Friday, May 5, 2017

PR from Davao Aguilas -- They're ready for the PFL!

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With much anticipation, the Davao Aguilas is set to embark on its maiden journey to prove itself as a team to contend with in the debut season of the Philippine Football League 2017. Despite the many challenges that the club faced in forming its team, from the acquisition of players both local and foreign to the organizational structure of the club, the DAFC has managed to posture itself in fighting form.

Having only been formally established in January of this year, DAFC has truly made head way. To begin with, the club has landed the services of head coach Mr. Gary Philips. A veteran in Australian football, coach Gary will contribute heaps of professional football experience to the club. Alongside coach Gary is his Aussie mate, who happens to be a renowned world cup goalkeeper for Australia in 1974 and Football Federation Hall of Famer, coach James “Jimmy” Fraser has also stepped up to the plate as DAFC goalkeeper coach.

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DAFC didn’t stop with these two reputable foreign coaches. They are backed by local coaches who hails from Davao. Seasoned coaches Melchor Anzures, Ramonito “Lalas” Carreon and Ronoel Garfin has proven to be a strong compliment to Coach Gary and Coach Jim.

Davao Aguilas is spearheaded by local players with the likes of central defender Jason Cordova, attacker John Nico Macapal, veteran goalkeeper Kim Versales, Baguio native Junell Bautista and Philippine Azkals standout, Nate Burkey,

DAFC also signed up Davao and Mindanao players. We have U22 mainstays Van Rey Diaz, and Richard Talaroc of Misamis Oriental. In the roster are also young talents Princeton Josue, Davao goalkeeper Roeder Ignacio and Tagum native Alexis Cabistante.  Youth players Mujer Sumail, Amir Amaikurut, and Kahlil Jikiri.

UFL players John Philip De Los Santos, John Resty Gumban, Gerald Layumas, Jay-Ar Bucayan, Stephen Burda, and Franco De La Torre reinforces the team .

We shall also see many new names and faces in the players that the Davao Aguilas acquired. International division players like midfielder Dylan De Bruycker, a Fil-foreign baller from Belgium. Other members of the team include Serbian goalkeeper Marko Trkulja, striker Nikola Grubjesic, defender Milos Krstic, and Australian winger Brad MacDonald, Fil-American right wing Omar Khan, attacker Gilmar Fernandez-Lynch, midfielder Andreas Esswein, complete the line-up.

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DAFC CEO Ramon “Chito” Manuel notes “This will be a very steep climb for the Aguilas. But, we are well prepared to reach the top and with the unwavering support and commitment of Davao Aguilas FC Chairman Mr. Jefferson Cheng Davao Aguilas FC has a very bright future ahead.”

“We would like to invite all people who hail from Davao and Mindanao to support our very own Professional Football Club, Davao Aguilas FC. We ask you to be with us to complete this journey to bring Mindanao to the forefront of Philippine Football and put Davao and Mindanao on the World Football Map. We are a new club, we are the underdogs, but we promise you, like the spirit of the Mindanao people, the Aguilas will always be strong and courageous to fight hard and no matter what the odds are we will play to win in every game” says DAFC Chairman Jefferson Cheng.

Indeed, the Davao Aguilas Football Club has come a long way in a very, very short period. Now we shall witness the club’s first match of the season in the PFL against Ilocos United FC away on May 7 with a 4pm kick off at Quirino Stadium in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. A very interesting first game because both teams are newcomers. One may ask, are they ready for the big league? The answer: A big YES! And it shall be proven on their first match. Sukol Aguilas!

Monday, March 27, 2017

PICS: Azkals vs. Malaysia from InterAksyon Photographer Addison Tan

Pictures from the Azkals friendly game vs. Malaysia on March 22, 2017 which ended in a 0-0 draw.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Ceres Negros Panaad Experience

Ceres Negros lead the way - on and off the field.

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Ceres Negros FC put on a dominant display as they demolished Tampines Rovers in their second group match of the 2017 AFC Cup in front of a packed Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. 

Three first half goals from Ceres put the Busmen on their way to a comfortable victory, with Tampines Rovers struggling to find answers. 

New signing Iain Ramsay made a dream start for his new team Ceres with a superb strike in the opening seconds of the match, as 
Ceres never looked back. 

Signed from Kaya FC in the offseason to boost the squad, OJ Porteria and Junior Muñoz put in splendid performances in their debuts in front of their home fans as well. 

With Coach Thomas Dooley watching from the stands, Azkals goalkeeper Roland Muller and Jeffrey Christiaens impressed in overpowering a surprisingly overmatched S. League side. 

Displaying crisp passing and quick one-twos, the Bacolod side issued a statement of great intent to the rest of their group. 

But what's more impressive is not just the performance on the pitch, but the preparation the management of Ceres put in prior to hosting the match. 

From the banners lining up the airport arrival halls, to the posters lining up the streets of Bacolod, to the giant billboards with the players' faces plastered in the highways, Ceres Negros FC made sure that all efforts were made to ensure all in Bacolod knew of the magnitude of the game. 

And the fans duly came in droves. 

Bucking rainy weather the whole day, yellow clad supporters packed Panaad Stadium to give their support to their home team. 

 The atmosphere in Panaad was electric, with drums blaring whole game long and horns from nearby Ceres buses giving the game a uniquely Negrense experience. 

When the PFF planned the Philippines Football League, they surely must have envisioned the national league with the Panaad fan support and experience in mind. 

Fans in Manila weary of poor attendances and interest owe it to themselves to make the trip down south to catch one of the remaining two Ceres home group stage matches. It is something to behold. 

Support from fans, officially declared at 8,000 but closer to 10,000 in actuality, made the Ceres players and coaching staff wax lyrical about the prospect of playing their home games here in Panaad. 

Manny Ott enthuses, "Always playing here it makes us proud, it's like unbelievable, the support in Bacolod. The crowd is amazing and it's better to play here than in Rizal Memorial in front of 800 people."

Iain Ramsay likewise pays tribute to the fans. 

"The fans are amazing. From the whole game, from start to finish they're screaming, they're loud, fans are playing. 

"This is football. This is what atmosphere is all about."

A trip to Panaad Stadium for the Ceres game has dispelled all talk of the demise of Philippine football and waning interest, at least for this humble writer. 

Ceres now top their group with four points and will greatly look forward to their next home game against Felda United on March 15. 

It can be sure that the fans are equally looking forward to it as well. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Unofficial and Unconfirmed Player Transfers for the 2017 PFL Season

This will be a running blog on the ins and out of players from their clubs. Additions to this post are greatly appreciated.

SILLY Season for Philippine Football


Ceres Negros
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Jason de Jong (Loyola)
Junior Munoz (Kaya)
OJ Porteria (Kaya)
Joshua Grommen (Stallion)


Stephan Schrock

Loyola Meralco Sparks
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Jason de Jong

Kaya FC
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Junior Munoz
OJ Porteria

Stallion FC
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Joshua Grommen