Football Tribe Thailand
After their shock relegation to T2 at the end of the 2018 season, BG Pathum United are back with a vengeance and eager to establish themselves as one of Thailand’s top clubs again. The side spent big to beef up their squad during the off-season, and have propelled themselves to fourth place before the league break.
Wonderkid – Irfan Fandi
Still only 22 years old, Irfan Fandi has already garnered plenty of international experience with Singapore and was arguably Thai League 2’s best defender in 2019 – winning the league title and promotion to T1. An opening day red card against Muangthong United is somewhat unfortunate but Fandi did help the rabbits to two straight clean sheets upon his return to the starting XI.
Key Signing – Sumanya Purisai
Sumanya Purisai’s move to Port FC hadn’t worked out, but still, the odd good performance here and there last season was more than enough to get supporters excited with this signing. Despite BG Pathum United being spoiled for choice when it comes to attacking midfielders, the 33-year-old has started all four of the side’s league games so far, putting on a stellar performance in the home win over Police Tero FC. If Sumanya can keep this going, he could reignite the form which saw him crowned as the highest local goalscorer during his time with Bangkok United in 2o18.
Team Leader – Victor Cardozo
When a player of Cardozo’s quality is available, you get the deal done! The towering Brazilian won three domestic cups with Chiangrai United in 2018 before signing for the newly promoted PTT Rayong. The Brazilian virtually held the side’s defense together in a difficult situation, helping the side survive in the Thai League before they folded for bankruptcy. Super vocal, a tough tackler and extremely effective in the air, Cardozo is a natural leader and an ideal center-back.