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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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Azkals miss early qualification in draw vs Nepal

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The Azkals end the game with a 0-0 draw against Nepal

HUGE MISS. The Philippines will enter into a do-or-die match with Tajikistan next year for their maiden berth in the Asian Cup. Photo from Facebook

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals seek qualification in Nepal

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Can attitude conquer altitude? Philippines coach Thomas Dooley sure hopes so

Azkals stay on course in Asian Cup qualification

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Bob Guerrero breaks down the Philippines' 1-1 draw against Yemen

PIVOTAL. Thomas Dooley's big calls have the potential to fill in the shoes of absent key cogs. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Mike Ott's equalizer allows Azkals to stay on top of Group F

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:01 AM

The Azkals leave a minimum of two points clear of both Yemen and Tajikistan in the standings

EQUALIZER. Mike Ott's last minute heroics save the Azkals from losing the top spot of the standings. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals prepare for rematch versus Yemen

Oct 04, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Thomas Dooley's men will gun for three points in a pivotal clash in Qatar

DRAW. Phil Youngusband against Yemen in Bacolod last month. Image by Bob Guerrero.

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

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

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

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

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

Azkals vs Bahrain preview: A whole new ball game

Oct 12, 2015 - 3:53 PM

After a gutsy draw in Pyongyang the Azkals face a different challenge in Tuesday s qualifier

Thomas Dooley (left) and Manny Ott. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Australia tops South Korea in extra time to win Asian Cup

Jan 31, 2015 - 7:56 PM

Substitute James Troisi smashes home a dramatic winner to push Australia past South Korea 2 1 earning the country its first Asian Cup title since splitting with Oceania 9 years ago

Australia's James Troisi (R) celebrates scoring with teammates Mathew Leckie (L) and Massimo Luongo (C) during the AFC Asian Cup football final between South Korea and Australia. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

UFL offers backing to help Azkals prepare for Challenge Cup

Feb 13, 2014 - 8:18 PM

The United Football League has assured its full support to give the Azkals the best possible chance in the upcoming Challenge Cup

TEAMWORK. The UFL has agreed to work with the Philippine National Team to release players for training sessions for the AFC Challenge Cup. Photo from the official Azkals website

Azkals bow to tougher UAE side

Nov 10, 2013 - 1:12 AM

Undermanned 137th ranked Azkals lose 0 4 to 71st ranked United Arab Emirates

File photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler