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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

[Last Lap] A gallant silver football medal for the Azkals

May 31, 2014 - 5:32 PM

The Philippine Azkals have nothing to be ashamed of after winning silver in the AFC Challenge Cup

The deciding goal by Palestine's Ashraf Nu'man Alfawaghra that propelled them to victory over the Philippines. Photo from AFC Challenge Cup Twitter

Palestine tops Azkals 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup finale

May 31, 2014 - 1:58 AM

A second half goal by Ashraf Nu man Alfawaghra is the deciding score that lifts Palestine over the Philippines

The deciding goal by Palestine's Ashraf Nu'man Alfawaghra that propelled them to victory over the Philippines. Photo from AFC Challenge Cup Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Palestine (AFC Challenge Cup finals)

May 30, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Live blog of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup finals between the Philippine Azkals and Palestine

UFL president praises Azkals for Challenge Cup success

May 29, 2014 - 11:40 PM

United Football League president Randy Roxas had high praise for the Azkals for the success they have enjoyed leading up to their showdown with Palestine

TOP DOGS. Many of the Azkals also play in the UFL, including the Younghusband and Greatwich brothers. Screenshot from AFC Asian Cup Youtube

Chris Greatwich's goal to remember

May 29, 2014 - 4:53 AM

Ten years into his Azkals career Chris Greatwich is once again the toast of the Philippine national men s football team after scoring the game winner against Maldives

GREAT-WICH. Chris Greatwich, seen here in a friendly against Malaysia earlier this year, says that his seventh and most recent international goal has been his most memorable. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Azkals defeat Maldives in Challenge Cup semis on Greatwich goal

May 28, 2014 - 3:15 AM

The Philippine men s national football team is AFC Challenge Cup finals bound after a 3 2 victory over Maldives in which Phil Younghusband Chris Greatwich and Jerry Lucena scored

The Azkals surround Phil Younghusband after scoring the game's first goal. Screenshot from AFC Asian Cup Youtube

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Maldives (AFC Challenge Cup)

May 27, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Live blog of the Philippine Azkals semifinals match against Maldives in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup

Afghanistan says Maldives have been terrible AFC Challenge Cup hosts

May 27, 2014 - 6:02 PM

From ticket fraud allegations to sea travel and bus accidents Afghanistan has slammed Maldives hosting of the AFC Challenge Cup

File photo of the Maldives football team. Photo from Maldives football Facebook

Maldives warned for ticket fraud ahead of Azkals game

May 27, 2014 - 4:38 PM

The AFC has warned the Maldives risks suspension from international competition stemming from alleged ticket fraud linked to the Challenge Cup

File photo of the Maldives football team. Photo from Maldives football Facebook

Azkals set for 'difficult game' against Maldives in Challenge Cup semis

May 26, 2014 - 8:57 PM

The Philippine team has just one team standing between them and a berth in the AFC Challenge Cup finals

MALDIVES SHOWDOWN. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley feels that the Azkals must play like they did against Turkmenistan to beat a 'great' Maldives team. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

VIDEO: Azkals vs. Turkmenistan Challenge Cup highlights

May 25, 2014 - 6:41 AM

Watch video highlights of the Azkals 2 nil victory over Turkmenistan which clinched a semi finals spot for the Philippines

Patrick Reichelt of the Philippines celebrates after scoring a goal against Turkmenistan. Screen shot from Youtube

Afghan Challenge Cup football team injured in bus crash‎

May 25, 2014 - 6:22 AM

Afghan skipper Haroon Fakhrudin was among those hurt when the team bus crashed into a motorcycle while returning to a hotel in the southern city of Addu

Azkals defeat Turkmenistan 2-nil to advance to Challenge Cup semis

May 24, 2014 - 9:44 PM

The Azkals needed just a draw to advance but came out with a win after Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt scored the games only two goals

The Philippines' Patrick Reichelt (9) goes up for a header in last month's friendly against Malaysia. File photo by Mark Cristino

Afghanistan holds undermanned Azkals to a goalless draw

May 21, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Without Phil Younghusband and Rob Gier in their lineup the Philippine National Men s Football Team settled for a scoreless draw in their 2014 AFC Challenge Cup opening match against Afghanistan

The Philippines' Patrick Reichelt (9) goes up for a header in last month's friendly against Malaysia. File photo by Mark Cristino

Azkals must win Challenge Cup to keep PH football kicking

May 18, 2014 - 2:57 AM

Four years after the Azkals defied the odds and set football on fire in the Philippines the national team will now play with the stakes as high as ever

James Younghusband of the Azkals dribbles past Malaysian defenders during their scoreless draw in April. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Palami likes Azkals' chances in AFC Challenge Cup

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:39 PM

With new coach Thomas Dooley national team manager Dan Palami likes their chances when they see action in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup in the Maldives next month

Azkals manager Dan Palami is optimistic heading into the AFC Challenge Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals set date with Malaysia as Challenge Cup nears

Mar 28, 2014 - 4:44 PM

The Philippine National Men s Football Team upped their preparations for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup with another friendly with Malaysia on April 27 in Cebu City

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley will look to break the team's three-game draw streak with Malaysia when they meet next month. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals to battle 7 more for last spot in AFC Asian Cup

Mar 26, 2014 - 10:23 PM

The Philippine Azkals will try to be the last squad in the Asian Cup with a first place finish in the AFC Challenge Cup being the only route

ONE LAST SPOT. Thomas Dooley (pictured) and the Azkals will battle for the last spot in the Asian Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals name 34-man training pool ahead of Challenge Cup

Feb 14, 2014 - 5:31 PM

Newly appointed Philippine National Men s Football Team coach Thomas Dooley has released an invitation to players for his first training session with the squad

NAMES NAMED. New Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley has named the 34-player pool who will take part in the AFC Challenge Cup in May. Photo by Mark Cristino

Azkals land in Group B of AFC Challenge Cup draw

Feb 13, 2014 - 11:13 AM

The Philippine National Men’s Football Team will be grouped in with Afghanistan Laos and Turkmenistan in Group B first of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup

DOG FIGHT. The Azkals will face off with tough competition in Group B of the AFC Challenge Cup. Photo from official Azkals website

Azkals Bahadoran, Angeles talk new coach, trauma therapy

Feb 08, 2014 - 11:26 PM

As Global FC took in a new experimental exercise two of their National Team players expressed optimism about their new coach

BAHALA NA. Global FC/Philippine National team midfielders Marwin Angeles (left) and Misagh Bahadoran (right) are optimistic about the new Azkals coach. Photo by Ryan Songalia

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

Azkals release lineup ahead of difficult UAE test

Nov 02, 2013 - 5:24 PM

The Azkals will be fielding mostly their under 23 squad in a friendly match vs powerhouse United Arab Emirates

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Azkals vs Turkmenistan

Mar 26, 2013 - 9:15 PM

Snap shots of the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers match between the Philippine Azkals and Turkmenistan

FROM BEHIND. Stephan Schrock attempts to steal the ball from a TKM booter. Photo by Josh Albelda/RAPPLER

At the half: Azkals 0, Turkmenistan 0

Mar 26, 2013 - 8:15 PM

The Azkals and Turkmenistan are tied at 0 0 at the half of their AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium

LIVE BLOG: AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, PH vs Turkmenistan

Mar 26, 2013 - 6:01 PM

The Philippine Azkals takes on the Turkmenistan Green Men in the final game of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group E in Rizal Memorial Stadium on Tuesday March 26

GOAL. The Philippine Azkals takes on the Turkmenistan Green Men to book a ticket to the main tournament in Maldives in 2014. Photo by Josh Albelda

Azkals eye revenge against Turkmenistan

Mar 26, 2013 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine Azkals will be looking for revenge against the Turkmenistan Green Men as they clash in the final game of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group E in Rizal Memorial Stadium on Tuesday March 26

REVENGE. The Philippine Azkals is eyeing for revenge in their clash against the Turkmenistan Green Men in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers Group E in Rizal Memorial Stadium. Photo by Josh Albelda

Azkals outclass Cambodia, 8-0

Mar 24, 2013 - 10:30 PM

The Philippine Azkals outclassed Cambodia 8 0 to start their AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers campaign on a sizzling note

Powerhouse Azkals ready for Challenge Cup qualifiers

Mar 22, 2013 - 12:00 AM

With a full team this time Azkals coach Michael Weiss is confident of his team s chances in the AFC Challenge Cup Group E Qualifiers

Brunei pulls out of Challenge Cup Qualifiers

Mar 20, 2013 - 1:24 PM

Brunei pull out of AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers scheduled in Rizal Memorial Stadium on March 22 to 26 according to a report

Azkals roster for AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers released

Mar 18, 2013 - 2:45 PM

The PFF has released the 23 man squad for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

SQUAD LIST. The PFF has released the 23-man squad for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. File photo

Etheridge, Schrock back to lead Azkals

Mar 08, 2013 - 5:32 PM

Stephan Schrock and Neil Etheridge will lead the full strength Azkals squad in the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Rizal Memorial Stadium on March 22 to 26

Challenge Cup Qualifiers a must win - Weiss

Mar 08, 2013 - 10:08 AM

The Philippine Azkals hopes to win Group E of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Rizal Memorial Stadium on March 22 to 26 to gain an outright berth in the competition s final stages in Maldives in 2014

A MUST WIN. The Philippine Azkals will be aiming to top Group E of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Manila. Photo by Lean Santos

31 players called up for Azkals training on February 22-24

Feb 21, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Thirty one of the best local football players in the country have been called up by the Philippine Football Federation PFF for the national team training on February 22 24 This is ahead of the preparations for next month s AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Manila

Fil-Spanish striker Javier Patiño closer to becoming an Azkal

Jan 24, 2013 - 10:59 PM

Filipino Spanish striker Javier Patiño of Spanish second division club Cordoba CF is expected to suit up for the Azkals for the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

ADDED FIREPOWER. Javier Patiño of Cordoba CF is set to become an Azkal. Photo from Cordoba CF's official Facebook page.

Azkals' world rankings, higher than ever

Apr 12, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Azkals climb 8 spots high in FIFA world rankings after 3rd place finish in AFC Challenge Cup

Lexton Moy on Azkals' steep climb in Nepal

Mar 29, 2012 - 12:43 PM

Azkal midfielder Lexton Moy talks about the team s journey to the AFC Challenge Cup

AZKALS IMPROVEMENT. The Azkals' draw with the tough Malaysian team is a sign of huge improvement on their part. February 29, 2012. Emil Sarmiento.

Live Blog: Azkals vs Turkmenistan

Mar 16, 2012 - 4:26 PM

Live updates from the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup match between the Philippines and Turkmenistan

2 key Azkal players can't play in semi-finals

Mar 13, 2012 - 9:17 PM

James Younghusband Angel Guirado suspended in the next Azkals game vs Tajikistan

GOOD SPIRITS. James Younghusband shares a smile with Neil Etheridge as they walk to the pitch before the game. February 29, 2012. Emil Sarmiento.

Azkals, welcome to the semi-finals

Mar 13, 2012 - 7:07 PM

[UPDATED] The Azkals defeat Tajikistan 2 1 in their do or die game qualify for the AFC Challenge Cup playoffs

TEAMWORK. The Azkals huddle in their game before the LA Galaxy. December 3, 2011. Beth Frondoso.

Azkals excited about do-or-die game

Mar 13, 2012 - 4:21 PM

The players of the men s Philippine football team turned to Twitter to express their excitement about their match against Tajikistan

TURNING TO TWITTER. Azkals players used Twitter to express their excitement for their do-or-die game against Tajikistan. March 13, 2012.

Azkals secure win, face crucial match ahead

Mar 12, 2012 - 1:03 AM

Now that the Azkals have defeated India 2 0 all eyes are set on their next match against Tajikistan which will determine if the Philippines stays in the tournament or goes home

Azkals players and a fan hold the Philippine flag up high after the Dream Cup.

Azkals win vs India 2-0

Mar 11, 2012 - 9:07 PM

Azkals defeat India in their 2nd AFC Challenge Cup game both goals scored by Phil Younghusband

KEEPING WATCH. Ray Jonsson stays with his man at the Azkals' match against Malaysia. February 29, 2012. Emil Sarmiento.

Azkals show improvement in loss to North Korea

Mar 09, 2012 - 10:05 PM

Azkals lose 2 0 to North Korea but get praise for impressive performance

Azkals fall to defending champs North Korea

Mar 09, 2012 - 7:09 PM

North Korea defeats Azkals 2 0 in their first game at the AFC Challenge Cup

AZKALS IMPROVEMENT. The Azkals' draw with the tough Malaysian team is a sign of huge improvement on their part. February 29, 2012. Emil Sarmiento.

Azkals face toughest challenge in AFC Challenge Cup

Mar 09, 2012 - 1:51 PM

The Azkals quest for victory begins March 9 as they compete in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup