A Painful Lesson: Philippines Eliminated from the Suzuki Cup

Icko De Guzman

It was not the result that everyone wanted but the Azkals’ elimination may have served as a way to bring everyone back to the ground. The Philippine Sports Stadium was left stunned when the full-time whistle was blown last Friday. November 25, 2016 will be etched into the minds of Philippine football fans as the day the […]

Mid-Year Musings on Philippine Football

Ivan Gayares

The first half of the year has come and gone with plenty of talking points surrounding Philippine Football. The Perfect Pass attempts to discuss these points in the hope of making some sense of them. AFC Champions League Playoff Slot With Ceres-La Salle and Kaya FC going deep into the AFC Cup, it only meant […]

116: Weighing the Philippines’ Highest FIFA Ranking

Icko De Guzman

As the final whistle was blown last week at Rizal Memorial Stadium, there was pure jubilation because of what had transpired. The Philippines has just beaten DPR Korea a two-time World Cup participant. To make that even sweeter, it was to the score of 3-2 with the winning goal coming in right at the 90th […]

Mid-March Musings

Ivan Gayares

PFF saves the day The Philippine Football Federation has somewhat salvaged its goal in hosting the AFF Suzuki Cup, securing the primary venue — Philippine Sports Stadium — before the hosting was awarded to another AFF member. It was previously reported by the ASEAN Football governing body that the Philippines were to withdraw as hosts, […]

Still Believing

Ivan Gayares

Losing 0-2 against hosts Bahrain was far from what we expected.  But that’s football. Looking back to the World Cup Qualifiers draw, it was easy to dismiss the Azkals and say that we won’t even have a chance in this group. But we’re still in a position to surprise the world. Drawing North Korea in […]

Philippine Azkals’ Draw Against DPR Korea: Stabilising the Ship Quickly

Rex Torrecampo

Do not anyone point out that I did not actually get to watch the game, else my instant retort will be who did? That nation north of the 38th parallel chose to be medieval by not providing televised coverage; and probably for no other reason than simply to annoy all of us. Thus, scouring the […]


Ceres A. Lina

An epic in itself. That was how flying the Azkals to Pyongyang was. Jerry Lucena flew in from Billund, Denmark. Stephan Palla flew in from Vienna, Austria. Rob Gier, Neil Etheridge, and goalkeeping coach Pascal Zuberbühler flew in from London, England. They all met up at Frankfurt, Germany, with Stephan Schröck and Roland Müller. Global […]

It Won’t Be Easy: Azkals vs White Wolves

Ceres A. Lina

The last training session for the Azkals before the Uzbekistan match started out much the same way. The players trickled on to the pitch one by one or in pairs grabbing a ball to kick around before warm ups. The coaches and Mr. Palami were already there, trying to get goals from right by the […]

Finally, A Team that We Believe In.

Mike Limpag

(Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for our home match against Uzbekistan tonight.) The Philippines will take on dangerous Uzbekistan in a crucial round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the biggest concern for some — at least for me — is whether the crowd that will show in the game would be enough […]

Still Questioning the Filipino

Ceres A. Lina

“I really wanted to butt in there,” a frustrated Phil Younghusband said after the pre-match press conference at the Edsa Shangri-La. Bahrain’s media officer had asked a question during the press conference. It wasn’t a question that no one had asked before. In fact, it has been asked over and over in many different countries […]


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