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Chonburi Football Club ( ) is a Thaimarker professional football club based in city of Chonburimarker, Chonburi provincemarker and currently playing in the top division in Thai football, the Thai Premier League. The team lifted the league title in 2007 which became one of the most successful season in their history.

Chonburi has by far the largest fanbase in Thai Premier League with average attendances at the club have been higher than any other team in Thai football. Chonburi were founded in 2002 and their rivalries are Pattaya United and Sriracha FC which also based in Chonburi provincemarker. The team is widely known by their nickname The Sharks which can be seen in the club logo.


The early years

Chonburi FC is a football club from city of Chonburimarker established from the football club of Assumption College Srirachamarker. They first participated in the Football Cup. Later, the club was cooperated with Sannibat-Samutprakan (Division 1 team) and named as Chonburi-Sannibat-Samutprakan FC.

In the year 2002, The club joined the Thailand Provincial League in the name of Chonburi Code Red after separated from Sannibart Samutprakarn FC. The club had the nickname as The Sharks( ) and changed their logo in 2003 season accordingly.

First major successes

In 2005 they won the Pro League title by beating Nakhon Ratchasima FC at the Central stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima, and moved to Thai Premier League in the season 2006 with the Pro League runners up, Suphanburi FC. The shark tribes finished 8th place in the Thai League 2006 season.

In 2006, they were invited to play in the Singapore Cup and reached the final, defeating local sides Home United FC, Albirex Niigata FC and Balestier Khalsa along the way. In the final they lost to Tampines Rovers FC 2-3 in the extra time after leading 2-0.

In 2007, they were again invited to participate in the Singapore Cup, but were defeated in the first round against Balestier Khalsa FC, in a replay of the previous season's semi-finals. Chonburi FC lost 3-2 in normal play. They have formed links with Manchester City FC.

Asian competitions

Chonburi played in the first AFC Champions League in 2008 with the drawn against Japanese champions Gamba Osaka. On March the 20th 2008 the club achieved its first victory in the AFC Champions League against the highly fancied Melbourne Victory. The game was clouded by controversy when Melbourne Victory scored their only goal whilst a Chonburi FC player was down injured and his teammates were calling for the ball to be played off the park. It mattered little when Cameroonianmarker striker Baga scored a goal from 35 yards out and then followed it up with a second goal in extra time to condemn the Melbourne Victory to their first loss in the competition 3-1.


At the start of the 2008 season, Chonburi used the Chonburi Municipality Stadiummarker for the first half of the season and used the Suphachalasai Stadiummarker for played in the AFC Champions League, but due to a dispute with the local authority, the club moved back to the local stadium Princess Sirindhorn Stadium.


Image:Chonburi FC Former Logo.png|2003-2006Image:Chonburi.svg|2007-present


  • Chang Beer
  • Hemaraj Land and Development PLC - Chonburi signed a sponsorship deal worth 18 million baht with Hemaraj Land and Development Plc. The property developer will be the club's main sponsor for three years starting in 2009
  • Coca Cola
  • Krating Daeng (Red Bull)


Coaches by Years (2004-present)

Name Nat Period Honours
Withaya Laohakul 2004-2006 Provincial League 2005
Jadet Meelarp 2007-2008 Thai Premier League 2007
Kor Royal Cup 2008
Kiatisuk Senamuang 2009 Kor Royal Cup 2009
Jadet Meelarp 2010


Domestic Leagues

Domestic Cups


Season League FA Cup Queen's

Kor Royal

Asia Top goalscorer
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
2002 PRO 10 5 3 2 17 12 18 2nd
2003 PRO 22 12 5 5 62 30 41 3rd
2004 PRO 18 5 6 7 27 26 21 6th
2005 PRO 22 15 3 4 58 24 48 1st
2006 TPL 22 5 12 5 29 28 27 8th GR Singapore Cup - RU Pipob On-Mo 7
2007 TPL 30 19 6 5 50 25 63 1st W Pipob On-Mo 16
2008 TPL 30 15 14 1 34 14 59 2nd W AFC Champions League - GR Tana Chanabut 6
2009 TPL 30 18 8 4 50 30 62 2nd R4 SF W AFC Cup - QF Kone Mohamed 14

Champions Runners-up Promoted Relegated

  • P = Played
  • W = Games won
  • D = Games drawn
  • L = Games lost
  • F = Goals for
  • A = Goals against
  • Pts = Points
  • Pos = Final position

  • QR1 = First Qualifying Round
  • QR2 = Second Qualifying Round
  • QR3 = Third Qualifying Round
  • QR4 = Fourth Qualifying Round
  • RInt = Intermediate Round
  • R1 = Round 1
  • R2 = Round 2
  • R3 = Round 3

  • R4 = Round 4
  • R5 = Round 5
  • R6 = Round 6
  • GR = Group Stage
  • QF = Quarter-finals
  • SF = Semi-finals
  • RU = Runners-up
  • S = Shared
  • W = Winners

Major International Competitions

Season Competition Result Average Crowd
2006 Singapore Cup 2006 Runners-up -
2008 AFC Champions League 2008 Group Stage -
2009 AFC Cup 2009 Quarter Finals

Topscorers by season

Season Nationality Name Goals GF
2006* Pipob On-Mo 7 29
Ismael Cheik Kamara 4
- - -
2007 Pipob On-Mo 16 50
Kone Mohamed 8
Sarawut Janthapan 7
2008** Pipob On-Mo 5 34
Ekaphan Inthasen 5
Jules Baga 3
2009*** Kone Mohamed 14 50
Arthit Sunthornpit 9
Pipob On-Mo 6

Technical staff

As of February 2009:
Name Role
Annop Singthothong Team manager
Thanasak Suraprasert International Team manager
Twish Huschavanich Team secretary
Jadet Meelarp Team coach
Jakkapan Panpee Assistant Team coach
Somkiet Passachan Goalkeeping Coach
Marcos Antonio International Physiotherapist
Nuthapol Thongsuke Physiotherapist
Chaiya Siriphan Team Staff
Thumanoon Chanthajitr Team Staff


Current squad

As of November 13, 2009

  (2nd vice-captain)


  (3rd vice-captain)

Note: The official club website lists the supporters as player #12.

2010 Season transfers



Former Players

Only included Thai players with senior international caps






Affiliated Clubs

External links

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