Rob Gier to focus on UK coaching career after getting UEFA A license

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:40 PM

The former Azkals team captain keeps himself busy with his coaching stints for UK football teams

UEFA A. Ex-Azkal skipper Rob Gier continues to serve the football community as a coach. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals vs Yemen: There's no shame in a draw

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:14 AM

The Philippines gains a crucial point in its AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday Here are the talking points

ONE POINT. The Azkals move forward in their goal towards qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup. 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 escape with thrilling 4-3 victory over Tajikistan

Jun 14, 2017 - 2:43 AM

Javier Patiño scores twice as Philippines remain atop their AFC Asian Cup qualifying group

DOUBLE TROUBLE. Javier Patiño made his presence felt in his return to action for the Azkals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals face biggest game in recent history against Tajikistan

Jun 12, 2017 - 1:06 PM

Tuesday s AFC Asian Cup qualifier is crucial for an embattled Pinoy side Thankfully Javier Patiño returns to the lineup

NATIONAL DUTY. Javier Patiño did not play against China but will be back in action against Tajikistan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

China PR hammers Azkals 8-1 in international friendly

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The Azkals head to their next AFC Asian Cup qualifying match licking their wounds from a sound thrashing

LONE GOAL. Misagh Bahadoran, seen during the 2014 Suzuki Cup, scored the Azkals' only goal but left the match with an injury. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Azkals learn to live without mainstays for tough China, Tajikistan games

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Learn why Thomas Dooley s men will play two tough matches without some key players

NOT COMING. Neil Etheridge is just one of several Azkals mainstays who won't be playing for various reasons. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals get it done against Nepal, but questions remain

Mar 29, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The Philippines gets its AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start with a 4 1 victory but many questions remain

GETTING THE JOB DONE. Three Azkals - Phil Younghusband, Iain Ramsay and Javier Patino - made it to the score sheet in a much-needed boost to the Philippines' AFC Asian Cup qualifying hopes. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals thrash Nepal 4-1 to begin AFC qualifiers

Mar 28, 2017 - 10:22 PM

Phil Younghusband knocks in two goals while Iain Ramsay and Javier Patino also join in the scoring festivities

NOTHING BUT NET. Phil Younghusband had already scored twice within the first 22 minutes of the game as the Azkals sink Nepal handily. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After Malaysia draw, Azkals remain a work in progress

Mar 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Despite a third consecutive goalless draw against Malaysia there are encouraging signs as an AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Nepal looms

EVEN STEVEN. The Azkals couldn't put a goal on the scoreboard ahead of their first big challenge this year, a match against Nepal on March 28. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals, Malaysia friendly ends in scoreless draw

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:47 PM

The Azkals get some much needed field time ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers but can t get the win against Malaysia

STALEMATE. Phil Younghusband and the Azkals couldn't get a goal against Malaysia. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Men's U22, Women's National Football Teams prepare for international battle

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:47 PM

While the SEA Games team heads for Bahrain the ladies gird for Women s AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Tajikistan

NATIONAL DUTY. Dylan De Bruycker (white), a former Belgium U15 and U17 national team player, has turned heads in the Philippines and can finish with either foot. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Asian Cup: Thoughts on another tough Azkals draw

Jan 24, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The Football Gods once again hand the Azkals difficult opponents How tough will it be to qualify?

TOUGH DRAW. Azkals' player Javier Patino clashes with Yemeni player Mudir Al-Radaei during Yemen's 1-0 victory over the Philippines in a World Cup Qualifying Match in 2015. The Philippines was drawn with Yemen, Tajikistan and Nepal in Group F of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by Ted Aljibe

Global FC aims for the big leagues of Asia

Jan 20, 2017 - 4:26 PM

The UFL champs aim for regional glory when they play an AFC Champions League qualifier against Singapore s Tampines Rovers next Tuesday

Shu Sasaki (left) battles Marco Casambre in practice. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

The 2016 Rappler Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Rappler honors the best in Philippine football for 2016 including the best player best coach and the 20 best goals

Azkals-Thailand: dissecting a gloomy night in Bulacan

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Here are some reasons why the Philippines crashed out of the Suzuki Cup on home soil in the 1 0 loss to Thailand

NEXT PHASE. Thailand defeated the Azkals despite playing its entire bench, sealing the Philippines' disappointing exit from the Suzuki Cup. Screenshot from YouTube

Thailand tops Azkals, eliminates PH in Suzuki Cup group stage

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Azkals are eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 2007

OUSTED. The Azkals finished the group stage with a loss to Thailand, ending their chances of advancing to the semifinals. File photo by Josh Albelda/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 draw with Singapore is an opportunity lost

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:17 PM

An unsatisfying goal less standoff against ten man Singapore means the Philippines Suzuki Cup campaign is off to a tough start

MISSED OPPORTUNITY. Singapore's goalkeeper only had two tough saves to make in Saturday's scoreless draw. 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

Former Azkal Del Rosario calls lack of Suzuki Cup preparation 'a disgrace'

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Anton Del Rosario takes to Facebook to express his displeasure

AFF Suzuki Cup: Azkals upbeat despite Patiño, Sato absence

Nov 17, 2016 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines will be without its biggest weapon and a key defender but remain confident ahead of Saturday s clash with 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

North Korea tops Azkals in friendly match

Oct 10, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Iain Ramsay scores the Philippines only goal as the Azkals lose at home for the second time in 4 days

HOME STAND. Stephan Schrock (C) of the Azkals plays for possession against North Korea's Ri Yong Chol (L) and Pak Myong Song (R). Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals 1, Bahrain 3 postgame: No need to panic

Oct 08, 2016 - 5:07 PM

The Philippines slumped to a home loss to Bahrain on Friday Here s why mostly everything is going to be okay

HOME STAND. Manny Ott fires a first half shot. The Azkals fell at home 1-3 in a non-bearing match. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bahrain tops Azkals despite Mike Ott's debut goal

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Mike Ott scores in his Azkals debut but Aadem Khabir s brace carries the day for Bahrain

FRIENDLY LOSS. Misagh Bahadoran and the rest of the Philippine Azkals fall short against Bahrain. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals welcome back Schröck for Bahrain, DPR Korea friendlies

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The national team will have a familiar face return as preparations for the Suzuki Cup continue

Azkal Mark Hartmann is living the OFW dream in Singapore

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:49 AM

One of the Philippines finest strikers is thriving in the Lion City with Geylang International

Why Carmona will be the next PH football Mecca

Sep 09, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Manila Jockey Club is boosting the sport in and around its Cavite horse racetrack

Opportunistic Azkals stun Kyrgyzstan 2-1

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Goals by Misagh Bahadoran and Kevin Ingreso give the Philippines a handsome road win in Bishkek

Azkals, sans Schröck, Reichelt, and Rota, take on Kyrgyzstan

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:35 PM

The men s national football team guns for ranking points in an away friendly versus the world s 105th ranked team

GETTING READY. Phil Younghusband would like to add to his total of 42 international goals on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

The Suzuki Cup draw, plus other good and bad PH football news

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:53 PM

It s been a mixed bag lately for Filipino football fans But still plenty to look forward to as the Suzuki Cup looms

GROUP OF DEATH. The Azkals, seen in action against Yemen, will have a tough go of it in the Suzuki Cup. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals rise to highest ever FIFA ranking

May 05, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Azkals are ranked 115th in the world in the latest FIFA standings while Argentina remains the world s top squad

TOP DOGS. The Philippine Azkals continue their rise up the FIFA rankings. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dooley signs two-year extension to coach Azkals

May 04, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The deal means Dooley will lead the Philippines as they target success in the AFF Suzuki Cup

TOP DOG. The Azkals have climbed 11 spots in the FIFA rankings under coach Thomas Dooley. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Meet the Azkals' newest 'member'

Mar 31, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos receives his very own jersey from the Azkals manager

FAMILY TIME. Bongbong Marcos watches Tuesday evening's game with his two sons. Photo from the Office of Senator Bongbong Marcos.

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Mar 30, 2016 - 12:01 PM

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Azkals vs North Korea postgame: The sweetest of victories

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:45 AM

The Azkals Asian Cup qualifying campaign ends in fairy tale fashion with a come from behind 3 2 win Here s how they did it

PUSO. The Philippines' come-from-behind victory over North Korea earns a spot in the pantheon of remarkable Filipino football upset victories. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

PH Azkals stun North Korea with late comeback

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The Azkals come back from a 1 2 deficit to win 3 2 in a thrilling home match against North Korea

THRILLER. The Philippine Azkals prevail over North Korea in a 5-goal thriller. Misagh Bahadoran (L) scores the first goal for the Azkals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Plenty of positives for the Azkals despite the loss

Mar 25, 2016 - 4:30 AM

A 10 man Azkals team stumbles to a strong Uzbek side but fans have plenty to be happy about especially Neil Etheridge s colossal night

GOAL POST GOALS. Neil Etheridge's double-digit saves for the Azkals was nothing short of heroic. No less than Uzbekistan's coach said as much. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals lose hard-fought match in Uzbekistan

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:26 AM

A 10 man Philippine Azkals team lose 1 0 to Uzbekistan in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match

Depleted Azkals face tough qualifier versus Uzbekistan

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:15 AM

A rash of injuries to key players means the Philippines faces a daunting Holy Thursday match in Tashkent

FIRST 11. The Philippine Azkals' starting 11 versus Yemen. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Philippines keeps Suzuki Cup hosting rights: official

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine Sports Stadium will be the primary venue for the Suzuki Cup Group Stage on November 19 to 26 but some matches will be played in the smaller venue

PFF president Araneta on Suzuki Cup hosting, new FIFA president

Mar 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Mariano Araneta says the Philippines could still have home field advantage in November s ASEAN championships plus gives his thoughts on the new FIFA president

STOP THE PRESSES. The Philippines could still end up hosting one round-robin group stage of the Suzuki Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Why are we so bad at making football stadiums?

Mar 03, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Well designed stadia are crucial to the development of the game in the Philippines Sadly we struggle to produce them

DLSU installs artificial football pitch on Laguna campus

Feb 19, 2016 - 2:44 PM

The province of Laguna gets its second turf football field this one on the DLSU Science and Technology Complex near Santa Rosa

NEW PITCH. The new pitch on the DLSU campus in Laguna is the second of its kind in the province. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler