[LIVE BLOG] Suzuki Cup: Azkals vs Thailand
MANILA, Philippines - The men's Philippine football team kicks off its Suzuki Cup 2012 campaign against Thailand on Saturday, November 24, at the Rajamangala stadium in Bangkok, 9:20pm Manila time.
Despite being crowned three times (1996, 2000, 2002), Thailand, ranked 152 in the world, hopes to avoid another slump after they failed to advance to the semi-finals in 2010.
With fifteen matches between the Azkals and the War Elephants, Thailand has claimed 14 victories over the Philippines, ranked 143. The only win for the Azkals against Thailand was a 3-1 victory in the 1971 Merdeka Games.
Thailand will be led by striker Teerasil Dangda, who has 23 goals in 48 appearances, and midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao.
Incidentally, Thailand coach Winfried Schaefar came to Cebu last week to witness the Azkals’ 1-0 victory against Singapore.
Prior to the Suzuki Cup, Thailand had three games this month, winning all their games, one of them a 2-0 victory against 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup champions Malaysia last November 7.
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