Season Preview by Sam Mosley

Well the new season is almost upon us, and I for one can’t wait. Having said in previous articles, my excitement and enthusiasm for watching football has certainly been renewed.

After watching the few games I have in pre season, I have done a little homework into the history of the club, and from what I have seen, Chonburi FC seem to be very similar to my club at home, Leeds United, albeit in a much more compact space of time. Having success in the past, to living in somewhat obscurity recently, both clubs are hoping to regain some of those past glories this season. Those that follow the Championship in England will know that Leeds are looking good for a serious stab at a top two finish, I hope Chonburi surprise us all and do the same.

Now, I admit, I don’t know an awful lot about the team or what to expect. The friendlies I have seen have been kind of runabouts for fitness by the looks of it. But at the Sanfrecce game I saw a really good footballing team that were pleasing on the eye and I also saw glimpses of that against Port, albeit with a bad result after 90 minutes. The last game I saw was the friendly against Chainat, which I was very impressed with in periods, so hopefully we can achieve much better things than last year.

I have read a few of the previews posted on this site, and I can see there isn’t much (if any) hope of any title push or that much of an expectation of a cup run. But… with it being my first season watching The Sharks and from the glimpses of quality I’ve seen from the team, I am choosing to go in with the naivety of a new fan and I’m making an early prediction for Chonburi FC to be the surprise package of 2019. I know too well this could all change after a few games, but least for now, I am calling a top 3 finish and/or a cup win. I think I would actually prefer the latter, as there is something magic about a cup run.

In terms of the players I think will be good for us, Lukian looks brilliant. I am really impressed with his pace, power and finishing. I can only hope that Patrick Cruz is a great partner for him and the 2 Brazilians can bag the goals. They could be our Ronaldo and Romario! Also a special mention for the magnificent anchor we have in Park Hyum-Beom. He seems really astute on the ball and a great reader of the game – essential to any successful team. I haven’t seen enough of the team to comment on too many other players, but I look forward to the journey either way.

I am really excited for our big kick off against Buriram Utd (awful first game, by the way) and then our first home game next week.


With thanks to Sam

Season Preview by Tim Spear

For the first time in ten years supporting I have no expectations of the club. The debacle of last season, hopefully will be long forgotten. There was just so much wrong, a decent start which was undermined by the exit of Goran. The new coach coming in, certainly showed what he was capable of – those lone isolated stares of the touchline – a tinkerman he is not. However, the pre-season has been quite interesting, with the team at times playing some good one touch football with movement. (Almost bringing memories of 2012 – well almost).

The 5-2 loss at home to Port was a mixed bag, a certainly good first half where last season’s 0-5 loss (in the away league match) was forgotten, but of course not for long. The old habits were back after half time, and the loss of positioning and shape was as embarrassing as I have ever watched. Was this due to a change of personnel? Perhaps, but surely we would alter our play. The defense was just woeful and highlighted again a lack of defensive clarity, and height.

New players coming in, is hard to judge, but the lad Lukian up front, is certainly an improvement on the inanity of last year. His movement looks good, and a fair number of unspectacular goals have been scored. The new Korean, Park Hyun-Beom, looks comfortable and appears to have a genuine knack of finding space and his teammates. My only concern is that he must be made of glass, as everything else looks so good.

Improvements need to be made, a keeper with a little more height would prove useful, as would some defensive acumen. For once I do not have to worry about Chonlatit, so I guess that I am quite serene for the start of the season. The shirts being cheaper, is a god send, and I will purchase one for the first time in four years (finally the pricing is about right). Hopefully this can also be true of our club on the pitch.

With thanks to Tim