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 By Paul Murphy

Thai clubs Muang Thong and Chonburi knocked out of ACL

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson review the latest AFC Champions League playoff results.

Thailand will have just one representative in the group stages of the AFC Champions League again this year and the growing gap with their East Asian rivals makes it difficult to imagine more Thai Premier League (TPL) clubs reaching the later stages any time soon.

TPL clubs Muang Thong United and Chonburi's hopes are over after their playoff matches at Shanghai SIPG and FC Tokyo ended in defeat.

Muang Thong at least held on to their dignity as they put up a good fight against the big-spending Chinese...

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Singapore and Malaysia stable while Thailand rise in FIFA rankings

Singapore stay at 148th while Malaysia remain at their lowest at 171.

Reigning Suzuki Cup champions Thailand climbed up a spot to 120th in the latest world FIFA rankings.

The Thais, who are on the verge of advancing to the next stage of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, are the highest ranked Southeast Asian nation.

Since a low of 146th in 2013, they have steadily risen up the global list on the back of some impressive international performances.

Philippines are the second highest ASEAN nation at 134th, an improvement of one place, followed by Vietnam at 146.


 By Paul Murphy

BEC Tero back in Thai Premier League but more uncertainty for other clubs

Chanathip Songkrasin has gone on loan to Muang Thong from BEC Tero Sasana.

Six weeks behind schedule, the Thai Premier League (TPL) has finally released fixtures for the 2016 season but the identify of participants remains uncertain, though BEC Tero Sasana -- newly stripped of its star players -- have received a second reprieve in the space of a month.

The standout fixture of the first match day is the clash between champions Buriram United and Chonburi FC on Feb. 26, but the meeting of Muang Thong United and BEC Tero on the same weekend holds a different kind of intrigue.


 By John Duerden

Thailand can learn lessons of U23 failure to defend Suzuki Cup title

Kiatisuk Senamuang has done a brilliant job for Thailand so far but still has much to learn on the international stage.

Thailand went to Qatar and the U23 AFC Championships with high hopes of success but fell at the first hurdle. How the powers that be in Bangkok would define success is an issue up for debate but it is fair to say that it would not have been coming home with only two points from three group games.

But all is not lost with a busy year ahead for Thai football. The team were never likely to finish in the top three in the tournament, ahead of the likes of South Korea and Japan, hosts Qatar and defending...

Thai ace Chanathip to face Malaysian champions JDT in ACL playoff

Chanathip is the most potent of the BEC Tero Sasana trio to join Muang Thong United on loan.

Loan deals for three of Thailand's most promising young talents -- including Chanathip 'Messi J' Songkrasin -- have given Muang Thong United a major boost ahead of the AFC Champions League preliminary round clash with Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) on Feb. 2.

Playmaker Chanathip has signed on for a year at the SCG Stadium, along with defenders Tanaboon Kesarat and Peerapat Notchaiya -- from troubled BEC Tero Sasana.

The addition of the talented trio -- all 22 years old -- is a welcome lift for Muang Thong...