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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Azkals Line-Up for the October Friendlies

The Men’s National Team are set to face Bahrain and DPR Korea for friendly matches at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila on 07 October and 10 October 2016 respectively. The kick-off time for both matches is set at 03:30PM but may be changed to 08:00PM depending on the progress of floodlights installation at the stadium.


Here is the twenty-four man roster for the above fixtures:


Muller, Roland Richard

Deyto, Patrick Phillip

O’Donnell, Nicholas Michael

Aguinaldo, Amani Manuel

Sato, Daisuke

Woodland, Luke

Villanueva, Dennis

Younghusband, James Joseph

Ingreso, Kevin

Schrock, Stephan Markus

Steuble, Martin Markus

Ott, Manuel

Ott, Mike Rigoberto

Ramsay, Iain

Bahadoran, Misagh

Bugas, Paolo

Younghusband, Philip James

Gadia, Daniel Bernan

Muñoz, Jim Junior

Daniels, Kenshiro Michael

Porteria, Jose Elmer

Arboleda, Fitch Johnson Daviz

Greatwich, Simon Clive

Del Rosario, Dominic Liam


The Philippines, coached by Thomas Dooley, is ranked 125th while Bahrain, under Miroslav Soukup, follows at 126th in the FIFA World Rankings. Philippines won 2-1 over Bahrain last 11 June 2015, but lost in 2-0 in the meeting last 13 October 2016 at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.


DPR Korea, under coach Jørn Andersen, places at 118th in the FIFA World Rankings. Philippines drew DPR Korea 0-0 last 08 October 2015 and won 3-2 in the second meeting last 29 March 2016 at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Tickets to the friendly matches are now available in TicketWorld outlets or through this link.