December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Thailand at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Thailand ahead of the
Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from
Jan 5 to Feb 1:
    
    FIFA world ranking: 118
    Ranking in Asia: 22
    Previous Asian Cups: 6
    Best performance: Third place (1972)
    2015: Did not qualify
    
    Nickname: War Elephants
    Coach: Milovan Rajevac
    Regular captain: Kawin Thamsatchanan
    Player to watch: Chanathip Songkrasin
    
    Recent form:  
    Nov 17     Thailand 4-2 Indonesia        Bangkok
    Nov 21     Philippines 1-1 Thailand      Bacolod City
    Nov 25     Thailand 3-0 Singapore        Bangkok
    Dec 1     Malaysia 0-0 Thailand         Kuala Lumpur
    Dec 5     Thailand 2-2 Malaysia         Bangkok
    
    Fixtures: 
    Group A
    Jan 6    Thailand v India                    Dubai
    Jan 10   Bahrain v Thailand                  Abu Dhabi
    Jan 14   United Arab Emirates v Thailand     Dubai
    
    Milovan Rajevac takes Thailand to their first Asian Cup
finals in more than a decade hoping to change results for a
country whose passion for soccer has long outstripped their
performance at continental level.
    Thailand have dominated the game in Southeast Asia since
they last appeared at the Asian Cup in 2007, winning the
regional championship twice only to continue to fall short of
climbing onto the continent's upper tier.
    While they have been unable to challenge leading nations
such as Japan and South Korea, Rajevac is confident his team can
make their mark in the United Arab Emirates.             

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John
O'Brien)
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