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Singapore’s Best Asian Imports: An impressive ten from the region

They came, they saw and they conquered. Closer to home, a number of prominent names from Asia have stood out during their time in the S.League. FourFourTwo has a look at 10 of the very best… ​

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Therdsak Chaiman

Midfielder | Thailand | SAFFC (2002, 2005-2009)

Regarded as one of the best foreigners of his generation to have played in both the S.League and the region, Therdsak featured for SAFFC (now Warriors FC) over two separate spells - with both proving equally successful. 

Named S.League Player of the Year in 2002, he terrorised defences with his vision, clever runs, accurate set-plays and shot-taking as he managed 74 goals over six years with the club.

A player with vast experience on the continental club football scene, he was also a key member of the Warriors side which clinched four consecutive S.League titles and two Singapore Cups between 2006 and 2009.

After his time in Singapore had ended, the diminutive midfielder - who had also helped BEC Tero Sasana to the final of the AFC Champions League - returned to Thailand to play for T1 side Chonburi FC in 2010. He became player-coach of the Sharks in 2015 before being appointed head coach in 2016 following his retirement from football but would step down from the post in 2017.

Now 44, the former Thailand national team captain recently returned to Chonburi where he is assistant to German Goran Barjaktarević.

Therdsak was a maestro on the ball Photo: Weixiang Lim/FFT

Sutee Suksomkit

Forward | Thailand | Tanjong Pagar United (2001-2002), Home United (2003-2006), Tampines Rovers (2007-2009)

Adept at operating either at left-wing back or anywhere in the attacking third, Sutee was a speed merchant who also had goals in him.

First arriving in Singapore with Tanjong Pagar United in 2001, he netted 30 times in two seasons with the Jaguars and that was the start of many things to come.

Sutee then signed for Home United in 2003, the same year he earned a training stint with English giants Chelsea, as he chipped in with two goals to help the Protectors reach the last four of the AFC Cup in 2004.

The Thai attacker stayed at Bishan until 2006 before moving to Tampines Rovers where he made over 100 appearances for the Eastern giants, thus concluding his journey in the S.League.

In 2009, Sutee joined A-League side Melbourne Victory for a short stint as a guest player, playing nine games there before returning home to play for Bangkok Glass, Suphanburi, TTM Customs and Krabi. 

Hanging up his boots in 2015, the 39-year-old moved into coaching and is now into his second season as an assistant coach at Chiangrai United – after stints with Krabi, Khon Kaen and Lampang.

Sutee (left) is currently a member of the coaching team at Chiangrai United

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