Games Today (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 1 p.m. – UFL PH vs UFL World 3 p.m. – UFL All-Stars vs Perth Glory
The UFL All-Stars expect a much-improved form from visiting Australian side Perth Glory in their faceoff today in the featured match of the UFL All-Star Weekend at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Held to a scoreless draw by UFL champion and league leader Global last Wednesday, Perth is out to show why it is one of the top clubs in Australia’s A-League in its 3 p.m. meeting with the UFL’s top players.
The opening match at 1 p.m. will feature the UFL’s top Filipino players against the league’s best foreign players, with the locals out to avenge last year’s 5-4 loss to the Rest of the World squad.
The UFL stars hope to give Perth a tough encounter despite the absence of several players, particularly top players from defending league champion Ceres-La Salle and national team members that will suit in next week’s friendly with the same club in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Selected were Global’s Jun Badelic, Jerry Barbaso, and Nick O’Donnell; Loyola’s Kou Ichi Belgira, Ian Clarino, Jason de Jong, Daniel Gadia, Tahj Minniecon, and Jinggoy Valmayor; Stallion’s Joshua Beloya and Balot Doctora; Kaya’s Aly Borromeo, Louis Clark, Shirmar Felongco, and Woody Ugarte; and JP Voltes’ Yu Hoshide and Masaki Yanagawa.
Perth is in the country as part of its preparation for the 2016-17 A-League season. After its tie with Global, the Glory would like nothing more than to secure a victory over the UFL stars before wrapping up their trip with a match against the Azkals.
Meanwhile, Global’s OJ Clarino, JP Voltes’ J Baguioro, Kaya’s Jovin Bedic, and Stallion’s Ref Cuaresma lead the UFL Philippines side against the UFL Rest of the World team powered by the JP Voltes’ Japanese tandem of Takumi Uesato and Takashi Odawara.
MANILA, Philippines - A pair of overseas training camps with tough friendlies, first in China then in Spain, will highlight the Philippine Azkals’ build-up for the 2016 Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup the country is co-hosting in November.
Team manager Dan Palami said a showdown with regular customer North Korea in the Chinese capital on Sept. 2 or 3 is in the offing before the Azkals head to Kyrgyzstan to face the Snow Leopards in an away friendly on Sept. 16.
“We’ll start with a friendly against DPR Korea in Beijing. We’ll be flying to Kyrgyzstan so on the way, instead of just staying over in Beijing as a layover, we’ll do a couple of days training and play a match against North Korea and from there, we go to Kyrgyzstan,” he said.
In October, he said the Azkals are looking to go to Spain and play Canada and Costa Rica.
“We have confirmed our participation and these are being finalized, we’ll have a camp in Spain. According to the organizer there, we’ll be playing against Canada and Costa Rica,” he said.
Palami expects the full team by second week of October.
“We’ll have a full month of preparation (as a full team) which includes a friendly against Kyrgyzstan at home (on Nov. 9),” he said.
The Azkals hope to capitalize on home field advantage in the tourney starting Nov. 19 to achieve a milestone triumph after semis appearances the last three editions.
The highly anticipated Official Draw for the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016, Southeast Asia’s biggest football tournament, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will take place on Tuesday, 2 August in Yangon, organisers confirmed today.
Myanmar and the Philippines, co-hosts for the group stages from November 19 to 26, will be joined in the hat by defending champions Thailand, fellow four-time winners Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The Official Draw for the qualification round in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from October 15 - 21 will also be held on 2 August. One team from Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Laos and Timor-Leste will join the seeded sides in the AFF Suzuki Cup Group Stages.
First played in 1996, the biennial AFF Suzuki Cup that crowns the kings of ASEAN football, stirs the passions of patriotic fans throughout the region who closely follow the action at the stadia and on television.
Raucous, flag-waving crowds are a feature of the tournament, which dominates conversations at home, in the office place and on social networking sites.
With Myanmar and the Philippines newcomers to hosting the Group Stage tournament, the Youth Training Centre in Yangon and the Philippine Sports Stadium, will be staging their first games in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016. Both venues have previously held international matches.
Wunna Theikdi Stadium in Nay Pyi Taw and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in the heart of Manila, which has played host to AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final matches in 2012 and 2014, will each host one simultaneous match in the group stages.
The venues for the Qualification round tournament will be the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium and RSN Stadium. The last match day will kick-off simultaneously.
The semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup will be held on December 3/4 (first legs) and December 7/8 (second legs), with the home and away final on December 14 and December 17.
The Philippine Women’s National Team is set to travel on 24 July 2016 to Mandalay, Myanmar to compete in the 9th edition of the AFF Women’s Championship. The matches will be held at the Mandalarthiri Stadium between 26 July and 04 August 2016. The following will comprise the Philippines squad:
Alquiros, Natasha Claudine – DF
Bugsch, Sidra Quinn – MF
Cabalan, Jennizel – MF
Castañeda, Sara Isobel – MF
Cooke, Heather Marie – FW
De los Reyes, Christina Marie – FW
De Ramos, Krystal Victoria – MF
Dolino, Alesa – DF
Dull, Patricia Nanette – GK
Duran, Mary Cristine – DF
Kreutz, Caitlyn Rose – FW
Lim, Claire Elisabeth – DF
Long, Hali Moriah – DF
Manalansan, Monica Louise – DF
Navaja, Irish – MF
Palacios, Inna Kristianne – GK
Parado, Hanna Malone – MF
Salvacion, Shelby – MF
Tomanon, Patricia – DF
Wilson, Camille Angela – MF
The Philippines is bracketed in group A along with Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore while group B is composed of Myanmar, Australia (U20), Malaysia and Timor-Leste. The Philippines’ schedule of matches in the group stage is as follows:
26 July (Tue) Thailand vs Philippines | 1500h (Myanmar Time) : 1630h (Manila Time)
28 July (Thu) Philippines vs Vietnam | 1500h (Myanmar Time : 1630h (Manila Time)
30 July (Sat) Philippines vs Singapore | 1800h (Myanmar Time : 1630h (Manila Time)
02 August (Tue) Semifinals (if qualified)
04 August (Thu) Finals (if qualified)
The coaching staff is composed of Head Coach Letecia “Buda” Bautista, and Assistant Coaches Marielle Benitez and Joyce Landagan. PFF Women’s Football Committee Chairperson, Lalaine Sarmiento, is the head of delegation.
EXPANDING their pool of players for the AFF Suzuki Cup late this year, the Philippine Azkals will parade a new-look side against Australian club Perth Glory FC when they clash Tuesday at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.
Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, who is in the United States to attend to personal matters, has tasked chief deputy Aris Caslib to call the shots for the team that is using the match as part of its preparation for the Suzuki Cup in November.
Caslib has called up the likes of Jim Ashley Flores and Fitch Arboleda of Stallion, Shirmar Felongco of Kaya, Camelo Tacusalme of JP Voltes and Jess Melliza of Green Archers United.
“The general framework of the game is to test some new players, especially those who were part of the U-23 team before,” said Caslib, who watched Global hold Perth to a scoreless draw in a friendly last night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“We wanted to have all the players, but with the situation now, we just have to make do with the best players available.”
“We’re excited to see the new players,” said Azkals manager Dan Palami.
With the match not falling on the Fifa international window, clubs are not compelled to release players to the national team for the game against Perth.
Ceres-La Salle decided not to release Stephan Schrock, Manny Ott, Martin Steuble and Patrick Reichelt as the players recover from a gruelling first round campaign in the United Football League.
The holdovers from the squad that beat North Korea last March are James Younghusband, Simone Rota, Miguel Tanton, Misagh Bahadoran, Nick O’Donnell, Dennis Villanueva and OJ Clarino.
Phil Younghusband is expected to return to national team duty for the first time since the clash against Bahrain in October last year.
Ceres did not release any players for this friendly.
Source : Cedelf Tupas twitter