Saturday, April 26, 2014

PRESS Release: CLEAR Dream Match Top 6 Amateurs Chosen by Manchester United Coaches

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Last April 23-25 at the University of Makati, CLEAR, the world’s number one anti dandruff 

shampoo for men, brought in the Manchester United Soccer Schools to train the Philippines’ top 

32 amateur players in the first ever Clear Manchester United Football Camp.

Continuously paving the way for the development of Philippine Football, in the last few weeks 

CLEAR and the United Football league (UFL) held regional tryouts in search for the best 

amateur football players in the country. After four legs of rigorous tryouts in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo 

and Metro Manila; UFL and CLEAR singled out 32 standout amateur players—eight from each 

region—to participate in the camp powered by Clear. 

“I believe that the Philippines has the football talent, and it all starts with cultivating the youth. 

The top 32 amateurs will benefit greatly learning from world-class coaches from the Manchester 

United Soccer Schools.” 

“Growing football in the Philippines, which is the shampoo brand’s social advocacy, starts from 

the grassroots. The best six amateurs will also get a once-in-al-lifetime opportunity to learn and 

play alongside Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and Andrew Cole during the 

Clear Dream Match on June 7,” CLEAR Brand Manager Drew Copuyoc said. 

Ranging from current UAAP/NCAA players, junior UFL players, and several standout players 

from the country’s top local leagues, the 32 were taught the same training principals that 

cultivated world class players David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and CLEAR Global endorser and 

2014 FIFA Ballon D’ Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches, Jamie Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Connell conducted 

the three day camp. 

“All Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches are trained and developed within the 

Manchester United coaching philosophy and methodology and have also built up a wealth of 

experience from working with young players of all ages, abilities and nationalities all over the 

world during the past 15 years,” said Jamie Reigle, the Manchester United Managing Director 

for Asia Pacific. 

Both UEFA qualified and experienced Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches Fitzpatrick 

and O’Connell conducted coaching sessions designed to focus on exciting and attacking 

football. Each day consisted of practical sessions on the field and a classroom session where 

players were taught how to Live the United Way. Classroom sessions included lessons on 

nutrition, discipline and pre game rituals that the Manchester United first team was also taught. 

The three-day camp concluded with an awarding ceremony that gave recognition to the 

best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker. As part of the Manchester United Schools 

program, coaches Fitzpatrick and O’Connell gave out three awards – MVP, Skill Challenge 

Winner and Best Attitude. The Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches also chose the top 

six players that would be included in the biggest all star football game in the country, the CLEAR 

Dream Match. 

Slated on June 7, this year’s CLEAR Dream Match will finally decide the rivalry between James 

and Phil Younghusband and will feature Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and 

Andy Cole. Team captains James and Phil Younghusband will draft the top six amateur players 

chosen on April 30. Tickets will be available at SM ticket outlets starting May 1.

Photo: Manchester United Soccer School Coaches Jaime Fitzpatrick and Kevin O'Connell
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Individual Awards:

Best Midfielder – Mario Lorenzo Ceniza (Cebu)

Best Defender – Cristituto Pino (Manila)

Best Goalkeeper - Nathaniel Ace Villanueva (Manila)

Best Striker - Yves Russel Caballero (Cebu)

MVP: Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)

Skills Challenge Winner - Michael Mabanag (Manila)

Best Attitude: Julian Miranda (Cebu)

Top 6 Players

Joseph Diamante (Davao)
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Yoshiharu Koizumi (Davao)
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Francisco Jose Primo Santos (Manila)
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Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)
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Javier Gayoso (Manila)
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Michael Mabanag (Manila)
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Azkals 22 man lineup vs Malaysia

Azkals 22 man lineup for the friendly vs Malaysia in Cebu.

Who will be your starting 11?

Good to see Roxy Dorlas given a shot. Good to see Carli de Murga fully recovered.
Good to see the Fil-Croat Jovin Bedic given a shot.
Want to see Balot Doctora get a start.

  • Patrick Deyto (Green Archers United FC)
  • Eduard Sacapano (Philippine Army-GTI FC)
  • Simone Rota (Stallion FC)
  • Amani Aguinaldo (Global FC)
  • Charles Pettys (Global FC)
  • Anton Del Rosario (Kaya FC)
  • Daisuke Sato (Global FC)
  • Chris Greatwich (Kaya FC)
  • Simon Greatwich (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  • Jason De Jong (Global FC)
  • Ruben Doctora Jr. (Stallion FC)
  • Curt Dizon (Global FC)
  • Jose Porteria (Kaya FC)
  • James Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  • Nathaniel Burkey (Pachanga Diliman FC)
  • Joven Bedic (Kaya FC)
  • Roxy Dorlas (Loyola Meralco Sparks FC)
  • Patrick Reichelt (Ceres La Salle FC)
  • Carlos De Murga (Ceres La Salle FC)
  • Kenshiro Daniels (Kaya FC)
  • Jerry Lucena (Esbjerg fB)
  • Martin Steuble (FC Wil 1990)
  • Monday, April 21, 2014

    2014 UFL Super Cup Details

    UFL Announces Super Cup

    The United Football League is pleased to announce the first ever UFL Super Cup, which will take place shortly after the League campaign concludes in June. The new prestigious addition to the UFL season will pit the top six clubs of the 1st Division against each other in an intense knockout competition.

    With the League currently in its third and final round, teams not involved in the title race, or the relegation battle, now have a massive incentive to fight for qualification in the season's final chance for silverware. The UFL Super Cup is expected to bring plenty of excitement, as the League's best performers will be facing off in grueling two-legged ties in quick turnaround matches.

    The League Champions and Runners-Up will be handed the privilege of waiting in the semi-final round, with the third and sixth, and the fourth and fifth seeds battling for places to join them. As it stands, the teams that would be involved are UFL powerhouses Global, Kaya and Loyola Meralco Sparks, along with Stallion Giligan's, Pachanga PLDT Home Fibr, and Green Archers United Globe. Philippine Army-GTI is currently just outside the qualification zone, but with six matches still to play, has every chance to change its fortunes.

    Unlike in the Cup, the other knockout competition which takes place at the start of the season, the Super Cup will feature two-legged ties - with the score of the first game carrying over to the second clash. The format creates a thrilling dynamic where clubs are virtually pitted in a heated 180-minute match separated into two 90-minute bouts. With only the very best of the 1st Division involved, the new addition is expected to wrap up the UFL season in exciting style.

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Tennis: Diary of a Davis Cup Newbie

    Aside from football, I have been an avid follower of the sport of Tennis for as long as I can remember.

    Last year I was fortunate to be able to witness live, for the first time it must be said, a Davis Cup tie. This was not just any tie, it was a tie between our Philippines vs New Zealand. Stakes were high as the winner would progress to Group 1 in the Oceania Zone.

    I watched and came away with my love for tennis stronger than before. I was able to put my thoughts on paper, but it was not published publicly.

    Fast forward April 2014, it is Davis Cup weekend once again in Manila. I hope many come and support our tennis players as they battle for flag and country. It also provides me with an excuse to share My Davis Cup Experience last year.


    My Davis Cup Experience

    (PHILTA VP and Davis Cup Administrator Randy Villanueva, Treat Huey, PJ Tierro, Johnny Arcilla, Ruben Gonzales, and captain Roland Kraut) Pic c/o Randy Villanueva

    September 2013

    It was getting dark and as the taxi meter inched towards the 250 peso mark, I was getting apprehensive. My early head-start had been for naught; it wasn’t supposed to be this far -- and this expensive -- to Plantation Bay Resorts Cebu.

    But I was excited to make the journey. This wasn’t any other weekend.

    It was Davis Cup weekend in Cebu, and the Philippines had a chance to advance to the Oceania Zone Group 1, where the likes of Australia and Japan ply their wares.

    To get there, the Philippines had the small matter of trying to beat fellow Group 2 finalists New Zealand in a best of five set format.

    The Philippines had the advantage of playing at home and in a slower surface more suited to our strengths, but results didn’t go our way as we lost our first two matches on Day 1, setting up a do-or-die third match on Day 2.

    Doubles specialists Treat Huey and Francis “Nino” Alcantara were on tap against their Kiwi counterparts and nothing could’ve prepared me for the outpouring of Filipino pride that followed.

    A small but loyal Filipino gallery turned up in support of our tennis stars and they made themselves heard more and more as the night wore on.

    From the innovatively synchronized cheers in support of our players, to the spontaneous and the cheeky double entendre Cebuano shouts of “Puso!” the crowd undoubtedly played a huge part in lifting the spirits of Huey and Alcantara.

    Kaholero and local football club shirts were spotted in the gallery – proof that love of country transcends any sport.

    The hushed silence of every Filipino point lost was offset by the natural and unrestrained cheers of every Filipino point won. As the night wore on, the cheers grew louder, stronger and more frequent.

    Moments of forced silence as players prepared to serve are broken by pent up emotion released by a backhand winner down the line by Alcantara, or by a fantastic lob from Huey.

    The umpires pleading cries for “Quiet Please” can only go so far in silencing an emotional crowd, one hungry for heroes for the night. Treat and NiƱo did not disappoint, keeping Philippine hopes alive via a rain delayed straight sets victory. 

    Day 3 will see the Philippines agonizingly deprived of victory in the wee hours of the morning, consigning us to Group 2 for one more year.

    But on a night where Filipino tennis greats Johnny Arcilla, Juan Jose and the late Raymundo Deyro were honoured by the ITF, this fan was fortunate to be among the witnesses to the indomitable passion and togetherness that sport – and cheering for one’s country -- brings. 

    It was my first Davis Cup. But thanks to Ruben Gonzales, Johnny Arcilla, Nino Alcantara and Treat Huey, it most certainly won't be my last. 

    PICS: Team Philippines Participates in the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Brazil

    The Street Child World Cup is well underway in Brazil, and Team Philippines is in the thick of the action.
    Here are some pictures of Team Philippines, courtesy of Fairplay for All Foundation.

    Good luck Team Philippines!

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Nike Football Advert 2014: Risk Everything

    Nike 2014 World Cup Advert: Rooney, Ronaldo and Neymar Jr prepare to Risk Everything. 

    Don't know about you, but I am hell as excited for the 2014 FIFA World Cup!