December 29, 2018 / 9:13 AM / 3 months ago

Factbox - Thailand at the Asian Cup

(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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