|Thierry Bin speaks in 7 Days|
Thierry Chantha Bin, Paris, France, 21
I only came back to Cambodia last week, I'm from Paris. I'm playing professional football for the Phnom Penh Crown. I came with the Khmer Europe team in September, a selection of the best players of Cambodian origins in Europe. I was then signed by Crown after a few weeks of negotiation. I was the first French-Cambodian player to join the Cambodian premier league. I was born in France, my parents fled just before the fall of Phnom Penh. I have been back twice, in September 2007 and 2012, but in 2012 it was just to play a single game of football.
The hardest part about being back is the heat. I'm currently living in a clubhouse with other local players. You can imagine how the living conditions here are different from what I've known in France. I came here to know better my country of origin, so it's up to me to adapt and make it a good experience.
Cambodia is completely different to the image my parents portrayed to me. I think I'd like to stay here for a long time - my parents are in France though. I have a one-year contract and will see after that. It would be awesome to join the national team. It was amazing to see the TV crews waiting for me at the airport. I think I could have a long-term career here, so yes, I plan to stay a long time.
Thierry's club, Phnom Penh Crown are set to play two more warm-up matches before they head to Vietnam for a pre-season tournament. They meet Preah Khan Reach on Monday 5 November at 2pm, and then face Naga Corp on Sunday 11 November at 3pm, with both games scheduled for Crown's RSN Stadium in Tuol Kork.