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Football In Chiang Rai: Chiangrai United FC

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...... the orange power from CR + BKK around 45-50 of us did 90 minute standing and singing none stop

These guys are really great!

I admire their dedication, stamina and endurance.

To a great extend it's 'them' that makes the difference during the games of CR.!

Long live the Orange Power!

During the first half, last Saturday in Tak, it seemed as if our men in orange played a sticky ball.

Earlier during the day it had been raining a lot and a great part of the match was played in clouds of drizzle, unwilling to open up and the field

was therefore soaked 'just that little bit too much'.

The football field of the Mae Fah Luang University, the home ground of Chiang Rai United, is well drained. Ten minutes after even a rather heavy rain shower the field will be playable again, but it seemed as if the field in Tak had more problems to get rid of the wet and non-sollicited blessings from above.

It took about 35 minutes for Chiang Rai to glue the ball for the first time against the net behind an excellently keeping goaly of Tak and one minute before the end of the first half Tak managed in its turn to pass our Pansa Meehatam: 1 - 1 .

After tea the team of Chiang Rai seemed to be reborn: in stead of trying to shove the ball to each other in straight passes, of which many times in vain, they put their shoes a little bit further under the leather and lifted it in free flights towards its intended destination. This worked out great and keeping the ball high created the one chance after the other. Only (!) three times the team managed to silver them: After ten minutes the second goal, two minutes later the third and before the match ended the ball sailed for a fourth time behind Tak's goaly: Final result 1 - 4 !

Chiang Rai United wrote history last Saturday: It was the first time that Tak was defeated on its own grounds.

Also Chiang Rai has not been defeated yet at home and coming Saturday it is Kamphaeng Phet's turn to try to achieve where others failed.

Next match: Coming Saturday June 13 at 6 o'clock, in the Mae Fah Luang University Sports Stadium.

For transport and car-pooling please come to Rico's opposite the Condotel before five! Last time we reduced the number of cars from nine to four.

Limbo :)

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Tonight: Chiang Rai United - Kampaeng Phet 1 - 0

Goal after thirty minutes in the first half.

Attractive football from both sides.

10 Games, 10 wins! First half of the league done.

Start second half July 4

Good night! Sleep well!

Limbo :)

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Tonight: Chiang Rai United - Kampaeng Phet 1 - 0

Goal after thirty minutes in the first half.

Attractive football from both sides.

10 Games, 10 wins! First half of the league done.

Start second half July 4

Good night! Sleep well!

Limbo :)

hi mr Limbo,i am enjoying your match reports an when i come to c.r. will go and watch the games,can you tell me when this season ends?and the new one begins? please.this sounds like a fun day out,the best thing is there will be no americans for obvious reasons. :D

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Does anyone know if Chiang Rai is playing in the FA Cup?

the dates of the matches are out -

http://www.thaileaguefootball.com/index.ph...824&Ntype=1

All premier league teams and Div 1 teams are playing, but only some div 2 teams... I really hope Chiang Rai is one of them!

Nope, Mr.Pond coach of CRUTD had refused to put the team in FA cup because he only has 20 players in his team and FA cup will start around second leg and play off round.

Our goal is to go to first division and once we are in first division we will automatically be in the FA cup ( no need to be in qualify round) said mr.Pond

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Does anyone know if Chiang Rai is playing in the FA Cup?

the dates of the matches are out -

http://www.thaileaguefootball.com/index.ph...824&Ntype=1

All premier league teams and Div 1 teams are playing, but only some div 2 teams... I really hope Chiang Rai is one of them!

Thanks Ben for answering this question and thanks Nigbon for sharing this great side with us.

Can any of you answer Luvworks question about the schedule of the second leg of this season?

I don't have a clue either ...

Concerning the match against Kampaeng Phet last Saturday I must say that it was the best football-technically and most entertaining out of the three games I have seen so far (my humble opinion!).

Anybody who thought that Kampaeng Phet would be a team that could be put aside easily, must have been seriously disappointed.

We got that comforting lead out of a beautiful headed ball by Watcharakorn after exactly 30 minutes and five minutes later again a castle of a chance, and yes, even two minutes before the end of the first half again a second goal was hanging in the air, but luck had clearly taken a break.

One of the highlights of the second half was without doubt the spectaculair save of our goaly Pansa Meesatam in the 10th minute.

15 Minutes later it was again Kampaeng Phet that almost scored the equalizer, but then the wind started to blow some empty waterbottles along the line in the same direction as the Kampaeng Phetters had to send the ball and their game was over.

The wind made it more difficult to controle the ball for our opponents and Chiang Rai United got its turn again. In the 32nd minute it was the goaly of Kamphaeng Phet who with a 'pike pearch like' dive jump managed the catch the ball in the outer right corner of his goal and therewith wrote the second higlight of the second half on his name.

It was a nice match to look at, many great moments and as usual a great atmosphere also thanks to the unsurpassable 'Orange Power' group that seemed to have practized many new songs and yells.

Bradthai, who as a formal professional player (Sydney City, Singapore etc.) must have a great eye to estimate the number of visitors on public galeries, estimated the crown on more than 1600. Myself, more the conservative counting-type, came on 1400 plus. So the real number might have been inbetween these two estimates.

Yes Luvworks, it is pure entertainment and every game there are surprising novelties around the pitch showing up to make things even better. It can be small airplane models filling the air during the break or beautiful female supporters of Chiang Rai United showing their affinity for this beautiful sport not only by cheering on the team but by their sheer presence as well.

Next game will be the 4th of July, but against who and where and at what time is still in the dark. But don't worry, we'll know in time.

Have a nice day!

Limbo :)

Yesterday it was my honor to present at the occasion of his 81st birthday a shirt (L) of Chiang Rai United to the oldest foreign supporter of the team, Dutch Mr. Wout, in Chiang Rai and environmenst better know as Loung Wow.

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I'm still not sure who they wil play, bt it is most likely to be the reverse fixture of rond 1 (this is the format of the Thai Premier League) which woud be Chiang Rai v Chainat.

I'll keep you updated if I know anything.

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Nope Nigbon

It's gonna be backward like this

4th July - Away to Kamphang Phet

11th - Home with Tak

18th - Away to Phetchaboon

26th - Home with Phare

1st Aug - No game

8th - Home with Pissanulok

15th - Away to Uttaradit

22nd - Home with Chiang Mai

29th - Away to Pichitr

5th Sep - Home with Sukothai

12th - Home with Chainath

Lucky we have 2 last games at home ^^

To Limbo , Im gonna put your comments and picture in ChiangRai UTD web board is that ok ?

Brook

Orange Power member

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Thanks Ben!

I think Nigbon, who actually happens to be one of the most prominent Bangkok based foreign experts on Thai football, will be surprised as well.

Of course you can put my comments on the web board of Chiang Rai United (please correct my English first, 5555!).

So aside from the real top supporter, who will follow the team to Kamphaeng Phet the 4th of July, the lazy, somewhat over-weighted version will not have to get his potatoe out of his couche before Saturday July 11 for the home game against Tak.

Limbo :)

PS: See you at your guesthouse soon!

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Hi guys,

big news in today. The format for promotion to division 1 was released. http://www.thaileaguefootball.com/

In summary it means that by winning Division 2 North region Chiang Rai qualify for a play off group at the end of the year with the other regions winners. They will need to finish in the top 3 in that group to qualify for division 1.

Limbo, thanks for plug, but I have to warn you that it is sometimes tough to know what rules are in place by the FAT as they change regularly. Anyway I'll try and keep it updated.

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Important news is also that Chiang Rai United will play its home games from now on in the stadium of Chiang Rai town (Sanam Kila).

Most of you will know the location of these sport fields as you might have been playing tennis there, or swimming, or shooting, or playing a 'jeu de boules', or jogging, or just looking at these youngsters playing the marvellous game that's called takraw.

Coming from the north over the superhighway you cross the bridge over the Maekok and take immediatly at the first traffic light to the left. Straight on for about two kilometer and you are there.

Coming from the south you take to the right at Hi Yek (King Mengrai monument) and then to the left after two kilometer.

For some magic reason (Chiang Rai simply had no team) the beautiful football stadium of the municipal sportfields was hardly used.

The last two home games at the stadium of the Mae Fah Luang University (against Petchabun and Kampaeng Phet) were visited by about 1300 - 1400 supporters. It will be interesting to see if that number goes up and how much.

The 17 km superhighway to the university were not really supportive, but from the other side now it will be much further for the fans from the north and from Maechan in particular.

I am happy about it, though the surroundings of the 'old' stadium are unsurpassable in their beauty.

Hope to see you Saturday evening July 11 at the stadium of Chiang Rai for the match against Tak of which Chiang Rai United won away with 4 - 1.

Limbo :)

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We had a friendly match with Phare yesterday ( saturday ) we had some new players that came for a trail.

The result was 1-1 .

Phare got almost all new players and I heard 2 of them are from Ghana and some other African .

The pitch at Sanam Kila is smaller than Mae fah luang stadium so its differcult for crutd to play because we need space for our forwards.

As you can see , Watcharakorn number 7 he always run down to the left side or through the center with the ball but with the smaller pitch he had a bad time last game.

our number 9 , Chatchai has got injured and he will be out for 2 months.

anything update I will let you guys know.

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Thanks Brook for the update! Sad story about Chatchai Narkwijit. He is always dangerous, in a manner of speaking even if he only looks at the ball, because he really masters the art of creating space. Extremely fast and effective. A pleasure to see him play.

Okey, time for some good news!

Chiang Rai United , by its sheer existence, has already shown to be enormous important for the promotion of football in our province:

May 31 five young northern Thai men from the ethnic minorities (the 'hilltribes') of Chiang Rai Province visited the football game Chiangrai United - Petchabun (3 - 2) in the stadium of Mae Fah Luang University.

As if inspired by the American president himself they said: "Yes, we can do too!"

Two of the gentlemen, one being Akha and the other Yao, decided to set up their own football club.

Three weeks later, June 21 a first talent identification day was held: the contours of a club became visible!

This weekend, exactly four weeks after their visit to Chiang Rai United , the final selection of the players took place, the captain was choosen and many practical problems found a solution. A football club was born: Chiang Rai Hills FC .

Australian Brad, a highly respected English teacher in Chiang Rai and former professional player (Sydney City and Singapore Army), FIFA licensed coach cat 3 as well, was prepared to get this team going. Furthermore another 'professional' was found to shoulder the task of commercial manager. He happens to be the best one you could wish.

More information will follow at the occasion of the official presentation of the team.

Limbo :)

Chiang Rai United SUSU!

Chiang Rai Hills SUSU!

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Wow ~ this is cool

is Chiang Rai Hills gonna enter 2nd division next year ?

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Just arrived from Kamphangpeth

the result was 1-1

good night

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