31 August 2015

Watch the Azkals in September

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Azkals step up buildup for Fifa World Cup elims

By Olmin Leyba

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Azkals returned to training camp yesterday, hoping to regain the fiery form that propelled them to a 2-0 start in Group H of the Fifa World Cup qualifiers in the next nine days before facing powerhouse Uzbekistan.
The Pinoy booters, who beat Bahrain (2-1) and Yemen (2-0) last June, will gun for their third straight win against the Uzbeks on Sept. 8 at the Philippine Sports Stadium.
“Ready to work hard and prepare for our big game against Uzbekistan,” said Fil-Aussie winger Iain Ramsay, the first among the overseas-based stalwarts to hit town.
He arrived last Friday and has since joined his teammates in making rounds on TV and radio to promote their fixture with the Uzbeks, the top-ranked side in the group, before practice got going in Bulacan yesterday.
“They (Uzbekistan) may have lost to North Korea in their (first game in WCQ, 2-4) but we still think they are the strongest team in the group,” said team manager Dan Palami.
He reiterated that it’s still a long way to go in the double-round robin group qualifiers.
“We can’t be complacent after our two wins,” said Palami.
Before their duel with Uzbekistan, the Azkals will first play Maldives in an international friendly on Sept. 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Maldivians, whom the Azkals had vanquished in the semis of the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup over in Male, are in Manila to prepare for their Sept. 8 World Cup qualifiers match against China in Group C.
Maldives played United Football League first division club Stallion FC last Saturday night at Rizal Memorial, a friendly that ended in a 2-2 draw.
Mohamed Umair gave Maldives a 1-0 lead in the 33rd but Stallion equalized via a penalty converted by Ruben Doctora 20 minutes later. Jordan Mintah put Stallion ahead with 59th minute header but the Maldivians drew level in the 75th via Ahmed Imad’s goal.


30 August 2015

Pampanga - 1st Luenthai Cup

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Azkals face toughest test yet in Uzbeks

By Cedelf P. Tupas

The Philippines faces its toughest challenge yet in Uzbekistan as the Azkals resume their World Cup Qualifying campaign on Sept. 8 at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Ranked No. 74 by Fifa, the Uzbeks will also be looking for their first victory in the qualifying tournament against the Azkals, who are running second to North Korea on goal difference in Group H after wins over Bahrain (2-1) and Yemen (2-0).
Having spent long hours the past two months studying Uzbekistan play, Dooley feels the Central Asians are the strongest team in Group H despite their 2-4 defeat to North Korea last June.

“Overall, it’s a very strong team, the best team in the group,” said Dooley Sunday before the Azkals started training for the first time since their 2-0 win over Yemen in Qatar last June 17.
“They make fewer mistakes and they don’t need a lot of chances to score.”
Two of Uzbekistan’s players see action in the Russian top flight —defender Vitaliy Denisov, who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow, and midfielder Odil Ahmedov, who plays for Krasnodar.
Still, Dooley remains upbeat of the Azkals’ chances.
“We’ll have our chances but each player should play 100 percent from the first minute to the last,” he said.
The Azkals will play the Maldives on Sept. 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium in preparation for the duel against the Uzbeks.
Among the overseas-based players who joined training at PSS yesterday was winger Iain Ramsay. Jerry Lucena was expected to arrive last night, while Neil Etheridge, Roland Muller and Kevin Ingreso are arriving today.
Stephan Schrock planes in on Tuesday, with Javier Patino and Stephan Palla arriving the next day.
Luke Woodland will plane in on Sept. 6 as he is on trial with US Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/191408/azkals-face-toughest-test-yet-in-uzbeks#ixzz3kJcktStt 

AFF U19 : Laos 3-1 Philippines

Laos 3-1 Philippines
Philippines goal in 70 min by Mark Winhofer

Paolo Bugas get Azkals call-up

Paolo Bugas (Global Fc) has been added to the Azkals training pool for Maldives friendly and Uzbekistan World Cup qualifier

Fil-foreign Azkals proud to play for flag and country

Posted at 08/30/2015 12:37 AM

The Filipino-foreign players of the Philippine Azkals are just happy to represent the Philippines in the international stage even as they attempt to help the country gain a qualification in the 2018 World Cup.
Some of the players who guested at DZMM's ''Fastbreak'' explained how they found their way to the Philippines shores despite being born abroad.
''I went to Davao two years ago, my cousin told me about the Azkals and I was thinking about it. I told my dad and mom, I want to play... I want to go to the Philippines, they said if you want to play you can go,” said Japanese-Filipino midfielder Daisuke Sato.
Kenshiro Daniels, an English-Filipino, said he knows that suiting up for the national team would make his mother proud.
Daniels said he was among those who tried out for the team when Azkals manager Dan Palami and former team captain Aly Borromeo held trial in the US.
''My cousin and tita told me about the Azkals. I went into the trials in San Francisco then played in the UFL. Then the next thing you know, I got a call up,'' he said. ''I'm really happy that I've been able to represent the Philippines. I know that my mom would be proud.''
Australian-Filipino Iain Ramsay, for his part, he actually started out as a rugby player since it was popular in his hometown of Australia.
Later on, he made a transition to football, a sport he loved immensely. ''I decided to play for the Azkals just recently. I'm very blessed and fortunate to do what I love to do,'' he said.
''Obviously, my mother being Filipino and I have a lot of Filipino family back in Sydney… I know it means a lot to them.''
Italian-Filipino Dennis Villanueva said football is a big thing back in Italy. He started playing the sport at a young age by joining a football school at the age of 7, then progressing to the youth team and joining a semi-pro squad.
Since he has Filipino lineage, he decided to play for his father's home country. ''May dugo akong Filipino so why not try football here in the Philippines?'' he said.
For Spanish-Filipino Juani Guirado, playing for the Philippines is a life-changing decision.
The elder brother of Angel Guirado said he has decided to make the Philippines his home so he could play professionally and at the same time stay closer to the national team.
''Life is more fun in the Philippines. I come here to work for my family, for Philippines for being more close to national team and my career, here,'' he said.
The Philippine Azkals will be trying to make it through the third round of the World Cup qualifiers by taking on Uzbekistan after two straight victories in the preliminaries.
The game will take place at the Philippine Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan on September 8.
The top team in their group will advance to the next round while the four best second-placed teams from among the eight groups in qualifying will also move on, while claiming a spot in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019.
But before facing the Uzbeks, the Azkals will sharpen their spurs by tackling Maldives in a friendly game on September 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

29 August 2015

Wait is over for Kaya FC as it claims first UFL silverware by edging Ceres in penalty shootout in Cup finale

KAYA FC outlasted fancied Ceres-La Salle, 4-2, in a pulsating United Football League Cup finale that reached a penalty shootout to capture a first-ever UFL silverware on Friday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The perennial title contenders finally got over the hump as it refused to lose after squandering a two-goal lead and going a man down in regulation.
Goalkeeper Nick O’Donnell shone brightest in the shootout, denying two attempts, before teammates Christian Ayew and Louis Clark converted their shots to seal the deal.
Kaya, a founding UFL member owned by LBC boss Santi Araneta, thus ended a seven-year title drought, while denying Ceres a title double after the Bacolod-based side ruled the league last month.
“It’s quite awesome,” Kaya manager Paul Tolentino said. “I can’t stop thinking about all these boys who worked so hard to get here. They deserve this.”
“And to all those amazing Ultras fans, the way they supported us, to be able to give this back to them, that was the one thing I kept thinking about.”
Kaya also booked the second Asian Football Confederation Cup berth, joining Ceres in the second-tier club competition in the continent next year.
It was the second straight match that reached a penalty shootout for Kaya, which survived Stallion FC, 5-4, in the semifinals. 

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/kaya-fc-overcomes-ceres-penalty-shootout-claim-ufl-cup-final-nick-o-donnell#W3DGmlZEsBo1bX7R.99

Maldives drew Stallion FC

Manila, PHILIPPINES – Substitute player Ahmed Imaz leveled the game for the Maldives and changed the score to 2-2 in the 75th minute in the first friendly match in Manila, Philippines against Stallion FC during their training camp.
Maldives caretaker coach Ismail Mahfooz started the game with a complete new starting line up and they dominated the game against the first division club in Philippines.
Maldives striker Mohamed Umair escaped from the offside trap and made a good shot on target but keeper blocked it.
Umair broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute from a wonderful flying header inside the box from a free kick from Akram.
In the 53rd minute Stallion FC leveled the game from a penalty when referee awarded them a penalty for a handball from Arif inside the box.
Six minutes later, Stallion took the lead from a good header inside the box.
In the 75th minute, Ahmed Imaz changed the score to 2-2 from a descent header inside the box from a good cross from Umair.
- See more at: http://www.maldivesoccer.com/s/Maldives-drew-Stallion-FC-5890#sthash.tHG0feEf.dpuf

After Gilas, put the Azkals back to the forefront


MY LATE paternal grandma Genoveva, a devout Catholic, used to say that priests in the pulpit have almost the same pull on the multitude as movie stars.
Well, seeking the succor of men of the cloth probably crossed the minds of Philippine Football Federation officials. They have done everything they could to attract fans to fill the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, to the rafters on Sept. 8.
That’s when the Azkals face their national team counterparts from Uzbekistan—a country 49 places above ours in the world rankings—in the ongoing qualifying matches for the Fifa World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Against the Uzbeks, the toughest team in Group H of the qualifiers, the Azkals are gunning for their third straight victory, after gritty wins over Bahrain, 2-1, and Yemen, 2-0.
The Azkals expect to draw strength from fans on home turf, a modern football and track stadium at Ciudad de Victoria, in their desire to become a force in Asian football and highlight their ultimate goal of someday making it to the World Cup.
But unless a marketing miracle happens, it looks like the Nationals will play the Uzbeks before a sparse home crowd again.
When the Azkals edged Bahrain on June 11, 7,000-plus fans showed up at the 25,000-capacity stadium.

With less than two weeks to go before the Azkals’ match with the Uzbeks, PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, reported that gate receipts amounted to only P900,000 and change paid by 4,326 fans.
Azkals ticket prices of P500, P300 and P100 plus tax and applicable charges are about the same amounts you shell out for games in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
The pro basketball league is currently in between tournaments and yet it still corners the attention of fans and thus, dominates the local sports news cycle.
That’s because of the conflict, the drama, the surprises and the corporate circus behind the selection of the Philippine national team to the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship in Hunan, China, next month.
That the faithful follow the testy formation of the Gilas team like a soap opera is a textbook example of the widespread influence basketball has on local sports.
Essentially, the situation is a lousy one that has diverted fan interest from the other sports, notably football and the Azkals’ important match on Sept. 8.
With Gilas around, the brass band stops playing for the Azkals.
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In any case, there are a few precious days left before game time.
For the sake of sports diversity, please follow the lead of celebrity supporters, including two senators of the realm, who are rallying fans to show up in full force for the Azkals.
Let’s put the steam back in the national team’s World Cup quest and help make that marketing miracle happen.
Tickets to the Azkals game are available at a TicketWorld outlet nearest you.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/191231/after-gilas-put-the-azkals-back-to-the-forefront#ixzz3kBehat4Z

28 August 2015

YouTube - Hans-on Thomas Dooley and Iain Ramsay

UFL Cup final : Kaya vs Ceres Fc - Kaya UFL Cup champions

UFL Cup final .

AFF U19: Goalkeeper slip-up hands win to Cambodia

VIENTIANE (28 Aug 2015) – Cambodia can count themselves lucky after a slip-up by Philippines keeper Michael Cangco Agong handed them a narrow win and improve their chances of moving onto the semifinals of the AFF Under-19 Championship currently being played out at the National Sports Complex Stadium here.
Apart from that horrendous moment in the 40th minute, Michael played brilliantly for the other 89 minutes, stopping numerous attempts by the Cambodian strikers. Cambodia were also fortunate that the Philippines did not score the equaliser. The Filipinos had numerous close chances including a shot that came off the post but it appears luck really wasn’t on their side today.
The defeat also marked the end of the road for the Philippines here although they still have one more game against Laos. The battle for the remaining semifinal slot will be between Cambodia and Laos.
Cambodia, with one win and a draw in the bag, moved to the top of the group with seven points after today’s result. Thailand are second with six points but should reclaim their top spot in a matter of hours after their match against bottom-dwellers Brunei tonight.  Cambodia’s win has also made it tougher for hosts Laos.
Philippines could have taken an early lead but striker Mathew Custodio, who broke away from the defenders, was unable to get his shot in. Cambodia was next in line but Sath Rosib’s shot was blocked by keeper Michael. Touch Roma, after being set-up by Sath, saw his shot saved by Michael, again.
Chreng Polroth, in the 34th minute, has a superb crack only to see the shot pushed away by Agong.
All the goalkeeper’s hardwork was blown away when his blunder in the 40th minute led to the opening goal. Chreng let loose a shot, not a very powerful one, and Agong went down to collect the ball. But as he tried to grab the ball, it bounced off him and turned into goal.
In last minute of the first half, the Philippines were almost on their feet but soon sat back in frustration then they realised Kenneth Atoc Dizon’s attempt missed the target and bounced off the left post.
It was a similar story in the last 45 minutes as Cambodia scrambled to increase the scoreline while the Philippines desperately went out in search of the equaliser. In the end, Cambodia managed to stave off their rivals and get away with full points.

Etheridge depart for qualifiers...

SADDLERS summer signing, Neil Etheridge has been called up for international duty ahead of another round of World Cup Qualifiers.

He is set to miss our Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixture against Morecambe on 1st September and home fixture with Bury four days later on 5th September. 

Etheridge, who has represented his native Philippines on 44 occasions, will be hoping the Azkals can build on their promising World Cup qualification campaign when they take on Uzbekistan in Bocaue (9th Sept). 

The nation of over 7,000 islands warm up for their Group H qualifier with a friendly against the Maldives (3rd September).

Read more at http://www.saddlers.co.uk/news/article/international-call-ups-2646045.aspx#2RKWG2eSb3sHK17g.99

27 August 2015

UFL Cup 2015

UFL Cup 2015
5:15pm (Battle for 3rd) Stallion FC vs Loyola Meralco Sparks FC
8:15pm (Championship) Kaya FC vs Ceres-La Salle FC
11:15pm Awarding Ceremony (UFL League & UFL Cup 2015)
NOTE: Championship match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 29 Aug 2015 (Sat) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 3rd Place match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 30 Aug 2015 (Sun) from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

26 August 2015

AFF U19: Win over Philippines move Thais closer to the semis

IENTIANE (25 Aug 2015) – Thailand affirmed their position as the favourites here following a convincing 4-1 win over the Philippines in a AFF Under-19 Championship Group A match at the National Sports Complex Stadium this afternoon. It was Thailand’s second victory after their opening win over hosts Laos two days ago.
Thailand, who scored three goals in the fist half,have now taken over the standings with six points while Cambodia, who have a rest day today, are second with four. The Philippines, who defeated Brunei in their first match, are third with three points.  
The Thais, who are just a win away from booking their place in the semis, did not wait long to get their scoring act going. In the ninth minute, skipper Worachit Kanitsribumphen latched on to a splitting pass from Jakkit Wachipirom and blasted the Thais ahead. A few minutes later, Anon Amornlertsak missed a sitter from close range.
A freekick awarded after Mantal Simplicio Saldavia brought down Anon in the 20th minute resulted in the second goal, which turned out to be a stunning shot from midfielder Sansern Limwatthana.
Suksan Mungpao added a third in the 30th minute while Worachit missed making it four when his shot came off the right post in the dying minutes.
Soon after the break, Thailand added a fourth through Suksan in the 51st minute. It was not surprising the Thais began to slow down after that. The Philippines had a great chance ten minutes from time but their striker Mathew Custodio, who had scored twice in their win over Brunei, skied his shot in front of goal but Mark Anthony Winhoffer made no mistake in the 81stminute when he converted a spot kick.
“We had a good 60 minutes, just like we did in the first game. We still have fitness issues with the players and hope to improve as the days go by.  In the second half, we tested some new players. Overall, I was happy with the six points today. We must win the remaining games but more importantly, we need to find our rhythm,” said coach Anuruck Srikerd.
Philippines coach, Sionosa Padernal, meanwhile said the team’s plans went awry after nine minutes. “We had planned to hold them 0-0 in the first half and our defenders tried to block them but then they got through. The Thais are certainly a good side especially with No.10 (Sansern Limwatthana) and 27 (Anon Amornlertsak) controlling the midfield. We have three points and still in with a chance. We must win our remaining games, the one against Cambodia will be interesting.


August 29 : Stallion Fc vs Maldives NT


We wish to invite all football enthusiasts to watch the tier 2 tune-up match between Stallion FC and the National “A” Team of Maldives on Saturday, 29 August 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Kick-off is at 5pm.

Admission for this tune-up match is free.


AFF U19 Championship : Philippines 1-4 Thailand

AFF U19 Championship in Thailand today :

Philippines vs Thailand

Start 5 pm (PH)

9 mins 0-1 Thailand
21 mins 0-2 Thailand
30 mins 0-3 Thailand
0-3 HT
50 mins 0-4 Thailand
80 mins 1-4 Philippines (PK)
1-4 FT

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Maldives NT arriving Philippines today

Maldives national team will be arriving Philippines today.

They are playing a friendly against UFL club Stallion Fc on August 29 , then a International friendly against Philippines on September 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Azkals’ Rota suffers broken ribs, could miss WCQ games

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Defender Simone Rota faces a lengthy layoff after sustaining broken ribs while playing for Stallion in the United Football League Cup semifinals Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium. 
The 30-year-old Rota, who has two goals from 11 appearances for the Azkals, collided with Kaya goalkeeper Nick O’ Donnell as he was attacking a low cross in extra time of the game won by Kaya in a penalty shootout.
The injury could force Rota out of the Philippines’ World Cup Qualifying clash against Uzbekistan on Sept. 8 at Philippine Sports Stadium.

But sources close to Rota said the defender broke his seventh and eighth rib and could be out for at least three months, which meant he could also miss the games against North Korea on Oct. 8 in Pyongyang and against Bahrain on Oct. 13 in Manama.
Already without veteran defender Rob Gier who is set to go under the knife due to an injured knee, the Azkals could be left short on options at the back.
Luke Woodland, Jerry Lucena and Daisuke Sato started for the Azkals in the 2-0 win over Yemen in Qatar last June.
Sato is still recovering from a broken right hand. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley also included Amani Aguinaldo and Kenshiro Daniels in his 23-man training pool but Aguinaldo has seen little action the past couple of months for his club due to injury while Daniels, who plays winger for Kaya, remains a work in progress at the rightback position. 

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/190980/azkals-rota-suffers-broken-ribs-could-miss-wcq-games#ixzz3ju30vD44

Latest : OJ Porteria replacing Simone Rota in Azkals training pool .

Simone Rota's photo.

25 August 2015

Kaya, Ceres to face in UFL Cup finals after beating separate foes

By Paolo Del Rosario, CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The stage is set.

Kaya will contest the 2015 United Football League (UFL) Cup against league champions Ceres-La Salle at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday (August 28) after warding off their respective foes in the semifinals on Tuesday (August 25).
The first contest of the Tuesday double-header saw Kaya best Stallions 8-7 in a penalty shootout after extra-time.
Stallions started out the match on fire, going 2-0 up through goals from Simone Rota and Shirmar Felongco after 54 minutes. But the boys in yellow refused to go out without a fight and took a goal back after Patrick Osei slotted in a goal two minutes later to make it 2-1.
An unfortunate David Basa handball in the box five minutes later allowed Kaya to equalize. Kaya’s OJ Porteria made no mistake as he put the two teams on level terms with 29 minutes left in regulation.
No team could break the deadlock in regulation, pushing the match into extra time. Both teams exchanged goals, with Jordan Mintah and Diego Barrera scored for Stallions and Kaya, respectively.
The tie was finally settled in a penalty shootout, with Kaya keeper Nic O’Donnell saving former Azkal Ian Araneta’s spot kick before Louis Clark settled the tie by putting the ball beyond the Stalliion keeper.
The second fixture featuring the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Ceres-La Salle proved to be just as tight a match despite the lower scoreline.
Ceres-La Salle would do enough to squeak past the Younghusband-led Meralco Sparks, 1-0, after a second half strike from Orman Okunaiya found its way to the back of the Loyola net.
Brad Grayson almost put the Sparks ahead in the first half after being put through the Ceres defense following a Phil Younghusband through ball. Unfortunately for the Loyola man, he smashed his shot hard on the post.
It took 70 minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Ceres’ Okunaiya sneaked in a shot from outside the box to put the ball beyond the Merlaco keeper to make it 1-0.
Simon McMenemy’s men could not unlock the Ceres backline, which held firm on the way to a victory for the Bacolod-based squad.
Ceres-La Salle and Kaya will contest the UFL Cup Final at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Friday (August 28).


UFL Cup semifinals - Updated

UFL Cup Semifinals today :

5.15 pm Kaya vs Stallion

34 mins 0-1 Simone Rota (Stallion)
0-1 HT
54 mins 0-2 Felongco (Stallion)
56 mins 1-2 Osei (Kaya)
61 mins 2-2 OJ Porteria (Kaya) Penalty Kick
75 mins Kaole red card (Stallion)
2-2 FT
Extra time...
99 mins Osei red card (Kaya)
101 mins 2-3 Mintah (Stallion)
102 mins 3-3 Barrera (Kaya)
3-3 After extra time
Kaya wins 5-4 on Pks !


8.15 pm Ceres 1-0 Loyola

Cup final on Friday : Kaya vs Ceres Fc

Third place match : Stallion vs Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc

24 August 2015

Ceres-La Salle tackles Loyola Meralco Tuesday

By Cedelf P. Tupas

League champion Ceres-La Salle collides with powerhouse Loyola Meralco Tuesday night in what is expected to be an explosive semifinal encounter in the 2015 UFL Cup at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. with Bacolod-based Ceres looking to stay on track of a double championship after its league conquest last month.
The Sparks who finished third in the league behind Ceres and Global have plenty of motivation as the Cup rewards an AFC Cup playoff berth.

Stallion and Kaya meet in the other semifinal pairing at 5:15 p.m.

Still in search for its first trophy since topping the league two years ago, Stallion goes into the Last Four duel on a high after convincing wins over Socceroo and Pachanga Diliman in the earlier rounds.
Kaya is also raring to make its first UFL Cup final after finishing fourth in the league this season. Coach Fabien Lewis’ charges showed their intent in the first two rounds of the knockout phase where they whipped Nomads and JP Voltes by a combined score of 18-1.
Tishan Hanley, the striker from St. Kitts and Nevis, has been in fine form for Kaya with seven goals in the last two matches. He has formed a solid combination with the fleet-footed OJ Porteria up front for Kaya.
Stallion also eased past its last two opponents with Pachanga bearing the brunt of its attack in a 5-0 demolition last Friday.
Ceres drubbed the Sparks in their two encounters in the league competition, but Loyola has picked up its game in the latter part of the season.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/190839/ceres-la-salle-tackles-loyola-meralco-tuesday#ixzz3jljb759H

23 August 2015

UFL Cup : Semifinals and finals

24 Aug to 30 Aug
CUP (SEMIFINALS): 25 Aug 2015 (Tue) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-C53 SF1 (QF1) Kaya FC vs (QF4) Stallion FC
20:15 M-C54 SF2 (QF2) Ceres - La Salle FC vs (QF3) Loyola FC
NOTE: To be aired on Aksyon TV on 26 Aug 2015 (Wed) from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
CUP (FINALS): 28 Aug 2015 (Fri) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-C55 3rd Place Loser of SF1 vs Loser of SF2
20:15 M-C56 Championship Winner of SF1 vs Winner of SF2
23:15 Awarding Ceremony - 2015 UFL League and 2015 UFL Cup
NOTE: Championship match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 29 Aug 2015 (Sat) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 3rd Place match to be aired on Aksyon TV on 30 Aug 2015 (Sun) from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

UFL Cup results and semifinals

AFF U19: Mathew’s double enough to edge Brunei

VIENTIANE (22 Aug 2015) – Philippines striker Mathew Custodio blasted two goals in ten minutes to secure a 2-1 win over Brunei in the opening match of the AFF Under-19 Championship at the National Sports Complex Stadium here today.
Mathew combined superbly with Mark Anthony Winhoffer who helped set-up both goals in this Group A tie this evening. The duo in fact, could have scored a few more had it not been for the solid defence mounted by Muhammad Hanif Hamir.
Brunei, who had several misses in the first half, finally broke through in the 55th minute when Muhammad Abdul Mateen Said slipped through to reduce the deficit.
The game was back on again as Brunei threw everything they could into hitting the equaliser.
In the first half today, the Philippines took their chances well and slotted in two goals within a space of ten minutes. Mathew, who earlier missed cracking open the Brunei goal in the 17th minute, connected a deep cross from Mark Anthony in the 32nd minute.
Brunei’s last man Muhammad Hanif and goalkeeper Muhammad Ishyra Asmian tried but were unable to clear the cross.
In the 42nd minute, Mark Anthony weaved his way down the centre and set-up Mathew on the right. The striker blasted his shot through to double the score.
Two minutes earlier, Mathew was booked for a tackle on defender Md Haziq Kasyful Azim.
Mathew had one final fling at completing a sensational hattrick but his cracker swerved right.

AFF U19: Mathew’s double enough to edge Brunei


22 August 2015

Matches Saturday - Updated

Busy Saturday for Philippines football.

ASEAN (AFF) U19 Championship in Laos : Philippines 2-1 Brunei

AFC (Asean zone) U14 : Philippines 0-1 Malaysia

UFL Cup quarterfinals at RMS :

5.15 pm Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc 3-0 Manila Jeepney

8.15 pm Stallion 5-0 Pachanga Diliman

21 August 2015

Friendly Philippines vs Maldives , 3. September


We wish to advise all football enthusiasts that tickets for the International Friendly Match between the Philippines and Maldives on 3 September 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium will be sold via TicketWorld thru its online booking and major ticket outlets starting Saturday, 22 August 2015.
Tickets prices are:
P531.80 CAT 1
P331.40 CAT 2
P125.40 CAT 3
We invite all to watch the match.

Azkals updates

AGUINALDO Amani Manuel (Global FC)  Did not play in Singapore Cup for Global fc, injured ?

BADELIC Florencio Jr. (Global FC) Was not in squad for Singapore Cup

BAHADORAN Misagh (Global FC) Played full match for Global Fc in Singapore Cup

DANIELS Kenshiro Michael (Kaya FC) Started for Kaya in Friday's UFL Cup match

DEYTO Patrick Phillip (Global FC)  Played second leg of Singapore Cup for Global

ETHERIDGE Neil Leonard (Walsall FC)  In starting XI for his English club

GUIRADO Juan Luis (Ceres-La Salle FC)  Did not play for Ceres Fc in Friday's UFL Cup match

INGRESO Kevin (SV Drochtersen/Assel) In starting XI for his German club

LUCENA Jerry Ruben (Esbjerg fB)  Been in the squad for the first team

MULDERS Paul (Ceres-La Salle FC) Did not play for Ceres Fc in Friday's UFL Cup match

MULLER Roland Richard (Servette FC) In starting XI for his Swiss club

OTT Manuel (Ceres-La Salle FC) Played for Ceres Fc in Friday's UFL Cup match

PALLA Stephen (Wolfsberger AC) Playing regulary for his Austrian club

PATIÑO Javier (Henan Jianye) Scored for his club this week in China Cup

RAMSAY Iain (Tractor Sazi AC) In starting XI for his Iranian club

REICHELT Patrick (Ceres-La Salle FC) Played for Ceres Fc in Friday's UFL Cup match

ROTA Simone (Stallion FC) Playing Saturday UFL Cup for Stallion. 

SATO Daisuke (Global FC) Played full match for Global Fc in Singapore Cup

SCHROCK Stephan Markus (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)  He came in as a sub in 60th min in Friday's league match

STEUBLE Martin Markus (Ceres-La Salle FC) Played for Ceres Fc in Friday's UFL Cup match

VILLANUEVA Dennis (Global FC) Played full match for Global Fc in Singapore Cup

WOODLAND Luke -  Clubless

YOUNGHUSBAND Philip James (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)  UFL Cup QF on Saturday

AFC U14 in Brunei : Friday's matches

AFC U14 in Brunei

Today's matches :

Philippines 2-4 Timor-Leste

Philippines 2-0 Myanmar

UFL Cup Quarterfinals Friday

UFL Cup Quarterfinals Friday

Kaya 8-0 JP Voltes FC

Man of the match : Tishan Hanley (Kaya fc)

Green Archers United 0-5 Ceres Fc

20 August 2015

Under 19 National team to compete in AFF U19 Championship 2015


The Philippine Under-19 National Team is set to compete in the Asian Football Federation (AFF) U-19 Championship from 22 August to 5 September 2015 in Vientiane, Laos.
The following 23 players were selected by the Coaching Staff headed by Coach Dan Padernal.


Group B

1. Vietnam
2. Myanmar
3. Singapore
4. Timor Leste
5. Malaysia

PFF hopes PHL U14 to deliver in Brunei

By Henry G. Doble
THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Technical Department is hoping that the country’s U14 team will deliver and give good results, said John Carmona, PFF regional technical director, who is based in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.
The national boys team is currently seeing action in the Regional Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Festival of Football 2015 from August 12 to 22 at Bander Seri Begawan in Brunei Darussalam.
“The level of this age category is not that high, but based on their experience last year, they have been giving us good results. They also have a longer preparation compared to the U16 national team,” Carmona added.
Joining the U14 national squad are three young booters from the Negros Occidental Football Association, including John Jason Callejas, Rob Cyrow Delima, and Chris Arro Sumilhig Canoy.
The trio joined Pierre Junde Galeno of Bukidnon FA, Cavite FA’s Kriz Izaac Olarte, Cebu’s Antonio Alforque, Ronald Addie Bitor and Loyd Soco; Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental FA’s Jethro Borlongan, Carlo Dorin and Greg Naquines; CRFA’s Courage Nissi Dumpayan and Junuel Fianca; Davao’s Amir Amaikurut and Joshua David Mella; FAR’s Sean Latreall Lee Daliva, Sky Juan Guererro, Carlos Vicente Lozano, and Francisco Muñes Jr.;
Iloilo FA’s John Kenneth Salvaloga and Hanns Kristan Soldevilla; Laguna’s Ildefonse Xike Yie Zandre Escobin, Jaime Vincent Ko and Jan Vincent Nico Quintana; Arthuz Aaron Cezar of Leyte FA; NCR’s Vin Joel de la Cruz; Rodel Cimafranca of Negros Oriental FA; Neil Jarantilla of Misamis Occidental-Ozamiz FA, and Eldwin Greg Escosora of Mindoro.
Leading the team is head coach Eliezer Fabroada with assistant coaches Laurence Dave Gerali and John Michael Castaños, and physiotherapist Ryan Albert Geronimo.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 18, 2015.

19 August 2015

Philippines team for AFF U19 Championship

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Asean (AFF) U19 Championship start on Saturday in Laos.

First match for Philippines U19 will be against Brunei on Saturday

24. August Philippines vs Australia
26. August Philippines vs Thailand
28. August Philippines vs Cambodia
30. August Philippines vs Laos

18 August 2015

AFC U14 in Brunei : Brunei 0-3 Philippines

Philippines won 3-0 against hosts Brunei in the first match of AFC U14.

6" - Rob De Lima
8" - Jethro Borlongan
?" - Nico Quintana


UFL Cup Tuesday

UFL Cup today at Rizal Memorial Stadium

Round of 16

5.15 pm Green Archers vs Agila (Green Archers win by default , no match )

Agila Fc : "To our friends, followers, players and the UFL football community, it is with much regret that we have no choice but to default our UFL Cup game today at 5 pm. Unfortunately, with a great majority of our players in school (college) or at work, we are unable to make the required number of players and be at the RMS on time. Our apologies to all affected by this circumstance."
8.15 pm JP Voltes Fc 2-1 Pasargad

2-1 FT