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Philippine Azkals absorb painful draw to Bahrain

Sep 07, 2018 - 2:26 AM

The Philippine men's football team starts its buildup under new coach Scott Cooper

The Philippine Azkals start their preparations with a friendly against the Bahrain national team. File photo from the Philippine Football Federation

LOOK: Etheridge, Schrock banner Azkals Bahrain camp call-ups

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The 23-man squad flies to Bahrain for a friendly against its national team on Thursday, September 6

FRIENDLY. The Philippine Azkals will start their preparations for a 2018 Suzuki Cup and 2019 Asian Cup campaign. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

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

Neil Etheridge: Gearing up for Premier League history

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The Azkals goalkeeper will debut in one of the world's biggest football leagues on Saturday, August 11

WORLD STAGE. Azkals Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

Azkals coach Terry Butcher resigns

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:15 AM

(UPDATED) In a surprise announcement, the former England captain decides to quit just 50 days after taking over the Philippine men's football team

SHOCKING. Terry Butcher (right) leaves the Azkals without a coach as they gear up for the 2018 Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup. File photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Sports bits: Azkals tickets on sale, Perlas hold fans day, ColorManila set

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Here are some updates on the Philippine football team, BanKo Perlas Spikers and the ColorManila race

FUN RUN. ColorManila brings the unique obstacle race to Davao.

Neil Etheridge signs contract extension with Cardiff City until 2021

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:24 PM

The Azkals mainstay is set to contest for a starting slot with Cardiff's new signee Alex Smithies

EPL DEBUT UNDERWAY. Neil Etheridge will be seeing action with his newly-promoted Premier League team for 3 more years. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

'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


New Azkals coach sets World Cup target for Philippines

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:07 PM

Football veteran Terry Butcher compares the lofty goal to climbing Mount Everest: 'You want to go right to the top'

BIG CHALLENGE. New Philippine team coach Terry Butcher (right), who has managed clubs in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia, says he likes working with an emerging team like the Azkals. File photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Will we see Stephan Schrock back with the Azkals?

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:39 PM

New Azkals senior football adviser Scott Cooper says it's only fair for players 'who have done the work' to get a spot in the Asian Cup lineup

POSSIBLE RETURN? There's a possibility that Azkals fans will see Stephan Schrock donning the number 17 in Philippine colors.  Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Former head coach Dooley to still be involved with Azkals

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Azkals team manager Dan Palami says Dooley is offered a chance to contribute under a different capacity

NEW FOCUS? As Thomas Dooley steps down from the head coach post, he is offered the chance to contribute to Philippine football in other ways. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Irish coach joins Azkals coaching staff as senior football adviser

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:17 PM

Scott Cooper's successful managerial career in Thailand holds promise for the Philippines

GUIDANCE. Scott Cooper will work together with new Azkals head coach Terry Butcher as a senior football adviser. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Former England player 'considered' for Azkals coaching job

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Is Terry Butcher the best option for the nationals' 2019 Asian Cup campaign?

NEW ERA? Former England national team captain Terry Butcher is one of the candidates to fill in the vacant Azkals head coach post.

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

New Azkals coach on board next month as Asian Cup buildup gets going

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Team manager Dan Palami says the new Azkals coach succeeding Thomas Dooley will be introduced on June 14

SAME GOAL. The Azkals hope to sustain an impressive 2018 run under a new coach. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

PH Azkals surpass previous best, soar to highest FIFA ranking

May 17, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The year 2018 continues to look good for Philippine football since the Azkals clinched a historic Asian Cup berth

MILESTONE. The Philippine men's national football team continues to make history in 2018. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

An underdog all his life, Neil Etheridge proves worth among elite

May 10, 2018 - 6:17 PM

After years of disappointment, the Azkals mainstay basks in twin glory with the Philippine team and Cardiff City FC

PROMOTED. Neil Etheridge relishes in Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

SCHEDULE: PH Azkals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019

May 08, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Azkals are set to go up against South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in January 2019

EXCITED. Despite the Azkals' uphill tasks, they are excited to make their runs in the two big tournaments ahead. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Azkals keeper Etheridge makes history as Premier League’s first Southeast Asian player

May 06, 2018 - 10:52 PM

The Filipino-British earns the distinction after his club Cardiff City gained promotion in the world's most popular football league

BANNER YEAR. Neil Etheridge marks a big year with the Philippine Azkals and his club Cardiff City. Photo from Etheridge's Twitter account

Tough draw for PH Azkals in 2019 AFC Asian Cup

May 05, 2018 - 12:40 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine men's football team lands in Group C with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in its maiden stint in the continental tournament

TOUGHER TASKS. The Philippine Azkals are set to compete among Asia's elite teams. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

LOOK: PH reaches highest FIFA men's football ranking in history

Apr 12, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From being ranked 191 in 2005, the Azkals clinched the 113 spot in the world rankings this April

113. The Philippine Azkals jump 9 positions higher due to their glorious run in March 2018. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Younghusbands encourage positivity for Azkals' Asian Cup run, PH football growth

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The Younghusbands are confident of the Azkals’ chances in this year’s Suzuki Cup in preparation for the Asian Cup

OPTIMISTIC. After years in the Philippines, Phil and James Younghusband want to achieve more with the Azkals and for Philippine football. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Rappler Talk Sports: Younghusband brothers on Azkals' Asian Cup berth

Apr 06, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Brothers Phil and James Younghusband drop by the Rappler office to share their thoughts on this culminating experience as veterans of the Philippine Azkals

Azkals move forward with possible new recruits, 'bayanihan' initiatives – Palami

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The Azkals will need the full support of their 12th man on their road to the Asian Cup UAE 2019

FULL THROTTLE. Azkals team manager Dan Palami proposes plans for the year in preparation for the Asian Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Dooley's contract expired after the Tajikistan match

QUESTIONS. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley (L) in the post-match press conference with 'Man of the match' Kevin Ingreso (R). Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2018

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

KIM'S FIRST TRIP ABROAD. This video grab taken from footage released by China Central Television (CCTV) on March 28, 2018 shows Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands during their meeting in Beijing on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO / CCTV

Phil Younghusband hopes Azkals' barging to Asian Cup will be 'catalyst' for PH football

Mar 28, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Hopefully, the events of that magical night – qualifying to the AFC Asian Cup, his 50th goal, the win over Tajikistan, the huge crowd – would lift Philippine football to new heights

3 BIRDS WITH ONE STONE. Aside from the victory and the Asian Cup, Phil Younghusband's game-winning goal is his 50th international goal for the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Philippines 2, Tajikistan 1: Postgame thoughts on a perfect night for Pinoy football

Mar 28, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Two inspirational defenders and a large and passionate crowd helped book the Azkals' ticket to the AFC Asian Cup

PERFECT NIGHT. The Philippines celebrates the Azkals' qualification to the AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/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

Locked and loaded: Azkals in top shape for last 2019 Asian Cup qualifier vs Tajikistan

Mar 26, 2018 - 4:15 PM

'I think we have every right to feel confident going to this game,' says Phil Younghusband

GEARED UP. The Azkals are in their best form to take on Tajikistan for the Asian Cup berth. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Postgame thoughts: Azkals 3, Fiji 2; More questions than answers

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The tuneup to Tuesday's (March 27) big qualifier was a mixed bag for Azkals fans

MAN OF THE MATCH. Misagh Bahadoran gets past Fiji defender Dave Radrigai to bring up the ball for the Azkals' offense. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation.

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

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to host PH's final Asian Cup Qualifier match

Jan 17, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan will be held on March 27, 2018

VENUE CHANGE. Rizal Memorial will host the match between the Philippines and Tajikistan again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kintaro Miyagi makes Cebu proud by scoring the Azkals third goal vs Laos

Dec 02, 2017 - 10:17 PM

King Miyagi is the reason Cebuanos are rooting harder for the Philippine Azkals

Nepal 0, Philippines 0. Thoughts on a frustrating evening

Nov 15, 2017 - 4:20 PM

The Azkals are denied automatic qualification to the AFC Asian Cup after a fruitless 90 minutes on Tuesday. Here are the talking points.

MISSED CHANCE. The Azkals missed an outright entry to the AFC.

Azkals miss early qualification in draw vs Nepal

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The Azkals end the game with a 0-0 draw against Nepal

HUGE MISS. The Philippines will enter into a do-or-die match with Tajikistan next year for their maiden berth in the Asian Cup. Photo from Facebook

Azkals stay on course in Asian Cup qualification

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Bob Guerrero breaks down the Philippines' 1-1 draw against Yemen

PIVOTAL. Thomas Dooley's big calls have the potential to fill in the shoes of absent key cogs. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Mike Ott's equalizer allows Azkals to stay on top of Group F

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:01 AM

The Azkals leave a minimum of two points clear of both Yemen and Tajikistan in the standings

EQUALIZER. Mike Ott's last minute heroics save the Azkals from losing the top spot of the standings. File 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

AFC Asian Cup: Azkals take on Yemen minus key players

Aug 28, 2017 - 8:32 PM

Get to know who will represent the Philippines in the AFC Cup set Sept 5 in Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City

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

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.

Azkals-Kyrgyzstan preview: Fitness a concern

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The team is working on conditioning as a new player comes in to boost squad

TRAINING. Azkals train for their upcoming friendly with Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

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