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Barotac’s best: Jovin Bedic proves he’s next in line

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:52 PM

It's no surprise that rising star Jovin Bedic has been tipped to join the ranks of Barotac football heroes Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta

HERO. Jovin Bedic salvages the Azkals' 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with an equalizer against Thailand. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Azkals’ Luke Woodland out of Suzuki Cup

Nov 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The Filipino-British defender sustained a foot injury during the Azkals' opening win versus Singapore

Reflections on a gritty, gutsy Azkals win

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

It's a dream start for the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup, thanks to Patrick Reichelt

IMPRESSIVE. Phil Younghusband and the Philippine Azkals did the country proud. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

AFF Suzuki Cup: Stacked Azkals lineup looks to impress

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:52 PM

The status of one key player, though, remains unsure beyond the second game

LOOKING SHARP. Patrick Reichelt and the Azkals pull off a win over Mongolia in a recent training match. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

From World Cup to Suzuki Cup for globe-trotting Azkals coach

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:05 PM

New coach Sven-Goran Eriksson vies to lead the Philippine men's football team to the Suzuki Cup final

BIGGER GOAL. Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and team manager Dan Palami hope to lead the Azkals to unprecedented heights. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Azkals give Sven-Göran Eriksson new challenge

Nov 05, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Will the renowned former England mentor Sven-Göran Eriksson be the key to the Azkals' Suzuki Cup glory?

FRESH CHALLENGE. (from left to right) Azkals advertising manager Melchor "Jun" Miras, head coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, team manager Dan Palami and senior advisor Scott Cooper. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Azkals: Reflections on another international window

Oct 15, 2018 - 6:58 PM

The Philippines draws Oman a week after impressing in Bangladesh

DEADLOCK. The Philippine Azkals eke out a draw against world No. 85 Oman. Photo from PFF's official website (pff.org.ph)


Scott Cooper's long and winding road to the Azkals

Sep 04, 2018 - 6:35 PM

The new national team coach takes a circuitous route to the Philippines

NEW CHALLENGE. Scott Cooper is challenged to lead the Philippine Azkals. Photo by by Bob Guerrero

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:16 PM

New Azkals head coach Terry Butcher eyes World Cup dream after the 2019 Asian Cup

FOOTBALL IS HERE. Football growth in the Philippines is also proven by the country's greater interest in the World Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

'No hard feelings' for Thomas Dooley after Azkals sacking

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The former USA team captain, who steered the Philippine football team to a historic Asian Cup berth, ends his coaching stint after 4 years

BRIGHT FUTURE. Thomas Dooley believes the Philippines can be an Asian powerhouse in football. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Former Azkal Chieffy Caligdong to coach Perpetual Help football

May 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

One of Azkals' top all-time scorers is expected to turn things around for the Las Piñas-based booters

NEW JOURNEY. Chieffy Caligdong pursues coaching stint in the NCAA after retiring from international duty 3 years ago. File Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Philippine Azkals clinch historic Asian Cup berth

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Phil Younghusband's 50th international goal for the Philippines catapults the Azkals to the 2019 UAE Asian Cup

HISTORY. The Philippine Azkals finally make it to Asian Cup for the first time. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Azkals survive late scare in friendly win over Fiji

Mar 22, 2018 - 9:28 PM

This friendly will prepare the Azkals for Tuesday's match AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers

FRIENDLY. The Azkals warm up for their AFC Asian Cup Qualifier with a friendly against Fiji. Photo by 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

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

Why Azkals fans shouldn't panic about the losses in Taiwan

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The national team is beaten by Chinese Taipei and Timor Leste – a deep breath is needed

SECOND PLACE. The Azkals absorbed losses but still finished second in the Chinese Taipei Football Association International Tournament . From Azkals Facebook

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

Younghusbands lead Azkals' scoring as Yemen match ends in draw

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

The Philippines still remains on top of Group F in the Asian Cup UAE 2019 qualifiers despite the draw

DRAW. The Younghusband brothers score the two goals for the Philippines to remain on top of Group F. Photo by Bob Guerrero/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

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

Azkals draw Indonesia 2-2: thoughts on a thrilling shared point

Nov 23, 2016 - 11:55 AM

The Philippines hopes of an AFF Suzuki semifinal appearance take a hit with another draw But there is still hope

THRILLING DRAW. Misagh Bahadoran (pictured in blue) and Phil Younghusband find the back of the net for the Philippines as the Azkals earned a second straight draw. Photo by Stringer/AFP

Azkals draw Indonesia in AFF Suzuki Cup

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:56 PM

The path to the next round looks much tougher for the Filipinos

DRAW. The Philippine Azkals draw Indonesia 2-2. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Azkals, Singapore settle for scoreless draw in Suzuki Cup opener

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:12 PM

The Philippine national football team welcomed the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila with a nil nil draw against Singapore

Azkals vs Kyrgyzstan postgame thoughts: An encouraging result

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Another win over Kyrgyzstan augurs well for the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup

SATO. Daisuke Sato's presence was a boost to the defense but can he play in the Suzuki Cup? Image by Bob Guerrero.

DPR Korea 3, Azkals 1 Postgame: Lots of work to be done

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:41 PM

The Philippines has slumped to defeat again at home There are plenty of talking points

HOME LOSS. Phil Younghusband and the Azkals lose a friendly at home to North Korea. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

North Korea tops Azkals in friendly match

Oct 10, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Iain Ramsay scores the Philippines only goal as the Azkals lose at home for the second time in 4 days

HOME STAND. Stephan Schrock (C) of the Azkals plays for possession against North Korea's Ri Yong Chol (L) and Pak Myong Song (R). Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Opportunistic Azkals stun Kyrgyzstan 2-1

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Goals by Misagh Bahadoran and Kevin Ingreso give the Philippines a handsome road win in Bishkek

Azkals, sans Schröck, Reichelt, and Rota, take on Kyrgyzstan

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The men s national football team guns for ranking points in an away friendly versus the world s 105th ranked team

GETTING READY. Phil Younghusband would like to add to his total of 42 international goals on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PH Azkals stun North Korea with late comeback

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The Azkals come back from a 1 2 deficit to win 3 2 in a thrilling home match against North Korea

THRILLER. The Philippine Azkals prevail over North Korea in a 5-goal thriller. Misagh Bahadoran (L) scores the first goal for the Azkals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Why are we so bad at making football stadiums?

Mar 03, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Well designed stadia are crucial to the development of the game in the Philippines Sadly we struggle to produce them

A conversation with Azkal Stephan Schröck

Jan 28, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The Filipino German who is currently on loan from his German club to UFL League champions Ceres La Salle opens up about his life on and off the field

Stephan Schröck opens up about his arrangement with German club Greuther Furth, meeting Billy Crawford, attending church, and whether playing in the UFL can negatively impact his ability. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

What to expect in Philippine football in 2016

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Your handy guide for everything in Filipino football this year from the Azkals to youth teams

2016. What can you expect in Philippine football this year? Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

2015 was a disappointing year for PH football, but not because of the Azkals

Dec 14, 2015 - 6:31 PM

Despite recent setbacks the senior team shone in 2015 But our other national squads struggled to a 1 17 record in male youth international matches

TRAINING. The Philippine U23 team in training before the SEA Games. Photo from Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals hold North Korea to scoreless draw in Pyongyang

Oct 08, 2015 - 5:54 PM

The Philippines denies points to North Korea for the first time in their previous 3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches

UNBREAKABLE. The Azkals showed toughness and grit in holding North Korea - and 50,000 wild fans - to a scoreless draw. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nightmare in Bocaue: Uzbekistan drubs Azkals

Sep 08, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Stephan Schrock s goal was the lone bright spot in an otherwise heartbreaking night for the Philippine national football team

Anzur Ismailov of Uzbekistan and Misagh Bahadoran of the Philippines battle for control. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals defeat Maldives in friendly before Uzbekistan qualifier

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:04 PM

Jerry Lucena gets his second international goal as the Philippines prepares for a pivotal World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan

TOP DOGS. The Philippine Azkals defeated Maldives 2-0 in a FIFA friendly. The game that matters most comes next week against Uzbekistan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dooley leading Philippines to a bright football future

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has turned around the fortunes of Philippine football just as he had for the United States years earlier

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley congratulates Misagh Bahadoran after he scored against Bahrain on June 11. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Can the U23 Azkals bounce back in SEA Games football?

Jun 06, 2015 - 12:58 PM

With two losses in as many games the Philippine U23 football team must find a way to regroup for its last two matches against Myanmar and Indonesia

The U23 Azkals practice for the SEA Games the day before leaving for Singapore. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Azkals fall to Singapore in SEA Games opener

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:41 PM

A Singapore goal before halftime was the deciding score in the u 23 football showdown

Sheikh Abdul Hadi of Singapore celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal against the Philippines. Screenshot from YouTube

Security tight for PH-Singapore SEA Games football match

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Police closed down some of the roads surrounding the 6 800 capacity facility prior to the Philippines vs Singapore football match

Othman Sheikh Abdul Hadi of Singapore celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal against the Philippines. Screenshot from YouTube

Philippines ranked 17th in Asia before FIFA World Cup elims draw

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines is ranked 17th in Asia 5 days before the formal draw for the 2018 World Cup Asian eliminations

The Azkals have three months to prepare for the FIFA World Cup eliminations. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

Azkals roster revealed ahead of Bahrain training camp

Mar 17, 2015 - 4:37 AM

Rob Gier Phil Younghusband and Martin Steuble headline the list of players called for the FIFA World Cup qualifier as well as the return of Neil Etheridge

James Younghusband and his brother Phil are two of the players being called up for training camp in Bahrain. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

SMS-based program launched for Azkals fans

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:48 PM

The Philippine national football team is set to get closer to their fans through an initiative by a mobile content firm

The Azkals players and management announce the service. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Is there a centerback crisis with the Azkals?

Mar 16, 2015 - 6:05 PM

As FIFA World Cup qualifiers near the Philippines lack of quality young central defenders remains a gaping hole in the Azkals lineup

Amani Aguinaldo, 19, of Global FC is one of the few - the too few - Filipino centerbacks currently plying the trade. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Fans start crowd-funding initiative for Azkals

Mar 04, 2015 - 3:41 PM

The fundraising campaign called Small Change Big Change aims to gather funds from the general public through tin cans spread in groceries

Fil-British striker wants to try luck with Azkals

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:25 PM

Fil British Levi Gilmar Fernandez of Alloa Athletic FC has been compared to Brazil s Neymar due to their similar looks and style of play

NEW AZKALS STRIKER? Fil-British Levi Fernandez is looking to bring his attacking style tot he Philippine National team. Photo from Fernandez's agent Steve Mac

Azkals remain number 1 in SEA

Dec 19, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The Philippine Azkals drop 2 spots in the FIFA rankings but is still the highest ranked national club in Southeast Asia

Phil Younghusband gets away from Thai defenders in the first leg of the Azkals' semis match vs the War Elephants. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs. Thailand

Dec 06, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Live updates of the Azkals vs Thailand AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal match game one

Azkals 'motivated' to beat Thailand in Suzuki Cup semis

Dec 05, 2014 - 7:54 PM

As fans prepare to brave rain from Typhoon Ruby Azkals manager Dan Palami says his side is ready to end a 14 game losing streak to Thailand

The Azkals haven't beat Thailand in 42 years. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP