GOODBYE TO EVERYBODY??????????????????????????????
Chiangrai United has a new English language website !
There are two ways to visit it.
Or you pass through the official website of Chiangrai United FC
(http://www.chiangrai-united.com/) by clicking on the Union Jack
button or you go directly to:
The English language website is independent. It not necessarily reflects the
official views of the club.
It informs about the games, presents news, fixtures & tables, photos & video
and general information as well about what happens in Thai football. For this
we work closely together with the German and English language site on Thai
Coming Sunday, the first of May, CRUtd will play at home (the stadium of the
Mea Fah Luang University) against Pattaya United. The game starts at 6 PM.
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If you don't have transport you can ask at Rico's if its supporters group will have
space left in one of the cars or you could choose to look at the game in the local
fanshops of the towns where you live. Don't forget to wear orange 555!
In Chiang Rai town there are two fanclubs:
- opposite ITD Plaza at the old town wall close to the Mengrai monument.
- at the old road to Chiang Mai about three hundred meters after Den Ha.
In Phan probably in the Chiangrai United shop at the little square next
to the hotel in the centre of town.
In Mae Sai at the first traffic light at your right (coming from the south)
next to the gasoline station. Probably also in the former Monkey Island at the
border. About threehundred meter to the left from the bridge.
Or at home, if you have the right satellite: the game will be shown on the channel
of Siamsport (at 18.00 thus).
It was a pleasure to keep you informed about what happened during the first two
years of this miraculous football club. Thanks for all the positive reactions!
Next week it is two years ago that I posted for the first time about the club.
I concluded my first posting with 'the future is ours'!
Who could have guessed that we would be playing in the Thai Premier League two
seasons later? I certainly couldn't!
I thank you for all the patience you had with my lousy English and, maybe even
worse, my lack of insight in this beautiful game which might have made your toes
curl once in a while.
I am very happy that CRAndy, also known as BG-man (as he doubles as mascotte of
another Thai Premier Leaugue team: Bangkok Glass!) will put his shoulders under it.
I will try to assist him as much as I can. He is a football man 'pur sang'!
It were concerned foreigners like him, Vinnie, Sriracha Shark, Esgede, Lokomotive and
several others that made Thai football accessible for foreigners living in Thailand
and for all those interested who are living abroad. Not to forget Nigel of course,
who started this thread!
Welcome to Chiang Rai BG-man!
And goodbye to everybody!
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Football In Chiang Rai: Chiangrai United FC
310 replies to this topic
Posted 2011-04-30 07:32:37
Posted 2011-04-30 09:04:26
Thanks Limbo, the new site looks good.
What time do the folks leave from Ricos?
Crai United need all the support we can give to get them some wins and out of the danger zone.
Posted 2011-05-02 10:54:30
Dear Lannaman, a pity you didn't have time yesterday! The chefs of Le Meridien
had done their utmost and the lady who serves the beers seems to get more and
more beautiful every time Chiangrai United plays at home. It would also have been
a great opportunity to meet a nice group of foreigners from the Bangkok area that
visit all games of CRUtd 'down south'. The atmosphere in 'the box' was very pleasant.
Dear Big Gary, no, I myself am not moving away, but the information about football in
Chiang Rai will from now on move to the new English language Chiangrai United website.
We are still experimenting with it, but CRAndy and Limbo-John (...uh), with the help of
the other members, will try to make it as attractive as we can. The advantage of a website
above a thread in a forum is clear: the info can simply be organized better, it's easier
to bring pictures and videos together and you have a one-item forum concerning football.
See you around soon, probably at the shop of Khun Phed. Nice relaxed place for a beer!
Chiangrai United - Pattaya United 3 - 1
It was a spectaculair game with four excellent goals, three for our side and
one for Pattaya United. Especially the first, after 18 minutes, was a typical
Edvaldo action: In full horizontal flight on one and a half meters high he
launched a straight and hard as nails untenable shot.
Nothin wrong with the second goal either: upcoming defender Tawatchai took the
ball directly from three meters outside the 16 meter area and it bowed politely
over Pattaya's goalkeeper and ended nicely into the right upper corner.
In the extra time of the first half we got the only goal against. One has to admit
that it was a good-looking one: From the right and at least 25 meters Pattaya's
Peeraphon took the ball on his slipper and his cross caramboled surprisingly from
the post into the goal.
During the second half Pattaya started, forcedly, chasing. And this was done very
enthousiastically, resulting among others in a red card for an attack on our Brasilian
master player Edvaldo. Soon it was followed by a yellow one, also this one being
presented to an over-eager 'Rocking Dolphin'.
It took until the last moments of the generously allotted five minutes extra time
that a Chiangrai United player was floored within the 16-meter area and 'reborn'
Wasan didn't make a mistake: from the eleven meter spot he sent the ball straight
and untenable into the right upper corner: 3 - 1 !
Before the game it was raining, but it was heartwarming to see that it didn't prevent
the fans from making the more than 25 kilometer trip to the stadium on the MFL
university campus. The total number of visitors must have been about 3.500.
Three weeks they had been waiting for the next home game and they came ...
Next home game will be coming Saturday, this time against last years Thai
Thai premier League champion Muang Thong United. Same place, same time.
Hope to see you next time at the stadium and/or on the new website:
For ten minutes highlights of last night's match, please have a look at:
Posted 2011-05-03 08:38:22
Great result. I watched some of the game on television and from the stadium noise, it seemed like there was a great atmosphere.
Posted 2011-05-11 20:44:52
Thanks Limbo! Looks good so far this website of Chiangraui United, can only become better. Can you also add a section about Chiang Rai, same like kwangkrung Chiangrai Bangkok group does. So not about football alone? More about Chiangrai?
Posted 2011-05-13 13:41:16
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Bangkok Glass versus Chiangrai United
The match can be seen live at channel TRUE 102.
For more information, among which a brilliant analyses of the game to come by nobody less than
BangkokGlassMan (aka CRAndy) himself, please see the English language Chiangrai United website:
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Some pictures of last week, CRUTD vs MTU 1 - 0.
Don't repeat BGman's mistake! He changed shirt with a Muang Thong
supporter with a complete different posture.
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Posted 2011-05-22 20:38:15
Limbo any truth in the rumour that Chiang Rai Utd are to play some games at the 700 year stadium in Chiang Mai due to the lack of capacity at your home ground?
Posted 2011-05-23 05:17:38
I will see if I can find out and you will be the first to know.
It wouldn't be nice for the fans though. Last Saturday the stadium
of the Mae Fah Luang University had a full house again. I would
guess that it were about 5000 to 5500 people that visited the
game against Thai Port Fc but even including the extra stands that
are set up it brings us to the maximum. We have a fantastic legion
of dedicated fans.
This stadium is about thirty kilometers north of Chiang Rai town and
the same number of kilometers more close to Maechan, Chiang Saen and
Mae Sai where we also have big supporter groups.
Our own new stadium will certainly not be ready this year (I would guess
earliest for the second leg next season) and the local provincial and
municipal authorities have their own little toy called Chiang Rai Fc that
they seem to use as an excuse for owning the stadium where Chiangrai United
played last year.
This club is hanging (for sale) at the bottom of 2nd Division region north,
so they would not co-operate unless they could get hold of a too big part
of the proceeds.
On top of that the pitch of their stadium is not in a condition that
would be acceptable for TPL games and they haven't shown themselves to
be able to change that as long as the stadium exists. The light is not
sufficient and we shouldn't forget that its capacity is even smaller
than at the MFL.
I guess the maximum would be about 4500 even if we had 6000 visitors
a couple of times last year (including those standing behind the fences
and looking for free). So the local 'sanaam kila' is not an option.
Where would the pain threshold be for our fans? 200 Kilometers is far!
It might be that the MFL is 'having problems', I simply don't know.
Suddenly the normally 'free floating' Singha draught suddenly disappeared
from the skybox because the campus is supposed to be alcohol free. I know
that it might be seen as a minor problem as it only concerns the happy few,
but it was forcing among others also me to look at the match with a glass of
water and a cup of coffee next to me. So I take that personal, grrr...
Concerning our away games (as you know most Thai Premier League clubs are
from the Bangkok and Eastern Seaboard area) we are lucky that we have a great
fanclub in that area (for info google to Kwangkrung) and maybe 30 to 40 fans
from Chiang Rai that travel these many but unavoidable 800 kilometers.
The situation around Chiang Mai Fc is far below expectation. Nobody can be happy
about that. Also not in Chiang Rai. It would have been great to have our local
derby twice a year. Will the miracle happen and the situation change the way it
did last year for Chiangrai United during the second leg? The debacle around Rene
isn't promising ...
Anyhow, if it doesn't the 2nd Division looms again and that would be unacceptable.
So .. uh .. could we speculate that a combination of resources comes to mind?
That a little test is awaiting us? One super team for the north, playing in a town
with a million people instead of a town of seventy thousand?
I hate the thought of it and I hope that Chiang Mai Fc will recover in the one way
or the other so that these hypothetical constructs don't have to pass our minds 555!
PS: Please find Andy's matchreports at http://chiangraiunited.webs.com/
Brasilian Eddie made the goal against Thai Port. The great picture is made by Hualek,
the best sportsphotographer of Chiang Rai.
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Edited by Limbo, 2011-05-23 05:38:39.
Posted 2011-06-12 22:07:42
Seems like the hatchets men were doing some chopping.Anyway,
to repeat RIP to the deceased .
Posted 2011-06-12 23:01:55
Were some of the post or a similar thread to this one about CR football being hijacking??
Yesterday i reply to Mr. Limbo about his friend, one of the victims of yesterday bus crash.
I could not find those comments anymore. What's with this system the moderators are doing???
Censorship or dictatorship??? Was trying to provide news on Mr. Limbo friend, being handle like this makes me furious!
Is already hard to know 7 fans died and 40 or more got injured, dont act like this okay TV!
P.S Mr. Limbo, your friend is alive, he got 2 broken legs. I don't know when serious injured fans will be transfer back to CR.
But today many light injured fans flew safety back to CR. Bodies of those who died arrive back today too, the webmaster body will be cremated on this wednesday. I'm sure you'll get futher info from your friends. Would be nice if you can be on the funeral.
I dont have info when the cremation of Fansclub president will be plan. Ask your friends about it though.
Edited by konjianghai, 2011-06-12 23:10:44.
Posted 2011-06-13 12:54:26
Thank you konjianghai! I appreciate your message very much!
In the mean time I have seen a picture showing him lying in the hospital.
I saw also pictures of widows, of half-orphans ...
It is this strange look in the eyes of the children, as if they want to look through
all the people dressed in black around the coffin in which they are told there father is.
In their minds maybe going back to the moment that their father in his orange outfit
happy and enthousiastic gave them a last hug before he jumped on the pick-up with his friends.
To be brought to the buss that would transport them to Lopburi where it all would end ...
Edited by Limbo, 2011-06-13 13:20:02.
Posted 2011-06-13 14:15:30
Yes, and in the meantime, you have still left your erroneous post as to his demise unchanged in the CM forum.
Edited by kandahar, 2011-06-13 14:15:57.
Posted 2011-10-25 09:59:51
Thanks Kandahar for pointing it out, though it might have been more appropiate
if you would have sent me a personal message on the subject or if you would have
corrected my horrible mistake directly by yourself. But it is great to hear
somebody express a genuine interest in the victims of the Chiang Rai disaster.
I met the gentleman concerned last Saterday for the first time again in the Chiangrai
Hills Stadium at the occasion of the official beginning of the tournament that will
decide which team will win the first ever Rotary Cup of Maechan.
It was good to see him back. He can walk again with the help of only one crutch.
32 Teams registered for this 7-a-side tournament and more information about it
can be found in the Chiangrai Hills Stadium thread. For those who are interested
above-average I would like to refer to its facebook page.
There you will find all information about this unique initiative.
Feel yourself welcome to visit !
Posted 2011-10-25 10:06:36
[/color="#008080"]Chiangrai United versus Chonburi FC: The game of the year!
Posted 2011-10-25 10:57:41
Last Sunday somewhere between 6500 and 7000 Chiang Rai football enthousiasts
wittnessed Chiangrai United win over Chonburi with the convincing digits 4 - 3.
It was a splendid game! The team was back!
Chiangrai United on track again!
Chiangrai took the lead for the first time after ten minutes, but Chonburi came back
and scored the equalizer not long afterwards. This pattern repeated itself another two
times, before Chiangrai United finally could score the winning goal.
Yes, it was dramatic, but with a happy ending of the first order! After the last
sound of the whistle the stadium exploded!
After the 2 - 1 victory against Muang Thong (second position in the Thai Premier
League) in May of this year now Chonburi FC (third position in the TPL) is the
second topper of Thailand that doesn't bring any points home from Chiangrai.
As far as I have heard the fans of Bangkok Glass are now already looking forward to the
last game of Chiangrai United of this season, which will be at home against PEA Buriram
(first position in the TPL).
It might bring them the championship if we repeat the success!
At this moment it looks as if this moment might be postponed to the beginning of next
year, but it still could fit into the planning and be played in December.
Three times means ship law, a Dutch proverb says, so we are ready for it!
Next opponent at home will be Bangkok Glass itself, an interesting football party, that
they should prepare themselves very well for (November 27).
Our Wasan "Boy" Natasan is together with Sarayuut Chaikamdee of Bangkok Glass
(with 15 goals each) since last weekend topscorer of the Thai Premier League.
No wonder that German coach Winnie Schaefer selected him for the National team.
I think we see him here at this picture, taken last Sunday.
There is a little, little chance though that it is Rattapong.
The fact is that the Chonburi player on the picture, Anucha
Kitpongsri was Wasan's close guard all the game.
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Posted 2011-11-09 10:06:30
Know your stars ...
Here is another picture of "Boy", who's shirtnumber inspired him
to name his little daughter Forty , together with his charming wife.
The picture was taken last Saturday at the Chiangrai Hills Stadium
in Maechan, where a big party was organised for the fans of
The organisation of the Thai Premier League seems to be quite
complicated this year. In August our team had to play six times
and now we have a break of five weeks.
It's now confirmed: the last game, the thriller against PEA Buriram,
will be in January.
Next home game will be Sunday 27 November against Bangkok Glass.
The other picture shows one of the 'cosy corners' last Saturday.
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Posted 2011-11-14 11:19:47
My apologies for the omission!
I forgot to mention the friendly game against Chiang Mai FC
that will be played at the Sanaam Kila Klang (the stadium of
Chiang Rai) coming Wednesday, November 16, late afternoon.
The exact time isn't sure yet, but four o'clock might be a
Chiang Mai FC is playing in the first division and has, after 28
games only 22 points. Only Thai Honda FC has less points but
played one game less.
Chiang Mai FC has six games left to avert an imminent relegation.
Its next (home-) game will take place November 26 against Bangkok
United, that now holds the eight position with 41 points.
Chiangrai United FC is playing in the Thai Premier League
and holds the tenth position on the list.
PS: Sad evening yesterday for the national team and its coach
Winnie Schaefer. They lost 3 - 1 of Indonesia last night and
have to say bye-bye to the SEA Games race now.
Chiangrai United susu!
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Posted 2011-11-15 20:20:22
It's a charity game to the benefit of the flood victims. It starts at 6 pm.
Nice thing to do!
By the way: I spoke to coach Stefano 'Teco' Zugurra last Saturday and he said
he really needed a friendly game to do some experiments. The last game against
Chonburi was a thriller, a dream game. Where did this concentration, this chemistry
come from? What was it exactly and how can it be conserved?
I met several Chiangrai United supporters at Rico's today and all agreed on the
idea that the game against Chonburi FC was one of the better games ever.
It's becoming a remarcable tradition: the better the team we play against,
the better we are.
It's against lumberjacks with tight man-marking we are not coming into our
game and loose oversight.
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Posted 2011-11-17 12:08:07
Alltogether more than 30.000 Baht was collected among the approximately
1600 loyal fans that wittnessed this glorified training session.
The match itself had few highlights and at many occasions Chiang Mai
played better football. It was a fair game, the players avoided
injuries and it seemed as if keeping up the match routine was the main
purpose of it all. The result, rather insignificant, was 1 - 1.
It felt good to be back on the old field in town, once the craddle of
Chiangrai United's road to the Thai Premier League.
The quality of the pitch itself is still as miserable as it was before.
It is an old stadium and it is very sad that the provincial authority doesn't
give it more attention.
Maintenance seems structurally to be very problematic within the public sector.
If only half the money spent on billboards supporting the everlasting myth
that the railway comes to Chiang Rai could be invested in the stadium, but no.
Now it is and remains a field dangerous for the players and absolutely
unsuitable for quality football.
Coming Saturday, November 19 at 6 PM, another friendly game is scheduled.
This time it will be played in the stadium of the Mae Fah Luang University.
The opponent will be Nan FC, a pleasant surprise for those foreigners living
in Chiang Rai that support this team.
One of the players of Nan celebrating the first point ever earned by Nan FC in
the TPL Division 2 region North, it happened in April this year:
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Nan played this year for the first time in the Second Division region North and
ended not without merit in 13th position (out of sixteen clubs).
The first ten games were lost by Nan...
The eleventh game, at home against Kamphaengphet, brought the first point.
In the 19 games that were left another 25 points followed.
It's an enthousiastic team and it has a great fan base in Nan.
That even Chiang Rai foreigners embraced it, is coincidence
It is fantastic that Chiangrai United has such a great and well-organised fanclub
in the Bangkok area: Kwangkrung Lanna, susu! Here Kwangkrung in action:
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Posted 2011-11-19 15:50:33
The training match against Nan FC will after all be played in the municipal stadium.
Posted 2011-11-21 16:16:17
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Chiangrai United Football Academy
For many boys a dream!
The academy is under supervision of Lehonos dos Santos, the successful
Brasilian coach of the Thai National Team Under 16. This team participated
in the qualification round for the Asian Football Confederation Championship
this year and ended first in its group. Only against Laos a point was lost.
Among others Australia was beaten (2-1). The finals will take place next year.
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During the month December Chiangrai United organizes this academy for two
age groups, namely 7 - 12 years and 13 - 17 old.
For both groups there are two choices concerning time:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 17.00 to 18.30
Periode 2 to 30 December, 26 hours total.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 to 10.00
Periode 3 December to 1 January, 20 hours total
During the academy the boys will learn basic knowledge about the elements of the game,
its rules, fair play, tactics and teamwork. The technical side will focus on the development
of skills and ball controle.
Boys with special talents have the chance to be accepted by the youth department of CRUtd,
so participation can in theory even lead to a professional football career.
During last month there have been clinics in several areas of the province with the purpose
to promote football among youngsters. These clinics and the first official football academy
of Chiang Rai will be the seeds of the football school that in near future will be founded
by Chiangrai United FC.
So if you have a son, you might decide to give him a chance. But you might also be willing to
sponsor a boy that is not your son
Maybe your family or the teacher at school can help you further.
As it is the first academy ever in Chiang Rai, the contribution is reduced from 1200 to 950 Baht.
The first 100 registrations will hold a bonus: a Chiangrai United package with a value of 540 Baht.
At this moment the location hasn't been decided upon, but it will be in town.
Posted 2011-11-23 06:03:41
Limbo - How/where to sign up?
Posted 2011-11-23 18:17:50
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Thanks MahNuad for your reaction!
In the mean time also the location is known. The football academy will
take place on the pitches of The Arena, the seven-to-seven artificial
grasscourts next to Big C in front of the driving range that you might
have seen many times from the parking place of Big C.
I just sent you an e-mail with the telephone numbers of the
Chiangrai United fanshop about five hundred meters north
of Den Ha at the left side (the 'old Chiang Mai road'
or Thanon Dong Ma Da), about hundred meter before the
old Christian Churchyard at the right).
You can't miss it: The logo of the club is omnipresent!
At this shop you can register.
In case of coming down the hill from the Chiang Rai Saddlebags
shop where now also the Sausage King products are sold it is
to the right and then after hundred meters at your left.
As it is the policy of the owners of this forum not to accept
that telephone numbers are published here, I just want to say
that everybody is welcome to send me a PM or an e-mail and I send
you the numbers where you can ask for more specific information..
And please everybody: Pass the information on to the fathers
that don't visit this forum.
This picture has been taken two years ago at an experimental clinic,
sorry for not having a more recent one :
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Chiangrai United vs Bangkok Glass
Only six games left this season of which three at home:
Sunday November 27 against Bangkok Glass,
December 10 against Osotspa-Saraburi and the last one,
the thriller of the year, January 7 against PEA-Buriram.
So far no topper of the Thai Premier League managed to take home any
points from Chiang Rai. Muangthong, now in second position, lost 2 - 1
and Chonburi, in third position lost 4 - 3.
It will be interesting to see tomorrow if Chiangrai United manages to
take the full three points again, this time against the number four on
Last week at home Bangkok Glass didn't do better than a meager 0 - 0
against Pattaya United, a club that lost 3 - 1 here in Chiang Rai.
The last home game of Chiangrai United was the one against Chonburi,
maybe the best game of the year so far, that resulted in a win.
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