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Thai boys rescued from cave to watch recorded World Cup final; live broadcast too late

Golic and Wingo talk about the incredible feat of rescuing the Thai soccer team and its coach, after being trapped in a cave since June 23.
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The 12 boys and their football coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand will watch a recording of Sunday's World Cup final, not the live broadcast, an official at the hospital they are staying in said.

"Given that the final will be broadcast quite late our time and we want the boys to rest and not to be looking at screens too much, we will probably record the final and show it to them later," the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital official said.

The official declined to be identified as...

Found Thai soccer team may risk diving to safety with heavy rains forecast

Thai rescue teams walk inside cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.
Thai rescue teams walk inside a cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach went missing.

MAE SAI, Thailand -- A top Thai official said Tuesday that heavy rains forecast for the coming days could worsen floods in the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were located after an exhaustive search, and could force authorities to speed up their extraction by having them dive their way out.

The 13 were located by rescue divers late Monday night in the cave in northern Chiang Rai province during a desperate search that lasted more than a week and drew international help. Officials said...

Thailand youth soccer team missing in cave is found by rescuers, not safe yet

MAE SAI, Thailand -- Rescuers found all 12 boys and their soccer coach alive deep inside a partially flooded cave in northern Thailand late on Monday, more than a week after the team disappeared and touched off a desperate search that drew international help and captivated the nation.

Chiang Rai provincial Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn said the 13 were in the process of being rescued, but he cautioned that they were not out of peril yet.

"We found them safe. But the operation isn't over," he said in...

 By Paul Murphy

Christian Ziege talks Liverpool, Spurs as he starts new chapter in Thailand

Thai stars Teerasil Dangda, Teerathon Bunmathan and Chanathip Songkrasin out on loan to the J-League for the 2018 season.
At a young age, Charyl Chappuis' passion for football was ignited. Delve into the story of how his love for the game has evolved.

From playing in some of Europe's greatest cities at the game's most decorated clubs, to working in the modest surroundings of provincial Thai side Ratchaburi, former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur wing-back Christian Ziege can vouch for the rapid passing of time in football.

And the German sees little in common with the Premier League today and the one he starred in between 1999 and 2004, which included a year at Middlesbrough, in addition to the more celebrated clubs mentioned above.

As he was...

 By Paul Murphy

Thailand keeper Kawin to sign with Nigel Pearson's Leuven in Belgium

Thailand and Muang Thong United goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan is set to team up with former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson by heading to OH Leuven in Belgium.

Reports in the Thai media suggest that Kawin is on his way to Leuven, where Pearson is manager of the First Division B team, who play in the second tier of Belgian football.

The club are owned by the King Power International Group, the same Thai company that controls 2015-16 English champions, Leicester. And they seem determined to establish...