Philippine national football team - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippine national football team


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

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

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

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

Dooley continues to surprise, evolve, and succeed with the Azkals

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The Azkals coach has been able to use new players and a new system to bring his team a step closer to the World Cup His players share how he did it

TOP DOG. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has had his travails, but the Philippine national football team's recent success at FIFA World Cup qualifiers has made a believer out of many detractors. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals in Group H of 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:54 PM

The Philippines will face countries like Uzbekistan Bahrain DPR Korea and Yemen in the aforementioned bracket

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Director of Competitions, Shin Man Gil, shows the ticket of the Philippines during the 2018 World Cup Asian Qualifiers second round draw

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

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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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

Azkals fall into Suzuki Cup Group A with Vietnam, Indonesia

Aug 05, 2014 - 6:09 PM

The Philippine National Football team will be clustered in Group A for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup group stage

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Palestine (AFC Challenge Cup finals)

May 30, 2014 - 5:37 PM

Live blog of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup finals between the Philippine Azkals and Palestine

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

Azkals to face Azerbaijan in friendly match in Dubai

Feb 03, 2014 - 7:12 PM

For the first time since 1997 the Philippine National Football Team will face a European squad in Azerbaijan on March 5 in Dubai United Arab Emirates

DUBAI DUEL. The Azkals will travel to Dubai for a friendly match against Azerbaijan in March. Photo by Josh Abelda

Confusion mounts over Azkals coaching position

Jan 31, 2014 - 9:15 PM

Confusion has surrounded the situation over who will fill the coaching void for the Philippine national football team with conflicting tweets from the official Azkals Twitter account and team manager Dan Palami compounding the situation

WHERE HAVE ALL THE COACHES GONE? Thomas Dooley, pictured on the left, was initially reported as the new Azkals coach, but follow-up tweets have created much confusion. Photo from AFP file

Azkals rise to highest FIFA Ranking anew

Dec 20, 2013 - 4:27 PM

From 133rd in November the Azkals climb to 127th

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals grab highest FIFA ranking at 133

Dec 01, 2013 - 10:00 AM

Despite 2 losses in their recent friendlies the Azkals reach another record high in the FIFA Rankings

FIFA RANKING. The Azkals reach a new FIFA ranking high. File photo by Rappler/Josh Albelda.

Azkals bow to tougher UAE side

Nov 10, 2013 - 1:12 AM

Undermanned 137th ranked Azkals lose 0 4 to 71st ranked United Arab Emirates

File photo byJosh Albelda/Rappler


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

Azkals release lineup ahead of difficult UAE test

Nov 02, 2013 - 5:24 PM

The Azkals will be fielding mostly their under 23 squad in a friendly match vs powerhouse United Arab Emirates

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler