Insee Police United
Formed: 1960 as Royal Thai Police. (Renamed Insee Police United in 2010)
Stadium: Thammasat Stadium, Rangsit, Pathum Thani
Nickname: The Policemen
Best Player: John Wilkinson
Main Sponsor: Insee
The Policemen finished eleventh in 2010, seven points above the relegation zone. A host of close-season signings suggest that they are setting their sights a little higher in 2011. Hugely experienced and free-scoring midfielder John Wilkinson – a Singaporean international player with 30 caps – was a surprising yet potentially inspired acquisition.
Khon Kaen F.C.
Stadium: Khon Kaen Sports Stadium
Nickname: The T-Rex
Best Player: Surachet Singngorn
Main Sponsor: Chang
Automatically promoted after finishing second in Division 1 last season, Khon Kaen are the second Isaan club to be promoted to the TPL (Sisaket being the first). They have signed a couple of Laotians and Chinese players during the close-season but will struggle to attract big names. A cup run is possible, but a relegation battle looms in the league.
Muang Thong United
Stadium: Yamaha Stadium, Nonthaburi
Nickname: Twin Qilins
Best player: Kawin Thamsatchanan
Main Sponsor: Yamaha
The 2009 and 2010 TPL champions are still the team to catch, but the Thai football world were rocked by the shock sacking of their head coach Rene Desaeyere in early January. Clearly, it can’t be for what happened on the pitch with rumors suggesting it was for behind-the-scenes disagreements over transfer policy. Whatever the reason, he’s gone, making retaining the title a stiffer challenge in 2011. The capture of the prolific Anon Sangsanoi is important signing. If he can continue his scoring feats then MTU could be celebrating a third straight championship come the end of the season.
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