18 January 2018

PFL - Ilocos United withdraw

Ilocos United Football Club has today decided to withdraw from the Philippines Football League (PFL) for the 2018 season.
Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful. Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL. Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.
The Club, our players, coaches, staff, and management, wish to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporter base around the country for its fervent and unwavering support throughout our 2017 campaign. We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.
In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.
We wish the PFL continued growth and urge that the nation joins us in continuing to support the development of the beautiful game in the Philippines.
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Tony Lazaro
CEO, Ilocos United Football Club

17 January 2018

PFF Advisory: Philippines Vs Tajikistan To Be Held At The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium 13 mins ago

The Philippine Men’s National Team will host Tajikistan in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on 27 March 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) formally received the confirmation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on the venue.
The Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental was earlier nominated to host the final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan. However, due to difficulties in securing fully-equipped training venues, the venue was moved to the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“We announce that the AFC has approved the PFF’s request to move the final match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers back to Manila,” said PFF president Mariano V. Araneta Jr. “This match will be a crucial match as it will decide the Philippine Men’s National Team’s chances of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.”
The last Asian Cup Qualifiers match played in home soil was the 2-2 draw against Yemen last 5 September 2017 at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium. The Philippines won their first match match of the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Manila with a 4-1 win against Nepal.
The Philippines lead Group F with 9 points while Tajikistan are in third with 7 points going to the final match of the qualifiers. The Philippines only needs a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup, but it will have to do so against a determined Tajikistan squad.
“We hope all football stakeholders and supporters rally behind the Men’s National Team,” added Araneta. “Qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will be a historic moment in Philippine football.”
Ticket details for the match will be announced soon.

16 January 2018

AFC Champions League Preliminary : Shan United (Myanmar) vs Ceres-Negros Fc , 0-0 AET , 3-4 on PKs. Ceres-Negros advance to next round

Ceres XI: Toni D., Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Marañon, Schröck, De Murga, Muñoz, Nazari, Christaens, Reichelt Ceres

Subs: Kane, Manny Ott, Uesato, Porteria, Pasinabo, Dutosme, Casas

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AFC Champions League Preliminary Shan United (Myanmar) 0-0 Ceres-Negros
Ceres-Negros win 4-3 on PKs !

Ceres-Negros advance to next round and will play Brisbane Roar on Jan 23 in Brisbane

15 January 2018


Ceres-Negros FC will battle Shan United in the preliminary round of the prestigious AFC Champions League on January 16 at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Negros-based club qualified for the competition after winning the inaugural edition of the Philippines Football League and will now attempt to rewrite club history with a victory in Asia’s elite club competition.
“For us its a historic moment,” said Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic. “It’s the first time we’ll play in the AFC Champions League.
“We’re just in the pre-season and maybe have three training sessions. We are not prepared but we will try our best,” added Vidakovic whose team is just a month removed from winning the league.
“Like Coach Risto said we had three training sessions but mentally we were preparing for a long time for this game already,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schröck. “I think we will give you a good quality performance even though we’ve just been training for one week.”
The club started training last January 10 in Bacolod and have maintained their form in the short break after the PFL final.
Ceres-Negros will have to beat Shan United to face Brisbane Roar on the the next qualifying round of the continental tournament. Should they beat the A-League side, they will meet Tianjin Quanjian on the final match to reach the group stage of the competition.
The match is set at 4PM local time (530PM PH time) with the game streamed live at the Pyone Play facebook page.

14 January 2018

Global Cebu appoints Allado as interim coach anew



UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers coach Marjo Allado has been appointed again by the Global Cebu FC’s management as its interim head coach.
Allado had already served as the interim coach for the team in the first half of the season in the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL). He was replaced by Akhbar Nawas in mid-season.
While coaching the Growling Tigers in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines last year, he was an assistant to Nawas.

Global Cebu FC expressed its gratitude to coach Nawas for sharing his knowledge to the club.
Meanwhile, the club certified the completion of transfer of their former team captain, Misagh Bahadoran, to Malaysia’s Perak The Bos Gaurus (TBG) for the 2018 Malaysia Super League last Wednesday.

Read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/160151/global-cebu-appoints-allado-interim-coach-anew#ixzz549L043cD

13 January 2018

Panaad Stadium to get a facelift in time for second PFL season

Panaad Stadium to get a facelift
in time for second PFL season
At least a thousand more chairs will be added to the main grandstand of the Panaad Stadium as Ceres-Negros FC works at improving the facility to meet the standards set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the hosts of international matches.
Club officials Warren Concepcion said that the installation of more chairs is part of the ongoing process to ensure that matches scheduled by the AFC will be conducted as planned.
“We are in the process of ensuring that all the AFC standards will be met, maybe not in the perfection as FIFA AFC deemed it to be but we will see to it that our organization will meet them halfway,” Concepcion said.
He added that the present lightings at the Panaad Stadium has already passed the AFC standards and they are about to start the renovation in the locker rooms and the installation of more chairs in the main grandstand.
April last year, the provincial government of Negros Occidental appropriated P40 million for the purchase and installation of new lights at the stadium.
With the Ceres-Negros FC assured of a spot in the 2018 AFC Cup qualifiers after winning the inaugural title of the Philippines Football League last year, home games of the team will be once again played at the stadium.
The team also advanced to the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League and will play against Shan United of Myanmar on Jan. 16. A win for the Busmen against Myanmar will propel them forward to the next round against Australia, and, in the third round, against China.

source : Visayan Daily Star

PFL is looking for applicants

The Philippines Football League is looking for applicants in the following positions:
1. Head of Finance
2. Head of Legal
3. Head of Marketing
4. Media Officer
5. Head of Competitions
6. Competitions Executive
Send CV to jenny.maranan@philippinesfootballleague.com

12 January 2018


Mike Ott is one of the many big names to sign for Ceres-Negros this year. The current Azkals player is looking forward to the new season with his new club who will start their campaign in a few days time.
The younger Ott had a few practices in the bag after arriving with his teammates in Bacolod last January 10 and the Philippine champions already left an impression after a couple of days.
“Ceres here (in the Philippines) is one of the best clubs, last year they were the best club,” said the 22-year old attacker. “They have a good team here, so many good players. The coaching staff is very good. Everything about the club is very good, the standard is very high”
The Filipino international is setting a high standard for himself especially now with the new challenge of continental competition. “I wanna play a good season. Like now in the AFC, I want to play good in the first games but I’m not looking so far ahead. I’m looking at every week to get fit and prepare myself to be in a very good shape.”
Ott is also excited to work at club level with his older brother Manny who has been a veteran of the squad since 2014.  “We have a chance to play together like in the Azkals and that’s very good,” said the former Angthong FC player.
“I’m looking forward to give my quality to my new club. Play together and give everything for the club. I’m looking forward to the season,” he added
Ott doesn’t have to wait long for his debut as Ceres-Negros is set to play Shan United in Yangon, Myanmar on January 16.