2020 Vision: Buriram Utd


2019 was a barren year for Buriram, with not a single trophy being added to the Thunder Castle collection. Will 2020 see normal service resumed? Here’s Buriram fan Jamie Pinder with his thoughts…

How did your team perform in 2019? Where do they need to improve?

No trophies is just not good enough. Going into the final game just needing a win and not performing summed up the whole season. Lack of goals was a real problem which has been addressed with the new signings. Mid season signings have not been one of our best points over recent years. With Supachok and Suphanut getting better every year, things are looking rosy up front. Expect some high scoring games this year. We do need one extra center back as Tunes’ pace continues to worry me, but I say this every year.

Transfer window – which new signings are you most excited about? Which departing players are you sorry to see go/happy to see the back of?

Of course, recruiting Bueno and Cuesta up front to be the new Diogo and Macena should fix the goal scoring problem. I think they going to have a fiend day. Jung in midfield looks useful and will fill the gap to cover our defence. Buriram have a good habit of letting players go at the right time so we rarely miss them.

Happy with your club’s coach?

Bandović has enough credit in the bank for another season unless things start really badly, which isn’t going to happy. The question would be who could replace him…..are you reading this Mano?

What are your realistic ambitions for the 2020 season?

To win the league. Anything always is a bonus. Two years without the title would be a disaster.

Which teams will be in contention for the title? Which teams will struggle to survive?

Chiang Rai are tough to play away and will still be up there, boring teams into submission. Bangkok United will play lovely football but not quite make it and Port will be up there but can they gel as a team this year. At the bottom, we’ll lose a big team, either Suphanburi or even Chonburi (sorry Dale), plus anyone from 7-8 others.

What 3 things would you change about Thai football?

Mid season breaks, mid season breaks and Academy Award acting.


Thanks Jamie – good luck to Buriram this season (as long as they finish behind Port!)


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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