The TPL All-stars will play against Chelsea FC for the Coke Super Cup on Sunday, 24th July. The match will kick off at 5.45 pm at the Hua Mark Stadium in Ramkhamhaeng. Anyone who has been to one of these exhibition matches, will know it’s nothing more than a half-arsed kick about.
The Thai media generally get quite excited about these glamour matches and there will be plenty of hype in the build up for the game next week. The match gives an ideal opportunity for self-important Thais to have their photo taken with uninterested Chelsea stars. The majority of the Chelsea players will see this trip as an inconvenience. Gone are the days when British teams could use these foreign trips as an excuse for a piss-up. The EPL stars will most likely be in and out of the country as quickly as possible.
If you are interested in going to watch this game, you will be shaken down from anything between 500-3000 baht for a ticket. I know the opposition are from the English Premier League, but is it necessary to charge EPL prices?
As usual there will be plenty of corporate freebies handed out to the business community while the average Thai football punter will have to be content with sitting at home and watching the game on TV.
As you can probably tell by my tone, I won’t be going to the game. If you do go, I hope you enjoy it.
The squad list for the TPL All-stars from thaipremierleague.com is listed below. Obviously, there are no players involved from the Thai national team as they will have played Palestine 24 hours earlier.
Daiki Higuchi (Chonburi)
Anderson Dos Santos (PEA)
Florent Obama (PEA)
Jetsada (Air Force)
Kazuto Kushida (Chonburi)
Dagno Siaka (Muangthong)
Frank Acheampong (PEA)
Franck Ohandza (PEA)
Leandro Dos Santos (Army)