Yesterday the football game between the two most prestigious universities of Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University and Thammasat University took place in a sold out National Football Stadium.
Like in England the rowing race between Cambridge and Oxford, here in Bangkok they have this traditional varsity match as from 1934 with all the frills. Apart from the match itself (which is not played by strictly varsity teams, but may also include alumni), the event also focuses on card stunts performed by both sides’ audiences, cheerleading, and the opening ceremony parades, of which Thammasat’s politics-mocking sequence is an anticipated highlight.
It was a tremendous show, me and my wife stared our eyes out! A show which always is dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej; a dedication we never saw before in any other country.
Where in Holland they dare to throw waxlights to the Royal Coach, here in Thailand nobody even dares to cough during the National Anthem; pure respect.
The game was won, for the first time in history three times in a row, by Chulalongkorn University 1-0.
Special thanks to Khun Sape (Manager of the Chula team and also Manager of the Thai National Futsal Team) for the VIP-tickets!