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Thai professional football club based in the city of Chonburi, Chonburi Province and currently playing in the top division in Thai football, the Thai League 1. Chonburi were founded in 1997 and their rivalries are Pattaya United and Sriracha which also based in Chonburi Province. The team is widely known by their nickname The Sharks which can be seen in the club logo. In 2006 they were invited to play in the Singapore Cup and reached the final, defeating local sides Home United, Albirex Niigata Singapore and Balestier Khalsa along the way. In 2007 they were again invited to participate in the Singapore Cup, but were defeated in the first round against Balestier Khalsa, in a replay of the previous season’s semi-finals. They have formed links with Manchester City.
In July 2008 they made another important big step into the future. In addition, the previous sponsor, Hemaraj Land and Development PLC signed a major sponsorship deal which comes into force from 2009. This may indeed be the largest completed sponsorship of a Thai football club which was ever completed. At the end of the 2008 season, there was only enough for runner-up. The main reason for this was certainly the profligacy.