|Fritz Schmid (left) with Austrian head coach Marcel Koller|
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
|Hats off to the winning U-15 Girls team from Cambodia|
Sunday, November 25, 2012
|PPCFC v PKR. Back LtoR: Seyha, Pheng, Ary, Thierry, Rady, Borey (capt). Front: Da, Makara, Dani, Sothy, Lika.|
Crown line-up v PKR: Ary, Da, Seyha (Hasan 75), Rady (Srin 85), Lika, Dani (Dara 79), Sothy (Suhana 46), Thierry, Pheng, Makara (Pisa 75), Borey. Subs not used: Seiha, Phearun, Kano, Morslim. Bookings: none.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Of the visiting squad of sixteen players, only defender Kim Kun Hoan has worn the shirt of the Korean Republic national team. The 26-year old, who has played in the J-League for the past five years with Yokohama Mariners, Montedio Yamagata and Sagan Tosu, played in the 2008 Olympics and made his senior debut against Oman. Four of the squad currently perform in the Japanese League. Defender Choi Jae Eun is with V Varen Nagasaki, joining the J-Leaguers from Incheon United. Midfielder Kim Jung Hyun is just 22 and plays with FC Gifu, whilst Moon Joo Won played with Daegu and Gangwon in Korea before moving to Sagan Tosu. Eight of the squad are with clubs in the Korean top flight with a key man to watch being 23-year old striker Jung Sung Min, the K-League reserve's top scorer before stepping up to the Gangwon team last year. The others are: Lee Ho (Gangwon, Daejeon Citizen), Kang Woo Ram (Bucheon, Daejeon), An Dong Hyeok (Gwangju), Lim Hyun Woo (Daegu), Jung Chul Woon (Gangwon, Daejeon), Han Deok Hee (Incheon, Daejeon), Kim Nam Chun (FC Seoul), joining Pattaya United's Ko Jii Man and two Kwangwoon University players, Song Chi Hun and Lee Hu Gwon. After playing against PPCFC, the Koreans will head to Sihanoukville for a few days R&R before heading home and the start of their domestic season in March.
|Choi Jae Eun from V Varen Nagasaki|
|Striker Jung Sung Min from Gangwon|
|With FC Gifu in the J-League, Kim Jung Hyun|
|Kim Kun Hoan has spent the last 5 years in the J-League|
|Midfielder Moon Joo Won was last with Sagan Tosu in Japan|
Friday, November 23, 2012
|PPCFC line-up: Back LtoR: Srin, Boris, Pheng, Seiha, Thierry, Rady. Front: Seyha, Sothy, Makara, Dani, Borey (capt) - click to enlarge.|
PPCFC line-up: Seiha, Dani, Seyha (Phearun 88), Srin, Rady (Lika 59), Boris, Thierry, Makara (Dara 70), Sothy (Pisa 75), Pheng (Morslim 88), Borey. Subs not used: Chamrouen, Da, Kano, Hasan. Bookings: Sothy, Thierry, Borey, Srin; Boris (red card).
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
|PPCFC v Laos TV line-up: Back LtoR: Srin, Boris, Seyha, Rady, Pheng, Thierry. Front: Makara, Seiha, Suhana, Dani, Borey (capt). Click to enlarge|
PPCFC line-up: Seiha, Dani, Seyha, Srin, Rady (Lika 75), Boris (Dara 75), Thierry, Makara (Hasan 49), Suhana (Sothy 58), Pheng (Pisa 80), Borey. Subs not used: Ary, Da, Phearun, Kano. Bookings: Boris, Rady, Srin, Sothy. To see the match highlights on YouTube, click here.
http://www.phnompenhcrownfc.com - has been unwell for a few months. Like a sickly child. In actual fact it's not been updated for quite a few months, until today. With the help of a Crown fan in the United States, Matt Kun, the website is nearly back to full fitness and is up and running, albeit gingerly, at last. It will be thoroughly updated over the coming weeks but I'm happy to report its over the worst and will go from strength to strength ahead of the upcoming new season. In its absence, the club's Facebook page has taken up the mantle and with over 3,000 likes, its become an online Mecca for Crown football fans with a thirst for club news.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
|The PPCFC squad enjoy a photo op at Gold City Casino. Click to enlarge|
Phnom Penh Crown will kick-off their pre-season preparation in Vietnam tomorrow when they meet unknown opposition in the form of a Laos TV team, in Pool B of the invitational Binh Phuoc TV Cup 2012, being played in Dong Xoai, the capital of Binh Phuoc province, located just north of Ho Chi Minh City. The Crown team left Phnom Penh on Sunday morning, stopping for lunch at the Gold City casino on the border at Trapeang Sre, before heading to their hotel in Dong Xoai. The draw for the tournament, two groups of four teams each, was made at the team manager's session this morning and paired Crown with local rivals Preah Khan Reach, as well as the Laos TV team and the Hanoi T&T U-21s from Vietnam. The draw for Pool B is as follows;
Wed 21 Nov: v Laos TV - 3:30pm
Fri 23 Nov: v Hanoi T&T U-21s - 1:30pm
Sun 25 Nov: v Preah Khan Reach - 1:30pm
The semi-finals will be on Wednesday 28 November and the final two days later, Friday 30th. In the other group, C-League champs Boeung Ket face the national U-21s from Laos, Ho Chi Minh City and hosts Binh Phuoc. Two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals. Crown head coach Sam Schweingruber will select from a squad of 22 players. Club captain Kouch Sokumpheak is with the squad but is still some way off returning to the team, still undergoing rehabilitation from the knee ligament injury he suffered in July.
|The PPCFC squad out shopping in Dong Xoai, Vietnam|
Saturday, November 17, 2012
|The starting PPCFC Academy line-up. Back Row ltor: Sakrovy, Piphop, Sodavid, Samnang, Baraing, Chanpolin. front: Noeut, Phearath, Muslim, Chansopheak, Rozak|
No one likes a cheat to prosper. Hence the vexation at the end of this morning's friendly game between the Phnom Penh Crown Academy and the Preah Khan Reach U-16s, which the latter won 3-2. The PKR goalkeeper pole-axed Chhuot Senteang, conceding a stonewall penalty and his dangerously-high tackle merited a red card. He got a yellow and then saved Ouk Sovann's spot-kick that was hit too straight. It should've been PKR's second dismissal of the game, after two yellows in the space of a minute for one of their strikers five minutes before half-time. Sportingly, Crown allowed PKR to return to eleven players for the duration of the 2nd half. Today was the sixth meeting between the two teams in the past six months and the older PKR team continue to hold the advantage, winning three of the games, with three draws completing the results; 1-1, 0-1, 2-2, 3-3, 3-5 and today's 2-3 reverse for Crown.
On a soggy RSN pitch due to overnight rain, PKR began strongly and were two goals up after 14 minutes, after Crown twice surrendered possession in dangerous areas and were made to pay. It was 20 minutes before Crown tested the PKR keeper for the first time. On 32 minutes, PKR were reduced to ten-men after a rush of blood, twice, by one of their players. A misplaced back-pass gave Mat Sakrovy an early opportunity to reduce the arrears, which he gobbled up, two minutes before the break. After half-time, Crown at last found their feet and their passing game, with Mat Nuron finding Orn Chanpolin and his 22-yard super strike levelled the scoreline twenty minutes into the 2nd period. Ten minutes later and another defensive error allowed PKR to nose back in front. A couple of minutes after that and Senteang was floored and forced to limp out of the game, after a shocking goalkeeper's challenge, but Sovann's penalty was too tame. In the final minute, Sraing Titchhy's free-kick was tapped home by Yeu Muslim but a linesman's flag went up late to deny Crown's U-14s the draw their efforts deserved.
|Chhuot Senteang is denied by the goalkeeper|
|Ouk Sovann's penalty kick was saved|
|The last minute tap in at the far post by Yeu Muslim was flagged offside|
|The Academy adopt the club's new happy-slappy pre-match routine|
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
|PPCFC Coach Sam Schweingruber offers up his pre-match instructions|
|Mart Hasan controls the ball in pre-match warm-up|
|Pre-game team bonding, with happy-slappy replacing the team huddle|
|Hong Pheng challenges the Naga keeper Rovinyothin|
|Half-time team talk with coach and players|
|After-match knocks and strains for Boris, Rady and Thierry|
Monday, November 12, 2012
|Khim Borey heads the game's only goal on 49 minutes|
|The PPCFC line-up: Back Row LtoR: Borey, Pheng, Seyha, Boris, Rady, Srin. Front Row: Thierry, Makara, Da, Suhana, Seiha. Click to enlarge.|
The match was played at Crown's RSN Stadium and it was Bin Thierry who offered up the first strike, playing in a central midfield role alongside fellow import Kok Boris, winning the ball off Om Thavrak and sending a low drive a foot wide after three minutes. Ngoy Srin was alert to divert a goal-bound shot from Kop Isa, before Leng Makara's header brought a diving save from Naga keeper Pich Rovinyothin. A raking cross-field pass from Khim Borey found Hong Pheng in space but his curler missed the upright by a yard. On 34 minutes, Borey raced onto a Boris through ball, headed over the stranded Rovinyothin and rolled the ball into the net. The referee initially awarded the goal, only to rule it out when he spotted the linesman's late flag. A few minutes later Thierry sent another long drive skidding wide before Boris thumped the ball from 25 yards out, only to see Rovinyothin throw himself full-length to his right to paw the ball away. Isa volleyed over the top to bring the first-half to a close.
The 2nd half opened up with Crown in control and within four minutes of the restart, Khim Borey ghosted into the six-yard box to head Bin Thierry's precise corner kick down and past an impotent Rovinyothin for the game's opening goal. Five minutes later and Borey's deft pass saw Leng Makara whip in a powerful drive which the keeper did well to block with his body and clear the danger. Twenty minutes gone and Crown conceded a free-kick just twenty yards from goal. Chuon Chum arched the ball over the wall and onto the post with Pen Stephane whacking the loose ball against the other upright as Naga came closest to scoring. With Kouch Dani probing from left-back, he tried his luck with two shots from outside the area, both going wide of the target. Srin was booked for pulling back Chhim Sambo and from the resulting free-kick, Tiny's punt was pushed over from under the bar by Yok Ary in the Crown goal. And that, in terms of chances, was it. Crown were visibly elated to have won against their much-favoured opponents and will take the positives from their battling qualities into the rest of their pre-season programme.
Crown line-up: Seiha (Ary 46 (Chamrouen 80)), Da, Seyha (Dani 62), Srin (Lika 83), Rady, Boris (Hasan 62), Thierry (Pisa 83), Suhana, Makara, Borey (Sothy 69), Pheng. Subs not used: Phearun, Kano, Dara, Morslim. Bookings: Srin.
|The starting line-up for Naga Corp including ex-PPC Sopanha, Dara and Narith|
Saturday, November 10, 2012
|PPCFC Academy in the first-half v Army|
|The 2nd half Academy team|
|In Sodavid breaks into the Army penalty box|
|Half-time team talk from coach Bouy Dary|
Monday, November 5, 2012
|PPCFC starting line-up v PKR. Back Row (LtoR): Srin, Thierry, Pheng, Hasan, Lika, Seiha. Front Row: Makara, Da, Suhana, Dani, Boris. Click to enlarge|
Pre-season practice matches are exactly that, warm-up sessions ahead of the upcoming new season. Earlier this afternoon, Phnom Penh Crown stepped onto their own soggy RSN Stadium pitch to play their second warm-up game, this time against Preah Khan Reach, one of the teams that will join Crown on their Vietnam adventure in a week's time. Age-wise, there was little to choose between the two teams, with PKR just shading it as the younger of the two, though their team has played together for the past couple of years, whilst Crown's line-up has been together a matter of weeks. That should please Crown coach Sam Schweingruber when he reflects on how the game turned out, with the home team going behind, but recovering quickly and getting the lion's share of the chances created. They were without their experienced duo of Khim Borey (groin) and Kouch Sokumpheak (knee ligament). The first opportunity of the game came on ten minutes as Leng Makara headed a Thourng Da free-kick wide of the far post. Preah Khan then took the lead with their first real thrust as Crown lost possession and Sok Chanraksmey broke into the Crown box before slotting neatly wide of Samrith Seiha on 17 minutes. Seven minutes later and Crown were level after some penalty box trickery by French-Khmer import Kouch Dani. Hong Pheng's shot was blocked and the ball squirmed out to Mart Hasan, who laid the ball back into the path of the onrushing left-back Dani. With his quick-feet and futsal ball control, Dani sidestepped two defenders and unleashed a powerful drive from fifteen yards out that the PKR keeper couldn't keep out. 1-1. Pheng had a shot blocked soon after and then played in Sos Suhana, but the national teamer was almost too precise with his finish, and it rolled the wrong side of the upright. With half-time approaching, Suhana fired in a low cross-shot which Kok Boris was inches away from applying the finishing touch, and then Hasan stung the fingers of the PKR keeper from 25 yards out. Half-time arrived with the scores level.
Six minutes after the interval, Makara's pace took him away from his marker and a poor defensive clearance teed-up Boris with a 20-yard pile-driver that flashed inches wide. The remainder of the match failed to live up to its first-half promise, with both coaches making a series of personnel changes, and though PKR visibly tired in the latter stages, Crown couldn't quite take advantage with Hasan squandering their best chance, firing high and wide as he surged into the penalty box. Prak Mony Udom wasted PKR's best opening, also firing too high on the turn. So bragging rights were shared, though Schweingruber will feel the happier of the two coaches, knowing his team can get a lot better. Picking out the best Crown player on show, I would share it between Boris and Hasan in central midfield, though Dani's goal was a cracker and his presence in a midfield role late in the game, could've very nearly won it for the home team.
Crown line-up: Seiha (Ary 46), Da, Dani, Srin (Dara 85), Lika (Rady 57), Boris (Sothy 72), Hasan, Suhana (Phearun 51 (Pisa 77)), Makara, Thierry (Seyha 77), Pheng. Subs not used: Chamrouen, Kano, Morslim. Booking: Pisa
|Coach Sam Schweingruber explaining his point of view, alongside Bouy Dary|
|Half-time team-talk in the shade|
|A free-kick by Kouch Dani|
|Crown's scorer v PKR, Kouch Dani|
|Pre-match sprints for Bin Thierry and Leng Makara|
|Pre-match warm-up for Makara and Kok Boris|
Friday, November 2, 2012
|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.