New Buriram coach Jorginho eyes winning start against Chiang Rai

New Buriram coach Jorginho eyes winning start against Chiang Rai

Defending champions Buriram United will play their first Thai League 1 game under new coach Jorginho this afternoon when they host Chiang Rai United.

The Thunder Castle sacked Australian Arthur Papas during the Fifa Day break and brought in Jorginho as his replacement for the rest of the season.

Buriram looked mediocre under Papas and the writing was on the wall for the Aussie coach after northeastern club's dream of sweeping all three domestic trophies was shattered by a shock loss to third-tier Bangkok FC in the Thai League Cup.

Jorginho is a big name in world football. He won the World Cup title with the Selecao in 1994 when he played alongside Dunga and Romario.

He also played for Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Bayer Lerverkusen during the 90s.

The 59-year-old Jorginho, a former a right wing back, will be hoping for a winning start to his career with Buriram.

The Thunder Castle, who enjoy a four-point lead over second-placed Bangkok United, are expected to claim three points from the home game as the Beetles have been winless in their past four matches, losing the three most recent battles in a row.

In another game this evening, Bangkok United, who have a game in hand, host a struggling Chonburi side spotted in the 11th spot in the league table.

The Angels' goalkeeper Patiwat Khummai had performed brilliantly in the home-and-away 2026 World Cup qualifiers against South Korea during the Fifa Day break. He will be keen to put on another spectacular show and keep a clean sheet against the Sharks.

Chonburi have just moved out of the three-team relegation zone and will be hoping for at least draw against Bangkok United.

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