New signing Neymar scored his first goal for Barcelona as the La Liga champions beat Thailand XI 7-1 in a friendly in Bangkok.
After two and a half years at the Thailand helm, Winfried Schafer believes that his switch to a more Spanish style of playing is the reason behind the War Elephants' recent fine run.
FIFA.com looks at Thailand's rise up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with their performance at the recent AFF Suzuki Cup helping the War Elephants make a significant leap.
The AFF Suzuki Cup saw Singapore coach Raddy Avramovic end a successful decade-long tenure on a high as the Lions claimed a record fourth crown, while Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda again shone and Philippines continued to grow.
Thailand have set up a dream AFF Suzuki Cup final meeting with Singapore - both nations have won the tournament a record three-times - as the War Elephants cruised past Malaysia after the holders had been reduced to ten men.
FIFA.com previews the AFF Suzuki Cup which commences this weekend with the biannual south-east Asian tournament typically promising large fervent crowds and high tempo football.