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What .... showed us, is that Chiangrai United plays better against

stronger teams.

We noticed it in the game against Thai Premier League top club and last

year's cup finalist BEC Tero Sasana, that needed extra time to defeat us

in the national TFA cup here at home.

And, not to forget, Pattaya United is at the moment the fifth best club

of Thailand, as it holds that position in the Thai premier League.

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Chiangrai United vs Pattaya United 1 - 1

This was the second match against a Premier League club this

year and again the points were shared after ninety minutes.

It reflects Chiangrai United's legitimacy to fight for a place in

Thailands top league. The team is ready for it.

This was the fourth game in two weeks (two draws and two wins) and coming

Sunday our men will be standing on the pitch again, this time in Chantaburi,

a respectable bus trip of 1100 kilometer away from home.

Chiangrai United is in 6th position now in the First Division and Chantaburi,

holding the 13th, is a candidate for relegation.

Interesting to see what Thai Honda will be able to do at home against

Suvarnabhumi Customs. A draw would be enough to launch Chiangrai United into

fifth position. And if Chula United teaches Nakon Pathom a lesson we are forth

(and if my mother would have had a moustache, she might have been my father).

Anyhow:

Chiangrai United, susu, susu, susu!

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This week we look forward to a game of 2nd Division Northern Region

newcomer Chiang Rai FC, a club run by local politicians and civil servants,

originally the team of Thoeng's Rajabhat students.

They will host Chiang Mai FC, the leader of the northern regional league.

Sunday 12 September at 16.00 pm :

Chiang Rai FC versus Chiangmai FC

With only two games to go Chiangmai FC has earned 73 points in 28 games, has

a goaldifference of + 47 and is a safe six points ahead of Chainat FC,

the runner up.

Chiang Rai FC collected only 26 points in the same number of games and has a negative

goal difference of not less than - 18, enough for a 12th position so far.

As I mentioned before: Chiangmai FC is coached by Pon, a former succes coach of

Chiangrai United, and Pansa (former goaly of CRUTD and 24 caps) defends its box.

It might turn into a show game, as the difference between the teams could only

be bridged by any other means than football ...

Chiangmai fans: Welcome to Chiang Rai!

Concerning guesthouses or hotels: you just could go the Yedyod Road in the

centre of town, inbetween the famous clocktower that everybody knows and the Yedyod

temple, and ask any of the gentlemen that seek refuge there the way to Ban Bua, Lotus,

Janson, Boonbundan, Suknirand or any other lodge on walking distance. They will be

all inbetween 250 and 350 Baht I guess.

If on a luxury trip the WangCome and WiangInn, same area (1400 Baht?).

In this very same area you will find good company to share a beer with and there are

bars and little restaurants to shelter in case of rain. If tired, enter one of the

excellent massages that are around there and you will see the world different again.

Limbo :yohan:

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What .... showed us, is that Chiangrai United plays better against

stronger teams.

We noticed it in the game against Thai Premier League top club and last

year's cup finalist BEC Tero Sasana, that needed extra time to defeat us

in the national TFA cup here at home.

And, not to forget, Pattaya United is at the moment the fifth best club

of Thailand, as it holds that position in the Thai premier League.

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Chiangrai United vs Pattaya United 1 - 1

This was the second match against a Premier League club this

year and again the points were shared after ninety minutes.

It reflects Chiangrai United's legitimacy to fight for a place in

Thailands top league. The team is ready for it.

This was the fourth game in two weeks (two draws and two wins) and coming

Sunday our men will be standing on the pitch again, this time in Chantaburi,

a respectable bus trip of 1100 kilometer away from home.

Chiangrai United is in 6th position now in the First Division and Chantaburi,

holding the 13th, is a candidate for relegation.

Interesting to see what Thai Honda will be able to do at home against

Suvarnabhumi Customs. A draw would be enough to launch Chiangrai United into

fifth position. And if Chula United teaches Nakon Pathom a lesson we are forth

(and if my mother would have had a moustache, she might have been my father).

Anyhow:

Chiangrai United, susu, susu, susu!

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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This week we look forward to a game of 2nd Division Northern Region

newcomer Chiang Rai FC, a club run by local politicians and civil servants,

originally the team of Thoeng's Rajabhat students.

They will host Chiang Mai FC, the leader of the northern regional league.

Sunday 12 September at 16.00 pm :

Chiang Rai FC versus Chiangmai FC

With only two games to go Chiangmai FC has earned 73 points in 28 games, has

a goaldifference of + 47 and is a safe six points ahead of Chainat FC,

the runner up.

Chiang Rai FC collected only 26 points in the same number of games and has a negative

goal difference of not less than - 18, enough for a 12th position so far.

As I mentioned before: Chiangmai FC is coached by Pon, a former succes coach of

Chiangrai United, and Pansa (former goaly of CRUTD and 24 caps) defends its box.

It might turn into a show game, as the difference between the teams could only

be bridged by any other means than football ...

Chiangmai fans: Welcome to Chiang Rai!

Concerning guesthouses or hotels: you just could go the Yedyod Road in the

centre of town, inbetween the famous clocktower that everybody knows and the Yedyod

temple, and ask any of the gentlemen that seek refuge there the way to Ban Bua, Lotus,

Janson, Boonbundan, Suknirand or any other lodge on walking distance. They will be

all inbetween 250 and 350 Baht I guess.

If on a luxury trip the WangCome and WiangInn, same area (1400 Baht?).

In this very same area you will find good company to share a beer with and there are

bars and little restaurants to shelter in case of rain. If tired, enter one of the

excellent massages that are around there and you will see the world different again.

Limbo :yohan:

Cheers for the info LImbo and Jubby via PM. We will be arriving in Chiang Rai mid-afternoon tomorrow after a quick pop over the Burmese border for a booze run. Weve been told of a few bars to go to watch the football Saturday Night, Ricco's being one of them. So I Think that is where we will be heading first.

Chiang Mai only need a point on Sunday to be Champions so hopefully from our point of view we wil get it in Chiang Rai.

Here's hoping to see Chiang Rai Utd next year in Division 1 if the play-offs go as planned.

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How did the local derby go Guys ?

Limbo ? ThaiMiller ?

CM won 4-1, they said there were 600 CM fans and only about 50 CR fans!

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How did the local derby go Guys ?

Limbo ? ThaiMiller ?

CM won 4-1, they said there were 600 CM fans and only about 50 CR fans!

Wow, Honestly !? ...... Come on Limbo use your writing skills to make this defeat sound not so bad

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How did the local derby go Guys ?

Limbo ? ThaiMiller ?

A good win for Chiang Mai 4-1, but the game was spoilt alot by the big downpour at 3.30pm until just after kick off, there were puddles all over the pitch and at times in was like water polo. But a good weekend out and hope to go next season to watch Chiang Rai Utd Vs Chiang Mai Fc, thats if we have a successful play off adventure.

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With 3 matches remaining in the season Chiang Rai Utd are not far from promotion to top flight Thai foootball, the Thai Premier League. Today is a big one at home to 15th placed Suphanburi, anyone gonig?

The Division 1 is in the most interesting league I've seen with just a couple of matches to go - promotion and relegation http://www.soccerway.com/national/thailand/thai-division-1/2010/regular-season/tables/

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How did the local derby go Guys ?

Limbo ? ThaiMiller ?

A good win for Chiang Mai 4-1, but the game was spoilt alot by the big downpour at 3.30pm until just after kick off, there were puddles all over the pitch and at times in was like water polo. But a good weekend out and hope to go next season to watch Chiang Rai Utd Vs Chiang Mai Fc, thats if we have a successful play off adventure.

Yes my dear Thaimiller, that would have been a nice local derby, as you deserve a better opponent

than Chiang Rai FC. Let's hope we will have a friendly during the break.

First of all I want to congratulate you on winning the championship of the Regional League region North.

You have a great team and a great coach and you had a great season.

I not only hope, but also expect, that you are going to make it into the first division in the qualification

rounds. It became a little bit more complicated this year as not only the winners of the five regional leagues

are involved, but from the bottom of my heart: Chiang Mai Tigers, susu, susu, susu!

Aside of Pichit, Khon Kaen and Songkla (Narathiwat will be relegated to the second division again) all clubs

of the TPL, premier league and first division, are 'under the smoke' of Bangkok. Together we can put the north

on the map!

By winning the last game of the season in the stadium of Suvarnabhumi Customs today (two goals of our miraculous

Wasan en one of our own 'Vava', Edvaldo Pereira from Brasil) we qualified for promotion to the Thai Premier League.

So next year we will not have the chance to play against you if it isn't for a cup.

We wrote history indeed: when we started in the second division the chairman of Chiangrai United told me that

he estimated his team to be of Premier league level. The superb English footbal specialist who started this thread,

Mr. Nigbon, predicted, to my astonishment, this promotion already more than a year ago. And now the team made it true.

I think I speak on behalf of many Chiang Rai citizens if I say thank you Khun Miti, thank you Khun Gerry, thank you

Khun 'Teco' Stefano, and thank you to all this fantastic players, Thai, Brasilian and African who made it happen.

And a special thanks to one of the great players that got injured but now are on their way back, Khun Watcharaporn.

The last month it has been a thriller for us. From the nineth position we climbed to the third that enabled us to

be promoted. Two weeks ago the Weah stands were blue white of all the supporters of Sriracha that wanted to be wittness

of their team winning the championship in Chiang Rai. In vain: we won.

This afternoon about one in four of the spectators at Lad Krabang Stadium were wearing orange. Seven busses brought

our supporters to the home of the lion. The Kwang Krung, our supporters base in the Bangkok area, sealed their

alliance with us by showing up in great numbers.

With pride!

And greetings to all sportsfriends!

Limbo :yohan:

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:DSuvarnaphum Customs Nil - Chiang Rai United 3 - Last game of season

CRai United PROMOTED to Thai Premier League

Congratulations boys

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:D Suvarnaphum Customs Nil - Chiang Rai United 3 - Last game of season

CRai United PROMOTED to Thai Premier League

Congratulations boys

It will be great to see Chiangrai United fan Andrew back in Chiang Rai.

Yesterday he was at the stadium at Lad Krabang to wittness CRUTD play against

the Customs. It was not sure untill yesterday if we were going to be promoted.

Both Songkla and Nakhon Pathom were breathing in our neck, two points behind

but with a better goal difference. So we had to win, ... and we did!

Promoted to the 2011 Thai Premier League are:

Sriracha . . . . . . .30 19 5 6 62 33 +29 62

Khonkaen . . . . . 30 15 9 6 51 35 +16 54

Chiangrai United .30 15 8 7 44 32 +12 53

Great results, also for Khonkaen FC that dramatically ended in fourth

position in two out of the last three seasons.

They really deserved their promotion this time.

Sriracha, that was relegated to the First Division last year, is back

on stage again.

Andy adopted a hill-tribe child here in the north, that's what brought him

here in the first place.

On the pictures we see him together with the players of the all-hilltribe

team Chiangrai Hills FC who also went to the game yesterday and we see

him 'in function' at the Bangkok Glass FC stadium.

Welcome here Andrew for Chiangrai United versus Bangkok Glass next year!

Andrew's second (...) club is in fifth position now in te Thai premier League

with only one game to go.

Limbo :yohan:

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Congratulations to Chiang Rai Utd Fc on the Promotion to the Premier League. Hope to see you there soon.

Edited by thaimiller

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. . . At three o'clock this afternoon (written Saturday November 6)

. . . join the Chiangrai United Motorcade

It will start from the open field at the superhighway near Ban Do.

Coming from Chiang Rai you make a U-turn at the Rajabhat and after

about five hundred meters you will see a lot of orange at your left.

The motorized 'triumphal march' is expected to arrive at the old airport

at about four o'clock, where the religious ceremonies will take place

and players, staff and management will be blessed.

At five o'clock the show will start!

It is the group of Channel 3, famous as Khon Bai Kai Kread (sp?) that

will provide the entertainment and, of course, there will be plenty of

food and drinks. Be sure that there will be a great atmosphere!

Limbo :yohan:

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The new season is here!

Please enjoy a pictorial impression of the festive presentation of the team Chiangrai Hills

and evenso of the new players of Chiangrai United and the greatest firework ever

in Chiangrai (though I hope there has been a better photographer than undersigned; I was so

impressed that I forgot that I had a camera in my hands, so my pictures certainly don't 'cover

the load').

The new Thai players are midfielders Teerasak Po-on, Pichai Prechachao, both coming

from Chanthaburi FC and Kumpee Pintakul formerly Chula United.

Furthermore Yai Nilwong, formerly the great central force of Thai Port FC, Arthit Dowsawang

of TOT-Cat FC, striker Rangsan Rupmoh, former 'number one' goal-getter of Rattana Bundit

and goalkeeper Mantehwa Lahmsombat, who played for Osotspa FC last season.

The new foreigners are Romanian midfielder Leontin Chiţescu, who played on Malta

for the Vittoriosa Stars, Liberian defender Murphy Nagbe, playing for LISCR FC and

Medan before and last but certainly not least Brasilian 'libero' William de Souza,

who for several years has been considered to be one of the best foreign players in

Indonesian football.

Brasilian coach Stefano 'Teko' Cugurra, three times Indonesian Premier League Champion

with Persebaya, the club famous for its excellent football, but even more (and on top of that

feared) for its legendary Surabayan 'tifoso', will also this season be in charge, secunded by

fellow country man Mr. Suarez.

We all remember the former team mate of Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor, Albert Kodjo,

who was CRUTD's physical coach since the team was founded two years ago.

His nickname was 'Coach Neverlost'

The last year he was engaged at the Thai Government Sport School of Lampang and helped his

atlethes to be the most succesfull team at the inter-Thai tournament in Sukhotai, but he will

be back this season and use his skills serving both Chiangrai United and our all-hilltribe

team Chiangrai Hills FC.

Stefano 'Teko' Cugurra came in time for the second leg last year. Chiangrai United was holding

the eleventh position and climbed under his professional and inspiring leadership to the third

that entitled us to play in the Thai Premier League this season.

And also he didn't loose one game in the league anymore!

Okay, against Pattaya United in the Toyota cup (in Pattaya a draw) we held the nills for ninety

minutes and got one goal against in the thirthy minutes extension of the match.

With two coaches of the calibre 'neverlost' we may look forward to an exciting season!

If aside of the team itself somebody's hand and foot will be served, then it will without any

doubt be our German fellow Chiang Rai expat and football expert, formerly Hannover 1896 and for

many years coach in the German upper amateur league, mister W.

Everytime I had the pleasure to enjoy a match together with him he pointed out that the place for

improvement was the midfield.

Japanese Keisuke Ogawa (Kobe FC) and Brasilian Edvaldo Pereira (former player of Swiss St. Gallen

in the year it became Swiss champion and thus probably the only European Cup player ever in Asia)

are the leading strikers and they will, now Ghanese Adu Gyamfi is on loan to Ratchaburi FC find

coming season Rangsan Rupmoh at their side.

Brasilian Wilson gets inforcement from Liberian Murphy Nagbe, a man of the same posture and skills.

But the greatest changes we see on the midfield with Teerasak Po-on, Pichai Prechachao and

Kumpee Pintakul, with Brasilian William da Souza and Yai Nilwong as creative liberos serving

our striking force. Zufrieden, Herr W.?

Limbo :yohan:

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. . . . . Leontin Chiţescu has arrived!

Leontin grew up in the beautiful historical town Timisoara in western Romania, generally

known for its great monuments and for a few even for being the first town in Europe with

electric streetlights.

Logically his professional debut was in Poli Timisoara, one of Romania's top-league clubs.

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The craddle of Leontin's professional football life, the stadium of Timisoara

After Poli he went to its biggest rival UTA Arad, but soon CFR Cluj added him to its ranks

and enabled him to play European Cup football, more precise in the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2005,

where this team ended as runner-up.

After Edvaldo (with Swiss St. Gallen) Leontin is the second player of Chiangrai United

who played European Champions Cup football.

His Asian adventures started in 2007 when he enlisted at PSM Makassar, soon followed by

Persib Bandung and Arema Malang.

After his Indonesian period he had the privilege to play for Vittoriosa Stars on the beautiful

Mediterranean island Malta, before he finally came back to Asia again to play for the Thai Premier

League team of our little northern town, Chiangrai United FC.

. . . . . . . . . . Welcome to Chiang Rai, Leontin!

Limbo :yohan:

Leontin in the shirt of Indonesian Super League Club Arema Malang,

Leontin on Malta last year and finally wearing the shirt of Chiangrai United.

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PS: a nice goal of Leontin 'Per Pan' Chitescu:

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