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5 things we learned in the Premier League

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Chelsea prove Manchester City are not invincible while Liverpool remain unbeaten to climb to the top of the table

SCORING MACHINE. Mo Salah (right) powers Liverpool over Bournemouth with a hat-trick. Photo from AFP


Top college football player Kyler Murray could be headed to baseball

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Heisman Trophy awardee has already signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics in the MLB

TWO-WAY STAR. Kyler Murray is a potential first-round pick in the NFL but he is expected to play in the MBL. Photo from Twitter (@TheKylerMurray)


Bernie Sumayao looks to transform Philippine club football

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Thailand-based Pinoy will take over the top flight of football with plenty of fresh ideas

A call for patience: Thoughts on another Azkals semis exit

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Pinoy football fans need to take a long view in the light of another heartbreaking exit in the Suzuki Cup final four

STILL A PROJECT. Even with the infusion of overseas-born talent, it will take time before the Philippine Azkals find international success. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

Azkals bow out of 2018 Suzuki Cup semis

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The Philippines fails to advance to the title round after losing to Vietnam on aggregate

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Vietnam – AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semis 2nd leg

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The Philippine Azkals need at least a 2-0 win over Vietnam to advance to the AFF Suzuki Cup Finals for the first time

Thoughts on Azkals' tough semis loss to Vietnam in Suzuki Cup

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Azkals are down but not quite out of their hunt for a Suzuki Cup finals berth after a 2-1 setback

FALLING SHORT. Patrick Reichelt's historic goal wasn't enough for the Philippine Azkals. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup's Facebook page


Azkals bow to Vietnam in Suzuki Cup semis

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Patrick Reichelt scores the Philippines first ever Suzuki Cup semifinal goal, but Vietnam still gets away with a win in the first leg

MAN OF THE MATCH. Patrick Reichelt equalizes at the first half to give the Philippines hope in the second half. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Eriksson: Azkals' semis stint feels like World Cup

Dec 02, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Down to 18 men, the Azkals brace for a tough Vietnam side that hasn't conceded any goal in the tournament

UPHILL TASK. The Philippine Azkals are heading into the 2018 Suzuki Cup semis against a streaking Vietnam squad. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Vietnam – AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semis 1st leg

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine Azkals kick off the semifinals series against Vietnam on Sunday, December 2, 7:30 pm at Pana-ad Stadium, Bacolod

5 things we learned from the Premier League

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tottenham taint Chelsea's spotless record while Manchester City keep their grasp of the top spot

CONTENDERS. Liverpool remain Manchester City's most likely challengers. Photo by AFP


Azkals get the job done

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:32 PM

A goalless draw in Jakarta propels the Philippines to the Suzuki Cup semis. Here's what I think looking back and forward.

BACK AT IT. After 4 years, the Philippine Azkals return to the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup. Photo from ASEAN Football Federation



Azkals' Daisuke Sato out of 2018 Suzuki Cup playoffs

Nov 26, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The Azkals left back will miss the semifinals against Vietnam as he needs to return to his club in Romania

ANCHOR. Daisuke Sato has been vital to the Azkals' defense that catapulted them to the 2018 Suzuki Cup semis. Photo from Instagram (@daisukesato11)

Tom Brady becomes NFL's all-time passing yard leader

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The five-time NFL champion eclipses Peyton Manning's former record

Tom Brady also reaches 3,000 passing yards for the 16th straight season. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP


Azkals return to 2018 Suzuki Cup semis in Indonesia draw

Nov 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Regardless of result, the Azkals advance to the semis as Thailand eliminates Singapore from last-four contention

RETURN. The Philippine Azkals return to the Suzuki Cup semifinals after failing to make it out of the group stage in 2016. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Peaking Azkals eye Suzuki Cup semis berth over Indonesia

Nov 25, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Azkals need at least a draw against Indonesia to advance to the 2018 Suzuki Cup semifinals

MAIN STRIKER. Phil Younghusband returns to Gelora Bung Karno Stadium to play an Indonesia team who spoiled the Azkals' Suzuki Cup run in 2010. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

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

Philippines 1, Thailand 1: Musings on a memorable night for Jovin Bedic

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Bedic's equalizer is one of several good stories from Wednesday's draw.

Jovin Bedic delivers as Azkals escape with draw vs Thailand

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Iloilo native prevents Thailand from taking away a full 3 points as the Philippines stays in semifinal contention

HERO. Jovin Bedic nets his second international goal for the Philippines. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Fedeation

Azkals one win away from Suzuki Cup semis

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to clinch a semifinal berth over Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand

NOW OR NEVER The Philippine Azkals take one step closer to their dream of Suzuki Cup glory if they win now against Thailand. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

2018 MILO-FCB exposes young Filipinos to international football

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

MILO-FCB Road to Barcelona Philippine delegation applies learnings in a friendly match against Fundacion Marcet Football Academy

ONCE-IN-A-LIFTIME. Jelena Soon and Tristan Ybanez of the Philippine delegation carry the flag in the pitch. Photo from Milo press release

UST men's football rules 2018 Pinas Cup

Nov 20, 2018 - 2:21 PM

Conrado Dimacali leads the UST Golden Booters to title in the preseason

CHAMPIONS. The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers take home the 2018 Pinas Cup silverware. Photo from release

Azkals 3, Timor Leste 2: Breaking down a difficult win

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Philippines is on maximum points after two AFF Suzuki Cup games, but there are big concerns going into the next match against Thailand

Depleted Azkals halt Timor Leste for 2nd win

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Despite missing the services of 3 players, the Philippine Azkals survive Timor Leste's comeback efforts

MAIN STRIKER. Phil Younghusband scores his 52nd international goal to open the scoreline. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup.

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

Sven-Göran Eriksson gets his groove with the Azkals

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:05 PM

After his first match as Azkals head coach, Sven-Göran Eriksson now has a better understanding of his Filipino players

DEADLOCK, Manny Ott gets tangled up between two Singapore players in effort to win the ball. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

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

Azkals score first win over Singapore in Suzuki Cup

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine Azkals get off to a brilliant start in their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

FIRST WIN. The Philippine Azkals begin their 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with a stunning win. File photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Ronaldo keeps Juve flying high with 'important' win over AC Milan

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The defending seven-time Serie A champions gets back on track after suffering their first defeat of the season

BACK OF THE NET. Cristiano Ronaldo fires a goal to cap off an emphatic win by Juventus. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP


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

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking 'no risks' at Inter

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not rushing Lionel Messi to return from injury against Inter Milan

POSITIVE SIGNS. Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi (R) shoots to score his second goal, their fourth, during the Champions League group B football match match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona at Wembley Stadium in London, on October 3, 2018. File Photo by Ian Kington/IKIMAGES/AFP

5 things we learned in the Premier League

Nov 06, 2018 - 2:38 AM

English football unites to mourn the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha while Manchester City returns to the top

DEDICATED. Leicester delivers a win a week after team owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha died in a helicopter crash. Photo from Instagram (@vardy7)


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

Malaya FC shines at 2018 Youth Football League

Nov 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The JPV-Malaya Football Club delivers a dominant performance to complete a twin title run

CHAMPS. Malaya FC emerges as the best under-11 squad in the 15-team field.

Mbappe, Neymar steer PSG to new win record on troubled day

Nov 03, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Paris Saint-Germain posts a record 12th straight league win amid allegations made by a Football Leaks investigation

HOTSHOTS. Paris Saint-Germain's teen star Kylian Mbappe (right) celebrates with teammate Neymar after scoring a goal against Lille. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

It's over: Bolt's Australian football dream collapses

Nov 02, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The track superstar had hoped to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a pro football player with the Central Coast Mariners

STAR POWER. Usain Bolt's presence at the Mariners garnered the club huge publicity. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

Stephan Schrock ready for Azkals Suzuki Cup call-up

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:56 PM

'This is actually the proudest moment of every football player in his career – representing the country. It’s just good to be back,' says Schrock

RETURN. Stephan Schrock can get a chance to donn the Philippines' colors again the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Messi returns to training after arm injury

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The Barcelona captain has recovered from an arm injury sustained during a match two weeks ago

COMEBACK. Lionel Messi is expected to suit up in a La Liga game on November 11. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Neymar risks prison over Barca move

Oct 31, 2018 - 9:45 PM

The Brazilian football superstar awaits trial over alleged corruption

CONTROVERSIAL. The courts re-examine Brazilian forward Neymar's old case. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Dead Brazilian footballer almost decapitated

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:13 PM

Sao Paulo FC midfielder Daniel Correa was found brutally murdered in Brazil

Authorities are investigating the violent death of 24-year-old football player Daniel Correa.

Philippine Azkals dead serious on Suzuki Cup glory

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:45 PM

With the arrival of renowned former England mentor Sven-Göran Eriksson, now is the best time for the Azkals to take home the Suzuki Cup trophy

NEW-LOOK. The Philippine Azkals impress in their friendlies against Bahrain and Oman to prepare for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Claudio Ranieri 'shaken' by death of Leicester's Thai boss

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:59 AM

'He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see,' says Ranieri

REMEMBERING. Current Nantes head coach Claudio Ranieri remembers that Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha would bring him a cake and ask everyone to sing 'Happy Birthday'. Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Lopetegui loses lot after being sacked by Real Madrid

Oct 30, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Lopetegui's last game humiliates Madrid after getting hammered 5-1 by rivals Barcelona in the El Clasico

GAMBLE. Julen Lopetegui served as head coach to Real Madrid for only 139 days and only won two of the last seven games. Photo from Julen Lopetegui Facebook

'I was no longer indispensable' at Real Madrid, says Ronaldo

Oct 29, 2018 - 10:20 PM

The Portuguese superstar left the Spanish club for Juventus since he felt he was 'no longer considered in the same way as I was at the beginning'

FRESH BEGINNING. After a fruitful nine-year stint with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo jumps ship to Juventus. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP


Rescued Thai football team honored by Manchester United

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:21 PM

The 12 youngsters from the "Wild Boars" club, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach spent 17 days trapped underground before being rescued

GIVING BACK. The young Thailand footballers rescued from an underground cave were treated by Manchester United. Photo by Ministry of Health/Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital/AFP


Kaya Iloilo FC: Organizations win championships

Oct 29, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Kaya proves that doing the right thing off the pitch will mean success on it

CHAMPS. Kaya FC is the more established organization, and that made a difference against the Davao Aguilas. Photo by Biba Abiera


Watch out for 'wounded' Madrid, warns Barcelona coach

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:26 PM

It will be the first Clasico without either Messi or Ronaldo since 2007

ADVERSARIES. Luka Modric (left) looks to lead Real Madrid against its fiercest Spanish rival Barcelona. Photo from La Liga

Kaya FC nails 2019 AFC Cup berth in extra time effort

Oct 27, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Kaya FC-Iloilo nabs a sure spot in the 2019 AFC Cup along with Ceres-Negros FC

Former World Cup coach to mentor Azkals

Oct 27, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Sven-Goran Eriksson will take over the Philippine men's football program along with Scott Cooper

FRESH START. News Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will call the shots for at least 6 months.