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AFC Cup: Ceres misses ASEAN Zonal final in loss to Hanoi FC

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Ceres-Negros FC fails to advance to its third straight AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final

BOWING OUT. Ceres-Negros FC exits the 2019 AFC Cup as a semifinalist. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

AFC Cup: Ceres draws Hanoi in zonal semis 1st leg

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Ceres-Negros FC aims to bounce back in the 2nd leg that can propel the Busmen to their 3rd ASEAN Zonal Final

PLAYMAKER. Stephan Schrock continues to orchestrate Ceres-Negros' attack. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

AFC Cup 2019: Ceres seals comeback win over Persija Jakarta

Apr 23, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Ceres-Negros FC rallies from two goals down to stay on top of Group G

ON TOP. Ceres-Negros FC continues to top Group G of the 2019 AFC Cup. Photo by AFC Cup Twitter

AFC Cup 2019: PSM Makassar deals Kaya's 1st loss in drama-filled match

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:31 PM

PSM Makassar's keeper Rivky Mokodompit denies Kaya FC's spirited comeback for the away win

TOP SPOT. Eero Markannen doubles the lead which proved crucial in PSM Makassar's goalless second half. Photo from AFC Cup 2019

AFC CUP: Kaya-Iloilo braces for vicious PSM Makassar at home

Apr 16, 2019 - 3:53 PM

'We expect them to work hard to get 3 points tomorrow, and we’re ready for that,' says Kaya-Iloilo head coach Noel Marcaida

ON TOP. Jovin Bedic dribbles past the Indonesians. Photo courtesy of AFC Cup 2019

Marañon's lone goal sends Ceres past Persija

Apr 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Ceres-Negros FC rolls to a perfect record to keep the Group G lead in the 2019 AFC Cup

HERO. Bienvienido Marañon scores his fifth goal in the 2019 AFC Cup that sealed Ceres' third straight victory. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Angeles’ late equalizer salvages a draw for Kaya

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marwin Angeles steps up during injury time to keep Kaya unbeaten

LAST GASP. Kaya-Iloilo FC remains unbeaten in the 2019 AFC Cup. Photo from Kaya FC Facebook

Kaya overpowers Home as Roberts, Osei score braces

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Iloilo-based squad jumps to first place in Group H in the AFC Cup 2019

SHUTOUT. Kaya FC surprisingly overwhelms reigning ASEAN Zonal champion Home United. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Hat-trick hero Marañon powers Ceres over Becamex

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen remain at first place in Group G of the AFC Cup 2019

FIREPOWER. Bienvienido Marañon does damage to the Vietnamese side with a stellar hat-trick. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Kaya-Iloilo absorbs heartbreaking draw in AFC Cup 2019 opener

Feb 27, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Kaya-Iloilo FC concedes a late header from Lao Toyota FC that denies the Philippine club from taking home its first 3 points

PAINFUL. Kaya-Iloilo FC misses the chance to put themselves on top of Group H. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Ceres slips past Shan United's threat for opening game win

Feb 26, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The Busmen sit on top of Group G early in the 2019 AFC Cup

FIRST WIN. OJ Porteria scores a brace to put Ceres on top of Group G. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Yangon ends Ceres' 2019 AFC Champions League bid

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Ceres-Negros FC absorbs an early exit in their bid for a historic AFC Champions League berth

Photo from Ceres-Negros FC website

Ali's 'golden touch' floors Japan as Qatar lifts Asian Cup

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Record-breaker Almoez Ali slots in a brilliant early goal as Qatar deals Japan its first loss in an Asian Cup final

CHAMPS. Qatar celebrates its historic title romp in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

5 players to watch at the Asian Cup

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

As the Philippine Azkals try to do without Premier League player Neil Etheridge, the rest of the field bring out their big guns

HOTSHOT. Unlike Neil Etheridge, fellow Premier League player Son Heung-min of South Korea gets a chance to see action for his national team. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

No Etheridge in Azkals lineup for Asian Cup

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines will make its first appearance in the quadrennial meet's history

BIG SHOES TO FILL. Neil Etheridge won't be seeing action for the Philippines in its Asian Cup debut. Photo from Neil Etheridge's Twitter.


Kaya FC nails 2019 AFC Cup berth in extra time effort

Oct 27, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Kaya FC-Iloilo nabs a sure spot in the 2019 AFC Cup along with Ceres-Negros FC

LOOK: Home United visits injured Patrick Reichelt

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:56 PM

The Ceres-Negros winger is still recovering in the hospital after sustaining a head injury from a collision with Home United keeper Rudy Khairullah

SPORTSMANSHIP. Home United FC head coach Aidil Sharin, general manager Badri Ghent and keeper Rudy Khairullah visit Patrick Reichelt in the hospital in Singapore. Photo from Home United FC Facebook

Ceres loses AFC Cup ASEAN crown to Home United

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The Singaporean club exacts revenge on Ceres in the zonal final rematch

DETHRONED. An undermanned Ceres-Negros FC falls to Home United finishing at 2nd place in the 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN Zone. File Photo from Ceres-Negros FC

PH women's football set for Olympic qualifiers debut

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Philippines braces for a tough grind as only two teams from Asia will nab a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

BIG CHALLENGE. The Philippines will be one of 18 teams set to see action in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers. Photo from PFF

Ceres-Negros FC settles for draw vs Home United

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:34 PM

A frustrated Busmen side needs to bounce back and score away goals in the second leg of the AFC Cup 2018 ASEAN Zonal Final

Sports bits: Azkals tickets on sale, Perlas hold fans day, ColorManila set

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Here are some updates on the Philippine football team, BanKo Perlas Spikers and the ColorManila race

FUN RUN. ColorManila brings the unique obstacle race to Davao.

Can a shorthanded Ceres Negros capture the ASEAN Zonal title?

Jul 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Minus Bienve Marañon – and possibly Stephan Schröck – the PFL champs face a two-legged challenge against Singapore's Home United

Ceres midfielder Manny Ott. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

New Azkals coach on board next month as Asian Cup buildup gets going

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Team manager Dan Palami says the new Azkals coach succeeding Thomas Dooley will be introduced on June 14

SAME GOAL. The Azkals hope to sustain an impressive 2018 run under a new coach. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Ceres advances to AFC Cup Zonal Finals on aggregate win over Yangon

May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

The Busmen set up another ASEAN finals rematch against Singapore’s Home United

BACK-TO-BACK. Ceres-Negros FC makes its second straight ASEAN Zonal finals appearance. Photo from AFC Cup

Ceres-Negros FC takes first leg win over Yangon United

May 09, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The Myanmar club team keeps its hopes alive as Sylla scores a valuable pair of away goals

NOT OVER YET. Ceres-Negros FC will attempt to score its own away goals in the next leg. Photo by AFC Cup/Lagardere Sports

SCHEDULE: PH Azkals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019

May 08, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Azkals are set to go up against South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in January 2019

EXCITED. Despite the Azkals' uphill tasks, they are excited to make their runs in the two big tournaments ahead. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Tough draw for PH Azkals in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

May 05, 2018 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine men's football team lands in Group C with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in its maiden stint in the continental tournament

TOUGHER TASKS. The Philippine Azkals are set to compete among Asia's elite teams. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Global Cebu caps off 2018 AFC Cup run with win over Bali United

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Sanchez and Mulders save the Cebu-based club from finishing at the bottom of Group G

STATEMENT. Global Cebu FC's second win comes in their final match against Bali United in Indonesia. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook page

Home United takes match, group stage win at Ceres' expense in Bacolod

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) Both teams were guaranteed spots in the 2018 AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semi-finals even before the match started

TOP SEED. Ceres-Negros will face Persijia in the ASEAN Zonal semi-finals. Photo from Ceres-Negros FC Facebook page.

Ceres looks to close out Group F with win over Home United in Bacolod

Apr 24, 2018 - 4:32 PM

(UPDATED) Regardless of result, the Busmen are in the last 4 of the 2018 AFC Cup's ASEAN zone

DO-OR-DIE. (from left to right) Home United head coach Aidil Sharin, midfielder Anumanthan Kumar, Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock and head coach Risto Vidakovic in the pre-match press conference in Bacolod City. Photo by Ceres Media

Tahnai Annis plans to move forward with PH women's national football team

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Despite the setbacks in and around the tournament, the Fil-Am captain wants to represent the country again

PH Women’s Football team bows down to S. Korea, fails to qualify for World Cup

Apr 17, 2018 - 3:01 AM

The Philippines finishes the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup with just one win and 3 losses

CRUSHED. The Philippines Women's National Football team fails to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philiippine Football Federation

Thailand crushes PH Women’s Football team for semis, World Cup berth

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:58 AM

Philippines hopes for a miracle as only a win in the battle for 5th can bring it to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

ONE MORE CHANCE. The Philippine Women's National Football team is assured of a playoff spot against Group B's 3rd place team. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation

Marañon hat-trick pushes Ceres to eliminate Boeung Ket

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Ceres-Negros FC repeats dominating victory over Boeung Ket FC

HAT-TRICK. Bienve Marañon's hat-trick triples the lead before Takumi Uesato sealed the win with the 4th and last goal. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter (@AFCCup)

Global Cebu's late goals salvage draw with Thanh Hoa

Apr 11, 2018 - 9:32 PM

Regardless of the result, Global and Thanh Hoa have been eliminated from advancing to the ASEAN zone semi-finals

BOTTOM. Global Cebu FC crashes to the bottom of Group G in this edition of the AFC Cup. Photo from Global Cebu FC

Younghusbands encourage positivity for Azkals' Asian Cup run, PH football growth

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The Younghusbands are confident of the Azkals’ chances in this year’s Suzuki Cup in preparation for the Asian Cup

OPTIMISTIC. After years in the Philippines, Phil and James Younghusband want to achieve more with the Azkals and for Philippine football. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

China secures World Cup berth in domination over PH

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:48 PM

A win over China could have also catapuled Philippines to a historic World Cup berth

ELUDED. Quinley Quezada had the best chance for the Philippines in the first half. Photo by Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation

Bolden lifts PH Women’s Football team to victory vs Jordan

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:03 AM

The Philippines wins the opening game against the host country in the AFC Women's Asian Cup

BRACE. Sarina Bolden's efforts lift the Philippines to a win over Jordan who drubbed them 5-1 in the qualifiers. Photo courtesy of Mia Montayre/Philippine Football Federation

Rappler Talk Sports: Younghusband brothers on Azkals' Asian Cup berth

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Brothers Phil and James Younghusband drop by the Rappler office to share their thoughts on this culminating experience as veterans of the Philippine Azkals

Azkals move forward with possible new recruits, 'bayanihan' initiatives – Palami

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Azkals will need the full support of their 12th man on their road to the Asian Cup UAE 2019

FULL THROTTLE. Azkals team manager Dan Palami proposes plans for the year in preparation for the Asian Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

LOOK: PH Women’s Football team final line-up for Asian Cup

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The PFF announces the final 23 women who will be heading to Amman, Jordan

FINAL 23. The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) finalizes its 23-woman lineup for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup. Photo by Mia Montayre/PFF

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

LOOK: PH Women’s Football team national pool and fixtures

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:27 PM

It's the turn of the Philippine Women's National Football Team to try to crash the AFC Women's Asian Cup

READY. The Philippine Women's National Footlball team's 28-woman pool and the fixtures for the Women's Asian Cup have been released. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Tougher tasks, bigger assignments lined up for Philippine Azkals

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Filipino football fans are in love again with the Philippine Azkals, and more wins will keep that passion burning

SWEET VICTORY. Philippine Azkals celebrate 2-1 win over Tajikistan which clinched the country's first-ever ticket to the elite Asian AFC Cup.  Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

PH Women’s Football team plans to surprise in 2018 Asian Cup

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:02 PM

A new coach and a fortified team are aiming for that slot in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

JORDAN-BOUND. The Philippine Women's National Football team will endure the toughest test yet of any senior national team in Philippine history. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles/Philippine Football Federation

Locked and loaded: Azkals in top shape for last 2019 Asian Cup qualifier vs Tajikistan

Mar 26, 2018 - 4:15 PM

'I think we have every right to feel confident going to this game,' says Phil Younghusband

GEARED UP. The Azkals are in their best form to take on Tajikistan for the Asian Cup berth. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Postgame thoughts: Azkals 3, Fiji 2; More questions than answers

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The tuneup to Tuesday's (March 27) big qualifier was a mixed bag for Azkals fans

MAN OF THE MATCH. Misagh Bahadoran gets past Fiji defender Dave Radrigai to bring up the ball for the Azkals' offense. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation.

Azkals get ready for huge qualifier against Tajikistan

Mar 19, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What you need to know about the run-up to the Philippines' colossal AFC Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday, March 27

HOPING FOR HISTORY. James Younghusband and Dennis Villanueva fight for possession in training. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

FIFA lifts 3-decade ban on Iraq hosting international matches

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:24 PM

FIFA added that it cannot 'yet' agree to a request from the Iraqi authorities to organize matches in the capital of Baghdad

OPENED DOORS. Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Marañon's early goal seals the win for Ceres

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:58 PM

Ceres-Negros FC remains on top of Group F with a 3-1-0 record, 10 points and a +12 goal difference

EARLY GOAL. Bienve Marañon's spot kick in the 15th minute gave Ceres the 1-0 lead over Shan United. File Photo from Ceres Negros FC Facebook page