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Thai Cup Competitions 2013 picking up pace

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Defending champion Buriram
image: Thananuwat Srirasant

The Thai FA Cup is kicking off his 2013 season with its first proper round being played this Wednesday. While the League Cup is picking up pace with his second round played at the beginning of May. So everything is set for David against Goliath.

The FA cup starts into his 2013 season this Wednesday on 24 April, when will see the first proper round played. The tournament is open to all teams registered with the FA, which means for amateur sides as well as for professionals. The only thing one needs to do, is to register for the competition with the FA and pay the required fee.

However, also in 2013 only the amateurs and Regional League sides have entered the qualifying rounds. And as well as in 2012, no amateur side could make it to the first proper round. Pattaya City was on of that few sides coming close to make it, but lost out to Prachuap 1-3.

In the first main round, teams of the second league will clash with clubs which qualified through the Play-offs. All teams of the Thai Premier League is to enter the competition from the next round onwards. Hence on Wednesday we will see new editions of two duels which we have just seen the last weekend when Rayong FC and Sriracha FC separated with a 1-1 draw and PTT Rayong beat local rival Rayong United scarcely with 1-0. However, beside the meetings in which Thai Division 1 teams clash against each other, there is a lot potential for upsets. Like when Regional League Central West leader Prachuap will face Ayutthaya FC. Or if top of South side Narathiwat United takes on the Navy. All fixtures of the first round can be found at our Thai FA cup 2013 overview.

In contrast to FA Cup the first main round of the League Cup, the competition with the highest prize money of both cup competitions, was already played, couple of weeks ago. After some qualifying rounds, which started already in February and lasted till the middle of March, Regional League sides fought for spots in the main round among themselves. Differently than to the FA Cup, there is no period of grace for the 'big boys', and the minnows have the right to play at home. With Bangkok United, TOT, Sisaket, Pattaya United, Bangkok Glass and Osotspa already six teams  of the TPL had to strike one's colours. All against teams from lower leagues. Same was happened to Singhtaura, Ayutthaya, Bangkok FC, Rayong United and the Trat FC of Division One. Even titleholder Buriram United only scarcely a disgrace escaped with 2-3 against Thai Airways Look-Esan.

Now on the 8th of May the second round stands on the calendar and then there it goes once again "David against Goliath". Top teams like Buriram or Chonburi must undertake long distance travels and will have to fight with circumstances like poor pitches and early afternoon kick-offs. Army United probably is going to have an involuntary home match against BBCU with the club using the venue as its home stadium this season. In Sriracha meanwhile one is glad to welcome familiar faces. Songkhla United goalkeeper coach Franz Schwarzwalder, head coach Jedet and also forward Aron da Silva. All still have close bounds to the opponent club and the town which is known for his spicy sauce. And between Mapthaput Navik Rayong and Rayong FC we will be able see another derby. The full fixture list of the Toyota League Cup 213.
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