Fans, pundits and players have hotly debated the question since the game's inception, arranging and rearranging the hierarchies with every generation of exhausted talent. But besides the insuperable subjectivity of the query itself meaning that everyone will have there own opinion, thank you very muchseveral factors further complicate the question—of the vast span of time in which professional soccer has been played, the degree of global exposure between, say, Real Madrid and Penarol and the lack of concrete evidence from soccer's early era. One cannot honestly compare the '30's player of which there is no video evidence with a star like Cantona, living from first to last in front of the camera. That said, there are a few benchmarks that do make such distinctions possible.
However, the Indonesians battled back to level the score and force the game into a penalty shootout, which was won 4—2 by the Thais. Nonetheless, with vast experiences in the Asian Cup, Thailand was, again, expected to pass through if they didn't lose to Iran and defeated Oman.
However, Thailand's performance had even become a full disaster, worse than four years ago. Thailand opened their account with a 0—3 defeat to Iran, before losing 1—4 to Japan, effectively eliminated Thailand from the tournament.
In the last match, Thailand lost again to debutant Oman, thus became the worst-performed team in the whole tournament. Thailand only scored 1 goal in the tournament. This time, Thailand, considered to be the strongest host team among the four, was placed with debutant Australia , Oman and Iraq.
Unlike , Thailand had become more cautious and carefully prepared than before, as Thailand was beared as the leading Southeast Asian team, together with Indonesia, in the tournament, since both two participated in the latest edition.
Thailand opened their account by managing a 1—1 draw to Iraq, and it was not considered as a good result since Thailand was expected to outclass Iraq. Thailand took vengeance on Oman by defeating Oman 2—0, making the first time Thailand ever won a match in the Asian Cup on 90 minutes.
With 4 points ahead, Thailand had a high chance to qualify to the next round for the first time since , but Thailand's dream was totally shattered by Australia in a 0—4 demolition.
This result ended Thailand's dream and once again, Thailand was knocked out from the group stage. Indonesia and Malaysia also failed in the same way, while Vietnam despite also lost the last match like the co-hosts, surprised by qualify into the next round for the first time in its history.
Thailand's performance was heavily criticized aftermath, and it was seen as the end of Thailand's golden generation, with the retirements of Kiatisuk Senamuang , Pipat Thonkanya and Tawan Sripan.
Pipat and Tawan would remain to play later, but received lesser calls aftermath before total retirement. On 14 November , Robson celebrated his first competitive match in charge of the team with a 3—1 away victory against Singapore in a Asian Cup qualifying group match.
In January , this was followed by two goalless draws with Jordan and Iran during Asian Cup qualifying. On 3 March , Robson's Thailand suffered a 1—0 defeat by the hands of Iran in Tehran in their final Group E game, effectively ending their hopes of qualifying for Asian Cup. On 11 August , Robson led Thailand to another victory against Singapore with a score of 1—0 on home soil.
In September , Robson overcame Bob Houghton's India in a friendly with a score of 2—1 away from home. He resigned as manager on 8 June During the World Cup Qualifiers, the War Elephants played well and built a lot of faith up in the fans. The attendance was nearly full house, War Elephants almost beat Australia at their home and even defeated Oman 3—0.
This was in addition to the draw against Saudi Arabia , when the coach called up many young starlets to the team, which reflects on the fact that the squad have plenty of good players.
In the AFC Asian Cup qualification Thailand suffered a massive setback, with their defensive frailities fully exposed by their Middle Eastern rivals. Thailand lost all 6 games in the qualifiers, conceding 21 goals in the process.