Written by Paul Murphy Produced by Tifo Studios

In 2007, 19-year-old Thailand striker Teerasil Dangda made his one and only appearance in the AFC Asian Cup when he came on as a late substitute in the 1-1 with Iraq.

Now 30 years old, he will be the sole surviving player from that squad when the Thais kick off their 2019 Asian Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against India on January 6th.

When Teerasil was starting out 12 years ago, he played alongside some of the biggest names in Thailand’s first golden generation, with legendary striker Kiatisuk Senamuang 34 years old and skipper Totchtawan Sripan two years older.

Their peak had come between 1996 and 2002 as they won three AFF Cup titles, came fourth in the 1998 Asian Games, reached the final qualifying round of the World Cup for first time and hit 43 in the FIFA rankings.

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