26 June 2019

PFL Weekend matches

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Exciting matches this weekend! One in Biñan and a doubleheader in Rizal Memorial Football Stadium! 

Stallion Laguna Football Club Philippines will play in their home turf against Global Cebu FC at 3:30PM! 

KAYA Futbol Club will try to continue their winning run against Philippine Air Force FC in Rizal Football Stadium at 4:00PM! 

Ceres-Negros FC is back and will host Mendiola FC 1991 also in Rizal Football Stadium at 7:00PM!

Don't miss these exciting matches this weekend! Watch the matches live in the stadium or via our live stream platforms www.pfltv.ph and Facebook live

Ceres-Negros falls short against Hanoi, ends AFC Cup run

A late run wasn’t enough as Ceres-Negros FC bowed to Hanoi FC 2-1 (3-2 in aggregate) in the second leg of the ASEAN semifinal of the AFC Cup. Pape Omar and Nguyen Van Quyet scored for the home squad while Curt Dizon pulled one back for the visitors.
The Vietnamese champs put the pressure early which resulted to plenty of chances for the men in purple. Do Hung Dung had the best chance in the 18th minute be he missed a sitter in front of goal. Nguyen Quang Hai had a chance of his own a minute later but he sorely missed from outside the box.
Ceres-Negros held on halfway into the half as Hanoi’s attacking barrage was controlled well by the defense. A screamer from Ngan Van Dai near the hour mark was the closest but was over the bar.
The home squad continued near the end of the half but a sorry miss from Van Quyet and a superb save from Roland Muller from a Do Hung Dung shot meant that it was still 0-0 at the half.
Hanoi picked up where they left off in the first half after Sean Kane was forced to block a shot in front of goal. A chance from Quang Hai in the 51st was threatening but Silva made a last ditch tackle to quell the danger.
Mike Ott beat his marker in the 54th but his resulting pass near the goal line was straight to the keeper. Substitue Pham Than Luong laid off to an open Quang Hai but the young player blasted it over the bar.

A controversial through ball to Nquyen Van Quyet allowed the forward some space before he released to Pape Omar who tucked in the opening goal. The Ceres-Negros defense was up in arms as the striker was deemed in an offside position with the assistant hesitating to call the offside.
Miguel Tanton had a chance from distance but his attempt was way wide. Stephan Schrock lost the ball in his own half which allowed Hanoi to threaten with the ball landing to Van Quyet who makes it 2-0 to send the almost four-thousand crowd into celebration.
Ceres-Negros put on the pressure in the remaining minutes with Hanoi comfortably ahead. A lay off by Kane to Ott allowed the midfielder to shoot from the edge of the box but the ball goes wide of the top corner. Tanton almost found Alvaro Silva but his header off a corner was not on target.
A fine delivery from the wings from Schrock allowed substitute Curt Dizon to pull back a goal for the Philippine champs in the 85th minute to silence the crowd and make it 2-1.
Schrock almost delivered another assist in injury time after passing to Ott whose shot was palmed out by Nguyen Van Cuong. The busmen had the best chances in the last minute when Mahir Karic won the ball on the edge of the goal line before releasing to Silva whose shot was blocked by the defense. Tanton recovered the rebound but the final attempt was wide.
The referee blew the whistle after three minutes of extra time with Hanoi FC ending Ceres-Negros campaign in the AFC Cup, their fourth consecutive appearance in the knockout stages. Hanoi FC makes the final for the first time and will play against the winners in the semis between Becamex Bin Duong and PSM Makassar.

20 June 2019

19 June 2019

PFL- Global Cebu 3-1 Philippine Air Force




PFL- Mendiola Fc 3-6 Kaya Fc Iloilo




PFL - Green Archers United 0-0 Stallion Laguna





Ceres-Negros FC settled for a 1-1 draw against Hanoi FC in the first leg of the ASEAN Semifinal of the AFC Cup last June 18 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City. Bienvenido Maranon and Pape Omar were the goal scorers in the fierce knockout battle.
Both teams lived up to the hype as the favorites in ASEAN and the first match showed the quality in tie. The Busmen had the first chance on goal when Omid Nazari teed up Miguel Tanton but the shot was easily collected by Van Cong.
Nguyen Van Quyet had a glorious chance minutes later but his shot was blocked. Nguyen Quang Hai got the rebound but he couldn’t hit the ball well to bother Muller.
The two squads struggled in the wet conditions which saw a tight midfield battle in the pitch. Yellow cards were given out to Alvaro Silva, Super, and Do Duy Manh midway the first half in the very even half.
The Philippine champs had the best chance in the 34th minute when a cross from Sean Kane met Maranon whose quick shot was blocked by a foot save from the keeper. Mike Ott almost broke the deadlock but Van Cong did very well for the fine save.
Do Hung Dung almost had the chance to steal the match but his finish saw the ball sail past the second post. An impulsive shot from Maranon in injury time hit the arm of a defender in the box but no call was given by the officials. Both teams finished scoreless at the break.
The tight midfield battle continued on into the second half until the 58th minute when Stephan Schrock sent a perfect ball to Maranon who picked out the bottom corner to send the Panaad fans into raptures.
Hanoi had their own chance to equalize but Gyanu Oseni’s shot was saved by Roland Muller and the follow up hit the side netting. The visitors were getting more dangerous and were rewarded in the 67th minute when Pape Omar converted from short distance.
A through ball landed to Van Quyet who was somewhat on an offside position which allowed him to lay off to substitute Phan Than Luong who squared it back to Pape who made no mistake.
Substitute Samson broke free from the defense in the 76th minute allowing him plenty of space to shoot but Muller produced another fine save to deny the visitors. Both teams fought hard to get another goal but the best chance came to Ott in the 90th minute but his left footed shot off a Maranon pass was wide of the target.
The semifinalists battled hard in added time but it wasn’t enough as it finished 1-1 in the first leg. Both teams will again face each other in the second leg in Hanoi on June 25.
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17 June 2019


Ceres-Negros FC winger Curt Dizon is nothing short of exhilarated with the upcoming semifinal matches in the ASEAN Zone of the AFC Cup.
“Naturally, I’m excited,” said the midfielder. If you don’t get excited about these big games then you don’t love football.”
“It’s a massive game and we’re at home as well. It’ll be nice to see the support from everyone here in Bacolod. I just cant wait to get out there and do what I can do for the team”.
The Philippine International is very much aware of the challenge at hand after facing opponents that also featured players that did very well in the AFF and Asian Cups.
“We actually know that their country had been doing well so we know they’ve got good players but we’ve been out working in training. We know that we just need to pick our moment and stick to our game plan, we should be alright,” Dizon added.
Kickoff is set at 730pm in the historic stadium. Only then can Dizon and and his teammates prove themselves in the battle of the best teams in Southeast Asia.



A battle of epic proportions is set as Ceres-Negros FC collides with Hanoi FC in the ASEAN semifinal of the AFC Cup on June 18 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.
Both teams topped their respective groups to make it to the knockout rounds to renew their rivalry from two years back when they first met in the competition.
The two teams have met twice in the 2017 edition where the busmen produced a 6-2 victory in Panaad to clinch qualification to the knockout rounds which eventually saw them reach the Final to be crowned the inaugural champions of the ASEAN Zone.
This time however, Hanoi FC returns with a stronger lineup which scored twenty-three goals in the group stages. Naturalized player Samson will return with mainstays Pham Duc Huy and star Nguyen Quan Hai. They will be complimented with top imports in Moses Oloya, Pape Omar Faye, and AFC Cup joint topscorer Ganiyu Oseni.
“This year we prepared very well, and we know Ceres is a good team in the AFC Cup and the domestic league,” said Hanoi Coach Chu Dinh Nghiem. “We have seen the team play against Shan United and Becamex Bin Duong and we will find the best solution to play against them tomorrow,” he added.
Midfielder Do Hung Dung is more confident this time around together with his other teammates in the National team after featuring in the AFF and Asian Cups a few months ago. “The competition we had was very good as have more experience playing against them. We have played against the Philippines twice in the Suzuki Cup so its good for us,” the midfielder added.
Ceres-Negros meanwhile will parade their best lineup against the Vietnamese giants led by joint topscorer Bienvenido Maranon and Stephan Schrock who will meet Hanoi for the first time in continental competition. Filipino Internationals Mike Ott, Curt Dizon, and Hanoi alum Alvaro Silva will also feature for the Philippine champs.
This is our third time to play in the semifinals and this time the opponent is much bigger much, stronger,” said Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic. “Of course, it’s a very big game for us and we want to be in the Final again and both teams will fight for that. For me, Its the final before the final.”
“They are one of the strongest in Southeast Asia and its very difficult to prepare for something like that but we already have our style, we know how we have to play, and we are playing at home. Of course it’s a difficult game for us but the motivation is very high and I’m sure my players will give everything in the game tomorrow to reach the finals,” the longtime mentor added.
There are plenty of subplots going around the titanic semis matchup. Philippines Captain Stephan Schrock will tangle with longtime Vietnam Captain Nguyen Van Quyet while AFC Cup topscorers in Oseni and Maranon will try to break their deadlock of nine goals in this years competition. Ceres defender Alvaro Silva will face his former team which he featured against Ceres two years ago.
Festivities will start at 7PM in the Panaad Stadium with the match shown live on ESPN5 Plus free TV channel and ESPN5 YouTube channel. Match will also be shown in premium cable channel Fox Sports 2. Both teams will play in the return leg in Hanoi on June 25.

09 June 2019

08 June 2019

Friendly- Guangzhou Evergrande vs Philippines

Philippines is playing  a friendly Sunday against Guangzhou Evergrande.

Match time 7 pm.

07 June 2019

PFL Saturday - Mendiola Fc 1-1 Philippine Air Force




Philippine Azkals fall to China anew, U-22 team bows to Singapore

By Paolo Del Rosario

The Philippines had two national football teams playing at the same time, but unfortunately neither of them could avoid defeat on Friday.
The 10-man Philippine Azkals fell to China, 2-0, in an international friendly at the Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China, while the men's under-22 team were outclassed by Singapore, 3-0, in the Merlion Cup at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in Singapore.
A defensive lapse from the Azkals backline saw China steal back possession near the Philippine penalty area in the 14th minute. The hosts whipped in a cross from the right flank, which Wu Xi bundled in to open the scoring in favor of the hosts.
The best chance of the Philippines in the first 45 minutes saw Ceres Negros midfielder Mike Ott skew his shot high and wide in the 22nd minute.
In the second half, China almost added on to their lead early, had it not been for Michael Falkesgaard's acrobatic efforts to parry away a goal-bound free kick in the 53rd minute.
But just a minute later, a long searching ball from the Chinese midfield found an unmarked Zhang Xizhe, who finished with aplomb to make it 2-0.
Things went from bad to worse for the Philippines, with Daisuke Sato being shown a second yellow card for another bookable offense in the 69th minute.
Fortunately for the visitors, China were unable to rub more salt into the wound as they settled for the 2-0 win.
Over in Singapore, the younger Filipino footballers suffered a similar fate.
The Philippines under-22 team started brightly against the hosts, with Jarvey Gayoso testing the keeper from close range as early as the 10th minute of the contest.
But Singapore started to find chinks in the Filipino's armor, threatening from set piece situations near the Philippine penalty area.
After the initial skirmishes, it was the Singapore's Young Lions that broke the deadlock.
Striker Amiruldin Asraf pounced on a weak back pass from Philippine defender Pete Forrosuelo and took on Michael Asiong one-on-one.
Asraf's powerful effort was too much for the Filipino keeper to handle, as Singapore got the opener in 26th minute.
The hosts almost doubled their advantage in the 40th minute, after they saw a header off a free kick bounce off the upright to safety.
Set pieces continued to be the bane of the Philippines in the second half, with Singapore doubling up their lead through an Irfan Fandi header off a free kick in the 62nd minute.
The hosts continued to pile misery on the Filipinos, with Ikhsan Fandi putting the finishing touches on a Singaporean counter attack just five minutes later to make it 3-0.
The Azkals will continue their training camp in China, where they have a friendly with a local club scheduled for Sunday. The Philippines U-22 team will take on Indonesia in the third-place playoff on Sunday in Singapore.

Friendly - China 2-0 Philippines



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Merlion Cup - Singapore U22 3-0 Philippines U22

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Singapore U22  3-0 Philippines U22 FT

Philippines U22 play Third Place match on Sunday against Indonesia U22 .

Match time 4.30 Pm at Jalan Besar Stadium

06 June 2019

New national team talents excite PH skipper Schrock


Philippines captain Stephan Schrock sees plenty of promise from the Azkals’ latest recruits, whom he said look “hungry, fresh and excited” to help the country in the next cycle of the World Cup qualifiers starting September.
Speaking to the Inquirer before the Azkals left for Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday night, the country’s only Asian Cup goal scorer believes the likes of newcomers Michael Kempter, Diego Bardanca and Pancho Fernandez can bring “positive vibes and energy” in their upcoming training camp and in future tournaments.

In fact, the new talents have made Schrock put his international retirement plans on hold.
“There are so many reasons to quit and really just a few to stay and continue,” said the 33-year-old Schrock. “This is for the country. I feel like I can still help on the pitch than somewhere else. If they find players much better than me, then I’ll be happy to step away.”
Azkals coach Scott Cooper has brought 24 players for the China camp, but only 17 will be eligible for the match against the Chinese national team on Friday.

Midfielder Christian Rontini of Italian side Sangiovannesse and goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann of German club Rot Weiss Ahlen are eligible to play against China. Kempter, Bardanca, Fernandez, Kainoa Bailey, Enrique Bernal, Kevin Guerra and Kristoffer Strickler are only invitees to the camp as they are still trying to secure the necessary requirements to play for the country.

Kempter, a defender, needs to secure a change in sporting nationality from the Fifa Player Status committee since he played for Switzerland at the youth level, while the Poland-based Bardanca, who has Filipino lineage through one of his grandparents, is still in the process of securing his passport.
Fernandez grew up in Toronto, Canada, but plays in the second division in Chile. Both of his parents are Filipino as he traces his roots in Bacolod City and Manila.

Read more: https://sports.inquirer.net/352310/breaking-new-national-team-talents-excite-ph-skipper-schrock#ixzz5q2pbbMSp

Philippines Head To China PR For International Friendly Match

The preparation for the Philippines’ campaign in the upcoming Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 begins with a training camp in China PR.
The training camp includes two matches, a FIFA International Friendly Match between the Philippine Men’s “A” Team and China PR Men’s “A” Team on Friday, 7 June 2019 at Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China, and a practice match between the Philippines selection and a local club on Sunday, 9 June 2019 in Guangdong Province.
The friendly match against China PR is the team’s first match following the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 last January 2019. This will be the second time in recent years that China PR will host the Philippines in a friendly match. The two teams last met in China last June 2017 where the hosts came away with an 8-1 win.
A total of 24 players were called up and/or invited. The team held training sessions at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium over the past two days.
Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto and defender Marco Casambre make their return to the lineup. The new additions to the squad are Bernd Schipmann who plays for German side Rot Weiss Ahlen and midfielder Christian Rontini who plays for Italian side ASD Sangiovannesse 1927.
Scott Cooper will lead the team as the senior coach.
The team left for China PR today, 05 June 2019
1DEYTO, PatrickGoalkeeperStallion Laguna FC
2FALKESGAARD, MichaelGoalkeeperBangkok United (Thailand)
3SCHIPMANN, BerndGoalkeeperRot Weiss Ahlen (Germany)
4AGUINALDO, AmaniDefenderPKNP FC (Malaysia)
5CASAMBRE, MarcoDefenderChainat Hornbill (Thailand)
6PALLA, StephanDefenderBuriram United (Thailand)
7WOODLAND, LukeDefenderKuala Lumpur FA (Malaysia)
8SATO, DaisukeDefenderSepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania)
9SILVA, AlvaroDefenderCeres Negros FC
10INGRESO, KevinMidfielderCeres Negros FC
11OTT, Mike RigobertoMidfielderCeres Negros FC
12RONTINI, ChristianMidfielderASD Sangiovannesse 1927 (Italy)
13SCHROCK, StephanMidfielderCeres Negros FC
14BEDIC, JovinForwardKaya FC - Iloilo
15DIZON, CurtForwardCeres Negros FC
16REICHELT, PatrickForwardMelaka United FC (Malaysia)
17PATIÑO, JavierForwardBuriram United (Thailand)
Invited for the training camp are foreign-based players:
18BAILEY, KainoaForwardDes Moines Menace (USA)
19BARDANCA, DiegoDefenderMKS Bytovia Bytow (Poland)
20BERNAL, EnriqueForwardReal Balompedica Linense (Spain)
21FERNANDEZ, PanchoForwardDeportes La Serena (Chile)
22GUERRA, KevinMidfielderATSV Erlangen (Germany)
23KEMPTER, MichaelDefenderFC Zurich (Switzerland)
24STRICKLER, KristoferForwardVirginia Tech University (USA)