Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NO AZKALS in the 2014 Asian Games.

According to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Sports Committee (PSC), the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) did not submit their entry and always no presence during meetings with National Sports Associations (NSAs).

“They did not contact us. We have been calling them every now and then. Siguro they have no team and they also have to meet the criteria”, Dr. Jay Aladem (a member of both committee) told

Well, only Hardcore fans of Azkals understand this act of PFF.


Last year, the Azkals Under-23 were not able to compete in the South East Asian Games in Myanmar because they fail to pass the criteria of POC and PSC which is a “Sure or Potential Gold Medalist/s”.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

POC not closing door on football team's SEAG participation, says Peping Cojuangco

By Reuben Terrado

PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco has clarified that they are not shutting the door on the possible participation of a football team in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. Cojuangco said that the POC is still waiting for the Philippine Football Federation to build its case and prove that the men’s and women's team could contend for a gold medal in the Myanmar Games. “The team must prove that they are a quality team,” said Cojuangco in Thursday’s POC weekly radio program on DZSR Sports Radio 918.

“I want to see who their opponents are and their caliber and they must prove to us that they have a chance to win.” Philippine football officials led by Azkals team manager Dan Palami have called on the POC and the Philippine Sports Commission to reconsider the Under-23 team as well as the women’s team for inclusion in the national contingent to the Myanmar Games. The Task Force had earlier excluded the football teams in their initial entry by number list to be submitted to Myanmar organizers on July 10 based on the criteria set by the POC that only sure and potential gold winners will be sent to the biennial meet.

Despite the men’s team missing the semifinal round and the women’s squad called the Malditas not able to play in the 2011 edition in Indonesia, football officials believe both teams can compete against the best in the region. Cojuangco said they haven’t received an official appeal from the PFF and reiterated that the football teams have not been excluded. “I don’t know what they are appealing (about). Maliwanag ‘yung sinabi natin na we are not excluding anybody who can prove that they can win,” said Cojuangco.

“I heard that the Malditas are good but if they are not sure of playing well, they are killing themselves right from the beginning. Kasi kapag nangamote sila sa SEA Games, baka lalong bumaba ang sport nila,” said Cojuangco. Football officials said that they will do whatever it takes to compete in the SEA Games, adding they are willing to shoulder the expenses for the teams' participation through the help of private sponsors. 

However, Cojuangco insisted that they won’t change their SEA Games criteria in order to accommodate a team or an athlete. The POC chief also ruled out adopting a ‘have-money-will-travel’ policy. “That’s one of the things we discussed in the executive board together with the PSC. We will carry that one out. Mahirap na mabago pa tapos sisihan na naman. Kung ano ‘yung desisyon, let’s stand by it already,” Cojuangco said. “Ayoko na nung ‘have-money-will-travel.’ Nabubugbog kami masyado. Okay lang dati ‘yun pero in the end, kung banatan tayo sa mga dyaryo pagkatapos mag-compete, ang may kasalanan POC at PSC eh,” he added.

Azkals rise to second-best in Southeast Asia


The Philippine National Football team has retained their position of 144th in the world in the latest FIFA rankings, but in the process they have climbed to number two in Southeast Asia as other teams around them have fallen. After defeating Hong Kong 1-0 in a friendly, the first time the Azkals have ever beaten the city state, the Philippines picked up the ranking points necessary to maintain their position at a time of the year when other countries around them were also looking to rise Vietnam, meanwhile, fell 12 places to 145th, one place below the Philippines, as their national team has suffered from poor form in recent years. No longer the number one team in Southeast Asia, that mantle now belongs to Thailand, who jumped from 142 to 138 in the world and from 2nd to 1st in the region.

The Philippines' climb since 2010
This is the first time the Philippines has ever been second in Southeast Asia, and it is the latest in an impressive string of feats from the Azkals. Ranked 170 in the world back in April 2010, the team has been revolutionized under manager Dan Palami and coach Michael Weiss, and have climbed quickly from seventh in the region to second now. Thailand, meanwhile, is the team to beat as the Philippines will have to continue that improvement to match them. Thailand thrashed China, now 100th in the world, 5-1 in a friendly match on June 15, even without top scorer Teerasil Dangda and playmaker Datsakorn Thonglao. The win meant Thailand bounced back from losses to Kuwait and Lebanon in Asian Cup Qualification and they will be hoping to recover further, and retain hope of making the 2015 Asian Cup. The Philippines, meanwhile, are looking at the 2014 Challenge Cup in March as their route to the same competition, as the champions of the tournament designed for emerging nations gain entry to the Asian Cup a year later.

What’s next for the Philippines?
The news of the Philippines’ improvements is a welcome boost to National football. With Vietnam expected to drop further as the year progresses, based on the devaluation of past results, the Philippines can make a top two position in the region their own. This may well even put more pressure on the PSC and POC to allow the U23 National football team to travel to Myanmar for the SEA Games. With the committee stating that only likely gold medal winners will go, the PFF and Azkals management are hoping a case can be made for the football team’s inclusion so as to guarantee international competition for the younger generation. This competition is key to the growth of the senior team, as while the U23 Azkals will not be the favorites for gold this year, they have a good chance at a medal and it is the sort of competition which helps the development of the national team in the long run. The Philippines do not have an official fixture until November when they will face the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on the 9th. However it is likely that other friendlies will be arranged, though the focus will be on the U23 team ahead of the hopeful SEA Games participation, in order to boost the development of younger players. The next major tournament for the senior team will then be in March for the 2014 Challenge Cup. The Philippines will be considered strong contenders there after thrashing Cambodia 8-0 and defeating the highest-rated country in the tournament, Turkmenistan, 1-0 in the qualifying group stages. And if they can win the tournament, a place in the 2015 Asian Cup will be theirs. The country also still have a 100 percent record in 2013 after defeating Myanmar, Cambodia, Turkmenistan, and Hong Kong in their four games, not including the 3-0 default win over Brunei. The future of Philippine football looks bright as the Philippines climb above another Southeast Asian rival, finishing what they started in 2010 when they shocked the world with a 1-0 win over Vietnam in the Suzuki Cup group stage. This time it’s not a shock as the Philippines have deserved their ranking rise. And with further preparation and hard-work, the country will continue to look up and try to pass Thailand as the best in Southeast Asia.

Rankings around the world
Elsewhere in Asia, Guam and Tajikistan have improved on their best-ever rankings, while Cambodia has dropped to their lowest point in history. At the top of the world, Spain is still an impressive distance ahead of the rest of the world despite suffering their first loss in a world-record 29 competitive matches. The team that beat them, Brazil, shot up thirteen places to jump back into the top ten by winning the Confederations Cup. Germany and Colombia, the latter, at their highest point ever on the back of strong World Cup Qualifying performances, complete the top three while Argentina and the Netherlands complete the top five. Meanwhile England, the inventors of modern day football, have dropped outside the top ten to an embarrassing 15th, behind the Ivory Coast and even Bosnia, amid growing criticism over the lack of grassroots development in the country. - AMD, GMA News

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

We’ve got the money, let us play.

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

WITH the issue of funding already sorted out, football officials yesterday urged the country’s Southeast Asian Games task force to reconsider the exclusion of their teams in the biennial meet in Burma (Myanmar) in December.

Dan Palami, chair of the Philippine Football Federation’s national teams committee, also promised to send teams to the Games that will make the country proud. “The (PFF) will do whatever it takes to send our teams to Myanmar,” said Palami at the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate. “If it is P12 million, then let it be P12 million.” The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) have strongly hinted at scrapping football from the national contingent due to the cost of sending some 80 athletes and officials for the sport in the SEA Games set Dec. 11 to 22.

But Palami, who was joined in the session by women’s national team coach Ernie Nierras and PFF spokesperson Ebong Joson, stressed that the PSC and POC will not be spending for the football teams in the SEA Games. “This is why the PFF, with the help of the private sector, is willing to spend as much because we believe that our teams have strong chances of winning gold medals,” said Palami.

The PFF wants to field the national Under-23 squad in the men’s competition. Palami said they are looking beyond the SEA Games in the participation of the Under-23 Azkals, whom he believes are a much-improved, better-prepared version than the one that saw action two years ago in Indonesia.

The PFF is also hoping to get the nod of the PSC and POC for the national women’s squad, popularly known as the Malditas, and the men’s futstal team to the regional meet. “I don’t think we’re asking that much. We are already doing our part,” Nierras said, noting that the Malditas were the most improved team in the international rankings last month.

Palami warned that not sending football to Burma would be sending the wrong signals to private sponsors. “If the private sector believes in our sport and our sports officials don’t believe in sending our athletes anyway, then we are sending the wrong signals,” he said.

The Best XI of the United Football League Philippines 2013

By Roy Moore

The 2013 United Football League season has wrapped up, with the Stallions deservedly crowned champions of the UFL. As many leagues feature a best XI of the season, we thought we'd do the same, forming a starting eleven from all the teams. These are the players who performed the best at their positions, given the relative status of their clubs.

So without further ado, for this writer, the best XI of the season are:
Friso Klok
Jerry Barbaso
Joaco Canas
Carlos Guisso
Jeffrey Christiaens
James Younghusband
Chris Greatwich
Mark Hartmann
Lee Joo Young
Rufo Sanchez
Emmanuel Mbata

Goalkeeper: Friso Klok (Nomads) Klok will be a controversial choice for the best goalkeeper of the season, especially when Nomads conceded 43 goals. Roland Sadia of Global won the Golden Glove award at the awarding ceremony as the best goakeeper, too, but Friso Klok’s performances for Nomads have at times been nothing short of inspired. Nomads were a team that struggled for goals, scoring only 16, the second-lowest tally in both divisions of the UFL, as only the relegated Air Force scored fewer. At times, Klok pulled off a quality save per minute as the busiest Nomads player, and without him, the Nomads may well have conceded not only the most number of goals in the league, but would have been in much greater danger of relegation Factoring in the number of shots, the level of the team surrounding him, and the quality of the saves, and Klok gets my nod as the goalkeeper of the season. For similar reasons, Patrick Deyto also deserves an honorable mention.

Right Back: Jerry Barbaso (Global) With hair so unique in the UFL it should be trademarked, Jerry Barbaso had a solid season on the right for Global. Contributing to his team’s impressive defensive record, Barbaso was also there to overlap and create chances at the other end. An underrated player, Barbaso has been with manager Dan Palami since his UFL career began, first with Laos, and then with the Global team that won the Second Division in 2010 to earn promotion to the top flight. A key component of the defense, Barbaso is improving his game and at 25-years-old will be in his prime for quite a few years to come.

Center Back: Joaco Canas (Stallion FC) Joaco Canas was the heart of the Stallion defense. Organizing their back three, he captained the Stallions to their first league title to add to their 2012 UFL Cup success. Joining from Inter De Madrid on loan, Canas controlled the aerial game for a Stallion side that was a quick, fluid, passing team, which lacked height as a result. Canas gave his squad some much-needed balance and also chipped in with three goals in the season. With a severe shortage of homegrown center backs, Canas leveled up Stallions’ play at the back and was a major reason for their League and Cup success.

Center Back: Carlos Guisso (Global) Guisso was the rock of the Global defense, screaming out instructions so loud that the rest of the stadium could hear, but it was effective as the Global mainstay commanded the best defensive record in the UFL. Even Team Socceroo, which won every single one of their 16 games in Division II, conceded more goals than Global.

Left Back: Jeffrey Christiaens (Global) Christiaens is perhaps the most underrated player in the league. The 22-year-old joined Global last year and instantly gave Global’s play a jolt with sound technical skill, good running and movement, and quality crosses from the left. A hatful of assists for the winger underlined his contribution of six goals as he was Global’s second top scorer behind Izzo Elhabib, despite playing in defense most of the time. His attacking prowess didn’t detract from his defensive duties either, as he could track back and smartly play his position too. At times the rest of his team couldn’t keep up with him, yet Christiaens can still improve his game a lot, a frightening prospect for the rest of the league and for other South East Asian nations. Christiaens truly deserves a more regular spot in the National team line-up already and with youth on his side, he could be the best winger the Philippines has ever seen.

Right Wing: James Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks) James Younghusband didn’t have the best of seasons by his standards, but his range of passing, crosses, and support play were still some of the best in the league. Popping up with three goals, his header against Stallions almost cost that squad the title as Loyola followed up their 2-0 win over Global by holding the eventual winners to a 1-1 draw, to show that on their day, they could keep up with the top teams in the league.

Center Midfield: Chris Greatwich (Kaya) A natural leader, Greatwich was at the heart of everything good Kaya did. Scoring five goals for his team, he helped to rescue their season and ensure they finished fourth and weren’t pipped to the post by Pachanga. With several underperforming players around him, Greatwich’s consistency was the key and he will be hoping similar quality and established players join him and OJ Porteria this summer. Also coaching the Kaya Academy, Greatwich’s influence off the pitch for Kaya is immense. The club has a player they can build their team around for the next few years as they look to bolster their side in the transfer window and once again emerge as contenders in the league. Until then, he helped to hand Global their only defeats of the season, as ultimately Kaya, runners-up last year, cost Global the title this time around.

Center Midfield: Mark Hartmann (Loyola Meralco Sparks) Mark Hartmann is perhaps the brightest prospect in the league and one of the brightest for the national team. The former Portsmouth Academy midfielder controls a game when he’s on form, and is probably the best technical player in the UFL already. A regular signing for this writer on Football Manager in the lower leagues, the same medium the Younghusband brothers were discovered, Hartmann is one of the best players in the UFL at just 21-years-old. He is also on the path to redemption on the national scene following the 2011 SEA Games debacle as he captained the U-23's in their 1-0 loss to Singapore. Maturing on and off the pitch, Hartmann at times carried the Sparks and lit up the early stages of the season, finishing with 13 goals, the most of any midfielder. In the second half of the season though, his form slumped a bit and the Sparks suffered and finished third. However, if he can improve his consistency Hartmann should be a definite starter for the Azkals in the near future, and there is a lot of support for him featuring now. And that sort of quality at such a young age is sure to get heads turning and transfer talks flowing if the Sparks fail to win a trophy again this season.

Left Wing: Lee Joo Young (Stallion FC) Lee Joo Young was a fearsome opponent for any defense this season. Having soured eight goals, most of them screamers from outside the box, Lee could change a football match with one kick. Given freedom to roam in the unusual but effective 3-6-1 formation of the Stallions, Lee would pop up from either side to bang in a goal. Striking with either foot, he was the perfect support for Rufo Sanchez in a team which didn’t lack goals, or goal-scorers. Lee shone in the side, ably supported himself by namesake Lee Won Hyung, who is another honorable mention, to emerge as a handful for any team.

Jerry Barbaso of Global FC and Rufo Sanchez of Stallion FC

Striker: Rufo Sanchez (Stallion FC) The top scorer in both divisions of the UFL this season, Rufo won both the Golden Boot and Golden Ball at the awarding ceremony of the UFL for being the top scorer and most valuable player of the league. With a ratio of more than a goal per game, the Spanish striker terrorized defenses whether the ball was at his feet or in the air, as the complete forward was the only player to score more than one hat-trick, one of which was a perfect hat-trick, as he scored with his right foot, left foot, and head against the Air Force. Striker: Emmanuel Mbata (PSG) Emmanuel Mbata will be another controversial choice in this UFL XI, but with Phil Younghusband often times misfiring and presented with many simple goals, Mbata’s performances for a mid-table side more than carried his team. Helping PSG into seventh place and himself to fifth top scorer of the league, it was a very successful season for the Nigerian striker.

Factoring in the number and quality of chances the top scorers in the league got, as well as the level of players around them to the number of goals they scored, Mbata emerges as one of the top strikers in the division.

With uncertainties in the coaching staff and the disappearance of several players over the course of the season, there are rumors of another mass exodus and rebuilding project at PSG.

If Mbata is available, his statistics alone show he will be one of the most sought-after players in the league and he may well be a perfect fit for Kaya, who need a proven goalscorer in their ranks. - AMD, GMA News

Monday, November 26, 2012

Suzuki Cup Line Up that will work (in my opinion)


  • Etheridge/Muller/SacapaƱo (kahit sino sa kanila kaya na yan basta may suporta lang ng mga Defenders. In good hands na rin tayo kay Eduard.)

  • Wolf
  • P. Younghusband (Pwedeng e sub si Bahadoran)
  • Caligdong (Chieffy is too fragile..hanggang f45 lang siya. Then papasok dito si Marwin Angeles or Bahadoran)
  • J. Younghusband
  • Reichelt
  • Omphroy (Then pwede e pasok si Mulders)
  • Gier,
  • De Murga / Christiaens (either sa kanila…Mabuti nalang wala si De Murga sa laban nang Thailand. We need to save him for the next games…Palagi kasi nakakatanggap nang Red Card or Yellow Cards si Carlie at nasu-suspend kahit hindi naman niya sinasadya.
  • Cagara
  • Sabio
Basta more on Global Boys....That’s all folks…what you think? hehe

Thursday, August 2, 2012

List of Players flying 'from Philippines' to US.

  1. ANGELES, Marvin Janwer
  2. ANGELES, Marwin Janver
  3. ARANETA, Ian
  4. BAHADORAN, Misagh
  5. BORROMEO, Alexander Charles
  6. CALIGDONG, Emelio
  7. CHRISTIAENS, Jeffrey
  8. DE JONG, Jason
  9. GENER, Roel
  10. GONZALES, Andres Crisanto
  11. MARGARSE, Nestorio Jr.
  12. PASCUAL, Jose Paolo
  13. REICHELT, Patrick
  14. SACAPANO, Eduaro
Other/s to confirm:
  • Carlie De Murga

Friday, July 27, 2012

No Nehru Cup for Azkals.

The Philippine national men’s football team will not be playing in the 2012 Nehru Cup in India this August after organizers picked another country to complete the cast in the five-nation meet.
Maldives was chosen to join India, Syria, Jordan, and Kenya in the tournament. Aside from the Azkals, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Afghanistan were also considered for an invitation by the Indian Football Federation.

But the news drew a sigh of relief from coach Hans Michael Weiss.
“It is difficult for us (to join the Nehru Cup),” Weiss said, adding that they only have a week to rest from their training camp in the United States, slated on Aug. 3 to Aug. 17, before preparing for the Nehru Cup, which is scheduled to run from Aug. 23 to Sept. 2.

The Azkals, however, will still be busy preparing for the 2012 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November. After a possible in September stint in the Long Teng Cup, which is still being organized, the Azkals will have another training camp in Qatar from Oct. 5 to Oct. 16, when they plan to face tough Middle Eastern squads.

Weiss said that the Azkals also got an invitation to participate in a tournament in Japan before playing against Singapore possibly in Cebu on Nov. 15 as their last game before flying to Thailand for the Suzuki Cup.

Drawn in Group A with Thailand, Vietnam and the winner of the tournament qualifiers, the Azkals are looking to surpass their semifinal run two years ago in the Suzuki Cup, which will take place from Nov. 24 to Dec. 22 and will be aired on AKTV.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Information on Tickets for US Camp Matches.

Online Ticket Sales for Chicago Inferno vs The Philippines
Saturday August 11, 2012 7:30pm CDT (-05:00)
Wheaton College - Joe Bean Stadium501 College AvenueWheaton, IL 60187
Gen Admission at 25.00 US Dollars

Online Ticket Sales for US Virgin Islands (Dashing Eagles) vs The Philippines (Azkals)
Friday August 17, 2012 7:30pm EDT (-04:00)
Kuntz Memorial Soccer Stadium1502 West 16th StreetIndianapolis, IN 46202
Gen Admission at 25.00 US Dollars

Sandro Reyes (9-year-old filipino kid), to join FC Barcelona Football Academy.

MANILA, Philippines—A 9-year-old Filipino football standout has been accepted to FCB Escola, the academy of one of the world’s biggest clubs, FC Barcelona, in Spain.
Sandro Reyes, a fourth grader from Southridge, got the nod of FCB Escola coaches after undergoing a rigid screening process that started when he joined a football camp in Singapore early this year. Reyes is the only homegrown Filipino who is part of the academy.
The Escola is the lower level school of Barcelona, serving as feeder into the La Masia, the fabled academy that has produced some of the finest players in the world, including World Cup winners Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. More recently, several Escola graduates have made the Barcelona first team like Cristian Tello and Isaac Cuenca.
“It’s mind-blowing,” Reyes’ father, Edmund told the Inquirer. “We are happy. It’s the first step for Sandro to achieve his dream as a world-class player.”
The younger Reyes has been a standout in local football camps and festivals before he joined the FCB Escola camps.
Edmund Reyes, a former Marinduque congressman, said Sandro is guaranteed a slot in the academy until he graduates at 12 years old.
“He has three years to prove himself and move up to La Masia,” said the older Reyes.
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