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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin Rallies 9 Million Baht Support for Thailand in World Cup Qualifier Against South Korea

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Imagine the electric atmosphere as Thailand gears up for a monumental football clash that could carve their name into the annals of history. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, not merely a political figure but a fervent football enthusiast at heart, has thrown his unwavering support behind the Football Association of Thailand (FAT). His vision? To amass a whopping 9 million baht in donations for the national football team, should they triumph over South Korea in tonight’s critical 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifier match. This isn’t just about financial support; it’s a clarion call for unity and belief in the team’s dreams.

But where does this ambitious figure of 9 million baht come from? Direct from the heart and hopes of the fans, channelled through donations to the FAT. This heartfelt call to arms was broadcast across the nation via Mr. Srettha’s X account this Sunday, igniting the flames of passion and patriotism among the Thai populace.

The commitment to the cause wasn’t just limited to stirring posts on social media. Mr. Srettha went a step further, sharing a series of captivating snapshots from a training session at the Rajamangala National Stadium. The images weren’t merely pictures; they were windows into the dedication, sweat, and sheer grit that the players were pouring into their preparation for the Asian section qualification match against South Korea.

And if you thought his support couldn’t get more personal, think again. The Prime Minister announced his plans to not just support from afar but to be present at the National Stadium, to live the excitement, the tension, and the jubilation firsthand. “As a football fan, I feel excited for [today’s] match, and I will cheer the national team from the stadium,” he professed. It’s this blend of leadership and camaraderie that might just fuel the Thai team to new heights.

Under the vivid gleam of the floodlights tonight, Thailand, standing proud at number 101 in the world rankings, is set to face off against South Korea, a formidable opponent ranked 22nd. This encounter is not their first rodeo. The echoes of their previous match in Seoul on March 21, which culminated in a heart-stopping 1-1 draw, still linger in the air. Tonight’s match at the National Stadium, kicking off at 7.30pm, isn’t just a game; it’s a rematch two months in the making, steeped in anticipation and the unyielding desire to emerge victorious.

For those unable to don their team’s colours and cheer from the stands, despair not. The match will be broadcast live, allowing fans to ride every high and every low from the comfort of their homes through Thairath TV and the team’s own digital broadcasts on YouTube and Facebook at Changsuek Official.

Speaking of arriving in style, Nuanphan Lamsam, the president of FAT, has organized a seamless experience for fans flocking to the stadium tonight. With the main entrances opening their gates at the accommodating time of 4.30pm, three hours ahead of kickoff, fans can sidestep the hustle and bustle usually associated with major events like this. It’s all about creating a smooth, enjoyable pre-game atmosphere where the excitement can build, unencumbered by the frustrations of congestion.

As the sun sets and the anticipation builds, one thing is clear: tonight is not just another match. It’s a testament to the unbreakable spirit of a team, a nation, and its leaders, all united in the pursuit of glory on the world stage. So, whether you’re among the roaring crowd or watching from afar, tonight we stand together. For pride, for passion, for football.


  1. FootballFanatic92 March 26, 2024

    What an incredible commitment from PM Srettha! It’s not every day you see such high-level involvement in sports.

    • Realist123 March 26, 2024

      Honestly, I think the money could be better spent elsewhere. Our healthcare and education need it more.

      • FootballFanatic92 March 26, 2024

        I understand where you’re coming from, but this initiative could boost national pride and unity. Plus, the success of the team could generate income too.

    • SoccerLover March 26, 2024

      Finally, some good news. This makes me proud to be Thai. Our leaders showing true support for what matters to the people.

  2. CritiqueMaster March 26, 2024

    Using sports as a political tool is as old as time. Let’s not pretend this is purely about football.

    • Patriot101 March 26, 2024

      Maybe it’s political, but if it brings us together and helps us in the World Cup, why not? Sports have always been a unifying force.

    • Grower134 March 26, 2024

      I’m skeptical. It feels more like a PR stunt than genuine support for the sport.

      • Patriot101 March 26, 2024

        Every action by a politician could be seen as a PR stunt. Let’s focus on the positive outcomes instead of always assuming the worst.

  3. SoccerIsLife March 26, 2024

    This is epic! Imagine if we actually beat South Korea! This could be the start of something amazing for Thai football.

    • DoubterDave March 26, 2024

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. South Korea is a strong team. I’m not sure how realistic our chances are.

      • Believer March 26, 2024

        With the right support and belief, anything is possible. Don’t forget the draw in Seoul. We have what it takes!

  4. BudgetWatcher March 26, 2024

    9 million baht is a lot of money. Would love to see a breakdown of how it’ll be spent to ensure it’s going towards genuinely supporting the team.

    • AccountantAmy March 26, 2024

      Transparency is key in situations like this. Public funds should be accounted for, especially when it’s allocated for events like sports.

  5. John March 26, 2024

    It’s refreshing to see a Prime Minister so involved in the nation’s culture and passions. Shows he’s in touch with the people.

    • SkepticalSue March 26, 2024

      Or it shows he’s good at playing the political game. Being in touch is one thing, but what about the actual impact on policies and the people’s lives?

  6. TheOptimist March 26, 2024

    Tonight’s match isn’t just a game; it’s a symbol of our potential as a nation. Let’s rally behind our team and show the world what we’re made of!

    • ThePessimist March 26, 2024

      Potential’s great and all, but let’s not set ourselves up for a harder fall. I hope for the best but expect realism in sports.

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