21 January 2018


BRISBANE, Australia – Ceres-Negros arrived in Brisbane Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday AFC Champions League Qualifier against A-League side Brisbane Roar.
Just a few days removed from their conquest in Myanmar, the team split into two groups and to took different flights to the land down under where they will attempt to make history and reach the third round of qualifying for the competition.
Ceres veteran Martin Steuble was one of the few players who took the longer trip via a Sydney en route to the Queensland capital.
“There’s no other way to get here but we’re happy that we made it. I think we are confident enough that we will have a good game,” said the Ceres midfielder.
Michael Casas was with the group who took the Darwin pit stop and Ceres keeper was thankful for arriving safe after a turbulent first leg of the trip.
“It was a long flight and our first was tiring because the plane was small and full so everyone cannot sleep. We flew for 4-5 hours and then we gladly transferred from Darwin to Brisbane. That’s where we slept for three hours,” said Casas.
With the team reunited in Brisbane, the proceeded to do receovery training early evening at a training ground beside the Rugby-specific Ballymore Stadium. The Negros shook off the long travel with a fruitful training session after the very long journey.
“It was light workout but it helped well in the recovery after a long day,” said Nessi Ramos. “It prepared us well for tomorrows high intensity training leading to Tuesday’s game,” he added.
The Busmen will take on the Roar on January 23rd at the QSAC stadium at the southern outskirts of the capital city. The match is set to kickoff at 730pm with updates to given via the Ceres-Negros Facebook and Twitter page.

Rizal - Seongnam Futsal Cup , May 3 and 4

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Global Cebu beefs up lineup with two new fierce attackers


Global Cebu FC has signed up nifty attackers Curt Jordan Dizon and Daniel Gadia to beef up its lineup for the upcoming Philippines Football League (PFL) wars.
Gadia is the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 Most Valuable Player in the men’s football tournament. He signed the contract with Global Cebu FC last Tuesday.
The 22-year old midfielder played for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons during his collegiate years. In early 2013, he got drafted for the national team to play in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Youth Championship and proceeded for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Under-19 Championship qualifiers.

In 2014, Gadia played in the United Football League (UFL) where he saw action with Pachanga Diliman Football Club before transferring in 2016 to the defunct FC Meralco Manila which was then known as Loyola Sparks.
Meanwhile, the 23-year old Dizon confirmed his transfer to Global Cebu last Wednesday.
Dizon molded his football talent at the Crystal Palace youth academy and by playing with Gimnastica Segoviana CF in Spain during the early part of his football career.
In 2014, he got the call of duty from the national team and decided to side with Global at the same time.
In 2015, he joined the national team’s under-23 squad in their campaign for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers. He also transferred to the Loyola Sparks this year.
“I can’t wait to get out there,” Dizon shared on Global Cebu FC’s official facebook page. “I want to thank Global for giving me this opportunity and hopefully we can continue to make history,” he added.

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18 January 2018

PFL - Ilocos United withdraw

Ilocos United Football Club has today decided to withdraw from the Philippines Football League (PFL) for the 2018 season.
Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful. Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL. Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.
The Club, our players, coaches, staff, and management, wish to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporter base around the country for its fervent and unwavering support throughout our 2017 campaign. We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.
In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.
We wish the PFL continued growth and urge that the nation joins us in continuing to support the development of the beautiful game in the Philippines.
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and updates from IUFC.
Tony Lazaro
CEO, Ilocos United Football Club

17 January 2018

PFF Advisory: Philippines Vs Tajikistan To Be Held At The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium 13 mins ago

The Philippine Men’s National Team will host Tajikistan in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on 27 March 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) formally received the confirmation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on the venue.
The Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental was earlier nominated to host the final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan. However, due to difficulties in securing fully-equipped training venues, the venue was moved to the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“We announce that the AFC has approved the PFF’s request to move the final match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers back to Manila,” said PFF president Mariano V. Araneta Jr. “This match will be a crucial match as it will decide the Philippine Men’s National Team’s chances of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.”
The last Asian Cup Qualifiers match played in home soil was the 2-2 draw against Yemen last 5 September 2017 at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium. The Philippines won their first match match of the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Manila with a 4-1 win against Nepal.
The Philippines lead Group F with 9 points while Tajikistan are in third with 7 points going to the final match of the qualifiers. The Philippines only needs a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup, but it will have to do so against a determined Tajikistan squad.
“We hope all football stakeholders and supporters rally behind the Men’s National Team,” added Araneta. “Qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will be a historic moment in Philippine football.”
Ticket details for the match will be announced soon.

16 January 2018

AFC Champions League Preliminary : Shan United (Myanmar) vs Ceres-Negros Fc , 0-0 AET , 3-4 on PKs. Ceres-Negros advance to next round

Ceres XI: Toni D., Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Marañon, Schröck, De Murga, Muñoz, Nazari, Christaens, Reichelt Ceres

Subs: Kane, Manny Ott, Uesato, Porteria, Pasinabo, Dutosme, Casas

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AFC Champions League Preliminary Shan United (Myanmar) 0-0 Ceres-Negros
Ceres-Negros win 4-3 on PKs !

Ceres-Negros advance to next round and will play Brisbane Roar on Jan 23 in Brisbane

15 January 2018


Ceres-Negros FC will battle Shan United in the preliminary round of the prestigious AFC Champions League on January 16 at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Negros-based club qualified for the competition after winning the inaugural edition of the Philippines Football League and will now attempt to rewrite club history with a victory in Asia’s elite club competition.
“For us its a historic moment,” said Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic. “It’s the first time we’ll play in the AFC Champions League.
“We’re just in the pre-season and maybe have three training sessions. We are not prepared but we will try our best,” added Vidakovic whose team is just a month removed from winning the league.
“Like Coach Risto said we had three training sessions but mentally we were preparing for a long time for this game already,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schröck. “I think we will give you a good quality performance even though we’ve just been training for one week.”
The club started training last January 10 in Bacolod and have maintained their form in the short break after the PFL final.
Ceres-Negros will have to beat Shan United to face Brisbane Roar on the the next qualifying round of the continental tournament. Should they beat the A-League side, they will meet Tianjin Quanjian on the final match to reach the group stage of the competition.
The match is set at 4PM local time (530PM PH time) with the game streamed live at the Pyone Play facebook page.

14 January 2018

Global Cebu appoints Allado as interim coach anew



UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers coach Marjo Allado has been appointed again by the Global Cebu FC’s management as its interim head coach.
Allado had already served as the interim coach for the team in the first half of the season in the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL). He was replaced by Akhbar Nawas in mid-season.
While coaching the Growling Tigers in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines last year, he was an assistant to Nawas.

Global Cebu FC expressed its gratitude to coach Nawas for sharing his knowledge to the club.
Meanwhile, the club certified the completion of transfer of their former team captain, Misagh Bahadoran, to Malaysia’s Perak The Bos Gaurus (TBG) for the 2018 Malaysia Super League last Wednesday.

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