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Friday, October 19, 2012
Thierry chooses Crown
Thierry Bin joins PPCFC
Phnom Penh Crown have been busy this week. Three days of open trials have occupied the attentions of head coach Sam Schweingruber and his coaching staff, but he still found time to agree to the release of four more players from last season's playing squad, and to waste no time in capturing a new face, that will, he hopes, light up the Metfone C-League next season. His name is Thierry Bin, or Bin Thierry, as the Khmers put the surname first. The son of Battambang-born Khmer parents, he was born in Paris and has been playing in France all of his life, he's 21 years old, but starred on the recent visit of the European Khmer team, and will now try his luck in Cambodia. He was being courted by Boeung Ket and Kirivong but decided on Crown as his final destination. He will make the move to Phnom Penh from Paris this weekend and arrives here on Monday. The reaction from football fans has been very positive, especially after he caught the imagination whilst playing on the Khmer-Europe XI tour a couple of months ago, scoring from a direct free-kick against Crown in particular, which will be remembered by many. As a youngster, he was at the RC Strasbourg academy and played for the Paris District U-14s and the France U-16 national team before spells at FC Saint-Jean-Le-Blanc and Aubervilliers. He's a natural left-footed midfield player who can also play up front. As for the players released by the club, and announced today, they include current national team defender Tieng Tiny, who's been with the club for the past 4 years and is one of the most experienced players in the country. Also on their way out are Chan Dara, another former national team defender, and midfielders Chhun Sovanna and Koem Sophanal.