FOX Sports Asia brings you a weekly watch on what Thai football’s famous five Charyl Chappuis, Chanathip Songkrasin, Theerathon Bunmathan, Kawin Thamsatchanan and Mika Chunuonsee are up to both on and off the pitch.
Mika Chunuonsee – Bangkok United
It was bittersweet week for Mika as the Bangkok United defender was held to a 2-2 draw with champions Buriram United last Saturday.
Angels’ forward Teeratep Winothai was in inspired form; heading home a freekick in the 11th minute before turning provider for strike partner Robson Fernandes in the 55th minute. But Mika could only look on as the Thunder Castles equalised two minutes later through Edgar Silva, while Pansa Hemviboon struck earlier on to give the Thai League leaders a share of the points.
Still, there is a reason for the Welsh-born Angel to be happy with football. The 28-year-old recently teased his fans with the launch of his own football apparel brand, Offside on Instagram.
We betcha Mika will be praying for plenty of offside calls for Pattaya United this Friday when his side visits the Nong Prue Stadium!
Chanathip Songkrasin – Consadole Sapporo
Consadole Sapporo’s Chanathip Songkrasin was on the pitch for the full 90 minutes last Saturday as his side slipped to a 3-1 defeat to third-placed Shimizu S-Pulse.
The 24-year-old playmaker saw Sapporo take the lead through Jay Bothroyd in the 15th minute, only for S-Pulse to hit back three times for the win.
We can imagine that Messi Jay must be feeling a little down by this defeat, so he must have been happy that his Thai friends decided to come visit him with goodies from home! Pad Thai FTW!
Here’s hoping that those noodles go a long way in raising Jay’s spirit as Jubilo Iwata visits the Sapporo Dome today in J. League Cup action!
Charyl Chappuis – Muangthong United
There will be no smiles for Chappuis or Muangthong United this week as they were routed 6-1 by newly-promoted PT Prachuap last Sunday!
It was a bad day at the office for the 26-year-old as the Killer Wasps raced to a four-nil lead in the first half, before a late Lonsana Doumbouya’s brace gave fifth-placed Prachuap a comprehensive win! The Kirins grabbed a consolation goal via Brazilian striker Jajá Coelho in the 55th minute.
After the match, Muangthong’s coach Totchtawan Sripan shocked everyone with his resignation which was later accepted by the club. Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the beloved Ban, and midfielder Chappuis was quick to remember the coach who brought him his second Thai League Cup medal.
But the Swiss-born footballer will have little time for tears with Ubon UMT United the next visitors to the SCG Stadium this coming Saturday. And what better way is there to show appreciation his ex-coach than to score a goal in his honour?
Kawin Thamsatchanan – OH Leuven
After visiting former club Muangthong United last week while on off-season vacation, the Kawiator flew back to Belgium over the weekend! The Thai goalkeeper was mobbed by teary-eyed family and fans as he obliged with their autograph and photo requests!
During his time in Thailand, the 28-year-old picked up a rather unusual souvenir – a mini figurine of himself!
Now that he is back preparing for a new season with OH Leuven, we guess that Kawin’s mini-me will come in handy whenever he is injured. Hands up if you want to see mini-Kawin in action too!
Theerathon Bunmathan – Vissel Kobe
After being restricted largely to substitute appearances, Theerathon Bunmathan finally got his first J. League start for Vissel Kobe as they drew 1-1 with Vegalta Sendai last Saturday.
The 28-year-old provided an attacking outlet down the left channel for the Ushis, who went ahead through Masatoshi Mihara in the first half, only for Sendai to score a late equaliser late in the game.
Besides the point, Aum and his Kobe teammates were also partying it up this week as it was manager Takayuki Yoshida’s birthday (March 14)!
The left-back seemed to be in the heart of the celebrations, but still managed to avoid getting caked! We are going to chalk it down to years of practice avoiding birthday egging in the Thai League.
Next up, Aum will need to use his speed and dexterity to get the better of Sagan Tosu as J. League Cup action kicks off on Wednesday!