Azkals won over India

Philippine Azkals came back strong to give former champion India a 2-0 defeat in their game at the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup.

After a tough loss to the Mighty North Koreans, Philippine Azkals showed better ball handling against India, Phil Younghusband scored both side of the half-time, giving 2-0 win over India both goals were assisted by his elder brother James Younghusband.

The Azkals took control of the India match in the 10th minute, Jason Sabio made a long throw in to James Younghusband,who flicked the ball towards his brother Phil,

Phil then turns around and hit the shot giving Azkals 1-0 advantage over the Blue Tigers. In the second half phil team up with is brother James for another goal.

The Philippines is now tied with Tajikistan in the Group B standings with 3 points each. North Korea leads the group with 6 points following their 2-0 drubbing of Tajikistan.

Coach Weiss next move for Philippine Football team Azkals

After a tragic loss for The Philippine Football team Azkals in their previous game against the Mongolian football team in Ulan Bator, Philippine Head Coach Michael Weiss shows his leadership as he expressed optimism that key players like Fil-German Stephen Schorck and Fil-Danish Cagara will be available for the AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal next month.

The players were disappointed regarding the results of their previous game knowing that they had let their adoring fans and nations down. Some Football Experts blamed the weather (12 degree Celsius) for the lost of the team. Many game fanatics quickly noticed that the team is quite sluggish in today’s game compared to their winning game in Bacolod. They noticed that it took quite some time for the team to get used with the weather during the game as they are seen struggling in the first half of the game but later improved on the second half. Still, it is too late since it had already cost a lot when the opponent scored 2-1 beating the Azkals.

Making the team’s training camp in this bustling city crucial in honing up the Manila-based players, Weiss said their availability, as in the past, will be known only at the last minute

However coach Weiss said, “What is important is we have a strong group in Manila.  And we will be even stronger when the professionals from Europe arrive.

“We are expecting a few of our professional players to join us for the Challenge Cup next month. So the idea now is to develop a parallel line of players to further the development of Filipino football.”

The Azkals were scheduled to play the Australia Under-23 team at the Al Maktoum Stadium Thursday night. Weiss is expecting Schrock to play for one or two matches in the March 9 to 13 tournaments.

Star-studded Azkals-Galaxy game a success

Despite having a score of 6-1 in favor of The Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup champions- Los Angeles Galaxy, their friendly game with the Philippine National Football Teams-Azkals at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last Saturday was a success.

“It was a good match this evening. I thought the Philippine team played quite well in the first half, certainly it was a close match,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said in the post-match press conference.

The Azkals had a close fight with the LA Galaxy during the first half of the game with Angel Guirado, Chieffy Caligdong and Phil Younghusband penetrating the defense of the LA Galaxy numerous times. But it was the team’s superstar David Beckham who scored the first goal for the LA Galaxy in the 20th minute followed by Mike Magee’s goal in the 38th minute.

The Azklas managed to bounce back from the 2 point lead by the Galaxy through a goal by Phil Younghusband. But Phil’s goal was short lived when Robbie Keane and other members of the LA Galaxy team scored 4 more goals in the second half.

Nonetheless, Coach Arena said that the Philippine team had talented players and was impressive. “I thought number 12 (Guirado), 13 (Caligdong) and 10 (P. Younghusband) played well. I don’t know their names and I apologize for that, but I thought they played well,” he said.

Meanwhile, LA Galaxy members Arena and Donovan mentioned that their team’s good play is a bit better from the condition of the Philippine team. “In the second half, I think we just wore them down. Our fitness level is perhaps a little bit better,” Arena said. “We got our fitness in over a little bit in the last three or four days,” Donovan said.

David Beckham and Landon Donovan also thanked all the Filipinos for their hospitality during their short stay in the Philippines. Beckham added that he was thrilled when he saw Manny Pacquiao in the audience and admitted that he is a huge fan of the Filipino boxer.

Aside from the Manny Pacquiao, also present in the audience during the game were Phil Younghusband’s girlfriend-Angel Locsin, Mylene Dizon, Dawn Zulueta and Maxene Magalona nd politicians Rep. Amado Bagatsing and Mayor Alfredo Lim.

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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