Thailand can learn from top teams (June 29, 2006)

Senior Thai sports reporters believe Thailand should pick up important tips from watching the way the top teams play in the World Cup. Khao Sod reporter Sroi Muangmee said top Thai football officials must change their approach if they want to build a successful Thai national team. ''They should study the techniques and see how the standards can be improved, especially the coaches and players,'' he said.

He said he was impressed by the way Germany had improved considering they weren't given much chance before the tournament.

'''I would like to see a Brazil v Germany final, but Argentina have a good team and could get to the final if they beat the hosts,'' he said.

Krittanawaphan Vachirabanklang, of the Thai Post , agreed that Thailand should learn from the World Cup. ''The Football Association of Thailand have to accept foreign coaches,'' he said. ''South Korea had Dick Advocaat, Japan used former Brazilian international, Zico, Australia had Guus Hiddink.''

He said the FAT needed to rethink their approach if they want Thailand to succeed.

''They should consider why teams like South Korea, Japan, the Ivory Coast and Ghana have succeeded in upgrading their football so they can compete with the top teams,'' he said.