31 March 2015

FIFA World Cup draw in April

Seedings for 2018  FIFA World Cup draw in April 

Pot 1: Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, China PR, Iraq

Pot 2: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain, Vietnam, Kuwait, Syria

Pot 3: Afghanistan, Thailand, Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, Tajikistan, Lebanon, India

Pot 4: Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan, Korea DPR, Myanmar, Turkmenistan, Bhutan, Singapore, Indonesia

Pot 5: Malaysia, Guam, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Yemen, Laos, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia 

8 groups of 5.

Azkals fall to hosts in Bahrain friendly

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine national football team fell short against Bahrain, 2-1, despite a late game rally in the adversary's home stadium in Manama, Bahrain on Monday, March 30.
The Azkals opened the match with a better posture over their foes, pressuring the ball on several chances but their chances couldn't penetrate the quick responding Bahrain defense.
Striker Phil Younghusband had a better chance to clinch an opener for the Philippines in the 21st minute but the ball was snagged by the gloves of the rival team's goalkeeper.
Meanwhile, after 29 minutes of play, the home team managed to capture the first goal of the contest off a corner courtesy of Faouzi Mubarak.
Bahrain's lead immediately doubled to 2-0 following the score by Mubarak as a shot from a free kick by Abdulla Yaser from a distance left Azkals goalkeeper Roland Muller hanging and found the back of the net.
The Philippine national booters had a much-needed dose of confidence in the 61st minute as Manny Ott connected from outside the box to cut the deficit to just a solitary margin.
Coach Thomas Dooley's men scrambled to keep their offense going as time winded down on the first friendly match of the Azkals for 2015 as Patrick Reichelt found P. Younghusband off a cross but the latter sent in wide in the 84th minute.
Despite several last ditch efforts to notch an equalizer late in the match, the Azkals were left to settle for a 2-1 loss against their host country's national team. – Rappler.com

YouTube : Bahrain vs Philippines (2-1) Friendly Match 2nd half Highlight 2015

Dooley wants Patino commitment

By Cedelf P. Tupas

MANAMA, Bahrain—The onus is now on striker Javier Patino to declare if he’s still willing to play for the national team.
Philippines coach Thomas Dooley wants commitment from the Fil-Spanish striker, following his absence in the Azkals’ first training camp of the year here.
Dooley’s patience seems to be running thin as Patino again begged off from joining camp due to personal matters.
He also missed the AFC Challenge Cup and AFF Suzuki Cup last year due to club commitments in Thailand and injuries.
“Javier would have been perfect for us,” Dooley said. “But we don’t know if he still wants to play for us.”
Patino, who has two goals from three matches with the national team, just moved from Buriram United in Thailand to Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League. He scored twice in his debut for Henan.

Two letters to Henan
The Philippine Football Federation twice sent letters to Henan to push for Patino’s release and even asked the Chinese Football Association to intervene. Patino ruled himself out of the camp, however.
“I don’t know what happened to Javier. It looks like he doesn’t want to play for the Philippines,” said Dooley on the eve of the clash with Bahrain.
“If that’s the case, he has to make an announcement with the federation so we don’t call him up again. It’s not good for the team when we don’t know he’s coming or not.”
Dooley said he expects midfielder Fil-German midfielder Stephan Schrock to be back in the team before the World Cup Qualifiers start in June.
Prospects like Stephen Palla, Iain Ramsay and Luke Woodland are also expected to join the side before the start of the campaign.
Austrian international David Alaba, whose mother is from the Philippines, recommended Palla, a defender, to the Azkals, according to Azkals manager Dan Palami.

England youth player
Woodland, a former England youth player, was receptive to the idea of playing for the team following a meeting with Azkals skipper Rob Gier recently.
Ramsay, who plays for Melbourne City in the A-League, is in the process of renewing his Filipino passport.
“We’re optimistic that these players will suit up for the Azkals and represent the country well,” said Palami.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/177071/dooley-wants-patino-commitment#ixzz3VuQTR6de 

30 March 2015

Friendly : Bahrain 2-1 Philippines

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Match time : 11.30 pm in (Philippines)

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Azkals starting XI : Muller, PYH, Reichelt, Steuble, Rota, Juani, Silva, Ott, Lucena, Sato, Porteria

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29 mins 1-0 Bahrain
31 mins 2-0 Bahrain
2-0 HT
61 mins 2-1 Ott
63 mins Daniels and Hartmann in , Guirado and Lucena out
86 mins Villanueva in , OJ Porteria out
2-1 FT

29 March 2015

Azkals try out Dooley’s new system

By Cedelf P. Tupas

MANAMA, Bahrain—Almost a week into their training camp here, the Philippine Azkals are finally getting the hang of the system that coach Thomas Dooley is implementing.
Dooley described the Azkals’ training as “poor” on the first day, before seeing a gradual improvement heading into the friendly with Bahrain Monday night at Bahrain National Stadium.
The new system calls for the Azkals to play with just three players at the backline in a 3-4-3 system on attack that usually becomes a 5-4-1 formation on defense.
Dooley believes the Azkals could keep the ball better and widen their play with this scheme while being more compact defensively.
The Philippines has long been playing with four defenders in 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formations.
“I think we can do something differently and even if it doesn’t work at the beginning, we’re going to stick with it, we’re going to implement it and find the right players to be in those positions,” said Dooley.
Midfielder Jerry Lucena is optimistic that the system will work for the Azkals.
“It’s hard to get out of the comfort zone, but this is the way the coach wants to play and I’m sure everybody is working hard to make it work and make it better,” he said.
The match against Bahrain kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. in Manila). Bahrain lost to world No. 3 Colombia, 0-6, last Thursday, but Lucena, who was part of the team that held the hosts to a scoreless draw the last time they met in 2012, expects a different game this time.
“Colombia was really good and Bahrain did not have a chance to show how good they are,” said Lucena.
Azkals manager Dan Palami stressed that the performance will be the priority over the result.
“Putting it into context, everything that we’re doing here is for the World Cup qualifiers,” said Palami. “A win will be a good result, but we’re more interested in looking at how we play the system.”
Keeper Neil Etheridge has been ruled out of the game after he sustained a cut at the back of his head following a freak accident during lunch with the Filipino community here Friday.
Roland Muller is available, while Dooley is expected to play Alvaro Silva alongside Juani Guirado and Amani Aguinaldo at the back.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/176997/azkals-try-out-dooleys-new-system#ixzz3VnjhReAE

YouTube : AFC U23 - Thailand vs Philippines . Full match

AFC U23 Qualifiers - Thailand 5-1 Philippines

AFC U23 Qualifiers in Thailand.

Thailand vs Philippines. 8 pm (PH)

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Philippines U22 starting XI : Badelic, Kanayama, Clarino, Dizon, Grommen, Cheng, Salenga , Aristorenas , Santos , Felonco , Arboleda

11 mins 1-0 Thailand
Felongco out, Asong in
Kanayama out, Kennedy Ozaka in
Thailand 1-0 Philippines HT

47 mins 2-0 Thailand
56 mins 3-0 Thailand
62 mins 4-0 Thailand
68 mins 5-0 Thailand
90 mins 5-1 Salenga (Philippines)