Buriram United F.C.

Buriram United
บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด
Full name Buriram United Football Club
สโมสรฟุตบอล บุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด
Nickname(s) The Thunder Castles
Founded 1970 (1970), as Provincial Electricity Authority
2010 (2010), as Buriram PEA
2013 (2013), as Buriram United
Ground New I-Mobile Stadium
Buriram, Thailand
Ground Capacity 32,600
Chairman Newin Chidchob
Head Coach Ranko Popović
League Thai League
2016 Thai League, 4th
Website Club home page

Buriram United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลบุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด) is a professional football club based in Buriram, Thailand. The club has played at the top level of Thai football for the majority of their existence and is currently competing in the Thai League. The club was founded in 1970 and their current home stadium is New I-Mobile Stadium which has a capacity of 32,600.[1]

Buriram United won their first Thai Premier League title in 2008 and the Kor Royal Cup in 1998, as PEA FC (Provincial Electricity Authority Football Club). The club was previously based in Ayutthaya before moving east to Buriram for the 2010 season. In season 2011, Buriram PEA were the triple champions winning the (2011 Thai Premier League, 2011 Thai FA Cup, and 2011 Thai League Cup) in Thailand.[2]


The club was founded in 1970. But first successes came in 1998 with winning the third division of the Kor Royal Cup. The club was then in the Thai Division 1 League. 2002–03 the club finished third in the second division. In the Thai Premier League Relegation to be lost at the end of the Thailand Tobacco Monopoly FC after round match with 0–1. A year later, with space, then succeeded in the end of season 2003–04 promotion to the Thai Premier League.PEA surprised everyone by becoming the league runner-up at the end of their first Premier League season. Being the runner-up entitled the club to participate in the AFC Champions League. It was the first participation in an international competition for the club. However the club was excluded from the competition.[3] In the following two seasons, 2006 and 2007, the PEA took place only 10 and 8 at the end of the season.

2008-2009 season

In 2008 Provincial Electricity Authority won their first championship in Thai League after they changed their home stadium from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, where they have a bigger fan base.

2010 season

In December 2009 it was announced that a politician based in Buriram, Newin Chidchob was to take over the club. He had already tried unsuccessfully to take over TOT SC and Royal Thai Army FC[4] Newin moved the club to Buriram and gave it the name Buriram PEA Football Club. Pongphan Wongsuwan was instated as coach. Since 1998 he had been the coach of FC TOT.

2012-present season

At the start of the 2012 season, the club was renamed Buriram United Football Club. In the first match of the group stages of the 2012 AFC Champions League, Buriram beat the 2011 J-League champion, Kashiwa Reysol, 3–2 and became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" to earn a victory against a J-League club in ACL since starting the Champions League system in 2003.[5] On the second match, Buriram was the visiting team against the 2011 CSL Champion, Guangzhou Evergrande. Buriram also became "the first Thai and South East Asian club" to earn a victory against a Chinese club "in China" after beating Guangzhou Evergrande 1–2 in Tianhe Stadium from Suchao Nuchnum and Frank Acheampong's goals.[6] That match was the end of a two-year unbeaten home record for Guangzhou.[7]


Buriram United has Muangthong United as their main rival. The two clubs emerged as the new powerhouses of Thai League (TL) in the last 6 years. Since the beginning of 2011, when the team name was changed to Buriram United and they moved into the new i-Mobile Stadium, Buriram United has compiled the best overall record of all teams in the PLT, winning 3 of the last 4 PLT championships.

Another Buriram's main rivals is Chonburi FC due to a close head-to-head statistic.


Main article: New I-Mobile Stadium

I-Mobile Stadium is a 32,600 seat football stadium in Buriram, Thailand.[8] The stadium is the home of Thailand's 2011, 2013 and 2015 treble champions, Buriram United. The i-mobile Stadium is the second largest football stadium in Thailand. Its nickname is "Thunder Castle", the fifth castle of Buriram Province. Buriram United has led the 18-team Thai League (TL) in attendance since the move to the new stadium.

The i-mobile Stadium is in the Mueang Buriram District, located about 4 kilometers southwest of central Buriram along highway 219. The 150-acre site has a capacity of 32,600 people with parking for 800 cars and buses, plus 3,000 motorcycles. The pitch is floodlit; allowing for night matches. The stadium houses locker rooms for home and visiting teams, provides modern medical facilities and live television and radio broadcasting infrastructure.

Training Ground

Stadium and locations

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
14°21′00″N 100°35′50″E / 14.349943°N 100.597258°E / 14.349943; 100.597258 Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Province Central Stadium 6,000 2009
14°56′45″N 103°06′13″E / 14.945915°N 103.103482°E / 14.945915; 103.103482 Buriram Khao Kradong Stadium

(I-Mobile Stadium)

14,000 2010-2011
14°57′57″N 103°05′40″E / 14.965952°N 103.094555°E / 14.965952; 103.094555 Buriram New I-Mobile Stadium 32,600 2011

Season by season record

Season League[9] FA Cup League Cup Toyota Premier Cup Queen's
Kor Royal
AFC Champions
Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2004–05 TPL 18 9 5 4 23 19 32 2nd               GR   Supakit Jinajai 10
2006 TPL 22 6 4 12 23 32 22 10th           DQ       Supakit Jinajai 7
2007 TPL 30 13 3 14 35 40 42 8th                   Tana Chanabut 7
2008 TPL 30 18 7 5 38 15 61 1st                   Ronnachai Rangsiyo 16
2009 TPL 30 9 9 12 37 41 36 9th R4     Knockout Round RU QR1 GR     Suriya Domtaisong 9
2010 TPL 30 17 12 1 51 19 63 2nd R4 RU   Not Enter           Suchao Nutnum 11
2011 TPL 34 26 7 1 64 15 85 1st W W               Frank Ohandza 19
2012 TPL 34 14 12 8 60 40 54 4th W W W RU GR     Frank Acheampong 12
2013 TPL 32 23 9 0 73 23 78 1st W W RU W QF   Carmelo González 23
2014 TPL 38 23 10 5 69 26 79 1st R4 RU W W GR   Javier Patiño 21
2015 TPL 34 25 9 0 98 24 84 1st W W W GR W Diogo 33
2016 TL 30 15 10 5 55 38 55 4th R3 W W W GR   Andrés Túñez 9
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

Below is a list of players playing for Buriram United as the official website confirms.[10] 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 Siwarak Tedsungnoen (4th-captain)
5 Venezuela DF Andrés Túñez (Vice-captain)
6 Brazil MF Kanu
7 South Korea MF Go Seul-ki
8 Thailand MF Suchao Nuchnum (Captain)
9 Portugal FW Bruno Moreira
10 Thailand MF Jakkaphan Kaewprom (3rd-captain)
11 Thailand DF Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri
13 Thailand DF Narubadin Weerawatnodom
14 Thailand DF Chitipat Tanklang
16 Thailand DF Koravit Namwiset
17 Thailand DF Anawin Jujeen
18 Thailand FW Sittichok Kannoo
19 Thailand MF Supachok Sarachat
20 Brazil FW Kaio
21 Thailand MF Chitpanya Tisud
23 Thailand MF Alexander Sieghart
No. Position Player
24 Thailand MF Baramee Limwattana
26 Thailand MF Ratthanakorn Maikami
30 Thailand DF Sakeereen Teekasom
31 Thailand DF Abdulhafiz Bueraheng
33 Thailand GK Chinnapong Raksri
34 Thailand FW Anon Amornlerdsak
37 Thailand DF Adisak Sensom-Eiad
38 Thailand GK Kwanchai Suklom
40 Brazil FW Diogo
Brazil MF Rogerinho
Thailand DF Pansa Hemviboon
Thailand FW Supachai Jaided
Thailand DF Adisak Narattho
Thailand DF Jakkrapong Suabsamutr
Thailand MF Naruphon Putsorn
Thailand DF Yossawat Montha
Thailand FW Arthit Butjinda
Thailand DF Patipan Un-Op

Note 1: The club lists the supporters as the 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 DF Nattapon Malapun (at Thailand Chonburi)
Thailand DF Sathaporn Daengsee (at Thailand Port)
Thailand MF Naruphol Ar-Romsawa (at Thailand Chonburi)
No. Position Player
Brazil FW Weslley (at Japan Shonan Bellmare)
South Korea FW Kim Seung-yong (atThailand Suphanburi)


Coaches by years (2001–present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Prapol Pongpanich Thailand 2001 – May 2009 2008 Thailand Premier League
Thongsuk Sampahungsith Thailand May 2009 – Oct 2009
Thanadech Fuprasert Thailand Nov 2009 – May 2010
Attaphol Buspakom Thailand 20 Jan 2010 – 2 May 2013 2011 Thai Premier League
2011 Thai FA Cup
2011 Thai League Cup
2012 Toyota Premier Cup
2012 Thai FA Cup
2012 Thai League Cup
2013 Kor Royal Cup
Scott Cooper England May 2013 – Sept 2013
Alejandro Menéndez Spain Sept 2013–11 April 2014 2013 Thai Premier League
2013 Thai FA Cup
2013 Thai League Cup
2014 Toyota Premier Cup
2014 Kor Royal Cup
Božidar Bandović (interim) Serbia 11 April 2014 – 7 June 2014
Alexandre Gama Brazil 8 June 2014– 22 May 2016 2014 Thai Premier League
2015 Kor Royal Cup
2015 Thai Premier League
2015 Thai FA Cup
2015 Thai League Cup
2015 Mekong Club Championship
2016 Toyota Premier Cup
2016 Kor Royal Cup
Afshin Ghotbi Iran 24 May 2016 – 20 Aug 2016
Ranko Popović Serbia 25 August 2016  2016 Thai League Cup

Captain history

Captain by Years (2010–present)

Years Captain Nationality Vice-Captain Nationality
2010 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Rangsan Viwatchaichok Thailand Thailand
2011 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Rangsan Viwatchaichok Thailand Thailand
2012 Apichet Puttan Thailand Thailand Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand
2013 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Osmar Barba Spain Spain
2014 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Theeraton Bunmathan Thailand Thailand
2015 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Andrés Túñez Venezuela Venezuela
2016 Suchao Nuchnum Thailand Thailand Andrés Túñez Venezuela Venezuela

Management team

Position Staff
Head CoachSerbia Ranko Popović
Assistant CoachSerbia Vladica Grujic
Technical DirectorSerbia Božidar Bandović
Goalkeeper CoachSerbia Zoran Mijanović
Medical DirectorThailand Dr.Pravee Sirithientat
Head of Youth DevelopmentBrazil Jose Alves Borges
B Team Head CoachSerbia Ljubomir Ristovski

Club personnel

Buriram United Co., Ltd.

Owner: Newin Chidchob

Buriram United F.C. Board

Chairman: Newin Chidchob
Vice-President: Karuna Chidchob
Vice-President: Chaichanok Chidchob

Executive Board

Chief Executive Officer: Kanoksak Pinsaeng
Club Secretary: Songkrot Mukdapitak
Stadium manager: Pramoolchai Nopsuphanwong
Team Manager: Tadthep Pitakpoolsin
Assistance-Team Manager: Surapong Sawasdee


Domestic competitions

International competitions


Treble / Quadruple

Asian clubs ranking

As of 26 November 2015. are calculated by the AFC.[13]
Current Rank Country Team
17 Thailand Buriram United
18 Iran Foolad Mobarakeh Sepahan
19 Australia Western Sydney Wanderers
20 Kuwait Kuwait SC
21 Kuwait Qadsia SC


The following are the sponsors of BRUTD (named "BRUTD Partners"):

Title Sponsor

Official Sponsors

International affiliate clubs


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