In our latest Crystal Balls, we hear from Svein Falk Lorentzen about Bangkok Utd. The Angels had another good season in 2017, finishing 3rd in T1 and making it to the FA Cup final, where they lost to Chiang Rai Utd. Since then they’ve lost star forwards Dragan Boskovic (to Port), Mario Gjurovski and Jaycee John, replacing them with players new to Thai football, so the jury’s out on their chances in 2018. But with excellent coach Mano Polking still in the dugout, they’re sure to remain a strong side…
What was your highlight of the 2017 season?
Winning the semifinal in the FA-cup (and Udon Thani getting promoted)
How will your team fare in 2018?
Hopefully top-3, but with all the major changes in the squad, it`s hard to predict where they will end.
Who is your most exciting new signing?
Don`t know anything about the 3 Brazilians as I don`t follow players at other clubs, but if the club signs Michael Falkesgaard, I will say him, as we really, really need a new goalkeeper.
Which departed players from 2017 will you miss the most? Who are you glad to see the back of?
Will really miss Boskovic. I`m sure nobody will get even close to scoring 38 goals this season. Also disappointed to see Mario go. Nobody I`m happy to see leave.
What changes would you like to see at your club? Or are you happy with the way things are going?
Only change I want is for them to move back to Bangkok. It was my local team when I started following them in 2009, but now there are many teams located closer to my home than Thammasat.
Which teams will be in contention for the T1 title, and who will win?
Buriram and Muangthong. 1 of them will most likely win.
Which 5 – yes 5 – teams will go down to T2, and which 3 will come up to T1?
Navy, Prachuap, Sukhothai, Ubon UMT and Chainat will go down, and Udon Thani, Chiang Mai and PTT Rayong up.
Which fixtures are you most looking forward to in 2018?
Home against Buriram. They bring many fans and great if we beat them.
Thai football crowds are declining year on year. Why do you think this is, and what can be done to make the game more popular?
Reducing the number of breaks, and the length of them. Less mid-week games. Have sale of food and drinks (incl alcohol) at all stadiums. Leg 1 to end with league cup final.
Finally, give us your three wishes for the 2018 season.
1: Bangkok United to win a trophy.
2: Less changes to the fixtures than previous seasons.
3: Decision to keep T1 with 18 clubs for many more seasons.
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