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 THA / Thailand - Team Composition
 
 
Team manager Pruekcha-oom Kij
Head coach Chanbunchee Sutichai
Assistant coach Bandit Anusorn
Doctor Chakarj Pongurgsorn
Therapist / trainer Toomanee Jittipon
Journalist Wiriyanupappong Preechachan
 
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Rattanaporn Sanuanram S.Rattanaporn 09.04.1980 180 66 308 297 Petchaboon
3   Saymai Paladsrichuay P.Saymai 04.08.1987 180 74 308 291 Yesilyurt
4 Nurak Nokputta N.Nurak 31.01.1981 178 63 295 280 RBAC
5   Pleumjit Thinkaow T.Pleumjit 09.11.1983 180 67 303 283 Bangkok Glass VC
9 Piyamas Koijapo K.Piyamas 23.10.1978 178 67 298 282 Chang
10   Wilavan Apinyapong A.Wilavan 06.06.1984 174 70 294 282 Supreme VC
11 Amporn Hyapha H.Amporn 19.05.1985 180 70 301 290 Nakhonnon VC
13   Nootsara Tomkom T.Nootsara 07.07.1985 169 57 289 278 Fanerbachce
14 Patcharee Saengmuang S. Patcharee 20.03.1978 181 66 294 279 Federbrau
16   Khwanjira Yuttagai K.Khwanjira 01.09.1986 178 60 287 277 Satrinonthaburi School
17 Wanna Buakaew B. Wanna 02.01.1981 172 54 292 277 Azerrail Baku
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
Thailand has been singled out as one of the most improved Volleyball nations recently all thanks to an impressive development program.

The FIVB development program "2001 National Team Project," which has been very well supported since 1979 by the Petroleum Authority of Thailand, has been responsible for seeing Thailand record some impressive results on the international scene.

Through the program a selection of potential players taller than 175 cm were trained and housed in Yala, a city in the southern part of Thailand, where they received three years of special tuition. The program has been such a success that the Thailand national teams can now stand alongside such Volleyball greats as the leading teams of Asia; China, Korea and Japan.

On their last trip to the Asian Championships in Vietnam in 2003 the Thailand women’s team placed fourth behind China, Japan and Korea. Previously, they scored a historic victory over Japan in 2001 and finished runner-up at the 11th Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship, hosted in Thailand in the same year. In 2002 the junior team defeated Korea and Japan to finish second at the 11th Asian Junior Women's Volleyball Championship in Vietnam.

Following this recent success the Thailand Volleyball Association has now launched another project known as the "2004 National Team Project", in which, since the end of 2001, they have been supported by BEC World. This new project will ensure that the next generation of Thai players will be nurtured and encouraged to achieve even greater goals than their predecessors.

On the big international scale Thailand, currently 17th on the FIVB world rankings, are still growing. Their 17th-place finish at the 2002 Women's World Championship in Germany and a 10th at the 2004 World Grand Prix are clear indications that the road to the top is still a long one.

Having missed out on Olympic qualification followed by their disappointing World Grand Prix result last year, where they only won one of their nine games, Thailand will be looking to take something out of the 2005 season with a solid performance in the 2005 World Grand Prix especially since they are hosting a preliminary round group in Bangkok.

Overall Standings for Thailand
Word Grand Prix Played Total Matches played Win Lost % Wins
3 23 2 21 8.70
Sutchai Chanbunchee
Chanbunchee, a physical educational teacher from Nakhon Ratchasima, first started working as a Volleyball coach in 1984.

Although he does not live in the heart of Thailand Volleyball – Bangkok – Chanbunchee’s thirst for learning and for experiencing Volleyball at different levels has seen him succeed not only at school level but also national and international competitions.

He has coached his home town at the national Junior Games and national Senior Games before going onto coach a club in the national first division, recording many great achievements along the way both at national and international Competitions.

In 2005, he was nominated as the head coach of the Thailand national women’s team for the first time and in front of him is a hectic schedule with the 2006 World Championships, Asian Senior Women's Championship, South East Asian Games and the most important event, the 2005 World Grand Prix.

His aim for this year is for an improved performance at the World Grand Prix while also hoping to lead the national women’s team to the final round of the 2006 Women’s World Championship.