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AFC Cup: Crunch time for Ceres, Kaya in final group stage matches

May 09, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Both Filipino clubs have plenty to play for in the AFC Cup on Tuesday Can Kaya join Ceres in the knockout stage?

BUSMEN. Manny Ott and the unbeaten Ceres La Salle can solidify a first place finish in their AFC Cup group with a win over Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited at home. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

UFL Cup quarters preview: Why a little bit of hatin' is good

Mar 31, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The UFL Elite Eight is on this weekend and one match stands out as a tasty derby contest: Kaya versus Loyola

Kaya 1, Balestier Khalsa 0: We belong

Mar 16, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Kaya FC wins a second home game in the AFC Cup thanks to Antonio Ugarte s second half strike Philippine clubs are showing they can match their Asian counterparts toe to toe

KAYA MO YAN. Antonio Ugarte is ecstatic after scoring the 1-0 goal. Kaya is showing it can hang with its rivals in the AFC Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Why Pinoy football fans should care about the AFC Cup

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Filipino football clubs Ceres and Kaya will get a taste of international competition starting Tuesday Learn why their matches deserve our attention

PASSPORTS OUT. Kaya FC and Ceres-La Salle will get a taste of international football in the AFC Cup. Their international exposure could breathe life into Filipino club football. Photo by Bob Guerrero

At Kaya FC Academy, grassroots football starts at a young age

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:09 AM

Kaya Academy started by one man looking for a place for his son to play now has 800 enrollees and is the model for sustainable grassroots football growth in the Philippines

COACH CHRIS. Chris Greatwich's commitment to Kaya FC goes beyond coaching the main team. Photo courtesy Kaya Academy

UFL Cup Final: Kaya accomplishes an upset for the ages

Aug 29, 2015 - 3:58 PM

Kaya FC ends its title drought with a victory over Ceres in the UFL Cup Final on Friday after nearly blowing a 2 0 lead Take a look back on an unforgettable night of football

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Kaya FC ended its championship drought with a dramatic win over Ceres. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

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

UFL Cup Final Preview: Can Kaya prevent a Ceres double?

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:32 AM

It s a classic cup final matchup: the dominant force against a plucky underdog in the last match of the Philippine club season Who will lift the trophy?

ONE LAST MATCH. Ceres FC was crowned champions of the UFL League this year. Determined underdogs Kaya look to prevent their double

A wishlist for the upcoming Philippine Football National League

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The Philippines will have its own national football league soon Here are some ideas to help make it work

Filipino club teams Manila Jeepney and Stallion do battle in the UFL. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

Azkals' Chris Greatwich to take break from international play

Mar 25, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Chris Greatwich explains his exclusion from the Azkals Bahrain training camp saying he wants to spend more time with his family

GREAT-WICH. Chris Greatwich will be taking an indefinite leave from international play. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Kaya FC whips Green Archers United to take top spot

Feb 16, 2015 - 6:58 AM

Kaya FC blanked Green Archers United FC 2 0 to take the move to the top of the United Football League rankings

KAYA MO YAN. OJ Porteria of Kaya FC fires a shot on goal against Green Archers United. Porteria scored on the game's goals in a 2-0 win. Photo by Mark Cristino

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Laos (Suzuki Cup)

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Rappler s live blog of the Azkals opening match in the AFF Suzuki Cup vs Laos

Defense key in Azkals' Suzuki Cup campaign

Nov 21, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Azkals team manager Dan Palami says focusing on defense while continuing to be aggressive on offense is key to the team s AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

Azkals Phil Younghusband (L) vies for the ball against Global FC's Valentine Kama (C). File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Azkals rise 5 spots in FIFA ranking ahead of friendlies

Oct 26, 2014 - 5:53 PM

The Philippine National Football team s FIFA World ranking improves from 134 to 129

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UFL: Global, Kaya remain unbeaten in Group B

Sep 28, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Top clubs Global and Kaya defeated their opponents to continue their winning ways in Group B after match day 5 of the United Football League FA League Cup

Global FC's Satoshi Otomo trying to sneak a pass through the tough defense of Laos FC. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Azkals dominate Chinese Taipei to book Peace Cup final showdown

Sep 03, 2014 - 11:21 PM

The Azkals delivered on a night when Filipino sports fans needed a positive result to boost their moods defeating Chinese Taipei to advance to the Peace Cup final

Mark Hartmann of the Philippines celebrates after scoring a goal against Chinese Taipei. Photo by Josh Albelda

Dooley reveals Peace Cup Azkals roster

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The Younghusband and Greatwich brothers all made the cut as the Philippines prepares to defend its Peace Cup title

RELEASED. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley addresses the media as he issues the final roster for the Peace Cup. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Azkals down UFL champs Global in Manila friendly

Aug 28, 2014 - 2:10 AM

The Azkals notched a win over defending UFL champs Global FC as the team fosters chemistry leading to next month s Peace Cup

Phil Younghusband of the Azkals scores the first goal of the game against Global FC. Photo by Mark Cristino

IN PHOTOS: Azkals open training camp for Peace Cup

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine National Football Team begins their preparations to defend their Peace Cup title next month

ON THE JOB. Roxy Dorlas and Charley Pettys work the ball around as head coach Thomas Dooley looks on. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Global FC downs Kaya to win UFL FA Charity Cup title

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:52 AM

Ending their season with another dominating performance Global FC defeated Kaya FC 3 1 to capture their second straight United Football League title

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Global FC celebrates after defeating Kaya FC to win their second straight UFL title. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Young talents boost Kaya FC ahead of UFL FA Cup final

Jul 25, 2014 - 5:19 PM

Kaya FC will try to unseat Global FC as UFL Football Alliance Cup champions with a younger squad bolstered by teenagers who have been promoted from their Youth squad

YOUNG MAN'S GAME. Sixteen-year-old midfielder Iñigo Herrera steals the ball from the more experienced Loyola side. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes/Rappler

UFL: Kaya, Stallion snatch early lead in Charity Cup semis

Jul 20, 2014 - 3:07 AM

Stallion FC and Kaya FC each earned an early lead after sneaking past their rivals in the first leg of the semifinal round of the UFL Football Alliance Charity Cup

UNRELENTING. Kaya FC's Thomas Taylor pounding the stifling defense of Loyola FC en route to a hat trick. Photo by Nevin Reyes/Rappler

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

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

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

Younghusbands bare lineups for Clear Dream Match 3

May 01, 2014 - 4:46 PM

Looking to settle their sibling rivalry on the pitch in Clear Dream Match 3 Phil and James Younghusband have buffed up their respective squads

IN PHOTOS: Azkals, Malaysia draw in Cebu

Apr 28, 2014 - 12:01 AM

Relive the Azkals draw with Malaysia on Sunday April 27 in photos by Rappler s Mark Cristino

OJ Porteria of the Azkals attacks down the wings against Malaysia. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Dooley wins 1st match for Azkals; new recruits shine

Apr 12, 2014 - 10:18 AM

The win comes as a welcome progress for the Philippines shortly after they dropped 13 places in the latest FIFA Rankings

POWER. The Azkals slide in the FIFA rankings. File photo by Josh Albelda

PH Girls thrash England 6-0 to barge into Street Child World Cup semis

Apr 05, 2014 - 5:55 PM

The Philippine Girls’ Team continue to inspire with their dominant play thrashing England to earn a spot in the Street Child World Cup semis

BELIEVE. Crystal and Street Child World Cup coach Roy Moore celebrate their victory over England. Photo from press release

Azerbaijan edges Azkals in FIFA Friendly, 1-nil

Mar 06, 2014 - 1:42 AM

The new look Philippine National Men’s Football Team put up a gallant stand against 93rd ranked Azerbaijan but lost 1 0 in a FIFA Friendly match

The Azkals dropped a 1-nil game to Azerbaijan on Wednesday in their first challenge of a European squad in 17 years. Photo from Azkals website

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Azerbaijan friendly

Mar 05, 2014 - 8:34 PM

The Azkals will be trying to measure where they are in the world stage against UEFA nation Azerbaijjan

ACID TEST. Much will be revealed about the Azkals squad when they face Azerbaijan on Wednesday in Dubai. Photo from Azkals website

Azkals face Azerbaijan, first European squad in 17 years, on Wednesday

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:20 PM

The Azkals will face an acid test on Wednesday when they play Azerbaijan in their first challenge of a European squad since 1997

ACID TEST. Much will be revealed about the Azkals squad when they face Azerbaijan on Wednesday in Dubai. Photo from Azkals website

Azkals hold Malaysia to a scoreless draw

Mar 02, 2014 - 12:46 AM

Newly appointed Philippine National Men s Football Team coach Thomas Dooley s baptism of fire ended in a draw as the Azkals hold Malaysia scoreless in a FIFA International friendly

BAPTISM BY FIRE. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley was held to a draw in his first outing with the team. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Malaysia

Mar 01, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Newly installed coach Thomas Dooley makes his debut in this Azkals friednly in preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup

DEBUT. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley watching UFL games from earlier this month. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Mallari propels Kaya over Global

Feb 27, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Kaya FC emerged as 1 nil winners as Eddie Mallari punched in the lone goal of the game against Global FC

PFF names Azkals lineup for Malaysia, Azerbaijan friendlies

Feb 26, 2014 - 6:30 AM

The Philippine Football Federation has bared the list of players who made it onto the squads which will go up against Malaysia and Azerbaijan

LINEUP ANNOUNCED. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley watching UFL games from earlier this month. Photo by Mark Cristino

Kaya – Loyola ends in draw, Pachanga defeats GAU

Feb 19, 2014 - 1:18 AM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks were held to a draw against Kaya FC while Pachanga – Diliman FC nipped Green Archers United 1 nil

DRAW. Loyola's Phil Younghusband (L) battles for the ball against Kaya's Masa Omura (R). Photo by Mark Cristino

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

UFL: Mbata, Porteria lead Kaya in 7-1 rout of Team Socceroo

Jan 23, 2014 - 11:11 PM

Emmanuel Mbata scored a hat trick while OJ Porteria had a brace of his own as Kaya FC destroyed Team Socceroo 7 1

UNA KAYA. Emmanuel Mbata registered a hat-trick en route to a blowout victory. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Kaya FC opens 2014 campaign with 2-1 win over Pachanga

Jan 15, 2014 - 1:17 AM

Kaya FC started their season off on a good foot topping Pachanga Diliman 2 1 at Emperador Stadium

KAYA MO YAN. Kaya FC's Chris Greatwich celebrates after scoring a goal against Pachanga FC. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL Preview: Kaya FC still under construction

Jan 11, 2014 - 11:58 PM

Kaya FC has the most wild fan base in the UFL but can their off season moves get make them a champion? One football writer analyzes

PERENNIAL CONTENDERS. Kaya FC has all the tools to make a run at a championship, but can they put it all together? Photo courtesy of official Kaya FC Facebook


Nov 09, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Rappler s live blog of the Azkals friendly match vs the United Arab Emirates

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Schrock rocks as Azkals keep Peace Cup title

Oct 15, 2013 - 8:58 PM

The Philippines beat Pakistan 3 1 to retain the Peace Cup title

MAN OF THE MATCH. Schrock shone bright anew. File photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Ceres FC, Pasargad FC to meet in the finals

Jan 27, 2013 - 4:11 PM

The cast for the PFF Smart National Club Championship final has been decided after both Bacolod s Ceres FC and the United Football League s Pasargad FC won their matches booking their ticket to the finals

VIDEO: How the Azkals feel about the Suzuki Cup

Nov 23, 2012 - 10:43 PM

Azkals Denis Wolf Demitrius Omphroy Ed Sacapaño Rob Gier and Chris Greatwich talk to Rappler about what lies ahead why they believe they can win it all and leaves a message to the fans

The Azkals phenomenon and the 2012 Suzuki Cup

Nov 22, 2012 - 8:52 PM

Azkals Denis Wolf Demitrius Omphroy Chris Greatwich and Robert Gier talk to Rappler about their expectations for the Suzuki Cup why they re confident and how the fans help them perform