Diary of a Thai football season

Close season updates and news (2021)

Transfer news and general news, etc from Samut Prakan City FC (April to July 2021)

25th April - Adios Ernesto!

Although there have been plenty of transfer rumours flying around, the first confirmed transfer out is Ernesto Phumipa, our Thai-Spanish defender, who has joined league champions, BG Pathum.  For me, Ernesto was one of our players of the season in terms of consistency. I'm devastated to see him move on and I'm sure many other Samut Prakan fans will feel the same way. I'll miss seeing Ernesto's mother and father at the games as well, even though we were only ever on nodding terms.  

Four new faces!

Transfers in this time - and four new Samut Prakan signings to bolster the squad. Firstly a couple of players from Thai football's third tier (T3) - attacking midfielder, Phatsaphon Choedwichit joins from Watbot City, while centre back, Anuyut Mudlem, comes from Pluakdaeng United.  Moving to the right of the graphic, midfielder Thrat Sarangcharachit, was on the books at Chiang Rai United and defender Apinat Siphonwari was with Bangkok FC. (photo credit: Official Samut Prakan City Facebook page

26th April - Goodbye to Barros?

Although there's been no confirmation of this deal, it appears Samut Prakan will be saying farewell to Brazilian striker, Barros Tardeli. In fact, according to Wikipedia, he is already a Port FC player (on loan from parent club BG Pathum) I'm not sure how we replace a 25-goal striker but that's what we'll need to do. 

10th May - A new director of youth development

Samut Prakan have brought in experienced 44 year-old Japanese coach, Jun Fukuda, to join the club as youth development director. Jun Fukuda is a UEFA A-Licensed coach and kicked off his career in 2013 managing FC Ulaanbaatar in the Mongolian National Premier League.  In 2018 he went on to coach Lao Toyota FC and took the team to the top of the Lao Premier League for three back-to-back seasons in 2018, 2019, and 2020


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