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Road to Canada - 26 players for the camp in Holland

Thai women's national team Vivianne Miedema

Miedema - for her club FC Bayern
image: © Florian Schießl

When the Thailand women's national team gets on the way to its training camp in the Netherlands these days, 26 players are to enter the plane heading to Europe.

With a training camp in the wintry, but not snowy Holland, the preparation of the women's national team to the Women's World Cup 2015 picks up some pace for the first time. During the four weeks, where the City of Maastricht is going to serve as a base camp, Thailand will face some several tough tests against opponents from Europe. The - admittedly - early highlight will be the meeting with the Dutch national team on 7 February in Almelo.

Without doubt this will be going to be a very special and absolutely historic meeting. Since both are going to face for the first time. And an official international match of a Thai women's senior side on European ground has not been taken place yet, as far as we know. Besides, the match against the Oranje Leeuwinnen marks the first for Thailand against an opponent from Europe for 8 years. The last time the Thais played an opponent from the old continent was at an invitation tournament in China 2007 against Italy. Thailand have lost that encounter 0-5.

For the test against the Thais Dutch coach Roger Reijners has called up 23 players for the test. Among them Vivianne Miedema who is playing for the FC Bayern München Ladies. The just 18-year-old counts as one of the most promising talents in women's football and became leading goal scorer at U-19 EURO last year. Her counter so far for the Dutch seniors: 18 goals from 18 games.

Angela Christ (PSV/FC Eindhoven) and Kim Mourmans (Standard Liège), are two players from the Dutch squad the Thai players could meet twice during their four weeks stay in Europe. Namely again when Thailand is going to face Standard Liège (14th of February) and PSV/FC Eindhoven. A match against German women's Bundesliga side MSV Duisburg should round up the trip for the Thai ladies. Not a bad thing so for Silvia Neid, in charge of Thailand's World Cup opponent Germany. As Duisburg coach Inka Grings could report her impressions on Thailand to Neid immediately.

Thai coach Nuengruethai Sathongwien selected 26 players for the trip to Europe and there are some surprises. Kanyawee Sudtavee is taking the place of Sukanya Chor. Charoenying as third choice goalkeeper. Sudtavee withdrew from playing football in 2012 after a knee injury and became a goalkeeper's coach for the national team. Last autumn, the 28-year-old returned to train with the team as a player. In 2004 she was the starting at the U-20 world championship and conceded six goals against a German side coached by Silvia Neid.

Tanattha Chawong who played for Östersunds in Sweden last year, together with Taneekarn Dangda, will return to ÖDFF for the 2015 season. This time she will be accompanied by Chor. Charoenying. And that's why both will stay in Thailand before they are joining Östersunds for the season preparation. Forward Pitsamai Sornsai is another well known name who will have to stay at home. The injury plagued 26-year-old is still in rehab and will work on her fitness and comeback how she told us.

New in the team or again in the national team is Nipawan Panyosuk, Sailom Pittayanukulsup and Irawadee Mackris. The Thai American Mackris is 19 years old, learned to play football the United States and comes from Nakhon Pathom. Panyosuk is a talent from the rows of the U-16 or U-19 national team and Pittayanukulsup makes a return.

However, the current group of 26 players for the camp in the Netherlands should not be the answer to everything. All players who have to stay back home still have the chance to make it into the final World Cup squad as the saying goes.

Thailand squad for the training camp:

GK: Waraporn Boonsing, Yada Sengyong, Kanyawee Sudtave

DF: Darut Changplook, Natthakarn Chinwong, Duangnapa Sritala, Kwanruethai Kunupatham, Warunee Phetwiset, Sunisa Srangthaisong, Khwanruedi Saengchan

MF: Pikul Khueanpet, Naphat Seesraum, Ainon Phancha, Orathai Srimanee, Anootsara Maijarern, Wilaiporn Boothduang, Silawan Intamee, Supaphon Gaewbaen, Nipawan Panyosuk, Sailom Pittayanukulsup, Irawadee Mackris

FW: Taneekarn Dangda, Kanjana Sungngoen, Nisa Romyen, Rattikan Thongsombut, Alisa Rukpinij

The international friendly against the Netherlands will kick-off at 19:00 (CET) and tickets (12 Euro) can be purchased at the Stadium or in advance via the KNVB.
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