Games today (Rizal Memorial Football Stadium) 2 p.m. – DLSU vs ADMU (men semis) 4 p.m. – FEU vs UP (men semis)
Defending champion Far Eastern University clashes with last season’s runner-up University of the Philippines, even as rivals La Salle and Ateneo collide in a pair of no-tomorrow semifinals matches in the UAAP men’s football tournament today at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.
Unlike in the recent years where the top-ranked squads have twice-to-beat privileges, all teams are in equal footing, as the semifinals is a one-match affair, where the winners will play in the one-game finals on March 8 also at the Rizal pitch.
With reigning MVP Paolo Bugas back in harness, the second-ranked Tamaraws are slightly favored in their 4 p.m. duel with the No. 3 Maroons.
In a rematch of Season 75 semis, the top seeded Green Booters hope to sustain their unbeaten run in the tournament against the Blue Eagles, who are back in the post-season after a one-year absence, in the first match at 2 p.m. Both matches will be aired live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
The FEU-UP match will feature the league’s top two scorers in the Tamaraws’ Eric Giganto and the Maroons’ Jinggoy Valmayor.
Valmayor, playing his final year for UP, is on a personal mission as he missed the championship duel against FEU last year as the national under-23 standout was then serving a two-game suspension.
La Salle will miss defender Timothy Brago, who was suspended due to cumulative yellow cards, but coach Hans Smit need not to worry on his side’s offense with Nate Alquiros, Sabin Bustamante and Chuck Uy leading the attack.
The Green Booters last won the championship in 1998.
Ateneo, the Season 75 champions, suffered a major blow on its bid to make a return stint to the Finals, as midfield general Mikko Mabanag is suspended also due to cumulative yellow cards.
DEFENDING champion Far Eastern University clashes with last season's runner up University of the Philippines, while rivals De La Salle and Ateneo collide on Sunday in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 77 men's football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Unlike in the recent years where the top-ranked squads have twice-to-beat privileges, all teams are in equal footing as the semifinals is a one-match affair with the winners play in the one-game Finals on March 8 also at the Rizal pitch. With reigning MVP Paolo Bugas back in harness, the second-ranked Tamaraws are slightly favored in their 4 p.m. duel with the No. 3 Fighting Maroons. In a rematch of Season 75 semis, the top seeded Green Booters hope to sustain their unbeaten run in the tournament against the Blue Eagles, who are back in the postseason after a one-year absence, in the first match at 2 p.m. Both matches will be aired live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action. The FEU-UP match will feature the league's top two goalscorers in the Tamaraws' Eric Giganto and the Maroons' Jinggoy Valmayor. Valmayor, who is playing his final year for UP, is on a personal mission as he missed the championship match against FEU last year as the national under-23 standout was serving a two-game suspension. But the Tamaraws have a deep lineup featuring Jess Melliza, Nicolas Ferrer and Arnel Amita and Joshua Mulero. La Salle will miss defender Timothy Brago, who was suspended due to cumulative yellow cards, but coach Hans Smit still has Nate Alquiros, Sabin Bustamante and Chuck Uy leading the attack. The Green Booters last won the championship in 1998. Ateneo, the Season 75 champion, suffered a major blow in its bid to make a return stint to the Finals, as midfield general Mikko Mabanag is suspended also due to cumulative yellow cards.
UFL Division 1 - Saturday 2.15 pm Manila Jeepney 1-1 Green Archers United Manila Jeepney First Eleven: Zabihi Taher, Wiedmer, Elnar, Diaz, Chaffort, Alonso, Fadrigalan, Skinker, Kouassi N'gnan, Morallo Manila Jeepney Substitutes: Amora, Epesso, Francisco, Nembot Talla, Park Green Archers United : Pascual, Martindale, Aguisanda, Ebdane, Villareal, Simpron, Cañedo, Lopez-Mendy, Osuka, Del Rio, Icardo 39 mins 0-1 Jimuel Ariola (Green Archers United) 0-1 HT 72 mins 1-1 Park (Manila Jeepney) 1-1 FT Man of the match : Hyu Sun Park (Manila Jeepney) -------------------------------------------------------- 5.15 pm Global Fc 5-0 Army Fc Global FC XI: Bahadoran, Bonney, Deyto, Gonzalez, Hoshide, Rodriguez, Minegishi, Otomo, Sato, Schlettwein, Talaroc. Global FC Subs: Elhabib, Hartmann, M. Jonsonn, Kanamaya, Sadia, Villanueva Phil. Army FC XI: Bedua, Choi, Dela Cruz, Gempisaw, Ronel Gener, Kang, Margarse, Min, Pabilona, Seo, Song Phil. Army Subs: Betita, Roel Gener, Longno, Silvestre, Song, Troyo, Villanueva 21 mins 1-0 Gonzalez (Global Fc) 26 mins 2-0 Minegishi (Global Fc) 39 mins 3-0 Otomo (Global Fc) 3-0 HT 64 mins 4-0 Schlettwein (Global Fc) 90 +2 mins 5-0 Mark Hartmann (Global Fc) 5-0 FT Man of the match : Renato Gonzalez -------------------------------------------------------------------
8.15 pm Loyola Meralco Sparks Fc vs Stallion Fc LMSFC XI: Cañas, Dorlas, Greatwich, Lee, Mallari, Mitter, Putrus-Schnell, Trigo, Wright, J. Younghusband, P. Younghusband LMSFC Subs: Aristorenas, Ashime, Del Rosario, Gonzalez, Grommen, Minniecon, Montserrat Stallions FC XI: Arends, Bandeken Fong, Basa, Clarino, Doctora, Felongco, Kaole, Mbata, Mintah, Nana, Rota Stallions FC Subs: Arboleda, Bateau, Bowra, Cuaresma, Italia, Lozano, Nguene 19 mins 1-0 James Younghusband (Loyola) 1-0 HT 51 mins 1-1 Clarino (Stallion) 68 mins 1-2 Arboleda (Stallion) Man of the match : Mario Clarino and Louis Kaole
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has approved the inclusion of the under-23 men’s football team for the Singapore Southeast Asian Games, an official from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) said yesterday.
PFF General Secretary Ed Gastanes said the team received confirmation from the POC last Thursday, marking the country’s return to the biennial sportfest following its absence two years ago in Myanmar.
“We’re happy with the sudden turn of events,” said Gastanes. “We’ve been in close coordination with the POC just to make sure that we will be able to send a team to the SEA Games.”
The PFF was supposed to field a team for the Myanmar conclave but its request was denied by the POC for failing to meet its criteria.
So frustrated with the decision then that PFF President Nonong Araneta threatened not to send a team in future meets.
But the PFF sang a different tune this time, hoping that their participation in Singapore will pay dividends.
EXPECT Global FC to field a fresh, foreigner-powered squad when it takes on Philippine Army on Saturday in the United Football League at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. After turning to a squad made up mostly of Filipinos in their Asian Football Confederation Cup loss to South China last Wednesday, Global coach Leigh Manson is counting on a side composed of imports led by Yu Hoshide, Sam Bonney, and Izo El-Habib, as well as Pinoy standouts who seldom see action. “With our schedule the last six weeks and the upcoming one, we need to rotate more and use the whole squad,” the Scottish mentor told Spin.ph on Friday, ahead of the 5:15 p.m. matchup. All but three of the 19-man AFC Cup squad were Filipinos, with Renato Gonzalez and Raul Martinez of Mexico and Japanese stalwart Masaki Yanagawa the only foreigners, owing to an AFC rule that puts a cap on the number of foreigners seeing action for a team. With a fresh side, the defending league champions, toting 10 points in four matches, seek to sustain their three-match winning streak and their hold of the top spot in the 10-team Division 1 standings. The powerhouse squad faces an Army side that has yet to register in the win column after two outings. Loyola Meralco, running third with nine points in three matches to show, tries to keep its unbeaten run as it battles fourth-running Stallion FC, while Green Archers United and Manila Jeepney face off in the opener at 2:15 p.m.
From: Karlo Sacamos GLOBAL FC was already down two men even before kickoff and owner Dan Palami believes that prevented the team from putting up a good fight against South China on Wednesday night in the Asian Football Confederation Cup. Palami said they learned just an hour before the kickoff that only 19 men from the 21-man lineup would be allowed by the AFC and Global have yet to confirm why. That kept newly-acquired kept winger Matt Hartmann and a foreign player out of the match and apparently disrupted the club’s game plan. "We're really at a disadvantage," Palami said after Global FC suffered a 6-1 beating. "We just couldn't think of a reason why the lineup was disallowed," he added, stressing that they passed their 21-man roster ahead of the deadline a week prior to the match. "The lineup was submitted before the deadline... unless we are interpreting it differently," the concurrent Azkals manager said. "We have to check." Global FC still has five games left, and the club hopes to resolve the issue before the next match against Pahang FA on March 11 in Malaysia. "Matt should've been there plus one foreign player," Palami said. But the Global boss says he doesn’t want to take anything away from South China, which came up with a fine game. "A loss is always tough and even tougher when you lose by that scoreline, Palami said. "But we have to learn from this. "The good thing was we could find our way in their box to go for a score. If we cover ourselves better in counters, we'll stand a better chance against the other teams." Read more at: http://www.spin.ph/football/news/dan-palami-global-fc-hong-kong-afc-cup-disallowed-lineup
MANILA, Philippines – For the past few weeks, an unfamiliar name surfaced throughout social media about a certain foreign born player who was interested to play for the Azkals.
Levi Gilmar Fernandez, a Filipino-British striker who is currently on trial with Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic FC, said on Twitter that he's interested in playing for the national team of his mother’s home country.
Born to a Filipina mother and a former Crystal Palace FC booter, Fernandez have high hopes that he will be in an Azkals’ kit before the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifiers
“Well, my friend actually first told me that the Philippines had a national team when I was at Dagenham and after that I was interested,” said the aspiring Azkal in an interview with Rappler.
He added that the friend he was referring to, whom he did not name, had been a former teammate of Neil Etheridge at Fulham FC.
The 21-year old footballer has been with different clubs including Malta-based division one team Balzan Youth FC and English fourth tier club Dagenham & Redbridge FC.
Fernandez, who has been referred to as the next Neymar due to their similar looks and style of play, asserted that his management is now in contact with the people behind the national team in hopes of acquiring a slot to play for the Philippines.
“My agency is in contact with Mr. Dan Palami who first gave me the look in but I've just been called up for the U22's but my main focus is for the Azkals’ and getting that call up for the World Cup Qualifiers.”
“I've seen a few highlights and one game and I can see the team is more attacking, I think I could 100% fit into Coach Dooley's system if given the chance as my main attribute is attacking.”
England-based agent Steve Mac claimed that the young player is set to be loaned to UFL-side Stallion FC during the next transfer window in April as they are currently in contact with the local club’s management.
“He will go on loan in April to Philippinesclub Stallion FC from Alloa Athletic. Head coach Ernie Nierras will help him off the pitch with getting the right documents to the Azkals first team squad.”
Meanwhile, when reached for a comment, coach Nierras declined to issue a statement regarding the matter and stressed that he will make the announcement once the deal is official.
NEW AZKALS STRIKER? Fil-British Levi Fernandez is looking to bring his attacking style tot he Philippine National team. Photo from Fernandez's agent Steve Mac
"Alloa Athletic have confirmed the signing of Levi Fernandez on a youth contract - the player will train with development squad "