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FIBA lists Dickel, Arespacochaga, Trunic to coach Gilas’ ACQ

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic are listed as part of the Gilas coaching staff for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

AT THE HELM. (from left to right) FIBA lists Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic as the coaches of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2020 FIBA Asian Cup Qualifiers. Photos from PBA Images (Dickel), Josh Albelda/Rappler (Arespacochaga) and FIBA (Trunic)

Taiwanese siblings complete 2019 Mayon Triathlon sweep

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite juggling their studies and sport, the Changs dominate the men and women’s divisions of the swim-bike-run event

FAMILY AFFAIR. Chang Ting Ting and Chang Chia Hao celebrate their title run with the podium finishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

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

Nothing but praise for the Azkals

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Even though the Philippine Azkals lost all 3 matches, they can hold their heads up high

HISTORIC. Stephan Schrock scores the Philippines' first ever Asian Cup goal against Kyrgyzstan. Photo by AFP

Azkals bow out of maiden Asian Cup tourney

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Vitalig Lux's hat-trick sends the Azkals crashing out of the 2019 Asian Cup as Stephan Schrock scores a historic goal

Kyrghyzstan's defender Mustafa Iusupov (L) fights for the ball against Philippines' forward Javier Patino during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C match between Kyrgyzstan and Philippines at Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Kyrgyzstan – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Azkals face a must-win situation against Kyrgyzstan as they vie to advance to the next round


Azkals to take every chance in Asian Cup must-win situation

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine men's football team needs a big win against Kyrgyzstan to get out of the group stage

WEARY. The Philippine Azkals fail to match up to the physicality of the Chinese players. Photo from AFC Asian Cup website

Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals coach Sven cancels dinner as China punishes PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope – but small hope, probably,' says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as his Azkals bow to China

OVERWHELMED. China proves too much for Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals fall to China as Wu Lei scores brace

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Philippine Azkals absorb their second straight loss in the 2019 Asian Cup

TOUGH SITUATION. Philippines' midfielder Kevin Ingreso (C) marks China's midfielder Hao Junmin (R) as the Azkals pick up another loss. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Azkals not banking on familiarity against China

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Sven-Göran Eriksson may be all too familiar with Chinese football, but the Azkals coach says it’s just a 'little advantage'

FAMILIARITY. Javier Patiño carries experience from his three years in the Chinese Super League. Photo by Pam Puri

Sven's 'street dogs' put Philippines on Asian Cup map

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'I like the people, I like the players. We are more like a team today than we were a month ago,' says Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

REAL FRIGHT. John Patrick Strauss (left) and the Philippine Azkals give Asian football giant South Korea a scare. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to continue their surprising Asian Cup run against China

China faces attacking crisis ahead of Asian Cup match vs Azkals

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Coach Marcello Lippi says China is 'not certain' if injured star Wu Lei will suit up against the Philippines

INJURY WOES. China's Wu Lei is suspected of suffering from a collarbone injury after the opening game against Kyrgyzstan. Photo from AFC Asian Cup website

Phil Younghusband hopes to play bigger role in Asian Cup

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:06 PM

'It’s disappointing to have not had played a bigger role but there’s still games to go so hopefully I’ll get more game time then,' says Phil Younghusband

BENCHED. Team captain Phil Younghusband only comes off the bench in the 89th minute of the game against South Korea. Photo by Pam Puri

Captain Yoshida wants Japan to fight Asian Cup pressure

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'But unlike the World Cup the expectation on Japan is different at an Asian Cup – where we are expected to win,' says Maya Yoshida

FLAVOR OF YOUTH. Takumi Minamino is one of the young Japanese players who will reinforce the Blue Samurais' offense. Photo from Takumi Minamino's Instagram

Azkals postgame thoughts: Pinoy grit keeps hope alive

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Here's a breakdown of the Azkals' surprising 1-0 loss to Asian powerhouse South Korea

POSITIVE RESULT. The Philippine Azkals unexpectedly lose to South Korea by only 1-0. Photo from twitter.com/afcasiancup

Quieroz slams critics after Iran's 5-0 Asian Cup romp

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Former Iran coach Branko Ivankovic's praises for Iraq does not sit well with Carlos Quieroz

FEUDING ADVERSARY. Iran coach Carlos Quieroz does not appreciate the negative comments by critics. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

Azkals plot surprise over South Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It would be a tough game for us, but we have been in football for very long and there are surprises everywhere,' says Stephan Schrock

DREAMING BIG. The Philippine Azkals are raring to make the tournament's biggest upset against South Korea. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs South Korea – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Philippine Azkals open their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign against powerhouse South Korea on January 7 in Dubai

Azkals look to 'get out' of 2019 Asian Cup group stage

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Philippine men's football team targets a 'realistic goal' to at least finish as one of the 4 best third-placers to advance to the next round

HISTORIC STAGE. The Azkals are not satisfied with just being in the 2019 Asian Cup, but are looking to surpass expectations. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

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.


Injured Huddersfield star Mooy ruled out of Asian Cup

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Aaron Mooy gets a second opinion that confirmed his knee injury

INJURY. Aaron Mooy suffers from a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee earlier in December 2018. Photo from Aaron Mooy's Instagram

Falkesgaard, Mendoza to step up for Etheridge in 2019 Asian Cup

Dec 22, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Michael Falkesgaard and Fil-Danish Kevin Ray Mendoza are next in line if Cardiff City's main keeper decides to suit up for the opening game only

ASIAN CUP-BOUND. Michael Falkesgaard (left), Neil Etheridge and Kevin Ray Mendoza will be going to the Azkals training camp on December 26. Photos by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation (Falkesgaard), Neil Etheridge's Instagram, Kevin Ray Mendoza's Instagram.

Socceroos include injured Mooy in Asian Cup title defense

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Midfielder Aaron Mooy desperately wants to play with the Australia national football team in the 2019 Asian Cup

INJURY. Aaron Mooy suffers from a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee earlier in December 2018. Photo from Aaron Mooy's Instagram

Japanese dominate 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Compatriots Jumpei Furuya and Yurie Kato reign supreme in the men's and women's categories

DIVERSE. At least 750 triathletes from 18 countries joined the 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia


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.

Will we see Stephan Schrock back with the Azkals?

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:39 PM

New Azkals senior football adviser Scott Cooper says it's only fair for players 'who have done the work' to get a spot in the Asian Cup lineup

POSSIBLE RETURN? There's a possibility that Azkals fans will see Stephan Schrock donning the number 17 in Philippine colors.  Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Former head coach Dooley to still be involved with Azkals

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Azkals team manager Dan Palami says Dooley is offered a chance to contribute under a different capacity

NEW FOCUS? As Thomas Dooley steps down from the head coach post, he is offered the chance to contribute to Philippine football in other ways. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Former England player 'considered' for Azkals coaching job

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Is Terry Butcher the best option for the nationals' 2019 Asian Cup campaign?

NEW ERA? Former England national team captain Terry Butcher is one of the candidates to fill in the vacant Azkals head coach post.

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

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

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

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, March 26 - April 1, 2018

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:26 PM

From rolling away "stones of sin" to threats against media to an exclusive video on violent rituals in the police academy

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

No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Dooley's contract expired after the Tajikistan match

QUESTIONS. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley (L) in the post-match press conference with 'Man of the match' Kevin Ingreso (R). Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation