July 18, 2024

Bangkok United’s fight for the 2024 Thai Championship ends at the hand of Police Tero FC with the relegated team prevailing 3-0, handing league leaders Buriram United their tenth Thai Championship. On the other side of the table, 2007 Champions Chonburi FC suffered a shock relegation after a 6-0 thrashing from Mueangthong United. Let’s recap Matchweek 29 of the 2023/2024 Thai League!

Doomed Tero ended Bangkok’s dream: Police Tero 3-0 Bangkok United

The matchweek’s opening fixture was a duel between high-flying Bangkok United and bottom-feeding Police Tero; the two teams had enjoyed and endured starkly different fortunes. Bangkok United needed three points to keep their championship hopes alive, whereas Police Tero was getting relegated regardless of the results today. The match was played at Boonyachinda Stadium in Lak Si District, Bangkok, on May 17, 2024.

The game kicked off, and it was clear that the visitors were willing to give their all to win this game. Bangkok United bombarded the opposition goal throughout the first half-hour, but it was the host who took the lead against the run of play. In the 35th minute, Songkhramsamut Namphueng’s shot was deflected out for a left-side corner kick, which would then be initially cleared out of the box by Bangkok defenders. The ball then dropped to Filipino midfielder Dennis Villanueva who struck the ball into the top corner. The first half ended at this scoreline, and Police Tero was now leading the league title contenders against all odds.

Not long after the resumption of the second half, Tero’s Congolese striker Juvhel Tsoumou doubled the lead for the hosts, and Bangkok United’s title hopes had dwindled like a candle amidst heavy rainstorm. The visitors tried to break the duck, but the host seals the deal in the 83rd minute. Ghanaian Kwame Karikari intercepted the ball and passed out to the right flank. Suksan Bunta returned the cross to Yashir Islame who slotted in Tero’s third.

The whistle blew, and Buriram was crowned champion without even lifting a finger.

The newly crown champ’s first outing: Uthai Thani FC 0-2 Buriram United

After Bangkok United’s loss, Buriram United stepped onto Uthai Thani Provincial Stadium pitch with no pressure and limitless joy. They were at that point ten-time Thai champions (nine if you exclude championship won by ‘Buriram PEA’). But, it would be ill-fitting for a newly crowned king to lose his first battle, so the team was looking forward to a fiercely contested match against Uthai Thani, a team that had nothing to fight for.

The first half came and went with not much to take note of. But, Teerathon Bunmathan’s corner kick in the 51st minute met Guilherme Bissoli’s head and flew into the net, giving the champions their deserving lead. Soon afterwards, Bunmathan and Bissoli combined yet again and set up Supachai Chaided who calmly slotted the ball past Bunyakiat Wongsachaem, his 18th goal of the campaign which left him two goals behind in the Golden Boot race. Nothing happened afterwards. Buriram won 2-0 and extended their unbeaten run in the league to seventeen games in a row. Their final match will be played at home against Khon Kaen United on May 26 at 6.00 PM. The title lifting ceremony will be held after the final whistle blows.

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A dynasty ends: Mueangthong United 6-0 Chonburi FC

Chonburi came into this game with little hope of survival; they had only 27 points after 28 games, enough to place them only fourteenth out of sixteen teams in the league. Three points from four-time champions Mueangthong United would certainly give them a boost in the survival fight, but not a guarantee. On the other hand, Mueangthong had nothing else to fight for except a meaningless P4 in the standings. Though, the Kirins still had to contest in the Thai League semi-finals with champions Buriram later the upcoming week.

To put it bluntly: the game went how everyone had expected. Mueangthong utterly dismantled Chonburi 6-0 with five Mueangthong players putting their names on the scoresheet. Jaroensak Wonggorn opened the floodgates in the 33rd minute, the only goal of the first half which gave a false impression that Chonburi was somehow still in that; they were absolutely not. Two goals from Willian Popp and three goals from Kakana Khamyok, Teeraphol Yoryoei and Lee Jae-sung ended Chonburi’s 18-year spell in the top-flight division of the Thai football pyramid.

Statement of Chonburi manager Sasit Singtothong announcing his resignation

“As manager of Chonburi FC, I wish to hereby make an important announcement about myself and Chonburi FC and communicate to every Chonburi fans. Firstly, I want to express my sincere condolences at everything, particularly the team’s poor performance which led to our relegation to [Thai League 2]. It is my sole responsibility, not that of the executives, coaching staff or players. I firmly believe that everyone had done their absolute best. Therefore, I have decided to resign from my managerial post, effective Sunday after the final league match. Also, I submitted a nomination for our new manager to the Board of Directors, which have since been approved.

I wish to invite our fans to come support our team this Sunday and also to welcome our new manager. The admission will be free for our fans. Further details will be communicated via the club’s Facebook page.

From now on, I will continue to support the club as a Chonburi FC supporter, the only team I wholeheartedly love. Lastly, I wish to thank the fans for your loyalty to Chonburi FC throughout these tough times and your support for me. I firmly believe that the new manager, my replacement, will be able to bring positive results and success within one year. The team will be promoted back to Thai League 1 soon. Chonburi will return to our greatness once again.”

Summary of results

May 17, 2024

  • Police Tero 3-0 Bangkok United

May 18, 2024

  • Mueangthong United 6-0 Chonburi
  • PT Prachuap 1-0 Chiang Rai United
  • Trat 2-2 Lamphun Warrior
  • Uthai Thani 0-2 Buriram United

May 19, 2024.

  • Khon Kaen United 5-1 Sukhothai
  • Nakhon Pathom 1-3 BG Pathum United
  • Ratchaburi 2-2 Port

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