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A Tribute to Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool

12 Oct 2018

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For 14 golden years Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool played as a goalkeeper for Thailand National Team and now this Sunday will be his final match before retiring from national team among the pride of Thai fans.


“The Last Save” will be the 36-year old’s last match on the field as Thailand’s national team goalie in a FIFA International Friendly "A" Match going against Trinidad and Tobago National Team.


Sinthaweechai announced his retirement after Thailand’s national team went down and under to Australia in their last World Cup Asian Qualifiers in September 2017 with the announcement coming as a shock to the national team and football fans.


Throughout his career, Sinthaweechai helped Thailand win the King’s Cup titles in 2007, 2016 and 2017 , and was  part of the SEA Games gold medal team in 2003 and 2005. He was named Thai Premier League Best Goalkeeper of the year in 2008 and was in the Chonburi team when they won Thai Premier League in 2007.


“I am happy with every passing second that I am in the national team” is what Sinthaweechai said in his last game in Australia with his heart full of pride from the day he joined the national team.


With passion starting out as a child watching national team footballers on the field, paying homage to the Thai national anthem and aspired that one day, he too would earn his spot on the field. He pushed and trained until he was known as the war elephant’s legendary goalkeeper.


From his first day on the Thailand national under-17 football team as a standby goalie and never showed any negative attitudes because “patriotism” for “football” held more importance than his ego.


On his journey serving his country in the youth team to his last game on the national team, “The War Elephants”, Sinthaweechai was always true from his actions and words, leaving the team to open up new opportunities for the new kids on the block.


Through 14 years of celebration and hardship, being team captain, starting player and substitute player, Sinthaweechai has always been a great example for younger football players to look up to for professionalism.


One thing that we know for sure is that his good deeds have never gone unnoticed and nothing would more honorable than than repaying this great loyalty and service to his country than a friendly match between Thailand’s National Team going against Trinidad and Tobago National Team this Sunday, so we all have our chances to say farewell to our warrior.


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