PHL Azkals to play vs LA Galaxy on December 3

When Azkals team manager Dan Palami said that the team has an early Christmas gift for Filipino fans, he wasn’t kidding. As an early Christmas gift to the supporters of the Azklas and Filipino football fans, the Azkals team manager announced that the major league soccer team, LA Galazy, will be visiting Manila and will be also be playing a friendly game against the Philippine Azklas on December 3 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

LA Galaxy President Thomas Payne also confirmed that the entire Galaxy Team, together with the football superstar David Beckham and Galaxy stars Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan, will be indeed visiting the Philippines on December 3, 2011.

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of a crowd that’s in front of the action. It’s gonna be a really memorable night for this community and for the sport of soccer,” Payne said.

Aside from the friendly match, the Galaxy team will also hold an open practice on December 2 from 9 am to 11 am and a football clinic for children from 2pm to 4pm which will also be held at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Payne believes that the activity will contribute to the popularity of football. “Coming into a market like this, which is going football-crazy as I understand… putting on a game, bringing this kind of PR and media can only be good for the sport in this country,” he said.

Palami also mentioned that the event will mark the end of a great year for the Philippine Azkals.

Azkals salvaged 1-1 draw against Sri Lanka

Philippine National Football Team

Philippine National Football Team

Azkals were said to be the strongest Philippine football team. However, it is dismay when the team did not showed it last night as they play against Sri Lanka in the Fifa World Cup Asian Qualifiers in Colombo.

The azkals feel behind due to unfamiliarity of Sugathadasa Stadium’s pitch.

“Overall, we’re happy with the 1-1 result. At least we’re playing on Sunday without a deficit,” -Mariano Araneta, President of Philippine Football Federation

Positively, it is more favorably to have 1-1 scoreline than 0-1 when azkals play again at the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Sunday. A scoreless draw will be enough to bring in the Azkals a berth in the second round against seeded Kuwait by virtue of winning on the away goal.

“With this, Sri Lanka will no longer play defensive (in the Manila game), they will surely go for goals and this will open up the game and I’m sure the Azkals will benefit from this, having the superior skills overall,” Araneta said.

“We’ll go for a win to avoid complications,” the PFF head said.

The Azkals, having hard time adjusting to the hard field, that made them to play slowly in the first half, aiming for a goal on the 43rd when Chathura Guranarathna wretched a 30-yard shot past the Philippines wall off a free kick.

“The team was quite sluggish in the first half, I would say they only showed 60 percent of their power. But they picked up in the second half and played 80 percent of their potential,

“They haven’t adjusted fully to the field, which you can see is really bad. They couldn’t really play well on that pitch. This was evident when Chieffy was going on a one and one and couldn’t control the ball because of the different bounce presented by the field,” Araneta added.

What’s up Azkals?

BY KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Phil and James Younghusband

Phil and James Younghusband

The Good Deeds

Football face of the crowds’ James and Phil Younghusband (brothers) have already ado to take a visit Lanao del Norte this coming July, 2011 as part of their promotional tour of football sport here in the Philippines.

Aiming to nurture and develop the next generation of Filipino football players is the TYFA or The Younghusband Football Academy envisions, which the Younghusband brother created for Sports teacher and students in public schools to teach them the basics of football, without any charge. The brothers have already conducted clinics in towns of Tarlac City and Paniqui in Tarlac, Puerto Princesa in Palawan and Taguig City, Manila.

The Next Battle

It is now so official!

Yesterday (Thursday), President of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia confirmed that Philippines will be holding the July 3 World Cup qualifying match of Philippine Azkals against Team Sri Lanka, here at the Rizal Memorial Footbal Stadium. This face-off between Sri Lankan Team and Philippines’ Askals will surely boosts excitement once again of their Filipino crowd; fans and supporters as well as game enthusiasts and team critics.

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RP Football, 101M Fund for Expansion and Promotion

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

RP Football Team Azkals, always mounted the excitement and thrills of Filipino nationals as they always set the football field with energy and confidence in their games and made history in the football state in the Philippines today.

RP Team - Azkals

RP Team - Azkals

Chieffy Caligdong on his 1-0 score over Vietnam

Chieffy Caligdong on his 1-0 score over Vietnam

Marked, Last year Dec. 5, they just defeated 2009 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup Champion Vietnam with 2-0 score in favor of RP Team – Azkals. Some called this as the biggest shock in the AFF’s history as Phil Younghusband a Filipino-British and Chris Greatwich an English–Filipino kicked a score over the opponent’s position. And early this month in Panaad Stadium inside the Panaad Park and Sports Complex in the Province of Bacolod, Azkals set another level of excitement for their fans and crowd as they win their battle against Team Mongolia’s Blue Wolves last February 9, this year.

Now, Filipino nationals and fans can’t wait no longer of this soccer sport and the  trending hot Philippine Team – Azkals players on what else they can do in their upcoming fights in different Cups and Leagues and also about teams midfielder Phil Younghusband issue of really entering show business and pursuing ABS-CBN’s Primetime’s no. 1 Teleserye “Imortal” Lead actress, Angel Locsin.

And in connection to RP Team, from Yahoo, Southeast Asia the Philippine Football Federation will be given P80-million from Smart Communications which will be used to improve football in the country for the next 10 years, P8 million will be funding the Football Premiere League, and P3.5 million for the promotion growth of the soccer around the country. Smart, Maynilad, Cignal and TV5, these four teams already signed up and many more are looking forward and interested to join and help the national tournament and for the advancement and building up of sport in the Philippines. Sports leader are said to be one in saying that now is the time to expand the football stadiums available or add new ones and who knews that a lot of us would be interested in sport like football after all, we are more of a basketball and boxing country.

Here are the list of RP’s Team Askals TOP 21 man line-up:

  • Aly Borromeo
  • Eduard Sacapano
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Anton del Rosario
  • Jerry Barbaso
  • Kim Relucio
  • Ray Jonnson
  • Rob Gier
  • Joebel Bermejo
  • Nestorio Margarse
  • Emilio Caligdong
  • Jason Sabio
  • Peter Jaugan
  • Reymark Palmes
  • Ian Araneta
  • Mark Ferrer
  • Jason de Jong
  • Patrick Hinrichsen
  • Simon Greatwich
  • James Younghusband
  • and Phil Younghusband

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Ilonggo football players break world record

High school football players from Barotac Nuevo town broke the world record for marathon football by playing for over 35 hours.

The football teams of Barotac Nuevo Comprehensive National High School (BNCNHS) and the Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF) played against each other for 35 hours and 20 minutes at the town’s public plaza.

The match began around 8:40 a.m. Friday and ended at around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. A total of 19 games were played, each lasting for 45 minutes.

ISCOF prevailed over BNCNHS, 136-133.

The Philippine match is set to break the Australia record in a match that lasted lasted for 32 hours and 50 minutes.

Of the 19 games played, ISCOF and BNCNHS each won eight matches, and tied in three.

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Ilonggos break soccer marathon record

ILOILO CITY – Players from Barotac Nuevo town have broken the world record for marathon soccer by playing for over 35 hours.

Organizers and officials of the World Football Marathon (WFM) will meet today to finalize the documentation of the match, including the continuous video coverage of all the games, in order for the event to be certified by the Guinness World Records (GWR), Duffie Botavara, secretary general of the Iloilo Football Association, told The STAR.

“We are preparing the documentation and the records of the game for our efforts to be recognized,” he said, adding that for now, the record is unofficial.

Organizer Elmer Bedia, a former national player and Philippine’s Mr. Football in 1986, explained that a GWR certification in favor of the WFM is required to break the record set in Australia.

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