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PH to host international friendly match with Fiji

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This will be the second time the Azkals will play against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation

TUNE-UP. The friendly serves a tune-up game for the Azkals' AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan. Photo from the PFF

Messi gives Barcelona last-16 edge in Champion's League

Feb 21, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Chelsea must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight

JUBILATION. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring their first goal during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge stadium in London on February 20, 2018. Photo by  Ben Stansall/AFP

Man Utd into FA Cup quarters despite VAR troubles, West Brom exit

Feb 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

"If they have the VAR to help them make the right decisions, I think the referees will be happy with that."

VAR ISSUE. English referee Kevin Friend (R) chats with Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata during the English FA Cup 5th round football match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

'Nothing is impossible,' says Neymar after PSG loses to Real

Feb 15, 2018 - 2:49 PM

On PSG's chances of beating Real in the return leg, Neymar says: 'I think it is difficult, but nothing is impossible.'

STIIL HOPEFUL. Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match Real Madrid CF against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on February 14, 2018. Photo by Curto de la Torre/AFP

Mane hits hat-trick as Liverpool crush toothless Porto

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Liverpool are now all but certain to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6

HAT-TRICK. Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane shoots to score their fifth goal, his third during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match between FC Porto and Liverpool. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP.

Ronaldo scores twice as Real Madrid take control against PSG

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Ronaldo sets record with 100th Champions League goal for Real

CONTROL. Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg football match Real Madrid CF against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP.

Ceres-Negros shuts out Boeung Ket in AFC Cup opener

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:34 PM

There was no consolation at for Boeung Ket as the Cambodian club failed to contain the lethal lineup of Ceres

DOMINATION. Ceres-Negros controlled the game from start to finish.

Ronaldo to go head-to-head with 'successor' Neymar

Feb 13, 2018 - 12:50 PM

If Neymar inspires PSG to victory in this tie, and then on to glory in the final in May, he will stand a good chance of ending their domination

FOOTBALL GREATS. Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar will be leading the front lines of their respective teams. Photo by Philippe Marcou/AFP (Ronaldo) and Alain Jocard/AFP (Neymar)

AFC Cup: Bacolod rekindles its love affair with Ceres Negros

Feb 10, 2018 - 2:32 PM

A day before Valentines, the Busmen take on Boeung Ket of Cambodia in Panaad.

LOVE. Ceres fans send love to the club before they depart for their AFC Cup opening game. Photo from Facebook

Tom Brady, New England Patriots eye record-book rewrite in Super Bowl 2018

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:11 PM

A sixth win for Tom Brady would give him more Super Bowl victories than any other player in history

EYE ON HISTORY. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2017 New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy as Head coach Bill Belichick (right) looks on after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Timothy A. CLARY / AFP

2018 PFL Season set to begin March 3

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Six clubs will be competing in the second season of the Philippines Football League

UAAP Season 80 men's football preview: Nano Amita's last stand

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Can the diminutive midfielder return from injury and spur an FEU title run?

RETURNING. Amita (far right) celebrates a goal in the UAAP football final in 2015. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Modeste sends Ceres-Negros crashing out of the AFC Champions League

Jan 30, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Ceres-Negros will now compete in Group F of the 2018 AFC Cup

RESPECT. Ceres-Negros manages to keep up with the football giants and is still the first Filipino club to enter preliminary round 3 of AFC Champions League. Photo from Facebook

Ceres faces toughest test in ACL qualifiers deciding match vs Tianjin

Jan 29, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The winner of the playoffs will secure a berth to 2018 AFC Champions League

HISTORY. Ceres-Negros has come this far in the AFC Champions League to face Tianjin Quanjian in the last stage of the qualifiers. Photo from Facebook

Football great Zico impressed by Pinoy's passion for the Beautiful game

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Zico enjoys his action-packed weekend in Manila with up-and-coming football players of the Philippines

LEGEND. Zico came to Manila to spend the weekend with aspiring Filipino footballers. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

For bowing to Ceres Negros, Aussies call Brisbane Roar 'laughing stock of Asia'

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:09 PM

Australian pundits admit A-League campaigner Brisbane Roar was the overwhelming favorite entering the match but they did not respect Ceres Negros, the recently-crowned champions of the Philippine Football League

Marañon, Nazari propel Ceres to stunner over Brisbane Roar

Jan 23, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Ceres will face Tianjin Quanjian FC in the preliminary round 3 of the AFC Champions League

Football: Ceres and Etheridge look to slay giants

Jan 20, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Both the Azkal goalkeeper and our top club are confident Filipino underdogs against Man City and Brisbane Roar

UNDERDOGS. Ceres-Negros FC (Stephan Schröck in the photo) and Neil Etherdige will be ready to battle it out with their fierce opponents. Photos by Bob Guerrero

Barcelona not panicking after seeing unbeaten run end

Jan 19, 2018 - 2:05 PM

It was Barcelona's first defeat in 30 games in all competitions for Ernesto Valverde's side, who have still not lost in La Liga

DO YOU LIKE MESSI. Lionel Messi missed a penalty as the Catalans lost 1-0 away to Espanyo, but the holders can still turn the tie around in the second leg next week. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Ilocos United FC becomes second PFL team to withdraw from league

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Ilocos United is 'cautiously optimistic' it can return to the league in 2019

WITHDRAWING FROM LEAGUE. Ilocos United FC says operations had been 'financially prohibitive' as a result of being unable to attract a new naming sponsor.

Manchester United will make Alexis Sanchez highest-paid Premier League player - reports

Jan 18, 2018 - 5:04 PM

The Chilean striker would reportedly earn between $555,000 and $690,000 a week before tax by moving to Old Trafford

BIG MONEY. Sanchez's wage demands are said to have scared off Manchester City and Chelsea, leaving United as his main suitors. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

College of St Benilde beats AU, ends title drought in NCAA football

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Benilde defeats Arellano in the deciding match of the best-of-3 final series of the NCAA football tournament

8 YEARS. College of St. Benilde finally dethrones Arellano University for the NCAA Season 93 football crown. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to host PH's final Asian Cup Qualifier match

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan will be held on March 27, 2018

VENUE CHANGE. Rizal Memorial will host the match between the Philippines and Tajikistan again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ceres outscores Shan United in penalty shootout, advances to round 2

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:46 PM

Ceres-Negros FC will square off against Brisbane Roar on Tuesday, January 23 in Australia

Ceres-Negros makes first appearance in AFC Champions League qualifiers

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Busmen will be squaring off against the disciplined and serious Shan United

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CAMPAIGN. PFL champions Ceres-Negros hope to advance to the group stage of the 2018 AFC Champions League. Photo by Stephen Tan and Ceres Negros FC

WATCH: Ref under fire for kicking Nantes player in PSG game

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The official stunned the stadium by kicking out at Carlos before brandishing a second yellow card at the unfortunate player.

BAD FORM. Nantes midfielder Valentin Rongier had a good view of the incident and called for referee Tony Chapron to be given a lengthy ban. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Liverpool ends Manchester City's unbeaten Premier League run

Jan 15, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Two late goals give City hope but they fall just short in their desperate bid to keep their unbeaten run going

STUNNER. Jurgen Klopp sent out an attack-minded line-up and was rewarded with a scintillating 4-3 win at a jubilant Anfield. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Real Madrid's struggles continue after first home loss to Villarreal

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:21 AM

Real Madrid falls a whopping 16 points behind runaway league leaders Barcelona in La Liga

BIG GOAL. Pablo Fornals' strike with 3 minutes earned Villarreal the win over Real Madrid. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Conte frustrated as 10-man Leicester holds Chelsea to scoreless draw

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:10 AM

Chelsea remains third - 15 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City - and have drawn their last 4 matches in all competitions

FRUSTRATION. Conte's side produced a limp display and could easily have lost to a Leicester team who missed a host of first-half chances. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Neymar strikes as PSG reach League Cup semis

Jan 11, 2018 - 1:11 PM

PSG were again without Edinson Cavani, who also missed Sunday's French Cup rout of Rennes

ON TO THE NEXT. Neymar scored a second-half penalty as four-time defending champions Paris Saint-Germain toiled before overcoming 10-man Amiens. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Nottingham players campaign to get FA Cup hero Eric Lichaj a dog

Jan 08, 2018 - 10:32 PM

After scoring twice in Nottingham Forest's upset win over Arsenal, Eric Lichaj really wants a dog

HEAVY ARSENAL. Eric Lichaj fell one goal short of a hat trick but his teammates think he definitely deserves to get a dog. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

PH football club Meralco Manila ceases operations

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Team leaders including Azkal Curt Dizon, former azkals Simon Greatwich and Daniel Gadia will be seeking new teams as FC Meralco closes down

CEASING OPERATIONS. FC Meralco Manila has folded up after several years as one of the top pro clubs in the Philippines. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

Reigning holders Arsenal dumped out of FA Cup in day of upsets

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:41 AM

The day also saw Leeds United shocked by Welsh club Newport County

UPSET. FA Cup holders Arsenal were sensationally dumped out of the competition by Nottingham Forest. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Barcelona signs Coutinho to 3rd richest deal in football history

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Brazil star signs for $192 million

BIG MONEY. Signing Coutinho allows Barcelona to move on from the bitter experience of losing his Brazil teammate Neymar last summer. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Aguero's double keeps Man City's FA Cup hopes alive

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:49 AM

Manchester City beats Burnley 4-1 in the FA Cup third round

BRACE. Argentine striker Sergio Aguero helped rescue the tie for Pep Guardiola's team after they trailed to Ashley Barnes's first-half opener for their Premier League rivals. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Diego Costa scores just 5 minutes into return for Atletico Madrid

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:28 AM

Atletico Madrid cruises to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey

BACK IN RED. Diego Costa rejoined Atletico from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Scottish football club in hot water after fans throw fake eyeballs at part-blind player

Jan 04, 2018 - 4:21 AM

Falkirk FC issues an apology for what they describe as 'abhorrent behavior of a small number of individuals'

TASTELESS. Scottish side Falkirk could face serious sanctions after fans threw fake eyeballs at Dunfermline Athletic's Dean Shiels, who is blind in one eye. File photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Martial, Lingard lift Manchester United over Everton

Jan 02, 2018 - 3:46 AM

Manchester defeats Everton 2-0 while Liverpool snatches a 2-1 victory at Burnley

MOVING UP. Manchester United moved back into second place in the Premier League after ending a frustrating run of 3 successive draws. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Chelsea outclasses Stoke in five-goal drubbing, Liverpool comes from behind to beat Leicester

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:19 AM

Chelsea demonstrates the yawning chasm in squad depth that exists in the Premier League with a 5-0 drubbing of Stoke City

ONE-SIDED. Willian scored one of Chelsea's 5 goals in a one-sided win over Stoke City. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Manchester United can't compete with City's spending, says Mourinho

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:52 PM

City has spent over £75 million more than United in the past 18 months, and the results show

MONEY MATTERS. Jose Mourinho says Manchester United would have to spend like their cross-town rivals to compete. Photo from Jose Mourinho's Facebook page.

Phil Younghusband announces engagement to girlfriend Margaret Hall

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:31 AM

The Azkals striker announces he is engaged to Margaret Hall on Instagram

ENGAGED. Phil Younghusband and Margaret Hall have moved one step closer to marriage after announcing their engagement. Photo from Younghusband's Instagram

Manchester City wants trophies not records, says Sterling

Dec 29, 2017 - 10:53 AM

While the historic sub-plots are a welcome bonus, City winger Sterling insists it is the thought of moving another step closer to the Premier League trophy that inspires his side.

HISTORY. Unbeaten Manchester City will play Crystal Palace with the chance for a record-tying 19th straight victory, but Raheem Sterling says they're more interesting in winning titles than setting records. Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

The 2017 Passionate Fan Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The past year brought a bumper crop of special football moments

GIRL POWER. La Salle's Sara Castañeda scored perhaps the most important goal in Philippine women's football history, earning her recognition as the PH Player of the Year. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Barcelona drubs Real Madrid 3-0 in lopsided El Clasico

Dec 23, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Barcelona opens a 14-point lead over Real Madrid and moves 9 points clear of Atletico Madrid in La Liga

HOT FEET. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal score as Barcelona hands hosts Real Madrid a bitter defeat. Photo by Curto De La Torre/AFP

Real Madrid 'obliged' to keep title race alive in El Clasico

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:24 PM

Real Madrid is on their way to defend their La Liga title over their rivals Barcelona

OBLIGATION. Real Madrid promises a win against their rivals Barcelona. File photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Ex-Australia coach Postecoglou to manage J-League Yokohama

Dec 19, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Ange Postecoglou heads to Japan to manage the Yokohama F-Marinos

NEW VENTURE. Postecoglou takes on a new venture in the J-League. Photo from Wikicommons

Ceres' PFL title heralds a brave new world for Pinoy club football

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Reflections on the Busmen's title and what lies ahead for the PFL

INAUGURAL. Ceres celebrates their PFL crown. Photo by Stephen Tan and Ceres Negros FC

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

Dec 17, 2017 - 10:32 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensures Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017

HERO. 'We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won 5 trophies in one year,' says Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Ceres overpowers Global 4-1 to win inaugural PFL title

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Iain Ramsay scores a hat trick for Ceres Negros FC to lift them to the league championship

INAUGURAL CHAMPIONS. Ceres Negros FC delivered big time for their hometown fans, cruising to a 4-1 victory to win the league title. Photo from PFL's Facebook page

FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:14 AM

FIFA confirms it has written to the Spanish federation warning they could be suspended form the 2018 World Cup because of political interference

IN LIMBO. Despite threats, the RFEF and the Spanish government insist that Spain would go to the World Cup in Russia. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP