31 May 2012

Today - Malaysia 0-0 Philippines

Friendly Malaysia vs Philippines today 1. June at Stadium Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor.

Start 8.45 pm

Tv : Studio23 , Philippines

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Starting 11 vs Malaysia via @cedelfpt:
Muller, De Murga, Sabio, Gier, J. Guirado, A. Guirado, Ott, Schrock, Caligdong, Mulders, Wolf

Azkals subs: Ian Araneta, Marwin Angeles, Lexton Moy, Roxy Dorlas, Jeff Christiaens, Jason de Jong, OJ Clarino, Sacapano, Patrick Reichelt, Misagh Bahadoran

Yellow card : Schröck and Angel

0-0 HT
Ott Yellow card
Angeles in , Chieffy out
80 min Misagh in , Angel out
84 min Araneta in , Mulders out
92 min Christiaens in , Juani Guirdao out
0-0 FT

Skipper’s call

NATIONAL skipper Safiq Rahim wants to only taste victory when Malaysia play three friendly matches in the next two weeks.
Malaysia will play the Philippines tomorrow before taking on Singapore on June 8 and 12.
After playing a rather insignificant friendly against lowly-ranked Sri Lanka, these matches will be tougher for K. Rajagobal’s boys as the world ranking of the
Philippines is higher than Malaysia, and Singapore have naturalised players. The Philippines are ranked No 148 and Malaysia 153.
“Although they are ranked above us, the difference in quality isn’t that great. In fact, we are quite closely-matched in most areas and it would be interesting games to play,” said Safiq.
“We need to get things right against both teams after suffering some disappointments in the past.”
Safiq & Co could only manage a 1-1 draw when they played the Philippines in Manila on Feb 28, whereas being shown the exit at the World Cup qualifiers by Singapore still stings the Malaysian team.
The match against Philippines will not be any easier than the first time around as they have beefed up their squad with four Germany-based players.
“Who they have called up is not for us to be concerned about. We have to deal with these matters. Different countries have different ideologies in terms of naturalising foreign players and neither is it wrong to do so,” added the 24-year-old.
Just like Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines are expected to take the friendlies seriously as they prepare for the Asean Cup later this year.
Malaysia are defending champions and having tested around 60 players since the start of the year, a core of players have already been identified.
Rajagobal has named a 26-member squad, which includes Pelita Jaya striker Safee Sali, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Safiq Rahim, K. Gurusamy and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat for the friendlies.

Malay Mail

Little Azkals falter on Second day

After an impressive showing on the opening day, the Philippine Under-14 football team, also known as the Little Azkals, dropped two of its three matches on the second day of the Asian Football Confederation Under-14 Festival of Football 2012 Southeast Asia Region Thursday at the Stadium Likas in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
The Philippines lost to Singapore, 0-1, and Indonesia, 0-3, before eking out a 1-0 win over Timor Leste to end its campaign in format 1.
The festival is divided into two formats, with format 1 matches lasting for 30 minutes without intervals, and format 2 matches played out for 60 minutes with a halftime break.
On Wednesday, the Little Azkals came out with guns blazing, edging Cambodia, 2-0, and Australia, 3-0, before settling for a scoreless draw against Myanmar.
The U-14 team will take a one-day break before plunging back to action on June 2 against Vietnam to kick off its format 2 campaign. They will face Thailand and Myanmar on June 3 to cap off the festival.
No champion will be declared among the 12 countries participating in the event, formed by the AFC to develop young football players and coaches in the Southeast Asia region.


AFC U14 - Today`s results

MAY 31

First match


Second match


Third match


 May 30
First match
(Scores: Shanden Vergara - Jovan Marfiga)

Second match
(scores: Jed Diamante - Troy Limbo - Javi Romero Salas)

third match

Pinoy squad survives relegation in UK league

LONDON – Superior goal difference paid off in the end after the United Kingdom’s first amateur Filipino football team, the Philippine Football Club (PFC), narrowly survived relegation from Division One of the West Hertfordshire League.

The British Pinoys recently ended their 2011-2012 campaign in 10th place – just one spot above the drop zone.

After 22 matches, they picked up 20 points, recording five wins, five draws and 12 losses.

Glenn Sports shared an identical record, but finished below PFC in 11th place because of a 15-goal deficit. As a result, they were relegated to Division Two.

PFC’s players were relieved to avoid dropping out of the 12-team league.

“I think it’s a great achievement considering our circumstances. We’re a good enough team and shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place,” said full back Cliff Gay-ya.

“It was important for us to stay in this tier of the league for team morale,” he added.

In their fourth from final game of the season, PFC defeated Glenn Sports 2-0, courtesy of late goals from forwards Jason Arroyo and Raymond Tordecilla.

That victory released some pressure, but club secretary Jesse Arroyo admitted he was still concerned.

“Being in the relegation places in the last couple of matches was worrying. The team was not used to being in such a position. With this lack of familiarity, I would say we were quite naive,” commented Arroyo.

“We have learnt many lessons. We will use this as fuel for the following season,” he added.

Their poor showing this season has been attributed to a number of factors, including injuries, lack of team depth, not enough training and the changing of coaching personnel.

Most of PFC’s players also made a mid-season trip to the Philippines to play four friendlies in Bacolod. They feel the experience was valuable, but recognize that it may have compromised their league position.

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30 May 2012

FOOTBALL: Philippines threat

NATIONAL coach K. Rajagobal has rated the Philippines as one of the favourites to win the AFF Cup ahead of their international friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium on Friday.
The Philippines, ranked third in the Fifa rankings among Southeast Asian nations at 148th, were surprise semi-finalists at the 2010 edition, which Malaysia won for the first time.
"The Philippines have several foreign-based players plying their trade in Germany, the Netherlands, Iceland, Denmark, England and the United States," said Rajagobal yesterday.
"I believe they will be stronger than their 2010 squad in the AFF Cup. They are a different team with better players."
The Philippines showed their mettle in the AFC Challenge Cup in March by reaching the semi-finals and eventually finishing third.
The team, under German coach Hans Michael Weiss, have between 15 and 18 foreign-based players in their squad, and have become a force in the sport following their decision to allow foreigners with Filipino ancestry to represent them in competitions.
Among those expected to play in Friday's friendly are German-based players Stephan Schrock, Manny Ott, Denis Wolf and Roland Muller; Rob Gier (England), Ray Jonsson (Iceland), Paul Mulders (the Netherlands) and Juan Guirado (Spain).
Weiss is expected to name a near-full strength squad for Friday's match where he wants his team to record an impressive result to maintain their Fifa ranking.
Malaysia, however, are hoping to do better following their 1-1 draw with the Philippines in Manila three month ago.
Rajagobal was criticised then for not fielding his strongest side but this time round, the coach has called up his best available players as he wants nothing less than a victory on Friday.
"It will not be an easy match. We need to play well to beat them as a good result will boost our confidence for the AFF Cup," Rajagobal added.
Malaysia will also play Singapore in two friendly matches on June 8 and 12 before taking on Arsenal and Manchester City in exhibition matches in July ahead of the AFF Cup.
They have so far played 'A' international matches against Sri Lanka, which they won 6-0, apart from the Philippines earlier this year.
In a warm-up match on Monday, the national team defeated Super League side Felda United 2-1 at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya.
Negri Sembilan's Shahurain Abu Samah and Kedah's Amar Rohidan scored for the national team.
Rajagobal, however, was not too worried of his players' performance as it was only a test match.

New Straits Times

Little Azkals confident of title chances in AFC U14


THE Philippine Under-14 football team better known as the Little Azkals arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Malaysia last Monday to vie in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under 14 Festival of Football 2012 Southeast Asia Region.
The matches will start today and end on June 4 and will be held at the Likas Stadium, which is a 10-minute walk from where the participants are billeted at the Likas Square Condotel.
The Little Azkals are composed of Cebu’s Lawrence “Soysoy” Colina, Major Dean Ebarle, Kintaro Miyagi, Moiselle Angelo Alforque and Vincent Erik Lovitos; Manila’s Marco Alessandro Casambre, Harrel Rainier Dayan, Josh Albert Miller, Ray Vincent Sanciangco and John William Abraham; Cagayan de Oro’s Jeremiah Borlongan and Dimitri Lionel Limbo; Davao’s Darius Joseph Diamante and Javier Romero-Salas; Dumaguete’s Christian Floren Lapas and Jose Anton Yared, Dipolog’s Sebastian Rafael Patangan; San Carlos City’s Mason Trent Vergara and Shanden Vergara; Bukidnon’s Chester Gio Pabualan; Masbate’s Jovan Marfiga and Italy’s Lorenzo Genco.
Diamante is retained as the team captain while Miller is his assistant.
Except for Pabualan and Marfiga, this is the same lineup that went to Palermo, Italy for a training camp hosted by A.S.D. Sport Village Tommaso Natale Scuola Calcio Giacomo Tedesco where they won eight of  12 friendly games.
Pabualan and Marfiga replaced Jose Romulo Cadiz and Jhenry Hamdan. Cadiz did not make the cut for Malaysia while Hamdan opted not to join the team anymore for personal reasons.
Head coach Oliver “Bingbing” Colina, who went ahead to Malaysia for a coaches’ seminar along with the team’s physiotherapist Keziah Shan, said that he hopes the team will have a good performance in the tournament because this is what they have been training rigidly for the whole summer.
Diamante said he believes the team is well prepared. “If there’s anything lacking, it will be perhaps self-discipline,” said Diamante.
Aside from the Philippines, also seeing action are Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste and host Malaysia along with newcomers Brunei and Australia bringing the number to 12 teams.
Last year, the team won against Cambodia twice and Laos once while it drew Indonesia, Laos, and Singapore and lost to Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
This year, Diamante picked Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam as favorites.
Aside from Colina and Shan, the team is accompanied by manager Richard Montayre and assistant coaches Eliezer Fabroada and Eleazar Toledo and goalkeeping coach Noel Marcaida.

AFC U14 - Festival of Football

AFC U14 Festival of Football in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

730 am opening ceremony @ likas stadium

First Format:

May 30,2012
1st game cambodia vs philippines 10:30am L2
2nd game philippine vs australia 2pm L2
3rd game myanmar vs philippines 4:15 pm L1

May 31,2012
4th game philippines vs singapore 930am L1
5th game indonesia vs philippines 2pm L1
6th game timor leste vs philippines 330pm L1

Second Format:

June 2,2012
7th game vietnam vs Philippines 8am L2

June 3,2012
8th game philippines vs thailand 930am L1
9th game philippines vs myanmar 330pm L1

29 May 2012

Federation seeks to honor Filipino football great


ILOILO CITY, Philippines—The Philippine Football Federation is seeking to honor a world football legend with Ilonggo roots by naming a section of the Museo Iloilo after him.
In separate letters to Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor and Museo Iloilo president Victoria Segovia, PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr. asked the province and the museum management to host an exhibit featuring Paulino Alcantara and to name a section of the museum in his honor.
Araneta said the exhibit and possible naming of a section of the museum in Alcantara’s name are part of efforts to bring members of the Spanish club Futbol Club Barcelona (Barcelona Football Club) to Iloilo to hold a football camp in the province.
Iloilo is known for its passion for football. Barotac Nuevo town has been dubbed as the country’s football capital for devotion to the sport and for producing many of the country’s top football players.
FC Barcelona is one of the world’s most famous and biggest football clubs with several of its players among those who played in the Spanish national team that won the 2010 World Cup.
Araneta said there was also a possibility that FC Barcelona would establish a football academy in the province similar to those that produced some of the world’s top football players.
Alcantara, born to a Spanish military officer and an Ilongga mother on Oct. 7, 1896, is a football legend especially in Spain.
While he is largely unknown to Filipinos and even Ilonggos, he is revered in the world football community with tributes and memorial sites devoted to him on the Internet.
As a striker of FC Barcelona where he played from 1912 to 1927, Alcantara is best known for scoring 357 goals in as many games played, or an average of one goal per game. He helped the club win five Spanish championships and 10 Catalan League championships, according to club’s Web site.
According to various accounts, Alcantara went to Spain when he was 14 years old, a year before he debuted with FC Barcelona. He returned to the Philippines in 1916, or when he was 20 years old, and played for two years with the Bohemians, a Filipino football club.
He returned to Spain and resumed playing with his club in 1918 when he rose to become a legend.
He retired from football in 1927 to dedicate his time to medicine but he briefly coached the Spanish national team in 1951, which was unbeaten in the three matches that he steered the team.
Alcantara died in Barcelona on Feb. 13, 1964, at the age of 67, according to the FC Barcelona Web site.
The international football federation Fifa currently ranks the Philippines 148th out of 205 member-countries in men’s football.
But during Alcantara’s peak the Philippines became an Asian football powerhouse with the country bagging the gold in the 1913 Far Eastern Games, the forerunner of the Asian Games.
A life-sized statue of Alcantara was unveiled at the PFF office at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig during the football centennial commemoration in 2007.

Globe Telecom backs Green Archers FC

MANILA, Philippines - Globe Telecom reaffirmed its support to Philippine football as it signed a three-year sponsorship pact with the Green Archers Football Club, which is currently seeing action in the United Football League’s first division.
The team was put up in 1998 when multi-titled De La Salle Santiago Zobel School and De La Salle University football coach Hans Smit brought together a group of La Salle alumni to form the Alabang Grins.
The Grins qualified as sixth out of 15 teams in the then UFL in 2009. The following year, the team was opened to other football players and non-La Sallians from all over the country before it changed its name to the Green Archers United Football Club to reflect the diversity of the squad.
While keeping a highly competitive squad, the GAUFC has also been helping in the development of the sport through clinics, training programs and participation in football tournaments for its members. The UFC is an annual event composed of a Cup and League tournament with two divisions featuring 22 teams.
“Globe is relentless in supporting sports teams, especially those coming from the grassroots. We believe that the Green Archers United Football Club has huge potential in steering the country towards excellence in the field of sports and athletics, particularly in football, with their passion, talent and determination,” said Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu.


Azkals squad list for Malaysia friendly

"Official" squad list for Malaysia friendly on 1. June .

Eduard Sacapano
Roland Müller
Paul Mulders
Rob Gier
Jason Sabio
Juan Luis Guirado
Roxy Dorlas
Carli de Murga
Stephan Schröck
Manny Ott
Chieffy Caligdong
Angel Guirado
Misagh Bahadoran
Patrick Reichelt
Marwin Angeles
Lexton Moy
Jason de Jong
Ian Araneta
Denis Wolf
Jeffrey Christiaens
OJ Clarino

Azkals Football Team

28 May 2012

PH Azkals ready for friendlies

THE Philippine Azkals national football team, which concluded a series of tuneup games in Bacolod, will have a deeper bench when it plays series of friendly matches this week.
Azkals coach Hans Michael Weiss said this as the nationals go into more intense preparations for their coming stint in the Asean Football Federation-Suzuki Cup later this year.
“We have a bigger pool, where we can swap players and give others a chance,” said Weiss.
The Azkals are set to have friendly matches against Malaysia on June 1 in Kuala Lumpur and against Indonesia on June 5 in Manila, before taking on Guam on June 12 at the Panaad pitch.
They will miss Fil-British goalie Neil Etheridge and the Younghusband brothers Phil and James in their game against Malaysia due to club commitments.
In their absence, Weiss will again be fielding in Fil-German goalie Roland Muller, plus La Salle varsity standout Patrick Deyto at the pitch. Fil-German Stephan Schrock and Denis Wolf will also see action.
With them around, Weiss shrugged off any manpower difficulties.
“We have a good team anyway. We will make the best of the situation and field in a good team,” said Weiss.

Solido cops U17 title in Butuan

Monday, May 28, 2012
THE Solido FC girl booters of Davao City lived up to their billing by copping the U17 title of the 2nd Balangay Football Festival at the Butuan City Sports Complex in Barangay Libertad over the weekend.
The Julio Orcasitas-coached Solido shutout the Malaybalay FC, 2-0, in the finals behind the goals of Janna Barcemo and Nina Arrieta in third and 17th minutes, respectively.
Solido also blanked the Manolo Fortich FC, 2-0, in the semis.
The champion squad came home with P5,000 and a trophy while Malaybalay FC settled with P3,500.
Barcemo was hailed most valuable player while Arrieta received the best defender award. Teammate Mary Joy Chavez was named best goalkeeper as Nina Yanto took the best striker title.
Completing the cast were Anika Ong, Sanaa Jikiri, Mary Joy Indac and Inah Rosales.
The Buboy Arrieta-managed Solido, however, bowed to Cagayan de Oro City's (CDO) JRFC via penalty shootout, 7-8, in women's open titular showdown.
Arrieta, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao, said her daughter Nina scored a goal at 16' to force a 1-1 deadlock en-route to the penalty shootout.
"Malas talaga. Naka-score pa ang CDO sa corner ng goalkeeper namin (It was unfortunate. CDO scored at our goalkeeper's corner)," Arrieta said.
JRFC took home the top purse and a trophy while Solido salvaged P3,500 and a trophy.
Joy Rivera of Solido was best defender.
The bootfest, hosted by the Butuan-Agusan Norte Football Association (Banfa) under president and Butuan City Vice Mayor Law Fortun, was part of the silver anniversary celebration of the Balangay Festival. (Ruji Peter S. Abat)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 29, 2012.

PFF U23 - NOFA 9-1 Leyte

PFF U23 Visayas qualifiers today :

NOFA (Bacolod) vs Leyte  at North Football Field

1-0 Bedia
2-0 Cornel
3-0 Beloya
3-0 HT
4-0 ?
5-0 Beloya
6-0 Amanquiton
7-0 Beloya
8-0 Amanquiton
9-0 Fernandez
9-1 FT

Thanks to : https://twitter.com/#!/Rai2_Montero

Azkals bow to Global in shootout

The national men’s football team, Azkals, bowed to Global FC, 7-6, in a shootout last night during their last tune-up match at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
With both teams tied at 2-all after regulation, the match was decided in a shootout. Earlier, the national Under22 football team prevailed over Ceres FC, 2-0.
The series of tune-up games played by the Azkals in Bacolod City will be followed by another set of friendly matches against Malaysia on June 1 in Kuala Lumpur, against Indonesia on June 5 in Manila, and against Guam on June 12 at the Panaad pitch.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss said these friendlies strengthen the team and are part of their preparation for the AFC Suzuki Cup this year.
Against the Ceres FC on Saturday, the Azkals won, 1-0, on a goal of Chieffy Caligdong in the 55th minute.
Weiss cited the Ceres squad for playing a good game and although he was not very glad with the way the Azkals play ed, he was contented with their performance.
Against the Under 22 team in San Carlos City, Weiss said the match was beneficial for both the Azkals and the younger players from the national pool.
It was the right approach and a good training for the U22 team in time for the 2012 SEA Games in Myanmar. In their match Saturday against the Global FC, the U22 team yielded, 4-0.*NAB

Visayan Daily Star 

27 May 2012

Azkals squad for Malaysia and Indonesia friendlies ?

Probable Azkals squad for friendlies against Malaysia and Indonesia (unofficial) ?

Angel Guirado
De Jong
De Murga
Andres Gonzales
Marwin Angeles
Ian Araneta
Paul Mulders
Juani Guirado
Ray Jonsson

Only available for Indonesia friendly :

James Younghusband
Phil Younghusband

I expect the squad list to be released very soon .

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Hiroshi defends title

By Iste S. Leopoldo
Monday, May 28, 2012
HE GOT suspended by the Queen City United (QCU) but yesterday, Former RP player John Michael Flores got his revenge as he powered Hiroshi FC to winning the championship title of the 12th CAFC Inter-Club Football Cup over Queen City, 1-0, at the University of San Carlos Talamban Football Field.
“Everyone of us in the team, had one goal in mind and that was to win the back-to-back title. That was why I was so eager to score a goal. When I got the opportunity, I didn’t hesitate and made that long shot,” said Flores, who made the winning goal 44 minutes into the first half.

Hiroshi took home the P100,000 championship prize.
The 31-year-old Flores has been suspended by QCU for playing for Hiroshi Football Club
in the CAFC tournament. Flores played for QCU for the UFL Cup and QCU prohibited its players from joining the CAFC other than the QCU.
Flores decided to play for Hiroshi because it is his mother squad and he said he has no regrets. He believes that he was just doing the right thing.
“I am a pioneering member of Hiroshi and daghan naming pinagsamahan as a team that’s why I cannot trade the team for anything else and I took the risk (of being suspended). However, I will try to appeal their decision,” said Flores who was also
named as the Most Valuable Player.
Teammate Henderson Jay Campo was awarded as the best goal keeper; Peter Martin Dionela secured the best mid fielder, while Queen City United’s Rodney Gandionco took the top scorer, and his teammate Yancy Menchaves got the best defender award.
In the Boys 17, Cebu team dethroned Abellana National School-Pomeroy, 4-0, with Cebu team’s Christian Agot earning the MVP and top scorer special awards. Teammates Keith Ryan Arranguez took the best midfielder and Carlo Abella, the best defender awards.
ANS-Pomeroy’s Kevin Delantes got the best goalkeeper award.
Ateneo de Cebu beat Canduman, 4-0, in the Boys 14 with Ateneo’s Jose Mari Kwan earning the MVP award. Teammates Joshua Ouano took the top scorer award; Gab Villacin was named best goal keeper; and Berthray Musni was the best midfielder. Paul David Carizon of Canduman FC got the best defender award.
In the Boys 12-Under, Dinamo South FC defeated Ateneo, 3-0 for the title with Dinamo South FC’s Joshua Shield securing the MVP special award.
Teammate Paolo Montesclaros was the top scorer, Hans Parel was best defender, while the best midfielder award went to John Veloso of Ateneo. Jessie Semblante was best goal keeper.
Ateneo de Cebu defeated Canduman in the Players 10, 1-0, with Ateneo’s Ethan Dellero earning the MVP award.
QCU-A won the 40 and above title after crushing Erco FC-PTT in a 5-4 penalty shootout.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 28, 2012.

Limpag: How FAs can help spread football news

By Mike T. Limpag
Fair Play
Monday, May 28, 2012
THERE are so many things happening in football these days, but not enough gets space in traditional media, due to space constraints and some other factors.
But some areas have it worse; they don’t have any community paper that can help promote the game or their activities like the Leyte Football Association.

“So start a blog,” I told Ted Palami, the brother of Dan.
“But we don’t have any writers,” he said.
And that is one problem. There are too many football blogs out there, but not enough writers. I think most of the blogs and footie sites just copy-paste the stories that appear in traditional media (some with permission) and that sorts of defeat the purpose of a blog.
I told Ted that writing football stories is actually easy, once you get to know the basics. It’s the things you have to do before you write a story—gathering data, taking notes, interviewing people and all those things—that’s hard.
From what I hear, the Leyte FA is doing lots of things and their hosting of the Suzuki Cup Under 23 Visayas eliminations was top class as they applied all the things learned Dan learned when it comes to holding tournaments. They had a welcome dinner and managers’ meeting a day before the game, and they rolled out the red carpet for the visiting teams and officials.
But we didn’t hear any of that, did we? That’s why, if an FA like Leyte doesn’t have a local media that supports it, why not take over that role?
A blog run by an FA, especially if it carries match updates of its own team in regional competitions, is assured of a captive audience of 20—18 players and the coaching staff. Once they see their names in a post, these players are sure to post a link in their various social networking pages. And that’s for just one team.
If the blog carries updates of that FA’s tournaments, then you can add the members of each team to the audience. Then, factor in the family members, friends, girlfriends (or boyfriends) and No. 2s, once you regularly update the blog, your audience will begin to grow.
It also has an advantage over traditional media. Because it’s operated by the FA, readers can easily communicate with the officers, bridging the communication divide and that would be a huge boost.
Eventually, your blog will now play the role of traditional media in your place and this will be helpful for FAs like Leyte, Dumaguete, South Cotabato and the rest not served by a community paper.
So, blog away!
PALAMI FAMILY. By the way, I met Ted during the wedding of his brother Cian and Marifel last week and now I know why Dan is rarely pissed and no it’s not because his patience got tested by his 15 siblings, they are just really one big and happy and loving family.
Ted also said before the Vietnam game, Dan all asked them to pray, and they went to church but when they got to Na Nings to watch the game, The One up there must have been watching as they were seated next to a group of priests who were out relaxing after a convention.
They asked them to help pray, too.
So, how did Dan start his involvement in football?
Ted said that every time he goes home to Tacloban, he sponsors a football tournament just because he wants to see football matches and play in one when he goes home.
The rest, as the cliché goes, is history, and Dan no longer just sponsors local footie matches but a national team!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 28, 2012.

Hot Pachanga routs Manila All-Japan IX


NEWCOMER Pachanga breached the century mark in total goals for the season after a 7-0 demolition of Manila All-Japan Saturday night in the second division of the United Football League at the University of Makati field.
Midfielder Oussenynou Diop fired a hat-trick, while former national team striker Freddie Gonzalez contributed two as Pachanga extended its lead against Diliman FC at the top to five points with four matches remaining.
The 34-year-old Gonzalez, the star of the national team in the early 2000s who recently earned an invitation to return to the Azkals after showing fine form in the UFL, took his tally to 29 goals for the season.
Clinically finishing off fluid attacking moves, striker Joven Bedic and Robert Canedo also scored for Pachanga, which has collected 52 out of a possible 54 points in its 18 matches.
Only in its first season in the UFL, Pachanga, a team also owned by Gonzalez, has racked up an astonishing total of 106 goals on its way to winning 17 matches and drawing one. Pachanga has only conceded seven goals.
“We’re scoring goals and hopefully it leads us to our target of winning the second division and get promotion to the first division next season,” said Pachanga coach Norman Fegidero, whose side reached the UFL Cup quarterfinals early this year.
In another second division clash, last-placed Lions Meltique Beef banged in two second half goals to salvage a 2-2 draw against Union Internacionale Manila.

City booters advance in Suzuki Cup

By Roderick Osis
Sunday, May 27, 2012
AFTER scoring a draw against National Capital Region (NCR) in their home game, Baguio City Football Association (BCFA) scored a huge victory to enter the second phase of the PFF Suzuki Under 23 National Cup at the Makati pitch recently.
With a 1-0 victory against the home team, Baguio City secured the top spot in the Northern Luzon division, joining Laguna and Masbate for the next phase of the tournament supported by Suzuki in cooperation with the Philippine Football Federation.
The Baguio booters could have topped the northern Luzon standing but nonetheless settled for a scoreless draw in an almost-bench clearing game the last time out at the BSU pitch.
Posting a 3-1 victory, BCFA has avenged its sorry loss the last time out against Tarlac in the home-and-away tournament format with a 2-3 loss against the central Luzon booters.
Although Baguio and NCR have one loss each and a similar goal difference of seven, the Summer Capital booters had 12 goals in the entire tournament as compared to NCR's eight.
The PFF Suzuki U23 National Cup is dubbed as the local adaptation of the AFF Suzuki Cup, the most celebrated football competition organized by the Asean Football Federation for football-competing national teams in the Southeast Asian region.
The PFF earlier said with the football hype in the country, the tournament aims to search for a stronger Philippine team with the cup serving young aspirants to be the best of what they can be.
In fact, the PFF and Suzuki recently signed a memorandum of agreement for the staging of the national tournament.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 28, 2012.

Sunday : U22 NT 2-0 Ceres FC

Today at 4 pm in Panaad, Bacolod

Third place match :

U22 NT vs Ceres Fc
Ceres: baguioro,arriola,beloya,bedia,jr,m gonzales(trimaxi),cordova Omura Masa() Bolo, Princ, 
U22: Fernandez,Tongson,Malalo-an,Valmayor,Marasigan,Marvin Angeles,Theuer, Christiaens, Pascual

1-0 U22 NT Jeffrey Christiaens
2-0 U22 NT Jeremy James Theuer
Ceres Fc missed a penalty (Beloya)
2-0 HT
Red card Tongson (U22 NT)

2-0 FT

Sunday : Azkals 2-2 Global Fc. Global FC win Penalty Shoot Out

Today at 6 pm in Panaad

Final :
Azkals vs Global Fc

Global: Barbaso,Basa,hoshide, Elhabib B, Etoundi, Ayi,Ghasemi,Guisso,Hwedi,Kama,Obiang

Azkals:Sacapano,Caligdong,Sabio,Gier,Bahadoran,Guirado,DeJong,Ott,Wolf,Dorlas,De Murga

1-0 de Murga
1-1 Obiang
1-1 HT
1-2 Hwedi
2-2 Araneta
2-2 FT

Penalty Shoot Out
Global Fc win 9-8 

UFL- Standings and Sunday`s matches

Loyola Meralco Sparks14102250212932
Stallion Gilligan's1474331141725
Nomads Auction Manila154561929-1017
Phil. Air Force Phoenix133462327-413
Phil. Army Fritz & Macziol153481832-1413
Green Archers Globe152492129-810
Phil. Navy Red Juice1411121149-384
Pachanga FC18171010679952
Diliman Victory Liner FC18152171224947
Cebu Queen City United FC17113366244236
Agila FC1711063938133
Union Internacional Manila177463943-425
Team Socceroo FC187294453-923
Laos FC176292836-820
Forza FC165293357-2417
Manila All-Japan FC1843112756-2915
Dolphins United FC172692434-1012
Sunken Garden United FC1730142888-609
Lions Meltique Beef FC1621131158-477
May 27, 2012
2:00 pmUnion Internacional Manila2-2-Lions Meltique Beef FCUniversity of Makati (UMak)
4:00 pmCebu Queen City United FC6-1Laos FCUniversity of Makati (UMak)
6:00 pmAgila FC0-1Dolphins United FCUniversity of Makati (UMak)
8:00 pmSunken Garden United FC1-2Forza FCUniversity of Makati (UMak

26 May 2012

Archers forge draw with Nomads


RONNIE Aguisanda scored his first goal of the season as Green Archers United Globe hacked out a 1-1 draw against Nomads Auction Manila last night in the United Football League at the University of Makati.
The Far Eastern U defender struck a rocket of a volley that ricocheted off both posts before finding the back of the net in the 69th minute as Archers moved six points clear of last-place team Navy Red Juice.
Using crisp passing and smart movement without the ball, Nomads went ahead in the 63rd minute through Nnuibife Fidelis, who got on the end of a Bahaeldin El-Habbib past to slot home from point-blank range.
The goal woke up Archers, who responded with skipper Tating Pasilan and Jess Melliza crafting a string of chances before Aguisanda found the equalizer
Nomads, last year’s second division champions, stayed in sixth spot with 17 points with three matches remaining in their schedule.
In second division action, Diliman Victory Liner rallied from two goals down in the second half to come away with a 3-2 victory over Socceroo.

Hiroshi faces QCU

By Iste S. Leopoldo
Sunday, May 27, 2012
DEFENDING champion Hiroshi FC will get a chance to keep its title after earning a tough 2-1 win over San Roque FC, 2-1, in the semifinals of the 12th Cebu Inter Club Football Cup at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus.
Hiroshi will face last year’s losing finalist Queen City, which booted out Erco FC, 1-0, on Rodney Gandiongco’s 75th-minute goal.

Hiroshi will face Queen City United in today’s finals at 3 p.m. after crushing team Erco FC-TT, 1-0 behind the effort of Rodney Gandionco in 75 minutes.
Peter Martin Dionela got the first goal for Hiroshi in the 11th minute and Henderson Jay Ocampo preserved the lead with a brilliant stop off San Roque’s Epifanio Ynot.
Things got heated in the match and John Rey Nieves of Hiroshi got a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior after hitting Adrian Floria on the shin. In the second half, San Roque’s Reno Saiboc allegedly punched Jhovan James Bacus, and he was promptly sent off the field.
With only 12 minutes left, Adrian Mejaran finally found the equalizer for San Roquez but Ryan Bordalba quickly gave Hiroshi the lead with an 85th minute strike.
In the Boys 17 division, Abellana National School survived the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu via shootout, 6-5, and will face Team Cebu, which routed Springdale, 7-0, on goals by Val Calvo, Christian Agot, Yves Caballero and Marc Armamento.
In the 10-Under, Canduman routed Los Amigos, 3-0, and will face Ateneo de Cebu, a 1-0 winner over Count FC. It’s also Canduman vs. Ateneo in the 14-Under after Canduman booted out ANS, 1-0, and Ateneo de Cebu won over Los Amigos, 1-0.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 27, 2012.

Saturday : U22 NT 0-4 Global FC

Today at 7 pm in Panaad, Bacolod

U22 NT vs Global FC

Global Fc leading 1-0 at HT

Global Fc won 4-0

Alex Obiang , Carli de Murga (?), Lexter Marivilla and David Basa scored for Global FC

Tomorrow :

Azkals vs Global Fc at 4 pm
Ceres Fc vs U22 NT at 7 pm

25 May 2012

Saturday : Azkals 1-0 Ceres Fc in Panaad

Today in Panaad :
4 pm Azkals vs Ceres Fc (Bacolod)

7 pm Global Fc vs U22 NT

 The winners will have a rematch on Sunday at 4 p.m. while losers will play against each other at 7p.m.

Update :

Ceres Fc team : Cornel,Bedia,Tongson,Malalo-an,Amanquiton,Fernandez,Beloya,Baguioro,Cordova,Unabia,Masa,DelRosario, Go,Dolino,Arriola,Marcellana,fernandez GK,

Anton del Rosario play for Ceres FC !

Ceres starting Xi : :delrosario,omura,malalo-an,fernandez,prince,baguioro,bedia,beloya,arriola,dolino,casas gk


0-0 HT

Azkals : Araneta in, guirado out.

Ceres Fc : Cordova,Go in, malalo-an fernanzed out

Azkals : Ref Cuaresma in for Ed Sacapano

Chieffy Caligdong scores ! 1-0

Azkals win 1-0

Attendance : 5000

PFF U23 - Weekend matches

May 26, Saturday
Iloilo 7-0 Leyte at Barotac Nuevo field
Iligan-Lanao del Norte 1-0 Surigao at Mindanao Civic Center.

May 27, Sunday
Zamboanga 3-0 Misamis Oriental at Joaquin Enriquez MSC.

May 28, Monday

Negros Occidental 9-1 Leyte at Panaad Football Stadium

UFL - Saturday`s matches

May 26, 2012
2:00 pm Diliman Victory Liner FC - Team Socceroo FC University of Makati (UMak)
4:00 pm Nomads Auction Manila - Green Archers Globe University of Makati (UMak)
6:00 pm Pachanga FC - Manila All-Japan FC University of Makati (UMak

SRFC, QCU move to semis

By Cheska D. Geli

Saturday, May 26, 2012
SAN Roque Football Club and last year’s runner-up Queen City United advanced to the semifinal round of the 12th Interclub Football Cup after taking the top two spots in their bracket yesterday at the USC-TC Field.
SRFC leads the group with nine points after winning all three games, followed by QCU with four points.

They will join the top teams in Bracket A—Erco-PTT and Hiroshi FC—in the next round.
Don Bosco actually figured in a logjam with QCU for second place after defeating Southwestern University, 5-3, in its last match. However, it was eliminated after QCU came up with a better goal difference.
The semi-final match today will feature Hiroshi FC against SRFC in the first game followed by Erco FC and QCU FC in the second game.
In the Boys 17, Ateneo de Cebu blanked Ormoc FC, 6-0, to arrange a semifinal outing with ANS-Pomeroy. Paref Springdale and Cebu Team will face each other in the other semifinal outing.
In the Boys 14, Ateneo de Cebu defeated Los Amigos, 2-0, to move to the semifinal against Los Amigos. Canduman and ANS Pomeroy clash in the other semifinal match.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 26, 2012.

Azkals-Guam Tickets Now Available!

Azkals’ team coordinator Patrick Ace Bright said that tickets for the Azkals-Guam friendly match on June 12, 2012 at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan will be available this week.
It will be sold by the Ticket World while the prices will be known as the tickets are already out, Bright added.
The Azkals-Guam match is another football offer from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to the Negrenses following the overwhelming support shown by the local fans to the national team.
This is the second time that the national squad will be facing a foreign squad in this stadium after the February 9, 2011 victory over Mongolia in their AFC Challenge Cup Pre-qualifying match. The nationals won 2-nil before the roaring 25,000 spectators watching in Panaad.
Meanwhile, in preparation for these friendly matches, the national team will be in San Carlos City to undergo a week-long training camp starting May 21.
It was also reported that not all Azkals standouts will be playing in this match due to their prior commitments. However, national team head coach Michael Wiess assured that he will still be fielding a strong team for this friendly match. He has tapped several top football players from the United Football League to boast the team.
Meanwhile, the Azkals are also scheduled to face Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on June 1 and battles against Indonesia on June 5 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
In their match against Malaysia, ABS-CBN reported that the national team will be playing without striker Phil Younghusband, midfielder James Younghusband and first-choice goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
This after the Younghusband siblings had prior commitments while Etheridge is serving a one-match suspension meted out by the Asian Football Confederation due to "unsportsmanlike conduct" during the AFC Challenge Cup last month.
Instead, Etheridge will be working as a guest analyst during the match coverage for ABS-CBN Sports.*
Negros Daily Bulletin


PRESS RELEASE – A handful of local youth soccer teams will gain some international experience as they compete against visiting U12 and U14 Claret teams from the Philippines in the 2012 Pacific Asia Youth Invitational beginning May 26 at the Guam Football Association facility in Harmon.
“We are excited to play host to this upcoming friendly youth tournament,” said GFA’s Grace Martinez, soccer tournament coordinator. “This is an exciting opportunity for the youth teams selected to play. We invite the local community to come to GFA to watch the games and to support the teams.”
The top two teams from the U14 division of the Cars Plus Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League spring season, the Wings and the Sidekicks, along with the Strykers have been selected to play in the three-day tournament with the Philippine team. In the opening game of the U14 tournament, the Sidekicks are set to face Claret at 10 a.m. at the turf mini-pitch, with the Strykers and Wings playing against each other in the 11:30 match.
Each team will play each other once and then compete in a play off. The U14 final will be held Monday at 4:30 p.m.
In the U12 tournament, the Wings, Strykers and ASC Islanders will each play the U12 Claret team in a similar format to the U14 division. The final for the U12 tournament will be held Monday at 3 p.m.

Guam Sports Network

24 May 2012

Erco,Hiroshi in semis

By Cheska D. Geli
Friday, May 25, 2012
ERCO-PTT took the top spot in their group after routing FC Inter Cebu, 5-1, in the 12th Cebu Amateur Football Club Interclub men’s open at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus field.
Jhon Roy Melgo had two goals while Dario Surig Jr., Reymund Torres and Robert Mamac contributed one each for Erco’s third straight win. Erco now leads Group A on goals with eight more than Hiroshi, which also has three wins. Both teams will advance to the semifinals.

In the later match, Camella FC got their second win in four matches after beating Hijos Del Pueblo,4-1, to finish with a 2-2 mark, and third place in Group A.
In the Boys 17 Bracket A, Ormoc FC silenced FCIC, 5-1, and will gun for another win against second placer Ateneo de Cebu today. Paref Springdale leads the standings with three wins and one draw, and could face fierce rival Abellana National School-Pomeroy in the semifinals.
In Bracket B played at San Roque Field, Cebu Team earned a default win ANS-Pomeroy whose players had to miss the game for a school exam. Cebu leads the rankings with four wins followed by ANS-Pomeroy. SC Warriors routed DB Razkals, 6-1.
Age group
Los Amigos crushed SJSM/3 Brothers, 3-0, and will take on the streaking Ateneo de Cebu, which has won its last three matches. Canduman FC leads the standings with three wins and one loss.
Instead of championship match this Saturday, organizers decided to have a semifinal matches on Saturday to maximize playing time for participating teams.
In the Boys12. Canduman FC and Ormoc FC lead Bracket A, while Ateneo de Cebu and Danao FC in Bracket .
In Players 10, USV NC won against Team Warzhockz, 2-1, while Dinamo FC blanked South Cebu 1-0.
Ateneo de Cebu also scored a shutout after routing Los Amigos, 5-0.
Ateneo de Cebu and Los Amigos lead Bracket A, while Canduman Fc and Count FC in Bracket B.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 25, 2012.

Azkals rout PH U22 in friendly

By Cheska D. Geli
Thursday, May 24, 2012
THE U-22 squad lost to the Azkals, 3-0, in a friendly at San Carlos City the other day.
The friendly was part of the John Carmona-led squad’s preparation for the AFC Under-22 Asian Cup Qualfiers in Myanmar from June 23 to July 3.

Phil Younghusband banked in two goals, while defender Jimmy Malaloan had an own goal. The shut-out loss follows the team’s 2-1 loss to Pasargad and a 1-1 draw with Diliman last week.
The U-22 squad and the senior Azkals were in San Carlos City for the first part of the three-week training camp and are now in Bacolod for a mini-tournament with Negros Ceres and Global FC.
Dave Gerali of Don Bosco Technological Center, a member of the U22 staff, said that the boys still have to work on their defense and finishing.
Global FC Paolo Pascual was the first keeper in the first half and was replaced by San Beda’s Anthony Albao in the last half.
“Karon pajud mi kaduwa balik as a team because ang uban players karon pa sad nakabalik ug duwa because of club commitments,” said Gerali.
Most of the players shortlisted in the U22 are members of participating clubs in the UFL League.
Aside from the UFL players, OJ Porteria and Jason De Jong who both played in the Southeast Asian Games, will also join the team.
After Bacolod, they will go back to San Carlos and for a camp under Nike Total coach Jorge Kuriyama. The team will also have a series of friendlies in Thailand.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 25, 2012.

Azkals updates today

James and Phil Younghusband leaving for Manila and will not play in Bacolod tournament.

Deyto and Pasinabo also leaving for Manila to play UFL league match for Green Archers this weekend.

Azkals tune-up games scheduled at Panaad

The Philippine men’s football team, Azkals, will have a tune-up match this weekend at the Panaad football field in Bacolod City, against Ceres Football Club and Global Football Club in preparation for its friendly game against Malaysia on June 1, Juvy Lizares, president of the Visayas Football League, said yesterday.
The Azkals will play against Ceres FC on Saturday at 4 p.m. while Global FC will match against Ceres FC at 7 p.m. The winners will have a rematch on Sunday at 4 p.m. while losers will play against each other at 7p.m.
Richard Joson, of the Philippine Football Federation said the tune up games are all geared towards the return game here in Panaad on June 12 where Azkals will play against Guam for the FIFA International Friendly match.
He said this is an A Team match that holds the FIFA world rankings and the result of the game against Guam national team will affect the Azkals team standing that is currently at 148th place.
Lizares also said the performance of the Azkals will not be affected even without its goal keeper Neil Etheridge, who was given a one-match suspension by the AFC Disciplinary Committee last month.
He said the team has 3 to 4 goal keepers who are all capable to replacing Etheridge, and that he and even team coachHans MichaelWeiss have not yet decided who will be its first keeper in its game against Guam.
“They are now in training camp to prepare for their matches next week against Malaysia on June 1, against Indonesia on June 5 and June 12 here in Negros so I suspect Coach Weiss will decide on his first 11 close to the date of the match already,” Lizares said.
The Azkals will also have a football clinic with the Bantay Bata kids tomorrow at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Joson added. *LTG

Visayan Daily Star