27 June 2012

20 high-level matches up for Azkals

THE PHILIPPINE Azkals could play a maximum of 20 high-level matches in the next five months before they plunge into action in their next major tournament late this year.
The Azkals are in for a tough grind in their build-up as they try to at least match their semifinal finish in the Suzuki Cup Asean Football Championships in Thailand and Malaysia.
Already calendared for the Azkals are three matches in the United States on Aug. 10 to 15.
Azkals manager Dan Palami said they are trying to squeeze in one more match, possibly against a country belonging to the Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Federation.
Friendly matches in September are also being lined up, before the Azkals host a four-nation tournament involving Chinese-Taipei, Hong Kong and Macau in Bacolod in October.
Camps in Bahrain and Japan as well as two friendly matches in November are also being planned for the Azkals, who won against Guam, 3-0, last week after draws against Malaysia and Indonesia.
“We want as many matches as possible to develop a strong team,” said Azkals coach Michael Weiss.
The Azkals renewed their partnership with carmaker Kia on Thursday.  Palami welcomed the deal, saying the squad is “happy” to be affiliated with a prestigious brand.
“We feel that the team brings us the prestige that backs up our brand,” said Kia marketing services manager Boying Soriano. Cedelf P.  Tupas



  1. This is very good for the NT. More friendlies and more practice and more recognition.

    All starts with these small things. I believe that this will be very beneficial for our NT.

  2. I hope our U-22 would be given the same exposure to play more friendlies and more practice, etc. etc. etc.

    They fared bad,,, as in bad.

  3. This is very good idea, interesting plan preparations for the National Team but all those plan are useless if our players are not available in the whole camp, like the availability of the players are come and go, meaning today the can play tomorrow another new players, i mean, they should have the same list of National players from the beginning of the camp until the Suzuki Cup 2012 or Long Teng Cup 2012,,changes and changes is not healthy for the team....if they want to get the title then focus and give your commitment of the team your priority the camp preparations...then we will see if our national team is considered as one the strongest team for this year tournament ...