29 March 2015

Swiss coach back with Azkals

By Cedelf p. Tupas

MANAMA, Bahrain – The Philippine Azkals’ brain trust got an upgrade anew with the rehiring of Swiss goalkeeping coach Pascal Zuberbuhler for the World Cup Qualifying campaign.
The acquisition of Zuberbuhler gives the Azkals another former World Cup campaigner on the coaching staff as the 44-year-old mentor has played in the sport’s biggest stage, just like head coach Thomas Dooley.
“He is someone who’s played at a high level who knows how important is discipline, how important is preparation to the match and the whole environment about being a professional player,” said Dooley of the key addition to his staff.
Zuberbuhler played for Switzerland in the 2006 World Cup, helping his country reach the quarterfinals. A FIFA goalkeeping course instructor, Zuberbuhler also serves as technical director of Geneva-based club Servette FC, the club that employs
Azkals keeper Roland Muller.
It will be the second stint for Zuberbuhler as he was also part of ex-coach Michael Weiss’ staff in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.
“It’s great to have two experienced coaches in coach Thomas and coach Zubi,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami. “The combined experience that they have will be a big help to the team as we try to reach our goals this year.”
Neil Etheridge who was teammates with Zuberbuhler at Fulham said the Swiss goalkeeping coach’s presence goes beyond helping them honing their skills while manning the posts.
“He’s very technical,” said Etheridge, who has been ruled out of the clash against Bahrain on Monday after sustaining a cut on his head due to a freak accident.
“He is not just good for the goalkeepers but for the outfield players because he brings a great atmosphere. You look at the experience that we have right now with coach Dooley and coach Zubi, not everyone (in Asia ) has that.”

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/176925/swiss-coach-back-with-azkals#ixzz3VkG5vhWV

26 March 2015

AFC U23 Championship - Qualifiers - Philippines 0-4 North Korea FT

U23 pool of players

17 mins 0-1 North Korea
45 mins 0-2 North Korea
0-2 HT
61 mins 0-3 North Korea
79 mins 0-4 North Korea
0-4 FT

Philippines starting XI against North Korea : Badelic, Clarino, Grommen, Santos, Felongco, Arboleda, Amita, Aristorenas, Kanayama, Dizon, Gadia

Livestream link :


Next match against Thailand on Sunday.

Thailand won 2-1 against Cambodia today

24 March 2015

Azkals hero Chris Greatwich "taking a break" from national team duty

Philippine national men’s football team veteran Chris Greatwich announced Tuesday that he won’t be suiting up for the Azkals anytime soon.
Greatwich said he did not join the Azkals training tour in Bahrain this month as he wants to “take a break” from national team duty and spend more time with his family.
“Last week I met with Coach (Thomas) Dooley and told him I would be taking a break from International football for a while,” Greatwich wrote in an Instagram post.
“It has been the greatest privilege to play for Philippines for the past 10 years but for now I like to spend more time with my family, especially my baby Nico.
“Thanks to all the players, staff and fans who’ve supported us over the years and I wish the team the best of luck in the future.”
Greatwich, 31, has seven international goals under his belt, almost all of them memorable as he played hero many times for the Azkals. He was instrumental in the team’s Cinderella run to the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup semifinals in 2010 that catapulted the squad to national consciousness.
The Filipino-English midfielder also scored the winning goal in an epic semifinal win with Maldives in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup last year that brought the Azkals to the tournament final for the first time.
Greatwich is currently playing for Kaya FC in the United Football League.


Azkals news Tuesday

Azkals had their first training in Bahrain today.

Fil-Danish Jerry Lucena has just arrived Bahrain.

Fil-German Roland Müller was on bench for his Swiss club Servette yesterday. He is now second choice GK for his club. He is expected to arrive Bahrain tonight.

Colombia NT staying at the same hotel as Azkals. Colombia will be playing Bahrain on March 26

Chris Greatwich statement :

"Many people in the last few days have asked why I have not traveled with the squad to Bahrain this week. Last week I met with Coach Dooley and told him I would be taking a break from International football for a while.
It has been the greatest privilege to play for Philippines for the past 10 years but for now I like to spend more time with my family, especially my baby ."

Update :

Bahrain vs Philippines tv : LIVE at 11:15pm (kick-off 11:30pm) Sports & Action Channel 23

23 March 2015

Azkals set aside club colors for single goal

By Cedelf p Tupas

MANILA, Philippines —Juani Guirado, Patrick Reichelt and Patrick Reicheltwent up against Simone Rota and Balot Doctora in a United Football League match Sunday night. Hours later, they were on the same flight headed for Bahrain.
Such is life with the national team as club affiliations are temporarily set aside for a common goal.
The Azkals left for Manama Monday for a weeklong training camp in preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers in June.
They will know which team they will face in the qualifiers next month when the draw is held in Kuala Lumpur.  But coach Thomas Dooley is leaving no stone unturned as far as preparations are concerned.
“We want to be at our best form in June ideally,” said Dooley.
It will mark the first time this year that the Azkals are converging—since the AFF Suzuki Cup last December—as they begin their buildup for the challenges ahead.
Phil Younghusband, the country’s top international scorer, is looking forward to the camp.
“We’re excited, its been awhile and we’ve had a few months off from the national team and be in an environment where we’re away with the team,” said Younghusband. “I hear we got some new talent coming in.”
Defender Alvaro Silva has been called up to join the camp, which ends with a friendly against Bahrain on Monday.
Some Azkals arrived in Manama Monday. They were in awe upon seeing members of World Cup quarterfinalist Colombia, which was staying in the same hotel as the Azkals.

Read more: http://sports.inquirer.net/176577/azkals-set-aside-club-colors-for-single-goal#ixzz3VEB0I5cJ

Azkals news Monday

Azkals arrived Bahrain today for the training camp.

They are playing Bahrain on March 30.

Matt Hartmann is in Bahrain , but not part of Azkals squad for the training camp. (updated)

Alvaro Silva confirmed going to Bahrain this afternoon.

22 March 2015

UFL Sunday- updated results and standings

UFL Sunday at Rizal :

2.15 pm Forza 0-0 Mendiola FT (DIV 2 )

Division 1 :
5.15 pm Team Socceroo 0-5 Green Archers United FT
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Goal scorers: Green Archers United : Canedo- 33' Lopez Mendy- 56' Melliza- 83' 89'