V. League club’s Thai coach in FIFA Century Club

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V. League club's Thai coach in FIFA Century Club

Kiatisuk Senamuang as the head coach of Hoang Anh Gia Lai. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa.


Hoang Anh Gia Lai head coach Kiatisuk Senamuang has joined FIFA Century Club as one of the footballers with over 100 international appearances.

He played for the Thai national team from 1993 to 2007, scoring 70 goals in 131 games. He is the most capped player and top scorer in Thai history.

His 131 international caps give Kiatisuk the same number as Spanish legend Andres Iniesta and surpasses some other famous names like Dutch goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar (130 games) and Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo (127).

With Thailand, he won three AFF Cups, SEA Games gold medals and King’s Cup titles each.

Getting into coaching soon after retirement, he helped Thailand win two AFF Cup titles and one SEA Games gold. He managed to get Thailand into the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

He has a long and close connection with HAGL. He played for the club from 2002 to 2006, winning two V. League titles and two Vietnamese Super Cups.

In 2006 he became their head coach while still playing. He returned to HAGL again in 2010, but only lasted a year that time.

Last November HAGL appointed him head coach for third time on a two-year contract. After 12 rounds the club are sitting on top of the V. League table with 29 points.

The FIFA Century Club has two other Thai footballers, Sripan Thachatawan and Teerasil Dangda.

But there are no Vietnamese. Former striker Le Cong Vinh is the most capped player for Vietnam with 83 appearances, following by midfielders Pham Thanh Luong (78 games) and Nguyen Trong Hoang (70 games).

However, Hoang has a chance to increase his tally since he is still playing for the national team.

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