10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chiang Mai FC

  1. The club’s official nickname is the Lana Turners. The owner is a big fan of the late Hollywood star and chose the name as a tribute. The actress’s face features on the club badge.
  2. Coach, Carlos Eduardo Parreira is a huge pop star in his native Brazil. The 42 year old topped the singles charts there last Christmas with his Portugese language version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s 1973 hit, ‘Get Down’.
  3. Defender, Suwannapat Kingkaew’s great grandfather invented shoe polish.
  4. The club’s official sponsor is 70s singer and pierrot, Leo Sayer. The British crooner became a fan after watching a match during a trip to the city in 2011. As part of the deal, the team’s shirts bear his name and the players run out to his song, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’.
  5. Midfielder, Pichitphong Choeichiu is in great demand as a voiceover artist. As well as featuring on numerous commercials for a wide range of products, he also provides the dubbed Thai voices for many tv shows and movies. His biggest roles include Bart Simpson, Harry Potter, Captain America and Manuel from ‘Fawlty Towers’.
  6. A fans action group is campaigning to change the name of the club’s home, the 700th Anniversary Stadium – which opened in 1995, to the 724th Anniversary Stadium, as they feel this would more accurately reflect the age of the ground.
  7. Defender, Evson Patricio was born in Northampton, England and christened, Patrick Evison. He changed his name by deed poll in 2015 after watching Netflix documentaries about Pele and Elton John.
  8. Chiang Mai FC chairman, Chuchai Lerthpongadisorn, owns a company that makes towbars and is a former president of the Thailand Caravan Club. His controversial views on awnings led to his removal from the post in 2017.
  9. Ten of the current Chiang MAI squad are actually registered as Chiang RAI players. This is due to a clerical error made by an intern at the Thai League offices in January. Unfortunately, nobody spotted the mistake until it was too late.
  10. The world’s last remaining Blockbuster Video store can be found under the away end at the 700th Anniversary Stadium. Current titles available include ‘Halloween’, ‘Trading Places’ and the ‘Porky’s’ trilogy. It’s free to join.