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Old March 18th, 2011, 06:03 AM   #121
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now this is what we need....Incentives, to boost the morale of our players... and keep them motivated

The Philippine Football Federation has given a $500 bonus to members of the squad for advancing to the group stage.

PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who made the announcement at the Beijing Airport Wednesday night, said the Azkals can expect a bigger incentive if they advance to the main tournament next year.
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Pointers...

Points to Ponder
  • The Azkals should practice more consistently with its starting 11. Since the game in Bacolod, the Azkals have been practicing with an inconsistent lineup, falling to Japan college teams 4-0 and 8-1 in tune up games. Etheridge, De jong and Gier were not available. Jonsson and Sabio both did not train in Baguio and Japan, and arrived a day or two before the match, yet they started. This led to a weak left side, as majority of the Mongolian attempts were from that side including the first goal (which I think was actually offside) and Sabio's foul in the box (it was inside the box Jason). This will affect team chemistry and will continue to bother the team's performance until next week in the group stages, so I suggest the staff should do something about this.
  • Eduardo Sacapano did his job during the match and should not be blamed for the team's loss. Ed was like a victim of circumstance. It could have been prevented if the defense played its part in controlling Mongolia's attack.
  • Coach Weiss, mentioned an attacking team before they left the Philippines, and it seems not to be the case. The game went well in the first few minutes, but after the first goal, the Azkals' offense seemed to be in disarray. I expected to see more short passes and simple plays. It looked like the Azkals went back to playing long ball, and were more concerned with individual highlights. I remembered where Cheiffy was running a breakaway, when J. Younghusband was free for a wide open pass and could have returned the favor, but instead he forced it and ended up with a wild shot. Football is a team sport, I'd rather see a simple play converted, rather that a risky individual wild shot (Basketball influence?).

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+500 dollar naman ang bonus eh, hehe
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Old March 19th, 2011, 02:14 AM   #125
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No live coverage of the matches in Myanmar as the the military government forbids live satellite broadcasts. The match will still be seen on tape delay a few days later.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 02:54 AM   #126
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Azkals look ahead to SEA Games
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated March 19, 2011 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine football team manager Dan Palami said yesterday the Azkals are enlisting three under-23 recruits to play in the group stage of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in Yangon, Myanmar, with the view of preparing for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Indonesia this November.

“We’re bringing in younger players for exposure,” said Palami. “Hopefully, they’ll be veterans by the time we play in the SEA Games.”

The under-23 recruits are Fil-German Patrick Hinrichsen of German league club SC Eintracht Oberusel, David Basa of the University of Sto. Tomas and Yannick Tuason of the Kaya club and La Salle. Struck out from the Azkals roster for Myanmar were Joebel Bermejo, 30, Rey Palmes, 31, Jerry Barbaso, 22, Kim Relucio, 32, and Peter Jaugan, 27.

Aside from the three players, Palami said the team is adding Fil-Spanish 26-year-old striker Angel Aldeguer Guirado of Spanish Division III club Deportivo Ronda of Malaga, Laguna-born 29-year-old William Espinosa who learned how to play in Germany and Philippine Army 24-year-old midfielder Ricardo Becite.

Hinrichsen, 20, was scheduled to arrive from Germany yesterday and will join the Azkals when they take off for Myanmar this morning. Guirado also flew in yesterday to make the trip.

Basa, 21, has previously played for the national squad while Tuason, 22, is making his debut as a rookie.

Palami said goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and defender Rob Gier will fly direct to Myanmar from England. Missing the trip is Phil Younghusband who was confirmed to be suffering from a Grade 2 hamstring tear in an MRI taken at St. Luke’s Hospital last Thursday. Palami said no surgery is required and the injury will take three to four weeks to heal. After a week, Younghusband will undergo rehabilitation. Another absentee is Jason de Jong, now playing in the Indonesian league.

To look for new talent, Azkal mainstays Aly Borromeo and Anton del Rosario will conduct tryouts in the US for two weeks in April. Tryouts are set in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. Borromeo and Del Rosario leave Manila for the US on April 3. Announcement of the tryouts was made in the internet and a Philippine Football Federation (PFF) source said the response has been widespread.

Palami said Fil-Danish player Jerry Lucena was supposed to play in Myanmar but suffered in injury at practice and was not allowed by his Danish Division I club AGF Aarhus to fly out.

PFF president Mariano Araneta said the Azkals’ goal is to advance beyond the group stage to the eight-team finals of the Challenge Cup.

“Our players were disappointed we lost the match in Mongolia but we still qualified for the group stage,” said Araneta. “Let’s count our blessings. We shouldn’t dwell on what could’ve happened in Mongolia. Instead, let’s focus on our accomplishments and play to win in Myanmar. Remember, we weren’t complete in Mongolia and we faced adverse conditions.”

Araneta said in Mongolia, the wind factor made it even harder for the players to adapt to the weather. “It was freezing,” said Araneta. “I was sitting in an open box at the stadium and the organizers provided a blanket because it was so cold. Our players told me when they opened their mouth to communicate on the field, they almost got locked jaw. We were stiff and sluggish. It’s like when you wake up to a cold morning, you don’t want to get up from bed. That’s how it felt out there on the field.”

Araneta said defender Ray Jonsson’s ordeal exemplified the Azkals’ determination. “Ray was held in the Beijing airport for almost two days,” said Araneta. “For some reason, he wasn’t allowed to proceed to Ulan Bator with no visa despite a letter of guarantee from Mongolia. Ray traveled with an Iceland passport because we had his Philippine passport in Ulan Bator. What we couldn’t understand was coach Michael (Weiss) also had no visa and traveled with a German passport yet he was allowed to fly to Mongolia. Ray had to go via Incheon to finally land in Mongolia.”

Former national coach Juan Cutillas said it seemed that the Azkals never adapted to weather and ground conditions in Mongolia.

“I think the team lost some credibility,” he said. “No excuses for the loss. We should’ve beaten Mongolia. We had little passing. We couldn’t change the pace of the game. We weren’t helping each other out. We needed to play a more compact game. Instead, we played to the pace of Mongolia with long balls. Mongolia played physical. We didn’t play our game.”

Four teams are bracketed in Group A of the Challenge Cup – the Philippines, Bangladesh, Palestine and host Myanmar. In last year’s Challenge Cup, Myanmar and Bangladesh broke into the eight-team finals. Myanmar finished fourth behind winner North Korea, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. Others in the finals were India, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Myanmar crushed Sri Lanka, 4-0, and repulsed Bangladesh, 2-1, but bowed to Tajikistan, 3-0, North Korea, 5-0, and Tajikistan again, 1-0 (in the playoff for third) during the competitions.

The top two finishers of Group A will advance to the eight-team finals with the top two finishers of Groups B, C and D. Making up Group B are India, Pakistan, Chinese-Taipei and Turkmenistan. Group C is composed of host Maldives, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Cambodia. Defending champion North Korea, host Nepal, Sri Lanka and the winner of the Bhutan-Afghanistan qualifiers comprise Group D.

The Azkals play Myanmar on March 21, Palestine on March 23 and Bangladesh on March 25. Palestine recently played a pair of friendlies with Pakistan in Karachi, winning one, 2-1, and drawing the other, 0-0. Palestine has been in Kuwait for training since March 6 and will break camp today.

Weiss told The STAR that playing host Myanmar ahead of the others is “no problem.” He added, “we’ll eventually play all the teams anyway.” Experts said it may be an advantage for the Philippines to play the toughest team before Palestine and Bangladesh – that way, depending on the outcome, the Azkals may be able to target by how many goals they should win in the remaining matches to qualify for the final eight

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Old March 21st, 2011, 03:35 AM   #127
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Philippine Azkals battle Myanmar
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Posted at 03/21/2011 8:12 AM | Updated as of 03/21/2011 8:29 AM


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals will take on the Myanmar White Angels Monday to launch their bid in the AFC Challenge Cup group stage.

ABS-CBN News correspondent Dyan Castillejo said the Azkals will be out in the Myanmar field against their foreign opponents at around 3 p.m. Myanmar time (4 p.m. in Manila)

Aside from Myanmar, the Azkals will also face Bangladesh and Palestine in the group stage.

All games will be held in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, FIFA's latest world rankings showed the Philippines on top of the with 151st ranking.

Myanmar comes second at 161th; followed by the Bangladesh Bengal Tigers at No. 174, and the Palestine’s Al-Fusan (The Fighters) at 178th.

Last week, the Azkals made it through the group stage after prevailing over the Mongolian team via a 3-2 aggregate win.

Azkals' arsenal

In the group stage, the Azkals will see Filipino-British players Neil Etheridge and Rob Gier reinforcing their lineup.

The team's new additions will include Filipino-Germans William Espinosa and Patrick Hinrichsen and Filipino-Spanish Angel Aldeguer.

Phil Younghusband, a vital cog of the Azkals, will miss the matches due to an injury.

The midfielder suffered a pulled hamstring in their game against Mongolia

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Old March 21st, 2011, 03:37 AM   #128
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Reinforced Azkals bark, ready to bite
By Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) Updated March 21, 2011 12:00 AM

BANGKOK – With reinforcement coming in from all corners of the globe, there’s no reason for the Azkals to fail in the group stage of the AFC Challenge Cup in Myanmar.

Besides, the weather is fair in Rangoon, the site of the Azkals’ coming matches, because it’s very much like in the Philippines, ranging in the 20s to the high 30s.

It can’t get too hot or too cold in Rangoon..

The Azkals will play Myanmar today, then Palestine on Wednesday and Bangladesh on Friday, hoping to win at least two of them to qualify for the elite eight next year.

Just last week, the Azkals were in Mongolia, where the freezing temperature, in the minus-20s, told heavily on the team as it took a humbling 2-1 loss to the hosts.

It was actually the third loss in the last four matches for the Azkals, counting their twin 1-0 defeats to Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals last December.

The Azkals, the newest toast of Philippine sports, beat the same Mongolian team, 2-0, in Bacolod last Feb. 9, a margin enough to carry them to the group stage.

The Azkals fought Myanmar to a scoreless draw last December at the close of the Suzuki Cup group stage in Vietnam. But it will be entirely different this time.

That’s the reason why the Azkals called on the reinforcement. It was more like a stress call.

Neil Etheridge, the 6-foot-3, 21-year-old goalkeeper from Fulham, was scheduled to arrive in Rangoon yesterday to lend his big, reliable hands to the team.

Etheridge did not see action in Mongolia, and the Azkals fielded Eduard Sacapano as their goalie.

Also coming in to help the team, and make up for the absence of the injured Phil Younghusband, are Rob Gier from Britain, Patrick Hinrichsen from Germany and Jerry Lucena from Denmark.

Then there’s Fil-Spanish Angel Aldeguer Guirado, a striker who will bring with him his experience playing for Cordoba and Estepona in Division II and Deportivo Ronda of Division III in the Spanish league.

Also pitching in this time are Yannick Tuason, William Espinosa, David Basa and Ricardo Becite, each one of them hoping that their presence will serve the Azkals in good stead.

“I think this is our strongest team possible,” said team manager Dan Palami, despite the absence of Phil, out with a hamstring injury.

Yes, on paper, it should be the strongest one.


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Live stream of Philippines vs Myanmar game

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Old March 22nd, 2011, 04:37 AM   #131
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Azkals held to draw by late injury time goal
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RANGOON – A resolute Philippine side came tantalizingly close to another famous victory away from home only to be given a dose of its own medicine.

Rescued by late equalizing goals so many times in the past, the Azkals were the ones to yield Monday – this time to Myanmar – and settled for a 1-1 stalemate at the start of the group qualifying phase of the AFC
Challenge Cup at the Thuwana Stadium here.

James Younghusband gave the Azkals the lead with a well-taken penalty kick in the 76th minute to silence the crowd of about 5,000, but Khin Maung Lwin saved the home side’s blushes with a free kick in the
second minute of injury time.

It was a heartbreaker of sorts for the Azkals, who defended stoutly in the opening half before producing timely, dangerous counter-attacks in the second half.

Three minutes of injury time, however, was enough for Myanmar to carve up a scoring chance.

Skipper Myo Min Tun fell to a soft challenge from Greatwich and Khin rolled the ball under the Philippines wall and beyond Neil Etheridge at the bottom corner.

The stadium exploded on Lwin’s late goal, while the Azkals left the pitch in despair just after the final whistle.

It was the third straight draw for the two sides in the past four years, the other two ending on scoreless stalemates.

The Filipinos are still on track of claiming one of the two slots staked from this group for the main tournament next year. The Filipinos play Palestine on Wednesday and Bangladesh on Friday.

“It was the correct result,” said Azkals German coach Hans Michael Weiss. “We dominated the second half but we were too defensive in the first half.”

The Azkals had Neil Etheridge to thank for a string of impressive saves in the opening half, while Angel Aldeguer Guirado impressed in his Azkals debut with his pace and trickery.

It was Guirado’s lofted ball for substitute Yanti Barsales that proved vital in the play that led to the penalty.

The oldest member of the squad at 38-years-old, Barsales, coming in for nephew Ian Araneta at the start of the second half, had been causing trouble for the Burma defense with his speed and he was first to latch unto Guirado’s ball, forcing the Myanmar keeper to go off his line and unleash a clumsy challenge that led to a red card and a penalty.

Younghusband, who was also on target in the 1-2 defeat to Mongolia last week, sent substitute keeper the wrong way.

A small group of Filipino fans in the stadium waved flags and exchanged high fives as the Filipinos moved a goal ahead with a man advantage.

Guirado nearly doubled the lead with a stinging shot just outside the box three minutes later, while substitutes Yannick Tuason and William Espinosa found themselves with plenty of space, but could not muster a
good chance that could have sealed the victory.

The Azkals were the better team in the second half as Simon Greatwich and Aly Borromeo pulled the strings at midfield while Guirado and James Younghusband provided the attacking threats together with Barsales.

Playing with renewed purpose after hardly mustering a clear-cut chance in the first half, the Azkals started making inroads on attack in the 66th minute when Greatwich managed to receive Younghusband’s cross only for his effort to be blocked by a phalanx of Burmese defenders.

Another chance went begging a minute later when Barsales’ close-range effort went over the bar, before Guirado forced a corner by using his exquisite touch to elude two defenders.

Those moves proved to be a portent of things to come and the sustained pressure for nearly 10 minutes finally paid off with Younghusband’s goal.

The Azkals played the 4-2-3-1 formation for the first time with Anton del Rosario pairing up with Rob Gier at the back and Borromeo moving up to play the holding midfield spot with Greatwich.

With the midfield clogged, the Burmese side raided the flanks and conjured at least seven chances from either side in the opening half.

Midfielder Pai Soe had Roel Gener beaten in the ninth minute and found himself in a one-on-one opportunity against Etheridge. But he sent his shot wide.

Soe had another effort flying past the goal two minutes, before testing Etheridge with a long range effort in the 14th minute.

Guirado, who plays third division in Spain, was providing the early threat for the Azkals and his scintillating 20-yard run highlighted by a couple of stepovers showed why he was a worthy replacement for Phil
Younghusband in the starting 11.

The Azkals were on the backfoot for almost the entire first half before coming to life in the second.

“The first half I did not recognize my team because we have Myanmar a lot of space,” said Weiss. “Myanmar could have been away from us in the first half, but we made changes in the second half.”

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Old March 22nd, 2011, 09:52 AM   #132
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Know your Azkals: The Filipino in Anton


When Anton Del Rosario walked inside the coffee shop with his French-Filipina girlfriend, you would honestly think you landed on an episode of The Hills. But don’t let the foreign looks and American twang mislead you. Anton is just as Filipino as we are – well almost.

Anton’s Fil-Am dad visited Manila after the Vietnam War. Within three weeks, he met Anton’s mom, courted her and married her. They moved to San Francisco where Anton was born and raised along with his brothers.

“I grew up in San Francisco, but the Philippines is my home too," he says.

Anton has never lost touch with his roots here in Manila. His family used to visit the Philippines twice or thrice a year for vacation. He even played for De La Salle University’s football team for a year.

Although he trained with the Azkals for the 2000 World Cup Qualifiers, it wasn’t until the 2004 Tiger Cup that he seriously committed to playing for the country.

“It was the first tournament I joined with Aly, Ian, Chieffy and Chris. In 2004, we beat East Timor. It’s my fondest memory in the Azkals because it was the team’s first win in like 12 years," he says.

Anton started playing football when he was six-years-old. He’s 29 now and his love for the sport has not waned. (By the way, when I asked his age, he said it’s “something you should never ask a guy" but revealed it anyway.)

For all the good things football is, he says he hates the pointless running.

“I hate running for no reason. I mean, if there’s a ball in front of me, I would understand it. But just running around aimlessly? I really hate that," he quips.

Well all that running keeps him in shape and has already gotten him in teams such as Notre Dame, Belmont, Kaya and Harmony. Not really “aimless" if you look at it.

Girlfriend, kids and partying

Anton’s been here in Manila since December 2009. He met his girlfriend Laetitia through common friends and they’ve been together for over a year now.

Laetitia says he’s really “makulit" and sweet. He’s done a lot of romantic things for her, but her favorite is the time he surprised her with a huge bouquet of flowers in the office.

Anton also spends a lot of time with his family especially now that his mom and three brothers reside here in Manila too. If ever you’ve seen photos of him with little kids, those aren’t his children – they’re his nieces and nephew.

“I really love children. I actually want to have four or five kids of my own," he says and turns to his girlfriend for approval. She just smiles and nods.

But for now, Anton is more bent on putting up a business here in the Philippines and squeezing in a party every now and then.

“If I had to quit football, I’d probably be taking up law," he says with utter confidence but then bursts into laughter.

“No actually, I’d probably be partying in the US."

Off the pitch, he describes himself as very friendly and social. In fact, two of his favorite places here in the Philippines are Boracay and Fiamma. Very party-esque indeed.


How Filipino is Anton?

Anton says he’s in tune with his Filipino side, especially when it comes to food. He’s been living here for a pretty long time after all.

He says lumpiang shanghai is the best dish ever. However, he has no idea about Filipino celebrities (except his teammates who already have celeb status here), TV shows or movies.

“Oh wait, there was this one movie that I watched back in 1995. I don’t remember the title but it was hilarious!" he says.

I asked if he understood the movie.

“Actually, no. I sat through it but I didn’t understand it," he laughs.

But the most pressing question is: does he know the Philippine National Anthem?

I know parts of it," he smiles.

“I think we’re the only team where during the games, half the team doesn’t know the national anthem," he adds and grins at the irony.

Well, Anton and the other Fil-foreigners in the team have a couple of days to have the national anthem memorized before their match against Myanmar. And don’t worry about the twang Anton, we know you’re Filipino deep down inside.
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Azkals vow to do better vs Palestine, Bangladesh


YANGON - Thousands of fans cheered for the host country Myanmar in its game against the Philippines.

Using their quickness on point passing and efficient offense, the Myanmar White Angels dominated the first half—recording seven goal attempts 25 minutes into the game.

Despite this, Myanmar went scoreless in the first half thanks to the heroics of Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

The Philippines appeared more aggressive on offense in the second half, sparked by the entry of Yanti Barsales.

In the 75th minute, Barsales was fouled hard in the penalty area by Myanmar’s goalkeeper, prompting officials to show a red card.

The foul also gave the Philippines a golden opportunity to score. James Younghusband took the penalty kick for the roughed up Barsales, who had to leave the game in a stretcher.

Younghusband scored on the penalty kick, giving the Philippines a 1-0 lead.

The Philippines seemed to have control of the game since taking the lead, but the slim lead was squandered when the Azkals’ Simon Greatwich was called for a foul in the final minute of extra time, thus opening the door for Myanmar to score via free kick.

“Very unfortunate. Personally, I don’t think it’s a foul but the team played well,” said Neil Etheridge.

The Philippines would have received three points for a 1-0 win. Instead, Philippines and Myanmar were both given a point each.

The Akzals promise to do better in their remaining games against Palestine on Wednesday, and Bangladesh on Friday.

The team needs six points to guarantee a spot in the AFC Challenge Cup in 2012, but the team has a chance to qualify even with 4 or 5 points.
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Do or die match vs. Bangladesh on Friday.
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Points to Ponder
  • The Azkals should practice more consistently with its starting 11. Since the game in Bacolod, the Azkals have been practicing with an inconsistent lineup, falling to Japan college teams 4-0 and 8-1 in tune up games. Etheridge, De jong and Gier were not available. Jonsson and Sabio both did not train in Baguio and Japan, and arrived a day or two before the match, yet they started. This led to a weak left side, as majority of the Mongolian attempts were from that side including the first goal (which I think was actually offside) and Sabio's foul in the box (it was inside the box Jason). This will affect team chemistry and will continue to bother the team's performance until next week in the group stages, so I suggest the staff should do something about this.
  • Eduardo Sacapano did his job during the match and should not be blamed for the team's loss. Ed was like a victim of circumstance. It could have been prevented if the defense played its part in controlling Mongolia's attack.
  • Coach Weiss, mentioned an attacking team before they left the Philippines, and it seems not to be the case. The game went well in the first few minutes, but after the first goal, the Azkals' offense seemed to be in disarray. I expected to see more short passes and simple plays. It looked like the Azkals went back to playing long ball, and were more concerned with individual highlights. I remembered where Cheiffy was running a breakaway, when J. Younghusband was free for a wide open pass and could have returned the favor, but instead he forced it and ended up with a wild shot. Football is a team sport, I'd rather see a simple play converted, rather that a risky individual wild shot (Basketball influence?).

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