Thailand
Tournament record:
Winners in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2014
Runners up in 2006/7, 2008 and 2012

Nickname:
Changsuk (The War Elephants)

National coach:
Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang (Thailand)

A youthful Thailand team embodying the attributes of coach Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamuang swept all before them to win the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record-equalling fourth time in 2014.

“Kiatisuk’s Kids”, as they became known, played a refreshing brand of free-flowing football with tournament MVP Chanathip “Messi J” Songkrasin, the beating heart of the team.

The coach - a legend in his playing days - led the under-23 side to the SEA Games title in December 2013 and stuck with many of the youngsters for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

It proved inspirational with midfielders Chanathip, Charyl Chappuis and striker Adisak Kraisorn playing starring roles as Thailand ended their 12-year title drought.

Fears that the young side would suffer from stage fright were soon banished with an opening 2-1 win over hosts Singapore in the spanking new National Stadium and two goals from Adisak and one by Chappuis saw Thailand beat Malaysia 3-2 in their second group game.

A 2-0 win over Myanmar kept up their winning record and after being held to a goalless draw in the semi-final (first leg) by the Philippines, Thailand reached the final with an emphatic 3-0 victory in the return leg.

The Thais played some delightful football in the first leg of the final, including a crowd-pleasing 26-pass tiki-taka move, to secure a 2-0 win.

Malaysia responded brilliantly in front of their own fans at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur and took a three-goal lead after 58 minutes of the second leg.

Spurred into action, Thailand grabbed two late goals through Chappuis and Chanathip to clinch the AFF Suzuki Cup 4-3 on aggregate.

Since being crowned kings of ASEAN in 2014, Thailand have qualified for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup and the final round of the 2018 World Cup Russia Asian qualifiers and Kiatisuk wants to maintain the momentum by retaining the AFF Suzuki Cup.
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