Three months ago in July, the story of the 12 members of a young Thai football team trapped in a cave in northern Thailand captivated the world, particularly the remarkable story of their heroic rescue, which involved the death of one Navy SEAL rescuer. The team, which composed of adolescents aged 11 to 16, along with their coach, were rescued from the cave on July 10 of this year, after being trapped by flood waters since June 23. In the three months since their rescue, the boys, collectively known as the Wild Boars football team, have received medication and worldwide coverage and support.
Earlier this month, the team along with their coach appeared on television in their talk show debut on The Ellen Degeneres Show. In their interview, the boys elaborated on the details of their 17-day stay in the cave, highlighting details on how they survived, including drinking water from stalactites on the ceiling, and keeping watch of the days through the singular watch one of the boys had. In the interview, host Ellen Degeneres also introduced the team to their idol, international soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who presented them with merchandise from his team, LA Galaxy.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 23 October 2018
Before appearing in their first international television show, the team also played a friendly match in Argentina’s Monumental Stadium as part of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. They also met the Thai Prime Minister in the US in early October as part of the 2018 Asia Game Changer Award, which honored the team’s rescuers.
The ‘Wild Boars’, the team that were trapped for almost two weeks inside a flooded cave in Thailand, are special guests at #BuenosAires2018.
Today they were invited to play River Plate’s Youth team ⚽. Full story coming soon. pic.twitter.com/VJnvbWW0Ii
— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) 7 October 2018
Most recently, the team were at the UK at the invitation of Manchester United on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, where they spent time at Manchester United’s training ground and Old Trafford stadium before watching the match against Everton.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 27 October 2018