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    Goal Rush: Exec combines business with beautiful game

    Brunch, Kritini Upayokin, Published on 09/06/2013

    » 'Football is like a religion to me," says Ron van Oijen, who is finishing out his term as CEO of American International Insurance. And indeed the exec, better known as "Khun Ron" to the many clubs he's assisted countrywide, has demonstrated his devotion to the sport. Along with playing it for as long as he can remember, over the past three years he's used his position as head of the insurance provider to help fast-track its growth in Thailand, particularly as it pertains to youth development.

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    Jumping in feet first: Brazilian dazzles Thai Premier League

    Brunch, Kritini Upayokin, Published on 24/03/2013

    » 'If Thailand wanted me to play for its national squad, I'd say 'yes' in a heartbeat. Thailand is my second home," said Cleiton Silva. The Brazilian-born BEC Tero Sasana striker has been playing in the Thai Premier League for three years and last year's shared honours as the league's top scorer.

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    Rom zeroes to heroes: SCG muangthong united's rise

    Brunch, Kritini Upayokin, Published on 04/11/2012

    » No football club even comes close to matching SCG Muangthong United's performance over the past four years. They have seemed nearly invincible, winning Thai Premier League championships in three out of those four years and smashing countless records throughout their incredible 2012 season. Their accomplishments are all the more impressive when you consider how quickly the team has gone from a basement division two club with more players on the field than fans in the stands to one of the most dominant forces in Thai football _ it all took just six years. Now, the Twin Qilins, as they're known to fans, are the reigning champions, estimated to be worth 900 million baht, at the forefront of a new era in modern Thai football and now have their sights set on cracking Asia's Top 10.

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    Leader of the pack

    Brunch, Kritini Upayokin, Published on 04/11/2012

    » Slavisa Jokanovic arrived in Thailand only three weeks before the start of the Thai Premier League season. The Serbian coach, who during his career played for Deportivo La Coruna the season the club won its only La Liga championship and who spent two seasons at Chelsea, had only a short time to learn about his squad, but within a couple of months the team was stronger and playing better.

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