THE MUAY THAI AND THE FOOTBALL !

Special report by Serge TREFEU (2014)

 

In Thailand, the sport the most known after Muay Thai it's the football. Although the Thailand have no international soccer team, many Thai are crazy of football!
All year round, the European championships of first division, especially the English championship, are broadcast on Thais TV. Thais follow with fervours the big soccer events such as the Europe Cup and of course the World cup!

The most appreciated foreign football teams are English, Thais adore the famous clubs of the English championship as Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United!
But they know very also the big European clubs that are the Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus of Turin, Inter of Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris PSG!

The boxers who are accomplished sportsmen are almost all fans of soccer, and each has a favorite team which is often a team from of their native region. But they also follow with interest of the foreign teams, they are real football fan, fascinated, until wear the shirt of their team idol!

SUPERLEK KIATMUU9 (LUMPINEE CHAMPION) IS A FAN OF THE FAMOUS CLUB CHELSEA!

 

SUPERBANK SAKCHAICHOTE (LUMPINEE CHAMPION), IS A BIG FAN OF THE FAMOUS ENGLISH CLUB MANCHESTER UNITED!

LEGENDARY SAMKOR KIETMONTEP (LUMPINEE CHAMPION, THAILAND CHAMPION, WORLD CHAMPION) IS A BIG FOOTBALL FAN OF LIVERPOOL FC!

The football in Thailand it's enormously developed these last years, to such a point that there is a Thai championship of first division today which is followed in all the country!
From now on, the young people are more bewitched by the football than by the Muay Thai. For example, in the region of Buriram which was one of the regions which produced the best fighters of the country, today, the Thai boxing is not very popular any more with the young people who prefer by far the football...

The city of Buriram invested millions of bahts in the construction of a magnificent soccer stadium. It's at present one of the biggest and more beautiful of Thailand. And the local team, Buriram United F.C ., became the professional the most renowned club of the country which includes within his team several foreign players. In 2011, Buriram United F.C swiped everything by by gaining the Thai Premier League, the Thai FA Cup and the Thai League Cup, in 2013, again the Thai Premier League, the Thai FA Cup and the Toyota League Cup, a record!

THE STAR SAM-A KAYANGHADDAO IS A FAN OF THE TEAM OF HIS NATIVE REGION, THE BURIRAM UNITED F.C.!

SINGDAM KIATMUU 9 (BEST BOXER OF YEAR 2002) DON'T MISS A MATCH OF THE BURIRAM UNITED F.C ., ONE OF THE CLUBS THE MOST KNOWN TODAY IN THAILAND!

The boxers are faithful football fan of clubs but also accomplished players, after their hard training, they don't hesitate to put the shirt for furious football match...

SEKSUN OR KWANMUANG (TV7 CHAMPION) LOVES THE SOCCER!

SUPERLEK KIATMUU 9 (LUMPINEE CHAMPION) EVERY DAY PLAY SOCCER AFTER HIS TRAINING OF BOXING!

TUKKATATONG PHETPAYATHAI (TV7 CHAMPION) PRACTISES THIS SPORT IN A AMATEUR FOOTBALL TEAM OF PHUKET!

THE STARS OF THE MUAY THAI, PAKORN SAKYOTIN, SUDSAKORN SOR KLINMEE, SAENCHAI PK MUAYTHAIGYM, SAM-A KAYANGHADDAO AND BUAKAW BANCHAMEK ARE ARDENT SUPPORTERS OF FOOTBALL!

WUTIDET LOOKPRABAT (BEST BOXER OF YEAR 2007) AND SAENCHAI SOR KINGSTAR (BEST BOXER OF YEAR 1999 AND 2008) WERE IN CONFRONTATION ON A FOOTBALL PITCH!

Several great champions of Muay Thai even began to play soccer before becoming fighters, it's the case for example of the star Saenchai PK Muaythai Gym. After Muay Thai, other passion of Saenchai it's the football. When he was a child, before becoming a fighter, King of boxing rings was an excellent soccer player. Today, he continuous to play fooball often and he has the same almost do stop his boxer's career to play in a professional soccer team of the Thai Premier League, the team of Muanthong United situated in the province of Nonthaburi

THE STAR SAENCHAI WITH THE SHIRT OF CLUB MUANTHONG UNITED!

The champions of boxing are for a long time followers of the football in their spare time. Already, in the 90s, there were often football matches organized between teams consisted of boxers, of friendly amateur matches, of course...

THE DREAM SOCCER TEAM WITH THE LEGENDS OF THE 90S, JAROENTHONG, NAMPON, PHETLAMCHEE, KAENSAK, RITIDET, HIPPY, KARUHATE, NAMKABUAN!



SILAPATHAI JOCKYGYM (RADJA CHAMPION), WANVISET KAENNORASING (RADJA CHAMPION), KARUHAT SOR SUPAWAN (LUMPINEE CHAMPION) ARE IN CONFRONTATION IN THE AIR TO SCORE A GOAL WITH THE HEAD!

Today still, there are camps of boxing which constitute small soccer teams to play in the regional championships, as for example the camp Kiatmuu9 all the fighters of which are fanatics of football!

THE TEAM OF AMATEUR FOOTBALL OF THE BOXERS OF THE FAMOUS CAMP KIATMUU 9 GYM!

So, the recruiters of soccer player who are always on the lookout for a good publicity to promote their sport don't now hesitate to request stars of the boxing ring to integrate their club. In 2009, Manus Boonjumnong, the gold medallist in the Games Olympic of 2004 and Saenchai PK Muaythai Gym, the current number 1 of the Thai boxing in Thailand, were both approached by clubs of soccer. In 2013, a club of soccer in the region of Pattaya wanted to offer himself the favour of the champion Sudsakorn Sor Klinmee. And in 2014, the world star, Buakaw Banchamek, signed a contract with a soccer team of the region of Bangkok!

IN 2013, THE GREAT CHAMPION SUDSAKORN SOR KLINMEE WAS REQUESTED TO INTEGRATE THE TEAM OF FOOTBALL OF CLUB " PATTAYA UNITED "!

THE STAR OF MUAY THAI BUAKAW WITH HIS SHIRT IN THE NAME OF "SOMBAT", HIS BORN NAME. IN PARALLEL OF HIS BOXER'S CAREER, HE PLAYS NOW AS RESERVIST IN A REGIONAL TEAM, THE " RBAC F.C. ", HE MADE HIS DEBUTS IN A MATCH IN FEBRUARY, 2014!

THE BOXER EKSARAPONG, HAVING BEGUN A CAREER IN THE MUAY THAI AND MADE 31 FIGHTS FOR 20 VICTORIES, 8 DEFEATS AND 3 DRAWS, BECAME FROM NOW ON A SOCCER PLAYER PROFESSIONAL KNOWN IN THE FOOTBALL TEAM OF THAI PREMIER LEAGUE, THE "BEC TERO SASANA"!

The football pleases as much the champions of "the Art of eight members" as to the champions of the "Noble Art"!

THE CHAMPIONS OF THE NOBLE ART LEFT GLOVES TO PUT THE SHIRT AND THE SPIKED SHOES!

STANDING BOXER : ARKHOM CHENGLAI (BRONZE MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 1992), WANVISEP KAENNORASING (PABA CHAMPION OF BOXING, RADJA CHAMPION), PORNCHAI THONGBURAN (BRONZE MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 2000), WICHAI RAJANONT (BRONZE MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 1996), NON BOONJUMNONG (SILVER MEDAL IN CHAMPIONSHIPS OF AMATEUR WOLRD 2007), SOMRAK KHAMSING (GOLD MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 1996) !

SEATED BOXER : SUBAN PHANON (SILVER MEDAL IN THE GAMES ASIAN), PHAJOL MOOLSAN (BRONZE MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 1988), CHATCHAI SASAKUL (SILVER MEDAL IN THE GAMES ASIAN), SAENCHAI SOR KINGSTAR (PABA CHAMPION OF BOXING, LUMPINEE CHAMPION, WORLD CHAMPION OF THAI BOXING), WIJAN PONLID (GOLD MEDAL OF BOXING IN THE GAMES OLYMPIC OF 2000)!

SIRIMONGKOL SINGMANASAK (WORLD CHAMPION WBC OF BOXING), WEERAPOL SAHAPROM (WORLD CHAMPION WBA AND WBC OF BOXING) AND NAWAPOL (WORLD CHAMPION WBC OF BOXING) !

PUBLICITY FOR THE FOOTBALL WITH SEANG-ATIT SASIPRAPA GYM (RADJA CHAMPION IN 2003)!

 

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