Philippine national men’s football team star Stephan Schrock has left the Azkals, the squad announced on Monday.
“AZKALS Player Stephan Cabizares Schroeck informed Coach Thomas Dooley and the Team Management tonight of his resignation from the Philippine National Football Team (The Azkals),” the team’s official Facebook page wrote in a statement.
The statement added that the Filipino-German Schrock left the squad as he wanted to “pursue new challenges” in his career.
“Coach Dooley and Team Manager Dan Palami regret the decision of Schroeck, but they accept and respect his desire to pursue new challenges. They likewise express their deep gratitude for Schroeck’s commitment to the Azkals in the past and his pivotal contribution to the team and raising football awareness in the country.
“The team wishes Schroeck all the best in his professional career, specifically as a new member of the SPVgg Greuther Fuerth in the German 2nd division.”
Schrock, a veteran of the German Bundesliga, is one of the most seasoned members of the Azkals, providing added bite in the midfield with his stellar dribbling skills and nifty footwork as well as his goal-scoring abilities.
He joined the team in 2011 and made his national team debut during the Azkals’ FIFA World Cup qualification campaign and went on to become one of the best foreign-based players of the squad.