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FIFA Women’s World Cup record
Thailand made their FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debut at Canada 2015. While they suffered heavy losses against European heavyweights Norway and Germany in the group stage, the Chaba Kaew recorded a 3-2 victory over Côte d'Ivoire in Ottawa, with forward Orathai Srimanee netting a brace. Thailand went on to finish third in Group B at their maiden global finals and their first experience of the tournament will no doubt stand them in good stead at France 2019.

The road to France
Thailand booked their France 2019 berth by reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. Though they suffered a 4-0 defeat against China PR in their opening Group A game, Thailand bounced back with comfortable victories against Jordan and the Philippines to finish second and set up a semi-final meeting with giants Australia. A valiant Chaba Kaew looked set to book a place in the final when leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Kanjana Sungngoen and Rattikan Thongsombut, before the Matildas’ Alanna Kennedy netted a last-gasp equaliser to take the game to extra time. Thailand were defeated on penalties, before losing the third-place match in another meeting with China PR.

The coach
Nuengruethai Sathongwien returned as Thailand head coach following the departure of former English Premier League defender Spencer Prior, who stepped down after claiming silver at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Sathongwien holds the accolade of steering Thailand to their first Women’s World Cup after finishing fifth at the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup and also guided the country to the 2015 AFF Women's Championship.

The stat
3 - The number of goals Thailand have scored at the Women’s World Cup, all of which came against Côte d'Ivoire at the group stage of Canada 2015. Orathai Srimanee’s double and Thanatta Chawong saw off Les Elephants to give the team a historic first win at the global finals.