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.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Azkals 22 Man Lineup vs. Turkmenistan

22 Man Lineup for the Azkals vs. Turkmenistan. 



1.    Amani Manuel AGUINALDO

2.    Misagh BAHADORAN

3.     Kenshiro Michael DANIELS

4.      Patrick Phillip DEYTO

5.      Neil Leonard ETHERIDGE

6.     Daniel Bernan GADIA

7.    Kevin INGRESO

8.     Roland Richard MÜLLER

9.     Jim Junior MUÑOZ

10.   Manuel OTT

11.   Javier PATIÑO

12.  Iain RAMSAY

13.   Patrick REICHELT

14.   Simone ROTA

15.   Daisuke SATO

16.   Stephan Markus SCHRÖCK

17.   Martin Markus STEUBLE

18.   Miguel TANTON

19.   Dennis VILLANUEVA

20.   Luke WOODLAND

21.   James Joseph YOUNGHUSBAND

22.   Philip James YOUNGHUSBAND

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

2016 Suzuki Cup Fixture List

UFL 2016 League Season Fixtures for the Second Round

2016 UFL League (2nd Round)

Official Match Fixtures






Official Match Fixtures (REVISED)
As of 01 August 2016
06 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-067 Forza FC vs Loyola FC
16:00 M-068 JP Voltes FC vs Kaya FC
07 August 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:45 M-069 Laos FC vs Stallion FC
16:00 M-070 Green Archers United FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
10 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-071 Global FC vs Forza FC
16:00 M-072 Green Archers United FC vs JP Voltes FC
13 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-073 Forza FC vs Kaya FC
16:00 M-074 Stallion FC vs Loyola FC
14 August 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-075 Laos FC vs Global FC
16:00 M-076 JP Voltes FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
17 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-077 Loyola FC vs Laos FC
16:00 M-078 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Stallion FC
20 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-079 Stallion FC vs JP Voltes FC
16:00 M-080 Global FC vs Kaya FC
24 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-081 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Forza FC
16:00 M-082 Loyola FC vs Green Archers United FC
27 August 2016 - 07 September 2016
FIFA International Match Dates
10 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-083 Forza FC vs JP Voltes FC
19:30 M-084 Loyola FC vs Global FC
11 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-085 Laos FC vs Green Archers United FC
19:30 M-086 Stallion FC vs Kaya FC
14 September 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-087 Stallion FC vs Forza FC
19:30 M-088 Global FC vs JP Voltes FC
17 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-089 Forza FC vs Laos FC
19:30 M-090 Kaya FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
18 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-091 Green Archers United FC vs Global FC
19:30 M-092 JP Voltes FC vs Loyola FC
21 September 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-093 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Laos FC
19:30 M-094 Kaya FC vs Green Archers United FC
24 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-095 Kaya FC vs Laos FC
19:30 M-096 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Loyola FC
25 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-097 Green Archers United FC vs Forza FC
19:30 M-098 Global FC vs Stallion FC
01 October 2016 - 12 October 2016
FIFA International Match Dates
15 October 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-099 JP Voltes FC vs Laos FC
19:30 M-100 Kaya FC vs Loyola FC
16 October 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:00 M-101 Green Archers United FC vs Stallion FC
19:30 M-102 Global FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC

UFL 2016 League Season Fixtures for the Second Round

2016 UFL League (2nd Round)

Official Match Fixtures





06 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-067 Forza FC vs Loyola FC
16:00 M-068 JP Voltes FC vs Kaya FC
07 August 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:45 M-069 Laos FC vs Stallion FC
16:00 M-070 Green Archers United FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
10 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-071 Global FC vs Forza FC
16:00 M-072 Green Archers United FC vs JP Voltes FC
13 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-073 Kaya FC vs Laos FC
16:00 M-074 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Loyola FC
14 August 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-075 Green Archers United FC vs Forza FC
16:00 M-076 Global FC vs Stallion FC
17 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-077 Loyola FC vs Laos FC
16:00 M-078 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Stallion FC
20 August 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-079 Stallion FC vs JP Voltes FC
16:00 M-080 Global FC vs Kaya FC
24 August 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
13:30 M-081 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Forza FC
16:00 M-082 Loyola FC vs Green Archers United FC
27 August 2016 - 07 September 2016
FIFA International Match Dates
10 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-083 Forza FC vs JP Voltes FC
19:45 M-084 Loyola FC vs Global FC
11 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-085 Laos FC vs Green Archers United FC
19:45 M-086 Stallion FC vs Kaya FC
14 September 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-087 Stallion FC vs Forza FC
19:45 M-088 Global FC vs JP Voltes FC
17 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-089 Forza FC vs Kaya FC
19:45 M-090 Stallion FC vs Loyola FC
18 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-091 Laos FC vs Global FC
19:45 M-092 JP Voltes FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
21 September 2016 (Wednesday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-093 Ceres - La Salle FC vs Laos FC
19:45 M-094 Kaya FC vs Green Archers United FC
24 September 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-095 Forza FC vs Laos FC
19:45 M-096 Kaya FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC
25 September 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-097 Green Archers United FC vs Global FC
19:45 M-098 JP Voltes FC vs Loyola FC
01 October 2016 - 12 October 2016
FIFA International Match Dates
15 October 2016 (Saturday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-099 JP Voltes FC vs Laos FC
19:45 M-100 Kaya FC vs Loyola FC
16 October 2016 (Sunday) / Rizal Memorial Sports Complex
17:15 M-101 Green Archers United FC vs Stallion FC
19:45 M-102 Global FC vs Ceres - La Salle FC

Monday, July 25, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Random Thoughts on Kaya vs Loyola and JP Voltes vs Laos



JP Voltes 4 Laos FC 0


JP Voltes finished the first round of the UFL League in a strong third place, ahead of Loyola, Kaya and Stallion. Who’d have thought that would happen, eh?

Many fans and coaches have been impressed at the four foreign players of JP Voltes – striker Takumi Uesato, midfielders Takashi Odawara and Yu Hoshide and defender Masaki Yanagawa have arguably been one of the better foreign quartets playing in the league.


One opposing player commented: “JP Voltes is very disciplined. The Japanese players have influenced the way the others have been playing.”



Trivia on how the name JP Voltes came about:
‘J’ is for Japan.
‘P’ is for Philippines.
‘Voltes’ … well, since Voltes V is very famous in the Philippines…….



An hour before the JP Voltes games, you will notice their team manager Yuki Tanaka at the SM Tickets booth giving out tickets to children. The kids are part of his charity, who now become de facto cheerleaders of JP Voltes in the games.

The inspiring story of Laos goalkeeper Felipe Tripulca Jr.: The then aspiring goalkeeper was a former ballboy of the UFL back when the league was playing in the University of Makati.

As he wanted to improve his craft, he always requested to be stationed behind the goalkeeper during games, picking up pointers. Look at him now, a starting goalkeeper for a UFL team. Good job!



When Patrick Franksson scores big, Laos wins. Suffice to say he didn't score today, thus the result. Might he prove to be a useful pickup in the transfer window?

Loyola 1 Kaya 0



There’s bad blood between these two teams – even though the players will not be so forthright as to admit it. You can feel it in the air, even the way players avoid each other in the grandstand prior to warm-ups. This was a prelude for sure to a highly physical game.




Reason number 27 to watch the games live: watch for the off the ball contact between players.
Elbows being thrown, players stomping on each other when no one’s looking…case in point: Robert Lopez Mendy vs Joaco Canas. / Robert Lopez Mendy vs. Simon Greatwich. / Robert Lopez Mendy vs. Everybody Else.





Junior Munoz had to be replaced because of a broken nose. A ball hit him that hard?

It is perhaps a testament to how Kaya treated this game that Kaya coach Chris Greatwich started with Alfred Osei to partner Masa Omura at the back ahead of veteran Aly Borromeo and Audi Menzi.
Was Greatwich looking for reliability and solidity at the back, but at the expense of a dynamic midfield player?


On the other side, the newly blonde Jason de Jong was stationed at midfield to bolster the LMS midfield, with Anton del Rosario partnering Joaco Canas. Loyola coach Simon McMenemy understands importance of control of the middle.



You know it’s not a good day for the Loyola Meralco Sparks defence when your two starting centerbacks have to be subbed off – Joaco for injury (?) and Anton del Rosario for tactical purposes (?)


James Younghusband had quite an interesting afternoon – starting up top as the number 9, but having to be the emergency centerback for a few minutes in the second half before going back up top again.


With Loyola down 0-1 and chasing the game, why was Phil Younghusband stationed in the left wing? Phil was also found playing very deep through some parts of the game.

One way to beat Kaya is by using fast forwards. (See: Doctora, Ruben vs. Kaya). Did Loyola have anyone who can do the same damage?

Good to see former Women’s National Team member Merlo Albano as the assistant referee in the game.

The battle of Loyola vs Kaya not just confined on the field, but also on the stands (Ultras Kaya vs Loyola supporters) and on the bench (Simon McMenemy vs former player Chris Greatwich).


On the Robert Lopez Mendy sending off – such an irresponsible second yellow card that he earned, especially since this comes immediately after he was just warned by the referee.



Special guest appearance at the half-time break: the Jollibee mascot who represented the Sparks new sponsors.


Does Chris Greatwich miss playing? A clue would be his sprints on the sideline as he runs side by side his players embarking on a quick counter attack.


Photo Credit: UFL Facebook Page


Full Lineups of the UFL All-Stars, Rest of the World and Philippines Squad for the UFL All-Star Weekend























Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Random Musings from the UFL Action on July 9/10

Very Random Musings from the UFL action on the weekend of July 9/10






Global 4 Green Archers United 0


Another dominant Global display.

I wonder how much attacking verve they lost with the loss of Daisuke Sato. Congrats Sato, btw. Definitely a level up.

That Sato/Minegishi combo on the left flank always gave other teams a lot of trouble with their pace and understanding.

Marco Casambre strikes me as too raw, but it will be a good opportunity for him to develop. As would Nathan Octavio.

By the way, Global started out with Casambre - Villanueva - Amani - Barbaso at the back for the game against Global.

When was the last time you saw an all-Filipino back four start for the top 6 teams in the UFL?

Patrick Deyto sent off with a straight red. Wow. How often do you see keepers getting sent off because of dissent?

Deyto was called by the linesman for handling the ball outside the area. He saved the subsequent direct free kick, and was seen saying something to the linesman.

What would he have said to have merited a straight red?





JP Voltes 2 Loyola 1


JP Voltes winning against top sides shouldn't be counted as 'upsets' anymore, IMHO. They have been a joy to watch in the UFL -- a breath of fresh air, if you must.

Asked before the match what their gameplan was -- JP Voltes coaching staff said: "Simple pass, just the simple pass. Play the short pass and go into space." It's really that simple.

Takumi Uesato -- such a find. Sitting in his couch on Okinawa, Japan looking for a club -- before JP Voltes came knocking.

As for Loyola -- a setback before the match against a fading Kaya FC.

Can Loyola find the defensive solidarity they so badly need? Never looked like keeping a clean sheet, and this has been a problem for them all season long.

Started with Mallari - de Jong - Joaco - Koichi, but were forced to put in Anton del Rosario at the start of the second half.

This allows de Jong to help a midfield losing its discipline and battle against a very physical JP Voltes.

With Tommy Trigo set to depart, it will be down to Gui Hasegawa to man the posts -- and he has to improve. That second JP Voltes goal.........

Last five games of Loyola before JP Voltes were:

June 15 LMS 11 Agila 0
June 18 LMS 4 Forza 0
June 26 LMS 13 Laos 2
July 3 LMS 9 Nomads 2
July 7 LMS 9 Pasargad 0

Did they suffer from lack of sharpness because they faced weaker teams for almost a month?

Scoring forty-six goals. 46 in five games. Yessir........





Ceres 5 Kaya 0



First things first, that first goal by Ceres should never have been one -- the previous play leading to it was a high boot by Schrocky.

How on earth did the linesman not call it? It was in front of him........!

That said, after that, Ceres simply played Kaya off the park.

Kaya were missing OJ Porteria (left the club) and Louis Clark (suspension), and that dulled their edge a bit.

Alfred Osei and Miguel Tanton tried to drive the team, but they can't do it by themselves.

OJ Porteria leaving Kaya midway through the season? Which club he goes to next, he doesn't mention. But, unless it is a step up (ie. S.League, for example), fans would have hoped he stayed at the club till at least the end of the season.

A look at Kaya's record against four of the top five teams:


May 15 Kaya 0  Stallion 1
June 12 Kaya 0  Global 3
July 2 Kaya 1    JPV 3
July 10 Kaya 0   Ceres 5

Not exactly the results of championship contenders.......

League needs a competitive Kaya FC. Here's hoping they turn things around fast for them.


Photo creidt: UFL Philippines FB Page







Thursday, June 30, 2016

Perth Glory to play Global FC, the UFL All Stars and the Azkals this July 2016.

PFF will host matches with Perth Glory FC on 20, 23, and 26 July 2016, as follows:

 

  • Global FC vs Perth Glory FC | July 20 | Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
  • UFL All-Stars vs Perth Glory FC | July 23 | Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
  • Philippine National Team vs Perth Glory FC | July 26 | Quirino Stadium, Bantay, Ilocos Sur

 

Perth Glory has scheduled its training camp in the Philippines as part of its strategic initiative of touring South East Asia with the objective of staging an official Hyundai A-League matches in the region.

 

PFF has sought approval for FIFA and AFC clearances and permits to officially host the matches. Kick-off times and ticketing details will be announced later.

 

The PFF inspection team have visited the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur which has a newly installed artificial pitch. Recommendations have been relayed to the stadium owner to ensure the facilities meet the standards for international matches.

 

The Chinese Taipei men’s National Team and the Northern Marianas Men’s and Women’s National Team have also conducted their traning camp in the Philippines last May and June 2016.

 

Perth Glory FC is a professional Australian football club based in Perth, Australia, and currently sits at 7th place in the Hyundai A-League.