After weeks of speculation, Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse have officially unveiled the signing of Thai striker Teerasil Dangda from Muangthong United. The 31 year old joins after spending 11 seasons at Muangthong United amassing 270 appearances and scoring 117 goals, while lifting the Thai League title on 4 occasions.
Teerasil Dangda has had previous experience playing in the J League in 2018 when he joined Sanfrecce Hiroshima helping the club finish in second position. Teerasil made a account of himself during the season, heavily featuring for Sanfrecce Hiroshima by making 32 appearances and scoring 6 goals.
In a statement released by the club Teerasil Dangda stated that he was “happy to be joining Shimizu S-Pulse and happy to be to be here in Shizuoka, so close to Mt. Fuji. In 2018, I thought how passionate S-Pulse’s supporters were when we played against them.”
Teerasil Dangda had initially rose to fame early in his career when he was one of three Thai players that were singed to Manchester City after the club’s takeover by Thaksin Shinawatra in 2007. Teerasil never made an appearance for Manchester City, but the move had raised his profile tremendously back in Thailand earning him a national team call up. Teerasil Dangda would go on to make 104 appearances for the Thai national team scoring 45 goals. This record places Teerasil as third highest player of all time in terms of appearances and goals.
Teerasil Dangda was made available after the 2019 season after Muangthong United began going through some financial difficulty with main sponsors limiting their finance of the club. This meant that the players with the highest wages were allowed to leave. So far Teerasil has joined the likes of Heberty, Adisak Kraisorn and Charyl Chappuis in being shown the door at the club.