Monday, January 23, 2012

King's Cup Review & Midweek Preview

41st King's Cup (Results)
(Sunday 15)
Denmark XI 1-1 Norway XI
Thailand 1-3 South Korea U23's

(Wednesday 18)
Denmark XI 0-0 South Korea U23's
Thailand 0-1 Norway XI

(Saturday 21)
South Korea U23's 3-0 Norway XI
Thailand 1-3 Denmark XI

Final Standings:
South Korea 7 pts
Denmark 5
Norway 4
Thailand 0

Congratulations go to the South Korean U23's. They won the King's Cup playing composed football with enthusiasm and vigor. The opposite must be said of Thailand though. It was an exhausted, characterless effort from the hosts as they ended the 4 team tournament with zero points from three games. The honeymoon period is over now for Winfried Schaefer and you have to wonder if he'll still be in the job if Thailand fail to beat Oman next month in the final Group D World Cup qualifying match. Personally I hope he is given time to set the foundations for the future, but we know that targets have been set by the footballing authorities and they'll almost certainly need a scapegoat to hide the blame for their own incompetence if these set targets aren't achieved.

Midweek Action
Muangthong v Sriracha (Tues)

Muangthong United play their last home game of an underachieving season tomorrow evening. While the Kirins have nothing to play for, their guests, Sriracha, must achieve a victory to have any chance of staying in the TPL.

(Division 1)
Buriram FC v JW Rangsit (Thurs)

Champions Buriram F.C welcome JW Rangsit for the final league fixture of the Division 1 season. The match was postponed from last weekend on account of a local election in Buriram. This will be the last ever game for Buriram FC as they are set to become part of the Buriram United conglomerate next season.

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