29 September 2015

Azkals eye old Rizal for next home match

By Olmin Leyba
MANILA, Philippines - After calling the new Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan as their home, the Philippine Azkals will return to the decades-old Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila for their next home assignment in the Fifa World Cup qualifiers on Nov. 12 against Yemen.
“We have requested for a change in venue from the PSS to the RMS and it was approved by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which is the body supervising the World Cup qualifiers in Asia,” Philippine Football Federation general-secretary Edwin Gastanes told The STAR.
“We did this for the purpose of making it easier for football spectators to watch the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers home match,” he added.
The 20,000-seater PSS hosted two games for the Azkals in Group H of the qualifiers The Pinoy booters split their assignments in the Bulacan venue, upstaging Bahrain, 2-1, in the opener last June 11, then bowing to Uzbekistan, 1-5, last Sept. 8.
But before they battle Yemen on the artificial turf of Rizal, the Azkals will first tackle North Korea in Pyongyang on Oct. 8 and Bahrain in Manama on Oct. 13.
Gastanes said coach Thomas Dooley has already started preparing Manila-based players and they expect the rest of the stalwarts to be in by Oct. 3.
The team will leave for Beijing on Oct. 4 then take a flight to the North Korean capital the next day.
Meanwhile, the PFF has called up 22 players for the North Korea outing, headed by captain Phil Younghusband, Neil Etheridge, Stephan Schrock, Jerry Lucena, Daisuke Sato, and Rob Gier, who’s returning from injury.
Also called for duty are Amani Aguinaldo, Misagh Bahadoran, Paolo Bugas, Kenshiro Daniels, Patrick Deyto, Kevin Ingreso, Paul Mulders, Roland Muller, Manny Ott, Stephan Palla, OJ Porteria, Iain Ramsay, Patrick Reichelt, Martin Steuble, Dennis Villanueva, and Luke Woodland.
Striker Javier Patino was not in the pool, though.

YouTube : PFF Gen Sec Atty. Ed Gastanes

Azkals face North Korea in Pyongyang sans Patiño

By Cedelf P. Tupas

The Philippines will miss top striker Javier Patiño for the crucial World Cup Qualifying duel with North Korea on Oct. 8 in Pyongyang.
Azkals coach Thomas Dooley left Patiño out from the 22-man side bound for the North Korean capital, after the striker who has scored three goals in seven appearances for the national side, sustained what appeared as a hamstring injury in a Chinese Super League game last Sept. 20.
Patiño who plays for CSL side Henan Jianye told Dooley he could be out for “two to three weeks” which means the striker could still make the trip to Manama for the game against Bahrain on Oct. 13.

The Azkals are third in Group H after starting the qualifying campaign with two wins against a single defeat. They lost to Uzbekistan, 1-5, in their most recent WCQ match at Philippine Sports Stadium last Sept. 8.
Dooley said preparations for the two away matches have been far from ideal as Manila-based players are on a break the past three weeks with the United Football League season already finished.
“We will try to make the best out of the situation,” said Dooley. “These are two tough matches away and we hope we get some points from these two games.”
Defender Juani Guirado has also been left out of the team due to an injury just like Simone Rota, but skipper Rob Gier has been recalled after undergoing knee surgery early this month.
The Azkals are leaving for Pyongyang via Shanghai on Oct. 4.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/194782/azkals-face-n-korea-in-pyongyang-sans-patino#ixzz3n8OxH5Fk

Singapore Cup Semifinal : Global fc vs Albirex Niigata- ABANDONED

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Global Fc vs Albirex Niigata semi-final will be delayed till 9pm due to haze (PSI reading: 167).

Both Singapore Cup games tonight - Global v Albirex & DPMM v Home - have been abandoned

28 September 2015

PFF calls up players for WCQ match against DPR Korea

The Philippine Football Federation has issued call-up letters to the following players selected by Head Coach Thomas Dooley to compose the pool of the Philippine Men’s “A” Football Team that will play against North Korea on 8 October 2015 in DPR Korea for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM – Asian Qualifiers / AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019TM Qualifiers (Round 2).





Singapore Cup - Semifinals - Global Fc vs Albirex Niigata - Abandoned

Semifinals First Leg

Today at 7.30 pm Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore

Global Fc vs Albirex Niigata

Global FC starting XI: Deyto; Barbaso, Aguinaldo, Yanagawa, Talaroc; Hoshide, Bugas, Mt Hartmann; Clarino, Bahadoran, Mk Hartmann

"Tonight's match between Global FC and Albirex Niigata (S) has just been confirmed ABANDONED. Replay date to be announced soon."

"MATCH POSTPONED: Due to unhealthy haze levels tonight, our #SGCup match vs Albirex Niigata will be played tomorrow, time and venue TBA"

27 September 2015

NOFA U22 squad fortifies training; to announce final list on Oct. 3

By Jerome Galunan Jr.

 Defending PFF-Smart Club Championship regional champion and host-Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) fortifies its preparation ahead of the regional qualifying on November 10-15, 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
The John Carmona-mentored NOFA pool has been in various venues aside from Panaad for more intensive training.
“We have to make sure to build a strong NOFA side against other Visayan teams from Iloilo FA, Cebu FA, Negros Oriental FA, Capiz FA, Leyte FA, Bohol FA, Calbayog, and Northern Samar,” Carmona stressed.
At present, the NOFA squad is composed of champion Central Philippines State University (CPSU) of San Carlos City alongside several selections from runner-up Ceres-La Salle Varsity, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and College of St. Benilde.
“We are still finalizing the roster. We will announce it on October 3,” he added.

Helping Carmona in the coaching staff are Virgilio Subrado and Jeruel Gines./


25 September 2015

Global Fc in Singapore Cup semifinals

Global Fc will be playing Singapore Cup Semifinal matches against Albirex Niigata on Monday at 19.30 Jalan Besar Stadium.

Second leg will be played  on Thursday at Jurong East Stadium 19.30

Azkals back at Rizal Memorial Stadium !

FIFA and AFC has confirmed that the next World Cup qualiying match in Philippines will be played at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila and not Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue.


Philippines will be playing against Yemen on 12. November at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Upcoming matches are away matches against North Korea on 8. October and Bahrain on 13.

UFL accepting new clubs

Please be advised that the United Football League (UFL) is now accepting NEW clubs for the 2016 UFL Football Season. Additionally, these new clubs MUST have at least one (1) youth team that shall participate in the 2016 UFL Youth League. On the other hand, youth teams that would like to participate in the 2016 UFL Youth League MUST have a senior team in the UFL.
As such, interested clubs should submit their respective Letters of Intent addressed as follows:
The Executive Committee
United Football League
Unit 503, 5/F Oakridge Plaza Bldg.,
Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City
Attn: Mr. Aurelio L. San Agustin
General Manager
Furthermore, clubs are required to submit the following documents together with the Letter of Intent, to wit:
- Scanned copy of club's SEC Certificate of Incorporation
- List of Incorporators (NOTE: Should there have been changes made to the original list of incorporators, there should an accompanying notarized Secretary's Certificate and the latest General Information Sheet (GIS) submitted to the SEC reflecting these changes)
- Current List of Club Officers
- Current List of Coaching Staff
- Current Team Roster
- History, background and achievements of the club
The hard copies of the Letter of Intent with the accompanying required documents must be submitted a sealed long brown envelope to the UFL Office on or before 5:00 PM on 09 October 2015 (Friday). The envelope should be labeled as follows:
Letter of Intent and Required Documents
2016 UFL Football Season
On the other hand, the soft copies may be emailed to rsa.uflph@gmail.com and rtg.uflph@gmail.com.
REMINDER: Submission of documents DOES NOT GUARANTEE automatic acceptance into the UFL. All interested clubs will be evaluated by the FA Board and clubs shall be informed of the FA Board decision accordingly.

20 September 2015

AFC U16 Championship qualifiers : Philippines 9-2 Northern Mariana Isl

AFC U16 Championship qualifiers in Laos

Philippines 9-2 Northern Mariana Isl FT

Goals for Philippines :

Fidel Victor Tacardon 3 goals
Mariano Suba Jr 3 goals
Kyle Ronquillo 1 goal
Kier John Napolitano 1 goal
Jelani Borbon 1 goal

19 September 2015



Far Easter University (FEU) and De La Salle University (DLSU) will face off for the finals of the PFF Women’s Cup 2015 on Sunday, 20 September 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Topping Group A with 9 points in the group stage, FEU beat Group B’s 2nd-ranked team University of Sto.Tomas (UST) 4-0 in the semi-finals. Also with 9 points topping Group B, De La Salle University gave Group A’s 2nd placer Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) a 1-0 upset.
UST and DLSU will play at 5:30pm for the Championship match while UST and ADMU will play for 3rd place at 3:30pm.


18 September 2015

AFC U16 Championship : Philippines 0-7 Malaysia

AFC U16 Championship qualifiers in Laos


Philippines 0-7 Malaysia


Last match on Sunday against Northern Mariana Isl

TIMOR LESTE *4211182167
LAOS *3210122107

Vientiane: Malaysia cruised to a 7-0 victory over the Philippines to lead the Group G standings ahead of Timor Leste and hosts Laos, who missed the chance to go neck-and-neck with the Malaysians when they saw their 100% record end after playing out a 1-1 draw in Friday’s other fixture.
Buoyed by wins over the Northern Marian Islands (13-0) and Timor Leste (1-0) the Malaysians approached  their penultimate Group G fixture with confidence and were gifted a 26th minute lead when Philippines midfielder Prichi Roy James accidentally put the ball into his own net.
Aliff Haiqal bin Lokman made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute and after Muhammad Iqbal Hakem had scored number three four minutes later midfielder Muhammad Izreen saw that Malaysia went into the interval with a four-goal cushion when he netted his fifth of the qualifiers with three minutes of the first held remaining.

17 September 2015

VN-Philippines game cancelled

HA NOI  (VNS) — The Viet Nam national men's football team will not play a friendly match with the Philippines on October 3 as planned.
According to the Viet Nam Football Federation (VFF), the Philippines Football Federation sent an apology letter to the VFF and announced it would have to cancel the friendly match because the Philippines couldn't call enough players for the match.
Some of the Philippines' players are currently playing in Europe or preparing for the RHB Singapore Cup's semi-finals on September 28 and October 1.
The friendly was scheduled as part of Viet Nam's preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers.

Vietnam News

16 September 2015

Lionel Matados , Fil- Bulgarian in top Bulgarian club

Fil-Bulgarian Leo (Lionel) Matados is in the first team squad of Levski Sofia. They are in Bulgarian top division   He is a 17 y.o. right wing/midfielder

No reports that he has been playing for Bulgarian youth NT's


15 September 2015

32 teams battle for supremacy in PFF U-22 tiff

By Olmin Leyba

MANILA, Philippines – Talents from the provinces take centerstage as the Philippine Football Federation-Smart Under-22 Amateur Championship kick off its group stages beginning next month in venues all over the country.
A total of 32 teams from the different regional football associations are participating in the tourney, where the PFF hopes to discover candidates to the Phl U-23 side to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
The event, which will culminate in the knockout quarterfinals, semifinals and finals in January 2016 at the Panaad Sports Complex in Bacolod City, will give the floor to U-22 players who haven’t seen action yet in the first and second divisions of the United Football League.
“We won’t include any player from the UFL first and second divisions to give more chance to provincial players to show their talents and compete in an organized tournament,” said PFF competitions committee head Cyril Dofitas during yesterday’s press launch with PFF general secretary Edwin Gastanes and Smart Sports senior manager Epok Quimpo.
“Smart has always been a supporter of Philippine football, especially in the grassroots and competitive levels,” said Quimpo, adding the tourney goes in line with Smart’s campaign inviting everyone to the “Smart Life.” “We want participants not only to maximize their talents but also share it with their loved ones through their cellphones, postings on Instagram, Facebook and also inspire players younger than them."
The teams are scattered in eight groups and will play single-round robin with the winners advancing to the Last-8.

Group A is slated October 4 at Jose Yap Sports and Recreational Complex in Tarlac; Group B on Oct. 16-18 at Sta. Cruz Complex in Laguna; Group C on October 29-30 at Eco Athletic Field in Daet, Camarines Norte; Group D on Nov. 11-15 at Panaad; Group E on Nov. 25-29 at Surigao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center; Group F on Dec. 9-13 at Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum; Group G at Kalawag Central Sports Complex in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; and Group H  on Dec. 18-20 at Andres Bonifacio Field in Dipolog City.
Quarterfinals are set January 16-17 at Panaad with the victors progressing to the semis three days later. Finals and battle for third will be on January 21.
According to Gastanes, members of the champion team will be strongly considered to form the core of the Phl U-22 team that will compete in next year’s Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in Brunei and possibly for the U-23 team to the next SEA Games.


Azkals friendly vs Vietnam cancelled


The Philippine Azkals won’t be having much preparation before they face North Korea to continue itstheir 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying journey.
Philippine Football Federation (PFF) general secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes announced that the international friendly between the Azkals and Vietnam, which was originally slated on October 3, has been cancelled.
Gastanes explained that the date fell outside of the international window, which starts on October 5.
Fifa has specific dates on its calendar where international friendlies can be played and clubs can release its players for national team duties.

Also, Global FC stalwarts like Misagh Bahadoran, Daisuke Sato, and Amani Aguinaldo are going to be unavailable for the supposed friendly as the 2014 United Football League champs will play Japanese side Albirex Niigata in the semifinals of the 2015 Singapore Cup.
The Azkals return to the pitch on October 8 against Group H leaders North Korea in Pyongyang.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/193207/azkals-friendly-vs-vietnam-cancelled#ixzz3lnadskkv

14 September 2015

AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers : Philippines 0-9 Timor-Leste


AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers in Laos

Philippines 0-9 Timor Leste
0-3 HT
0-9 FT

Start 8 pm (PH)



Malaysia 13-0 Northern Mariana Isl

12 September 2015

AFC U16 : Laos 6-1 Philippines

Vientiane: Hosts Laos made an impressive start to Group G of the AFC U-16 Championship qualifiers on Saturday but their 6-1 win over the Philippines couldn’t match Timor-Leste’s 8-0 hammering of the Northern Mariana Islands in the opening fixture of the campaign.
Jelito Corte-Real scored the first Group G goal in the qualifying competition for next year’s youth finals in India and the defender’s strike on the stroke of half-time was all that separated Timor Leste and the Northern Mariana Islands going into the interval.
The Timorese turned up the heat in the second period, scoring seven times without reply to run out convincing winners, with Danilson Conceicao Araujo doubling the advantage four minutes after the restart before goals from Armindo Vieira (51st), skipper Joao Da Silva Freitas (66th) and Dom Lucas (70th) had the ASEAN side 5-0 up with 20 minutes left to play.
Just two minutes later it was six courtesy of Yafet Belima Barros, and after fellow substitute Orcelio Nobelito Moises added his name to the scoresheet in the 81st minute, Da Silva Freitas notched his second and Timor-Leste’s eighth with two minutes left on the clock.
In the later fixture, Laos also recorded a big win but they fell short of the tally set by the Timorese, with their 6-1 triumph seeing the Group G hosts end Matchday 1 second  in the table on goal difference.
Midfielder Nilanh Inthapanya struck in the 18th and 34th minutes to give Laos a 2-0 lead at the interval, which they extended just two minutes after the restart through Bounphachan Bounkong.
Saya Monlangsy made it 4-0 in the 56th minute before second-half substitute Nilan - who came on in the 48th minute for Thatsaphone Saysouk - added number five with quarter-of-an-hour left to play.
Things went from bad to worse for the Philippines in the 79th minute when defender Marcelo Ivan Ouano was sent off for a second bookable offence but despite their numerical disadvantage it was they who got the next goal, with skipper Fidel Victor Tacardon scoring his side’s consolation.
However, the five-goal difference was restored soon after when Nilan scored his second and Laos’ sixth one minute into second-half stoppage time.
The action resumes on Monday when Malaysia make their first Group G appearance against the Northern Mariana Islands, while the Philippines will be desperate to avoid a second defeat when they take on early pacesetters Timor Leste.
The ten other group winners and four best second-placed teams will join DPR Korea and India in next year’s finals, with the tournament hosts receiving an automatic qualification.
Should India finish top of their qualifying group or among the four best second-placed teams, the fifth best second-placed nation will qualify for the final competition.
With Group H concluded and Group G already underway, the nine other remaining groups all kick off on September 16.



Team Philippines are ready to travel to Amsterdam and compete in this year’s Homeless World Cup. The journey for this particular team has been longer than most. All the players in the squad faced the destructive Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) which ravaged the Philippines in November 2013.
When the typhoon hit the Philippines, the province of Leyte, which includes Tacloban and Ormoc, bore the brunt of its destructive power. The level of devastation was such, that most of the services and organisations based in the Philippines had to re-focus their efforts into supporting their countries recovery.  AsStreet Soccer Philippines, the Homeless World Cup National Partner in the Philippines, prepared for competitions – including the 2014 Homeless World Cup, which they were not able to attend – disaster struck and drastically changed all plans. As the resulting storm surge leveled homes and infrastructure, football was the last thing on the players’ minds as they underwent their harrowing ordeal.
This year’s squad remembers Haiyan all too well.
Striker Angelo Marzon says: “I was working in Ormoc and I went to my girlfriend’s house because I heard that the coming storm was strong. I went to my father’s house to check on my parents marzonafter seeing my girlfriend, and went back to her house after.
“The storm blew the roof off, but the walls held and everyone survived with just normal flooding”
At noon I went out to check on the house in San Jose. Our house was full of debris. The house was made of concrete, but it was in shambles and the kitchen had collapsed. About 4 p.m. my parents went to Robinson’s to sleep in the parking lot because they did not know where else to sleep. We stayed there for the night and then went back to began to clear the debris. Our house was near where the bodies were piled. Many of our neighbors were trapped and drowned.”
Genesis Pongos, one of this year’s defender and midfielder was living in Ormoc when the storm hit. “When we heard a storm was coming, I went to Valencia to my Grandfather’s house, because he was the only one there. My grandfather’s house is near a church and when we were preparing our breakfast, the roof came off and was totally removed. Our house is attached to the foundation of the church.

I gathered things for my grandfatgenesisher and then suddenly our house was gone, destroyed.
We were able to evacuate to our neighbors’ (also) roofless house. I remember looking through the neighbor’s house to find something to keep my grandfather and the other evacuees warm. After the storm, I built a small shelter for my grandfather. A half of a tent made from the debris. Grandfather is 66. He currently has a problem with his kidney.”
These are just a few of the harrowing ordeals experienced by members of Team Philippines 2015.
The Filipino players are looking forward to representing their country in the world’s stage, a chance that they missed last year due to the ongoing problems resulted from the devastation caused by Haiyan.
Make sure to follow Team Philippines and your other favourite teams by visiting our Tournament Page.

AFC U16 Championship qualifiers - Philippines squad list

AFC U16 Championship qualifiers in Laos

Philippines squad list




Winner in  group advance to AFC U16 Championship finals, also four best second placed placed teams from the groups.

11 September 2015

NOFA names U22 poolfor PFF-Smart Club reg’ls

By Jerome S. Galunan, Jr.
Defending PFF-Smart Club Championship regional champion and hostNegros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) is in tough preparation ahead of the regional qualifying scheduledNovember 10-15, 2015 at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
NOFA will be defending its crown against top football associations in the Visayas, namely: Iloilo FA, Cebu FA, Negros Oriental FA, Capiz FA, Leyte FA, Bohol FA, Calbayog, and Northern Samar.
Recently-crowned champion Central Philippines State University (CPSU) of San Carlos Citywill lead NOFA’s pool alongside several selections from runner-up Ceres-La Salle Varsity, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, and College of St. Benilde.
San Carlos FC head coach John Carmona yesterday named some players in the pool which includes CPSU’s Jerald Paparon, Diomar Caruscay, Jasper Layagon, Francis Jada Polvodrido, Timothy Bolo, Elton de Arce, Arjun Barangan, Arvin Bayani, Jordan Junco, Archie Pamiliar, Kharl de Jesus and Floric Bayonas; USLS’ Usman Ilimona, Aoki Harunori, Jo Warren Bedia, Joshua Dutosme, Regie Cisneros, Nessi Ramos, Kent Guevarra, Angelo Bayohan, Allian Alfonso, Van Llyod Baguioro and keeper Carlos Pinote; UNO-R’s Randee John Temana, Paolo Sanchez and Marivic Gancita; and St. Benilde’s Sidney Magbanua.
“We are still finalizing the list of foreign reinforcements,” he added.
“We have to choose the best for NOFA. Thus, we are conducting a series of tryouts and practice matches so we can see if there are still good players up for grabs. It’s important to look at the key positions and we already scouted several,” Carmona stressed.
Helping Carmona in the coaching staff are Virgilio Subrado and Jeruel Gines.
NOFA President Ricky Yanson said the association is ready for the hosting of the regional qualifying unless there will bechanges from the Philippine Football Federation./

AFC U16 Qualifiers in Laos start on Saturday

AFC U16 Championship Qualifiers in Vientiane, Laos

12. September Laos 6-1 Philippines (start 8 pm in Philippines)

14. September Philippines vs Timor-Leste

18. September Philippines vs Malaysia

20. September Philippines vs Northern Mariana Islands

09 September 2015

Phil Younghusband says early miscues - more than Uzbeks' quality - did Azkals in

PHIL Younghusband insisted the Philippine men’s football team was hardly overwhelmed by facing an Asian powerhouse in Uzbekistan in their World Cup Qualifying on Tuesday night.
More the quality of the 76th-ranked Uzbeks — the highest-ranked nation they have ever faced, the Azkals skipper believes they have themselves to blame for suffering a sound 5-1 beating.
“They were just a good team and scored two early goals,” Younghusband said. “You can’t give a good team a two-goal head start.”
The Uzbeks went up barely a minute into the match when Odil Akhmedov’s shot from outside the box slipped past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge’s hands and between his legs.
Their defense expected to hold up better after that, the Azkals instead concede another goal just 13 minutes later off Sardor Rashidov, who headed home a corner from the left side.
It was a hole too deep to climb out of by the time the Filipino booters settled down.
“We started to get more in the game maybe thirty minutes in and had we kept it nil-nil by then, it may be have been a different game,” Younghusband said.
“But to be two goals down after just fifteen minutes made it more difficult.”
Still, the Azkals star remains upbeat of their chances to advance to the third round.
“Getting a win would’ve made it easier for us, but it’s still open for anyone to top the group,” said Younghusband, whose team has six points and running third in Group H behind their tormentors on goal difference.
 Only the winners as well as the four best runners-up among the eight groups will qualify for the next round.

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/azkals/news/phil-younghusband-believesearly-miscues-more-than-uzbeks-quality-did-azkals-in#rtHDoZcswqrU0qTm.99

Match Ratings: Philippines vs Uzbekistan

By Cedelf P. Tupas


Azkals set Vietnam ‘friendly’ on Oct. 3

By Cedelf P. Tupas

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is pulling out all the stops to make sure that the Azkals will be in top form for their two crucial away matches next month.
A friendly against Vietnam on Oct. 3 at Rizal Memorial Stadium has been arranged before the trips to Pyongyang, North Korea, and Manama, Bahrain.
It will mark the first time that the Azkals will meet the Vietnamese in a friendly. Their last three meetings have been in the AFF Suzuki Cup with the Azkals winning twice, including in 2010 when they pulled off the upset of the tournament against the then defending champion
Vietnamese side.

With the United Football League season already finished, the match gives the team, particularly the Manila-based players, an opportunity to sharpen up before the game against North Korea on Oct. 8 and Bahrain five days later.
Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/192482/azkals-set-vietnam-friendly-on-oct-3#ixzz3lHCWpmce

08 September 2015

Azkals 'keeper Neil Etheridge admits early blunder set tone for Uzbeks' five-goal romp

By Karlo Sacamos
BOCAUE, Bulacan – Neil Etheridge owned up to his early error that put the Philippines on the back foot early on the way to a disappointing 5-1 loss to Uzbekistan in their World Cup Qualifying match on Tuesday night.
The Azkals starting goalkeeper conceded the opening goal 48 seconds into the match when Odil Akhmedov’s shot from outside the box slipped past his hands and between his legs that stunned the crowd and sparked the rout.
“It’s an individual mistake that happens as a goalkeeper and happens as football players,” the 6-foot-3 Etheridge admitted after the game.
But the 25-year-old net-minder, who started ahead of Roland Muller and Patrick Deyto, took the blunder in stride.
“It doesn’t affect me and I’ll move on and become stronger for it,” the 25-year-old booter said.
Etheridge, though, admitted the stunning goal gave the 76th-ranked Uzbeks the psychological edge the rest of the way.
“It’s always an uphill struggle once you go one-nil behind and such so early in the game,” he said. “They’re a fantastic team. We have to hold our hands up.”
“But do I believe they are four goals better than us? I don’t believe they are,” Etheridge, who plays his club football for third-tier English side Walsall, was quick to add.
“But at the same time, everything they hit seemed to go in and they were having those days.”

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/azkals/news/neil-etheridge-owns-up-to-opening-goal-mistake#F8kmZC9FzZhhztjM.99

YouTube : ★ PHILIPPINES 1-5 UZBEKISTAN ★ 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers - All Goals ★

Nightmare in Bocaue: Uzbekistan drubs Azkals

By Ryan Songalia
BOCAUE, Philippines - Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers was dubbed the Group of Death for a reason. On Tuesday, September 8, the Philippine Azkals discovered that reason.
The Philippine national football team was drubbed by Uzbekistan, 1-5, at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines.
As the torrential rains and intermittent lightning began to die down, the nightmare was just beginning for the Philippines. A slow roller from Uzbekistan’s captain Odil Ahmedov slipped through the rain-soaked gloves of Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge barely 45 seconds into the match, giving Uzbekistan the lead.
Uzbekistan, which is rated by FIFA 49 spots above the Philippines at 76, would tack on goals from Igor Sergeev and Sardor Rashidov before the first half ended. Still, the announced 7,500 fans sprinkled across the stadium never dampened their enthusiasm, as chants of “Pil-i-pinas” continued to ring out across the open-air venue.
The second half began as ignominiously for the Philippines as Sergeev tacked on a second goal at the ’65 mark. It wasn’t until Stephan Schrock, who came on at halftime in relief of Iain Ramsay, that the Philippines scored its first goal of the game at the ’68 mark. The score was Schrock’s fourth international goal, but the closer margin wouldn’t last.
Ten minutes later Rashidov scored his brace to give the Uzbeks a 1-5 lead at ’79. By then, the chants became less hopeful, and some fans made their exits ahead of Bulacan traffic.
The loss was a reality check for the Philippines, which had beaten Yemen and Bahrain in June to earn 6 points. The loss now puts the Philippines behind Uzbekistan, which beat Yemen and lost to North Korea, in goal differential. North Korea leads the group with 9 points while the Philippines and Uzbekistan have 6 each.
The Philippines will next play North Korea on October 8 in Pyongyang, followed by a rematch in Bahrain on October 13. –Rappler.com

FIFA World Cup qualifier : Philippines 1-5 Uzbekistan

FIFA World Cup qualifier today

Philippines vs Uzbekistan

Philippine Sports Stadium , Bocaue

Start 8 pm

TV : ABS CBN Sports & Action

Livescore : www.futbol24.com

Official Livestream link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYGpUMKqHa0

1 min 0-1 Uzbekistan
14 min 0-2 Uzbekistan
43 min 0-3 Uzbekistan
0-3 HT
Aguinaldo in , Woodland out
Schrock in , Ramsay out
61 min Ingreso in , Ott out
65 mins 0-4 Uzbekistan
68 mins 1-4 Schröck
80 mins 1-5 Uzbekistan
1-5 FT

attendance : 7500

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Official squad for Philippines against Uzbekistan




07 September 2015

Underdog’ Azkals looking to foil Uzbekistan

By Cedelf P. Tupas

If this match took place a couple of years ago, it would have been easy to dismiss any chance of an upset by the Philippines over a formidable and experienced Uzbekistan side.
But the steady rise of the Azkals during the tenure of coach Thomas Dooley has the team looking primed for a reversal when it squares off with the Central Asian powerhouse Tuesday night in Group H of World Cup Qualifying at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Kickoff is at 8 p.m. with the Azkals seeking to keep their perfect record in qualifying, following a couple of impressive wins over Bahrain (2-1) and Yemen (2-0) to start their campaign last June.

But Uzbekistan, ranked No. 71 by Fifa, will be the highest-placed team the Azkals will be facing, and skipper Phil Younghusband can’t help but liken the situation in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, when the team upset defending champion Vietnam.
The Uzbeks are third in the group following a 1-0 win over Yemen last Thursday in Tashkent that came after a 2-4 loss to North Korea in Pyongyang.
“We are the clear underdogs,” said Dooley. “But we can make so much happen if everybody fights for the team. We expect (Uzbekistan) to show us what football is all about.”
The Azkals will miss Rob Gier and Simone Rota due to injuries, but Luke Woodland arrived Sunday morning from his trial with the New York Red Bulls.
Uzbekistan coach Samvel Babayan is aware of the Azkals’ threat and points to Younghusband as the player to “neutralize so that we can build our game.”
The Uzbeks boasts two-time Asian Player of the Year Server Djeparov and Russian League standouts in defender Vitaly Denisov and winger Odil Ahmedov.


06 September 2015

Buses to Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue

Good day everyone!
We will be providing transportation on 8 September 2015 (Tuesday) for the Azkals v Uzbekistan game in PSS.
Tentative pick-up location is at Caltex North Avenue, across Trinoma. 1st trip is at 4:00 pm and seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. The fare will be Php75.00 per head per trip.
The buses will also be available for the trip from PSS back to Manila after the game. Please be at the pick-up location as early as possible to be assured of bus seats. Thank you and see you all at the game.

Uzbeks’ form a worry for the Azkals

By Cedelf P. Tupas

Uzbekistan has yet to hit its stride in Group H of World Cup Qualifying, but that doesn’t mean the job will be easier for the Philippines when they clash Tuesday at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Despite their billing as the top seed in the group, the Uzbeks are still far from their best as they lost their opening match to North Korea, 2-4, last June and managed a 1-0 win over Yemen at home last Thursday.
The Central Asians arrived in Manila Sunday night via a chartered flight from Tashkent and immediately went straight to training at the Ateneo pitch. They face the Azkals at 8 p.m. 

“They have now a point to prove,” said Azkals defender Gier who also does scouting for the team.
Gier will miss the game after undergoing surgery on his knee last week but has made it a point to be in the camp as one of the acknowledged leaders in the squad.
“They (Uzbeks) have a new coach and they will be coming out wanting to make a point,” said Gier. “They cant afford any more slipups. We are the underdogs in that game, to be honest. but the form we are in, I dont see any reason we cant win.”
Azkals manager Dan Palami shares Gier’s optimism.
“I think that will be the toughest challenge that we had just like the old Azkals facing Kuwait,” said Palami recalling the time the national side faced the Middle East powerhouse four years ago in the second round of qualifying.
The Azkals lost the two legged tie 1-6 that saw them get eliminated from the competition.
“I’m quite confident that somehow it will not be easy for Uzbekistan,” said Palami.
The Azkals scored a comfortable 2-0 win over the Maldives last Thursday in a game where coach Thomas Dooley shuffled players out of positions and rested some of his standouts.
“They Uzbeks had a scout here their technical director was here and we hope we were able to send him the wrong signals,” said Palami.
Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will be coming into the Uzbekistan game in fine form, having conceded just twice for Walsall in League One, the second tier in English football.
“We got great goalkeeping options and that’s a strong part of the team,” said Etheridge, who is expected to get the starting job ahead of Roland Muller. “I came here with confidence. I’ve had seven games, six wins and one draw. Its been fantastic but my focus at the moment is with the Azkals.”


05 September 2015



Enter NLEX and go past Valenzuela, Meycauayan and Marilao Exits. After Marilao Exit, keep right to use the shoulder road leading to the entrance to Cuidad de Victoria where the Philippine Arena is.
If using Mindanao Smart Connect entrance to NLEX, go straight North and then after Marilao Exit, keep right and be ready to use the right shoulder road to enter Ciudad de Victoria.Traffic flow will be counter clockwise around the Philippine Arena.
Private vehicles will be directed to the Parking Areas.

Exit via NLEX access road then exit Bocaue or Balagtas and make a U-turn going back south to Manila.

First, go to any terminals of jeepney or bus headed to its location. Or along EDSA, go to the loading zone and ride the bus headed to its location.
Second, alight at "Barangay Turo" or you can simply say to driver or bus conductor as "Turo" which is approximately 535 meters from NLEX ramp where the bus or jeepney bearing you and other passengers turn right after stopping at Bocaue Exit on its way to destination in Bulacan. A tall and wide metal arch is erected at the corner of the street perpendicular to the left of the main road you're taking from NLEX which is Gov F Halili Ave. Attached to the arch reads "Welcome Brgy Turo Bocaue Bulacan" and that's where you must alight.
Third, go to the terminal or queue of tricycles that you would see not far. Take a trike and say your destination to the driver - "Philippine Arena"
The trike takes the narrow road perpendicular to the right of Gov Halili Ave which is just a little bit past the Brgy Turo welcome arch. It will take you right to the Philippine Arena. You can view the location map of Philippine Arena at the end of this article.
Terminals & Loading Areas one ride to Philippine Arena Vicinity
As I have already mentioned, after getting off the jeepney or bus from Manila, you still need to take a trike to set foot on the ground of Philippine Arena. So, below are three different spots in Metro Manila where you can take a one ride route to Brgy Turo from which you take a trike to Philippine Arena.
Monumento Jeepney Terminal
There are two terminals of jeepneys bound for Philippine Arena - via McArthur Highway and via NLEX. Forget about 'via McArthur Highway' as it takes long to get there. Take only the jeepney with route 'via NLEX' for fast commute. The terminal of jeepneys that take NLEX is located near LRT-1 Monumento Station. Exact location is Benin St corner Maximo St. The route and sign of jeepneys there is "Monumento - Sta Maria."
How to locate the Terminal
From LRT Monumento Station, walk towards EDSA where Andres Bonifacio Monument is located. Turn right onto street before EDSA which is L Bustamante. Walk past a street perpendicular to the left and then turn left onto the next street perpendicular to the left which is Benin. Walk to the next corner on the left of Benin before EDSA, where the terminal is located.
From Andres Bonifacio Monument aka Bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio and popularly known as Monumento, walk on the right of EDSA. Turn right onto the first corner from Andres Bonifacio Monument which is Benin. The terminal is located at the next corner of Benin St, on the right from EDSA.
From footbridge of EDSA before Bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio (Monumento.) If you're in the northbound lane of EDSA (you have alighted from jeepney or bus from Balintawak part of EDSA), use the footbridge and cross EDSA. Walk toward Andres Bonifacio Monument and turn left onto the road before Andres Bonifacio Monument.
Doroteo Jose Bus Terminal
Located below LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station, exactly beneath the footbridge that connects LRT-2 Recto Station to LRT-1 Doroteo Jose Station. The route and sign of bus to take here is "Sta Cruz - Bocaue."
How to locate the bus terminal
From LRT-2 Recto Station, follow directional signs to LRT Doroteo Jose Station, use the footbridge. Don't cross to the other side of LRT-1 D Jose Station. Just go down the road once you get to Doroteo Jose train station. You'll immediately see the bus terminal next to the building of LRT Doroteo Jose Station, along Doroteo Jose St and just below the footbridge.
From a Baclaran bound LRT-1 train, go down the D Jose Station. Cross Avenida towards the opposite corner of D Jose and Avenida. Go to the back of LRT D Jose Station via D Jose St and the bus terminal is there.
From a Roosevelt bound train, go down to Doroteo Jose St, and go to the first bus terminal below footbridge of LRT-1 and 2.
EDSA Bus Loading Zones
The most convenient spot to board a bus headed to the location of Philippine Arena along EDSA is at Farmers Plaza in Cubao. The bus has a lot of vacant seats there. During peak hours, it helps if you take the bus at this area. Other loading zones are located past Aurora Blvd, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Roosevelt-Munoz and Balintawak. The sign of the bus to take is any of these: "Garden Bocaue Exit Sta Maria", "Sta Clara Bocaue Exit" and "Sta Maria Bocaue Exit."
How to find the bus at Farmers
Just go out of Farmers Plaza and wait along the sidewalk in front of Farmers Plaza which is shaded by Farmers Plaza building itself. The bus passes through the lane nearer to the sidewalk.
How to go to Philippine Arena from...
(Note: You must have read the directions above before reading routes below)
Route #1
From Alabang, Sucat, Bicutan, FTI via SLEX
Option 1 - take a bus with secondary sign that reads "Cubao Ibabaw" and alight at Farmers Plaza. Then ride the bus to Brgy Turo in Bocaue.
Option 2 (faster) - alight at MRT-3 Magallanes Station, ride train to Araneta Center Cubao Station which is connected to Farmers. Go down to the loading area and take the bus to Bgy Turo.
Option 3 - take a jeepney with "Pasay Rotunda" sign, alight at Pasay Rotunda, ride a LRT-1 train to Roosevelt and alight at either Doroteo Jose or Monumento stations. Then go to the terminal of either bus or jeepney mentioned earlier.
Route #2
From NAIA Terminals
Terminal 1 & 2 - take a NAIA shuttle and and alight at Terminal 3 then ride the shuttle headed to Pasay Rotunda in Taft.
Terminal 3 - go to shuttle bus bay and ride the train headed to Taft/Genesis Terminal.
Terminal 4 - jeepney along Domestic Road, alight at Airport Rd. Ride another jeepney with "Nichols MRT/LRT" sign. Alight at Pasay Rotunda.
Take MRT-3 train to Araneta Center Cubao and ride the bus to Bocaue Bulacan mentioned earlier.
Route #3
From Southwest Integrated Terminal
Option 1 - Ride city bus bound for Fairview via Espana, Lawton and UST. Alight at any point along the route with LRT-1 station. Ride a train bound for Roosevelt and follow Option 3 of Route #1. You can also take jeepney with "Sta Cruz Monumento" sign.
Option 2 - Ride a city bus with "Cubao Ibabaw" secondary sign. Follow either Option 1 or Option 2 of Route #1.
Route #4
From Cavite towns and cities, i.e., Dasmarinas, Bacoor, Silang, Tagaytay, Imus, Kawit, etc as well as in Batangas City via Southwest Integrated Terminal.
Ride a provincial bus to Southwest Integrated Terminal, then, follow directions given in Route #3.
Note: If the terminal of bus you're riding from your provincial origin is located along EDSA such as in Kamuning, you can take the provincial bus headed to Brgy Turo. Just wait for that bus at loading area near the terminal of the bus you have ridden from Batangas or Cavite.
Route #5
From SM Mall of Asia and SM Arena
There are lots of jeepneys you can take to EDSA. Look for "Malibay" bound jeepney at South Terminal which is just outside SM Store or SM Department Store. You can ride that jeepney and alight at MRT-3 Taft Station then take the train to Araneta Center Cubao Station and follow Option 2 of Route #1.
If you prefer bus, then get off the jeepney at Heritage Hotel, then ride the bus with "Cubao Ibabaw" secondary sign.
Route #6
From Divisoria, Binondo, Lucky Chinatown Mall and areas nearby.
Walk from Lucky Chinatown Mall to Recto Ave which is very near. In Divisoria, Recto is where ends. In Binondo, use a pedicab or if you can, then walk your way to Recto or take a jeepney headed to Divisoria in front of Binondo Church or nearby.
Ride a jeepney bound for Cubao, Morayta/PRC, Quiapo or Marikina. Alight at Avenida where LRT-1 runs above.
Option 1 - Cross Recto Ave and walk along Avenida until you get to Doroteo Jose. Now, take the provincial bus to Bulacan mentioned earlier in the post.
Option 2 - Ride a train at Doroteo Jose Station bound for Roosevelt and alight at Monumento. Now, follow direction to the jeepney terminal which is mentioned also at the start of this post.
Route #7
From Eastwood City
Along C-5 Road, just outside Eastwood City, jeepneys bound for Cubao pass through. Take one of these jeepneys. In Cubao, walk your way to Farmer's Plaza mall. Once there, go to the frontage which is EDSA. Now take the bus to Brgy Turo.
Route #8
From Marikina, Antipolo, Angono, Cainta, SSS Village, Sta Lucia East, Robinsons Metro East, SM City Marikina and nearby places.
You can take a jeepney or Urvan Express. You can also take a bus with "Quiapo" sign if there are in your area. If bus, alight at EDSA-Ortigas or Robinsns Galleria. If jeepney or FX, alight at either EDSA-Crossing or EDSA-Ortigas. Ask the driver if where he's headed. Either way is okay, as long as you're near EDSA.
In EDSA, ride a bus with secondary sign that reads "Cubao Ibabaw." Now, take the provincial bus to Brgy Turo in Bulacan.
Route #9
From Central Temple of Iglesia ni Cristo in Commonwealth Ave Quezon City where New Era University College of Evangelical University is also located. Also from Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City Hall, Philcoa and other areas nearby.
Ride a jeepney bound for "Roces", "Pantranco", "Delta", "Fisher Mall", "Quiapo" in any loading area located along Commonwealth Ave. Alight at the corner of Quezon Ave and EDSA. Use the pedestrian footbridge, cross Quezon Ave and go to Centris. Go to the bus loading area along EDSA and wait for the bus bound for Bulacan. 
Note: Some bus also stop at the spot along EDSA past Quezon Ave but it's not convenient to wait there because most of the time buses are already full. Buses stand longer at Centris area before crossing Quezon Ave.
Route #10
From any station of LRT Line 2. You can get to Philippine Arena faster by using LRT-2 from your location along Aurora Blvd, Magsaysay Blvd or from Santolan Station. Legarda Station is the one to use from Sampaloc/Legarda area and Mendiola where university belt is located.
Just take a train either to Recto Station (last station) or to Araneta Center Cubao Station, depends on what type of bus you want to take. Most buses in Doroteo Jose are ordinary while in Farmers Plaza/EDSA bus bay, buses are air-conditioned. Take the exit to Gateway Mall in Areneta Center and follow the directional sign to MRT-3 which is connected to Farmer's Plaza. Once there just go down to EDSA and ride the bus to Bulacan.
Route #11
From BGC or Bonifacio Global City - Market Market, SM Aura, Bonifacio High Street (BHS), etc.
Take a BGC Bus bound for EDSA-Ayala at Market Market BGC Bus Terminal. If you're location is at west part of the BGC, just go to any Bus Stop located near you and take a bus with "West Route" sign, it returns to EDSA after dropping all passengers in all bus stops there while also loading passengers headed to Makati and MRT-3.
Once in EDSA, ride a northbound train at MRT-3 Ayala Station and alight at Araneta Center Cubao Station. Get down to the bus loading bay in front of Farmer's Plaza and wait for the bus headed to Bulacan.
Route #12
UV Express via NLEX from SM San Fernando, Angeles, Dau, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bataan.
Look for the terminal of UV Express in your area and ask for the one headed to its terminal in Bocaue. Once you reach Bocaue terminal, just walk down Gove Halile Road away from NLEX until you get to the arch of Brgy Turo. Take a trike to Philippine Arena. 
Note: If you're riding a provincial bus bound for Manila, make sure to alight at Bocaue Exit, cross NLEX and walk further until you get to Brgy Turo arch where you a tricycle to Philippine Arena.