17 December 2017

Ceres-Negros rips Global Cebu, wins 1st PFL crown


BACOLOD CITY – Add one more historic feat for Ceres-Negros in a year already full of glorious moments.
Ruthless on the counterattack, the Busmen demolished rival Global Cebu, 4-1, last Saturday night to wrest the first Philippines Football League crown in front of a lively crowd at Panaad Stadium here.
National team standout Iain Ramsay delivered a hat trick after Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon opened the scoring four minutes into the match as the Busmen came up with a performance to remember against a worthy foe.

The victory capped an impressive year for the Busmen, who also made history last August when they ruled the AFC Cup Asean zonal championship at the expense of Singapore’s Home United at Panaad.
The Busmen relied on quick counterattacks to pick apart a Global side that looked a step slow right from the get-go. For a change, Ceres allowed Global to settle into the match early before hitting the Cebu side on the counter.
Ramsay found space on the left before teeing up Maranon inside the area. The Spanish striker’s volley past Patrick Deyto not only opened the scoring, but gave the Ceres star his 22nd goal of the season.
Almost immediately, Global threatened with a long-range effort from Rufo Sanchez, whose shot rattled the crossbar.
Another quick counter in the 20th minute opened up a golden opportunity, this time, for Ramsay to tuck home from close range to double the lead.
Ramsay made it 3-0 on the night with another precise finish in the area as the Busmen moved on the cusp of glory.
Just after the hour mark, Ramsay grabbed his hat trick after he was set up by the returning Patrick Reichelt inside the area.
Daryl Roberts pulled a goal back for Global in the 89th minute, but it only delayed the inevitable as Ceres made history in front of more than 2,200 spectators that included Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/276044/ceres-negros-rips-global-cebu-wins-1st-pfl-crown#ixzz51TBoG6Ng

15 December 2017

Ceres, Global chase football history


BACOLOD CITY—It doesn’t get any bigger than this for Philippine club football.
Two clubs that have won every major trophy in the country the past three years—Ceres Negros and Global Cebu—seek to make history on Saturday when they dispute the first Philippines Football League title at 6 p.m. at Panaad Stadium here.
The Busmen are looking to end an incredible year with another trophy after winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asean zonal championship last September.

But with a squad decimated by injuries and suspensions, coach Risto Vidakovic’s side face a difficult task of overcoming a Global side that stunned top seed Meralco Manila in the semifinals last weekend.

“We don’t have the pressure, rather we have the pleasure of playing here in Bacolod,” said Ceres defender Martin Steuble. “We’re confident. It’s one game and for 90 minutes, we just have to do our best.”

Ceres’ strength lies in its depth as the Busmen have survived a gruelling season and a tough AFC Cup campaign to put themselves in a position to win their first domestic trophy since ruling the United Football League in 2015.

“Throughout the season, our team has suffered injuries, but the team has delivered good results,” said Steuble.

Ceres and Global split their four meetings this season.

The match coincides with the Philippine Football Federation Congress in the city, where PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta will present his plans and projects for 2018.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/275927/ceres-global-chase-football-history#ixzz51NC4j3GL

14 December 2017

PFL Final Series

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Fc Meralco MAnila vs Kaya Fc MAkati


12 December 2017


The Philippines Football League has formally announced that the Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental will host the inaugural PFL Final match between Global Cebu FC and Ceres Negros FC on Saturday, 16 December 2017. Kick-off time is at 6:00 PM.
The PFL has also announced that the Rizal Memorial Stadium will host the Third and Fourth match between FC Meralco Manila and Kaya FC Makati on Friday, 15 December 2017 with kick off time to be determined.
The venue for the PFL Final was finalized today, 11 December 2017 after the second PFL Finals Series meeting with the clubs. The first meeting was held last 29 November 2017. The PFL invited the clubs to signify their intention to host the Finals subject to PFL making the final decision in accordance with Article 2.11 of the PFL Tournament Regulations. Both FC Meralco Manila, who plays at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and Ceres Negros FC, who plays at the Pana-ad and Park Stadium signified their intent to host the Final match while Global Cebu FC cited the pitch and lighting conditions for the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Center. Likewise, the University of Makati Stadium would not be able to host back-to-back matches.
As provided under Article 2.11, the selection of venue for the Finals was made by PFL based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, venue availability, commercial, marketing, and financial considerations. After due consideration and inspection of the Rizal Memorial Stadium, the PFL decided to hold the Finals in Pana-ad and Park Stadium which had also hosted international events such as the AFC Cup and the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers.
Tickets will be available at all SM Tickets outlets starting tomorrow 12 December 2017.
PFL Chief Executive Officer Lazarus J. Xavier congratulated the two teams in the final and offered his commiserations to the teams that will battle in the Third and Fourth match, and at the same time urged the fans to come to Pana-ad Park and Stadium to watch the final.
“We congratulate everyone that is involved with the Finals Series. May this occasion mark another historic moment in the ever growing landscape of Philippine football. I wish all the teams in the Final and Third and Fourth match the best of the luck and we hope to see everyone come Friday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium for the Third and Fourth match and on Saturday at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium for the Final where we will crown the inaugural PFL Champions.”

10 December 2017

Malditas grouped with Jordan, China and Thailand in the Women's Asian Cup draw

By Kevin Estrada

The Philippines' begin their final quest for the Women's World Cup in 2019 with a good draw for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup that was held yesterday in Amman, Jordan.

Underneath the Dead Sea, Richard Boon's Malditas rode with immense luck in pot 4 as they avoid the trio of South Korea, Australia and defending Asian queens Japan as they are drawn with Vietnam in Group B.

Instead, they are placed in Group A along with China, Thailand and the tournament hosts in whom they will face in their opener on April 6 next year.

Also unveiled on draw date was the tournament logo, as AFC opted to go superheroine for the tournament hosts who are flying the flag alone for the Middle East sides.

After a fifteen year wait since their last Asian Cup appearance, the 70th-ranked Malditas eye revenge not just on the Jordanians for their thrashing in Tajikistan during the qualifiers, but also with the 1983 champions in a rematch of their controversial qualifier in Bangladesh in which an offside flag practically gave the Thais a free ride to Canada.

In the tournament that will serve as the final round of Asian qualifiers, five teams will booking their flight to Paris in 2019: four semifinalists and the winner between the third-placed teams in a playoff.


09 December 2017

Late Sanchez goal sends Cebu to PFL final; Negros repeats over Makati

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Having to essentially play back-to-back road games because of the unavailability of the Cebu City Sports Complex for the first leg, fourth-seeded Global Cebu had its back against the wall versus top-seeded Meralco Manila.

A late goal in the second leg got the Visayan side out of the woods.

Rufo Sanchez silenced the Rizal Memorial Stadium as his late goal forced a 1-1 draw in the second game of their PFL semifinal series on Saturday night.

The draw, however, means Cebu's 2-1 first leg win in its credited home game was the difference of the two-legged affair as the club clinched one of the two spots in the championship game next Saturday via a 3-2 aggregate win.

Manila was actually just nine minutes away from preserving its top seed as the club pressed Cebu defensively right after Curt Dizon put the designated host club, which had the away goal advantage, ahead in the third minute of play.

But Sanchez's 85th minute goal off a miscue from Tyler Matas forced the 1-1 deadlock.

Manila still had one final crack to force extra time, but Simon Greatwich dished out a bad pass with just seconds left in the four-minute second half stoppage time, passing the ball to nobody as he thought a teammate will try to go through the left side of the goal.

Cebu will take on Negros, which took a 2-1 win in its own semis Game 2 against Makati to seal the series win, in the final.

Iain Ramsay's second half goal kept Negros afloat after Woody Ugarte's late first half goal provided some scare as the club won, 3-1, on aggregate.

Bienve Marañon struck first for Negros as he headed in a 30th minute goal.

Ugarte, however, tied the match--and in the process giving Makati a crucial away goal--as he scored a 43rd minute putback after Miguel Tanton's free kick was saved by Roland Muller only to end up at the feet of Ugarte.

Ramsay sealed the win with a 73rd minute attack from way out.

PFL Semifinal Second Leg : Ceres-Negros 2-1 Kaya Fc MAkati

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PFL Finals Series - Semi-Final 2 - 2nd Leg
Ceres Negros FC v Kaya FC Makati

Here's how both teams are lined up for tonight's 2nd leg semi-final between Ceres Negros FC and Kaya FC-Makati


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07 December 2017

Finals berth, AFC Cup slot at stake as Sparks and Global clash

by Bob Guerrero

MANILA, Philippines – It's FC Meralco Manila versus Global Cebu on a mouthwatering Saturday night battle for survival.
The match on December 9, 7 pm in Rizal Memorial is the second leg of a two-legged, aggregate goals semi-final encounter to decide who makes the Philippines Football League final on December 16. Global has the slimmest of leads thanks to a first-leg 2-1 conquest last December 2.
However, Manila also has an advantage. Despite the fact that stadium unavailability forced both games to be played in Manila, the Cebuanos were still technically the “away” team, and Tahj Minniecon's goal for Meralco last Saturday counts as an away goal. Thus a 1-0 result this coming Saturday means a 2-2 aggregate score and the Sparks gaining a berth in the Final on away goals.
A 2-1 win by Meralco on Saturday means the match will go into extra time and if necessary, penalties. Apart from that score, every other result on Saturday means the series will be concluded after 90 minutes.
In the other semifinal this Saturday, Ceres Negros, which edged Kaya Makati 1-0 in their first leg last Saturday, are the hosts for leg 2, also at 7 pm.
The Sparks are determined to make amends for the late meltdown last Saturday that saw late strikes by Wes Dos Santos and Hikaru Minegishi give Cebu the win.
“We finished on top of the league for a reason,” says defender Joaco Cañas. “They scored two goals but overall we were the better team. If we can fix the mistakes and read the game better then we can make it to the final, but it won't be easy.”
Captain Simon Greatwich also expressed his frustration but was pleased with the performance of the squad as a whole.
“I was happy with how we played. The work rate, the heart. We just didn't kill the game off, so we were punished.”
Greatwich was coy about the strategy Manila would approach for the contest.
“We will try a few variations in training this week. In the game we will have to see how Global set up. But we don't want to concede, we also have to be cautious. We also need to be clinical with our chances.”
Meralco coach Aris Caslib agrees with Greatwich, saying, “we just have to prepare for all possible approaches of Global,” but asserts that first and foremost, “we have to stop their transition and control the front players.”
The match is doubly important since the winner not only reaches the final but will also get a slot in the AFC Cup reserved for the two best PFL clubs. One team could even possibly reach the top-tier AFC Champions League, should it squeak through a qualifying phase.
The AFC Cup is an international club competition that in the past few years Global, Kaya, and Ceres have played in. No Filipino club has ever qualified for the AFC Champions League, where the strongest Asian clubs from the best Asian nations play.
It appears that the third-placer in the PFL may also have a chance to play in the AFC Cup.
The vaunted Meralco defense of Milan Nikolic, Lee Jeong Min and Joaco Cañas will need to be in form to corral an array of Global weapons, namely Minegishi, Rufo Sanchez, and Darryl Roberts. Paolo Salenga, who came off the bench to assist on the Minegishi goal, is also a major threat.
Meanwhile Caslib's own arsenal, consisting of strikers Curt Dizon, Minniecon, and Connor Tacagni, will be under pressure to perform.

Tickets for the game will be P20 for bleachers and P50 for the grandstand. Tickets will be available at the gate. Fans and media are advised to enter via the P. Ocampo gate since the Adriatico gate of Rizal Memorial will be closed. The match will be livestreamed on this link. – Rappler.com

Football: Conflict erupts after Azkals' losses in Taiwan tilt

MANILA -- A leadership squabble has erupted following the Philippine Azkals’ sorry performance in the four-nation Chinese Taipei Football Association Invitational Tournament.
On Tuesday, the final day of the tournament, the shorthanded Azkals squad suffered a 1-0 defeat to lower ranked Timor Leste at Municipal Stadium in Taipei.
Ironically, the defeat took place on the anniversary of then so-called “Miracle of Hanoi” where the nationals were able to upset powerhouse Vietnam in the 2010 Suzuki Cup.
Dan Palami, the team manager credited for the rise of the Azkals and chairman of Philippine Football League club Global FC, aired his disappointment through Twitter.
The team, which also lost to host squad Chinese Taipei after a win against Laos, was composed of a few veterans, players from the U-22 Southeast Asian Games squad and university standouts.
Most of the regular Azkals were not available because they were not released by their respective clubs due to the Philippine Football League season is in its semi-finals stage. The CTFA Invitational Tournament dates are also outside of the FIFA dates so a number of call ups on foreign-based Filipino players were not successful.
Azkals’ team manager to the Taiwan tilt, Jefferson Cheng, didn’t like Palami’s reaction.
“I think whoever makes these negative statements are being unfair. We ended up second place with 3 days preparation, the players were given the best organization one can possibly do with the time, and logistics constraints we have plus the conflict that the CTFA Tournament have with the PFL schedule,” he said.
Cheng, who also owns the Davao Aguilas FC, pointed out that detractors should instead focus on the positive side of their Taiwan stint.
“We may not have won the tournament but the winner here is Philippine football. The exposure given to our younger players was the right thing to do,” he said.
“The senior players mentoring and leading the younger ones was a very good and encouraging thing to see. I think this is what team sports are all about. This experience of our younger players will only encourage and bring more fans, supporters and followers to our national team and Philippine football. Importante magtulungan tayo.”

06 December 2017

YouTube . Philippines vs East Timor

PFF still silent on Taiwan ‘debacle’

By Erel Cabatbat
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) remains mum on the Philippine National Team’s sorry performance in the recently-concluded Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) International Tournament held at the Municipal Stadium in Taipei.
The squad —composed of several national team members and standouts from the Philippines Football League and the UAAP— opened the tournament with a win but lost their last two games including an embarrassing 1-0 loss to Timor Leste yesterday.
It was Timor Leste’s first win against a national team in more than two years. Timor Leste last won a game in March 2015
What made the loss an even bitter pill to swallow was the fact that it happened on the seventh anniversary of the so-called Miracle in Hanoi.
In 2010, the Philippine Azkals shocked host and powerhouse Vietnam, 2-0 to enter the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup for the first time ever.
It signaled the renaissance of football in the Philippines after decades of being the laughing stock in the region.
It was also the spark that catapulted the Azkals’ rise as the number one team in Southeast Asia in the latest FIFA rankings.
But not for long.
The losses against Chinese Taipei and Timor Leste will definitely have a massive impact in the next rankings.
Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami says the Taiwan debacle could have been prevented.
“We understand the need to send a team to the tournament. Chinese Taipei is one of the few countries that supported and gave exposure to the Philippine Azkals when nobody then gave us a chance. But they should have consulted the national management for the call ups,” he says.
Palami said the team was assembled while the Azkals were in Nepal.
While the management made suggestions, Palami was told the team is already complete.
“We could have sent Harry Fäll and others to reinforce the team but the matter was already decided,” he added.

05 December 2017

Today : Philippines 0-1 East Timor

4- Nations tournament in Taiwan

Philippines vs East Timor

Start 4 pm

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89 mins 0-1 East Timor

0-1 FT

03 December 2017

02 December 2017

PFL Semifinal : Kaya Fc Makati 0-1 Ceres-Negros

PFL Semifinals

First Leg

Kaya Fc Makati vs Ceres-Negros

Start 4 pm at UMAK

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90+2 mins Stephan Schröck 0-1
0-1 FT

Sunday : Taiwan 3-0 Philippines

4-Nations Tournament in Taiwan


Laos 2-1 East Timor FT

Taiwan vs Philippines

Start 7 pm

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Update :

Taiwan 1-0 Philippines HT

63 mins 2-0 Taiwan
80 mins 3-0 Taiwan

01 December 2017

PFL Semifinal : Global Cebu 2-1 Fc Meralco Manila

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Subs: Villanueva, Dorimon, Sarmiento, Gadia, Flores, Valmayor, De los Reyes

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Report: Laos 1-3 Philippines

The Philippine Men’s National Team opened their CTFA International Tournament campaign with a satisfying 3-1 win over Laos last Friday 1 December 2017 at the Municipal Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan.
Phil Younghusband, Angel Guirado, and Kintaro Miyagi found their names in the scoresheet to give Marlon Maro’s squad a great start in the tournament organized by the Chinese Taipei Football Association.
Maro opted for a mixture of young and experienced players in the lineup. Julian Clarino, Christian Lapas, and Javier Gayoso started for the squad and earned their first cap with the senior team.
Phil Younghusband scored the first goal of the match in the 35th minute. James Younghusband provided the assist to his younger brother, who sent it to the bottom corner to score his 48th international goal for the Philippines.
The returning Guirado doubled the lead in the 46th minute. The midfielder went past his marker to fire a shot past the goalkeeper.
Miyagi added a third in the 81st minute. Laos scored a consolation goal late on, but the result gave the Philippines their first three points of the tournament.
The Philippines face hosts Chinese Taipei on Sunday 3 December 2017. Kickoff is at 7:00 PM.

Friday : Philippines 3-1 Laos

中華足協邀請賽 Laos vs Philippines
2017 CTFA International Tournament

December 1st 2017 - 4:00 pm (Asia/Taipei time)
Taipei, Chinese Taipei

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Starting XI - Clarino, Doctora, Gayoso, Guirado, O'Donnell, Villareal, Rota, Tull (Reed), P. Younghusband, J. Younghusband, Lapas

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1-0 Ht
2-0 Angel Guirado
3-0 Miyagi

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YouTube : Full match

30 November 2017

Global Cebu FC confident going into semis match vs FC Meralco Manila Sparks


Global Cebu FC feels confident of its Philippines Football League (PFL) semifinal match against league-leader FC Meralco Manila Sparks tentatively scheduled this Saturday at a yet-to-be announced venue.
Global Cebu FC capped off its elimination round with a 2-0 win over rival Ceres Negros FC last Tuesday evening to go into the semis on a winning note.

“We have played them four times,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Akhbar Nawas, referring to their head-to-head matchup with FC Meralco Manila Sparks in the eliminations. “We lost one match against them. We are really looking forward to play against them. Our main goal is to play for the finals.”
Nawas said the game against Ceres Negros, although non-bearing, helped them get ready for the semis round.
“It’s good we were able to field in players who were not able to play in the Singapore Cup and we were able to rest key players for the semifinals. It was a good tune-up. We are happy to see John Roy Melgo finally play in front of Cebuanos. It was nice to see him in action. The result was not the foremost thing on my mind,” he said. “The most important thing is that we came here and we ended the match without any injuries or suspension.”
Melgo, a Cebuano, saw action for the first time in the league and played the entire second half. Melgo is known for playing with the ERCO Bro FC and the University of San Carlos (USC).
For his part, Rufo Sanchez, Global Cebu’s ace Spanish striker, said that he will do his best as the team’s striker to become the inaugural champions of the PFL so they can represent the country in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
“You never know what’s going to happen in the last two games of the semifinals, but we will fight our way all the way to the finals because we want to join the AFC,” said Sanchez, who scored one of the two goals last Tuesday evening versus Ceres Negros. The other goal was scored by team captain Misagh Bahadoran.
Ceres Negros FC head coach Risto Vidakovic thinks Global Cebu FC has an advantage over FC Meralco Manila in the semis.
“In a normal condition, I think Global is the better team, but you know Meralco rested very well going to the semifinals while Global played in Singapore. They played against us so I think they don’t have time to prepare. They are just like us so we have to try our very best,” said Vidakovic.

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PFF formally taps Richard Boon to take charge of the Malditas for the Women's Asian Cup

by Kevin Estrada

MANILA--The Philippines' preparations for next year's Women's Asian Cup have stepped up a notch, as the Philippine Football Federation has formally tapped up the services of Richard Boon as its head coach last Thursday.

With the signing of Boon, the American influence in the country's game is now set in stone for the senior national sides, as Thomas Dooley handles the Azkals for the past three years.

Already been hired last month to oversee the US-based footballers, Boon has now put the pen to the paper on the contracts alongside newly appointed assistant Clint McDaniel, with PFF President Mariano Araneta and MVP Sports Foundation president Vince Santos alongside them as the team was in its training and identification camp in California during the week.

Boon, who had vast experience in the youth and the women's game, is replacing FEU tactician Let Dimzon who steered the Malditas during August's SEA Games.


29 November 2017

PFL Finals Series Cast Finalized

The cast for the Philippines Football League Finals Series has been determined following the conclusion of the PFL Regular Season yesterday, Tuesday 28 November 2017.
The four clubs that have qualified for the Finals Series are: FC Meralco Manila, Ceres Negros FC, Kaya FC Makati, and Global Cebu FC. The four teams will battle it out in the Finals Series to determine the inaugural PFL champions.
The PFL Regular Season started last May 2017 which saw the 8 participating clubs play a total of 112 matches, with each club playing 14 home and 14 away matches.
The PFL Finals Series will pit the four teams matched up in terms of their standings in the two-legged semifinals. The first leg is scheduled on 2 and 3 December and the second leg will be held on 9 and 10 December.
The winning teams of the semifinals will dispute the championship while the losing teams will battle for third place. The PFL Final will be held on 16 December 2017 with the venue still to be determined.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano V. Araneta Jr. congratulated the four clubs which have qualified to the PFL Finals Series.
“I would like to congratulate the four teams that have qualified to the Philippines Football League Finals Series and at the same time wish them good luck,” said Araneta. “What started out as a collective dream then has become a reality; we are near the day where the first professional club of the Philippines Football League will be crowned champions.”

28 November 2017


Ceres-Negros FC suffered a 2-0 defeat against Global Cebu last November 28 at the Cebu City Sports Complex in the heart of Cebu City. The Cebuano’s scored two goals in the first half to seal the deal and the pairing for the Finals Series.
The Cebu squad rang the bells early in the match with a half chance from Darryl Roberts. The striker redirected a Hikaru Minegishi in the 3rd minute but the shot was just over the crossbar.
Global eventually score minutes later when Roberts found Rufo Sanchez free on top of the box with the Spaniard unleashing a well placed left-footed shot which was out of Mike Casas’ reach.
The home team eventually found the back of the net the second time after a Hail Mary shot from Misagh Bahadoran slipped past the hands of Casas to the delight of the home crowd.
The half ended with Global leading with a comfortable 2-0 advantage.
Minegishi had a good chance in ten minutes after the restart when he danced his way to an open shot at the edge of the box. Casas was however there for the routine save.
Ceres had theit best chance minutes later from OJ Porteria who started the play by releasing Dods Pasinabo on the wings. Pasinabo beat two defenders before passing it back to Porteria who’s left footed shot was handled well by Patrick Deyto.
Both teams held their punches the rest of the way and Global Cebu completed their mastery of Ceres-Negros at home with the two-goal win.
With the loss, Ceres completes the regular season as the second seed and is set to face third place Kaya FC-Makati at the UMak Stadium on December 3.

PFL : Global Cebu 2-0 Ceres-Negros

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Dec 2: (SF 1A) Global v Meralco
Dec 9: (SF 1B) Meralco v Global

Dec 3: (SF 2A) Kaya v Ceres
Dec 10: (SF 2B) Ceres v Kaya

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Philippines National Team in CTFA International Tournament

The Philippine Men’s National Team will participate in the four-nation Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA) International Tournament scheduled on 1-5 December 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.
The Philippines will play against host Chinese Taipei, Laos, and Timor Leste. All the tier 1, “A” matches will be held at the Municipal Stadium in Taipei.
The tournament schedule is outside the FIFA international match window and there is no mandatory release by clubs of players for national team duty.
Team management is headed by Jefferson Cheng as Team Manager while the coaching staff is led by Marlon Maro as Head Coach, assisted by Randolfo Clarino, Marlon Piñero, Ronoel Garfin, and Ramonito Carreon.
Available players who were called up include those from Philippines Football League clubs and several standouts from the U22 team. They will be joined by James and Phil Younghusband, Simone Rota, Angel Guirado, Ruben Doctora Jr., and Mike Ott.
The tournament is seen as a good opportunity for the young players to experience being part of the Men’s Team and show their potential in the higher level.

  1. Nathanael ALQUIROS – Stallion Laguna FC
  2. Fitch ARBOLEDA – Stallion Laguna FC
  3. Junell BAUTISTA – Davao Aguilas FC
  4. Jaime CHENG – Davao Aguilas FC
  5. Justin CHENG – Davao Aguilas FC
  6. Julian CLARINO – University of the Philippines
  7. Reymart CUBON – Davao Aguilas FC
  8. Dylan DE BRUYCKER – Davao Aguilas FC
  9. Ruben DOCTORA Jr. – Stallion Laguna FC
  10. Javier GAYOSO – Ateneo de Manila University
  11. Angel GUIRADO – Davao Aguilas FC
  12. James HALL – Davao Aguilas FC
  13. Ray JOYEL – Far Eastern University
  14. Christian LAPAS – University of the Philippines
  15. Kintaro MIYAGI – Univeristy of the Philippines
  16. Nick O’DONNELL – Davao Aguilas FC
  17. Mike OTT – Angthong FC
  18. Simone ROTA – Davao Aguilas FC
  19. Yannick TUASON – Stallion Laguna FC
  20. Adam TULL – Kaya FC Makati
  21. Reynald VILLAREAL – Stallion Laguna FC
  22. James YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
  23. Phil YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC
1 December 2017 – 4:00 PM
Laos vs Philippines
3 December 2017 – 7:00 PM
Chinese Taipei vs Philippines
5 December 2017 – 4:00 PM
Timor-Leste vs Philippines


27 November 2017


Ceres-Negros FC finishes its regular season campaign in the PFL when it meets Global Cebu on November 28 at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu City.
The Visayan rivals have played three entertaining matches so far with a solitary goal deciding each match. The first encounter saw Ceres winning 1-0 at home with Global returning the favor in Cebu City.
Their latest encounter saw the Busmen edging their rivals in Bacolod with a Stephan Schröck wonder-strike last September 24.
With both teams already qualified for the Finals Series, there will be little to play for in the Queen City if the south this Tuesday. The semis are just four days away from the midweek encounter and the two rivals are keen to have a complete lineup in the important games.
Global Cebu is coming off a tough loss in the final of the Singapore Cup after they fell to Albirex Niigata after forcing the match to a shootout last November 26. Ceres-Negros played uneventful match versus league leaders FC Meralco Manila in Carmona Cavite which ended in a goalless draw.
The Bacolod squad will be fielding a thin squad this Tuesday with suspensions and injuries hounding the team as of late. Bienvenido Marañon, Super Herrera, and Jeffrey Christaens are suspended for the match after picking up cards versus Meralco.
Global is expected to field a complete lineup barring injuries and fatigue after playing for 120 minutes.
The match will also determine the classification for both Ceres and Meralco. A draw by Ceres will push them to number one spot for the Finals Series. Kickoff is scheduled at 7pm in Abellana and a livestream will be provided in the PFL, Global, and Ceres social media accounts.