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Filipino international Josh Grommen officially unveiled by Thai club Sukhothai FC

After a brief sojourn with Malaysia Super League club PJ City FC, defender Josh Grommen completes a move to Thai League 1 outfit Sukhothai FC as confirmed by both the player and the club last Tuesday, July 17, 2019.

Grommen’s addition makes him the second Filipino player in the squad as he joins Azkals winger Iain Ramsay who joined in the previous transfer window.

High level details regarding his length of stay with the club is for the remainder of the current 2019 season with an option for an extension for another year.

Prior to his tenure in Malaysia, Grommen also played for Ceres-Negros from 2017-18 in which he was part of the champion squad that won the inaugural PFL season followed by a season-long stay with Davao Aguilas in 2019.

In his formative years as a footballer, he also played for the youth teams of Loyola, Brisbane Roar and Stallion Laguna. He also was part of the Western Pride squad for 2016-17.

From an international football perspective, the 22-year-old defender whose main role is the centerback position had earned caps for the Philippine U-22 and U-23 squads.

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If given a chance to step onto the pitch, Grommen will be tasked to help his team finish strong and climb up the standings away from the dangers of relegation (Sukhothai currently stands in 13th place out of the 16-club league which is just one spot above the drop-zone).

Sukhothai FC will next face Samut Prakhan City FC at home on Sunday June 21 at 8:00PM local time (9:00PM Philippine Standard Time).

Photo credit: Sukhothai FC Facebook page

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Azkals overseas: February 2019 weekend 4 fixtures

There’s a bit of a shakeup in the Azkals overseas lineup as Amani Aguinaldo and Luke Woodland join PKNP and Kuala Lumpur FA respectively in the Malaysia Super League.

Also, with the Thai League 1 beginning this weekend, it is going to be a pretty busy set of fixtures with the list of matches coming this week [all kickoff schedules are in Philippine Standard Time]:

Neil Etheridge [GK, Cardiff City FC – Premier League]

Cardiff City vs Watford – February 23 [Saturday], 3:45 AM

Daisuke Sato [DF, Sepsi OSK – Romanian Liga I Playoff]

Sepsi OSK vs Viitorul – Feburary 23 [Saturday], 1:00AM

Kevin Ray Mendoza [GK, AC Horsens – Danish Superliga]

AC Horsens vs Odense Boldklub – February 24 [Sunday], 9:00PM

John-Patrick Strauß [MF, FC Erzgebirge Aue – 2. Bundesliga]

Erzgebirge Aue vs FC Duisburg – February 24 [Sunday], 9:30PM

Hikaru Minegishi [MF, JL Chiangmai United – Thai League 2]

Sisaket FC vs JL Chiangmai United – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

MALAYSIA SUPER LEAGUE

Joshua Grommen [DF, PJ City FC]: PJ City FC vs Kedah FA [Home] – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Patrick Reichelt [MF/FW, Melaka United]: Johor Darul Ta’zim vs Melaka United – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

Luke Woodland [DF/MF, Kuala Lumpur FA]: Kuala Lumpur vs Terengganu – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Amani Aguinaldo [DF, PKNP FC]: PKNS vs PKNP – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

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Amin Nazari [MF], Manuel Ott [MF] – Ratchaburi Mitr Phol: Ratchaburi Mitr Phol vs Trat FC – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Marco Casambre [DF], Adam Reed [MF] – Chainat Hornbill vs Mark Hartmann [FW, Suphanburi FC]: Chainat Hornbill vs Suphanburi – February 23 [Saturday], 7:45PM

Stephan Palla [DF], Javier Patino [FW] – Buriram United: Buriram United vs Chonburi – February 23 [Saturday], 8:00PM

Iain Ramsay [MF, Sukhothai FC] vs Michael Falkesgaard [GK, Bangkok United]: Sukhothai vs Bangkok United – Feburary 24 [Sunday], 7:00PM

Photo credits: PKNP FC Instagram, Kuala Lumpur FA Instagram

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A full Azkals squad now playing in Thailand

With midfielder Adam Reed’s joining with Thai League 1 club Chainat Hornbill, Thailand now has a full squad of eleven Filipino internationals playing in its football leagues.

Here is the list of Filipino footballers now signed with Thai clubs:

  • Javier Patino – Forward, Buriram United
  • Mark Hartmann – Forward, Suphanburi FC
  • Iain Ramsay – Winger/Midfielder, Sukhothai FC
  • Manuel Ott – Midfielder, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
  • Amin Nazari – Midfielder, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
  • Adam Reed – Midfielder, Chainat Hornbill
  • Hikaru Minegishi – Midfielder, JL Chiangmai United [Thai League 2]
  • Stephan Palla – Defender, Buriram United
  • Luke Woodland – Defender, Buriram United
  • Marco Casambre – Defender, Chainat Hornbill
  • Michael Falkesgaard – Goalkeeper, Bangkok United

Here’s how the Azkals 11 in Thailand would look like if lined up as one team [3-5-2 formation]:

Seeing the wealth of talent, it’s a pretty decent and competitive lineup that could very much stand to-to-toe against other clubs or teams.

Photo credits: Bangkok United, Buriram United, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol, Chainat Hornbill

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Azkals’ Iain Ramsay featured in Sukhothai FC’s yellow kit release

Philippine Azkals left winger Iain Ramsay was included in Sukhothai FC’s ad campaign for the release of its new away “yellow kit” for the 2019 season alongside South Korean defensive midfielder Jung Myung-oh and Thai midfielder Kongnateechai Boonma.

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Iain Ramsay was officially unveiled by the Thai League 1 side as one of their preseason ASEAN signings last January 21, 2019 after the Filipino completed a successful campaign with then Malaysia Premier League club Felda United which he helped win the championship en-route to an automatic promotion to the Super League.

The move presents an opportunity for Ramsay to contribute to his new club in attaining a better 2019 campaign after finishing the previous season at 11th place out of the 18 teams that comprise League 1.

Ramsay’s most recent memorable performance for the Azkals was the assist he provided to Kevin Ingreso’s equalizer against Tajikistan during the AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifier match last March 27, 2018 that led to the Philippines’ qualification to the continental tournament for the first time ever in its history.

Now back to the kit, the striking yellow color definitely stands out. Filipino football fans who happen to visit the Sukhothai province of Thailand and drop by the club’s shop could purchase it for 590 baht [around Php 1000.00].

We’re not sure though if kits already with or adding player namesets are available, but if ever they are, just keep in mind the probability of shelling out an additional minimal charge if you want Ramsay’s name and number at the back.

Photo credit: Sukhothai FC Facebook page

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Azkals’ Iain Ramsay officially unveiled by Sukhothai FC

The Philippine Azkals’ winger Iain Ramsay has been formally announced by Sukhothai last January 21 as one of their latest additions ahead of the 2019 Thai League 1 season.

After suiting up for the Philippine squad in its AFC Asian Cup debut as one of the key substitutes under Sven-Goran Eriksson, Ramsay headed to Thailand for the announcement of his acquisition.

Before joining Sukhothai FC, Iain Ramsay played for Felda United in the Malaysian Premier League where he was able to help the Pahang-based club win the title and get automatic promotion to the top-flight, the Malaysian Super League.

Operating lately as an advanced left-winger with a primary role as a provider, Ramsay is likely to be expected initially to do the same for his new club by knocking in dangerous crosses for his team’s strikers to work on. But, it is also of note that the Filipino is a capable goalscorer if an opportunity arises.

Ramsay will play under manager Ljubomir Ristovski as the club aims for a much better showing in 2019 after concluding the previous season in the lower half of the standings at 11th place out of the 18-team league.

Thai League 1 commence its 2019 season on February 22.

Photo credit: Sukhothai FC Facebook Page