Although most people will know what to expect from the majority of teams at the World Cup, Thailand remains the biggest mystery of the 24 nations.
Having made their debut in 2015, Chaba Kaew’s trip to Canada was a brief one, the low-ranked Asian nation managing a 3-2 win over tournament underdogs, Ivory Coast, before going home.
Their chances at this year’s tournament, not too much better, the team giving a strong enough account of themselves at the Asian Cup last year but on the biggest stage could easily unravel.
With a team that almost entirely plays within the Thai home league (bar two American collegiate athletes), the tests the USA and Sweden are likely to pose could be entirely too much for Thailand to handle this summer.
Goalkeepers: Sukanya Chor Charoenying (Chonburi), Tiffany Sornpao (Kennesaw State Owls), Waraporn Boonsing (BG Bundit Asia), Yada Sengyong (Dhurakij Pundit).
Defenders: Ainon Phancha (Chonburi), Duangnapa Sritala (Bangkok), Kanjanaporn Saengkoon (BG Bundit Asia), Khwanrudi Saengchan (BG Bundit Asia), Natthakarn Chinwong (BG–College of Asian Scholars), Phornphirun Philawan (Unattached), Pitsamai Sornsai (Chonburi), Sunisa Srangthaisong (Dhurakij Pundit), Warunee Phetwiset (Chonburi Sriprathum).
Midfielders: Kanjana Sungngoen (Chonburi), Nipawan Punyosuk (Chonburi), Orapin Waenngoen (BG Bundit Asia), Pikul Khueanpet (BG Bundit Asia), Rattikan Thongsombut (BG Bundit Asia), Silawan Intamee (Chonburi), Sudarat Chucheun (Unattached), Wilaiporn Boothduang (Dhurakij Pundit).
Attackers: Orathai Srimanee (BG Bundit Asia), Saowalak Pengngam (Chonburi), Suchawadee Nildhamrong (Unattached), Taneekarn Dangda (Chonburi).
Although Thailand could make life a little frustrating for the Group F opposition, it’s hard to see them finish third let alone make it to the knockouts.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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