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Nicknames: Changsuek (The War Elephants)
Head coach: Winfried Schäfer
Most caps: Kiatisuk Senamuang (130)
Top scorer: Piyapong Piew-on (103)
Home stadium: Rajamangala Stadium
Football is clearly the number one sport in Thailand and the national association can look back upon a number of success stories. In 2002, the national team qualified for the finals of the Asian qualifying round for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/ Japan?, while in 1997 and 1999, the U-17 team reached the finals of the FIFA U-17 World Championship. Thailand also participated in the Olympic Games in 1956 (Melbourne) and 1968 (Mexico City). The following players and coaches have been instrumental in the development of Thai football: Chanvit Polchivin (currently national team coach), Withaya Loahakul (player for Gamba Osaka, Japan, Hertha Berlin, Germany, and now part of the national coaching set-up), Warawan Chitawanich (currently coach of the national U-17 team) and Piyapong Pue-on (Lucky Gold Star, South Korea, currently coach of the U-18 team).
After revising the original project, on 21 March The Football Association of Thailand presented the Goal Bureau with plans for a new headquarters adjacent to the artificial turf pitch laid at the national training centre in Nongiok under the first project. The three-storey building will give the association autonomy and the necessary space for professional leadership and administrative structures.
AFC World Cup Qualifiers
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, transcontinental nations such as Turkey and Russia are instead in the UEFA, whereas countries such as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Israel are entirely in Asia (Central or Western Asia) and still members of the UEFA. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, has been in the AFC since 2006, in the same way as the Oceanian nations of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which are also members of AFC.