25 July 2017

23 July 2017

Kaya aims to keep lead, battles Manila Tala in WFL


Kaya FC Elite seeks to stretch its lead, as it takes on Manila Tala FC in the second match day of the Weekend Futbol League (WFL) Elite Division today at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Turf in Taguig City.
Kickoff is set at 2 p.m.
Kaya Elite is currently sitting atop of the standings of the six-club tournament with a two-goal advantage in goal difference over the other opening day winners Green Archers United (GAU) FC and Stallion Laguna FC B.
The team from Makati scored a 5-2 win against FC Meralco Manila Reserve Team at the McKinley Hill Stadium last week.
Manila Tala, on the other hand, looks to bounce back from a narrow 1-2 loss to Green Archers United at the BGC Turf.
Meanwhile, Green Archers United and Stallion Laguna B clash at 2 p.m. at the De La Salle-Santiago Zobel Globe Football Field in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
GAU is coming off a slim victory over Manila Tala while the second team of Stallion Laguna enters the crucial fixture from a 4-3 win against Laos FC at the Blue Pitch in Circuit, Makati.

First day losers Meralco Manila Reserve Team and Laos try to notch their breakthrough victory when they tangle at 3:30 p.m. at the San Beda College Football Field in Manila.

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Results : Green Archers United 4-0 Stallion B

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Cambodia claimed third place in Group J as they wound down their participation in the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers with a 1-0 win over the Philippines.
The margin of victory could been wider but Cambodia's Chreng Polroth saw his 29th minute penalty saved and the follow up blasted wide. 
Javier Gayoso was thwarted with his side's best chance 10 minutes after the restart. The forward, bounding down the left flank, cut inside but Cambodian keeper Um Sereirath stood tall and strong to parry away his effort.
Sok Samnang, who had threatened for large parts of the game, finally found the second a minute shy of the hour mark. Substitute Son Vandeth’s long range effort cannoned off a Philippines defender in the box and fell kindly onto the path of the No. 9 who blasted into a yawning goalmouth. 
Marlon Maro (Philippines Coach)
"We lost 1-0 from open play. There was an attempt and there was a missed clearance. Aside from losing the game, what is important is that we were able to play as a team. Now we have to go back home and prepare for the SEA Games and improve on our weaknesses."
Leonardo Vitorino (Cambodia Coach)
"I know the players were tired because we played a tough match today and also two tough matches against China and Japan. But I have told my players we can do more for the country. Not only the players but me also. We are working hard for the future and my players know we must do better."
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PFL : Kaya FC -Makati 2-1 Ilocos United

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Kaya Fc-Makati vs Ilocos United

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PFL : JPV Marikina 1-2 Stallion Laguna

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Nierras sees frequent Wednesday PFL fixtures as "dangerous"

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN—On May 24, Global Cebu and Kaya Makati played in a Wednesday night match that was initially meant to make up for the former's AFC Cup schedule.

However, the midweek games have become a frequent staple since then.

Curiously, Cebu and Negros, the other PFL squad in the AFC Cup—and is still in the running at that—each played only two Wednesday night games from May 31.

On the other hand, Laguna has played in four of the six Wednesday playdates that took place since the said date, and Coach Ernie Nierras told some reporters that for him, it is taking a toll on all the players.

"In [a span of] five weeks, we played 10 games. We're not even done yet. We still have three games in 10 days. It's not just us. It's the whole league. But honestly, this is dangerous," said Nierras after Laguna's latest midweek mayhem against Marikina at the Biñan Football Stadium.

Curiously, both clubs are set to meet again on Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

He also bared that a meeting with the PFF is happening soon to discuss the scheduling of the PFL.

"We're gonna meet with the [Philippine Football] Federation and see what we can do, because this is beyond ridiculous," he continued.

Still, Nierras is happy that his players braved the fatigue and injury factors to score their first win of the season.

[Related Story: Laguna finally strikes gold, beats skidding Marikina]

"I'm just happy that whatever injury they are having, they're kinda sulking it up," he lauded.


Borlongan still hopeful despite of 2 defeats

CAGAYAN de Oro’s ace booter JB Borlongan remains hopeful despite of two straight losses suffered by the Philippine Under (U)-23 team in the ongoing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 qualifier in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The former Abba’s Orchard School winger played in the two matches against Japan and China and noted that the two teams were just too good for them specially Japan. “Japan is just too good, they are in the different level to us,” he said. They lost to Japan 0-7 in their first match and then 0-2 to China. Despite of the loses JB, son of Greg and Marjou Chabon Borlongan, is still hopeful that they can end the tournament in a high note when they play Cambodia Sunday, July 23. The match against Cambodia will be a good test for them as they might meet them again in the South East Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They could not take the Cambodians too lightly as the host earned a scoreless draw in their meeting against China. Aside from Borlongan, two more players from Misamis Oriental, Troy Limbo, and Richard Talaroc of Davao Aguilas are playing for the Philippine U23 team. Most members of the Philippine team are playing with the different clubs in the ongoing Philippine Football League. Aside from Talaroc, the Davao Aguilas also have Junel Mark Bautista, Jaime Vicenzo Cheng, Dylan Alai de Bruycker, Rey Franco de la Torre, and Van Rey Diaz with the team

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/sports/2017/07/22/borlongan-still-hopeful-despite-2-defeats-554399

21 July 2017

AFC U-23 Championship 2018 Qualifiers CHINA vs PHILIPPINES 2-0 FULL HIGHLIGHTS

Davao Aguilas to meet Ceres-Negros at Panaad


SOUTHERN Mindanao pride Davao San Miguel Aguilas Football Club (FC) will arrive on Friday, July 21, in Bacolod City to challenge Ceres-Negros FC Saturday evening at Panaad Park and Stadium. The Aguilas, which forced Global Cebu FC to a scoreless draw recently in Cebu City, are still seeking their first win in the Philippines Football League (PFL). The Davao-side has a current record of five draws and five defeats. Ceres FC, meanwhile, is looking forward of extending its dominance at home where they are still undefeated this season. The Negros-based club is also expected to ride on their recent twin 7-0 victories over FC Meralco Manila and Ilocos United FC. Currently with PFL’s transfer window, the Aguilas were able to acquire more talented players to boost their campaign with the recent transfer of Fil-Danish midfielder Jason de Jong to Davao. Former Ceres FC midfielders Jorrel Aristorenas and Simone Rota also joined the Mindanao-based squad. Ceres FC team manager James Dinsay on Thursday said the club has already processed their released papers. “We told the players about it days before the transfer window opened and they have chosen their future club which is Davao FC,” he said. With Davao FC and Ceres FC meeting tomorrow, the three former Busmen are expected to return to Panaad turf. “If they (Davao FC) can process all the requirements of the PFL, they might suit up and play against us,” Dinsay said although he did not divulge the reason for the players’ release.

Read more: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sports/2017/07/21/davao-aguilas-meet-ceres-negros-panaad-554156


ceres v davao

Ceres-Negros FC will take on the newly reinforced Davao Aguilas in their first PFL meeting on July 22 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. The Negros squad is looking to establish momentum after an emphatic 7-0 win away to Meralco Manila last weekend.
The Busmen came off two successive seven goal victories over Ilocos and Manila and are keen to continue the streak before facing Singapore’s Home United in the first leg of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal finals. The Aguilas have bounced back from a 1-5 setback against Kaya Makati but have shown promise after forcing a 0-0 draw away against Global in Cebu.
It will be an interesting first matchup of the season for the two teams as the visitors have been busy early in the transfer window. Davao has signed available players in Ceres’ Jason De Jong and Global Cebu’s Nick O’Donnel and Matthew Hartmann. The young core of the visitors are currently playing the the AFC U23 tournament. Dylan De Bruycker and the rest of the selected U23 will be unavailable for the match. From the three new players, only Hartmann and O’ Donnel will suit up for tomorrow’s match.
Davao assistant Coach Melchor Azures has bared that they only have sixteen players for tomorrow’s match including Hartmann and O’ Donnel who have only met twice with the team. Azures trusts that they will easily integrate with the team with short notice. “Nasa player na yan kung anong instruction ang ibibigay din ni Coach. Its up them on how they play sa loob. Actually professional players naman yan, matagal na naglalaro yang mga yan, so it’s easy for them to adjust. Kaya lang yung system of play medyo baka may konting adjustment na gagawin,” the assistant coach added.
Ceres is welcoming back Omid Nazari from injury and are expected have all players available except for Joshua Grommen who is in national duty.  Ceres midfielder Arnie Pasinabo is excited for their first encounter in the league. “We trained everyday in preparation for tomorrows game. We’re excited to play with them, especially its the first match in the PFL. So I’m expecting a good game for tomorrow,” said the former Azkal player.
“For us its a challenge to beat all the teams that come here,” said Ceres Coach Risto Vidakovic. “We have to stay unbeaten at home. We have respect for all the teams in the league and as I said before, I expect my players to be one-hundred percent motivated to beat Davao tomorrow because its the first time we play against them.
When asked about on any special preparation versus Davao, the Serbian-born coach laments the lack of coverage which is slightly dampens preparations for all teams. “The problem here in the league is you cannot watch a lot of games so the information is not enough to prepare the game especially for one team. What we do, especially when we play at home, is we attack so we’ll just work on the offensive football. I hope that will work and we can beat Davao,” Vidakovic added.


Phnom Penh: China rebounded from their opening day disappointment to record a 2-0 win over the Philippines on Friday in Group J of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
After drawing 0-0 with Cambodia on Wednesday, the victory takes China - who have already qualified for next year’s continental event as hosts - to the top of the group with one game to play. They are a solitary point ahead of Japan who are scheduled to face the Cambodians later today, while the Philippines are anchored to the foot of the table following a second successive defeat.
China captain He Chao opened the scoring in the 15th minute when, from a Tang Shi free-kick, he was allowed far too much time and space by Filipino defenders Jordan Jarvis and Jeremiah Rocha before bundling the ball home to register China's first goal of the qualifiers.
With the Philippines rarely troubling China goalkeeper Zhou Yuchen, who was a spectator for large swathes of the match, Zhang Xiuwei duly doubled the Chinese lead, the substitute latching onto a pinpoint Tang pass and firing home an unstoppable shot to effectively end the game as a contest.
China will now face Japan in a decidedly intriguing encounter on Sunday, while the Philippines are set to play Cambodia on the same day.
China coach Massimiliano Maddaloni
"I am happy with the win today. It was not going to be easy because in their last match the Philippines lost 8-0 to Japan and of course they didn't want a repeat of that, so this match they played with a lot of heart and desire. My players played well and created a lot of chances and shots on goal. Maybe two goals is a little less than expected but I am happy with my team."
Philippines coach Marlon Maro
"My team were able to play more forward passes today so I think the result, despite the loss, is a positive one. We always prepare our team to play 100% in all our games.”


Struggling Davao gets aggressive, targets Younghusband siblings via transfer window

Philippines Football League club FC Meralco Manila will be facing stiff competition in its bid to keep stars Phil and James Younghusband in the squad as the mid-year transfer window opened this week.
Two clubs, including newcomer San Miguel Davao Aguilas, have expressed interest in acquiring the Younghusband brothers, whose three-year deal with Meralco ends at the end of August.
“Two clubs are interested, but they are still under contract with Meralco,” said a reliable source. “What’s important to them (Younghusband brothers) is that they can continue playing at a high level.”

The Younghusband brothers have been with the Sparks since 2011, winning two trophies, including the UFL Cup in 2014.
A source within Meralco said the club is ready to offer Phil and James a one-year deal.
But the two clubs are reportedly offering a longer deal for the Younghusband brothers.

It will cost Aguilas

The transfer won’t be easy as it looks.
With the transfer window closing on August 15, two weeks before their contract ends with Meralco, the Sparks could ask for a transfer fee for the two players.
“The fee could go beyond P10 million (for the Younghusband brothers),” said the source.
After going winless in its first 10 games of the season, Davao, which is owned by businessman Jefferson Cheng, is undergoing a massive roster upgrade with midfielders Matthew Hartmann and Jason De Jong heading to the Mindanao club from Global Cebu and Ceres-Negros respectively.

Simone Rota, who recovered from a knee injury recently, is also reportedly beefing up the Aguilas, along with another Ceres player, Jorrel Aristorenas

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/257345/struggling-davao-gets-aggressive-targets-younghusband-siblings-via-transfer-window#ixzz4nRMiJuz4

20 July 2017

Nick O' Donnell and Matt Hartmann leaving Global Cebu

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Younghusbands to leave FC Meralco Manila?

Phil and James Younghusband are reportedly leaving FC Meralco Manila to play for the San Miguel Davao Aguilas in the Philippines Football League.
League sources say negotiations are in the works to facilitate the transfer of the Younghusbands to Davao which is currently amassing veteran players to boost its campaign in the inaugural season of the new national football league.
The Younghusbands have been two of the pillars of the Meralco club since its days in the old United Football League. They have been with Meralco since 2011.
Recently the Aguilas have acquired the services of former Azkal and Ceres Negros FC mildfielder Jason de Jong and Global Cebu FC midfielder Matthew Hartmann.
By Erel Cabatbat

19 July 2017


Phnom Penh: Four goals from Ren Komatsu helped Japan get their 2018 AFC U-23 Championship Group J qualifying campaign off to a flying start on Wednesday as the competition’s title holders secured a comfortable 8-0 win over the Philippines.
Despite torrential rain at Phnom Penh’s National Olympic Stadium threatening to spoil the game as a spectacle, Japan mastered the conditions early on and took a tenth minute lead when Tsukasa Morishima received the ball just inside the box and fired home an unstoppable strike off the underside of the bar to open the scoring.
Komatsu duly doubled Japan’s lead on 23 minutes as he ghosted in behind the Filipino defence to connect with Morishima’s teasing cross from the left, before he made the most of a Richard Talaroc error to bag his second - and Japan’s third - of the game just six minutes later.
Morishima duly added a second strike of his own from close range shortly after the half hour mark, before Komatsu completed his hat-trick with three minutes of the half remaining when he connected with captain Daisuke Sakai’s cross to send Japan into the break five goals to the good.
The irrepressible forward then notched his fourth less than a minute after the restart, tapping home Daisuke Sakai’s whipped cross into the box from ten yards out.
Further efforts from Yuka Nakasaka and Ito Hiroki before the full-time whistle added further gloss to the scoreline that reasserted Japan’s intent to qualify for next year’s continental gathering.
Japan coach Uchiyama Atsushi
“Despite the weather, and the rain, our players lost a bit of concentration. But it was a good result for an opening game. The Philippines were well organised in defence and they did well on the counter attack. But we tried to show that we are stronger.”
“We know it will be very difficult in our next game against Cambodia especially as they have home advantage. But of course, we will try because we want to win.
Philippines coach Marlon Maro
“We were exposed and it’s always a challenge against teams like Japan. But we will have to learn
from the experience.”
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source : afc.com

PFL : Kaya Fc Makati 5-2 Ilocos United

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Kaya Fc Makati vs Ilocos Uniyed, 7 pm

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AFC U23 : Philippines 0-8 Japan FT

Javier Gayoso


PFL : JPV Marikina 0-2 Stallion Laguna

PFL Wednesday

JPV Marikina vs Stallion Laguna , 4 pm

Binan Football Stadium

JPV Starting XI: Otomo, Odawara, Belgira, Baguioro, Cañedo, Shimono, Elnar, Basa, Yanagawa, Kane, Tripulca

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Two goals by Jesus Melliza. First win for Stallion Laguna !

18 July 2017

WFL Elite League - Match day 1

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WFL Elite League Table Matchday 1

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Philippine Under-22 Squad For AFC U23 Championship

The Philippine Under-22 squad will compete in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-23 Championship 2018 Qualifiers which will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 19-23 July 2017.
The following 23 players have been selected to form the final roster under Head Coach Marlon Maro. The team left for Cambodia last Monday 17 July.
  1. ASONG, Michael – San Beda College
  2. BALABAT, Nimrod – San Beda College
  3. BAUTISTA, Junell Mark – Davao Aguilas FC
  4. BORLONGAN, Jeremiah – University of the Philippines / Kaya FC Makati B
  5. CLARINO, Julian Mariano – University of the Philippines / FC Meralco Manila
  6. CHENG, Jaime Vicenzo – Davao Aguilas FC
  7. CORSAME, Roberto Jr. – Arellano University
  8. CUBON, Reymart – Far Eastern University / Kaya FC Makati B
  9. DE BRUYCKER, Dylan Alain Lucienne – Davaol Aguilas FC
  10. DE LA TORRE, Rey Franco Miguel – Davao Aguilas FC
  11. DIAZ, Van Rey – Davao Aguilas FC
  12. GADIA, Daniel Bernan – FC Meralco Manila
  13. GAYOSO, Javier Augustine – Ateneo de Manila University
  14. GROMMEN, Joshua Jake – Ceres Negros FC
  15. JARVIS, Jordan Blair – Davao Aguilas FC
  16. JOYEL, Ray Joseph – Far Eastern University / Kaya FC Makati B
  17. KOIZUMI, Yoshiharu – De La Salle University
  18. LAPAS, Christian – University of the Philippines / Kaya FC Makati B
  19. LIMBO, Dimitri Lionel – Kaya FC Makati B
  20. ROCHA, Jeremiah Raphael – Ateneo de Manila University / Kaya FC Makati B
  21. TALAROC, Richard Jr. – Davao Aguilas FC
  22. VALENZUELA, Patrick – National University
  23. VILLANUEVA, Nathanael Ace – FC Meralco Manila
The Philippines are in Group J along with Japan, China PR, and Cambodia.
In preparation for the tournament, the Philippine U-22 team held regular trainings at the Rizal Memorial Stadium and flew to Japan last 6 July for a training camp where they had friendly matches against Tokai University (PHI 1-3), JFA Fukushima Academy, (PHI 0-1), and Ryutsu Keizai University, (PHI 0-3).
The AFC Under-23 Championship 2018 will serve as the team’s preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games which begins next month.
Schedule of Matches:
19 July 2017
Japan vs Philippines – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
21 July 2017
Philippines vs China PR – 3:30 PM Local time (4:30 PM Manila time)
23 July 2017
Cambodia vs Philippines – 6:30 PM Local time (7:30 PM Manila time)

17 July 2017

AFC U23 Championship - Qualifiers

Group J Japan will embark on the defence of the title they won in 2016 with a Group J opener against the highly regarded Philippines on Wednesday. The Japanese shone brightly in Qatar en route to title success, and many observers believe more of the same may be about to come from the Samurai Blue. China, who have of course already qualified for the 2018 event as hosts, will face Cambodia in their opener. JAPAN v PHILIPPINES Venue: National Olympic Stadium , Phnom Penh Kick-off: 15:30 UTC+7 


AFC U23 2018 Championship Qualifiers
Group J
All matches are held in Cambodia.
Pos Team
Pld             W D  L  GF GA GD Pts
1 Japan         0 0  0  0  0  0  0
2 China PR (Q)  0 0  0  0  0  0  0
3 Cambodia (H)  0 0  0  0  0  0  0
4 Philippines   0 0  0  0  0  0  0

19 July 2017 15:30
Japan v Philippines
Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

21 July 2017 15:30
Philippines v China PR
Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

23 July 2017 18:30
Cambodia v Philippines
Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh

Jason de Jong signs for Davao Aguilas

Jason de Jong (Ceres-Negros fc) has signed for Davao Aguilas.

AFF U15 : Philippines 2-0 Timor-Leste

In the meantime the Philippines also picked up their first win in the group when they did just enough to beat Timor Leste 2-0. It was by no means spectacular football but the Philippines made full use of some scrappy Timorese defending to score through Asignar Rupert Gonzales in the 15th minute and then from Ferrer Padermal in the 58th minute. http://www.aseanfootball.org/v2/2017/07/aff-u15-quang-thuan-gives-vietnam-crucial-win/

PFL Sunday Rundown: Makati trumps Marikina as Ilocos, Laguna share points

By Kevin Estrada MANILA--Another day of PFL action concluded with a significant change in the postseason race made on one end, while a long search for results ended in a weird fashion. Kaya-Makati knocked former league leaders JPV Marikina off the finals places with a workmanlike 2-0 win at a muddy UMak pitch in Makati earlier in the afternoon. Second half goals from the African strike connection of Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez-Mendy were enough for Noel Marcaida to leapfrog into third in the table with their third straight win to hike its tally at the table with 20 points, two more than their victims. The Ghanian struck for the hosts at the hour mark, firing a low shot after beautifully controlling Adam Reed's cross. Then 21 minutes later, Mintah turned provider to his Senegalese counterpart and Lopez-Mendy made no mistake to find the bottom corner to take all three points. Over in Bantay, Ilocos United share the spoils with Stallion Laguna in a rain-drenched affair that was prematurely ended the match due to bad weather. Chima Uzoka (25') and Jhan-Jhan Melliza (28') provided the goals in a 1-1 stalemate when match officials called full time after the first half. Citing league regulations, the score after the first half will be the final result when the match is cancelled after the first half. http://www.dugout.ph/2017/07/pfl-sunday-rundown-makati-trumps-marikina.html

PFL Saturday: Manila remain on top despite mauled by Negros as Davao nick draw away at Cebu

By Kevin Estrada MANILA--It was a bittersweet Saturday for Meralco Manila and its supporters, as they remain on top of the PFL table in the weirdest of circumstances. The Sparks lost for the very first time this season after they experienced their worst beating in league play inflicted by a rampaging Ceres Negros side in which the visiting Busmen disconnected them for seven without any reply earlier in the afternoon at the Rizal Memorial. Risto Vidakovic's men never gave the hosts even an inch of their game, punishing them with their overloaded attack for their sixth win of the season, taking down their largest victim in yet another-seven goal beatdown for the second game running. A quick brace by Fernando Rodriguez (17', 21') and a 36th minute strike by Iain Ramsay put Negros home and hosed early in the first half when they led, 3-0. Ceres kicked into higher gear at the restart to tear the Sparks apart, as Ramsay completed his hat trick in the 49th and the 74th minute, with Stephan Schrock's goal in the 50th minute sandwiched in between. Manila could not find their bearings and they put more salt into their wounds as Alvin Sarmiento put the ball in his own net deep into added time. However, the dejection made by this beating was somehow diffused when Davao Aguilas gave them a huge favor, nicking a point away at Global Cebu later in the evening to retain their place at the top of the pile with a goalless draw in Abellana. Knowing that only a 1-0 win was enough for them to overtake the capital side on goal difference, Akbar Nawas' men went on the attack but was met by a meticulous back line set up by Gary Phillips, who had to play without the suspended Jason Cordova. However, the Australian gaffer will have to thank Marko Trkulja for the result with a string of stops by the Serbian keeping the reigning national champs at bay to spoil their plot to wrest the lead away from Manila. http://www.dugout.ph/2017/07/pfl-saturday-manila-remains-on-top.html

09 July 2017

Philippine Under-22 Up Against Japanese Sides in Training Camp

The Philippine Under-22 squad is set to face three Japanese teams in a series of AFC Tier 2 International Friendly matches. The Under-22 side traveled to Japan last Thursday, 6 July 2017 for a training camp in preparation for the AFC U23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers and the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The camp was arranged by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) with the help of the Japan Football Association (JFA). The Under-22 team is set to face Tokai University on Saturday, 8 July 2017. Tokai University is a team that plays in Division 2 of the Japan University Football Association (JUFA) Kanto League. Their next opponent will be the JFA Fukushima Academy team on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. JFA Fukushima Academy is one of the distinguished football academies managed by the JFA. Their last opponent will be against Ryutsu Keizai University on Thursday, 13 July 2017. Ryutsu Keizai University is a team that plays in the First Division of the Kanto Soccer League. All three matches have been approved by the Asian Football Confederation and will be played at Tokino Sumika, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Schedule of matches: Saturday, 8 July 2017 Tokai University vs Philippines Under-22 Tuesday, 11 July 2017 JFA Fukishima Academy vs Philippines Under-22 Thursday, 13 July 2017 Ryutsy Keizai University vs Philippines Under-22 http://pff.org.ph/2017/07/08/philippine-22-japanese-sides-training-camp/

Philippine Boys Under-15 Squad for AFF U15 Championship

The Philippine Boys Under-15 squad will compete in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-15 Championship 2017 which will be held in Chonburi, Thailand from 9-22 July 2017. The following 23 players have been selected to form the final squad under Head Coach Emelio Caligdong. ALANQUIHAN, Mark Zidane ASIGNAR, Josh Rupert ORTEGA, Antoine BRAUN, Jacob Alexander BUYCO, Luis Joaquin CACHUELA, Eric Mink DE MESA, Miguel DELA CRUZ, Vin Joel ELEFAN, Genesis Aaron EMERY, Karl James FERRER, Yuki John GO, Paolo Gabriel GRESENS, Oliver Gerhard JARANDILLO, RJ Vincent LIANSING, Reuben Allen LIM, Lorenzo Iñigo MANGAOANG, Enrico Marquell MANITI, Jacob Francis MIRAFLORES, Chyle MOLINA, Jiannecel PEREZ, Randel David REYES, Sandro Miguel TUAZON, James Carl The Philippines are in Group B joining Vietnam, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam. In preparation, the Under-15 had an initial training camp in Los Banos, Laguna before facing Indonesia Under-16. A second training camp was conducted in Iloilo City, Iloilo in the build up to the tournament. http://pff.org.ph/2017/07/07/philippine-boys-15-squad-aff-u15-championship/

Relief for Malaysia; tricky for Thais

KUALA LUMPUR (8 July 2017) – WHILE hosts Malaysia can heave a sigh of relief, highly rated Thailand face tricky path in its mission to defend its SEA Games football title after being handed a draw which pits them against five other teams including powerhouses Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines – currently South East Asia’s highest ranked team. Saturday’s SEA Games ​2017 football draw​ in Kuala Lumpur saw the Thais pitted in Group B, which also includes Cambodia and Timor Leste. Thailand, with Under-23 head coach Worrawut Srimaka at the helm, however, are still rated highly as hot favorites to retain the 2017 Games gold medal despite lying four rungs below (131) leader Philippines (126) in the FIFA ranking list. Malaysia, currently ranked 167th and with Under-22 head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee in charge, can breathe easier as they found themselves grouped with Myanmar, Singapore, Laos and Brunei, and with less matches to play. In the 2015 Singapore Games, Thailand, under the guidance of Choketawee Promrut, emerged champions after overcoming Myanmar 3-0 in the final match. When met after the draw, Dato’ Ong regarded all participating teams as having equal chances of winning the gold medal. The football competition starts off early with preliminary rounds scheduled at the Shah Alam Stadium and Selayang Stadium from 14 August. The final match is scheduled at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on 29 August. KL2017 MEN’S FOOTBALL GROUPINGS Group A – Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Laos, Brunei Group B – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Philippines KUALA LUMPUR (8 July 2017) – WHILE hosts Malaysia can heave a sigh of relief, highly rated Thailand face tricky path in its mission to defend its SEA Games football title after being handed a draw which pits them against five other teams including powerhouses Vietnam, Indonesia and Philippines – currently South East Asia’s highest ranked team. Saturday’s SEA Games ​2017 football draw​ in Kuala Lumpur saw the Thais pitted in Group B, which also includes Cambodia and Timor Leste. Thailand, with Under-23 head coach Worrawut Srimaka at the helm, however, are still rated highly as hot favorites to retain the 2017 Games gold medal despite lying four rungs below (131) leader Philippines (126) in the FIFA ranking list. Malaysia, currently ranked 167th and with Under-22 head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee in charge, can breathe easier as they found themselves grouped with Myanmar, Singapore, Laos and Brunei, and with less matches to play. In the 2015 Singapore Games, Thailand, under the guidance of Choketawee Promrut, emerged champions after overcoming Myanmar 3-0 in the final match. When met after the draw, Dato’ Ong regarded all participating teams as having equal chances of winning the gold medal. The football competition starts off early with preliminary rounds scheduled at the Shah Alam Stadium and Selayang Stadium from 14 August. The final match is scheduled at National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on 29 August. KL2017 MEN’S FOOTBALL GROUPINGS Group A – Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Laos, Brunei Group B – Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Timor Leste, Philippines aseanfootball.org

Ceres scores on Reichelt return

By: Cedelf P. Tupas Former national team standout Patrick Reichelt made a triumphant return from a long injury layoff, scoring twice as Ceres Negros rolled past Ilocos United, 7-0, Saturday in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. After spending the last 11 months recuperating from a serious knee injury, the Filipino-German winger came off the bench to complete the rout for the Busmen, who moved up to fourth in the table with their fifth win in eight matches. OJ Porteria also scored two goals, while Stephan Schrock came up with another brilliant individual display with the opening goal and a superb assist to Jeffrey Christiaen’s for the Busmen’s second goal in the 24th minute. http://sports.inquirer.net/255571/ceres-scores-reichelt-return

08 July 2017

PFL Saturday

PFL Saturday Ceres-Negros Fc 7-0 Ilocos United Reichelt 2 goals, OJ Porteria 2 goals, Schrock, Christiaens and Rodriguez. .................................. FC Meralco Manila 2-1 JPV Marikina FT Yanagawa own goal and Otomo scored in first half. James Younghusband scored for Fc Meralco Manila.

Meralco, JPV battle for top spot

By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter FC Meralco Manila and JPV Marikina dispute top spot when they clash on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League at Rizal Memorial Stadium. With 20 points from their first eight matches, the Sparks can extend their lead at the top with another victory against a JPV side which they beat, 1-0, last May 20 in Biñan. But Marikina has since racked up five straight victories since that defeat to Meralco, zooming to second place with 18 points as the competition reached its ninth week. After back-to-back draws, Meralco returned to its winning ways last Saturday at the expense of Ilocos United, 1-0, at Quirino Stadium in Vigan. Since the defeat to the Sparks, Marikina has conquered powerhouse sides Global Cebu and Ceres Negros as coach Dan Padernal’s men staked their claim as a contender this season. “Meralco is a strong team, especially on the counterattack,” said Padernal. “We also have to be wary of their threat in set pieces.” Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/255347/meralco-jpv-battle-top-spot#ixzz4mEyisw3a

Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell

By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter Matthew Hartmann struck in the first half as Global Cebu made a triumphant homecoming at the expense of fierce rival Ceres Negros, 1-0, on Wednesday night and move up to third in the Philippines Football League at Cebu City Sports Center. Playing its first match at home, Global also drew a solid game from goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, who produced a string of saves to preserve a clean sheet and lift the Cebu side to a fifth win in eight matches. Hartmann scored in the 43rd minute, curling the ball home from a difficult angle and catching Ceres substitute goalkeeper Michael Casas off his line. The second edition of the Visayas Clasico also had its share of controversy with Ceres complaining on Tuesday about the conditions of the pitch. The Cebu Football Association and Global only had three weeks to prepare the field, which had some uneven areas without grass. “It was very important because we got all three points,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Marjo Allado, whose side avenged a 0-1 defeat last month at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. “These players never want to let down the fans. We focused on the game, not on the field.” Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/255254/global-upends-ceres-kaya-snaps-winless-spell#ixzz4mEyLaGAa

Ceres Negros rides scorching start to another romp over struggling Stallion Laguna in PFL

From: Christian Jacinto CERES Negros continued its mastery over Stallion Laguna after ending up triumphant in another rom, 5-2, in the Philippines Football League on Saturday at the Panaad Park and Stadium. It was almost a repeat of their meeting last Wednesday in the same venue where the Busmen drubbed the visitors, 5-1, thanks to a Fernando Rodriguez hat-trick. The win put Ceres at third place with 13 points after six games. Not even late goals from Stallion’s Ruben Doctora and Terence Limatoc in the 76th and 81st minute were enough to dampen the festive mood at the Panaad as the hosts delivered blows early on and cruised to another comfortable victory. Stephan Schrock scored his first goal in the tournament in the 13th minute, taking advantage of a poor clearance from the Stallion backline to open the floodgates for the hosts. Jeffrey Christiaens then scored in the 27th minute, chipping keeper Dely Sadia from the left flank to open what would be a three-goal scoring spree in the next seven minutes. OJ Porteria also got his first goal in the tournament in the 30th minute before Iain Ramsay put in the highlight by flicking the ball past his defender and sending a rocket past Sadia to give the hosts a four-goal cushion at the interval. Bienve Maranon, a substitute who came on in the 58th minute, put the icing on the cake by firing in a penalty in the 60th minute. That allowed Maranon to move past Takumi Uesato in the PFL goal tally as he scored his seventh goal in the tournament, all coming in their past three games. The losses continue to pile up for Laguna as they remained at seventh place with three points after dropping their fifth match. Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/ceres-negros-rides-scorching-start-to-another-romp-over-struggling-stallion-laguna-in-pfl#M6A3g6Q2wQpwEs4J.99

03 July 2017

PFL Sunday

PFL Sunday results : Kaya Makati 2-2 Global Cebu. ..................................... JPV Marikina vs Davao Aguilas : Match abondoned because of bad weather. JPV Marikina was leading 1-0

01 July 2017

Azkals' Sato signs for Danish club Horsens on a three year deal

By Kevin Estrada After a year with Politehnica Iasi, Daisuke Sato has moved from Eastern Europe up north into Scandinavia, jumping from one top-flight side to another by going to Denmark's Horsens on a free transfer It will be a new challenge for the Azkals standout, who played 25 times for the Romanian outfit before inking a deal that will tie him to the Yellow Danger until 2020. http://www.dugout.ph/2017/06/azkals-sato-signs-for-danish-club.html

PH men's and women's football teams buckle down for SEA Games

Although still a little over 7 weeks away, the SEA Games football tournament is the focus for many of our top footballers at the moment.
The men's side for the biennial event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from August 14 to 29 is an under-22 team. Traditionally the SEA Games has been an under-23 competition but the organizers have decided to knock that back a year this time around. That means some very good Pinoy players are over-age for this tourney and can't play, namely vets from the 2015 edition, goalie Jun Badelic, midfielder Paolo Bugas, and striker Paolo Salenga.
Marlon Maro is once again the coach of the squad, and his side will go through a very thorough preparation period that includes a proper competition before hand.
The team leaves for Japan on July 6 for a week-long camp that will likely involve matches with tough club or school opponents.
Then there will be a trip to Cambodia for Group J of the 2018 AFC U23 championship qualifiers. The Pinoys are in a brutal group with China, Japan, and the hosts Cambodia. This qualifying phase will run from July 19 to 23. There are ten groups and the group winners plus the five best second placers make it through. China are the hosts for the final stage next year but decided to join qualifying even though they are already assured of a slot. If they make it as one of the best second placers or as group champ, the top six second placers proceed.
After that the team will likely stay together for more camps.
There are actually two rosters for this side. The core of 20 players for the SEA Games has already been decided and submitted to the organizers.
That roster includes 3 players from the UAAP champion Ateneo squad, namely Jarvey Gayoso, Rookie of the Year Jordan Jarvis, and Jay-Ra Rocha. Other notables include SEAG vets Ian Clarino, Ace Villanueva and Daniel Gadia from UP, Filipino-Japanese Kouchi Belgira and Yoshiharu Koizumi, and Davao Aguilas striker Kevin De Bruycker, a Filipino-Belgian.
A player to watch will be Cagayan De Oro product Troy Limbo. He is in the youth system of English League Two club Chesterfield and should bring plenty of quality in the flanks.
Maro says that unlike last time, when the deadline for the rosters was much closer to the start of the competition, Malaysia is requesting the team lineups to be submitted two months in advance. There are also only 20 slots instead of the usual 22 or 23. He did say that changes might be allowed in the event of injury.
The coach will be taking along some additional players for the Japan camp, namely JB Borlongan, another UP Maroon, goalie Ronilo Bayan from Kaya Makati FC, Davao Aguilas right back JR Bucayan, Van Rey Diaz formerly of FEU, and ex-Global Mark Winhoffer, a Filipino-American. Sadly it seems these players won't play in the SEA Games.
Centerback Marco Casambre, who made his senior team debut in the Suzuki Cup, is injured and is not part of either roster.
There are a few players in the senior Azkals team who make the age cut off but Luke Woodland, Amani Aguinaldo, and Kenshiro Daniels are not in the line up and thus will miss out on their last chance to play in the SEA Games. The Azkals play Yemen in Bacolod on September 5 and will also have a friendly the week before, so it's very possible that senior team coach Thomas Dooley will want them with his team during the SEA Games.
Maro says the preparation will be much better than in 2015, when he was a late replacement for outgoing coach Jim Fraser. The coach also says the team is more balanced now, meaning there are more players on the roster who are playing in their natural position. In 2015, as Maro tells it, there were too many players who had to play out of position. That team certainly lacked pure defenders.
The coach understands that it will be very difficult to qualify out of the group in Cambodia, but that he welcomes the 3 tough, competitive matches the team will go through.
“What is important is that we will know our strengths and weaknesses,” said the former Navy and national team player.
The women are also in the swing of their preps for the SEA Games. Last Friday they played a friendly against the MSA-Agila U15 boys team and lost 1-0.
Let Dimzon, who leads FEU's ladies team, is the head coach but she is in China at the moment doing a coaching seminar. Ateneo mentor Jaypee Merida, who is an assistant, ran the training match.
A roster list has also been released in the link earlier in the article, but it is unclear if it is final. There are over 30 players in the current pool and Merida says there could be some cuts.
There will be quite a few holdovers from the side that qualified for the 2018 AFC Asian Cup for women recently. Goalie Inna Palacios, centerback Daidai Dolino, Sara Castañeda, Annicka Castañeda, Patrice Impelido, Irish Navaja, and Jovelle Sudaria are the Philippines-based girls who will represent the country again. Filipina-Americans Hali Long, Eva Madarang. And Pat Tomanon, all heroes of the qualification campaign, are also listed and are set to arrive in the Philippines in early July.
Sara Castañeda, the elder of the two sisters and scorer of the tying goal with Bahrain that led to the team securing qualification, is still being eased into training. She has an injured hand.
Two UAAP stars who missed out on the Tajikistan campaign were at the training match on Friday and are listed on the roster, namely Kyra Dimaandal of DLSU and Ateneo's Camille Rodriguez. Both are proven strikers who will test opposing defenses.
According to Pinay Futbol's Mia Montayre, Dimaandal has a very demanding course in DLSU that prevented her from taking days off to play for the WNT in Tajikistan. This time around she is good to go.
According to Merida the side is working on patterns of attack. He says the fitness is still a work in progress for the girls. They have some friendlies lined up including one against National University's newly-created high school boys team. Overseas camps are also being planned.
No doubt the Pinays will have a stiff challenge in the SEA Games. The Philippines is ranked 71st in the world, with 3 ASEAN opponents positioned significantly higher, namely Thailand, (29), Vietnam, (32), and Myanmar, (45). Malaysia is 9 spots behind the Philippines but will have the advantage of playing at home.
Preparation has long been a problem for Philippine national teams of all levels. But since it's the focus for these SEAG squads, hopes are flying for a podium finish. – Rappler.com