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Frank Rijkaard joins race for Thai national team job

Former Holland international Frank Rijkaard has become the latest coach to express interest in the hot seat of the Thailand national team.

Rijkaard reportedly has submitted his profile to the Football Association of Thailand and joined the growing list of those interested in the position.

FAT secretary-general Pisan Judilok confirmed on Wednesday: “We have received the profile of Frank Rijkaard, who has applied for the job of Thailand national team coach after Kiatisuk Senamuang resigned as the head coach.”

Pisan added: “FAT president Somyot Poompunmuang and its technical chairman Witthaya Laohakul are busy making up their minds and will announce the decision later.”

One of the best defensive midfielders in footballing history, Rijkaard played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza, and Milan and represented the Netherlands national team side 73 times, scoring 10 goals.

In his managerial career, he has been in charge of the Netherlands national team, Sparta Rotterdam, Barcelona, and Galatasaray. He has also coached Asian powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Rijkaard famously won the Champions League and La Liga in the 2005/06 season with Barcelona. He was also voted UEFA Manager of the Year in that season.

Since Kiatisuk handed in his resignation a few weeks back, a number of coaches have expressed their desire to fill in the vacancy.

Zico, Carlos Dunga, Winfried Schäfer, Alejandro Sabella and Rene Meulensteen have all reportedly been linked to the post.