2019 Women's World Cup: Getting to know Team Thailand

With the 2019 Women’s World Cup less than a month out, we here at For The Win wanted to preview every team that will feature in this tournament. Next up is the Thailand women’s national team. You can see the full list of team previews, and read about the USWNT, here.
Thailand Group F schedule
Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m. ET vs. United States
Sunday, June 16, 9 a.m. ET vs. Sweden
Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m. ET vs. Chile
Key players
Kanjana Sungngoen
The 32-year-old Thai forward scored two crucial goals in a playoff match against Vietnam to send Thailand to the 2015 World Cup, and she returns in 2019. Sungngoen was vital to Thailand in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, scoring three goals in three group stage games to secure a place in the 2019 field.
Rattikan Thongsombut
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Another player with previous World Cup experience, Thongsombut is a frequent source of goals from the midfield for Thailand, and she scored in each of Thailand’s knockout round games in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Her 63rd minute strike against Australia would have put Thailand through to the final, but the game went to extra time after a 91st minute equalizer.
Recent World Cup history
Thailand will play in its second consecutive Women’s World Cup, after qualifying for the first time in 2015. Four years ago in Canada, Thailand lost to Norway and Germany by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0, but scored the first World Cup victory in team history by taking down the Ivory Coast, 3-2.
What experts are saying about Thailand
It’s likely that Thailand will be battling with Chile for third place in Group F, and the team’s recent results don’t exactly inspire hope. Thailand went 0-3 in the recent Cyprus Women’s Cup, and lost a string of six consecutive matches to end 2018 at the Asian Games and the Yongchuan International Tournament. In Thailand’s only friendly against the United States, which occurred in 2016, the USWNT won 9-0.
From Caitlin Murray in the Guardian:
There is reason to expect this Thai team should be better than the one in 2015. They finished fourth in the Asian Cup this year, their best finish since 1986. There, they earned a shock draw in the semi-finals to Australia, a favorite at the tournament in France, but lost on penalties.
How to be a fan
Thailand’s women’s national team is nicknamed “Chaba Kaew,” and wears red, blue and white, the colors of the national flag.