|Full name||Suphanburi Football Club |
|Nickname(s)||The War Elephant |
|Ground||Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium|
Suphan Buri, Thailand
|Head Coach||Adebayo Gbadebo|
|League||Thai League 1|
|2020-21||Thai League 1, 13th|
Suphanburi Football Club (Thai: สโมสรฟุตบอลจังหวัดสุพรรณบุรี) is a Thai professional football club based in Suphan Buri Province. The club competes in the Thai League 1, the top tier of Thai football. Their home stadium is Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium.
Founded in 1998, Suphanburi Football Club became members of the Thailand Provincial League which ran parallel to the Thai League and was overseen by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT). In the league's inaugural year of 1999, the club finished as runners up. Overall, Suphanburi was one of the most successful teams in the Pro League. They won the league title twice (2002 and 2004) and were also runners up on three occasions.
In 2005 the club finished as runners up in the Thai league and were promoted to the Thai Premier League alongside champions Chonburi, Suphanburi became the first provincial club to join the TPL. However, the clubs moved in very different directions over the subsequent years. Due to a league expansion, Suphanburi avoided relegation. However, a year later Chonburi became champions whilst Suphanburi were relegated. In the following season, Suphanburi finished mid table in Division 1 and never looked like challenging for promotion. They were relegated from the Thai Division 1 League in 2010. A late decision to expand the 1st division allowed them to regain their 1st division status if they could beat Saraburi FC in a two legged play-off. The War Elephant won 3–2 on aggregate to retain their place in Division 1. In 2012 the club's first success was a runners-up spot in Division 1 and the team were promoted back into the Thai Premier League. For the 2013 season, few people saw Suphanburi as serious contenders for honours. However, after starting the season with a seven match unbeaten run, they eventually finished fourth, losing only nine times in their thirty two game campaign.
The Under 19 team under the guidance of Nigerian Coach,Sakiru Fagbohun known as "Coach Ken",reached the final of the 2014 Coke Cup, where they narrowly lost 2–1 to three-time champions Buriram United, this achievement was remarked greatly as Suphanburi Fc u19 defied the odds and challenged the three-time champions competitively. The club have embarked on an ambitious six-year plan to create teams from Under 13 to Under 18, starting with a new intake of Under 13 players each year. The young players will be based at the Institute of Physical Education, which is next door to the main stadium. In 2016 Suphanburi football academy signed a formal partnership with Borussia Dortmund for 3 years in this partnership Borussia Dortmund will be sending world-class coaches to train in the youth training center that is located in Kanchanapisekwittayalai Suphanburi school, and Borussia Dortmund will send a coach to train Thai coach of the club's to bring knowledge to the team also sent to the player, the network connection and the international standards.
Stadium and locations
|Suphanburi||Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium||25,000||2007–2009|
|Suphanburi||Suphanburi Sports School Stadium||1,500||2009–2010|
|Suphanburi||Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium||25,000||2011–present|
Stadium and locations for team B
|Suphanburi||Suphan Buri Provincial Stadium||25,000||2017|
Season by season record
|Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Queen's
|2008||DIV 1||30||11||8||11||48||47||41||7th||–||–||–||–||–||Moussa Sylla||17|
|2009||DIV 1||30||9||6||15||40||50||33||12th||Did not enter||–||Knockout Round||–||–||Bancha In-Tho||7|
|2010||DIV 1||30||5||8||17||31||53||23||15th||R3||R1||Did not enter||–||–||N/A||N/A|
|2011||DIV 1||34||10||14||10||40||37||44||10th||R2||R3||–||–||–||Pichet In-bang||9|
|2012||DIV 1||34||23||6||5||58||17||75||2nd||QF||R3||–||–||–||Pipat Thonkanya||15|
|2015||TPL||34||16||11||7||60||39||59||3rd||R3||R2||–||–||–||Sergio van Dijk||14|
Below is a list of players playing for Suphanburi as the official website confirms. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Head coaches history
Coaches by years (2012–present)
|Worrawoot Srimaka||December 2011||29 October 2012||2012 Thai Division 1 League: Runner-up|
Promoted to 2013 Thai Premier League
|Phayong Khunnaen||January 2013||December 2013|
|Alexandré Pölking||2 January 2014||12 May 2014|
|Adebayo Gbadebo (Interim)||13 May 2014||7 June 2014|
|Velizar Popov||8 June 2014||24 November 2014|
|Sérgio Farias||18 December 2014||13 August 2015|
|Worrawoot Srimaka (Interim)||13 August 2015||13 December 2015||2015 Thai Premier League: Third place |
Qualified to 2016 AFC Champions League qualifying1
|Sérgio Aparecido||6 January 2016||22 March 2016|
|Ricardo Rodríguez||22 March 2016||28 June 2016|
|Sérgio Farias||4 July 2016||16 April 2017|
|Worrawoot Srimaka (Interim)||16 April 2017||21 May 2017|
|Adebayo Gbadebo||22 May 2017||24 June 2018|
|Pairoj Borwonwatanadilok||29 June 2018||11 October 2018|
|Totchtawan Sripan||12 November 2018||2 June 2019|
|Adebayo Gbadebo||4 June 2019|
1Suphanburi qualified to 2016 AFC Champion League Preliminary Round 2 by finishing third place in 2015 Thai Premier League and Buriram United F.C. winning 2015 Thai FA Cup. However, Suphanburi was not able to play in the competition because they didn't meet the AFC Club licensing criteria. Chonburi replaced them in the continental spot.
- Provincial League:
- Champions:(2) 2002, 2004
- "Dortmund's Thai partnership up and running in Suphanburi".
- King, Ian; Schöggl, Hans & Stokkermans, Karel (20 March 2014). "Thailand – List of Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 29 October 2014. Select link to season required from chronological list.