03 September 2014

PEACE Cup Wednesday

Peace Cup :
4pm - PALESTINE vs. MYANMAR (Live on BALLS ch34) 

6:45pm - PHILIPPINES vs. CHINESE TAIPEI (Live on ABS-CBN ch23)

02 September 2014

Peace Cup: PH Azkals clash with Taiwanese

MANILA, Philippines — Bracing for a major tournament late this year, the Philippines begins its defense of the Philippine Peace Cup with a clash against old tormentor Chinese-Taipei Wednesday night at the start of the four-nation tournament at Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Azkals have a score to settle in the 7 p.m. match with the Taiwanese, who pulled off a stunning 1-2 upset last year at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

“We are hosting the tournament and it’s great to have these strong teams for us to test the level that we’re at,” said Dooley. “The Chinese-Taipei game is a must-win game. We have to make the fans happy.”
The winner of the match will move on to the finals opposite the survivor of Palestine-Burma (Myanmar) slated at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“There is no doubt that this Peace Cup is going to be the most difficult one,” said Azkals skipper Rob Gier. “Chinese-Taipei beat us last year. It’s certainly not a walkover.”

More than keeping the trophy for a third straight year, the Azkals hope to impress coach Thomas Dooley as he starts laying the foundation for the team that will vie in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Vietnam late this year.
Gier is one of three Europe-based players who will reinforce the team powered by United Football League stars Jason de Jong, Phil and James Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt.

Netherlands-based Paul Mulders has already trained with the team, while Roland Muller was scheduled to arrive late Tuesday from Germany.

Azkals look to pounce on young Chinese Taipei squad in PFF Peace Cup opener

THE Philippine men’s football team looks to pounce on a young Chinese Taipei squad as it opens its title defense of the Philippine Football Federation Peace Cup on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Azkals parade a much older, experienced squad than the one the Taiwanese are fielding in the 7 p.m. encounter. “The team is very young,” 

Chinese Taipei coach Chen Kuei Jan said of his squad through an interpreter. “This is a chance for them to get competitive action.”   The Filipino booters are also ranked 128th, 51 spots higher than the Taiwanese, who are coming in as the lowest-ranked side in the four-nation pocket tournament. That could allow the Azkals to test different formations. Usually employing a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation, the Azkals tried out a 3-5-2 look in the first half of their friendly with United Football League champion Global last week. The Azkals looked comfortable using both formations as they cruised to a 3-1 win. “We have to play what the coach tells us to play,” Azkals skipper Rob Gier said, referring to former US World Cup captain Thomas Dooley. “We have to have faith and trust in the coach that he believes what the best formation is for us to win.” “And we have that trust in coach Dooley,” the Filipino-British center-back was quick to add. 

“We trust that he makes the right decisions.” The Azkals hope to employ the winning formation against a Chinese Taipei side that stunned the Filipinos, 1-0, in last year’s edition. So the Azkals have an axe to grind as they are eager to advance to the finale where they could face the winner of the 4 p.m. match between Palestine and Myanmar. “I’m always confident in this team,” Gier said. “I’ve honestly believed that we can go on to do really amazing things with this squad of people. And I don’t see any reason why we can’t win this tournament.”

Read more at: http://www.spin.ph/football/azkals/news/azkals-look-to-pounce-on-young-chinese-taipei-squad-in-pff-peace-cup-opener

01 September 2014

Palestine NT training at Rizal Memorial Stadium

Palestine National team was training at Rizal Memorial stadium Monday.

From Palestine FA website :

 players are: Ramzi Saleh, Tawfiq Ali, Abdul Latif Albhadara, Ahmed Harbi, Abdulsalam Swairki, Moses Abudzr, Raed Fares, Hossam Abusaleh, Khader Yousef, Abdul Hameed Abuhabib.
It is scheduled to be completed by the arrival of the mission 3 players were accompanied by Olympic team in their preparations for the championship of the masters they Abdullah Jaber, Ahmed Maher, Musa Hilal, in addition to the enrollment of Hisham al-Salihi, and the player Javier Miralles professional ranks in Vitoria Sutebal Portuguese.
The player Tamer fasting has apologized for enrollment in the squad because of its particular situation private on the death of his father, and it was an apology Haitham Dib related to the conditions of his work, also prevented the injury all of Imad Zatara and Alkisas Nassar of Althakhma Balfdaúa, and with respect to Ashraf Numan cause of not joining linked Btahirth Saudi Arabia, which issued for once, and the European Union and Saudi club Al Faisaly bear the responsibility for that, either player Murad Ismael shall bear the responsibility for not joining the private did not appear that the reasons for this.
Immediately after the arrival of the technical team conducted a light training session on the pitch, "Rizal Memorial Stadium," with the aim of hospitalization after a long journey to travel, and re-state players for the mental and physical natural, before going to a training session o

YouTube : Indonesia Vs Philipina (13-1) Futsal Championship 1 September 2014 [FULL]

Here come the Muzangs

Jaelle Nevin Reyes

MANILA, Philippines - The Azkals are not the only team that hardcore Filipino football fans should watch out for.
The Philippine national Futsal team, known fondly as the Muzangs, named after a type of Civet found in the Southeast Asian region, is ranked number 27 in Asia and 92 in the world.
Not known to many, Futsal, is the indoor variant of the association football that was first developed as a sport in the 1930s to the 1940s in Brazil and Uruguay. The name of this sport was derived from the Portuguese phrase Futebol de Salao or Hall Football, hence the name, Futsal.
It is played within a small indoor court and teams can field 5 players each, one of them being the goalkeeper. It is also played with smaller and less bouncy balls compared to the regular football.
Meanwhile, Muzangs head coach Red Avelino revealed the team had already training as early as July to prepare the players for the tournaments they will be joining.
“The Muzang’s have been in the rebuilding stage since joining the tournament last year. In selecting potential candidates to join the rosters, The coaching staff has scouted stand-outs from previous local futsal tournaments nationwide, as well as pre-selected players from a 1st Division Football League who we feel are equipped with the skills to play and adjust to the sport. They will be joining the current main stays of the Muzangs,” Avelino added.
Familiar names from the United Football League will be boosting up the team the tournaments that they will be joining this year.
“We have Floriano ‘Tating’ Pasilan of GAU as our team Captain, he will be joined by Jovanie Simpron and Patrick Bocobo also of GAU, Jake Morallo and Jayson Cutamora of Manila Jeepney, Boyet Canedo of Loyola FC, Mike Reyes and Enzo Pinga of Socceroos FC, Ian Araneta of Airforce FC, and Arnie Pasinabo of Ceres FC. They will be reinforcing the other mainstays of the Muzangs.”
According to Avelino, they also considered enlisting some Azkals mainstays but have chosen to do otherwise because they want players who can dedicate more time to the Futsal team.
“There are also notable players who we feel can be a great addition to the team like OJ Porteria and Jeff Christiaens, to name a few. But we try to avoid recruiting active players from the Azkals, to avoid conflict with their training and competition commitments. We are also establishing a solid pool of rosters that can concentrate and be focused mainly on futsal.”
However, the team will be missing the services of top quality Futsal player and Azkals standout Misagh Bahadoran.
“Misagh Bahadoran is one of the best, if not the best player who has ever played for the Muzangs. He is actually one of the best futsal players in the ASEAN region, also. However, he has moved on to being a regular member of the Philippine Azkals and is committed to play for them.”
This year, the national futsal team will be joining two international tournaments, beginning with the MNC Cup that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Avelino said the trip to Indonesia was supposed to be for a scheduled friendly against their national Futsal team but they were later informed that the supposed friendly was converted into a tournament.
“Two weeks ago, we received an invite to play a friendly with the Indonesian National Futsal Team in Indonesia. Upon confirming our participation, we were informed that the friendly has developed into a mini Futsal Cup that would include two more countries, namely Kyrgyzstan and Dalian Yuan Dinasty (China).”
For the pocket tournament, Philippines will be faced against highly ranked opponents Kyrgyzstan, which is ranked 7th in Asia, number 8 China, and Asia’s number 12 Indonesia.
The coach stressed that the 4-nation Futsal meet would be a good training ground for the team.
“Based on the ranking alone, our expectations are fairly managed. The friendlies will be much more beneficial to the team rather than our opponents in terms of gaining the much needed exposure and experience. This will also be a good opportunity to test our chemistry as a team, especially for the new members.”
The Muzangs’ tour of duty in the MNC Cup will start on September 1 with a game against hosts Indonesia, followed by a game versus Dalian Yuan Dinasty of China on September 2 then a game against Kyrgyzstan on September 3.
Meanwhile, the team will also be joining the annual Asean Football Federation Futsal Championship that will be held from September 19 to 27 and will be hosted by Malaysia.
For the Asean Futsal Championship, the Philippines is clustered in Group B which also houses world number 17 Thailand, world number 47 Vietnam, number 91 Laos and number 90 Myanmar.
On the other hand, Avelino explained that they will face a tough match-up against higher seeded team than the Philippines.
“For the AFF Tournament, we are almost equally at par with Laos and Myanmar. We have beaten them in the past and with new and improved reinforcement, we are hoping to equal that feat. With Thailand and Vietnam, despite their superiority in ranking, we will obviously play to win, but if unsuccessful, we will make sure we go down fighting.”
The Philippine national Futsal team’s conquest to claim the ASEAN Futsal Championship plum will start on September 19 with a game against Laos to kick-off the group stage. 

31 August 2014

Adam Reekie named new Kaya head coach

Kaya Futbol Club would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new head coach, Adam Reekie. He is the replacement for David Perković, who coached the club for two seasons.
Born in Folkestone, England, Adam Reekie, 34, holds a United States Soccer Federation “A” Coaching License, USSF National Youth License, and a coaching certificate from the English Football Association.
Before his appointment as Kaya’s head coach, he was the assistant coach of the Syracuse women’s football team for three seasons (2011–2014). His previous coaching stints also include being the assistant coach of the Canisius men’s football team (2009–2011), head coach of the Louisburg College women’s football team (2007–2009), and assistant coach of Lock Haven women’s football team for one season. Moreover, in his late teens, he was a community coach at Charlton Athletic Football Club.
“I am excited to join Kaya FC at this time when football clubs play a key role in the development of Philippine football,” said Reekie. “I know the club will be right behind me, and I hope I can make a big impression.”
Reekie, a former footballer, had a fairly modest playing career, most notably starting in all 34 games for Canisius and having been chosen as the team captain in 2004. Prior to that, he played for Louisburg (2001–2003), earning the Student-Athlete of the Year award in 2003, and helped the Hurricanes advance to two NJCAA national tournaments.
“This is a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach and experience the culture and football of the Philippines. I hope to bring what I have learnt from my time in England and the USA to Kaya FC and help them grow as a club and be successful on and off the pitch,” said Reekie.
We believe it is important to bring in someone who shares our values and is committed to our vision. Reekie has a history of achievements with his previous teams, both as a player and as a coach, and we are pleased to say that we have found a man with the experience, knowledge, and passion fit to lead Kaya in the FA League Cup and beyond.

PFF Smart National Club Championship - UM Tagum FC win East Mindanao Qualifier

2014 PFF Smart National Club Championship East Mindanao Cluster Qualifier August 29-31, 2014 Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao del Norte August 29, 2014 Match 1 – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 1 vs. 1 Hooligans FC (Davao City) Match 2 – Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) 3 vs. 2 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) August 30, 2014 Match 3 – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 3 vs. 1 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) Match 4 – Hooligans FC (Davao City) 12 vs. 0 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) August 31, 2014 Match 5 – Hooligans FC (Davao City) 1 vs. 1 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) Match 6 – – UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 13 vs. 0 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) FINAL STANDINGS W D L GF GA PTS UM Tagum FC (Davao del Norte) 2 1 0 17 2 7 Hooligans FC (Davao City) 1 2 0 14 2 5 Montevista FC (Comval Prov.) 1 1 1 5 6 4 Tandag City FC (Surigao Sur) 0 0 3 2 28 0 UM TAGUM FC will now move on to the National Group Qualifiers under Group D in Cebu City together with host Cebu Queen City United FC and the 2nd Best ranked in clusters 5,6,7 and 8(Mindanao cluster). Reported by: Rene Cosmod President of Davao del Norte