Azkals in the World Cup Qualifiers: Iain Ramsey

Icko De Guzman

Filipino-Australian Iain Ramsay is raring to make his debut for the Philippines against Bahrain next week. Originally scheduled to join the team at the Bahrain camp three months ago, Ramsay arrived last Monday evening to bolster the squad ahead of their opening fixture in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Ramsay traces Filipino his roots […]

One Year After: Reconciliation According to Thomas Dooley

Icko De Guzman

Second of Three Parts Coach Thomas Dooley admitted that he was delighted about Stephan Schrock returning to the squad after the midfielder took a much-publicized break from international duty. The dynamic midfielder last saw action for the Azkals in the 1-0 defeat to Palestine in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Final. Schrock had a falling […]

LGR and the Azkals — A Local Partnership for the International Stage

Icko De Guzman

LGR Athletic Wears Inc. Executive Vice President Rhayan Cruz is beyond excited to see his kits being worn by the Philippine National Team next Thursday night. The Azkals play against Bahrain’s National Team in their first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Last night, LGR was announced as the official kit supplier of […]

Rob Gier: Unfair to Compare the Azkals Then and Now

Icko De Guzman

Azkals veteran Rob Gier found it unfair to compare the accomplishments made by the squad in 2011 to the current squad as the team begin their World Cup campaign next week. The defender, who made his Azkals debut in 2009, said that the team four years ago was in “a different time, against different opposition, […]

One Year After: World Cup Dream Awaits Thomas Dooley

Icko De Guzman

First of three parts A year after the heartbreaking defeat to Palestine in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Final, Philippines senior team head coach Thomas Dooley looked back to the past and then gave a brief glimpse into the very near future — the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers next week. Although they failed to […]

Teaching the Catalan Way

Icko De Guzman

Spanish coach Albert ViƱas flew to Manila last week to supervise the Catalan Football Camp. The camp was held at the McKinley Stadium over the weekend. The coach shared his thoughts about the program and their objective during their first trip to the Philippines. “I wanted to see and understand the structure, the level, and […]

Manila Jeepney, Forza, Laos Complete UFL Cup Round of Sixteen Cast

Icko De Guzman

Tuesday’s final round of UFL Cup matches at Rizal Memorial Stadium saw three of the four competing teams in group D advance to the knockout stages. Forza FC and Nomads FC battled to a 2-2 draw in the 6:15 PM match. Nomads went ahead in the first half from a Matthew Custodio goal. Forza bounced […]

SEA Games Roster Announced

Icko De Guzman

Yes, the Philippines is sending a football team to this year’s South East Asian Games. Along with the senior team squad, the Philippine Football Federation also released the squad for the 2015 SEA Games, which will be held in Singapore next month. For the 2015 SEA Games, the PFF has opted to field a more […]

PFF Unveils Squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Icko De Guzman

The Philippine Football Federation announced the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers earlier today. The Azkals will face Bahrain on June 11 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. The team will fly to Doha, Qatar to face Yemen on June 16. Yemen are unable to host the June 16 game because […]

Round of Sixteen Cast Almost Complete after UFL Cup Sunday Matches

Icko De Guzman

Sunday’s penultimate UFL Cup matches saw the teams from groups B and C complete their seeding as Kaya FC outmatched Pachanga Diliman FC, 3-0, Agila FC shocked Team Socceroo FC, 4-3, Stallion FC defeated JP Voltes FC, 4-0; and Loyola Meralco Sparks FC routed UST FC, 7-0. In the battle for the group B top […]

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