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Despite the national team's decline, Thai stars still invade J1 League

Despite the national team's decline, Thai stars still invade J1 League

Despite the recent decline of the national team, the value of Thai football has been raised after this country's football stars continued to land in the top league of Japan (J1- League).

In the recent transfer window, star striker Teerasil Dangda and goalkeeper Kawin Thamsatchanan joined J1- League clubs Shimizu S-Pulse and Consadole Sapporo respectively. The 31-year-old striker Teerasil signed a 2-year contract with Shimizu S-Pulse after getting permission from the Muang Thong United Club to come to Japan.

This is the second time the Thai's No. 1 striker has been given the opportunity to play football in Asia's top league by Muang Thong United. In 2018, Teerasil was loaned to Sanfrecce Hiroshima Club and scored 6 goals in J1- League.

Despite the national teams decline, Thai stars still invade J1 League

Meanwhile, after the preparatory period at OH Leuven (Belgium's 2nd division team), Kawin Thamsatchanan accepted to join Consadole Sapporo with a 2-year loan deal to regain his form. According to the Livesportasia source, the veteran goalkeeper is likely to become the first choice at Sapporo as the number 1 Korean goalkeeper Gu Seong-yun having to go to military service.

Following the above contracts, J1- League will now have 4 Thai stars after attacking midfielder Chanathip Songkrasin (Consadole Sapporo) and left-back Theerathon Bunmathan (Yokohama F Marinos). Chanathip and Theerathon are both playing successfully in Japan as they become an important part of the clubs and often selected to the typical team of each round or month in J1- League.

Despite the national teams decline, Thai stars still invade J1 League

In addition, if Ekanit Panya was not injured, this young talent may also have landed in J1- League in the last transfer window.

The invasion of Thai stars to the J1 League once more shows the class of this nation in Southeast Asia. Maybe the national team's achievements have been recently up and down, it is undeniable that Thailand still has the best quality footballers in this region.

The new contracts and the success of the Thai players are once again the question mark for improving the professionalism of Vietnamese football, namely V-League. While Vietnamese football has grown greatly thanks to the achievements that have resonated on the continent for more than 2 years, the value and imprint of talented players like Nguyen Cong Phuong, Luong Xuan Truong or Doan Van Hau are almost blurred under clubs outside Vietnam.