Adios! Injured Asdrubal Returns to Spain

 

Sad news from Port today as the club announced that big name Spanish signing Asdrubal Padron has had his contract terminated after picking up a serious injury in training. It seems that the player, who hasn’t looked fully fit since joining Port in January, broke down in training with an injury that could keep him out for up to a year, so the club had no option but to let him go, given his rumoured salary.

From what little we saw of him in a Port shirt, and on Youtube, he looked like he would have been a very useful player at T1 level, but now we will never know. So it seems like Maranhao, who has been on fire during the pre-season friendlies, will get his chance after all. Rumours that he is helping Asdrubal with his packing before driving him to Suvarnabhumi are as yet unconfirmed.

 

Dom’s Thai Port Thai: Lesson 2 – Terrace Thai

Shout Outs

There aren’t many words you need to know on the terrace. To be fair there aren’t any you need to know, as long as you’re cheering the right team. During the game there are a few things you hear more than anything else. Basically six things I hear regularly at every game: ying, song, lam naa, bai leuang, bai daeng and awk pbai.

ส่ง ,   sòng =  to pass

ส่งบอล ,  sòng bawn =  to pass the ball

ยิง ,  ying   =  to shoot

ยิงประตู  ,  ying pbratuu  =  to shoot at the goal

When Port have a chance for a shot or at set pieces you will sometimes hear,

Ying,  ying,  ying mâeng loei

ยิง แม่ง เลย = ying mâeng loei,  =

this translates literally as “shoot, shoot, shoot them all”
(Thanks to Nig Dammusig for that addition)

ล้ำหน้า ,  lám nâa  =  offside

Sometimes just shortened to “lam”

เขาล้ำหน้า แล้ว kăo lám (nâa) láew   =  he’s offside already

เขา ล้ำหน้า ไหม kăo lám (nâa) mai?  =  was he offside?

 

ออกไป ,  àwk bpai  =  get off , = get out

“àwk pbai” is a good all-purpose phrase it can mean “to get off or get out”, used for a bad foul or play acting striker hamming up his injury.

 

“àwk pbai” is also shouted at underperforming managers and owners not splashing out the cash. In our relegation season under car crash of a manager Adul, “Adul àwk pbai” was a regular call.

 

If the play acting of an injury goes on a bit too long, àwk bpai might well turn into this,

ไป โรงบาล (โรงพยาบาล) , pbai rong baan   =  go to the hospital

 

Cards

Calling for a yellow or red card at the unfair hacking of our star centre forward is,

ใบเหลือง  ,  bai leuăng  =  a yellow card

ใบแดง ,  bai daeng  =  a red card

 

Worried fans might be saying around you as our perfectly well behaved defender is cruelly punished with a possible second yellow card.

เขาติดเหลืองเล้วไหม  ,  kăo dtìt bai leuăng  láew măi?  =  has he got a yellow card already?

ศิวกร, เขาติดเหลืองเล้ว  ,   Siwakorn, kăo dtìt bai leuăng láew =  Siwakorn, he’s got a yellow card already

 

Who Scored?

ทำประตู  ,  tam bpratuu  =  to score a goal

ใคร ทำประตู  ,  krai tam bpratuu  = Who scored the goal?

 

Other Useful Match Vocabulary

ง่าย ง่าย  ,  ngaai ngaai  =  easy

เล่นง่าย ง่าย  ,  lên ngâai ngâai    =  to play the easy ball

ให้ มัน  , hâai man  =  give it ,  give it to him

เปิดบอล  ,  pbèrt bawn  =  to cross

ได้บอล  ,  dâai bawn  =  to get the ball

เสียบอล  ,  sĭa bawn  =  to lose the ball

โหม่งลูก ,  mòng lûuk  =  to head the ball

เลี้ยงบอล ,   líang bawn  = dribbling

เก็บบอล  ,  gèp bawn  =  for a player to keep the ball , =  for a team to keep it in the defence

เตะลูกออก  ,  tàe lûuk awk  =  a clearance

บอล   or  ลูก    bawn or  lûuk can both be used for ball.

bawn is the same as ball

lûuk is a general classifier for balls, fruit and round objects; but not testicles.

บุก  ,  bùk  =  to attack
ตั้งรับ  ,  tâng ráp  =  to defend

 

The football vocabulary is largely from pickup-thai.com , not Thai for picking up, a good website for learning Thai. This page has the essential vocabulary and all important sound files for the football words and phrases  http://pickup-thai.com/a-glossary-of-football-terms/  We can write out vocab in English, but to really get the sounds right it’s good to listen to the sound files.

 

Buddhist Beer Ban Botches ‘Buri Boozeup

 

Yesterday our excitement about the opening fixture of the 2017 T1 season, at home to Ratchaburi, was somewhat dampened when Thai Port Importz member Danny Crack pointed out that the date – 11 February – is Makha Bucha day, one of the most sacred dates on the Buddhist calendar. Which, as any expert on alcohol availability in the Land of Smiles will tell you, means…NO BOOZE.

Last time a Port home game fell on a ‘dry’ day, I remember there being beers being discreetly sold under the table, but these were limited in quantity and ran out by half time. So, by way of public service, we’re giving you advance notice that beer will be in short supply on the opening day and that those of you who want a pre-match Leo or several, ie every single person reading this sentence, should act like boy scouts and be prepared.

 

No Cato No! Port Play Pink Panthers in Final Friendly

 

What we’re 99% sure will be Port’s final pre-season friendly takes place on Saturday 4 February at the PAT, with a KO time of 5pm. The opponents are BBCU, aka Big Bang Chula Utd, who not only have a great official name, but also a great nickname – the Pink Panthers. What with lions, swat cats and now panthers, the PAT is fast becoming a mecca for “cat fanciers”, though having been bitten by one this week & spent the morning at Kluaynamthai Hospital as a result, I do not include myself in their number.

Anyway, we hope that Jadet will treat this friendly like a proper game and give his first-choice XI a proper run-out, to give us a firmer idea of how Port are likely to shape up in 2017. See you at the PAT on Saturday!

 

 

2017 Port FC Squad Preview Pt2: Midfielders, Forwards…and Musical Chairs

 

Midfield

Pakorn (9) is still with us and is looking good pre-season. He will start on the right wing, so if new signing Suarez (4) is played as an attacking midfielder we can look forward to these two linking up. They played together at Police United and have looked good in the friendlies. Siwakorn (16) was stretchered off (well carried off as we didn’t have a stretcher) against Korat; hopefully this is only a minor injury. If match fit he’ll start in midfield where, with his pinpoint passes and sly football genius, he should be able to get the job done in T1. With no word of another foreign Asian signing it looks like Genki (18) is here to stay. Either Genki (18) or Ekkapoom (8) will probably be on the left wing. Genki (18) was consistently first choice left wing last season over Ekkapoom so it looks likely to stay that way. Both have tons of energy, but are they good enough to cut it in T1? I’m not sure. The PTT Rayong friendly saw Pinyo (21) play for about 20 minutes on the left wing. If he’s capable of playing there I think he’s a great option. At 23 he’s already had four caps for the Thai national team. He looked quality in the few games he played last year but is coming back after a full year away from the pitch.

 

Port don’t look like they have an out and out defensive midfielder. The twenty-year old Tachanon (27) from Army and Piyachat (28) have both played this role in most of the friendlies and I think Jadet will pick Tachanon(27) to start. Against Korat Jadet played a midfield five of :

 

Genki, Siwakorn, Suarez, (attacking), Tachanon (defensive), Pakorn.

 

I think he’ll start with this if Siwakorn (16) is fit. Tachanon (27) looks good but at twenty years old I’m not sure about starting him in the opening T1 games. I’d go with Piyachat(28) as he has a bit more experience. I just think he’s a safer choice and has featured most in the friendlies. I’d have Tachanon (27) on the bench as an option for half a game to see how they both handle the role in a full competitive game. Yingyong (??) is another option as a defensive midfielder, but is more likely to be on the bench. Yingyong (??) played for Chainat last season. Along with Nitipong (34) they make good options for utility midfield subs.  Siwapong (??) could also be on the bench as a more attacking midfield sub.

 

Asdrubal has only played for 20 minutes against PTT, so it’s difficult to talk about him. Apparently he has picked up a slight strain, which is why he’s only had one full match runout. He can play right winger or up front, but I would be surprised to see anyone but Pakorn (9) starting on the right. This leaves him fighting it out with Suarez for the attacking midfield spot or with Kaludjerovic (10) up front.

 

The Maranhao mystery continues – is he still vying for a spot in the team? Might he stick around just for Cup competitions? I like him but his chances of staying in the team look remote with the other foreign signings already made. He scored both goals against Korat and looks like a player in there fighting for a team place. It’s possible he’s been offered good terms to stick around just for cup games and as cover for foreign player injuries. Wagner stayed with the team in the second half of last season and jumped back in the squad after Thiago left, so it is possible that’s an option he’s choosing.

 

Forwards

Kaludjerovic (10), aka Kalu, has started the all the major friendlies we’ve played since he arrived at Port. He got two against Pattaya and one against PTT. When the tackles were going in thick and fast  in the second friendly  against Korat he was subbed off after ten minutes, possibly to protect him against any chance of an injury. He’s been scoring goals for fun in the Lithuanian league. And the way he was rushed off and wrapped in cotton wool in the Korat game, he looks like our first choice up front. As Rochela said, “you give him the ball in the box and he scores, can’t ask for more than that”. Thai National team backup striker Tana (5) is coming back from injury. He got five minutes at the end of the Korat game and encouragingly played 30 minutes against PTT. Tana (5) has always been a bit lacking in stamina . He’s often playing the first 50 minutes or the last 40. As long as he is happy with that we should be ok, but if fully fit he might get a bit tired of sitting on the bench.

 

Big Questions

With Captain Rochela assured a start and Genki the only Asian foreign player there are only two foreign playing spots left. Using the three other foreign players in the remaining two spots might well prove the biggest problem for Jadet. Which to choose? Probably a combination of all three in different games. None of these players is going to be happy as a permanent sub. Suarez has experience in Thailand, and he works well with Pakorn and Siwakorn as they all played together at Police United, so he is likely to be initially favored in the starting eleven.

 

This leaves Asdrubal and Kalu. Both have a great background.  Asdrubal was playing for Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey this season. He’d just worked his way back into the main team but still wasn’t a first choice player. Kalu was banging in goals for fun in the wilderness of the Lithuanian league. When it comes to their careers they are chalk and cheese. Asdrubal was born and raised in Las Palmas and has been playing for Las Palmas F.C. since he was five; Kalu has had eight clubs in the last four years.

 

Asdrubal will not be happy on the bench – he came to Port to play football, after not getting enough time on the pitch at Las Palmas. If Kalu starts knocking goals in Asturbal will have to force his way into the midfield or settle for being a substitute striker. I think he has the quality to start but might be frozen out by the lack of foreign playing spots. Let’s hope Jadet can keep him give all three of them enough time on the pitch to keep them happy and play a successful game of musical chairs.