Well, the road to hell is paved, as I think is well-documented by now, with good intentions and my plan to keep up to date with the Thai Premier League will condemn me to an eternity of endless and increasingly intensifying torment. And I think most people will agree that is fair enough. However, in a lost moment, last-ditch attempt to escape the Gates of Oblivion in Faustian fashion, I note here that the last week of the season has just passed. Congratulations to the Muang Thong Impac Centres for winning the league – in fact wrapping it up a week early.
To be entirely honest, there has not been a great deal of drama about the league and its results since the teams that started at the top stayed at the top and the teams at the bottom stayed at the bottom. Teams tended to beat the teams below them in the league and lose to those above them. Perhaps next year will be more dramatic as we have the newly promoted Police United Brownshirts, the Army Cutthroats and the Si Sa Ket Scallywags, who pipped the Khon Kaen Killer Hedgehogs on the last day of the season (rumours that the teams who beat the army turn up again stuffed into containers at the bottom of the ocean are obviously untrue and not even that amusing).
Relegated this year were the Sri Racha Ratchets, the Nakhon Pathom No Names and (ha ha) the Chulalongkorn Hippocratic Oath Breakers.
As usual, those who like betting are advised to bet on the relegated teams to come back up again and the promoted teams to go back down again.
Apparently, new national manager Bryan ‘Brainy’ Robson has observed that the pitches are not very flat and this has hindered the players from executing the passing game that would help them at international level. That is certainly true – however, even the national team has to play on some pitches that look like the habitat of a particularly burrowsome variety of mole.