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Nothing but praise for the Azkals

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Even though the Philippine Azkals lost all 3 matches, they can hold their heads up high

HISTORIC. Stephan Schrock scores the Philippines' first ever Asian Cup goal against Kyrgyzstan. Photo by AFP

Azkals bow out of maiden Asian Cup tourney

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Vitalig Lux's hat-trick sends the Azkals crashing out of the 2019 Asian Cup as Stephan Schrock scores a historic goal

Kyrghyzstan's defender Mustafa Iusupov (L) fights for the ball against Philippines' forward Javier Patino during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C match between Kyrgyzstan and Philippines at Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Kyrgyzstan – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Azkals face a must-win situation against Kyrgyzstan as they vie to advance to the next round


Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals coach Sven cancels dinner as China punishes PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope – but small hope, probably,' says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as his Azkals bow to China

OVERWHELMED. China proves too much for Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals fall to China as Wu Lei scores brace

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Philippine Azkals absorb their second straight loss in the 2019 Asian Cup

TOUGH SITUATION. Philippines' midfielder Kevin Ingreso (C) marks China's midfielder Hao Junmin (R) as the Azkals pick up another loss. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Azkals not banking on familiarity against China

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Sven-Göran Eriksson may be all too familiar with Chinese football, but the Azkals coach says it’s just a 'little advantage'

FAMILIARITY. Javier Patiño carries experience from his three years in the Chinese Super League. Photo by Pam Puri

Sven's 'street dogs' put Philippines on Asian Cup map

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'I like the people, I like the players. We are more like a team today than we were a month ago,' says Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

REAL FRIGHT. John Patrick Strauss (left) and the Philippine Azkals give Asian football giant South Korea a scare. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to continue their surprising Asian Cup run against China

Captain Yoshida wants Japan to fight Asian Cup pressure

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'But unlike the World Cup the expectation on Japan is different at an Asian Cup – where we are expected to win,' says Maya Yoshida

FLAVOR OF YOUTH. Takumi Minamino is one of the young Japanese players who will reinforce the Blue Samurais' offense. Photo from Takumi Minamino's Instagram

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

Azkals plot surprise over South Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It would be a tough game for us, but we have been in football for very long and there are surprises everywhere,' says Stephan Schrock

DREAMING BIG. The Philippine Azkals are raring to make the tournament's biggest upset against South Korea. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs South Korea – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Philippine Azkals open their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign against powerhouse South Korea on January 7 in Dubai

Azkals look to 'get out' of 2019 Asian Cup group stage

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Philippine men's football team targets a 'realistic goal' to at least finish as one of the 4 best third-placers to advance to the next round

HISTORIC STAGE. The Azkals are not satisfied with just being in the 2019 Asian Cup, but are looking to surpass expectations. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

5 players to watch at the Asian Cup

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

As the Philippine Azkals try to do without Premier League player Neil Etheridge, the rest of the field bring out their big guns

HOTSHOT. Unlike Neil Etheridge, fellow Premier League player Son Heung-min of South Korea gets a chance to see action for his national team. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

No Etheridge in Azkals lineup for Asian Cup

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines will make its first appearance in the quadrennial meet's history

BIG SHOES TO FILL. Neil Etheridge won't be seeing action for the Philippines in its Asian Cup debut. Photo from Neil Etheridge's Twitter.


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

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)

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

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

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

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)


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

Azkals face unfamiliar Oman in international friendly

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The Philippine men's football team will clash with the 85th-ranked Oman for the first time in 17 years

TOUGH ROAD. The Philippine Azkals are the underdogs this time against ranked 85th Oman. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Azkals fall to Tajikistan, bow out of 2018 Bangabandhu Cup

Oct 09, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Philippine Azkals pick up their first loss and are booted out of the semifinals

THE END. The Philippine Azkals lose to Tajikistan which ended their 2018 Bangabandhu Cup campaign. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation.

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev calls time on his international career

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 32-year-old says he will be focusing instead on his club duties with CSKA Moscow

RETIREMENT. Igor Akinfeev hangs his spurs from the international stage. Photo courtesy of Alizada Studios/Shutterstock.com


Australia captain Mile Jedinak retires from international football

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 34-year-old has 79 caps for the Socceroos and scored 20 international goals between 2008 and 2018

FAREWELL. Mile Jedinak bids goodbye from international football play. Photo from Shutterstock


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

Neil Etheridge emerges as Cardiff game hero

Aug 18, 2018 - 10:42 PM

The Filipino-British goalkeeper saves a last-gasp penalty as Cardiff salvages a scoreless draw against Newcastle

MAN OF THE MATCH. Neil Etheridge and the Bluebirds earn their first Premier League point. Photo from @premierleague

LOOK: Neil Etheridge makes 1st Premier League season penalty save

Aug 12, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The Azkals goalkeeper inks another page of history in his Premier League debut

MORE HISTORY. Neil Etheridge is officially the first Southeast Asian to play in the Premier League and he also makes the first penalty save of the season. Photo from Twitter (@premierleague)

French World Cup glory costs China firm $9 million and counting

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The total payout of kitchen appliance maker Vatti's marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million

CHAMPS. France raises the World Cup trophy for the first time in 20 years. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


France's Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Fans pick Benjamin Pavard's spectacular half-volley against Argentina as best goal

STUNNING. France's Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring an incredible goal  against Argentina during the last 16 round of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Ceres-Negros FC ices dominant run with 2nd PFL title

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Busmen reign anew to earn the right to represent Philippines in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League

TITLE DEFENSE. Ceres Negros FC is the PFL champion for the second straight time.  Photo by Mark Cristino