Pattaya United F.C.

Pattaya United
พัทยา ยูไนเต็ด
Nickname(s) The Blue Dolphins
Short name PTYUTD
Founded 1989 (1989), as Coke Bangpra
2008 (2008), as Pattaya United
Ground Nong Prue Stadium
Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Chonburi,
Ground Capacity 5,500
Head Coach Kim Hak-chul
League Thai League
2016 12th
Website Club home page

Pattaya United Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลพัทยา ยูไนเต็ด) is a Thai football club based in Pattaya, Chonburi province. The club currently plays in the 2016 Thai Premier League, also known as the Toyota Thai League, and formerly known as Thai Premier League.[1] For the 2016 season the club is known as Pattaya NNK United reflecting new title sponsor. Situated in Pattaya City, one of Thailand's top tourist destinations. The Football club is one of the city's best attractions, alongside the beaches and the nightlife. The club known as Coke-Bangpra Chonburi FC before it changed to Pattaya United FC in 2008 as the team was promoted to TPL.

Pattaya United's first ever competitive game was against Thailand Division 2 League side Raj Pracha in the 2009 Queen's Cup which they won 5–0. For 6 years the club remained in the TPL, and finished as high as sixth, and fourth in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The Dolphins were relegated to the Yamaha League One in 2014. When, in January 2015, the club was officially sold to Enigma Sport Ventures, this marked the first change in ownership in the club history.


Coke-Bangpra Chonburi FC

The club was founded under the name Coke-Bangpra Chonburi FC which derived from the sponsor and the community Bang Phra (บางพระ) in the district of Sriracha, the province of Chonburi. After several years in the Provincial League of Thailand, the club was promoted to the Thai Premier League for 2008 season. As the result of the promotion to the TPL, the team was renamed to "Pattaya United" and moved to the city of Pattaya. In the first season in the top flight division, the team finished in 11th place at the end of the season.

Pattaya United FC

The team moved to Pattaya for the 2008 season, and changed its name to Pattaya United FC (The Dolphins), in their first season under the new name the team finished in 11th place in the Thai Premier League, only avoiding relegation in the final game of the season. However, the following seasons the team improved to finishing as high as sixth, and fourth in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The team which have always been looked at as "little brother" team to Chonburi FC as they both were owned by the Kunpluem family, an affluence local family in Chonburi province. The club have shown potentials, winning against teams with double or triple its annual budget, winning the hearts of the Thai, and Foreign fans alike. After spending 6 years in the TPL, and the Dolphins were relegated to the Yamaha League One in 2014. During the off season, the future of the club was uncertain with various speculations.

However, in January 2015 the club was sold to Enigma Sport Ventures (ESV), the sporting arm of the Enigma Global. It marked the first change in ownership in the club history, after several lucrative bids were submitted for the Kunpluem family's consideration. The family, and Pattaya United board felt that the club's best interest, and future lies with Enigma Sport Ventures.

The new ownership's management team moves very quickly in rebranding the club, appointing the new President, Club's first foreign Head Coach, and securing 8 top players from TPL to play in the Division One. Many of which were former "first 11" players from Muangthong United FC, as well as couple Thai and foreign national team players.


The club's fierce local rivals are Chonburi and Sriracha which all are in the same province of Chonburi. Despite all three teams were previously own by the Kunpluem family, they have always compete hard against one another. Also the team over the years were not often in the same division/league as one another, when they met the game have always been a very highest attendance games. In recent years, the rivalries between Chonburi and Pattaya have been the most highly anticipated game of the year in Chonburi province.


Nong Prue Stadium, formally known as Nongprue Municipality Football Field in Pattaya originally designed to hold just over 3,000 spectators, but over the year the additional seats were required to accommodate more fans. So as the result of that, the stadium was renovated once in 2011. Under the new ownership of Enigma Sport Ventures, the stadium is currently undergo the renovation to accommodate up to 5,500 spectators. As well as additional required upgrades by the TPL to make the stadium competition worthy for the 2015 season. In addition to the renovation to the stadium, the new gift shop and club onsite office are added to the stadium ground.

Official team apparel

Period Company Main Sponsor
2008–2014 Thailand Grand Sport Coca Cola
Ocean One | Chang
TRUE | Chang
TRUE | Chang
TRUE | King Power | Chang
2015 Thailand Warrix Bang & Olufsen
2016– Thailand Tamudo Nongnaka

Stadium and locations by season records

Coordinates Location Stadium Capacity Year
12°55′28″N 100°56′14″E / 12.924339°N 100.937163°E / 12.924339; 100.937163 Chonburi Nongprue Municipality Football Field 7,000 2009-2010
13°24′41″N 100°59′37″E / 13.411302°N 100.993618°E / 13.411302; 100.993618 Chonburi IPE Chonburi Stadium 11,000 2011

Season by season records

Season League[2] FA Cup Queen's
Kor Royal
League Cup Top scorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2007 DIV 1 22 11 8 3 30 14 41 2nd  
2008 TPL 30 8 11 11 24 27 35 11th   Tana Chanabut 4
2009 TPL 30 7 11 12 27 33 32 11th R4 Semi-final     Anderson Machado 4
2010 TPL 30 12 9 9 43 38 45 6th QF QF   QF Kengne Ludovick 17
2011 TPL 34 14 11 9 38 27 53 4th R5     R2 O. J. Obatola 8
2012 TPL 34 9 10 15 35 47 37 15th R3     R3 Kengne Ludovick 10
2013 TPL 32 9 2 21 39 66 29 17th R3     R2 Rod Dyachenko 7
2014 DIV 1 34 12 5 17 42 53 41 14th R2     R3 Cristiano Lopes 14
2015 DIV 1 38 18 11 9 77 40 65 2nd R1     QF Milan Bubalo 20
2016 TL 31 9 7 15 46 66 34 12th R2     R3 Júnior Negrão 20
Champions Runners-up Third Place Promoted Relegated

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

  • 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

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 Patiwat Khammai
3 Thailand DF Chutiphan Nobnorb
4 Thailand DF Suphanan Bureerat
5 Thailand DF Tanasak Srisai (Captain)
6 South Korea DF Yoo Jae-ho
7 Brazil MF Antonio Pina
10 Lebanon FW Soony Saad (on loan from BEC Tero Sasana)
11 Thailand MF Wichan Nantasri (on loan from BEC Tero Sasana)
14 Thailand MF Wongsakorn Chaikultewin (on loan from Muangthong United)
15 Thailand DF Jetsada Jitsawad
16 Thailand MF Chokdee Intharaluck
17 Thailand FW Kittisak Hochin
18 Thailand GK Todsaporn Sri-reung (on loan from BEC Tero Sasana)
No. Position Player
21 Thailand MF Phumin Kaewta
23 Thailand FW Sihanart Sutthisak
24 Thailand FW Boonkerd Chaiyasin (on loan from Chonburi)
25 Thailand DF Niweat Siriwong
27 Spain DF Fran González
28 Thailand GK Tatpicha Aksornsri
30 Thailand MF Peerapong Punyanumaporn
31 Thailand MF Ruengyot Chanchaichit
33 Thailand MF Tanapat Na Tarue
34 Thailand DF Pharanyu Uppala
35 Thailand MF Woranat Thongkruea
36 Thailand FW Chayawat Srinawong
37 Thailand MF Picha U-Tra
39 Thailand DF Supravee Miprathang


Coaches by year from 2007 to present.

Name Nat Period Honours
Pansak Ketwattha Thailand 2007–June 09
Jadet Meelarp Thailand June 2009–Nov 09
Thawatchai Damrong-Ongtrakul Thailand Jan 2010–Nov 10
Jatuporn Pramualban Thailand Dec 2010–Nov 11
Chalermwoot Sa-Ngapol Thailand Dec 2011–April 13
Chatchai Paholpat Thailand April 2013–June 13
Jadet Meelarp Thailand June 2013–Nov 13
Trongyod Kinsrisook Thailand Dec 2013–Nov 14
Sean Luke Sainsbury England Jan 2015–April 15
Surapong Kongthep Thailand April 2015–July 15
Lim Jong-heon South Korea July 2015–Dec 15
Miloš Joksić Serbia Jan 2016–May 16
Jetsada Jitsawad (Interim) Thailand May 2016–June 16
Kim Hak-chul South Korea June 2016–present

Technical staff

Name Nationality Role
Yutthana Thaweesappasuk  Thailand Team Manager
Kim Hak-chul  South Korea Head Coach
Darren Charles Read  Thailand Assistant Coach
Jetsada Jitsawad  Thailand Assistant Coach
Uthai Bunmo  Thailand Assistant Coach
Sarawut Kambua  Thailand Goalkeeper Coach


  1. "Premier League Thailand". Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  2. King, Ian; Schöggl, Hans & Stokkermans, Karel (20 March 2014). "Thailand – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 October 2014. Select link to season required from chronological list.

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