Saturday, January 22, 2011

I'm not going to be updatung this blog anymore because I am no longer based in Phuket.

I am following Thai football closely and am still in contact with lots of people connected to FC Phuket and if I get any news I will probably publish it on twitter:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FC Phuket announce new signings

With the Division One season rapidly approaching a massive overhaul of the FC Phuket squad has already begun. Amongst the new arrivals are two from the Ivory Coast, former Thai Port striker Koné Adama who has been signed from Sisaket and Muangthong United midfielder Coulibaly Abdoul, a defensive midfielder.

Paulo Renato Sizino do Nascimento, a Brazilian striker, also arrives from Hungarian football along with a handful of Thai players.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New FC Phuket manager announced

The new FC Phuket manager will be Surachai Jirasirichote. The defender played in Thailand and Singapore and was capped 55 times by the Thai national team.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

FC Phuket vs Muangthong Utd

FC Phuket are playing a friendly with Muangthong United on January 26th, kick off 6pm. Both sides have been extremely busy in the transfer market and it will be a chance to see several new signings in action.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rene Desaeyere sacked

Coach of the year Rene Desaeyere was surprisingly sacked by Thai Premier League champions Muangthong United yesterday.

Muangthong United have a partnership with FC Phuket and loaned the Souther Sea Kirin several players last season. They have sold several players in recent weeks and made numerous signing and it is possible disagreements over transfer policy might have precipitated Desaeyere's departure.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Arjan Songsamssub to leave FC Phuket

PHUKET: The dust may have barely settled on FC Phuket’s dramatic promotion to Thai League Division 1 last month, but it appears the honeymoon may well be over.

It will be all change at Sarakul Stadium when the new season kicks off on February 12 as it has been confirmed that last season’s manager Arjan Songsamssub will not take charge of the team for the 2011 campaign, while four star players will leave for new clubs.

Mr Arjan, who masterminded Phuket’s rise from bottom of Division 2 to promotion to Division 1 in just 12 months, is not completely parting company with the club.

He will stay on as a consultant for three months, helping with the recruitment of a new manager, before leaving for Spain to take part in a coaches development course with Atletico Madrid.

The identity of the new manager is not yet known, but FC Phuket Secretary Sorranan Sanae has told the Gazette the new man is likely to be someone who has worked closely with Mr Arjan.

There was further bad news for the team's fans this week with the announcement that four heroes from last season will not be donning the green jersey come February 12.

FC Buriram – who defeated Phuket in the Division 2 playoff final in Bangkok last week – have pinched the services of Adisak Kaisorn and Chachis Rawanprakorn.

Another massive blow for FC Phuket is that two of last year’s loan stars – Ivory coast duo Diarra Ali and Nene Bi Tra Sylvestre – have also moved on.

Ali is moving to Thai Premier League side Muangthong United, while it is not yet known who Nene Bi will sign for.

In other, brighter news for Phuket, Mr Sorranan has confirmed that players from Brazil and Korea are set to join the club to replace those on the way out.

Details of the new signings will be released at an FC Phuket meeting on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (OrBorJor) is set to provide 10 million baht towards FC Phuket’s assault on Thai League Division 1.

The rest of the money needed will be raised from sponsorship, with the team’s main sponsor for the new season set to be confirmed at Monday’s meeting.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Buriram 1-0 FC Phuket

FC Phuket's final match of the season was utterly meaningless from a footballing point of view but there was a significant amount of prize money at stake.

It was also an interesting encounter because Buriram are linked with Buriram PEA and FC Phuket are linked with Muangthong Thing United.

Muangthong and Buriram PEA are the two main rivals in the Thai Premier League and a number of players on show were loaned out from these clubs.

In the end it was Buriram who prevailed after scoring the only goal of the game.