Thursday, November 29, 2012

Most Unbiased Commentary for Chieffy Caligdong's goal vs Vietnam / Nov. 27, 2012 / Suzuki Cup

Date: November 27, 2012

Occasion: 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Matchday 2

Teams: Philippines (Blue) vs Vietnam (White)

Scenario: 85th minute, score tied at 0-0. Draw will greatly hamper the Philippines chance of progression. Philippines have to win.

Commentators: Aaron Atayde and Ryan Fenix for AKTV

Thanks to k0mbatsero for the upload!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

PFF Press Release: 22 Azkals who left for Bangkok today

The following members of the Philippine Men's National Football Team, along with the coaching staff, left today, Tuesday, November 20, for Bangkok, Thailand.  They will be competing in the 2012 Suzuki Cup that starts on Saturday, November 24, in Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Stallion Penalty Shoot Out Win vs Gen. Trias Video

Quite possibly the best 0-0 game we have seen so far in the United Football League. The first game to be settled via a penalty shootout in the UFL as well.

Where can I get those lucky shoes, Coach Ernie Nierras?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Possible Scenarios in Group D of the UFL Cup (as of 130pm October 30, 2012)

Sharing my game notes for tonight's explosive Group D game between Philippine Air Force and Stallion.

Philippine Air Force FC - Pasay City, Philippines vs 

Group D                GP   W    D     L     GF   GA   GD   Pts
Phil. Army FC         4     2     2     0     6     2     4           8
Stallion Penson FC  3     2     0     1     14   2     12         6
Phil. Air Force FC   2     1     1     0     3     1     2           4
Sta. Lucia FC         3     1     1     1     4     7     -3          4
Agila FC                4     0     0     4     0     15   -15        0

Philippine Air Force vs Stallion (October 30, 2012)

n  IF Stallion Win: Stallion through, PAF out.
a.)       Stallion 9
b.)       Army 9
c.)        PAF 4 (game in hand moot, takes them to 7pts if won)
n  IF PAF Win: PAF (almost) through, Stallion out.
a.)       Army 8
b.)       PAF 7 (need only to draw or avoid heavy L vs SLucia)
c.)        Stallion 6 (no more games, OUT)
n  IF DRAW: (PAF has to win vs Sta. Lucia. then Stallion will be out)
a.)       Army 8
b.)       Stallion 7
c.)        PAF 5 – can clinch KO w/ WIN vs Sta. Lucia

n  Last game for Stallion.
n  PAF plays Sta. Lucia next (Stallion B Team)
n  ARMY through to KO rounds whatever happens.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Azkals 35 man Suzuki Cup Roster

The Younghusbands are back, and so is Chris Greatwich, Joshua Beloya and Mark Hartmann.

Any notable absentees and surprise inclusions?

Here is the Azkals initial 35 man Suzuki Cup Roster:

1. Angeles, Marvin Janwer
2. Angeles, Marwin Janver
3. Araneta, Ian
4. Bahadoran, Misagh
5. Beloya, Joshua
6. Cagara, Dennis
7. Caligdong, Emelio
8. Christiaens, Jeffrey
9. Cuaresma, Ref Delaney
10. De Jong, Jason Nicolas Maria
11. Etheridge, Neil Leonard
12. Gier, Robert James
13. Gonzales, Andres Crisanto
14. Greatwich, Christopher Robert
15. Guirado, Angel
16. Guirado, Juan Luis
17. Hartmann, Mark Andrew
18. Jonsson, Ray Anthony
19. Lucena, Jerry Ruben
20. Margarse, Nestorio Jr.
21. Martiunez de Murga, Carlos Alberto
22. Moy, Lexton
23. Muller, Roland Richard
24. Mulders, Paul
25. Omphroy, Demitrius Irving
26. Ott, Manuel
27. Porteria, Jose Elmer
28. Reichelt, Patrick
29. Sabio, Jason Abbott
30. Sacapano, Eduard
31. Schrock, Stephan Markus
32. Uy, Matthew Christopher
33. Wolf, Denis
34. Younghusband, James Joseph
35. Younghusband, Philip James

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Fan attacks GK Kirkland on the field

A fan attacks Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the 76th minute of their game against Leeds United at Hillsborough.

The Guardian reports it as such:

"Moments after Michael Tonge's 76th-minute shot put Leeds back on level terms at 1-1, a fan ran on to the pitch from the away end and pushed both hands into Kirkland's face. "


Shamefully and utterly disgraceful.

Here's the video:

Here are the post match comments both from Leeds manager Neil Warnock and Sheffield Wednesday's Dave Jones. Jones also reacts to chants by the away crowd "relating to child abuse charges of which he was emphatically cleared 12 years ago"

Warnock: "Nobody should be on the pitch doing that"

On a rather serious note, our own United Football League (UFL) should take note. Security is relatively very lax at the moment as the league is trying to attract fans to the game. Here's hoping no such incident takes place in the UFL.


Friday, September 21, 2012

A Look at the Countries Playing in the 2012 Peace Cup in Manila

Reposted with thanks from the PFF Communications Group:

A Look at the Countries in the Peace Cup

The Philippine Football Peace Cup kicks off this coming Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Official squad lists will be released on Monday but in the meantime here is a breakdown of each country’s FIFA ranking, form, and players to watch out for before the tournament starts.


The Philippines are hosting the Philippine Football Peace Cup as the next evolution of the Long Teng Cup. Finishing third in 2010, then second in 2011, the Azkals are hoping to go one better and win the cup this time around. As hosts and the highest ranked nation in the competition, the Philippines are favorites to win. It would also be the first time the country has won an international tournament for 99 years.
After their rise in the last two years – the most improved nation in a year back to back in 2010 and 2011 in ELO ratings – the Azkals are improving and will use this as preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup later this year.
FIFA Rank: 150
Last five fixtures: W2 D3 L1
Dangerman: Phil Younghusband – the AFC Challenge Cup Golden Boot winner is the Philippines’ top scorer with 26 goals in 38 matches. The Chelsea Academy graduate is the Philippines’ biggest threat up front and without the striker the Azkals have found it difficult to hit the back of the net. With Angel Guirado unlikely to be available Younghusband will again be heavily relied on for this group of matches.

Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei are 176th in the world. They have fallen in the rankings recently and are only four spots from their lowest ever position of 180th. Their recent form is discouraging as in their last international, back in February this year, Chinese Taipei lost 5-1 to Hong Kong – the winners of the 2010 and 2011 Long Teng Cup.
Before that they almost made the Second Round of World Cup Qualification against Suzuki Cup holders Malaysia – but lost on the away goals rule. After a 2-1 loss in Malaysia and a 3-2 win in Chinese Taipei both teams scored four goals but Malaysia scored more away goals so progressed to the next round.
They are hoping to fire back into contention, though, and are the Philippines’ closest rivals in this competition. Usually in the 160s of FIFA rankings they will hope to show they are still a contender by winning this tournament, after finishing second and third in the previous editions.
FIFA Rank: 176
Last five fixtures: W1 D1 L3
Last result against the Philippines: Chinese Taipei 0-0 Philippines, October 2, 2011, Kaohsiung National Stadium, Chinese Taipei
Dangerman: Chen Po-liang – Chen is the youngest player to ever captain Chinese Taipei. He scored in both legs against Malaysia in World Cup Qualification. The 24 year old will be capable of marshalling the midfield and driving his team on, fiercely proud of his country – even crying and publicly apologizing to the fans after he missed a penalty against Malaysia. He has just joined Shenzhen Ruby in the Chinese second tier, after they got relegated in 2011. With sixteen goals for his country he could be a dangerous in providing both assists and goals for Chinese Taipei.


Guam are on the rise in FIFA rankings courtesy of wins over Macau (3-0) and the Northern Mariana Islands (3-1). They have risen to 185th in the world after they rose ten places in August, from 194 to 184. The Guam squad are very young and English Coach Gary White has invested in the future, as they look to gain experience and improve. Their highest ever ranking in FIFA is 182nd in the world, so a good showing at the Peace Cup could see them climb higher than they’ve ever been before.
With Jonahan Romero already at Kaya and Captain Jason Cunliffe joining Pachanga FC for the 2012 UFL Cup they are also strengthening their ties in the Philippines too. Guam will be hoping for a respectable showing and to cement their rise. They beat Macau 3-0 on July 22 this year and are looking to consolidate their recent progress so could be a handful for all the teams.
FIFA Rank: 185
Last five fixtures: W2 D1 L2
Last result against the Philippines: Philippines 3-0 Guam, June 12, 2012, Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila
Dangerman: Jason Cunliffe – Guam’s captain has scored nine goals in fifteen games for the National side and is one of their most experienced players at 28 years old. Growing up in the US he played for University side Santa Clara Broncos before moving back to Guam. He made his debut for Guam in the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup but represented Guam at youth level too. He has now moved to Pachanga FC and will be showing his skills in the upcoming UFL Cup.


Macau beat Mongolia on away goals in the 2009 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, the same team the Philippines beat in 2011. Recently they beat the Northern Mariana Islands 5-1 also, but this is their only win in the last fifteen games. They have lost the other fourteen and conceded 59 goals, an average of almost four goals per match. Last month they were ranked 201st, the lowest they have ever been. Macau has a population of 570,000.
FIFA Rank: 200
Last five fixtures: W1 D0 L4
Last result against the Philippines: Philippines 2-0 Macau, October 4, 2011, Kaohsiung National Stadium, Chinese Taipei
Dangerman: Chan Kin Seng – Chan Kin Seng is Macau’s veteran threat up front with sixteen goals for the National side. He scored a hat-trick in Macau’s 5-1 win over the Northern Mariana Islands in July, and then scored in both legs against Mongolia as Macau won on away goals in the 2009 AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. Defenses will need to be alert to stop him from scoring, especially with likely strike partner Leong Ka Hang – who won the Macau Footballer of the Year for 2011 despite only being 18 at the time.

Philippine Football Peace Cup Tournament Rules
The tournament will be played as a single round robin league system where every team will play each other. Three points will be awarded for a win, one point will be awarded for a draw and zero points will be awarded for a loss.
In the event of a tie-break, the ranking will be determined through the following::
1.       Greatest number of points obtained in all matches;
2.       Goal difference in all matches;
3.       Greatest number of goals scored in all matches.
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:
4.       Greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned;
5.       Goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned;
6.       Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
7.       Kicks from the penalty mark if only two teams are involved and they are both on the field of play;
8.       Drawing of lots by the PFF.

Match Duration

Each match will be played for ninety (90) minutes consisting of two (2) periods of forty-five (45) minutes with an interval of fifteen (15) minutes in between. There will be no extra-time in any of the matches. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Tickets to the Peace Cup -- for those who initially booked flights to Bacolod

Free Tickets for Fans Who Initially Booked Bacolod Flights 

Fans who booked flights to Bacolod when the Peace Cup was still scheduled to be held in the Panaad Stadium will be able to get free tickets to the matches as the PFF gestures.

Since the Philippine Football Peace Cup was switched from Bacolod to Manila, some fans saw their already booked flights to the capital of Negros Occidental become redundant. To go some way in making it up to these fans, the Philippine Football Federation has made a gesture of good will by offering free tickets.

If you cancelled a round trip ticket to Bacolod City no earlier than September 26, email Mr, Richard Joson, PPF Head of Marketing and Communications, at or

Please include a scanned copy of the cancelled ticket to Bacolod in the email and, once a date and time have been agreed for the collection of tickets, please bring a valid ID with photo to the PFF office. The PFF office is located at 27 Danny Floro Street, corner of Captain Henry P. Javier Street, 1600 Pasig City.

Alternatively after confirming with PFF via email, you can pick up the tickets on the day of the game from Rizal Memorial Stadium itself.  The tickets will give fans entrance to all matches in the VIP sections of the stadium.

The Philippine Football Peace Cup will begin on September 25 as Chinese Taipei face off against Macau before the Philippines take on Guam. All the matches are dedicated to the peace process.

Prohibited List of Items
The PFF would also like to remind fans that the following is a list of prohibited items inside the Stadium:
·         Food and drink (may be purchased inside Control Access Areas)
·         Cigarettes and lighters
·         Professional still and video cameras
·         Laser pens and pointers
·         Weapons and/or sharp objects
·         Candles, fireworks, any other type of pyrotechnic
·         Glass bottles, PET bottles, cans, hard plastic containers
·    Posters/banners/signage with any political slogan or advertising without the express written permission of FIFA and its local organizing committee
·         Large back packs and waist packs
·         Alcoholic beverages
·         Illegal drugs
·         Large chains, spike bracelets, wallet chains, metal belt buckles
·         Balloons
·         Chairs
·         Pregnant women should sign a waiver prior to entry
·         Parents of children below 12 years old should sign a waiver prior to entry

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Philippine Football Peace Cup Poster

Here's the poster for the Philippine Football Peace Cup to be held in the Rizal Memorial Stadium this September 25-29, 2012.

According to the Blue Haired Fanatic, Ebong Joson, kick-off for the first game will be at 4pm. The second game starts at 730pm. Enough time for people to come catch the Azkals games after work.

This tournament was called the Long Teng Cup, before it became the Paulino Alcantara Cup. It became the Paulino Alcantara Peace Cup, before sectors finally agreed on the rather boring Philippine Football Peace Cup.

First off, nothing peaceful about football games, if the recent 'friendly' between the Azkals and Laos was any indication.

Secondly, Captain Aly Borromeo (pictured above) doesn't seem to be in the mood for peace in the poster. Will 'el kapitan' see some action? I personally hope so.

Hope to see the crowds support the Azkals. My humble preview on the tournament as we approach gameday!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mr. Bean's 2012 Olympic Appearance -- Video

I have long been an admirer of British humor, and the ability to poke fun at themselves. The Queen showed that she too can have a bit of fun in her 'entrance' to the Olympic Stadium.

But what is British humor without Mr. Bean? Here he is in his scene-stealing four minutes in the 2012 London Olympic games.

Long Live Mr. Bean!

James Bond escorting the Queen to the London Olympics -- Video

James Bond escorting Her Royal Highness the Queen to the London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Unbelievable. The commentator got it right, the Queen INDEED has a sense of humor!

Read the BBC's story here on how they pulled off the stunt, including the agony of trying to film it in London's weather:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

David Beckham surprises Team GB fans in a Photobooth

What would you do if you saw your football idol live in the flesh whilst you were having your photos taken in a photobooth?

Fans were posing inside a photobooth in Team Great Britain shirts and paraphernalia at Westfield Stratford City Mall, next to the Olympic Park, when a certain England, Manchester United and Real Madrid legend popped in and asked the fans if he can join them. How can they refuse him, seriously?!

This was certainly a masterstroke from athletic apparel maker Adidas. The reactions were priceless, to say the least. Have a look at the video:

The kid's reaction to seeing his idol says it all, doesn't it? I am quite sure Becks made his day as well as all the others lucky enough to have their photos taken with him.

Beckham, for all his tattoos, still exudes the 'good guy' factor. Filipino fans and media were equally lucky to have seen him here on December 2011 whilst his team, the LA Galaxy played the Azkals.

You think David Beckham is all PR? I don't think so. Friends from UNICEF vouch for his sincerity in talking  to kids, and this was without the spotlight of the media following him that day. After the Azkals match, Becks promised Phil Younghusband his signed #23 jersey in the post-game presscon. How would Becks give Phil his shirt, with the Galaxy bus all ready to leave and the bodyguards nervously looking at their watches?

Well, Becks left the presscon after he was done, only to make a surprise re-appearance with a signed jersey in tow. Truly a class act.

Some photos from the #takethestage Photobooth:

With lucky fans.

With the kid who cried his eyes out when he saw Becks.

David Beckham. The one and only.

Here's the Adidas version:

All photos courtesy of Adidas