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Younghusband: The Win was All Worth It

Icko De Guzman

Phil Younghusband was unfazed as he played midfielder in the Philippines’ 2-1 win against Bahrain in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers last Thursday at the Philippine Sports Stadium. Younghusband, who was named skipper against Bahrain, relished the win against Bahrain to kick start their World Cup qualifying campaign despite cramping […]

Bahadoran: Coach Trusted Me

Icko De Guzman

Misagh Bahadoran finally showed what he is capable of at the international level. Already a goalscorer for Global in the AFC Cup, Bahadoran finally got one for the national team, scoring the first goal in the 2-1 win against Bahrain Thursday night at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. The midfielder had to wait […]

“Perfect”

Icko De Guzman

Coach Thomas Dooley had a hard time selecting his Man of the Match after the Philippines defeated Bahrain, 2-1, in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers last Thursday night.Dooley had to admit that it was a team effort that led to the win. “We worked so hard today,” said Dooley. “Nobody […]

Bahadoran, Patiño Lead Azkals Over Bahrain

Icko De Guzman

A dream start at the perfect time. The Philippine Men’s National Football Team gave the 6,000 strong fans something to celebrate ahead of the 117th Independence Day with a 2-1 win over Bahrain in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Thursday night at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Misagh Bahadoran […]

Palami: “This is the Most Complete Team”

Icko De Guzman

More than a simple birthday wish, Azkals team manager Dan Palami hopes that the national team will exhibit “beautiful football being played” when the Philippines host Bahrain today, Thursday, at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. The Azkals manager celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and has already wished for wins against Bahrain and Yemen […]

Phil Younghusband: “The Most Important Thing is to Win”

Icko De Guzman

Phil Younghusband found it different to be deployed in midfield as the Azkals continue their preparation for their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match against Bahrain. Often the player with the knack for scoring the goals for the Azkals, Younghusband was in midfield in the 7-1 win over the UFL Selection over the weekend. Younghusband […]

One Year After: A New Formation for Thomas Dooley

Icko De Guzman

Last of Three Parts Azkals coach Thomas Dooley will pin his team’s chances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on a new formation — the 3-5-2. A defender himself, Dooley is keen on playing three different kinds of the 3-5-2 formation. The 3-5-2 formation was widely used by the Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA […]

UFL Selection: The Azkals are Strong

Icko De Guzman

The UFL XI Selection were in agreement about how the Philippine National Team are prepared for their game against Bahrain. The UFL Selection absorbed a 7-1 loss against the Azkals during a practice match on Saturday night at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Stephan Schrock, Javier Patiño, Iain Ramsay, Kevin Ingreso, Misagh Bahadoran, […]

Araneta: “I Hope We’re Ready”

Icko De Guzman

Philippine Football President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is hoping that the Philippine national team “will continue to be together not only for the World Cup Qualifiers,” but also for the other competitions the team will play in. The PFF head, and newly minted AFC Executive Committee member, was at the Philippine Sports Stadium Saturday night as […]

Azkals Experience Philippine Sports Stadium for the First Time

Icko De Guzman

Several Azkals players shared their thoughts about training at the Philippine Sports Stadium for the first time on Thursday, June 4. Rob Gier said that the stadium is “an amazing place.” “If you asked me five years ago if we thought we can play in a place like this in a World Cup qualifier, I […]




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