Getting to know you- Buriram UnitedPosted: February 5, 2013
Bringing this back for a second ACL campaign, where we try and find out a little bit about Buriram United. How they qualified, their form currently, the players, history ect. Hopefully it’s a segment we’ll be able to do regularly throughout another ACL group stage campaign, but firstly there’s this qualifier to deal with. So- who are Buriram?
Burinam- whose nickname is ‘Thunder Castle’ are from the Buriram province in the North- East of Thailand, just over 400km from the capital city of Bangkok. The club itself was founded back in the 70’s as PEA or Provincial Electricity Authority before changing its name to Buriram PEA follwing a move to their current home in 2010. They’ve since changed their name once again to its current form- Buriram United. They play at the newly build I-Mobile Stadium which was build in 2011 and has a capacity of 24,000.
The 2012 season sore Buriram finish 4th in the Thai Premier League, a whopping 30 points behind runaway undefeated champions Muanthong United. Buriram also were also in the 2012 AFC Champions League and played in Group H alongside Guangzhou Evergrande, Kashiwa Reysol and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors. They got off to a fantastic start in the group with wins at home over Kashiwa Reysol and Guangzhou Evergrande, before going on to lose their final 4 group matches to finish bottom of the section. The results should serve as a notice of warning however- these guys are no pushovers and in their conditions they’re potentially dangerous. In addition to that Buriram also went on to qualify for this seasons Champions League by winning the 2012 Thailand FA Cup, defeating Army United 2-1 in the final.
Because the Thai season- like the rest of the East-Asian league’s- hasn’t kicked off yet, Brisbane should have a fitness edge over them. In order to try and combat that Burinam have played 3 (that I know of) pre-season games to prepare for both the ACL qualifier and the season ahead.
Burinam United 2-4 Esan United
Burinam 0-1 Laos
Burinam 0-0 Suphanburi FC
Coach: Attaphol Buskpakom.
The 50 year old coach of Buriram has a wealth of experience to fall back on as a player and coach. After an extensive and somewhat glittering career in both Thailand and Malaysia including 85 caps for his nation, he went on to manage Thai clubs BEC Tero, Krung Thai Bank FC, TTM Samut Sakhon and Muanthong United before taking up this current role with Buriram in 2010. He’s also in the Thai national team setup as an assistant to German Winfried Schafer so he’s got some experience behind him.
As manager of Buriram his record is excellent, they were league runners up in 2010, before going one step further in 2011 and winning it- his second title after winning the Thai PL with Muanthong United in 2009. In addition to his success in the league with Buriram, they’ve also experienced extensive cup success in his time in charge- winning the FA Cup twice (2011, 2012) and the Thai League Cup twice (2011, 2012). They also won the 2011 Toyota Premier Cup under his management and were runner up in the 2011 Kor Royal Cup.
*Based on transfermarket.co.uk, may not necessarily be 100% accurate.
Italics denotes foreign.
Goalkeepers: Sivaruck Tedsungnoen, Kittikun Jamsuwan, Yodaspon Tingda.
Defenders: Theeraton Boonmatan, Chitipat Tanklang, Osmar Barba, Pratum Chuthong, Shinnosuke Honda, Suree Sukha.
Midfielders: Anawain Jujeen, Sumanya Purisai, Kriangkrai Urangram, Ekkachai Sumrei, Supakit Jinajai, Charyl Chappuis, Jakkraphan Kaewprom, Surat Sukha, Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Igor Burzanovic, Suchao Nutnum, Jirawat Makaraom, Adisak Kraisorn,
Forwards: Suriya Domtaisong, Somjet Sattabud, Dennis Buschening, Goran Jerkovic, Kai Hirano, Ariel Santana, Cesar Elizondo.
There’s some interesting names amongst that group, firstly however I’ll point out they all wont be eligible to play. There’s 10 foreign players amongst the group and only 4 of them will be eligible. With 5 foreign strikers it’s pretty clear where they’re looking for outside expertise. The other thing is they lost one of their key players in the recent transfer window in wide attacker Frank Acheampong.
Frank Acheampong, a young 19 year old winger from Ghana was one of their key players- however after trialing with Scottish club Celtic, the youngster moved on loan to RSC Anderlecht in the Belgian Premier League. Acheampong scored 17 goals in 56 games for Burinam and also has a national team cap to his name along with 5 goals (in 8 games) for the u/20 team.
Back to the players still at Buriram, the Thai component of the squad is lead by a name familiar to most A-League fans in Surat Sukha. The former Melbourne utility joined Burinam after his Australian adventure in 2011 and is supposedly a key cog in the side as the holding midfielder. He’s joined in the side by his brother, Suree who was fantastic against Australia back in 2007 at right fullback. His marauding raids caused Aus all sorts of problems that night and they caught the attention of ManchesterCity at the time. The 3rd name that is likely to be known to Australian audiences is midfielder Suchao Nutnum. The 29 year old midfielder was also in that game from 2007 at the Asian Cup and he also featured in the 2014 WCQ 18 months ago.
To wrap this up- here’s notes on a couple of these foreign players we might see next week.
Osmar Barba: 24 year old Central defender from Spain. Played for Racing Santander.
Igor Burzanovic: 27 year old attacking midfielder from Montenegro. Has 8 caps (2 goals). Previous clubs include Nagoya Grampus (62 games, 10 goals) and Red Star Belgrade (48 games, 11 goals)
Kai Hirano: 25 year old Japanese attacker who transferred to Buriram in 2012. Previously he scored 9 goals in 53 matches from Kataller Toyama in the J2 League.
Ariel Santana: 25 year old Costa Rican striker who has international experience at u/17, u/20 and u/23 level. Most recently he scored 14 goals in 49 matches at A.D. Belen in his homeland- where he played alongside former Victory midfielder Jose Luis Lopez.
Cesar Elizondo: Another striker from Costa Rica, 24 year old with 10 international caps. Cesar was most recently contracted to Saprissa (39 games, 6 goals).