12 December 2012

AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal : Singapore 1-0 Philippines FT

AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal , second leg today in Singapore .

First leg : Philippines 0-0 Singapore

Start 8 pm (Manila time)

TV : AKTV and Start Sports

Livescore : www.futbol.24.com

Livestream : http://www.hahasport.com/  and http://www.frombar.tv/

Azkals Starting XI: Gier, J. Guirado, J. YHusband, Cagara, P. YHusband, Sacapaño, A. Guirado, de Murga, Lucena, Mulders, & Reichelt

Update :

18 mins  Singapore score 1-0
1-0 HT

Chieffy in , Reichelt out

60 mins still 1-0
61 mins Omphroy in , James Younghusband out
1-0 FT

Singapore to AFF Suzuki Cup finals


  1. Time change the coach of our national team!
    We have very good players but we need someone to guide them properly. Someone who can gain players respect is a plus.

  2. Fair and square. Singapore deserved to win. It's just amazing how we failed to even make a decent chance, especially in the second half when Singapore sat back deep and did nothing but defense and clearing. Pathetic semifinals, both legs.

  3. azkals doesn't a balls and will to win,they can't even score in home turf.poor performance, poor team, poor Philippine football.

  4. Singapore deserved it. During the halftime, Jamie Reeves mentioned that Philippines did not start to play football in the first half, which is true. So now whats next.... :(

  5. i baptized them(the azkals) with a new name, AZFALLS, poor performance of semis. the desrving LOSERS AZFALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, CANT EVEN SCORE IN HOME SOIL.

  6. Anonymous12 December 2012 15:25

    nagcocoment ka ba kung nanalo sila....

    1. I think that guy is Arnold Clavio! :) :) :)

  7. Anyway our no 12 is going to be clubless..
    Being released by indian club.
    Rejects representing us. SHAMEFULL.

    1. guirado rejected to represent us?

    2. Our No 12 is mention to be useless by the club.
      They sign him to score but he is doing the opposite.

  8. j younghusband is a good player but his game as a right winger is not so effective anymore.
    well scouted by raddy. so predictable that he'll pass to phil when he has the ball. the lions don't even bother to watch mulders or guirado when j younghusband has the ball.
    he doesn't have the stamina to defend. you can see that singapore can easily penetrate our right side because no one is there.
    he's always demanding for the ball but doesn't even to attempt to chase the ball when it's slightly ahead. so maarte. not a good example for children to follow.
    mas mabuti pang mag-apply siya as ref sa dami ng complaints niya.
    reichelt had issues creating chances but at least he tries hard to defend and never complains.

    1. There is an erosion at the coaching and leadership level. Players acting like so reflects on leadership and coaching.

  9. dan palami! stop hoarding players. you drag them to the philippines, sign them to your club, but you don't let them play. might as well loan them to other UFL clubs where they can get the exposure they need and so that the level of the UFL will rise to make it more attractive for fans.

    1. dafuq! kung maka comment wagas parang alam lahat! haha it's the other UFL clubs who do not get them and Palami is taking the cudgels to ensure na available sila for training and games. u think if Palami has a choice, gusto niya ganun kadami Azkals players niya sa club? just the monthly allowances would be enormous plus the perks pa (training expenses, housing, etc...). konting logic naman diyan. you know very well natalo nila LMS without them, meaning malalim bench nila pre, they don't need them all.

  10. The Philippines is of course only an 'emerging' football nation, but the 17 out of the 23 man NT squad who learned their trade abroad have to be classed as 'developed'.
    Either they're at the lower end of development or the coach is a pisspoor team tactician.

    There can be only one solution now. Stop all this expensive and provenly useless foreign spending and devote the maximum amount of resources to helping homegrown players improve.

    1. I hope comments like these saturate most of the Philippine football blogs and news lines. With all due respect to the foreign-trained Filipino players, I think that we've taken the wrong path in terms of long-term establishment of a solid football development. Even if, say we won this match, or the whole tournament, there is no doubt in my mind that the Azkals staff would still be employing the same "recruitment-development" the core of which is reliance on these athletes from abroad.We refuse to let go of the obvious wrong because it seems right at the moment without any regard for the future.

      Absolute waste of resources that impacts the campaign for better developed local players as a whole. I thought Dan Palami's got it together after some years of being in charge. Time to stop being so engrossed with potential profits from the "marketability" of good-looking players -- time to focus more on substantive long-term investments in potential local players who you can MANAGE more efficiently, monitor more closely, and just KNOW inside and out.

      There's a lot out there, out here in-country. These locals deserve a look. See, if the line up in that team were the ideal local-players line up, regardless of the result, we'd have invested on the exposure of these players and a clearer more DEFINITIVE template on what to do with these players going forward in our plans. Instead, look at where we are at right now? How do you nurture players that aren't even around?

      There is a need for some drastic shift in the way PFF handle this football journey.

  11. We may have played foreign based (half)pinoys if you like to call them that, but its quite an achievement and we are on the football map at least in this part of the world and that proves that 2010 was not a fluke. I've been there both as a player and a coach and its not a good feeling being scored goal after goal but look at the scorelines now - such an improvement from when I was playing back then.

    Football is a game of patience and that's the beauty of the game the conscious build up from the defending third leading to the final third and attempt at goal. Likened to the game PATIENCE is what we need in developing our local players it will not take 3 - 5 years its more than that. We need a structure of grassroots football plus community based sports.

    FACT: 90 percent of kids who play sports(not just football) they play it only through their school most of our community based sports are what done in basketball court just go around Manila and you will know what I mean. While if you go around other ASEAN countries they have sports program based on the Western model where sports are community driven and organized. Have you heard of any tournaments organized by your city or local district for any sport? Now that's the structure that we have to work first so that talented young boys and girls will have a venue for competition.

    There's one tournament that has been going on for years the Palarong Pambansa(PB) but even before you reach that there are district meets, PRISAA before you reach PB its organized by DEPED its the only grassroots based tournament in the country but still its school based and government supported. I haven't read any mentioned of this tournament by a blogger or writer in terms of football or sports development for that matter. This goes to show how far and patient we still have to be to realize a good grassroots program to develop hone the skills of our young talent.

    Having a good local football program will take years. A concrete example of this is the Japanese Program they started building their local program in 1920's and only in 1965 did they organized their first semi-professional league and in 1993 the J-league became fully professional 5 years after that they played their 1st world cup in 1998. I took them 30+ years to realized their program.

    Looking at the Japanese program and our plight at least now football is out there and its moving to the right direction and hopefully we can see more of our teams homegrown or foreign based playing for the flag.

    We'll get them next time.

    1. Let's talk about Japan. Let's see...

      Japan CULTURED and BRED their own LOCAL players. Their system was built up FROM SCRATCH bit by bit over the years. The J-League, among others, was and is the engine that pumps players into that system. Their system of development was COPIED from the proven systems of Europe, tailored to their own, then eventually BECAME their own.

      Japan football, in their early formative years, DID NOT have players loaned from clubs in Europe, neither did they have Foreign-trained Japanese players who play with them during all ups.

      At the start of these programs they sucked so bad they could not even beat Iran or Iraq in exhibitions games (they did later in the WC qualifying rounds, etc). They were getting hammered by lesser countries with lesser resources.

      But they kept on and stayed with what they got. Look at them now.

      Japan, is SMART enough. They also have enough HONOR and PRIDE to NEVER succumb to the temptations of false realities. Maybe too PROUD not to borrow players outside of the country to beef up their team.

      Japan has the SMARTS, the NATIONAL PRIDE. They have a culture that believes in itself and in its people.

      WE DON'T.

      Which is why many years have passed now after World War II, Japan had risen from the ashes, resurrected itself from the past, learned from its mistake; while our country, after all the help and spoon-feeding, and baby-sitting we have enjoyed directly or indirectly, knowingly and unknowingly, still remains buried in the shambles, lost in every conceivable mistakes and bad...just bad stuff, you can ever imagine.

      Patience, as you use it, is not our virtue here, my friend.

      Look at us!

  12. I just don't feel that the system of recruitment of players from abroad is good enough moving forward. Don't get me wrong I'm all about our country's footballing getting better and getting respect, but not in a fashion currently created. We could do better than this. 17 players in the line up were all from outside of the country, which is okay in terms of creating a stronger line up for the purpose of winning matches. Incidentally that's the image that we've portrayed ourselves out there and had "put is in the map". Everyone in asia now knows the system that we have, that our MNT consists of players trained from abroad.

    Japan took the right path in the development of their football program -- no shortcuts were made and the build up consistently built around local homegrown players. They didn't have anything after the world cup back in the 60's until Leagues were re-created and modified to suit their goal of creating more chances at the world stage. But they didn't need to recruit players from outside of the country. They started from scratch but PATIENTLY build a system around good players who were available 24/7 365 days. By and by they were dishing out players to other countries that gained exposures. If Japan, the Koreas and other asian countries, or any one of them will be a model template for us moving forward, I don't think we are heading down the right path. There is no continuity. As a coach like you were putting yourself in the coaching staff of the Azkals there really is nothing to hold on to in terms of how you can improve the team and learn from these experiences. This system is so flawed from the technical point of view. "Foreign based players playing for the flag is overrated". They're good kids alright. Im just saying the coaching staff has not done enough homework to train our kids here that can play because the standard created has now been that if it's not European or some other place it's not good enough. Very shortsighted and lacks hope for the locals who want to get out there in the mix and get the chance to "play for the flag" in the right sense.

  13. The most important thing for football development in any 'new' country is space to play. Give the kids a decent level piece of ground and they will be their own coaches.

    In the developed world local councils own and maintain green recreational areas for every community. With a cheap plastic ball and nothing more than clothing as goalposts youngsters soon learn the basic skills and become hooked on the game.

    This lack of free space in nearly every town and city is going to be the real killer.
    Without a dedicated campaign to force every
    municipio to preserve and protect these recreational havens the football talent that definitely exists in Filipino youth will stay buried in concrete.

    1. "stay buried in concrete" is a pretty good symbolism looking at the way our boys played last -- they could not move. Buried in concrete.

  14. to anonymous 13 Dec 14:13

    Obviously you have not been around your country and your experience is very limited to the city.

    In the places I visited in the Visayas you have decent fields and local civic-minded groups maintaining these playing fields and organizing mini tournaments every weekend; Do check-out -
    Dumaguete's - ball field, San Carlos City's municipal playing fields, La Paz - town plaza, Santa Barbara town field and Barotac Nuevo's Plaza. There are a lot more of them outside the big cities, I mentioned this because I have visited this places more than twice.

    You see you have the culture and history for it, just not enough support from local fans to get it going. Let's face it were human we have our needs and if its not going to benefit us why will I spend time on it, we all have that mentality somehow.

    If you're a parent have you considered helping training your own kids on a Saturday morning or just bring them to a field where they can be taught the basics of the game by a group of volunteers - that's how the Japanese do it, football became a social community activity every weekend but actually that's how sports is played in the other side of the globe whether its school or community based most youth grassroots coaches are parent volunteers youth leagues are organized by parents. The Japanese wherever in every part of the world with their families they use this model to teach the basics to their kids and hopefully they can develop and play league football.

    Are you guys willing to do the same with your own kids or your son's or daughter's school friends, because honestly grassroots football always starts with the fans. It's not about the space or equipment its us individuals who loves the sport and would love to see it played well.

    Kudos to the individuals behind the "Azkals" who worked hard to for the game. Now its time for the fans to get it going on the other end so that the future becomes brighter for Philippine football.