More on World Cup bids and the cancelled England-Thailand friendly

You might recall my December post about World Cup bids, England, and the cancelled Thailand friendly. Today’s Bangkok Post reports: Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi was hit by another hammer blow yesterday when former English Football Association chairman David Triesman accused him and three other Fifa executive members of asking for favours in […]

TMB bank ad: Thailand’s Panyee FC and the floating soccer pitch

TMBbrand on YouTube: TMB bank have launched a new brand vision “Make THE Difference” by making a film to inspire people to start thinking differently. With a hope that they will start to Make THE Difference to their own world. It doesn’t have to be big, but a little can create positive changes. This film […]

Thais beats Palestinians in historic soccer match

An AP story from yesterday: Palestinian Pride On Display At Home Soccer Match The Palestinian national soccer team lost to Thailand in a penalty shootout on Wednesday in an Olympic qualifying match deep in symbolism: it’s the first time the Palestinians have hosted a competitive match at the international level, and for excited fans in […]

Thailand soccer chief: Brazil coming to Thailand for Oct. 7 friendly

According to a story in today’s Bangkok Post, Football Association of Thailand head Worawi Makudi says Brazil will travel here to play the Thai national team on Oct. 7: Worawi Makudi, president of the Football Association of Thailand, said his Brazilian counterpart Ricardo Teixeira had promised to send the country’s top players to the Kingdom […]

Could ASEAN bid for the World Cup? (cross posted to Siam Voices)

Note: This post originally appeared on Siam Voices, a collaborative Thailand blog at Asian Correspondent. I have added an update. Yesterday’s Bangkok Post: Asean kicks around plan to host World Cup Asean foreign ministers have agreed to propose to the grouping’s leadership that the region host the World Cup in 2030 as a group, diplomatic […]

Sven on Thaksin: “He didn’t understand football.”

Speaking of England, Thailand, and soccer, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this BBC story, though it’s not new, having run on Jan. 6: Sven-Goran Eriksson admits Shinawatra strain at Man City The former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has told BBC Radio Manchester of his problems he had with former City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra. […]

England-Thailand friendly officially cancelled

The backstory is here. From today’s Bangkok Post: The England football team has confirmed the cancellation of its friendly match against Thailand in Bangkok in June. It was to have been the first time the England national side had played in Thailand. The English Football Association cited scheduling concerns for the withdrawal, but the British […]

World Cup bids, England, and the (apparently) cancelled Thailand friendly

As you’re probably aware, the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host countries were announced on Thursday. Russia won 2018 and Qatar was awarded 2022. There are many fascinating issues to discuss, but given the focus of this blog, I wanted to zero in on one interesting element: the Thailand connection. Some background: Prior to the […]

World Cup: USA beats Algeria in injury time

I’ve been busy — and won’t be blogging much in the days to come — but given my previous posts, I felt compelled to comment on yesterday’s breathtaking U.S. win over Algeria in injury time. A few thoughts. I watched the game with some friends at an English pub here in Bangkok. The England-Slovenia game […]

World Cup: USA’s comeback against Slovenia

A quick note to share a few World Cup related links. ((By the way, a programming note: Things will return to normal here at, with regular posts about Thailand, soon. I promise.)) I can’t stop thinking about yesterday’s remarkable USA-Slovenia match, in which the US went down 2-0 in the first half and then […]