31 October 2011

Biantan: Becks may miss Manila match

By Jack Biantan

Big Jack

Monday, October 31, 2011

LONDON -- I may sound very killjoy but there is a big possibility that England's football superstar David Beckham might not play for the LA Galaxy against the Philippine Azkals when they meet in a friendly match in Manila.

The LA Galaxy-Philippine Azkals clash is set on December 3 at the Rizal Memorial stadium, and there are few reasons why Beckham may not suit up for Galaxy.

Beckham's five-year contract with Galaxy is expiring in December and there's a number of European teams running after his services in spite of his very ripe age of 36.

In England alone, the club of his father--the Tottenham Hotspur's--has been courting him since last year. He even tried to get a loan contract with the Spurs and practice with them during the Major League Soccer's (MLS) off-season.

Galaxy and Spurs did not agree with the money and Beckham failed to get a loan deal. Queen's Park Rangers (QPR), now owned by Malaysian billionaire Tony Fernandez is also reportedly trying to get Becks' signature seriously.

But the most serious interest of all comes from outside, England. French League top team Paris St. Germain is bent on signing up Becks. PSG's current Brazilian general manager Leonardo and Becks worked together in AC Milan during his stint with the Italian giants.

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Manuel Ott to SEA Games ?

Manuel Ott confirming he is going to SEA Games

Twitter Manny Ott

Did not PFF release the official squad already ? Is he not too late now ?

Azkals U23 leave today, target first SEAG medal

MANILA, Philippines - Seeking to sustain the gains of the senior Azkals and toughened up by a weeklong training in Japan, the Phl men’s under-23 team leaves for Jakarta today to vie for a first-ever medal in the Southeast Asian Games.

Azkal mainstay Jason de Jong and Fil-British Matthew Hartmann will lead the 20-man crew assembled by coach Michael Weiss for the campaign, which begins on Thursday against Vietnam.

Both playing midfield, Fil-Dutch de Jong, the most senior of the lot, and Hartmann, who scored a goal in the Azkals’ 4-0 win over Nepal in a friendly, are groomed to be captain of the side composed of Fil-foreign and homegrown bets.

With them are Hartmann’s brother Mark (MF), Fil-German Roland Muller (GK), Fil-Spanish Carlos de Murga (DF), Gerardo Valmayor (FW), Raymark Fernandez (DF), Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens (MF), Fil-Italian Marwin Angeles (MF), Jake Morallo (MF), Fil-Am OJ Porteria (MF);

Paolo Pascual (GK), Joshua Beloya (FW), OJ Clarino (FW), Neckson Leonora (DF), Fil-Germans Patrick Hinrichsen (MF) and Mark Drinkuth (MF), Fil-Belgian Jacques Van Bossche (DF), David Basa (DF) and Topher Camcam (GK).

Two “extra” players – Angeles’ twin brother Marvin (MF) and Jerry Barbaso (DF) – will also be flying in with Phl XI, according to team coordinator Jogie Ronda.

The roster was culled from a 30-man pool, the bulk of which underwent training in Gotemba and Tokyo, Japan the past week.


Des Bulpin to Dorchester ?

Former Philippines coach Des Bulpin are one of the candidates as coach for Dorchester Town. Bulpin was recently coach for Indian U21/U23 team before he was sacked.

Dorseth Echo

Azkals U23 - SEA Games team !



UFL Cup Round of 16

UFL has released new pairing for round of 16 :

Team Socceroo vs Kaya

Nomads vs Pasargad

Global vs Army

Pachanga vs Navy

Stallion vs Diliman

Loyola vs Sunken Garden

Manhur vs Air Force


Green Archers vs Lions

Third place finisher Global Fc been now ranked 15.

30 October 2011

Cebu Queen City United eyes UFL 2nd division

By Mike T. Limpag
Sunday, October 30, 2011

AFTER a hectic six weeks preparing for the UFL Cup, the players and coaching staff of the Cebu Queen City United will take a break before taking to the pitch anew for its next challenge—the the United Football League Division 2.

“We are planning to hold another tryout soon so we can get more players but for now, we will be resting,” said head coach Mario Ceniza, who also handles Paref Springdale.

Unlike its shortened preparation for the UFL Cup—which only lasted a month—Cebu Queen City United will have a longer preparation for the league, which is expected to start in January.

Ceniza is also hoping the team gets to play a lot of friendly games with tough non-Cebu based teams so the squad will get to adjust to the style of play in the UFL, where top teams are quick to pounce on defensive errors to score a goal.

“I think it’s better that before coming up with the final lineup, we can have a lot of friendlies so we can really see how the players perform,” said Ceniza.

The players need not be college students, though Ceniza said college varsities have the advantage because they are already fit.

“As long as the players meet our requirements. They don’t have to be in college, because as of now, I can’t really speak for what the club can offer for them,” he said.

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Azkals making progress in Japan training camp

MANILA, Philippines - Coach Michael Weiss and team manager Dan Palami are both pleased with the progress of the Japan training camp of the Philippine Under-23 pool bound for the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia next week.

Although still missing Europe-based players Carli de Murga, Roland Mueller, and Jeffrey Christiaens, the U-23 crew led by Jason de Jong, Matthew and Mark Hartmann, OJ Porteria and Jinggoy Valmayor have made the most out of their sessions in Gotemba, Japan.

“The camp and training have been fantastic so far. We have worked very hard on cohesion, offensive and defensive patterns in the way we want to play our game,” Weiss said in an email to The STAR.

Phl XI played two friendlies in Gotemba, scoring a 5-1 win over Hiryu FC and yielding a 0-2 setback to a U-18 JFA Academy side backstopped by some national mainstays.

“Apart from training, we went to study the training of Shimizu S-Pulse J1 Club and had the opportunity to talk to (top players) Naohiro Takahara, Shinji Ono and Freddy Ljungberg, a former Arsenal player,” said Weiss.

The Filipinos flew to Tokyo Saturday to watch the J-League Yamazaki Nabisco Cup finals, where the Kashima Antlers won over the Urawa Red Diamonds,1-0, observing how it’s played in the big leagues.

The team was slated to play Tokyogakkan Urayasu HS football team yesterday as the final tuneup of their Japan sojourn. It is scheduled to arrive in Manila today and depart for Jakarta tomorrow, two days ahead of their Nov. 3 match with Vietnam.


PH U-23 football squad ready for SEA Games

The Philippine Men's National Under-23 Football Team played their last tune-up game in preparation for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The U-23 Azkals drew a Japanese team 1-1 and will complete their a week-long training camp in Gotemba, Japan tomorrow.

The Philippine squad is scheduled to play against regional football powerhouse Vietnam on November 3 at the Utama Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Indonesia, a week ahead of the SEA Games opening ceremonies on November 11.

Coach Hans Michael Weiss brought a 30-man squad to Japan, but a final cut of 20 players will see action in the SEA Games.

The team is made up of local talents backed up by at least seven experienced international campaigners. Among the U-23 squad are brothers Matt Hartmann and Mark Hartmann, Jason de Jong, Jacques Van Bossche, Patrick Hinrichsen, OJ Porteria, Jeffrey Christiaens, David Basa, Mark Drinkuth, Romeo Martinez, OJ Clarino, Jingoy Valmayor, Neckson Leonora, Reymark Fernandez, Lemuel Unabia, Joshua Beloya, Jake Morallo, Marwin Angeles and goal keepers Paolo Pascual and Christopher Camcam.

Germany-based first choice goal keeper Roland Mueller and Fil-Spanish striker Carlie de Murga will follow the team in Indonesia. Fil-German Manny Ott will miss the tournament as he searches for a new club in Germany. De Jong, 21, among the most experienced member of the squad, is expected to lead the team.

Philippine Online Chronicles

UFL Cup Round of 16

Matches in Round of 16 in UFL Cup

Team Socceroo (12) vs Kaya (5)
Nomads (4) vs Global (13)
Manhur (15) vs Army (2)
Pachanga (7) vs Navy (10)
Stallion (9) vs Diliman (8)
Loyola (1) vs Sunken Garden (16)
Air Force (3)vs Pasargad (14)
Green Archers (6) vs Lions (11)

Rankings after the Group Stage: (points, GD)
1 Meralco 9, 25
2 Army 9, 24
3 Air Force 9, 20
4 Nomads 9, 14
5 Kaya 9, 11
6 Green Archers 7, 11
7 Pachanga 7, 6
8 Diliman 6, 15
9 Stallions 6, 7
10 Navy 6, 6
11 Lions 6, 2
12 Socceroo 6, -12
13 Global 4, 2
14 Pasargad 4, -1
15 Manhur 4, -3
16 Sunken Garden United 4, -7

November 5, 2011 (Saturday)
Rd of 16 game 1 2pm Rizal (12 v 5) Socceroo v Kaya
Rd of 16 game 2 4pm Rizal (4 v 13) Nomads v Global

November 6, 2011 (Sunday)
Rd of 16 game 3 1pm UMak (15 v 2) Manhur v Army
Rd of 16 game 4 3pm UMak (7 v 10) Pachanga v Navy
Rd of 16 game 5 4pm Nomads (9 v 8) Stallions v Diliman
Rd of 16 game 6 5pm UMak (1 v 16) Meralco v SGU
Rd of 16 game 7 6pm Nomads (14 v 3) Pasargad v Air Force
Rd of 16 game 8 8pm Nomads (6 v 11) Green Archers v Lions

November 26, 2011 (Saturday)
QF 1 2pm Rizal (winner of R16 game 1 v game 2)
QF 2 4pm Rizal (winner of R16 game 3 v game 4)

November 27, 2011 (Sunday)
QF 3 3pm UMak (winner of R16 game 5 v game 6)
QF 4 5pm UMak (winner of R16 game 7 v game 8)

December 3, 2011 (Saturday)
SF 1 2pm Rizal (winner of QF1 v QF2)
SF 2 4pm Rizal (winner of QF3 v QF4)

December 10, 2011 (Saturday)
3rd-4th place 2pm Rizal (loser of SF1 v SF2)
Championship 4pm Rizal (winner of SF1 v SF2)

UFL Cup Facebook

UFL Cup - Sunday`s matches

Today at UMAK :

Baguio vs Union Internacional

0-1 , 53 min Dibi Pascual for Union
1-1 , 75 Mohamed Abdalla for Baguio

at 7 pm

Sunken Garden 2-2 Manhur

Sunken Garden : Jover , 38 min , Banta , 64 min
Manhur : Emperado 10 min , Mendez , 29 min

Sunken Garden and Manhur qualified to round of 16 .

Today : Azkals U23 vs a Tokyo team

Azkals U23 (SEA Games team) played a friendly against a unknown Tokyo team today at 1 Pm Tokyo time

They drew 1-1 , Mark Hartmann scored, Mark Drinkuth assist

ANS places 3rd in Pintaflores football

THE Abellana National School (ANS) Pomeroy drew with the Bukidnon Football Association, 1-1 to secure the bronze medal in the U16 football competition of the 4th Pintaflores National Invitational Tournament yesterday.

With the draw, ANS-Pomeroy finished with 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss.

The tournament ended yesterday in San Carlos City with the host team once again ruling the tournament with 4 wins, 1 loss and a draw.

San Carlos City lost its final assignment yesterday against Don Bosco Victorias, 0-1 in a non-bearing match.

The Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA)-Dumaguete finished second with 3 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw after routing Barotac Nuevo Iloilo, 4-0, for its final match.

Bukidnon scored the first goal on the 26th minute when ANS failed to clear the ball on a goal mouth scramble which resulted from a corner kick.

ANS equalized at the 85th minute on a penalty kick which resulted from a handball foul by the Bukidnon defender. It was converted by Michael Ruete.

Head coach Francis Ramirez said his boys had so many chances to score but failed to convert any of its attempts.

Cebu Daily News

29 October 2011

UFL: Pachanga trounces Cebu XI

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Newcomer Pachanga blanked Cebu Queen City Landmasters United, 4-0, Saturday to clinch top spot in Group C in the United Football League Cup at the University of Makati pitch.
Barotac Nuevo-born striker Joven Bedic was on target for the third straight game while three other players scored for Pachanga, which finished on top of the group after tallying seven points on two wins and a draw.
Pachanga leapfrogged past Stallion FC as the top team in the group heading into the last 16. Defending champion Global is also well-positioned to reach the next round from the group as one of the wildcard entries intended for the two best third-placed teams.
In the second game, Pasargad and Green Archers fought to a 1-1 draw.
With the stalemate, both teams advanced as the top two teams from Group G with Green Archers ruling the bracket with seven points and Pasargad finishing second with four.
The other qualifiers for the last 16 so far are Nomads (Group A), Loyola Meralco and Team Socceroos (Group B), Stallion FC (Group C), Kaya-Cignal and Diliman Victory Liner (Group D), Air Force Phoenix and Navy Red Juice (Group E) and Philippine Army (Group G).
Bedic, who struck in matches against Stallion and Global, completed the scoring for Pachanga in the 54th minute with a half-volley from the edge of the area after a long punt from goalkeeper Mark Sorongon.
Substitute Ronnel Lagrimas, coming in for the injured Shilmar Felongco, struck in the 13th minute, firing a first-time shot into the bottom corner after he was set up by Alu Kigbu.
The Cebuanos also had their chances with Ariel Cahilig testing Sorongon from long range in the 28th minute and also from a tight angle five minutes later.
Cebu was made to pay for not taking their opportunities as Gino Palomo doubled the lead for Pachanga in the 42nd minute.
Rushing down the right flank, Palomo did well to slot the ball beyond the Cebu keeper’s reach, before finding Kigbu a minute later who had plenty of time and space to fire into the back of the net.


UFL - Teams ready for Round of 16

Group A :

Nomads and Lions

Group B :

Loyoala and Team socceroo

Group C :

Stallions , Pachanga and Global

Group D :

Kaya and Diliman

Group E :

Air Force and Navy

Group F :

Green Archers and Pasargad

Group G :

Philippine Army

Sunken Garden and Manhur will be qualified if they drew tomorrow.

Baguio ,Union and Laos do also have a chance to qualify depending on the results tomorrow.

UFL Cup - Saturday`s matches

Now :

Pachanga vs Cebu Queen City United at UMAK

Pachanga 1-0 , Ronnel Lagrimas , 12 min
2-0 Gino Palomo , 41 min
3-0 Atu Kigbo , 43 min
4-0 Joven Bedic , 63 min GREAT GOAL !


Green Archers United 1-1 Pasargad at UMAK, 4 pm

Pasargad ready for round of 16.

Lions 2-1 Baguio Fc at UMAK, 7pm

Lions ready for round of 16

28 October 2011

Fil-German Manny Ott to miss SEA Games

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Under-23 squad’s bid for a first medal in the Southeast Asian Games football competition in Indonesia suffered a blow after Fil-German midfielder Manny Ott ruled himself out of the event to search for a new club in Germany.
With seven appearances for the senior team, Ott, a vital cog in the Azkals’ run to the second round of World Cup Qualifying, could have been one of the most experienced players in the SEA Games squad, which faces Vietnam in its first match on November 3 at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
“I’m searching for another club here and so I have to stay and play for my team,” Ott said in his Facebook account. “My heart is beating for the Philippines. I’m very, very sad, but I have to think about my future.”
Ott, whose mother hails from Caticlan, Aklan, is attached with FC Ingolstadt II, which plays in the fourth division in Germany.
Ott’s absence gives additional responsibilities to the veteran Jason de Jong to lead the side in Jakarta.


Pic - Azkals U23 in Japan

Pic from last friendly in Japan .

Can somebody help me with complete line-up ?

Azkals will play to win vs Galaxy: Palami

by Camille B. Naredo, abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Azkals will be gunning for a victory when they take on major league soccer team LA Galaxy in a friendly at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on December 3.

Team manager Dan Palami assured Azkals fans that the team will not be "star-struck" when they play against stars such as David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

"We're going to play against them to win," Palami said.

He added that for some of the Azkals, this will not be the first time that they will play against high-profile football players.

"Some of them have played against big name players already, in the Champions League," he explained.

Palami is confident that the Philippine national football team can give the Galaxy a competitive match and hopefully make a statement.

"We want to prove to the Philippines and to the world that we could give a team such as LA Galaxy stiff competition," he said. "This will pave the way for other teams to come here, knowing that they will be challenged properly."



MANILA (28 Oct 2011) – Other than taking it one game at a time, the chief coach of the Philippines, Michael Weiss is aiming to win just ten points from the group stage of the SEA Games next month.

The Filis are placed in Group B of the biennial championship against 2009 runners-up Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Timor Leste and Brunei.

“If we get 10 points (from three wins and a draw) most likely we will qualify for the next round,” said Weiss.

“There is no aspect in playing against Vietnam. They are one of the five real opponents. We might lose 7-0 but still have a chance of advancing. If we beat all the other teams then we are through.”

However, Weiss was quick to caution that while the plan is to win ten points, it is also imperative that they take it one game at a time.

“We will take it one game at a time, one step at a time,” he added.

“There should be no speculations for gold, silver, finals, blah, blah, blah – that’s stupid. It’s just dreaming and nothing about the real football world, just too much dreaming.

“It will be one game at a time, one strategy for each game at a time.”

Weiss admitted that their first game in the group against Vietnam will be tough, compounded further by the fact that they will have to play with four players under ‘jet lag condition.’

The four players concerned are Filipino-Spanish defender Carlos Alberto de Murga, Fil-Germans Roland Mueller and Manny Ott and Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christaens.


27 October 2011

UFL Cup - Thursday`s matches

Philippines Air Force 13-0 Manila All- Japan FC FT

Reymark Palmes 3 goals
Ian Araneta 5 goals
Chiefy Caligdong 2 goals
Randy Bela-Ong 1 goal

Loyola 5-1 Agila FT

Phil Younghusband 3 goals
David Cortina
Dexter Versario

Frank Mabasa (Agila)

Loyola win group. Team Socceroo second , both teams advance to Round of 16.

Global Fc also advance to Round of 16.

San Carlos XI to test London Club strength

The visiting football club from London, England will play a friendly game against the San Carlos City Football Club today at the Panaad Stadium as part of their training camp in Negros Occidental.

Led by Filipino-Scottish players James and Ryan Hall, the London-based squad is expected to display their advanced skills against the Negrense booters from San Carlos City.

It will be a quality football game and the Negrense community are invited to watch the match for free at the Panaad, Executive Assistant to the Governor and Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor said.

After the game against San Carlos, the Londoners are set to play against Sagay City FC on Monday, October 31, and against Ceres Football Club on November 3, Verdeflor said.

Meanwhile, the San Carlos and Real Negrense booters extend their winning streak by prevailing over their opponents in the 1st Negros First Football Open Championship at the Panaad pitch.

San Carlos blanked Magallon FC, 8-0, to post a 3-0 win-loss card in Group A, while Real Negrense beat Minuluan-Talisay, 1-0, to top Group B to stay undefeated with three wins.

Games in the Negros Open football tournament are played every Saturday at the Panaad pitch.*NAB

Visayan Dail Star

LA Galaxy to face Azkals in Dec. 3 exhibition

MANILA, Philippines – The LA Galaxy football team will be in town this December for an exhibition match with the Philippine Azkals.

Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta, Azkals team manager Dan Palami and LA Galaxy president Thomas Payne, and Jinx Macabenta of US-based promotional firm Fuelcels Inc. made the announcement at a press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City this afternoon.

The exhibition match will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Payne said the entire LA Galaxy, which will be bannered by football heartthrob David Beckham, will be in the country for the exhibition. The squad will arrive on Dec. 1.

Prior to the match, the visitors will hold a clinic for Bantay Bata kids on Dec. 2, also at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Tickets to the game will go on sale on the first week of November, organizers said, with the prices to be announced soon.


Azkals vs LA Galaxy on Dec 3 !

LA Galaxy vs Azkals at 730pm on Dec 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium

- Tickets selling for the Azkals and LA galaxy match will be announced 1st week of november

- LA Galaxy will have a clinic Dec 2nd at RMS 2pm for the kids from Bantay Bata.

- LA Galaxy arriving Dec 1

- David Beckham confirmed coming

26 October 2011

Sea Games Team (U23) lost friendly Thursday

SEA Games team (U23) lost 2-0 friendly against a Japanese high school team

Match was played today at 9.30 am.

UFL - Teams ready for round of 16

Teams ready for Round of 16 in UFL Cup :

Team Socceroo
Philippine Navy
Philippine Air Force
Green Archers
Philippine Army

Global Fc and Pachanga ready today (Thursday)

UFL - Manhur Fc win

Manhur FC beat Garuda FC 2-1 in a UFL match today.

Emperado and Liao scored for Manhur FC , Arman for Garuda Fc PH

25 October 2011

YouTube - Philippine Futsal League Championship Ad








Booters eye semifinals slot in SEA Games


GOING for three wins and a draw in the eliminations.

This is the target of the national football team competing in the 26th Southeast Asian Games soccer tourney starting on Nov. 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia, which German coach Michael Weiss said should be enough to send his charges to the semifinals.

"If we get 10 points (on three wins and a draw) most likely we will qualify for the next round," Weiss said shortly before the Filipinos left for Gotemba, Japan last Monday for a weeklong training camp, the last phase of their intensive buildup for the regional meet.

The nationals open their campaign in Group B against defending champion Vietnam, a prospect that does not faze Weiss in the least.

"There is no aspect in playing against Vietnam," Weiss said. "Vietnam is one of the five opponents. We might lose 7-0 but still have a chance of (advancing). If we beat all the other teams then we are through."

He, however, cautioned local football fans not to pressure his wards by making predictions about their performance, saying: "We will take it one game at a time, one step at a time.

"There should be no speculations for gold, silver, finals, blah, blah, blah– that’s stupid," the German mentor said. "It’s just dreaming and nothing about the real football world, just too much dreaming.

"It will be one game at a time, one strategy for each game at a time."

He noted four his starters–Filipino-Spanish defender Carlos Alberto de Murga, Fil-Germans Roland Mueller and Manny Ott and Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christaens–"will play under jet lag in the first game so that will be very difficult."

Other than the team’s tough opening match, Weiss said he liked the way their elimination game schedule worked out, giving them a three-day break before resuming action against Timor Leste, followed by the game against Laos on Nov. 11 before taking on an equally strong Myanmar squad two days later . The Philippines wraps up the preliminaries against Brunei on Nov. 15.


Hold it in Cebu

Queen City United Football Club of Cebu still one more game left to play in the United Football League (UFL) Cup.

The Cebu-based team, which was formed a few weeks prior to the start of the tournament earlier this month, is already out of the running after losing its games against Global FC, 0-3, and to Stallions FC, 0-7.

The game set this weekend against Pachanga FC was supposed to be the first game of QCU, but this was cancelled last October 9 due to the unplayable conditions of the University of Makati Field.

I talked with Glenn Quisido, president of the Cebu Amateur Football Club, the mother club of QCU, and he said that they are still asking that the game this weekend be played here as promised.

Glenn said that they were informed that the match will be held at the Rizal Memorial Field at 2 p.m. and have been told that it would be televised.

The problem with this is that the team was not able to purchase tickets in advance and the cost to go to Manila this weekend and return home would be around P9,000 per head. This trip alone would cost the team around P200,000 for fare alone as this is a peak season for travel due to the semestral break and the coming All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebration.

This weekend’s game is important for Pachanga as it will determine if the team will advance to the next round or not.

Currently, Stallions FC leads group C with six points courtesy of wins against Global and QCU.

Global is second with four points along with Pachanga, but has the edge in terms of goals made with 7 against 4 for Pachanga.

Pachanga needs only a draw to advance as it would earn one point to put it one ahead of Global, which has already played all its games.

If Pachanga loses, then Global would advance to the round of 16.

It would be good to have the game played in Cebu so that the fans here can watch the game live and experience cheering for our Queen City United.

I hope that the UFL officials will agree to the request, which was actually something they offered when they decided to call off the October 9 game.

Pachanga is based in Bacolod, so it would be easy for the team to come here and play.


Guirado's brother to fill Aly' spot

MANILA, Philippines - Azkals Fil-Spanish striker Angel Guirado’s older brother Juan Luis may try out to fill the spot vacated by injured defender Aly Borromeo for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup finals in Laos on March 3-18 and could fly in from Spain in February to be tested by coach Michael Weiss.

Guirado’s agent Rafa Garcia said yesterday Juan Luis has the experience and bulk to play physical defense but the question is if he can get time off work to join the Azkals. At the moment, the 31-year-old Juan Luis plays for Lermeno of Burgos in the Spanish Division III and is employed in a day job.

“We initially spoke to Juani about making himself available from February to March 20,” said Garcia, the Guirados’ first cousin. “He still has to check with his work if it’s possible.”

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YouTube - Simon McMenemy

Today in Japan - Azkals vs Hiryo High School Team

Azkals won 5-1 against Hiryu FC High School team today.

Goals : Mark Hartmann 3 goals, OJ Porteria , OJ Clarino

UFL Cup- Tuesday`s results

Philippine Navy 1-0 Laos Fc

Philippine Navy qualified for round of 16

Team Socceroo 1-0 Internacionale

Stangheti scored

Team Socceroo qualified for round of 16 !

British-Pinoy footballers playing friendlies in PH

by Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- Last Friday (October 21) a squad of British Pinoy footballers touched down on Philippine soil to begin a 4-game tour of exhibition games.

The select Philippine UK team, currently stationed in Bacolod, made the journey to train and test themselves against some of their Pinoy counterparts. The team has 20 players that come from cities such as Liverpool, Birmingham, Reading and London.

Scottish coach James Hall was in a confident mood before the team headed out.

“Fitness will be the main key and climate change will be difficult, but our football will win us through. We are looking forward to meeting these teams with excitement and giving them competitive games, making new friends, and being ambassadors from the UK”, Hall said.

A large contingent of the players were piped from the UK's first amateur Pinoy football side – PFC (Philippine Football Club). The team has been running since 2009 and currently competes in Division One of the West Hertfordshire League, just outside of London.

In an email to ABS-CBN Europe, Hall explained how he approached PFC a few months ago and offered them the chance to train and play a few tune up games before heading out to the Philippines.

PFC was created not only to give British-based Pinoys a chance to play together, but also to scout potential talent that could be considered for teams in the Philippines, or even the national team. Eager to realize a dream, the players accepted the opportunity.

Less than a week before flying out, it was evident there was an air of excitement within the camp.

“Finally it's here. We've had a few ups and downs, a few chops and changes with our management and coaches, but the bottom line is, we're off to the Philippines. We've been presented with an opportunity so it's up to us to take it," said Midfielder Oliver Liyanage.

Goalkeeper Engelbert Cepillo said, “This is one of the major stepping stones for the team. Three years now together? This came up and we're just taking it as it is”.

Forward Raymond Tordecilla added, “Looking forward to it, but not sure about the weather, we're used to the English weather. I heard it's monsoon season there so it will be hard to adapt, especially if it's raining. It will be a hard test for us. I am sure they [the opposition teams] will be really fit but we'll show them a bit of English football, something a bit different”, Tordecilla said.

PH-UK vs Bacolod United
On Monday (October 24) the Philippine UK team played its first game of the tour against Bacolod United and cruised to a 5 – 0 victory. Despite this, some Philippine UK players were reportedly left battered and bruised by Bacolod's physical approach.

During their short visit, the British Pinoys are hoping to catch the eye of everyone, especially those within the PFF (Philippine Football Federation).

“It is a dream for any Filipino player to go to his homeland and impress the Azkal management. I am confident that the players with the good attitudes will in fact do this", coach Hall said.

The next game is on Thursday (October 27) against San Carlos City FC. Following that will be Sagay City on October 31, then finally Ceres FC on November 3.


24 October 2011

Matt Hartmann - SEA Games U23 Captain

From Loyola FC Facebook page:

"Congratulations to the new Captain of the Philippine U23 Squad headed to the SEA Games, Matthew Hartmann. And good luck to his teammates in Indonesia, Mark Hartmann and Jake Morallo."

Update :

Good morning! Re about the Captaincy for the U23 squad, we are still verifying if it is true. I stand corrected.
-tweet from Loyola FC (Oct 24)

Latest update :

Darren Hartmann confirmed that his brother Matt will be SEA Games captain

UniGames: UST, FEU booters win

ROXAS CITY, Philippines – University of Sto. Tomas and Far Eastern University began with victories in women’s football Sunday at the start of the 16th Philippine Sports Commission-University Games at the Villareal Stadium here.

The Lady Tigers edged La Salle-Manila, 3-2, while FEU routed Foundation University, 5-0.

In men’s football, College of St.Benilde crushed Foundation University, 5-1.


Update :

Men`s Football :

UP Diliman 2-1 University of San Carlos
Ateneo de Manila 1-2 Dipolog Medical Center College

Women`s football .


23 October 2011

UFL Cup: Global salvages draw with Pachanga

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Defending champion Global salvaged a 2-2 stalemate against newcomer Pachanga last night to keep its last 16 hopes alive in the United Football League Cup at the muddy University of Makati pitch.

Substitute Franco Borromeo fired a volley to the top corner with a minute remaining as Global fought back from two goals down to sustain its bid for a place in the knockout stage.

The draw between two teams belonging to the tournament’s toughest group boosted Stallions FC into the knockout phase. Stallions prevailed, 8-0, over Cebu Queen City to finish their group assignments with six points.

Pachanga will face Queen City on Saturday needing just a draw to seal its entry to the next round. In this scenario, Global can only hope to gain a wild card to the knockout stage by emerging as one of the two best third-placed teams.

Army completed a sweep of its group G assignment with a 4-nil beating of Manhur to also book its place in the next round, while Nomads topped group A with a 9-0 win over Baguio FC.

Kaya-Cignal also finished the group stage unbeaten after a 6-1 victory over ABC Stars at the Alabang Country Club field.

Borromeo’s goal from a pinpoint cross from the debuting Angel Guirado capped an entertaining finish to what started as a dour game hampered by poor pitch conditions.

Pachanga, which hit the post three times in the first half, was finally rewarded in the 50th minute when Shelmar Filongco found an unmarked Joven Bedic, who slotted the ball past a helpless Paolo Pascual.

National team player Neckson Leonora doubled the advantage with a fine individual effort, outsmarting two Global defenders, before rifling in a curling shot from just inside the box 70th minute.

Sparked by the introduction of Guirado early in the second half, Global got back into the game a minute later when Izo El-Habbib followed up the Fil-Spanish’s striker saved effort.


UFL Cup - Pachanga drew Global FC

Pachanga drew Global FC 2-2 after goals by Joven Bedic and Neckson Leonara. Izzo el-habbib and Franco Borromeo scored for Global FC.

Standings :

Stallion Fc + 7 , 6 points
Global Fc 7-5, + 2, 4 points
Pachanga FC 4-2, +2 , 4 points
Cebu Queen City , -11 , 0 points

Remaining match :

29. Oct Cebu Queen City vs Pachanga, 2 pm at Rizal Stadium

Two of the best third placed teams qualify for round 16. Stallion FC is already qualified.

Junior Azkals leave for Japan camp

By Cheska D. Geli
Saturday, October 22, 2011

IN ORDER to boost its chances in the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine Under-23 team will leave tomorrow for a weeklong training camp in Japan.

The team will stay at Gotemba City where they will hold training sessions at the foot of Mount Fuji. Two of their scheduled tune-up games are against a local 18-Under team and another local club.

In the last three days of training, the team will move to Tokyo to watch the championship game of the J-League, the premier football league in Japan, and to play their final exhibition match.

“I believe that the Japan camp will make us strong,” said Paolo Pascual, who will be the team’s goalie in Japan practice matches.
The team has concluded its training at the Rizal Stadium, where they usually hold conditioning exercises in the morning and scrimmages in the afternoon.

“It was a good and tough training,” said Pascual.

The team had its first exhibition game against the Philippine Air Force where they had a 4-2 win with Jingoy Valmayor’s two goals and David Basa’s successful attempt.

The team had a more convincing win in their second friendly against the Laos FC, 9-1, with Valmayor and Mark Hartman sharing three goals each. Romeo Martinez and OJ Clarino chipped in a goal, while Laos also had an own goal.

But despite the team’s wins, head coach Michael Weiss wasn’t satisfied with the team’s performance.

“The coach said there are a lot of things to work on,” shared Pascual. Among them are improvements in the defensive strategy.

OJ Porteria and Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens will join the team in Japan along with veterans Jason de Jong and Manny Ott.

First choice goal keeper Roland Mueller and Carle de Murga will follow the team in Indonesia, where the football matches will start on Nov. 3, a week ahead of the opening ceremony.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2011.

22 October 2011

Beckham's Galaxy to play vs Azkals in Manila: Bright

MANILA, Philippines - British football superstar David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit Manila for a friendly match against the Philippine Azkals on December 4.

Azkals team coordinator Ace Bright made the announcement on his Twitter account on Saturday night.

"LA Galaxy and Azkals, dec 4 rizal stadium :)," Bright wrote.

Bright's announcement immediately sparked reactions from fans and Azkals team members.

"Is it really true?! Becks in Manila?" tweeted Azkals player Simon Greatwich.

"I'll tell you now, this doesn't happen often so better take your chance on Dec 4th. Some things happen once in a lifetime," said Azkals fan Jaron Genota.

"What a difference 12 months makes. Dec 5th 2010 Philippines 2 Vietnam 0. Dec 4th 2011 David Beckham and LA Galaxy arrive to play in Manila," said former Azkals coach Simon McMenemy.

Promotional tour

The visit to Manila and other Southeast Asian countries in December is part of the LA Galaxy's promotional tour, a report said.

"We're just sorting out sponsors. It's about 80% (confirmed)," the promoter of the tour was quoted in a report posted on Goal.com.

"We are very close in the negotiations. It's at quite an advanced stage. We're negotiating for the whole team, including Beckham," she added.

Beckham, one of the world's highest-paid footballers, helped the Manchester United win the Premier League title six times, the Football Association Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999.

He also played for Preston North End, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan before signing up with the LA Galaxy in 2007.


UFL Cup - Sunday`s results and fixtures

Alabang Country Club A :

11 Am Dolphins 0-6 Green Archers
Green Archers : Pasilan 3 goals, Bocobo, Villareal, Navarro

1pm Sunken Garden 3-1 Garuda

3 pm Schwarz 1-9 Diliman

Alabang Country Club B

11 Am ABC Stars 1-6 Kaya
Goals Kaya :Romero, Semblat 2, Dagroh 2, Lorenzo

1 pm Union Int 0-4 Lions FT

Michael Tan 2 goals, Barry Stewart Hui and Zhe Zhang

3 pm Agila 1-2 Team Socceroo
Agila :Mark Andrew Madrona
Team Socceroo : Daniel Matsunaga and Renan Evangelista

University of Makati

1 pm Manhur 0-4 Philippine Army
0-1 Gener , 0-2 Brilliantes
0-3 Bedua

3 pm Pachanga 2-2 Global
Global XI: Cortes, El-habbib bros, Basa, Soriano, Guisso, Bahadoran, Pascual, Guerridon, Hoshide, Barbaso

Pachanga XI: Ashime, Bedic, Canedo, Diop, Felongco, Ojamire, Palomo, Riedler, Soriano, Sorongon, Tacusalme

Twitter Global vs Pachanga : soccercentral

Pachanga : Joven Bedic , Neckson Leonara
Global : Izzo El habbib, Franco Borromeo

5 pm Internacionale 0-7 Loyola

Phil Younghusband 4 goals
Mark Hartmann 2 goals
Gabby Borja

Nomads Sports Club

4 pm Baguio 0-9 Nomads

6 pm Manila All-Japan 0-5 Laos

8 pm Forza 4-2 Pasargad

Qualified for round of 16 :

- Nomads
- Stallion FC
- Kaya
- Green Archers United
- Philippine Air Force
- Philippine Army
- Diliman
- Loyola

Azkals vs La Galaxy ?

LA Galaxy with David Beckham coming to Manila on 4. December to play Azkals at Rizal Stadium ?

LA Galaxy has confirmed a friendly against Melbourne Victory on 6. December, the Manila match has not yet been confirmed by LA Galaxy.

UFL Cup - Saturday`s matches

Stallion Fc vs Cebu Queen City FC

Stallion Fc 1-0, Lee ju yeong, 10 min
2-0 , pi yong jae, 17. min
3-0 Vince Braga , 27 min

HT 3-0

4-0, Kim Jae Woo
5-0, Kim Jae Woo
6-0, Kim Jae Woo
7-0 Ruben Doctora
8-0 Ruben Doctora

8-0 FT

Air Force vs Navy

1-0 Air Force , Ian Araneta, 36 min
2-0 Air Force , Chieffy Caligdong, 45 min

2-0 HT

3-0 Yanti Barsales
4-0 Ian Araneta
5-0 Cheffy Caligdong
6-0 Winie Subere
6-1 Paul Torres
6-2 Arnold Perino

6-2 FT

Baguio FC to finally strut wares in UFL

By Roderick Osis

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FAILING to see action in their first two games, the Baguio Football Club (FC) will finally have its first taste of the United Football League (UFL) Cup this Sunday against bracket A leader Nomads Auction Manila.

But despite the odds against the Baguio FC, team manager Carl Belo remains upbeat against the Nomad FC who already scored two victories courtesy of Lions Meltique Beef FC and Union Internacional Manila.

The team is bankrolled by eight Saint Louis University football squad members, eight members from the newly formed University of Baguio football team, four from the Baguio City National High School, one from Pines City Colleges and several foreigners in the line-up.

“We’re very confident with our team, the boys are hungry for the win,” said Belo with the team’s first game after two cancellations the last time out.

In fact, a last minute cancellation by the organizers during their supposed first game last October 9, has prompted them to play against Team Socceroo FC with celebrities Daniel Matsunaga and Fabio Ide on their side while Paolo Bediones sits as team consultant.

The visiting Baguio FC lost in a favorable home court 3-2 decision but Belo was still happy with the outcome of the game saying it was the team’s first game as a team.

“This is a good gauge for us because it’s their first time to play as a competitive squad,” added Belo.

But Belo said it was an uphill battle for them to even come out with a line-up considering the city lacks a proper football arena which means Baguio would be an away team throughout the tournament.

Belo said they are a new entry in UFCAC, not having played for the past two years.

He described the BFC as very young and disciplined.

“We lack the dramatics but we hope we bring in the wins,” Belo said, adding winning is essential for the BFC, which is relying on their own finances for the tournament.

Victory Liner, which used to be their major sponsor, opted to become a minor one, as it has its own team now. It remains the official carrier though. The local sponsors have shied away from the BFC so far.

Twenty-eight squads are seeing action in the UFL Cup, an open competition which serves as a gateway for teams seeking a place in the UFL top flight competition beginning January.

The teams have been divided into seven groups with the top two squads from each group advancing to the Round of 16. The two No. 3 teams with the best records will claim the remaining two Round of 16 berths.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 22, 2011.

Cebu Queen City eyes 1st win

By Mike T. Limpag

Friday, October 21, 2011

CEBU Queen City United will gun for its first win while Stallions FC fights for survival in today’s UFL Cup Group C matches at the Rizal Memorial Sports Stadium.

After losing to Global FC, 3-0, in last week’s match, Cebu Queen City is the only winless team left in the group.

Today’s match will be aired live on AKTV at 2 p.m. and will be followed by the Philippine Navy vs. Philippine Air Force match at 4 p.m.

Global FC leads the group on goal difference with three points on a win and a loss, while Pachanga, which beat the Stallions, 2-0, is second. The Stallions are third owing to their opening day win over Global, 3-2.

Global FC and Pachanga will face tomorrow, while Cebu and Pachanga will face each other next week since their opening day game was cancelled.

A win by Cebu over the Stallions will boost its bid to make the quarterfinal round of the UFL Cup, while a loss means it must win its final group match against Pachanga and wait for the results in the other groups.

The top two teams in the seven four-team groups advance to the knockout stage along with two of the best third-ranked teams.

The team will be again bank on team captain John Michael Flores, who is nursing a yellow card, SPO2 Alex Boanghog on goal, and Junard Aguilar and Rene Menchavez on offense.

Meanwhile, Kaya FC is the first team to book a seat to the quarterfinal round after routing Schwarz, 5-0, last Wednesday with Nate Burkey slotting in four goals.

Burkey, who had a hat trick in Kaya’s 3-2 win over Diliman last week, now shares the top spot of the goal scoring tally with Phil Younghusband, who had seven in the Meralco Sparks 15-1 demolition of the Socceroos.

Aside from Global vs. Pachanga, the other games tomorrow are Dolphins vs. Green Archers, ABC Stars vs. Kaya Cignal, Manhur vs. Philippine ARmy, Schwarz vs. Diliman Victory, Agila vs. Socceroo, Baguio vs. Nomads, Internacionale vs. Loyola, Manila All Japan vs. Laos and Forza vs. Pasargad.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2011.

Air Force eyes UFL KO stage

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Air Force Phoenix seeks to clinch a spot in the knockout stage of the United Football League Cup when it tackles with Philippine Navy at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Airmen, winners of the league the past two seasons, look to carry the momentum of their 4-1 win over Laos last Sunday in the 4 p.m. clash against a Navy side that upgraded its roster for the Cup.
Bracketed in the tournament’s group of death, Stallion and Cebu Queen City collide in the first game at 2 p.m. Both matches will be aired live by AKTV on IBC13.
Kaya already booked its place in the round of 16 with a 5-0 demolition of Schwarz Friday night at the University of Makati pitch.
Azkals striker Nate Burkey scored four goals in the match to jack up his tally to seven for the tournament, tying Loyola Meralco’s Phil Younghuband on top of the scoring charts.
The 26-year-old Burkey, who played division 1 soccer in Virginia Commonwealth, opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the ninth minute, before completing his hat-trick with goals in the 12th and 22nd minute.
Burkey added a fourth goal in the 66th minute from close range after a pinpoint cross from newcomer Paolo Atayde.
Kaya hiked their record to six points from two matches, after opening the campaign with a 3-2 win over Diliman Victory Liner where Burkey also struck a hat-trick.
The Airmen will lean on national players Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta, who scored three goals in the win over Laos.
Navy, a team that failed to win a single match in league play in the first division, flashed improved form in a 9-0 domination of second division side Manila All-Japan last weekend.
Stallion, a 3-2 winner over defending champion Global, seeks to rebound from a loss to Pachanga last week against the Cebuanos, who are also reeling from a 0-3 defeat from defending champion Global.
Other crucial matches over the weekend include the Global-Pachanga duel at 3 p.m. on Sunday at University of Makati pitch.
Loyola Meralco Sparks, coming off a 15-1 rout of Socceroos, gun for a place in the round of 16 against Internacionale in group B play at 5 p.m. on Sunday also at UMak.


21 October 2011


VIENTIANE (21 Oct 2011) – Thailand came back from a goal down to beat Myanmar 3-1 as ten-women Philippines battled to a 2-2 draw in the final Group B match of the AFF Women’s Championship 2011.

With the win, Thailand will take on hosts Laos in the semi-finals while Myanmar will entertain Vietnam in the other tie.

In the match at the National Stadium, both the Philippines and Malaysia were eager to avoid the wooden spoon tag.

And while the Malaysians were attempting to exert control, it was the Philippines who nailed the first goal of the game when Kathleen Rodriguez capitalised on a Malaysian keeper Roszaini Bakar ‘s mistake to slot into an open goal.

But the loss of captain Marielle Benitez at the end of the first half would soon turn the tide in Malaysia’s favour despite the score being 1-0 to the advantage of the Philippines.

Three minutes after the restart, Malaysia took advantage of a poor defensive clearance from the Philippines for captain Angela Kais to score the equaliser.

Ten minutes later, the Malaysian girls nailed their second goal off striker Fatin Azmi.

But just when Malaysia thought that they had the three points in the bag, they conceded a penalty when defender Malini Nordin was faulted for bringing in down Samantha Nierras inside the box.

Samantha had little trouble in blasting the ball to the top right hand corner of the Malaysian goal for the all-important equaliser.


AFF Women`s Championship - Philippines 2-2 Malaysia FT

Last match in group stage in AFF Women`s Championship

Philippines vs Malaysia in Laos

Update :

Philippines 1-0 Malaysia , 20 min - Rodriguez

Philippines red card , 45 min , Marielle Benitez

1-0 HT

1-1 , 47 min
1-2, 57 min
2-2, 84 min , Samantha Nierras

Philippines finish third in group.

Friendly - U23 NT 9-1 Laos FC

SEA Games team (U23) playing a friendly against Laos Fc today at 4 pm in Rizal Stadium.

This will be the last friendly before going to Japan

Update :

U23 NT won 9-1 against Laos FC

Jingoy Valmayor 3 goals
Mark Hartmann 3 goals
Romeo Martinez 1 goal
OJ Clarino 1 goal
Own goal

SEA Games team XI :

Christopher Camcam GK 1 st half , Paolo Pascual second half
Mark Drinkuth
Mark Hartmann
Matt Hartmann
Jingoy Valmayor
Jason de Jong
Patrick Hinrichsen
Neckson Leonara
Reymark Fernandez
Jake Morallo
Marwin Angeles

subs martinez, clarino, basa, barbaso, marvin angeles, 2 from belgium, unabia

20 October 2011

Futsal, baseball miss SEA Games deadline

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Olympic Committee could face sanction from the Indonesia Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee once futsal and baseball, which both confirmed their participation, decide to skip the Games.

Philippine deputy chef de mission Romeo Magat and the country’s SEA Games secretariat waited way past office hours Thursday for futsal and baseball officials to make the payment for the participation of their athletes in the Nov. 11 to 22 meet but nobody came.

Futsal entered its men’s and women’s teams of 12 players each while baseball planned to bring a 22-man squad.

The athletes of both sports were among the 110 private-sponsored campaigners and 21 officials for whom the POC extended the courtesy of stretching the deadline yesterday so they could join the already approved roster of 424 athletes and 140 officials to be funded by the Philippine Sports Commission.

“They (baseball and futsal) begged to be included and yet they didn’t show up when we asked for the payment,” said Magat.

Sponsors for futsal and baseball need to cough up P75,000 to P80,000 for each athlete for the duration of the Games.

“Their noncompliance would force us to remove them,” said Magat. “But that’s not the problem. We’ll be penalized (by the SEA Games organizers) since they’re already considered as official entries.”

The POC had already paid the airline bookings of these athletes and officials.

Except for futsal and baseball, Magat said private backers of softball (17), bridge (13), sports climbing (2), judo (3), fencing (3), badminton (3), athletics (2), gymnastics (2), golf (2) and cycling (1) have already complied with the requirements.


Palami: Despite favorable draw, we have to train hard

By Cheska D. Geli

Thursday, October 20, 2011

“IT seems that we are in favorable group,” Philippine Under 23 team manager Dan Palami said the team got a break after getting a favorable group in the Southeast Asian Games this November.

The Philippines is in Group B with 2009 runner-up Vietnam, semifinalist Laos, Timor Leste, Myanmar and Brunei, avoiding powerhouse teams Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, which are in Group A along with Cambodia.

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However, Palami the draw is not a reason to be complacent as the other teams are also
working hard for the first place finish.

“It’s not a walk in the park that’s why we need to train harder,” said Palami.

Though Timor Leste and Laos maybe considered minnows, both countries have started a grassroots program two years ago that is focused on its Under 23 and Under 19 teams.

The Philippine team will be led by veterans Manny Ott and Jason de Jong, who have both played for the senior team in the Suzuki Cup preliminaries. Carlos de Murga, Jeffrey Christiaens and siblings Mark and Martthew Hartmann, who all played for the senior team in the Long Teng Cup, will also be in the squad.

Roland Mueller will man the goal in place of Neil Etheridge, who is busy with his career in Fulham, though the PFF is trying to negotiate with Etheridge’s club to make him available for the SEA Games.

Palami also said that a gold medal is a good motivation for the team, but for now, a more realistic goal is to reach the semifinals, to duplicate the Philippines best finish during the 1991 SEA Games.

“We have young and good players. It’s a more decent lineup and stronger,” Palami said.

The team will leave for a weeklong training camp in Japan on Oct. 21 and they are set to play three games against different universities.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 21, 2011.

U-23 booters draw lighter SEAG group

AN eight-day training stint in Japan from Oct. 23 to 31 will get the Philippine national under-23 football team ready for the 26th Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.

Coach Hans Michael Weiss said that the preparations for the national team will have to be hastened now that organizers in Indonesia have moved the schedule of matches from Nov. 7 to an earlier date (Nov. 3).

The Philippines is expected to have a lighter schedule in the SEA Games football competition after the team was put in Group B during Wednesday’s drawing of lots in Jakarta.

The Filipinos are bracketed with last year’s runner-up Vietnam, Brunei, Laos, Timor Leste and Myanmar.

Defending champion Malaysia is in a tougher bracket (Group A), along with Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.

“We want to give the players international exposure and have them experience games against university and high school teams in Japan, so that they are prepared for tougher games in Indonesia,” explained Weiss.

The camp in Japan will be in Gotemba, the same venue the Philippines utilized when they prepared for the AFC Challenge Cup playoff match against Mongolia.

Weiss will bring a 30-man squad to Gotemba, but a final cut of 20 will see action in the SEA Games.

Among the players expected to make the cut are Fil-German goalkeeper Roland Muller, Manny Ott, Mark Drinkuth, Patrick Hinrichsen and Jeff Christiaens.

Neckson Leonora is among the local players who could make the grade, along with Lemuel Unabia, Raymark Fernandez, David Basa, Paolo Pascual and Joshua Beloya. Peter Atencio

Manila Standard Today

UFL Cup - Matches until Saturday

Today :

Nomads 2-0 Union Internacional Manila , 7 Pm at Nomads sports Club

Toullec Loic 2 goals

Kaya 5-0 Schwarz , 7 pm at UMAK

Nate Burkey 4 goals, Eric Dagroh

22. October (Saturday)

Stallion FC vs Cebu , 2 pm at Rizal

Philippine Navy vs Philippine Air Force , 4 pm at Rizal

Dynamic, Ceres keep winning streak in 2011 YGBC 9-A-side bootfest

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

BACOLOD CITY - Dynamic Builders Football Club and the Ceres Transport FC remain unbeaten in the conference after routing their respective rivals last Sunday in the ongoing Yanson Group of Bus Companies (YGBC) 9-A-Side Football Tournament played at the Ayala North Point pitch in Talisay City.

Dynamic blasted an 8-2 win over Las Buenas FC (LBFC) behind Ali Go’s 3 goals.

Go led Dynamic’s scoring with an opening goal at close range in the 3rd minute and nailed his second in the 19th minute for a 2-nil advantage in the early minutes of the match.

Ian Treyes scored Dynamic’s third goal in the 20th minute as Jeb Alvarez hit another in the 29th minute to post a 4-nil lead.

But before the whistle blows to end the first half, LBFC made a goal on a Marson dela Torre score at close range in the 34th minute to cut the lead, 4-1 at the break.

In the resumption of the match, LBFC opened strong with a goal from Elfred Deraja in the 42nd minute to further slash the lead at 4-2.

However, Go scored a quick 45th minute goal to extend the lead to 5-2 as teammate Archie Familiar converted Dynamic’s sixth goal in the game at 51st minute.

With Dynamic’s lead already impossible to break, Go remained offensively focused as he scored his last two goals in the 57th and 65th minute and sealed Builders’ third straight wins.

In the second game, Ceres Transport FC spoiled Talisay Minuluan booters, 2-1 despite having Homeless World Cup campaigners Michel Rojo and Leopoldo Aragon on the lineup.

Aragon gave Talisay the lead in the match with a goal in the 12th minute for a 1-nil advantage.

But Ceres’ Troy Fegidero scored a 21st minute goal to equalize the match at 1-all at the half.

In the resumption of the game, Dave Javellana nailed Ceres’ second goal in the 47th minute to finally book Transport third victory.

In the main game, Trimaxi FC defeated Real Negrense FC, 5-3.

Bes Dela Noche of Trimaxi scored a goal at close range in the 8th minute to give Trimaxi a 1-nil lead at the half.

But in the second half, Aaron Amantillo scored another in the 42nd minute to post a 2-il lead in the game as Dela Noche nailed another in the 58th minute.

However, as the time winding down, Real FC scored back-to-back goals from Samson Sare in the 61st minute and Mark Uberas in the 63rd minute to cut the lead to 3-2.

But Dela Noche nailed his third in the 65th minute to give Trimaxi a 4-2 advantage as Real FC Paul Espinosa scored a threatening 66th minute goal to keep the game close at 4-3.

With the time on Trimaxi’s side, Theo Limas nailed an insurance goal in the 69th minute and register their first win the conference.

Games resume Sunday.

19 October 2011

Friendly Thursday - U23 NT 4-2 Air Force

SEA Games team (U23) have a friendly against Air Force tomorrow Thursday at 6 pm (?)in Rizal Stadium.

update :

U23 NT won 4-2 today.

U23 :
Valmayor 3 goals, Basa 1 goal

Air Force :
Ian Araneta 1 goal
Aubrey Amantonio 1 goal

UFL Cup - Dolphins United win

OCTOBER 19 (Sugod.com) – Dolphins United remain on course fighting for a spot in the knockout stage of the United Football Cup after Alvin Obero inspired a 4-2 win against Forza at University of Makati on Tuesday night.

The victory of Dolphins gives Forza a mountain to climb following its second consecutive loss in the United Football Cup group stage and remain at the bottom of Group F.

Dolphins United were a better team throughout the match scoring its third goal on the hour mark without any reply from the opposing team.

Forza’s William Pajibo almost turned the tide with a double in the 71st and 78th minute to reduce the lead to 3-2 but a resilient Dolphins made sure they went home with a win. Alvin Obero sealed his hat-trick in the 90th minute to earn a deserving victory for his club.

Dolphins United face a crucial match against Green Archers on Sunday while Forza hosts Pasargad for their ultimate chance of going through to the next stage of the competition.



VIENTIANE (19 Oct 2011) – Thailand picked up the full six points after two matches in the AFF Women’s Championship 2011 – this time blasting the Philippines 5-1 at the National Stadium.

Following up from their 8-1 humiliation of Malaysia in the opening match two days ago, the Thais were playing very much at the same level and showed no sign of letting up.

In the tenth minute, captain Junpen Seesraum nailed the opener with a stinging shot that came off the crossbar before crossing the line into goal.

The Philippines tried to move the ball forward but with them having difficulty to win the midfield battle, the afternoon was always going to be a long one despite the several ‘imported’ players on their side.

Some sustained pressure afterwards, saw Thailand finally getting down to business once again where in the 29th minute, Kanjana Sung-Jeon cut in through from the right, before putting the ball away past the reach of Philippines custodian Inna Palacios.

A minute to the end of the first half, it was 3-0 with a fine effort from Sunisa Srangthaisong from inside the box.

In a three minute blitz, midfielder Nisa Romyen nailed two goals on a trot to put Thaiand comfortably in front and in total control as they took their feet off the pedal.

The Thai camp then made several substitutions to allow the lesser players the chance to see action and this included introducing striker Taneekarn Dangda – the sister to Thai national striker Teerasil – to the fray.

With Thailand on cruise control, the Philippines managed to squeeze one goal in when a frantic chase for clearance allowed Samantha Nierras to head in the ball for the final scoreline.


2011 SEA Games - Women`s Futsal

Women`s Futsal teams in 2011 SEA Games :

- Philippines
- Indonesia
- Myanmar
- Thailand
- Vietnam

Round robin

2011 SEA Games - Men`s Futsal draw

Men`s futsal draw for 2011 SEA Games

Group A Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam

Group B Malaysia, Thailand , Myanmar.

2011 SEA Games - Men`s draw football

Group A Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand , Cambodia

Group B Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Timor Leste, Philippines, Myanmar

First match is against Vietnam on 3. November, Bung Karno

7. November Timor Leste vs Philippines ,Lebak Bulus

11. November Philippines vs Laos , Lebak Bulus

13. November Philippines vs Myanmar , Lebak Bulus

15. November Philippines vs Brunei , Lebak Bulus

19. November Semifinals

21. November Finals

FIFA World Ranking - Philippines up 8

New FIFA World Ranking . Philippines up 8 to number 158.


114 Thailand +3
134 Vietnam -4
139 Singapore -3
140 Indonesia -1
151 Malaysia -4
158 Philippines + 8
170 Myanmar -2
176 Cambodia -2
181 Laos +1
197 Brunei +1
201 Timor-Leste -

Today : AFF Women`s Championship - Philippines 1-5 Thailand

Today AFF Women`s Championship . Thailand vs Philippines in Vientiane , Laos

Update :

Thailand score 1-0 , 10 min
Thailand 2-0 , 28 mins
Thailand 3-0, 43 mins

HT score 3-0

Thailand 4-0 , 50 min
Thailand 5-0 , 53 min
Philippines score ! 5-1 , 85 min

FT score 5-1

Myanmar won 8-0 against Malaysia.

Myanmar and Thailand ready for semifinals.

Myanmar XI trips Malditas; coach fumes

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

An improved Philippine women’s side yielded to powerhouse Myanmar, 0-2, in controversial fashion Monday in the AFF Women’s Championship at the National Stadium in Vientiane, Laos.

Playing their first international match in two years, the Malditas fell behind in the fourth minute and were down 0-2 by halftime, before holding their ground in the second half—a performance they will try to build on when they face Thailand at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Natasha Alquiros couldn’t make the most of the Malditas’ best chance in the 30th minute when her shot only flew inches above the crossbar, before the Malditas were denied a penalty for a Myanmar handball in the second half.

The result left Malditas coach Ernie Nierras enraged, claiming that Myanmar’s first goal was offside and his team should have been given a penalty for the blatant handball.

“I’m pissed, the girls are pissed,” Nierras said. “We would have won this game. I would not be upset if Myanmar was totally superior.”

Nierras said his players looked a little jittery in the first half, but “did quite better offensively in the second and even had a few good attempts.”

“The second half was ours,” he said. “Myanmar ran out of steam. Our girls kept attacking until the final whistle. Myanmar couldn’t even get out of its own half in the final 10 minutes.”

Even Myanmar coach Yoshinori Kumada was surprised at the Malditas’ gallant stand.

“Sure we were expecting to score lots of goals but the Philippines have improved a lot and that made it tough for us,” said Kumada in an article on aseanfootball.org.

The Malditas have no recourse but to beat Thailand and win via a big margin against Malaysia in their last group match to stand a chance of moving into the semifinals.

Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the last four.

“If Thailand wants to win this game, they would have to take it from us,” said Nierras.


18 October 2011


MANILA (18 Oct 2011) – The Philippines national Under-23 camp will be heading to Japan for their final camp on 23-31 October 2011 ahead of the SEA Games in Indonesia early next month.

Following the runners-up spot win for the Philippines senior team at the Long Teng Cup in Chinese Taipei earlier this month, the focus has now shifted to the U23 side chasing their first ever podium finish.

“There’s really no time to rest. We have to resume training with more intensity for the U23,” said Weiss.

“With the senior team having the Long Teng Cup, the U23 is a little bit behind. Hopefully, we can catch up in the Japan camp.”

The camp in Japan will be held in Gotemba – the same venue when the Philippines prepared for the AFC Challenge Cup playoff match against Mongolia.

Other than training alone, the Philippines will also be looking to play against ‘strong Japanese university teams’.

Among the players for the Philippines squad are Fil-Dutch Azkal Jason de Jong (pix), Fil-German Manuel Ott, Neckson Leonora, Raymark Fernandez, David Basa and Joshua Beloya.

“I think we can field an interesting squad to the SEA Games,” said Weiss. “We hope we can connect very well together in Japan and go from there to Indonesia.”



JAKARTA (18 Oct 2011) – The draw for the men’s football event at the 26th edition of the SEA Games will be held ‘live’ tomorrow at the RCTI Studio in West Jakarta.

The drawing will be done at Studio 4 RCTI at Jl. Raya Pejuangan No. 1, Kebon Jeruk in Jakarta Barat.

The ‘live’ programme has been scheduled for 1530hrs.

In the meantime, the official draw for the Futsal event will be held on the same day and at the same venue although it will not be shown ‘live’.

The draw for the Futsal event for both men and women will be held earlier at 1300hrs.

This statement was made by Nur Laily, the NOC Services Manager of the NOC Relations Directorate.


17 October 2011

UFL Cup- Rescheduled matches

Rescheduled matches in UFL Cup this week :

18. Oct : Forza vs Dolphins , 7 pm at UMAK

19. Oct : Philippine Army vs Sunken Garden , 7 pm at UMAK

20. Oct : Nomads vs Union Internacional Manila , 7 pm at Nomads Sports Club
Kaya vs Schwarz, 7 pm at UMAK

21. Oct : Manhur vs Garuda FC Ph , 7 pm at UMAK

Bahadoran stars as PH futsal squad shutsout Black Knights FC

By Celest R. Flores

MANILA, Philippines—Displaying fine footwork and sheer speed, the Philippine men’s futsal squad blanked visiting Black Knights FC from Australia, 3-0, in friendly match Monday at the Ninoy Aquino stadium.

Fil-Iranian Misagh Bahadoran, who is also a member of the national football team, starred in the victory for his relentless attacks, for which he was rewarded in the 39th minute.

After close misses, Bahadoran finally connected on a free kick to double the lead, 2-0, even as he assisted Eddie Mallari in the ninth minute with a slick pass for the opening point.

In the 43rd minute, Sajad Khodarami blizted all the way for the country’s final goal.

National team head coach Esmael Sedigh, though, felt the squad—known as the Philippine Eagles—could have scored at least 7-8 goals with the way they played.

The Philippines, a potent mix of locals and Fil-foreigners, could have padded onto the lead with its countless attempts but lacked consistency in finishing.

Keeper Francis Paranpan also stood his ground in the face of the Black Knights’ wave of attacks with a brilliant save after another.

One of Paranpan’s notable saves was when he thwarted a stunning header by Australia’s Mitomo Somehara early in the match.

The friendly match is part of the squad’s build-up for the 2011 Southeast Asian Games in November.

Earlier, the Philippine women’s futsal team also shut out the WNCAA All-Stars in an exhibition match with the same score.

Jocelyn Guico, Richelle Placencio and Honey Thomason filled the score sheet for the Philippine side.



VIENTIANE (17 Oct 2011) – The Philippines put up some fierce resistance before succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Myanmar on the second match day of the AFF Women’s Championship 2011 here at the National Stadium.

Myanmar, fielding a side which is being moulded for the SEA Games in 2013, were not expecting the Philippines to be much of a challenge.

“Sure we were expecting to score lots of goals but the Philippines have improved a lot and that made it tough for us,” said Yoshinori Kumada, the chief coach of Myanmar.

“We have to improve obviously from this first game where although the team played to instruction, we just did not score enough goals and we have to remedy that for the next match.”

Despite scoring the early goal in the fourth minute when My Nilar Htwe capitalised on a defensive error, the Myanmar girls found Philippines a hard nut to crack when the latter held out for long periods.

They even tried to catch Myanmar on the break but the Philippines girls just did not have enough pace to make things happen.

The closest they came to scoring a goal was a freekick at the half hour mark but the swerving shot from Natasha Alquiros flew just over the crossbar.

That failure to score saw My Nilar scoring the second goal for herself and also for Myanmar when she knocked the ball in from the far post off a cross from the right.

Myanmar stepped up the tempo in the second half but either through some fortunate defending or just plain hard work, the Philippines stood their ground all the way to the finish


16 October 2011

Monday - AFF Women`s Championship Philippines 0-2 Myanmar (FT)

17 Oct 2011: Myanmar vs Philippines 16.00 (17.00 Manila)

National Stadium , Vientiane, Laos

Myanmar 1-0 Philippines 4 min

Myanmar 2-0 Philippines 44.min

Myanmar win 2-0 against Philippines

Update :

Thailand won 8-1 against Malaysia in the second match in this group today.

CDO Football - Biantan: Football revolution at Rosevale school

By Jack Biantan

Big Jack

Monday, October 17, 2011

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Tiny Rosevale school inside the posh Xavier Estate subdivision here is leading the football revolution in this city of Golden Friendship.

Aside from having less than one thousand mixed pre-school, elementary and high school students, the Opus Dei run school has the best elementary football team right now in Cagayan de Oro having won the city's Quadrangular meet. The Quad meet is the selection tournament of the city for the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (NMRAA) regional football Palaro on November 11-13, in Malaybalay city, Bukidnon.

But as they prepare for the regional meet the team has only one thing in mind, defeat powerhouse and defending national champion Bukidnon. Bukidnon is represented by the kids from the Holy Cross Academy in Camp Philips, Manolo Fortich. The school has one of the best football programs in the country having been situated at the centre of the pineapple producing compound of Del Monte Philippines.

More Sun Star Cagayan de Oro

Cebu Queen City United drops UFL debut

By Mike T. Limpag
Sunday, October 16, 2011

THE Cebu Queen City United faltered in its UFL Cup debut, losing to the defending champion Global FC at the Alabang Country Club football field yesterday, 3-0, in Group C.

“We still have a lot of things to work on,” Cebu Queen City coach Mario Ceniza, who only had less than a month to form the team, told Sun.Star Cebu.

The loss leaves Queen City as the only winless team in the bracket, which is considered as the Group of Death in the UFL Cup. Pachanga got on board after beating the Stallions, 2-0, for its first win. Pachanga, the Stallions and Global all have three points but Global has the lead based on the number of goals scored, at six. Pachanga is second with two goals, while the Stallions, the first week leader, are third.

Ceniza said the team’s lack of exposure and competitive games counted against them as yesterday’s game was their first competitive match since the team was formed. They only had a couple of friendlies before making their UFL Cup debut.

“Most of the goals we conceded were due to lapses and miscommunication,” said Ceniza, who added Global is miles ahead in terms of experience.

Izzo El-Habbib scored all three goals for Global, which also missed the services of the injured Angel Guirado Aldeguer and Remy Seri.

Though he conceded three goals, Ceniza was all praises for Cebuano keeper Alex Buanghog Jr., who had a few fine saves against the vaunted Global offense.

Third win

Global FC coach Graeme Mackinnon said he was happy that his players finally delivered after their opening day loss to the Stallions, 3-2, and the team will shoot for their third win against Pachanga next week.

Team owner Dan Palami, who played in the final 15 minutes yesterday, said, “It’s the kind of win we really need after the loss last week and it’s just bad that it came against our ‘sister club’ Cebu.”

Palami had a shot at open goal in the match but it was headed off by a defender.

Mackinnon added the pitch was also a factor in yesterday’s game.

“It would have been a better match if it was played on better pitches. Both teams lost a few chances because the ball would get stuck in the mud,” said Mackinnon.

Despite the loss, Cebu still has a solid shot at making the knockout quarterfinal stage of the UFL Cup and must beat the Stallions this Saturday.

“All is not lost, naa pa tay dako nga chance,” Ceniza said.

The team is set to resume light training today and will be back to its regular training sessions tomorrow. Ceniza is also planning to arrange a series of friendlies against college teams now that the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. season is over.

In the other matches yesterday, the Philippine Army crushed Garuda, 11-0, Pasragad FC beat the Dolphins, 1-0, and the Schwarz Futbol Club drew the ABC Stars, 1-1.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2011.

Borromeo injury leaves big gap in Azkals defense

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Azkals may have to plug in a huge hole in the central defense when they go back to camp in January as team captain Aly Borromeo suffered an ACL injury that could sideline him for six months.

Borromeo hurt his knee during Kaya Cignal FC’s 3-2 win over Victory Liner Diliman last Saturday in the United Football League Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

According to Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta, MRI test on Borromeo confirmed the ACL injury, which puts in doubt the status of the veteran defender for the Azkals’ eventual campaign in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup in March 2012.

“It depends on how soon he’ll recover. But if he can’t make it in time for the AFC Challenge Cup, we have to look for other defenders to fill up the slack,” said Araneta.

The PFF chief is monitoring the situation from Laos, where he’s attending the AFF Women’s Championship.

Borromeo, for his part, promised to be back.

“Thank u for all the warm messages and support guys... I’ll be back out there in no time!” he posted on Twitter yesterday.

The Azkals are on a break after beating Nepal, 4-0, in a Fifa-sanctioned friendly and players have since returned to their respective clubs both here and abroad.


Malditas launch title bid in Asean women's football

MANILA, Philippines - Looking to draw momentum from the gains of the Azkals, the Philippine Malditas kick off their own campaign today against Myanmar in the ASEAN Football Federation Women’s Championship in Vientiane, Laos.

The Malditas make their first international appearance after a two-year hiatus in the Group B duel with Myanmar at 4 p.m., determined to make inroads just like their male counterparts.

“We’ve not had many women football activities in the past two years, so this meet is important. We are looking at developing the women’s game in the long term,” said Phl coach Ernest Nierras.

Four Fil-foreigners have beefed up the Malditas - Fil-American Heather Cooke, a former Division 1 player at Loyola Maryland; US-based Patrice Impelido and Fil-Germans Cristina Keuter and Lorrene Bayani.

Keuter followed the Malditas to Vientiane yesterday after suspected dengue prevented her from flying in with the rest of the crew last Friday. Nierras said the Fil-German midfielder has been cleared to hook up with her teammates led by skipper Marielle Benitez and Sam Nierras for the campaign.

After Myanmar, the Filipinas will take on Thailand on Oct. 19, then Malaysia on Oct. 21, hoping to be in the Top 2 of Group B to make it to the crossover semis on Oct. 23. The finals and battle for third will be played on Oct. 25.

“If all things go according to plan, we aim to be there on Oct. 25,” Nierras said.


15 October 2011

UFL Cup - Sunday`s results and fixtures

Matches on Sunday in UFL Cup

Full time results :

Agila Fc 5-1 Internacionale Fc
Garuda Fc PH 0-12 Philippine Army FC
Pasargad FC 1-0 Dolphins United Fc
Schwarz Fc 1-1 ABC Stars FC
Cebu Queen City United 0-3 Global Fc (izzo el habbib 3 goals)
Stallion FC 0-2 Pachanga Fc (Joven Bedic and Ojamire)
Lions Meltique Beef FC 0-2 Nomads Auction Manila FC
Manila All-Japan FC 0-9 Philippine Navy Fc
Forza Fc 0-5 Green Archers United Fc

Laos Fc 1-4 Philippines Air Force Phoenix FC . Ian Araneta(3) and Yanti Barsales one goal for Air Force .
Airforce Phoenix 11 - Araneta, Ballo-allo, Barsales, Bayona, Bela-ong, Bermejo, Caligdong, Doctora, Mercado, Soriano, Tonog

Sunken Garden Fc vs Manhur FC - rescheduled
Union Internacional Manila vs Baguio Fc - cancelled (Bad weather in Baguio)

Venues and match time

YouTube - Team Socceroo

Azkals prepare U-23 team for SEA Games medal bid

MANILA, Philippines - With the Azkals’ 2011 campaign already done with, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) shifts its resources to preparing the under-23 team for its medal quest in the 26th Southeast Asian Games, which blasts off in less than three weeks in Indonesia.

From the Azkals, coach Michael Weiss goes full-time to honing up and calling the shots for the Phl U-23 side, hoping the mix of Fil-foreign and homegrown booters will make great strides from a training camp in Gotemba, Japan next week.

“There’s really no time to rest. We have to resume training with more intensity (for the Under-23),” said Weiss, who inserted some mainstays of the U-23 team to the seniors crew (Azkals) that placed second in the recent Long Teng Cup in Chinese-Taipei.

“With the national (seniors) team having the Long Teng Cup, the under-23 is a little bit behind. Hopefully, we can catch up in the Japan camp,” he said.

The Under-23 side will be in Gotemba, Japan from Oct. 23-31, to train in the same facilities where the Azkals held camp last March in the buildup for their AFC Challenge Cup playoff match with Mongolia.

Weiss said they are arranging tuneup matches with strong Japanese university teams to prepare his wards for the SEA Games in Indonesia, where football’s schedule was moved to Nov. 3 from its original Nov. 7 kickoff.

Three recruits based abroad, Fil-Spanish Carli de Murga, Fil-German Roland Muller and Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens, are still uncertain to join the Japan camp, according to team coordinator Jojie Ronda, but have given their commitment to play in the SEAG.

From Japan, the team will return to Manila on Oct. 31 then leave for Jakarta the following day.

Fil-Dutch Azkal Jason de Jong, Fil-German Manuel Ott, Neckson Leonora, Raymark Fernandez, David Basa and Joshua Beloya are among the other mainstays of the team.

“I think we can field an interesting squad to the SEA Games,” said Weiss. “We hope we can connect very well together in Japan in camp and go from there to Indonesia.”


Cebu battles Global

By Mike T. Limpag

Saturday, October 15, 2011

AFTER a one-week delay, the Cebu Queen City United will finally make their UFL Cup debut against defending champion Global FC in Manila today.

Cebu Queen City was supposed to play Pachanga last week but the game was cancelled and coach Mario Ceniza said though they were disappointed with the cancellation, the delay has helped the team a bit.

“Nakatabang gamay ang extra week na training,” said Ceniza, who formed the team in less than a month as Cebu was the last entry to sign up for the UFL, the country’s premier football competition.

However, Ceniza said they weren’t able to play a tuneup game the past week because of the lack of quality opposition, as the college teams are busy with their Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. campaign.

“Conditioning-wise, the players are OK as seen during the trainings and drills, but I really can’t say for sure because match fitness is different,” said Ceniza.

Ceniza, the coaching staff and players left for Manila yesterday afternoon for their game today. The Cebu Queen City players are Frederick Alazas, Alex Buanghog, Niño Zapanta, Dave Gerali, Jan Michael Flores, Ronald Mahilum, Julius Acre, Rocky Garciano, Mitsuo Tsunakiri, Junard Aguilar, Rommel Cuizon, Jack Reston, Christian Delan, Martin Bontia, Rene Menchavez and Marion Cubelo.

It’s the same problem for Graeme Mackinnon, the new Global coach, who has to deal with injury issues.

Mackinnon said he will put defender Jerry Barbaso in midfield to cover for the injured Remi Sery, one of the goal scorers in Global’s 3-2 loss to the Stallions.

“Right now, our bench is very shallow. (Remi) wasn’t able to finish the practice last Thursday because of his injury,” Mackinnon said.

Filipino Spanish player Angel Aldeguer also won’t suit up owing to the injury he picked up in the Azkals’ friendly against Singapore, and Mackinnon is planning to field the striker in their game against Pachanga.

The weather in Manila has also foiled the team’s practice and Mackinnon said they had to play seven-a-side football in a basketball court during their last session.

Mackinnon said he expects a tough game today.

“They (the players) know they have to redeem themselves after last week’s game. They have to get together,” Mackinnon said. “But we are not taking Cebu lately. We are expecting a tough match.”

“If you get complacent, it will come back to bite you,” he said.

The Stallions lead Group C with three points with a win, while Global, Cebu and Pachanga have yet to score a win.

In yesterday’s game, Phil Younghusband led the Loyola Meralco Sparks to a 15-1 rout of Socceroos, while Nate Burkey had a hat trick in Kaya FC’s 3-2 win over Diliman.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 16, 2011.

Loyola Meralco Sparks crush Socceroos; Burkey powers Kaya booters past Diliman XI

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—National team strikers Phil Younghusband and Nate Burkey sparkled as Loyola Meralco Sparks and Kaya Cignal scored contrasting victories Saturday in the United Football League Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Younghusband fired a tournament-high seven goals in a 15-1 demolition of newcomer Socceroos in Group B, while Burkey delivered a hat-trick to lift 10-man Kaya Cignal to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Diliman Victory Liner.
The Sparks brandished their souped-up attack with Mark Hartmann also drilling in five goals and Matthew Hartmann, Jake Morallo and Davide Cortina adding a goal each.
With the Hartmanns striking in the first 10 minutes and Younghusband already slotting five goals by the 30th minute, the Sparks merely went through the motions in the second half against the overmatched Socceroos, whose squad was bannered by former Southridge players and Brazilian-Japanese bets.
Socceroos skipper Mike Reyes salvaged some pride with his 55th minute strike averting the shutout.
The win allowed the Sparks to grab the headstart in Group B, which also includes Agila FC and Internacionale FC.
The 26-year-old Burkey carried his good form with the national team to Kaya as he helped his side rally from a goal down twice to pull off the improbable win.
Kaya remained second in Group C behind Diliman on goal difference, although it has a game in hand.
In an enthralling duel aired live on AKTV on IBC13, the wards of coach Juan Cutillas survived despite skipper and central defender Aly Borromeo leaving the game late in the first half because of injury and Lexton Moy sent off in the 40th minute.
Coming off a 7-0 crushing of ABC Stars, Diliman took a shock lead in the 2nd minute when Jinggoy Valmayor, finding himself with plenty of space on top of the box, rifled home from 20 yards.
Kaya equalized with Burkey, set up by Jason Sabio’s throw in, doing well to keep the ball despite pressure from Diliman before his deflected shot found the back of the net in the 20th minute.
Former national player Ariel Zerrudo restored Diliman’s advantage with an instinctive strike from an Anto Gonzales through ball seven minutes from the break.
But Kaya, sparked by the introduction of Anton del Rosario, Masa Omura and Ruffy Llorente, gained a foothold on the game and kept the pressure on Diliman.
Kaya’s persistence was rewarded by Burkey’s 55th minute penalty after Deo Segunial fouled Adrian Semblat in the area.
Burkey put the finishing touches to a sensational performance by latching onto Omura’s dummy and slotting it past Jerome Leung.


Azkals' Chieffy, Ian kick off Zamboanga football fest

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Azkals football stars Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta wowed their fans in Zamboanga on Friday as they kicked-off the province’s football festival at the Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex.

Galigdong and Araneta, who are both Philippine Air Force first class airmen, were personally escorted by their commanding general, Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena.

Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat was also present to accompany the two football players during the ceremonial kick-off.

The two Azkals members admitted that they were overwhelmed by the warm welcome given by the thousands of roaring football fans.

They also took time to share among football enthusiasts few tips and tricks which can help them become great football players. – Report from Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga City.

UFL Cup - Saturday`s matches

Loyola Fc vs Team Socceroo , 15-1 FT

Loyola FC :
Phil Younghusband 7 goals
Mark Hartmann 5 goals
David Cortina 1 goal
James Younghusband 1 goal
Jake Morallo 1 goal

Team Soccerroo :

Michael Mari Reyes

Next match : Kaya vs Diliman FC

Kaya Starting XI - Boley, Borromeo, Burkey, Camcam, Dagroh, Mallari, Moy, Romero, Sabio, Semblat, Tuazon.

Diliman Starting XI - Appiah, Gonzales, Leung, Octavio, Permanes, Santiago, Santos, Seguinal, Serna, Valmayor, Zerrudo

0-1 Gerardo Valmayor
1-1 Nate Burkey
1-2 Ariel Zerrudo
2-2 Nate Burkey
3-2 Nate Burkey

Lexton Moy (Kaya) FC red card

Pic : UP Diliman Victory Liner FC's goalie Jerome Leung (left) and teammate Deo Segunial (center) block the shot attempt of Kaya's Eric Dagroh in their game in the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on Saturday. Danny Pata

14 October 2011

Star-studded Meralco, Kaya make UFL debuts

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA—Members of the national team return to their respective clubs as the United Football League resumes Saturday with first-division sides Loyola Meralco Sparks and Kaya Cignal opening their campaigns at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Fil-British brothers Phil and James Younghusband make their debut for the Sparks as they face newcomer Team Socceroos, a team made up of former Southridge standouts and Brazilian-Japanese players, in the first match at 2 p.m.

National team skipper Aly Borromeo will spearhead Kaya’s bid against dangerous Diliman at 4 p.m. in the second of two televised games on AKTV on IBC 13.

Borromeo, an imposing figure on defense, will be joined in the Kaya side by players with international experience in Jason Sabio, Yannick Tuason, Christopher Camcam and Nate Burkey, who played in the two friendly matches against Singapore and Nepal last week.

The spotlight will be on the Sparks as they parade a retooled lineup powered by the Younghusband brothers—former Chelsea reserves team players—who have a combined total of 24 international goals.

Phil hopes to pick up from where he left off last Tuesday when he led the Azkals with two goals in the 4-nil drubbing of Nepal.

The Sparks actually have the two other players who scored for the Azkals against Nepal in James Younghusband and Matthew Hartmann, whose younger brother, Mark, is also in the squad.

In a duel that could potentially determine which team tops Group C, Kaya is in for a tough outing against a Diliman squad coming off an impressive 7-0 victory over ABC Stars.