Updated: 08/25/2014 18:04 | By Agence France-Presse

Thai striker's joy at La Liga breakthrough

The first Thai footballer to play in Spain's La Liga has spoken of his delight at making his debut for Almeria in a 1-1 draw with Espanyol.

Thai striker's joy at La Liga breakthrough

Thai football player Teerasil Danga celebrates his goal against of Malaysia during their 2nd leg AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final football match in Bangkok on December 13, 2012 - by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul

Stiker Teerasil Dangda, 26, who is on a season-long loan from Thai Premier League side Muangthong United, came off the bench in the first fixture of the new season.

"I was already happy when I was named one of the substitutes," he was quoted as saying by The Nation newspaper on Monday.

"I'm delighted to see action on the pitch. I can't really describe my feelings. I didn't know whether I was delighted, excited or nervous." 

While he is little-known overseas, Teerasil is a household name in Thailand for his goal-scoring exploits for club and country.

The rangy forward has made a number of previous attempts to join European leagues, including a stint training with current Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, but Sunday's game was his first competitive appearance. 

He refused to be drawn on the prospects of a long-term deal with La Liga minnows Almeria -- who narrowly avoided relegation last season.

"Let's see how it turns out. It's only one match so we cannot tell anything... I need to improve on many things," he was quoted as saying.

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