Samut Prakan City
Based in Samut Prakan Province in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, City were “formed” in 2019 when Pattaya United relocated from the beachside town to the outskirts of the capital, and are derided as a “ghost club” by rival supporters. Despite the name change, the squad remains composed of players who came through together at Pattaya and Muangthong United. They became known for their exciting, possession-orientated attacking football under the guidance of coach Surapong Kongthep and later Tetsuya Murayama in their debut T1 season, finishing sixth after an impressive run in the Champions League race.
Head coach – Masatada Ishii
Former J.League-winning manager Masatada Ishii looks like a potentially great addition to the Thai League. Ishii took over as Kashima Antlers head coach in 2015 after sixteen years as part of the staff, and led the side to a J.League title the following season. The side also reached the final of the Club World Cup as hosts, facing Real Madrid in the final. However, a string of bad results saw Ishii released from his position, and he was unable to save Omiya Ardija from relegation in his next job. Looking to revitalize his career in Thailand, Ishii faces a stern task on his hands to build on Samut Prakan’s sixth place finish last season.
Peeradol Chamrasamee (Midfielder) – There is arguably no player in the Thai League with a bigger impact on their side’s performance than Samut Prakan City captain Peeradol. The midfield maestro pulls the strings for the Sea Fang and is the key cog in allowing the side’s possession-based system to function. The side picked up an average of 1.88ppg with him in the side last season, compared to 0.85ppg in his absence. Keeping Peeradol fit and sharp will be a priority of Samut Prakan City hope to achieve any sort of success this season.
Barros Tardeli (Striker) – Signed on loan from BG Pathum United during the league’s enforced break, Tardeli is looking to fill in a crucial gap for the Sea Fang up front. After scoring 57 goals in 72 games across three seasons in Thai League 2, it is about time that the Brazilian has a chance to show what he can do in the top division. While he may not be the biggest name in Thailand, Tardeli is a consistent, reliable striker and an incredibly shrewd signing by Samut Prakan.
Jaroensak Wonggorn (Winger) – A virtual unknown at the beginning of last season, 23-year-old Jaroensak burst onto the stage with an incredible breakout campaign in 2019. Using his blistering pace and pinpoint crossing ability, the winger established himself as a deadly right wing-back in Samut Prakan’s unique system. He also played a vital role for Thailand at the AFC U23 Championships, finishing as the competition’s top scorer.
Notable former players
Ibson Melo & Junior Negao
What’s to like?
If you enjoy watching young players develop and don’t want to be accused of glory-hunting then Samut Prakan City is the team for you. For many years, the city longs for a decent top-flight club and it definitely could use a few more new supporters too.