Aug. 19, 1989
Place of Birth:
Wattana Playnum ("Mike") was born in 1989 in Nakhon Sawan, the gateway to the north of Thailand. As a youngster he was focused on his studies, and did not develop through a football academy as some other players have done. Yet he played regularly after school and developed his talents.
Wattana can be compared in style to Manchester United legend Nikky Butt. His strength in the midfield is in winning the ball off opponents, often with skillful pass interceptions.
While playing with Nakhon Sawan, Wattana was noticed and brought to play with Ayutthya, where he caught the attention of SCG Muangthong United's scouts. At first, the Kirin sent Mike on loan to Pattaya United, whom he helped into promotion to the top level.
Then in 2016 he began to play with SCG Muangthong United. At first Wattana was used as a sub or a second string player, but got his chance for a regular starting role when Tanaboon left the club. Soon after Wattana was called up for his national team debut in a match against Japan.