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Phuket FC gets new blood for new year

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PHUKET: Following a month-long break, Phuket FC last week assembled its new-look squad for pre-season training in preparation for the coming Yamaha League One (YL1) season, which is set to commence in February, 2014.

Meanwhile, the club’s chairman and president announced a projected season budget of between 45 to 55 million baht – about the same as the 2013 season, but with less players on the roster.

Of the 31 players last season, the club has retained only nine for the 2014 season including seven Thais and two foreigners as follows: goalkeepers Ninuruddin “Ming” Nide-ha and Adisak “Ting” Doungsri; striker Eakartit Somjit; defenders Sakareya “Ya” Kolae and Yasuke Sato (Japan); and midfielders Cristian Alex (Brazil), Alef Poiji, Watchara Kriaram and winger Wuttichai Sooksen.

Up to 17 new signings are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks, while six high-profile signings were formally announced last week, bringing the projected roster to 26.

The new confirmed signings, including two Brazilians and four Thais, were officially introduced to local media ahead of the pre-season’s first training session last Monday, December 16.

Headlining the new signings are two talented Brazilians – experienced and towering center-back Tales Ricarte dos Santos and young yet skillful midfielder Eber Henrique F de Bessa, or just “Eber”.

Standing 197 centimeters tall, 29-year-old Tales was transferred to Phuket from 2012 and 2013 Singapore League Cup champions, Brunei DPMM FC.

Speaking at a press conference last Sunday, Tales remarked: “I’ve come here to get results, and so that’s what my focus will be… I’m looking forward to working with my new team and hopefully we will have a shot at the Thai Premier League.”

Meanwhile, Eber, 21, was signed on loan from Phuket FC partner club and 2013 Serie A (Brazil’s top-flight football league) champions, Cruzeiro ES.

Eber has won a total of 11 youth championships in Brazil with America Miero (6) and Cruzeiro (5), and has also competed in Canada and Sweden in recent years.

Phuket FC’s other Brazilian on loan from Cruzeiro, Cristan Alex – who joined in the club midway through last season – has also been confirmed on the 2014 roster and reportedly will be joined in Phuket this season by his wife and daughter from Brazil.

The Thai signings’ highlights include striker Wasan Natasan, 32, who most recently played for Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass, and was a top scorer (36 goals) for three seasons on TPL team Chiang Rai United from 2010-2013. Wasan is a native of Chiang Rai.

Also with Chiang Rai on his resume is 32-year-old midfielder Rattapon Attawong.

A third new Thai signing is young-yet-promising 21-year-old striker Anusak Laosaengthai, who joins Phuket on loan from SCG Muangthong United. Last season, Anusak played on loan for Ayuthaya FC, and has also played for Thai Port FC and Airforce United.

A fourth new Thai signing is Prachaya Hong-In, a defender from Pattaya United, who has also worn the colors for Isaan United and Trat FC.

Although fans are thrilled that skillful Japanese defender, Yusuke Sato was confirmed on this season’s roster, many more fans are also saddened that Ivorian stalwart Nenebi Slyvester did not re-sign, having loyally served the club for four seasons (2010-2013).

Speaking at Sunday’s press conference to present some of the new players, Phuket President Pamuke Achiriyachai justified his decision to continue with Brazilian Head Coach, Stefano “Teco” Cugurra Rodrigues, despite a less-than-sensational record in last season’s conclusion.

“Teco joined midway through the season and had to work with what the old coaching team left him, so it’s not fair to measure him on this alone. We want to give him a chance to show what he can do… He’ll have the first three games to prove himself,” Pamuke said firmly.

Coach Teco later told the Phuket Gazette: “The pressure is on, but that’s what football is about. We’re going to start training hard for the next month and I think we’ll have good prospects.”

The coach, who is expecting his wife to give birth to his son as this paper goes to print, confirmed that the club plans to sign at least one more Brazilian and most likely a Myanmar national as an Asian reserve for Sato.

The current Asian Football Conference regulations allow a team to field one Asian player in addition to three non-Asians at any given time.

“After we confirm the new Brazilian and Myanmar players, that will bring our final number of foreign players to six – two Asians and four Brazilians. Altogether, we’ll have 26 players,” he concluded.

Keep checking our online Phuket Sports pages, join our Facebook fan page or follow us on Twitter @PhuketGazette for the latest local sporting news and action.

— Steven Layne

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Torrential rains again wash away parts of Pattaya Beach, more on the way

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Heavy rains have caused flooding and beach erosion on Pattaya’s recently reclaimed beach yesterday afternoon. The torrential rain continued for many hours around Central Pattaya. Heavy rains are also expected again today (forecast below).

Many areas ended up flooded causing local traffic hazards and delays. Water flooded down storm drains and onto Pattaya’s beaches and into the sea, literally washing the beach away in some locations.

Tourists and swimmers avoided the water as they saw “an unidentified white substance on the water’s surface”. The white scum appeared to look like some sort of detergent or foam which had washed down the city’s drains.

Last year some 400 million baht was spent re-building some of Pattaya’s beaches which end up damaged and washed out to sea any time there are heavy rains.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Toilet break goes wrong when trucks collide in Pattaya, injuring two

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The driver of a ten-wheeler truck got more than he bargained for after stopping for a toilet break at the side of the road in Pattaya.

Pattaya Update News reports that 57 year old Jirawat parked his truck on the Krathing Rai-Rayong road at about 1.30am over the weekend. While he was away from his vehicle, attending to business, a six-wheeler truck ploughed into the back of his truck.

The driver of the six-wheeler, 42 year old Suthin, suffered head injuries, while his 45 year old wife passenger, Netchanok, sustained a leg injury. Both occupants of the truck had to be cut free by rescue workers before being rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, Jirawat says the sound of the crash startled him, causing him to fall over and urinate on himself. Returning to his vehicle, he alerted the authorities. It’s unclear what, if any, action will be taken by police against either of the drivers.

SOURCE: Pattaya Update News | ThaiVisa

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