Chonburi F.C.

ชลบุรี เอฟซี
Full name Chonburi Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sharks (team)
Blue Blood (supporters)
Founded 1997 (1997), as Chonburi-Sannibat-Samutprakan
Ground Chonburi Stadium, Mueang Chonburi, Chonburi, Thailand
Ground Capacity 8,680
Chairman Wittaya Khunpluem
Manager Therdsak Chaiman
League Thai League
2016 TPL, 5th
Website Club home page

Chonburi Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลชลบุรี) is a Thai professional football club based in the city of Chonburi, Chonburi Province and currently playing in the top division in Thai football, the Thai League. The team lifted the league title in 2007 which became the most successful season in their history.[1]

Chonburi were founded in 1997 and their rivalries are Pattaya United and Sriracha which also based in Chonburi Province.[2] The team is widely known by their nickname The Sharks which can be seen in the club logo.


First major successes

In 2005 they won the Provincial League title by beating Nakhon Ratchasima at the Central stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, and moved to Thai League in the 2006 season with the Provincial League runners up, Suphanburi. The shark tribes finished 8th place in the Thai League 2006 season.

In 2006 they were invited to play in the Singapore Cup and reached the final, defeating local sides Home United, Albirex Niigata Singapore and Balestier Khalsa along the way. In the final they lost to Tampines Rovers 2–3 in the extra time after leading 2–0.

In 2007 they were again invited to participate in the Singapore Cup, but were defeated in the first round against Balestier Khalsa, in a replay of the previous season's semi-finals. Chonburi lost 3–2 in normal play. They have formed links with Manchester City.

In July 2008 they made another important big step into the future. In addition, the previous sponsor, Hemaraj Land and Development PLC signed a major sponsorship deal which comes into force from 2009. The contract will run for three years and will amount to the sum of 18 million baht (about 350,000 Euros). This may indeed be the largest completed sponsorship of a Thai football club which was ever completed.[3]

At the end of the 2008 season, there was only enough for runner-up. The main reason for this was certainly the profligacy. With two games left in the season you still on the first place in the table, but a 0–0 draw against Samut Songkhram made to naught in the penultimate round of the dream title defense. Jadet Meelarp was dismissed. His successor is officially announced in mid-December 2008. Kiatisuk Senamuang, known as Zico, was appointed coach of Chonburi.

Chonburi FC 2016

As Vice Champion 2008 is qualified for the 2009 AFC Cup and was drawn in a group with Hanoi ACB (Vietnam), Eastern AA (Hong Kong) and Kedah FA (Malaysia). Chonburi has to call to mind the Zeil set to be first in the group and win the AFC Cup in Thailand. The group stage was confident survived with only one defeat in six games. In the second round Chonburi PSMS Medan in Indonesia defeated 4–1 before retired in the quarter-finals against the Vietnam representative Bình Dương 2–4. The game against Medan was also the last game of Surat Sukha, who moved to Melbourne Victory.

In July 2009. End of the 2009 season the club was only the runner-up again. At the end of 2008 they had 2 points behind the champions, 2009, there were 3 points. Kiatisuk Senamuang changed at the end of the season to Hoàng Anh Gia Lai, the association in Vietnam where he was active as a player last. His successor in Chonburi was Jadet Meelarp, which had been released a year earlier. At his side, his former boss Witthaya Hloagune was provided as technical director of the club. Unlike other top clubs in the league but vorzuweisen Chonburi had hardly known commitments for the 2010 season. Only Therdsak Chaiman you can probably fit into this category. The 36-year-old was last in the Thailand national football team his comeback from Singapore and moved to Chonburi. Although the club was again runner-up, but this is not automatically eligible in the 2009 season to participate in the 2010 AFC Cup. Instead, the Cup Winners' Cup in Thailand directly qualified for the competition. Already in the second round of the Thai FA Cup retired from the Chonburi.

Asian competitions

In 2008, in the first AFC Champions League, Chonburi played against the Japanese champions Gamba Osaka. On 20 March 2008 the club achieved its first victory in the AFC Champions League against Melbourne Victory.[4] The game was clouded by controversy when Melbourne Victory scored their only goal whilst a Chonburi FC player was down injured and his teammates were calling for the ball to be played off the park. It mattered little when Cameroonian striker Baga scored a goal from 35 yards out and then followed it up with a second goal in extra time to condemn the Melbourne Victory to their first loss in the competition 3–1.[5]


At the start of the 2008 season, Chonburi used the Chonburi Municipality Stadium plays in the 5,000-seater in Chonburi. Due to disagreements with the local authorities, the club wore its home games from 2008 of the Assumption School in Sri Racha Stadium. For the games of the 2008 AFC Champions League you had to dodge into the National Stadium (Thailand), which was also used for matches in the 2009 AFC Cup Bangkok. For the 2010 season, the club will return to Chonburi and will host its home games at the renovated Chonburi Sports College Stadium.[6]

In 2010 season they moved to IPE Chonburi Stadium.

In 2012 season they move to Chonburi Municipality Stadium after update stadium for played in the AFC Cup, and Thai Premier League

For the future, a new stadium is designed with modern training facilities. The new stadium will have 15,000 spectators and meet modern demands.[7] It would be next to the new buildings in Pattaya and one of the most modern stadiums in Si Racha in Chonburi province. Arise should the stadium with club grounds near Bang Saen on a ten-rai area. This is about 1.5 hectares. The site was donated by the President of the Association Wittaya Khunpluem.

Stadium and locations

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
13°09′49″N 100°56′25″E / 13.163489°N 100.940406°E / 13.163489; 100.940406 Chonburi Princess Sirindhorn Stadium 5,207 2009
13°24′41″N 100°59′37″E / 13.411302°N 100.993618°E / 13.411302; 100.993618 Chonburi IPE Chonburi Stadium 12,000 2010
13°20′11″N 100°57′23″E / 13.336368°N 100.956405°E / 13.336368; 100.956405 Chonburi Chon Buri Stadium 8,680 2011

Season by season record

Season League[8] FA Cup League Cup Queen's
Kor Royal
AFC Champions
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2006 TPL 22 5 12 5 29 28 27 8th GR Pipob On-Mo 7
2007 TPL 30 19 6 5 50 25 63 1st[9] Pipob On-Mo 16
2008 TPL 30 15 14 1 34 14 59 2nd[10] SF W GR Pipob On-Mo 5
2009 TPL 30 18 8 4 50 30 62 2nd Round of 16 SF W QF Kone Mohamed 14
2010 TPL 30 17 9 4 57 28 60 3rd W R2 SF Pipob On-Mo 10
2011 TPL 34 20 9 5 58 29 69 2nd R5 SF W QF Pipob On-Mo 15
2012 TPL 34 21 7 6 65 33 70 2nd R3 QF W Play-off SF Pipob On-Mo 14
2013 TPL 32 18 8 6 61 35 62 3rd R3 QF Thiago Cunha 13
2014 TPL 38 21 13 4 62 33 76 2nd RU R3 Play-off Thiago Cunha 20
2015 TPL 34 15 12 7 62 44 57 4th QF R3 Play-off Thiago Cunha 19
2016 TL 31 14 9 8 52 33 51 5th SF R3 Play-off Rodrigo Vergilio 12
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated In Progress

  • P = Played
  • W = Games won
  • D = Games drawn
  • L = Games lost
  • F = Goals for
  • A = Goals against
  • Pts = Points
  • Pos = Final position

  • DQ = Disqualified
  • QR1 = First Qualifying Round
  • QR2 = Second Qualifying Round
  • QR3 = Third Qualifying Round
  • QR4 = Fourth Qualifying Round
  • RInt = Intermediate Round
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2
  • R3 = Round 3

  • R4 = Round 4
  • R5 = Round 5
  • R6 = Round 6
  • GR = Group Stage
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • SF = Semi-finals
  • RU = Runners-up
  • S = Shared
  • W = Winners


Current squad

As of 4 November 2016[11] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Thailand GK Tanachai Noorach
2 Thailand DF Noppanon Kachaplayuk
3 Thailand DF Adisak Hantes
4 Thailand MF Kroekrit Thaweekarn
6 Thailand DF Suttinun Phuk-hom
8 Thailand MF Therdsak Chaiman (Vice-captain)
10 Thailand FW Pipob On-Mo
13 Thailand MF Nurul Sriyankem
16 Thailand DF Alongkorn Prathumwong
17 Thailand MF Naruphol Ar-Romsawa (on loan from Buriram United)
19 Thailand MF Narong Jansawek
No. Position Player
21 Thailand MF Prakit Deeprom
22 Thailand MF Pokklaw Anan
24 Thailand MF Worachit Kanitsribampen
25 Thailand DF Chonlatit Jantakam (Captain)
27 Thailand DF Nattapon Malapun (on loan from Buriram United)
28 Thailand FW Sittichok Phaso
29 Ghana FW Prince Amponsah
30 Thailand GK Chakhon Philakhlang
33 Thailand MF Phanuphong Phonsa
35 Thailand GK Chanin Sae-ear
39 Thailand FW Saharat Sontisawat
Thailand DF Heman Kittiampaiplurk

Note 1: The official club website lists the supporters as player 12th man. Note 2: Players who are AFC Champions League quota foreign players are listed in bold.

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Thailand FW Anuwat Nakkasem (at PTT Rayong)
Thailand FW Krit Phavaputanon (at Nong Bua Lamphu)
Thailand DF Tiwa Nueaket (at Phan Thong)

Former players

For details on former players, see List of Chonburi F.C. players and Category:Chonburi F.C. players.

Reserves and Academy

Manager history

Manager by Years (2004–present)

Years Name Nationality
2004–2007 Witthaya Hloagune  Thailand
2007–2008 Jadet Meelarp  Thailand
2009 Kiatisuk Senamuang  Thailand
2010 Jadet Meelarp  Thailand
2010–2013 Witthaya Hloagune  Thailand
2014 Masahiro Wada Japan Japan
2015 Jadet Meelarp  Thailand
2016–present Therdsak Chaiman  Thailand

Performance in AFC competitions

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2008 AFC Champions League Group stage Japan Gamba Osaka 0–2 1–1
Group stage Australia Melbourne Victory 3–1 3–1
Group stage South Korea Chunnam Dragons 2–2 1–0
2009 AFC Cup Group stage Hong Kong Eastern 4–1 2–1
Group stage Malaysia Kedah FA 3–1 0–1
Group stage Vietnam Hanoi ACB 6–0 0–2
Round of 16 Indonesia PSMS Medan 4–0
Quarter-finals Vietnam Bình Dương 2–2 2–0
2011 AFC Cup Group stage India East Bengal 4–0 4–4
Group stage Hong Kong South China 3–0 0–3
Group stage Indonesia Persipura Jayapura 4–1 3–0
Round of 16 Indonesia Sriwijaya 3–0
Quarter-finals Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 0–1 0–1 (4–3 pen)
2012 AFC Champions League Qualifying play-off South Korea Pohang Steelers 2–0
2012 AFC Cup Group stage Myanmar Yangon United 1–0 1–1
Group stage Singapore Home United 1–0 1–2
Group stage Hong Kong Citizen 2–0 3–3
Round of 16 Iraq Al-Zawra'a 1–0
Quarter-finals Syria Al-Shorta 1–2 2–4 (aet)
Semi-finals Iraq Arbil 1–4 4–1
2014 AFC Champions League Round 2 Hong Kong South China 3–0
Round 3 China Beijing Guoan 4–0
2015 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 2 Hong Kong Kitchee 4–1
Play-off round Japan Kashiwa Reysol 3–2 (aet)
2016 AFC Champions League Preliminary round 2 Myanmar Yangon United 3–2 (aet)
Play-off round Japan FC Tokyo 9–0


Domestic competitions

International competitions

Affiliated clubs


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