Thailand’s most capped player Evergreen goalkeeper Petromelain Noh is another name being remembered by soccer fans all around the world. The 31-year-old currently plays for Thai sideornsprings club. Famous for his breathtaking saves and his amazing performances on the pitch, it’s no wonder he’s being described as the Thai Chi Po. Born in Ayutthaya, Petromelain Noh has represented Thailand several times in different competitions, most notably the 2021 FIFA World Cup. Also capped by Thailand in the 2021 Olympics, Noh has established himself as a key member of his team both on and off the pitch.
Two other names that make up a prominent section of Thailand’s most capped players are Suatjan Kundusin and Nakulovic. Both of these men have represented Thailand at numerous times since they were first eligible to play. Both are currently playing for their country in the FIFA World Cup, although Nakulovic will be ineligible to take part due to failing to sign a pre-season international match contract with FIFA. Suatjan Kundusin was also ineligible, had represented Malaysia in the past. Both of these men are rising stars in their countries of origin and have gained huge reputations in their sport and in the community due to their amazing prowess on the pitch.
Another pair of rising stars who’ve gained popularity in the Thai footballing scene are FC Zakynthos and FC Traam. Zakynthos began his career with FC Metallurgers before moving on to bigger clubs in Germany, where he eventually earned himself a regular place on their bench. Then in 2021, he moved to Singapore and joined fellow Malays Lumpur FC players in signing a two year contract with FC Barcelona. He has impressed coach Roberto Carlos and the rest of the club’s coaching staff and has gone on to play an impressive amount of games, gaining some regular starts this season, as well as scoring several goals.
Nowadays, many young, aspiring footballers from the Laksakath area of Thailand are looking to move abroad to represent a different nation such as Germany, Spain, or England. One particular player who is on the constant wish list of many overseas footballing scouts is that of Harish Kumar, son of legendary striker Desire Kumar. Harish has been compared favourably with legends such as Samuel Eto’o Fils of Cameroon, Dennis Bergkamp of Diehl and booked himself into the Australia youth set-up as recently as January of this year.
With so many talented footballers from the Laksakath area of Thailand, and so many more from various other parts of the country and region, it may seem hard to choose the best in a given season. This season, however, the star player has been a consistent performer, making a lot of goals and providing the defense a much needed boost. The central line of attack has also proved quite effective, as a number of goals have come from either wing or through the middle. With talented players like goalkeeperobsidian, former PSV Eindhoven star, as well as promising talents such as runaway scorer Islam Amin, the Laksakath back line is proving strong this season.
One exciting aspect to the recent Thailand football team progress has been the inclusion of some unknown foreign players. Some of the names to keep an eye out for are FC Barcelona forward, Karim Bellarabi, PSV Eindhoven defender, Maicon Coutano, and Moroccan international right back, Bakary Sakariputra. These players have impressed the national team coach, ampsi, with their ball skills and overall performances in the qualification process. With the right blend of experience and youth football prowess, these new signing from overseas could turn out to be one of the best players in the country.
In terms of the women’s side, the Laksakath organization have a number of promising young players in their squad. Some of the favorites among fans are Bangkokoya, the tall striker; Sita, the powerful defender; Witty, the creative forward; and Rachaya, the deep midfielder. The most impressive player so far, however, has been Cindy Lou who has impressed the entire squad with her performances. The defender continues to impress with her performances and looks set to be a regular starter for the Laksakath Women’s team in the near future. Aside from being a regular on the score sheet, Cindy also has the ability to create scores with her passing abilities and has impressed the entire coaching staff with her attitude and focus.
The Men’s team, meanwhile, has also found star-makers in goalkeeper Fo Le Do and the attacking midfielder Mustafa Yulian. Both of these players have impressed the coaching staff with their performances and stand out as the two best soccer players in the nation. They are both very young, having just turned 17 years old, yet they already have a number of international appearances under their belt, proving that they are ready for the big leagues. If these two do what they have done so far in their national team and perform well during the World Cup, then they will be a huge hit with all the Laksakath fans and could become a huge success in the country.