Thailand have been part of Asian Zone qualifying since they first attempted to reach the FIFA World Cup™ in 1974. Their best showing came in the 2002 preliminaries, when they topped their first-phase group before finishing bottom of their second-round section. In South Africa 2010 qualifying, the Thais eliminated Macau and Yemen to reach the third round, where they finished bottom of a group also featuring Japan, Bahrain and Oman. It was the same sad story on the road to Brazil 2014, which saw the Land of Smiles reach the same stage only to receive the wooden spoons in a group which also featured Australia, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA U-17 World Cup Egypt 1997, New Zealand 1999 (Group stages)
Former stars: Piyapong Pue-On, Kiatisuk Senamuang