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Azkals vs Yemen: There's no shame in a draw

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:14 AM

The Philippines gains a crucial point in its AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday Here are the talking points

ONE POINT. The Azkals move forward in their goal towards qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals take on Yemen minus key players

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Get to know who will represent the Philippines in the AFC Cup set Sept 5 in Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City

Azkals escape with thrilling 4-3 victory over Tajikistan

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:43 AM

Javier Patiño scores twice as Philippines remain atop their AFC Asian Cup qualifying group

DOUBLE TROUBLE. Javier Patiño made his presence felt in his return to action for the Azkals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals face biggest game in recent history against Tajikistan

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Tuesday s AFC Asian Cup qualifier is crucial for an embattled Pinoy side Thankfully Javier Patiño returns to the lineup

NATIONAL DUTY. Javier Patiño did not play against China but will be back in action against Tajikistan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The Football Coach who escaped Marawi

May 30, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Ake Pastoral goes to Marawi to teach the Beautiful Game He ends up in a war zone

Global and Ceres aim to make history at AFC Cup

May 15, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Two Pinoy clubs are on the cusp of progressing past the first knockout stage for the first time

KNOCKOUT. Ceres is one of the two Filipino clubs in the AFC Cup looking to extend past the knockout stage. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Crunch time in the AFC Cup and UAAP football

May 01, 2017 - 4:38 PM

It s time to stand and be counted for Global Ceres UP FEU Ateneo and UST in their respective competitions

LOFTY GOALS. Amani Aguinaldo will try to help Global reach the AFC Cup knockout stage. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Pinoy clubs produce flurry of goals in two big wins

Apr 20, 2017 - 2:56 AM

Global and Ceres combine for 10 scores to keep knockout stage dreams alive

GLOBAL DOMINATION, Shu Sasaki of Global FC celebrates after scoring one of his team's 4 goals against Magwe. Screenshot from YouTube

Philippines qualifies for the Women's AFC Asian Cup: the stories behind the story

Apr 18, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Bathrobes and Bottle flips: the Filipinas success was the fruit of many inspiring tidbits

FOOTBALLERS. (From L-R) Anicka Castañeda, Sara Castañeda, Hannah Parado, Hali Long, Joanna Almeda, Eva Madarang, Claire Lim, Dai Dolino, and Mary Christine Duran. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH ladies draw with Bahrain, reach 2018 Women's AFC Asian Cup

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:10 AM

DLSU s Sara Castañeda volleys in an 82nd minute equalizer against Bahrain to book the Philippine team s ticket to Jordan

GIRL POWER. La Salle's Sara Castañeda scored perhaps the most important goal in Philippine women's football history to secure a draw and qualification in the AFC Asian Cup. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Women's football: It's all coming together for the Philippines

Apr 08, 2017 - 2:18 PM

After 3 straight blowout wins the Philippine women s football team is on the cusp of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup for the first time

REVELATION. Eva Madarang (in white), has been a revelation for the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Can Ceres deliver on the road once again?

Mar 31, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Ceres Negros stakes an undefeated away record in the AFC Cup against Felda United Can they silence the Malaysian fans?

GLOBAL TAKEOVER. Luke Woodland, Super Herrera, Dodz Pasinabo and Martin Steuble train for the AFC Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals get it done against Nepal, but questions remain

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The Philippines gets its AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start with a 4 1 victory but many questions remain

GETTING THE JOB DONE. Three Azkals - Phil Younghusband, Iain Ramsay and Javier Patino - made it to the score sheet in a much-needed boost to the Philippines' AFC Asian Cup qualifying hopes. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals thrash Nepal 4-1 to begin AFC qualifiers

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Phil Younghusband knocks in two goals while Iain Ramsay and Javier Patino also join in the scoring festivities

NOTHING BUT NET. Phil Younghusband had already scored twice within the first 22 minutes of the game as the Azkals sink Nepal handily. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After Malaysia draw, Azkals remain a work in progress

Mar 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Despite a third consecutive goalless draw against Malaysia there are encouraging signs as an AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Nepal looms

EVEN STEVEN. The Azkals couldn't put a goal on the scoreboard ahead of their first big challenge this year, a match against Nepal on March 28. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals, Malaysia friendly ends in scoreless draw

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The Azkals get some much needed field time ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers but can t get the win against Malaysia

STALEMATE. Phil Younghusband and the Azkals couldn't get a goal against Malaysia. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals to brandish big guns for home games versus Malaysia and Nepal

Mar 18, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Stars Neil Etheridge and Javi Patiño are coming for these two games yet some issues remain

TRAINING. Misagh Bahadoran trains with his teammates and assistant coach Chieffy Caligdong. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ceres, Global win big in AFC Cup with highlight goals

Mar 08, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Pinoy football clubs shone on Tuesday Can this success help boost the upcoming national league?

Iain Ramsay's superb goal was the pick of the bunch on Tuesday night. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Global FC makes a perfect start to AFC Cup against Magwe

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Coach Toshiaki Imai s team collects a well deserved 3 points in its first AFC Cup match of the year

STRONG START. Misagh Bahadoran scored the game's only goal but had an otherwise quiet night in Global FC's win. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup preview: Who will be Global's game changer?

Feb 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

The league champs host Burmese side Magwe on Tuesday Which player will step up?

BACK TO BASICS. Global FC may have fallen short in qualifiers for the AFC Champions League, but they'll be one of two Philippine sides in the AFC Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Global 2, Tampines Rovers 0: The Filipinos march on

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The UFL champs are a step closer to the AFC Champions League Here are the talking points

2-0. Global celebrates the second goal. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Global defeats Tampines Rovers 2-0 in AFC Champions League qualifier

Jan 24, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Ahamd Azzawi and Misagh Bahadoran score as the Filipino side move just two wins away from qualifying for the elite AFC Champions League

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Amani Aguinaldo and Global FC have a date with Australian side Brisbane Roar in their next qualifier after defeating Singaporean side Tampines Rovers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

AFC Asian Cup: Thoughts on another tough Azkals draw

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The Football Gods once again hand the Azkals difficult opponents How tough will it be to qualify?

TOUGH DRAW. Azkals' player Javier Patino clashes with Yemeni player Mudir Al-Radaei during Yemen's 1-0 victory over the Philippines in a World Cup Qualifying Match in 2015. The Philippines was drawn with Yemen, Tajikistan and Nepal in Group F of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by Ted Aljibe

Global FC aims for the big leagues of Asia

Jan 20, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The UFL champs aim for regional glory when they play an AFC Champions League qualifier against Singapore s Tampines Rovers next Tuesday

Shu Sasaki (left) battles Marco Casambre in practice. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Asian football champs Jeonbuk face match-fixing ban

Dec 23, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Asian title holders Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors could be banned from next year s AFC Champions League due to a match fixing scandal in South Korea s K League

FACING BAN. A change in eligibility rules could see Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors banned from next year's AFC Champions League. Photo by Nezar Balout/AFP

Beep cards expand to tollways

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:14 AM

AF Payments Incorporated starts its limited public trial on accepting beep cards as payment at CAVITEX for the toll fees of Class 1 vehicles

TOLLWAYS. AF Payments says beep cards can be purchased or reloaded at the Parañaque Customer Service Center during the public trial phase. Rappler file photo

Football: What we can learn from the U14 Girls' AFC silver medal

Jun 08, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Last week s shining achievement in Laos puts Philippine girls football into the spotlight

UNDER-14 PH TEAM. Coach Joyce Landagan, extreme left, poses for pictures with her team. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Beep card reloading now available at Bayad Center outlets

Jun 07, 2016 - 4:30 PM

The beep cards used on the MRT3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets

RELOADING OPTIONS. The tap-and-go beep cards may now be reloaded at select Bayad Center outlets. Photo from beep card Facebook page

AFC Wimbledon weaves a football fairy tale

Jun 06, 2016 - 3:49 PM

When the people of Wimbledon lost their football team the community banded together to start their own What follows is a parable for sports underdogs everywhere

Photo courtesy of Ed Garcia

Filipinas fall to Thailand in AFC U-14 title match

Jun 05, 2016 - 7:51 PM

The Philippines takes silver at the Asian Football Confederation Under 14 Girls Regional Championship a repeat of their best finish in 2014

SECOND PLACE. The Philippines, seen during their preliminary 2-2 draw against Thailand, fell to the Thais 0-1 in the final. Photo from AFC website

Girl Power: Philippines to face Thailand in AFC U-14 title match

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The Philippines makes it to the Asian Football Confederation Under 14 Girls Regional Championship match after drubbing Myanmar 5 1

TITLE SHOWDOWN. The Philippines, seen during their preliminary 2-2 draw against Thailand, will meet Thailan once again in the final. Photo from AFC website

AFC Cup: Why we should remain upbeat despite Ceres and Kaya's exits

May 26, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Despite the tough round of 16 losses Pinoy football clubs and their fans should be proud of how far they have come

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY. Ceres FC, pictured, and Kaya FC are indicative of just how far club football has come in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup knockout stage: Kaya, Ceres aim for quarterfinals

May 22, 2016 - 4:10 PM

It s win or go home time for two Filipino clubs this week Do they have what it takes to make it to the Elite Eight?

AFC Cup: Ceres, Kaya crash Round-of-16 party in style

May 11, 2016 - 8:57 PM

Postmatch thoughts as Ceres routs Sheikh Jamal and Kaya guts out a goalless draw to attain yet another milestone for Philippine football

VICTORY BUS. Ceres FC ended its group stage run in style. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Crunch time for Ceres, Kaya in final group stage matches

May 09, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Both Filipino clubs have plenty to play for in the AFC Cup on Tuesday Can Kaya join Ceres in the knockout stage?

BUSMEN. Manny Ott and the unbeaten Ceres La Salle can solidify a first place finish in their AFC Cup group with a win over Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited at home. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Ceres takes another step forward in AFC Cup

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:07 PM

Ceres had every reason not to beat Tampines Rovers but still managed to gut out 3 points to move to the top of their group

INJURY TIME. Ceres wasn't at full strength but had the depth to gut out 3 points. Photo by Santino Honasan

Banned Indonesia eyes hosting 2023 Asian Cup

Apr 12, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The AFC Competitions Committee also received expressions of interest from China South Korea and Thailand

INTERFERENCE. FIFA on May 30, 2015 suspended Indonesia after the government in Jakarta sought to oust the country's football association. Photo by AFP

Club Football: AFC Cup previews, UFL Cup spoiler alerts

Apr 08, 2016 - 5:04 PM

It s a pretty big week for Pinoy Club football

After Indonesia football ban, AFC warns members against 3rd-party interference

Apr 06, 2016 - 8:39 PM

It is extremely damaging for the members who are not only banned from playing international football but also lose their grassroots funding

INTERFERENCE. FIFA on May 30, 2015 suspended Indonesia after the government in Jakarta sought to oust the country's football association. Photo by AFP

UFL Cup quarters preview: Why a little bit of hatin' is good

Mar 31, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The UFL Elite Eight is on this weekend and one match stands out as a tasty derby contest: Kaya versus Loyola

Depleted Azkals face tough qualifier versus Uzbekistan

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:15 AM

A rash of injuries to key players means the Philippines faces a daunting Holy Thursday match in Tashkent

FIRST 11. The Philippine Azkals' starting 11 versus Yemen. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Kaya 1, Balestier Khalsa 0: We belong

Mar 16, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Kaya FC wins a second home game in the AFC Cup thanks to Antonio Ugarte s second half strike Philippine clubs are showing they can match their Asian counterparts toe to toe

KAYA MO YAN. Antonio Ugarte is ecstatic after scoring the 1-0 goal. Kaya is showing it can hang with its rivals in the AFC Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

AFC Cup: Kaya 1, New Radiant 0 – The Youth Movement delivers

Mar 09, 2016 - 12:55 PM

OJ Porteria s stoppage time winner gives Kaya its first ever win in the AFC Cup on Tuesday Kaya s kids made it happen Here are some postgame thoughts

VICTORY. Porteria and his mates celebrate the late winner. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup preview: Kaya FC's special anniversary moment

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:45 PM

In their 20th year of existence Kaya FC finally has its first home game in the Asian stage this Tuesday It s a milestone for a great Pinoy football club

KAYA MO YAN. OJ Porteria (left) and Kenshiro Daniels (right) are among the leading lights of Kaya FC today. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

FIFA: Indonesia dan Kuwait dilarang memberikan suara

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Larangan pemberian suara ini menjadi hantaman bagi kandidat kuat Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa sebagai pemimpin FIFA

BARRED. Indonesia and Kuwait are barred from casting a presidential FIFA vote. Photo by EPA

Indonesia, Kuwait barred from FIFA presidential vote

Feb 25, 2016 - 12:02 AM

With the two suspensions 207 FIFA members are cleared to cast ballots at the congress in Zurich

mMembers of the media waiting next to the logo of the world’s football governing body FIFA at their headquarters in Zurich. Photo by EPA

Ceres vs Selangor AFC Cup post-game: Good match, better event

Feb 24, 2016 - 2:16 AM

The busmen fight back to dig out a point thanks to an 88th minute equalizer But the bigger story is how this game augurs well for Pinoy club football

WORTHY INVESTMENT. Stephan Schrock showed he was worth whatever Ceres was paying for him by factoring in both of their goals. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Why Pinoy football fans should care about the AFC Cup

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Filipino football clubs Ceres and Kaya will get a taste of international competition starting Tuesday Learn why their matches deserve our attention

PASSPORTS OUT. Kaya FC and Ceres-La Salle will get a taste of international football in the AFC Cup. Their international exposure could breathe life into Filipino club football. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Broncos reach Super Bowl by edging Patriots 20-18

Jan 25, 2016 - 9:28 AM

The Broncos defense spearheads their victory over the defending champions

NFL: Brady ready for Manning duel

Jan 21, 2016 - 12:35 PM

It will be the 17th duel between two of the greatest quarterbacks ever in American football