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Dec 19, 2012   |  12:30PM AET

Club profile: Buriram United FC

Club profile: Buriram United FC

Here’s a little bit more information on Brisbane Roar’s AFC Champions League play-off opponents Buriram United FC of Thailand.

Here’s a little bit more information on Brisbane Roar’s AFC Champions League play-off opponents Buriram United FC of Thailand.

Plays in: Thai Premier League

Location: Buriram United are located in Thailand-s Buriram province, approximately 410km north-east of Bangkok.

2012 season result: Finished fourth on 54 points behind champions Muangthong United (84 points), Chonburi (70 points) and BEC Terosasara (57 points). Their top goal scorer was Ghanaian striker Frank Acheampong with 12 goals.

Buriram also won the Thai League Cup in 2012, beating Ratchaburi FC 4-1.

Qualified for AFC Champions League qualifier by: winning 2012 Thai FA Cup in November. They beat fellow Thai Premier League team Army United 2-1.

Best club achievements: Buriram United were Thailand-s triple champions in 2011, winning the Thai Premier League, Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup. First league title came in the 2008 season.

2012 AFC Champions League campaign: After starting the competition brightly with a 3-2 home win over Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) and a 2-1 away victory over Guangzhou Evergrande (China), Buriram United finished bottom of Group H with two wins and four losses.

Home stadium: New I-Mobile Stadium (seats 24,000), also known as the Thunder Castle Stadium.

Team nickname: Thunder Castle Warriors.

Team colours: Blue (home jersey), orange (away jersey).

Coach: Buriram United is coached by Attaphol Buspakom, who has been in charge since the 2010 season. Before he began coaching in 2005, Buspakom had a successful playing career, representing Thailand 85 times (scoring 13 goals) and made 423 appearances in the domestic league.

Prior to guiding Buriram to the triple championship in 2011, Buspakom also coached Muangthong to a Thai Premier League title in 2009 and was runner-up twice in the league with BEC Tero Sasana.
He also took BEC Tero Sasana to the AFC Champions League in 2003, where they lost in the final to Al Ain (United Arab Emirates).

After topping Group A, where they beat the likes of Daejeon Citizen (South Korea), Shanghai Shenhua (China) and Kashima Antlers (Japan), Buspakom-s team beat FC Pahktakor (Uzbekistan) in the semi-finals, before a narrow 2-1 two-legged loss in the competition decider.

Brisbane Roar of Thailand? Similar to the Roar-s 36 match unbeaten streak in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons, Buriram United had an undefeated run of their own – 30 consecutive games without a loss which came to an end in May 2012.