28 November 2014

Azkals to play at Rizal Memorial Stadium

The Azkals will be playing the first 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Semifinals game at home on December 6th at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Azkals manager Dan Palami hints Thomas Dooley's contract likely to be extended

From: Karlo Sacamos

HANOI – The efforts of Thomas Dooley in turning the Philippine men’s football team into a well-oiled machine is set to be rewarded. Although Dooley is still a long way away from leading the Azkals to the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup title, national team manager Dan Palami has expressed satisfaction with the German-American coach’s performance. The Azkals boss has in fact hinted that he is inclined to extend the mentor’s tenure. “I have to give credit to the coaches for really bringing the team to this level,” Palami said of the staff, which also includes German assistant Sebastian Stache and goalkeeping coach Jorge Kuriyama of Mexico. “It did not come by accident.” It was a fast transformation for the Azkals, who were sluggish in the friendlies leading into the tournament before displaying a performance Palami described as the “best I’ve seen them play” in a 4-0 romp over Indonesia on Tuesday. “I think the drills and how they prepared the team have been very instrumental in allowing us to show it on the pitch,” the Azkals boss said. “The coaches were readily responsive to the challenge and they were able to tweak our midfield and defense such that is has come to this result.” “And this team has had a lot of firsts under coach Thomas,” Palami added as Dooley steered the Azkals to numerous breakthroughs this year since the former US national team skipper signed a one-year contract last February. It was in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup where the Azkals broke new ground as they defeated Laos, Maldives, and Turkmenistan, and reached a Final of a tournament for the first time. “So I’m recommending that PFF (Philippine Football Federation) extends his contract,” Palami said. How long would the extension be? “Depends on (how long) I can still afford him,” he said in jest. Dooley assured the best hast yet to come for the Azkals. “You always can play better. It’s like when you talk to Tiger Woods in his best times and ask if he’s playing perfect and he would say: ‘I’m far away from perfect.’” “We are far away from perfect too,” he added. “You still could see that our positioning when we play the ball around the box is sometimes not good. You can always improve.”

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Azkals suffer first loss in Suzuki Cup after 3-1 beating at hands of host Vietnam

From: Karlo Sacamos

HANOI - The honeymoon phase is over for the Philippine men's football team. Showing they still have a lot to improve on, the Azkals suffered a 3-1 beating at the hands of Vietnam at the end of the group stage of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup on Friday night at the My Dinh National Stadium. Facing a familiar foe that had the home crowd of more than 30,000 people behind them, the Azkals trailed early on and then fell into a deeper hole in the second half to suffer the disappointing defeat. Ngo Hoang Tinh, Vu Minh Tuan, and Pham Thang  Luong were on target for Vietnam, which scored twice just eight minutes apart early in the second half to take control. Paul Mulders, who came in as a halftime sub, provided a glimmer of hope with a goal in the 59th minute. But there were no miracles this time for the Filipinos.

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AFF Suzuki Cup : Vietnam 3-1 Philippines

AFF Suzuki Cup

Vietnam vs Philippines , 8 pm (Philippines)

Tv :  ABS CBN Sports & Action and Fox Sports

Livescore :www.futbol24.com

Livestream : http://eversport.tv/football/aff-suzuki-cup-2014/2014/11/28/vietnam-vs-philippines

27 November 2014

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DEPARTURE: Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge Joins Charlton Athletic

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on an emergency loan until December 30.

The 24-year-old played his only game for the club on Tuesday which ended in penalty heartbreak as he missed the decisive kick as Latics bowed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The goalkeeper signed for the club at the end of October but will now make the step up to the Addicks.

Read more at http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/departure-goalkeeper-joins-charlton-athletic-2108664.aspx#BkxT7rZvEI5phfkL.99

Semifinal-bound Azkals keen to draw confidence from match against host Vietnam

From: Karlo Sacamos

HANOI - A Philippine men’s football team that faces little pressure aims to keep building confidence heading into the knockout stage of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup opposite familiar foe Vietnam in the final day of the group stage on Friday. Already through to the semifinals after two straight wins that saw them deliver an amazing performance, the Azkals remain eager to perform well against a side they have mastered in their last two meetings. The Filipino booters shocked the Vietnamese, 2-0, in the 2010 edition of the meet in a match that sparked the renaissance of the sport in the country. They replicated the feat two years ago when they nipped the Southeast Asian powerhouse, 1-0, thanks to a late winner by homegrown hero Chieffy Caligdong. Now, the two teams face off anew at 8 p.m. (PH time) with the hosts still considered the favorites as they play in front of home fans at the 40,000-seat My Dinh National Stadium. “They’re one of the favorites in the competition,” said skipper Rob Gier, one of the four remnants, along with Chris Greatwich and James and Phil Younghusband, of the 2010 team that made history and put the Philippines back on the Asean football map. “With a crowd cheering for them, it’s going to be a difficult game.” “But we’re underdogs who don’t have to win,” he added. “It’s just nice knowing that we can go into the game a little bit free knowing that we’ve qualified.” “But make no mistake about it; we want to top the group,” the Filipino-British defender continued. “We won’t be taking our foot off the pedal. We’re going for that win again for sure.” The Azkals only need a draw to achieve their objective, while a draw for second-ranked Vietnam will also be enough for the host team to advance. Vietnam coach Toshiya Miura remained wary of the Filipinos, but are hoping to snap the skid. “The Philippines is very strong and recently has been stronger than Vietnam,” the Japanese mentor said. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley stressed the team’s last two wins against the Vietnamese hardly matter as he wants to continue to see improved play from his boys. “The past games don’t mean anything,” the German-American mentor said. “Collective team effort, the strategy on how we want to play - these are the main focus. Everything else doesn’t matter.”

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Patrick Reichelt out for Azkals match against Vietnam with knee injury

From: Karlo Sacamos

HANOI — The Philippine national football team’s Asean Football Federation Cup bid suffered another blow with Patrick Reichelt out due to a knee injury. Reichelt is set to miss the Azkals’ match against host Vietnam on Friday but Azkals coach Thomas Dooley is hopeful the Filipino-German striker would be fit to play for the Suzuki Cup knockout stage. The Philippine Azkals have secured a spot in the semifinals with the full six points from two matches, but the Vietnam game will affect the ranking.

Reichelt started against Indonesia after an impressive showing off the bench against Laos, but twisted his knee in the match against Indonesia. Starting center-back Juani Guirado suffered a hamstring injury early in the match against Indonesia and could be out for the remainder of the tournament.

“Patrick is out,” the German-American mentor confirmed. The semifinals will be played on the first week of December with first leg of the finals set on Dec. 17. Dooley said he will activate Paul Mulders from the reserve list, but remains undecided on who to insert in the starting lineup, with Mark Hartmann one of the possible choices. “We are thinking of a couple of possibilities,” Dooley said. “Do we go with speed or technique? It depends on the situation.”

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