SCG Muangthong United battle Ratchaburi F.C. this coming Saturday. Nicknamed ‘The Dragons’, the club was formed in 2004, and has been part of the T1 league since 2013. Ratchaburi has always been a top ten team, with their best season a fourth place finish in 2014. Currently ‘The Dragons’ and SCG Muangthong United are neck-and-neck in 8th place.
Ratchaburi made several midseason changes and are coming off a 4-1 victory over Chiang Mai last weekend. They have several dangerous players, notably former France U-21 international Steeven Langil (#11) who has notched eight goals to date in league play, as well as Javier Patino (#20), and Thailand international Jakkapan Pornsai (#7), who can be difficult to prevent from breaking through the midfield towards goal.
Jakkapan will be well known to Kirin fans after playing three seasons with the club and helping Muangthong win the league in 2012.
Conversely, Heberty Fernandes (Muangthong #7) made 90 appearances with ‘The Dragons’ from 2014-2016 and was the league’s top goal scorer in 2014, with 26 goals.
Said Coach Gama about tonight’s match, “Ratchaburi have some quality players, and they are quick on the transition, so we have to control the game between the lines, and how we play off the ball will be important. We are tied with them at this point, so now we have to show our power.”
KIRIN PROFILE: #23 - Charyl Chappuis (midfield)
D.O.B. 12 January 1992
Place: Kloten, Switzerland
A citizen of both Switzerland and Thailand, Charyl Chappuis developed and played with Grasshopper FC and other Swiss league clubs, and he represented Switzerland on national teams from the age of 14. When playing for the Swiss U17 squad he won the 2009 FIFA Youth World Cup. Charyl is fluent in German, English, French and Thai.
In 2013, at the age of 21, Charyl made the decision to reunite with his mother’s culture and play football in Thailand. He first signed with Buriram United, and that season helped the club to both league and cup championships. Part way through 2014 Charyl was loaned out to Suphanburi, and was signed by them soon after. In 2015 Charyl missed the full season due to knee surgery, and at first struggled to regain his form. SCG Muangthong United showed faith, signing him to the Kirin in 2017.
Under Coach Gama, Charyl has made remarkable improvement and he’s become regular to the starting XI. Said Charyl, “When I have the coach behind me like this, I always get better.” Charyl is known as a “box-to-box” player, defending in his own half, but then switching to attack in the opponent's end. He’s capable of scoring and has a strong long range shot, but like his idol Cesc Fàbregas, his role is that of play maker and creator of chances.
Since 2013 Charyl has represented Thailand on both the U23 and men’s team, a combined total of 34 appearances and nine goals.
While Fàbregas may the be one he’d trade jerseys with, Charyl credits his dad for the encouragement, advice, and inspiration to play football. Said Charyl, “It’s a lot about him that explains where I am.”
Charyl’s popularity is through his humble nature and gregarious smile. He’ll never hesitate to stop and talk to fans, pose for photos, and show gratitude. He has more than one million followers on Instagram, and has become a real gentleman worthy of respect. He has a strong work ethic and growth mindset. Said Charyl, “I always think about who I am, and who I want to be.”