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06 October 2010 :: 11:10:02 am 42628

Leicester City FC Welcomed by Pullman Pattaya Aisawan

Arriving in Thailand Tuesday afternoon the Leicester City Football Club were given a warm welcome at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport before being whisked away to Pattaya’s luxurious Pullman Pattaya Aisawan , where they will stay during their week long tour.
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Pattaya, the  5th of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Taking the opportunity to visit the Kingdom during an allocated international break in English footballs domestic season, Leicester City are set to play a Thai Premier League ‘all-star’ line-up on Saturday evening, coached by Thai national team manager and former England captain, Brian Robson.

Ahead of Saturday’s fixture, the team will be relaxing and preparing for the match in the Thai seaside resort of Pattaya, staying at the luxurious Pullman Pattaya Aisawan in North Pattaya. The Pullman Pattaya Aisawan  is a first class establishment on the northern shores of Pattaya.

Welcomed to the hotel by General Manager Philippe Delaloye and staff, the Leicester City team along with manager and coaching staff were presented with traditional flower garments and greeted in customary Thai fashion. Along with being only a 90-minute drive to the Supachalasai stadium in Bangkok, the location for Saturday’s friendly, the Pullman Pattaya Aisawan  was chosen as the teams base due to its reputation as an exclusive, first-class hotel offering the necessary conveniences to adequately support Leicesters stay in the Kingdom.

Accompanied by newly appointed manager Sven Goran Eriksson, Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn (Executive Director of Leicester City FC) and an almost full contingent of players, including Jack Hobbs, Matt Fryatt and Paul Gallagher, the team arrived at the hotel late on Tuesday afternoon, were they are expected to relax and begin training for their impending fixture.

Although Sven has yet to name his line-up for Saturday’s affair, Thai national team coach, Bryan Robson, has named a 22 man line-up for his all-star outfit, including the likes of Teerasil Dangda (Muangthong United), Teeratep Winothai (BEC Tero) and Datsakorn Thonglao (Muangthong United).

Leicester City FC have undergone a torrid time in the second tier of English football in 2010, with the promising team sitting merely two points off the bottom of the table. However, the recent appointment of Coach Sven Goran Eriksson has increased speculation that the team may well achieve promotion this year supported by last weeks impressive 3-1 demolition of fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United.

Speaking on Sven’s recent appointment, Leicesters Executive Director Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn stated, ”He is a very well known person and it is like a miracle to have Sven with us. We all have the same goal and that is to take Leicester City to the Premier League next year.”

While Sven, entering into his third English domestic football endeavour following spells at Manchester City and Notts County, sang a similar tune to his new bosses stating, ”At present I am trying to learn more about the players and get them out of the danger zone. I am confident Leicester will be promoted to the Premier League.”

Despite the unknowns regarding the Leicester, new owners and coaches to name but a few, Saturdays fixture against a hard grafting Thai Premier League side, most of whom played in the 3-0 loss to Spain’s Atletico Madrid earlier this year, will be an entertaining fixture.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Sports News

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