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PH football club Meralco Manila ceases operations

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Team leaders including Azkal Curt Dizon, former azkals Simon Greatwich and Daniel Gadia will be seeking new teams as FC Meralco closes down

CEASING OPERATIONS. FC Meralco Manila has folded up after several years as one of the top pro clubs in the Philippines. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

Finals berth, AFC Cup slot at stake as Sparks and Global clash

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:25 PM

The match on December 9, 7 pm in Rizal Memorial is the second leg of a semi-final encounter between Meralco and Global

CLASH. Spark Connor Tacagni duels for possession with Cebu's Wesley Dos Santos.

Football: So, how's that national league coming along?

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:17 PM

The upcoming Philippines Football League is getting closer to becoming a reality

NEW LEAGUE. The Loyola Meralco Sparks hold tryouts on Wednesday at McKinley Hill Stadium in preparation for the upcoming Philippines National League. The league is "90 percent" certain to push through this season, says Nonong Araneta, signaling a transformation for Philippine club football. Image by Bob Guerrero

Gameplan: Football clinic urges peace among different religions

May 29, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Two hundred kids from Mindanao arrive in Manila and discover the unifying language of football

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

UFL Cup adds a different flavor to Pinoy club football

May 21, 2015 - 1:34 AM

Leagues require teams to be consistent Cups ask for teams to be perfect or perfectly lucky

Global's Marco Casambre (in blue) battles for possession against two Nomads players in UFL Cup action over the weekend. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Clark powers Kaya in win versus Global

Mar 08, 2015 - 5:36 AM

Louis Clark scores two goals to lead Kaya FC past Global FC in United Football League action

KAYA MO YAN. Kaya FC's Louis Clark scored two goals to lead Kaya past Global. File photo by Mark Cristino

Loyola ships Hartmann to Global for Dizon

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Matt Hartmann will be reunited with his brother Mark Hartmann in Global after the deal between the two big clubs

GLOBAL FC BOUND. Matt Hartmann will be sent to Global FC in exchange for Curt Dizon. Photo from Hartmann's Facebook page

Phil Younghusband optimistic about Loyola's title chances

Feb 17, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Bucking a slow start Phil Younghusband believes the Loyola FC has a good chance the UFL title as he returns from a hamstring strain

Loyola FC's Phil Younghusband dribbles the ball. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino/Rappler

Loyola, Stallion slip past UFL foes

Feb 09, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Stallion FC both slashed three points onto their belts after inching away from their opponents

Loyola Meralco Sparks bag PFF-Smart national title

Feb 01, 2015 - 1:36 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC capped off an impressive run by snatching the 2014 2015 Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship trophy away from Global FC by the score of 2 0

The Loyola Meralco Sparks celebrate their PFF championship win. Photo from Loyola's Facebook <span class="attribution"></span>

Global, Loyola set for PFF-Smart finals showdown

Jan 30, 2015 - 2:54 PM

Global FC and Loyola Meralco Sparks FC overcame their foes in the semi final round to arrange a showdown on Saturday for the PFF National title

Mark Hartmann of Global FC attacks against Ceres. Photo from PFF

Loyola, Ceres advance to PFF semis

Jan 27, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Ceres La Salle FC have qualified to advance to the semis of the Philippine Football Federation Smart National Club Championship after finishing as the two two teams of Group A

NEXT ROUND. Ceres FC has advanced to the semis after making the top two of Group A. Photo from Ceres Facebook

Loyola takes top spot in Group B with Ceres win

Jan 25, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Phil Younghusband scores the only goal of the match

Loyola FC's Phil Younghusband dribbles the ball. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino/Rappler

Global, Ceres to meet in UFL FA League Cup final

Nov 05, 2014 - 12:59 AM

Reigning UFL champions Global FC will face Ceres La Salle in the inaugural UFL FA League Cup final

Loyola's Phil Younghusband is dejected after Global FC eliminates his team from the UFL FA League Cup. Photo by Mark Cristino

Phil Younghusband scores brace as Loyola escapes Stallion

Oct 24, 2014 - 2:42 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks FC outran Stallion FC in the dying minutes of their goal clad match to end their UFL FA League Cup group stage campaign on a high note

SPARKED. Phil Younghusband of Meralco scored two goals to lead his team to victory. Photo by Mark Cristino

Ceres slips past Loyola in UFL FA League Cup

Oct 03, 2014 - 3:46 AM

Ceres FC’s Kim Jin Ho scored the game s only goal as his team earned a narrow victory over Loyola Meralco Sparks FC

Ceres players celebrate after Jin Ho Kim's goal against Loyola. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

National Football Club Championship kicks off August 22

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:48 PM

The Philippine Football Federation announced the launch of the 2014 National Football Club Championship which kicks off August 22

From left to right: PFF tournaments department head Cyril Dupitas, General Secretary Edwin Castanes and Smart Sports Senior Marketing Manager Christopher John Quimpo answer questions from the media. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

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

UFL: Second-half goals lift Socceroo over Army

May 01, 2014 - 8:48 PM

With the season already in a wrap up Team Socceroo improved their tally a bit as they blanked Philippine Army – GTI FC

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

Global pulls rug from under Loyola in titanic UFL showdown

Apr 30, 2014 - 2:03 AM

In what could be the title decider this season Global FC pulled off a spectacular come from behind 2 1 win over Loyola

Global's Misagh Bahadoran (9) celebrates after scoring the equalizer against Loyola. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Loyola returns to winning ways after win over Army

Apr 06, 2014 - 12:24 AM

With Loyola Meralco looking on the verge of another disappointing result substitute Freddy Gonzales turned a slim one goal advantage into a 4 1 rout as the Sparks thumped Philippine Army – GTI FC

SPARK RETURNS. Freddy Gonzales of Loyola Meralco opened up the game with a hat trick. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

UFL: Global, Stallion draw; Army nips Pasargad

Apr 04, 2014 - 12:34 AM

This year’s title race took another wild turn after Stallion FC held the league leading Global FC to a 3 3 draw

DRAW. Global's Milad Behgandom (L) battles for the ball against Stallion's Naser Doroudian (R). Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Pachanga snaps Stallion’s two-game winning streak

Mar 23, 2014 - 12:06 AM

Reigning titlists Stallion FC failed to barge into the top three after a gritty Pachanga – Diliman PLDT Home Fibr FC held them to a 1 all draw

Giant Killers: Late goals propel Green Archers over 10-man Loyola

Mar 22, 2014 - 10:54 PM

Green Archers United made the most out of their man advantage as they pulled off another thrilling upset this time against the league leading Loyola Meralco Sparks

UFL: Global blanks Socceroo 9-0 to keep pace with Loyola

Mar 20, 2014 - 11:06 PM

A ruthless Global FC unleashed a 9 goal onslaught on their latest victim as they toppled Team Socceroo 9 nil to stay within striking distance of league leading Loyola Meralco

Loyola downs 10-man Pachanga; Stallion whacks Pasargad

Mar 19, 2014 - 2:05 AM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks bounced back from an early deficit and pounced on Pachanga – Diliman PLDT Home Fibr FC’s huge blunders as they took home a 4 1 victory while Stallion FC displayed its championship form in thumping Pasargad FC 5 nil

Loyola's Phil Younghusband moves the ball against Pachanga's Shayan Jafari. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Global deals Loyola first loss; Army nips Socceroo

Mar 09, 2014 - 3:18 AM

Global FC handed the Loyola Meralco Sparks their first UFL loss of the season while Philippine Army GTI upended Team Socceroo

UFL: Loyola bounces back with win over Army; Stallion whips GAU

Feb 26, 2014 - 3:38 AM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks tightened its grip of the top spot as they clobbered Philippine Army GTI FC 3 1 while Stallion Gilligan s FC also went away with a 4 1 victory over Green

SPARKED. Loyola's Simon Greatwich (C) controls the ball against Army GTI FC defenders. Greatwich scored a goal against Army GTI FC. 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: Loyola beats Pachanga, Global shames Socceroo

Feb 12, 2014 - 1:19 AM

After getting their winning streak broken in their last outing the Loyola Meralco Sparks bounced back on Tuesday as they clipped Pachanga Diliman FC 2 1 while Global FC crushed Team Socceroo 9 0

SPARKED. Meralco Sparks star Phil Younghusband moves the ball during a win over Pachanga Tuesday night. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Phil Younghusband's brace boosts Loyola over Stallion

Feb 04, 2014 - 11:02 PM

In a faceoff between the reigning League champs and the newly installed Cup titlists the Loyola Meralco Sparks came out on top as they scraped past Stallion FC 3 1

SPARKED. Loyola's Phil Younghusband brings down the ball in midfield against Stallions. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Loyola blanks GAU for win #4, Stallion beats Kaya

Jan 28, 2014 - 11:10 PM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks mauled Green Archers United 3 0 while Stallion FC defeated Kaya FC to earn their first win of the season

FIRST TO FOUR. Robert Canedo and Phil Younghusband celebrate after a goal. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Loyola drubs Pasargad; Socceroo holds Stallion to 1-1 draw

Jan 26, 2014 - 12:02 AM

Phil Younghusband and Simon Greatwich score two goals apiece for Meralco Team Socceroo Stallion FC draw

File Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Loyola beats Army GTI 5-1; Global downs Kaya 2-1

Jan 19, 2014 - 3:41 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks dominated Philippine Army GTI 5 1 while Global FC defeated Kaya FC 2 1 in UFL action

Global FC's Misagh Bahadoran (R) battles for a header against Kaya FC's Richard Greer (L). Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL: Loyola stuns Global 4-0 in titanic second-day matchup

Jan 15, 2014 - 1:45 AM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks sent a message to the rest of the league by opening the season with a 4 0 domination of Global FC at Emperador Stadium

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT. Phil Younghusband of Loyola FC (10) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the second goal against Global FC. Photo by Mark Cristino

UFL Preview: Can Loyola follow up their 2013 Cup run?

Jan 09, 2014 - 4:18 PM

The Loyola Meralco Sparks are the odds on favorites to be the last team standing in the upcoming UFL season as the Younghusband brothers return to front a revamped lineup

DEFENDING CHAMPS. The Loyola Meralco Sparks hoisted the UFL trophy over their heads last year, but can they make it to the promised land once again? Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Teams tweak lineups ahead of UFL kickoff

Jan 07, 2014 - 12:48 AM

UFL teams are shaking up their lineups in hopes of finding the right formula for the upcoming fifth season

NEW BLOOD. Teams make key acquisitions in hope of taking the crown from last year's champions Loyola Meralco Sparks.

More games, less teams for upcoming UFL Division I season

Jan 06, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The UFL returns this weekend with major shakeups to the league s structure in its longest season to date

LEAGUE SHAKEUPS. UFL action returns for its fifth season this weekend, with major changes aimed at leveling the playing field.

Loyola overcomes Pachanga to win 2013 UFL Cup

Dec 06, 2013 - 12:53 PM

After 2 years of rebuilding the Loyola Meralco Sparks finally get their first title in the UFL

CHAMPIONS.  Loyola FC are the 2013 UFL Cup champions. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Mighty Loyola gets past Green Archers to inch closer to UFL Cup title

Dec 04, 2013 - 5:46 PM

Phil Younghusband scores a brace to send the Loyola Meralco Sparks to the 2013 UFL Cup Finals

Loyola blanks Global to reach UFL Cup Final Four

Nov 29, 2013 - 12:27 PM

Loyola Meralco Sparks enters the UFL Cup semis after a 2 0 win over Global FC

UFL Roundup 1: Stallion leads pack after 1st half

May 03, 2013 - 9:58 AM

Stallion and Global crowd the top after the first half of the 2013 UFL season

Football gives hope to children in conflict

Apr 29, 2013 - 3:39 PM

A Rappler intern shares heartwarming stories of children he met while covering a football festival

A football field of dreams

Apr 21, 2013 - 1:29 PM

On its second year Football for Peace festival welcomes more children who will for the first time play with proper football shoes

Second half binge keys Stallion win over Loyola

Apr 09, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Stallions scored three goals in the second half to surge past Loyola in the United Football League

Goal Line: Team Socceroo humming in Division 2

Mar 07, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Team Socceroo has gone from obscurity to emerge as the most devastating team in the UFL Division 2

Goal Line: Global, Loyola score; Kaya coach quits

Feb 26, 2013 - 5:14 PM

A slow start forced Kaya coach Maor Rozen to quit even as Global and Loyola continue their ascent to the top of the UFL

Rappler file photo

Rappler Goal Line: Cebu no-show at Emperador; Hartmann dazzles for Loyola

Feb 12, 2013 - 10:42 AM

Rappler wraps up the first week of the UFL games and shares why Cebu Queen City United FC was a no show in what could have been the first game at the newly opened Emperador Stadium