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AFC remembers late Filipina match commissioner Cathy Nazareno

Mar 27, 2019 - 7:37 PM

The Asian Football Confederation honors the late Cathy Nazareno for her 'work in spreading the game in the Philippines at the grassroots level'

GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS. Cathy Nazareno spearheads the country's grassroots program through the Younghusbands Football Academy. Photo from Cathy Nazareno's Facebook

Excitement fuels Alvaro Silva's Ceres debut

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Filipino-Spanish centerback Alvaro Silva is expected to reinforce the Ceres-Negros FC backline

DEBUT. Alvaro Silva returns to Bacolod as he debuts for Ceres-Negros FC in the preliminary rounds of the AFC Champions League. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

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

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

PH to host international friendly match with Fiji

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:07 PM

This will be the second time the Azkals will play against a team from the Oceania Football Confederation

TUNE-UP. The friendly serves a tune-up game for the Azkals' AFC Asian Cup Qualifier match against Tajikistan. Photo from the PFF

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

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

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

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

Iraq buries young victims of football pitch bomb carnage

Mar 26, 2016 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED The attack sparks condemnation from visiting UN chief Ban Ki moon and outrage across the global football community

FUNERAL. Iraqi relatives and friends mourn on March 26, 2016 in Iskandariyah, a town south of the capital Baghdad, during the funeral of some of the victims of a suicide bomb attack in a nearby village the day before. Haidar Hamdani/AFP

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

Infantino to succeed Blatter as FIFA president, vows change

Feb 27, 2016 - 12:26 PM

Gianni Infantino got 115 votes in the election s second round while Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman of Bahrain got 88

NEW CHIEF. Gianni Infantino won FIFA's presidential election and vowed to lead the scandal-tainted body into a new era as he faced immediate calls to ensure genuine reform. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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

AFC bans 4 Nepal footballers, 2 officials for match-fixing

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:11 PM

The Asian Football Confederation imposes lifetime bans on 4 players an official in Nepal and a Tajik referee

BANNED. Nepalese footballers Sagar Thapa (R), Ritesh Thapa (C) and Sandip Rai (L) are escorted by security personnel from a Special Court in Kathmandu on October 27, 2015. Photo by Prakash Mathema/AFP

Indonesia football ban to end soon? Jokowi, FIFA discuss solutions

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:49 PM

Widodo hosting the FIFA meeting at the state palace announced he would form a task force to quickly end the impasse

FOOTBALL CRISIS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo poses with Mariano Araneta, head of the joint FIFA and AFC commision to investigate the football crisis in Indonesia. Photo by AFP

Asian football chief may run for FIFA presidency

Oct 16, 2015 - 6:02 PM

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa president of the Asian Football Confederation says it s time for someone from Asia to take over at FIFA

FIFA KHALIFA. Sepp Blatter (L) and AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa are seen during the prize distribution ceremony at the end of the AFC Asian Cup football final in Sydney in January 2015. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Iranian women's futsal captain barred from AFC Cup by husband

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:46 PM

Her husband a sportscaster in Iran invoked his right under Islamic law to bar her from traveling to Malaysia for the AFC

RED CARD. A file photo taken on December 3, 2014 shows Iranian women's football captain Niloofar Ardalan during a practice session in Tehran. The Iranian women's football team will be minus its captain, Ardalan, at the Asian championship in Malaysia in September 2015 after her husband invoked his right under Islamic law to bar her from traveling. Photo by Amir Kholoosi/ISNA News/AFP

Kaya wins UFL Cup in penalty shootout

Aug 29, 2015 - 5:51 AM

Kaya FC denies Ceres a season double after winning the UFL Cup in a penalty shootout

KAYA MO YAN. Kaya FC wins the UFL Cup with an upset victory over a Ceres side that had been dominant all year long. Photo from Kaya's Facebook page

Russia prepares for World Cup draw amidst FIFA crisis

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:11 AM

The draw will involve 141 national sides from all but the Asian Football Confederation as their qualification process has already begun

Men walk along a hall close to the Constantine (Konstantinovsky) Palace in St. Petersburg on July 22, 2015, where the Preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held on July 25. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

At SEA Games, Indonesia football team 'determined' due to FIFA ban

Jun 12, 2015 - 5:14 PM

The Indonesian public are now placing their hopes on this team to be able to spring a surprise

GAME ON. Indonesia's midfielder Zulfiandi Zulfiandi (2nd R) dribbles the ball past Singapore players Anumanthan Mohan Kumar (2nd at L) and Stanely Ng Yong Woo in their football first round group A match at the 28th SEA Games in Singapore on June 11, 2015. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

The kids are alright: Meet the U22 'Olympic' Azkals

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:50 AM

The Philippine U22 team embarks for Bangkok with eyes on qualifying for the 2016 AFC U23 championship and the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Former UE Red Warrior Fitch Arboleda (#40) and current Stallion player Arnel Amita (#50) are among the young players who will boost the Philippine team. Photo by Bob Guerrero

AFC Cup: Global show true Pinoy fighting spirit at Pahang

Mar 12, 2015 - 7:39 PM

Global FC came into their match against South China with a number of key injuries and fought their way into possible AFC Cup knockout stage qualification

PITCH PERFECT. Jerry Barbaso of Global FC makes a tackle against a South China player. Photo by Bob Guerrero

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

Football heavyweights Australia, South Korea collide in Asian Cup final

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Free scoring Australia will seek football glory in the Asian Cup final on Saturday but South Korea could gatecrash the party in a hugely anticipated decider between two of the region s toughest teams

Australia captain Mile Jedinak (C) and Tim Cahill (R) were out of action when their team lost 1-0 to South Korea in the group phase, but their return to the lineup has installed Australia as the favorites. Photo by Mal Fairclough/AFP

Several teams enraged by refereeing at Asian Cup

Jan 13, 2015 - 5:34 PM

Iran Oman and holders Japan all raged at the officials after their opening games not the start Asian officials were hoping for after a determined drive to improve refereeing standards

Jordan's goalkeeper Amer Shafi argues with a Saudi referee during an Asian Cup match with Iraq. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Prince Ali's FIFA bid doomed – Asia chiefs

Jan 09, 2015 - 1:50 PM

AFC chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa says their full support is behind FIFA president Sepp Blatter

FIFA Vice-President representing Asia, Prince Ali Bin al Hussein (L) presents a souvenir to FIFA President, Sepp Blatter (R) during a press conference in Amman, Jordan. File photo by Jamal Narallah/EPA

North Korean football official makes plea for Messi visit

Dec 02, 2014 - 5:27 PM

A top North Korean football official said she wants megastar Lionel Messi to visit a new football academy in the communist state where the Barcelona wonder is a huge hit with kids

The North Korean football team made it to the finals of the most recent Asian Games. Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

AFC boss rules out FIFA presidency bid

Dec 01, 2014 - 4:53 PM

No no no said AFC president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa at the AFC awards when asked if he saw himself as a potential leader of football s world body

FIFA head Sepp Blatter (R) won't have to worry about Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (L) usurping his position. Photo by Josh Albelda

Philippine Football Federation wins Grassroots Award in AFC Gala

Dec 01, 2014 - 3:56 PM

The Philippine Football Federation bagged the President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football during the awards night gala of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Asian Football Confederation in Manila

AFC President Shaikh Salamn bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (L) poses with PFF President Mariano "Nonong" Araneta at the AFC gala. Photo by Josh Albelda

Blatter: Qatar will keep 2022 World Cup

Dec 01, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The world football chief reiterates his backing for the tournament after a British newspaper publishes fresh allegations about the bidding process

BLATTER IN MANILA. FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers his message during the AFC's 60th Anniversary and Annual Awards held in Manila on November 30, 2014. Noel Celis/AFP

World Vision and AFC kick off 'One Goal'

Nov 28, 2014 - 5:15 PM

One Goal: Nutrition for Every Child campaign is a global initiative which focuses on promoting good nutrition among children through sports development

AFC president arrives in PH ahead of 60th anniversary

Nov 25, 2014 - 1:19 PM

The AFC which was founded 60 years ago in Manila looks to go back to it roots to celebrate one of the most prestigious events in Asian football

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has arrived in Manila. Photo from AFC website

Filipina footballers fight hard but lose to Taiwan

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine U16 women’s team was eliminated from a chance to proceed to the AFC U16 Women’s Championship in China after taking a 5 2 drubbing from Taiwan

Head coach Joyce Landagan, PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes and technical director Aris Caslib together with the U16 women's team. File photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

PH U16 girls football team hopes to bounce back against Taiwan

Oct 06, 2014 - 9:58 PM

After being trounced 6 0 by Myanmar the Teen Malditas will look to bounce back against Taiwan in the Asian Football Confederation U16 Women’s Champion Qualifiers

The Philippine under-16 team vies for the ball in a loss to Myanmar. Photo from Asian Football Confederation

PH U16 women’s football team to compete in AFC qualifier

Oct 04, 2014 - 1:59 AM

The Philippine national Under 16 women’s squad is set to compete in the AFC women’s championship qualifying round for their age group from October 5 to 9 in Malaysia

Head coach Joyce Landagan, PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes and technical director Aris Caslib together with the U16 women's team. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 17, 2014

Sep 17, 2014 - 9:57 AM

Indonesia s ratification of the haze treaty how Indonesian universities rank globally what Indonesia s police chief knows about MH370 and more

HAZY FUTURE. Thick haze blankets Pekanbaru on Tuesday, September 16, the day Indonesia's legislature voted to ratify the ASEAN cross-border haze agreement. Photo by Forza Alfachrozie/AFP

Philippine team gets 2nd place in U14 Southeast Asia football championship

Jun 15, 2014 - 10:19 PM

The underdogs of the championship exceed all expectations

WELL DESERVED. The Philippine U14 National Girls Team celebrates their second place finish in the AFC U14 Southeast Asia championship. Photo by Ronald Whaley

PH football girls proceed undefeated to Southeast Asia championship

Jun 14, 2014 - 9:11 PM

After trouncing Myanmar the Philippines will play Thailand which beat Vietnam 2 0 on Saturday in the championship on Sunday June 15

Undefeated Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team stuns competitors in AFC Championship

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:43 PM

After a stunning 1 0 upset defeat of Vietnam on Wednesday a 5 0 victory over Cambodia and 6 0 win over Singapore the Philippine girls have emerged undefeated and at the top of every category in the tournament

Members of the Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team celebrate the winning goal against Vietnam during the the Asian Football Confederation Regional Championship for Southeast Asia in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo by Ronald Whaley

Philippine U14 girls national football team dominates Singapore

Jun 10, 2014 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team trounced Singapore with a 6 0 victory at the Asian Football Confederation Regional Championship

PINAY POWER. Itsuko Bacatan of Cebu City, seen here taking on two players from the Singapore team, led the scoring with goals in the first and second half. Photo by Ronald Whaley

Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team ready for action in Vietnam

Jun 05, 2014 - 4:38 AM

The final 18 members of the Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team have been chosen to take on tough competitors in the AFC Regional Championship

The Philippine U14 Girls National Football Team poses at the Philippine Football Federation headquarters. Photo from PFF website

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

'Protect the goal': Raising HIV awareness through football

May 24, 2014 - 10:49 PM

Globally there are an estimated 5 4 million adolescents and young people living with HIV and at least 1 8 million are eligible for HIV treatment

SPORTS AND HEALTH. The 'Protect the Goal' campaign aims to raise more awareness about HIV, especially among the youth. Photo from AFC

Deyto stands tall as Azkals, Malaysia figure in scoreless draw

Apr 27, 2014 - 10:08 PM

Azkals goalkeeper Patrick Deyto came up with a clutch save to salvage a draw for the Azkals against Malaysia in Cebu

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

Younghusband brothers headline Azkals lineup for Qatar camp

Apr 02, 2014 - 12:49 PM

Hoping to get their first win under newly installed German American coach Thomas Dooley the Philippine National Men’s Football Team bared its lineup for their upcoming training camp in Qatar this month

QATAR BOUND. The Younghusband brothers James (L) and Phil (R) will banner an Azkals unit that heads to Qatar next week to train for the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

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 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