that are incredibly tough to beat, Bandovic has only lost one home game since arriving two years ago. 

Key Players 

Pansa Hemviboon (Center Back) – With the departure of long-time defensive leader and talisman Andres Tunez, a lot of responsibility will be foisted upon Pansa’s shoulders ahead of next season. An ever-present at the back for club and country, the 30-year-old center-back will need to revive the form which saw him win Thailand’s MVP award back in 2017 and hold things together during a period of transition for the club. 

Supachok Sarachart (Attacking Midfielder) – Despite being only 22 years old, Supachok was the heartbeat of Buriram’s team which narrowly missed out on the title last season. An exciting playmaker with a keen eye for goal, the youngster has established himself as a regular for the Thai national team over the past year and is likely to be the highest scoring local player in this years’ Thai League, having scored four goals in as many games before the COVID stoppage. 

Rising Star

Suphanat Mueanta (Striker) – Since making his debut for Buriram United’s senior team at 15 years old, Suphanat has established himself as Thailand’s biggest future star. Now 18, the forward has already made 50 appearances for Buriram (scoring 12 goals), made his debut for Thailand’s senior side, and become the youngest player to ever score in the Thai League and AFC Champions League. 

Notable former players

Frank Acheampong, Theerathon Bunmathan, Diogo Luis Santo, Suchao Nuchnum, Osmar Ibanez

What’s to like?

Buriram are supported across Thailand’s Isaan region and are often seen as a symbol of regional pride. The atmosphere at the Chang Arena is unrivalled when at capacity and the growth of the football club has had a profound impact on the Buriram province as a whole. Their intensity and professionalism in many aspects remains a gold standard for Thai football. 

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