Post by rpbenchwarmer on May 21, 2011 17:56:44 GMT 8
Parents to protest inclusion of non-Cebu based U13 player in PH training pool By Mars Alison Cebu Daily News 6:32 am | Saturday, May 21st, 2011
CONCERNED parents of the Cebu Elite Under 13 (U13) group and the Cebu football community plans to send a letter of complaint to the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) regarding the inclusion of Lorenzo Genco in the training pool of the Philippine Under-13 (RP U13), which is undergoing a training camp at the Don Bosco Boys Home in Liloan town, northern Cebu.
In the letter which they planned to send yesterday, the group stated that they were surprised to see Genco’s name in the list for several reasons.
The group stated that it was made known to them that the U13 regionals dubbed PFF Festival of Football held in various regions was the basis for choosing members of the national training pool.
The Cebu U13 elite team joined the Visayas regionals in San Carlos City last March as the team officially representing the Cebu Football Association (CFA). However, Genco, was not part of the Cebu U13 elite team nor did he play in this year’s Visayas regionals because he was in Italy.
They also stated the U13 training pool has been undergoing training camp since last month and Genco has so far not showed up for the camp.
“Instead of giving top priority to the Cebu U13 elite team, as announced by the CFA, they have favored a player who is not a member of the Cebu Elite U13 team,” the letter read. “It is plainly unfair to the rest of the hopefuls and deserving football players in Cebu.”
The group is appealing to the national technical director to check and further evaluate the style of selection of players.
“With due respect to the coaches who are in charge of the RP U13 national team, we just want to be clarified about the proper grounds of their decisions. We appeal to your good office to look into the said matter and take positive action on our grievances,” the letter further read.
Colina, in a phone interview, defended his selection of Genco. He said that he has seen the kid play and he was impressed.
According to Colina, the decision on who would be part of the pool is his discretion as the head coach of the RP U13.
He also denied that the PFF Festival of Football is the only basis for the selection. He explained that the PFF organized the festival mainly for talent identification and not as a sole basis or the exclusive basis for the RP U13 training pool selection.
In fact, Colina said that Genco is not the only player selected for the pool who has not played in the regional eliminations.
“There are three players coming from Bacolod and there are also members of the Rizal Football Association (RIFA) who did not play in the PFF Festival of Football,” Colina said.
He added that his main goal was to scout for players all over the country because not all good players have the chance to see action in the regional eliminations.
Colina said that last year, some players who manned the RP U14 who saw action in Malaysia had been scouted from the Palarong Pambansa and not just the Visayas eliminations.
He also said that the same issues have been brought up in last weekend’s first international conference of the PFF at the San Beda College. He said he gave the same explanations.
Post by rpbenchwarmer on May 23, 2011 19:38:05 GMT 8
Negros XI wins amid controversy BY NIDA BUENAFE
Focused on winning the crown despite controversies hounding the tournament, the Ceres-Negros Under-23 football team blew away Iloilo, 9-0, (12-goal aggregate) in the final game of the Philippine Football Federation Suzuki Men’s National Under-23 Championship at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch yesterday.
Before an estimated 3,000 crowd at the stadium that included Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ricardo “Richie” Garcia, Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Monico Puentevella, former PFF president Rene Adad, Vallacar Transit Inc. top executive Ricardo Yanson, and Suzuki president Satoshi Uchida, the Negros XI dominated and humbled their archrival Iloilo.
“The circumstances leading to the finals motivated our players to play well before the homecrowd. I know they will make more goals but not as many as 9,” Negros head coach Norman Fegidero Jr. said.
He was referring to the initial decision of the PFF Competitions Committee to nullify the decision that allowed two 15-minute extensions during the May 19 first game of the home-and-away finals at the Central Philippine University field in Iloilo. Regulation ended 1-1.
Negros won the game, 3-1, after scoring two more goals during the extensions, while two Iloilo players were issued red cards or an automatic suspension from playing in the final game at the Panaad pitch.
The initial nullification of the extension periods took away Negros’ cushion of two-goals and allowed the suspended Iloilo players back into the game.
In a statement released to the media yesterday, the PFF said that after careful consideration with Negros and Iloilo team officials, it was agreed that the final score 3-1 during the May 19 game with all the corresponding cautions and suspensions will stand.
“The decision has affected our players. They played with a very low morale tonight,” Iloilo team manager JR Robles told reporters after the game.
He said the organizers should be blamed for not taking control of the decision and everybody should learn their lesson.
“We hope to bounce from this setback and do our best in the other tournaments such as the ongoing Under-19 men’s championship,” Robles added.
In taming Iloilo with a 12-goal aggregate, Negros drew firepower from Gino Palomo, who scored three goals on 38th, 45th, and 50th minute, while tournament best striker Joshua Beloya completed his 14-goal sensational debut for the Negros team with two goals -- a 35-yard penalty shot in 6th minute, and a follow up on J Baguiro’s free kick in 75th minute.
Most Valuable Player Aldrin Dolino’s clean shot between two Iloilo defenders in the 21st minute sent the crowd roaring as it gave Negros a 2-0 advantage or a 5-1 aggregate.
Iloilo totally lost their composure after Beloya’s marker in the 75th minute as they refused to defend the ball and allowed Negros’ Ralph Layumas to score back-to-back goals in the 79th and 80th minute.
Jake Morallo put closure to the tournament as he nailed Negros’ final goal in the 88th as the Negrenses celebrated the win.
Congratulating the team for the hard-earned victory, Ceres patriarch Yanson, whose sons Leorey and Ricky manage the team, said he was glad of the victory and was happy for the entire Negros squad.
Bacolod romps to inaugural PFF Suzuki U23 title by rick olivares
PANAAD, BACOLOD -- The explosive wind-up between Bacolod and Iloilo never materialized. The finals game of the PFF Suzuki U-23 National Cup ended in a shocking 9-0 rout in favor of Bacolod that was unbecoming of the ages-old rivalry.
The match’s end actually ended at the sixth minute when Joshua Beloya blasted home his tournament-high 14th goal from 30 yards out that blew past Iloilo’s makeshift keeper Chester Braga who was frozen in his tracks.
Iloilo, needing to overcome a 3-1 deficit at the end of their home leg in Iloilo three days earlier and battling all sorts of issues off field, had the air sucked out of them. Bacolod as coached by Norman Fegidero Jr., put on a clinical display of midfield wizardry, finishing power, and remarkable poise against a punishing Ilonggo defense.
The Negros team hardly missed forward Jovin Bedic who was out on account of two yellow cards as strike mate Aldrin Dolino showed why he was a big game player when he followed up Beloya’s master set piece with his eighth goal in the 21st minute.
Dolino, who plays for University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, was adjudged tournament Most Valuable player for his stellar play in the finals series.
Bacolod, which has punished foes in the first half of play, poured in four goals with two coming from Gino Palomo who was moved up to the forward position in place of Bedic. Palomo’s superb volley from a Beloya cross elicited a huge cheer from the crowd of some 3,000 that flocked to Panaad Stadium to watch the match that had its share of off-field broadsides as both teams filed one protest after another regarding the controversial ending to the first leg that saw the games erroneously go into extra time.
Iloilo played without Rhante Bayquin, Ronald Batisla-Ong, and keeper Wilson Muñoz who were all suspended for accumulated yellow and red cards. With midfielder Shirmar Felongco not a 100% due to an ankle injury, the visiting team dubbed themselves as “the Fighting 12”.
But after the early onslaught of goals, the fight got sapped out of them as they folded.
At the reset, Iloilo switched from Braga to midfielder Jomar Lestingio who was just ineffective at minding the net. Iloilo lost its only keeper Wilson Muñoz to a red card for a deliberate handball outside the box during the first match in Iloilo.
The game took a farcical turn in the final minutes of play when Iloilo purposely allowed two Bacolod goals to go in without challenging the attacker or the shot.
“I told my team to score a lot of goals,” later said Fegidero whose coaching staff tried their best to keep their players shielded from the off-field squabbles.
Defender Lemuel Unabia put the enmity between the two rivals in more blunt terms, “Gusto namin silang tambakan.”
Not since their 11-0 thrashing of overmatched Leyte during the Visayas regionals has the Negros-based squad so thoroughly closed out a match. That they did it against archrival Iloilo is all the more mind-boggling.
Adding to the later onslaught were Palomo (45’, 50’), Ralph Layumas (79’, 80’) who had become the team’s super sub after Beloya was promoted to the starting XI, and Jake Morallo (88’).
Beloya, who is reportedly being eyed to tryout for the senior national team along with teammates Bedic and Dolino, added his 15th goal and was named Best Striker for the tournament.
Teammates Camelo Tacusalme and John Robert Mendoza were also named Best Defender and Best Goalkeeper respectively. Iloilo, which took the runner-up trophy, salvaged a consolation when Francis Gustilo was named Best Midfielder.
“I hope that we are given a chance to show what we can do to play for the national team,” said Beloya who once played with FC Zurich in Switzerland. “It is my dream.”
Bacolod finished the tournament with an 8-1-0 record while amassing 44 goals while surrendering only six.
When the various football associations around the country get ready to compete in next yearâ€™s PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup, they might want to look at the Bacolod teamâ€™s blueprint for success. Story and photos by Rick Olivares
They arrived in shades, unsmiling at first then grinning with every recognized person in sight. They were very business-like. There was a sense of purpose to their stride. Were they not uniform in their tracksuits, theyâ€™d be mistaken for a battery of lawyers.
When they did smile, try if you can, to picture a shark smiling as it hurtles towards unsuspecting prey. That was how the coaching staff of the Negros Football Association appeared when they entered the Filomeno Cimafranca Field in Silliman University on the second day of the Visayas Regionals of the ongoing PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup.
Rome certainly wasnâ€™t built in a day and so are champions.
It was the 9th of April when Norman Fegidero Jr. of West Negros University, Ramon Janeo of the University of St. La Salle, and Carlo Torbela of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos received word that they were taking part in the PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup. The problem was the tournament was already underway.
With five days before the Visayas Regionals of which they were automatically seeded into, the three college coaches together with Ali Go, coach of Dynamic Builders FC, asked, â€œIs that enough time to prepare?â€
In years past, that answer would have been a resounding â€œno.â€ But now, the answer was a resounding â€œyes.â€
When it comes to collegiate football in Negros Occidental, the three universities all enjoy a fierce and acrimonious rivalry. When a team representing the province was needed for a tournament, if the coach was from La Salle, the other two schools refused to lend their best players. And it was the same for the others.
Enter Ricky and Leo Rey Yanson. The brothers once played football for La Salle Bacolod during their high school years. Although they had hung up their boots, their love for the sport never waned. In spite of their many business ventures, they had previously managed the Bacolod Open Champion Team in 2006 and the runner-up in 2007. They also had two football fields constructed â€“ the Villa Valderrama Field and the North Field in Talisay â€“ with two more under way (one beside Robinsonâ€™s Place and the other at Barangay Bubog, Talisay).
The brothers brokered a deal for a unified Negros team under one coach. Of the four head coaches, it was Fegidero who held the highest coaching license. And the others deferred to the West Negros coach who also had a sterling record as a player and former national coach. â€œIt is no problem on our part,â€ recounted Janeo. â€œCoach Nonoy has the credentials.â€
Fegidero Jr. once played striker for WNU and later UNO-R after a brief stint in Manila playing for Ateneo-Swift and teaching in the Ateneo Football Center (he was recruited by the late Chris Monfort) in between. He once formed a strike partnership with former Rudy del Rosario who is now coach of the Philippine Homeless World Cup Team. The two with others like Adolfo Alicante and Elmer Bedia led the Philippines to a semifinals appearance in the football competition of the1991 Southeast Asian Games football held in Manila. Fegidero also coached the Azkals in the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup but immediately stepped down citing too much interference from PFF Management and others not involved with the team.
Since that time, he went back to West Negros where he has built up a solid and winning program with the Mustangs. Fegideroâ€™s love for the game brooked no compromise. He insisted on team discipline and an adherence to finishing oneâ€™s studies. He wasnâ€™t averse to tossing players out of the lineup. Or even from their captaincy as evidenced when he installed Emelio â€œChieffyâ€ Caligdong as team captain for the national squad in 2008 when he thought that Aly Borromeo wasnâ€™t up to the task.
As for the players, Go added, â€œIt wasnâ€™t that hard because the players had represented the Western Visayas at one time or another. They just had to learn the system.â€
An attacking 3-4-3 system was installed. â€œWe are not sacrificing our defense,â€ said Fegidero. â€œWe just want to score a lot of goals.â€
When the team was at home, they were quartered in a building formerly owned by the Yansons where they would eat, sleep, and bond together. During the regionals, semifinals, and finals, they stayed in a hotel. Coaches were given specific duties that changed every now and they. The daily regimen from training to meals to rest was mapped out with Spartan efficiency.
John Robert Mendoza, Jose Emmanuel Diel, Jimmy Malaloan, Anton Tongson, J Baguioro, Ralph Layumas, Abelardo Solinas, and Aldrin Dolino were from La Salle while Lemuel Unabia, Janrick Soriano, Jake Morallo, Jovin Bedic, and Camelo Tacusalme were from West Negros. The contingent from UNO included Gino Palomo, Willy Mangubat, Jurex Replentes, and Michael Pacite.
â€œMabilis kami nag-bond,â€ described Bedic of how quickly the team came together.
â€œIsa lang naman ang goal namin,â€ added Unabia, the 6â€™1â€ central back. â€œYun ang championship.â€
While most players were very familiar with one another, the wild card was Beloya.
During practice in Panaad Stadium one afternoon, the coaching staff saw him playing with some of his friends and they were immediately impressed with his skills. They asked him to tryout for the team and the coaches became utterly convinced that he would be a worthy addition to the squad.
However on the second day of practice, Beloya did not show up.
â€œI couldnâ€™t walk,â€ recounted the Fil-Am out of Switzerland who had gone back to his motherâ€™s hometown of Bacolod just a few weeks before that fateful meeting in Panaad. â€œMy muscles hurt all over because I was out of shape.â€
Beloya who was born in Olongapo but grew up in the United States and later in Switzerland where he once played for FC Zurich was talented â€œbut we had to add some muscle to him,â€ said Janeo. â€œMeron siyang explosiveness. Kung na-train siya ng mabuti hindi natin alam kung ano pa ang kaya niyang gawin.â€
Because of his unfamiliarity with his teammates there were some early misunderstandings. â€œAlam mo na,â€ Fil-Am kasi,â€ added Janeo. â€œPero nung nakausap namin, he understood his role and his teammates.â€
Beloya became the breakout star of the tournament. Off the bench in Bacolodâ€™s first two matches, he was soon inserted in the starting lineup where he flourished even more. He showed great range, exceptional quickness, and an ability to finish in and around the goal. By the tournamentâ€™s end, he was named Best Striker as he amassed an astonishing 15 goals in nine matches and was considered as an MVP candidate (it ultimately went to Dolino).
Fegideroâ€™s team romped through the competition and found themselves shut out of the scoring when they played Masbate to a scoreless draw in the group stages. They topped the Visayas Regionals and the Group Stages and beat Davao in the semis before setting a date with long-time nemesis Iloilo in the home-and-away finals. "We didn't expect to play this well," said Go. "I think it's just one of those things were everything just clicks together."
They previously clashed in the Visayas regionals â€“ a bloody 1-nil battle won by Bacolod that at times resembled a gang war as tackles, elbows, and punches were intermittently thrown.
As the two teams braced for a bruising finals battle, the acrimony spilled off the pitch.
Following a controversial 3-1 loss at the Central Philippine University football field in Jaro, Iloilo where the fulltime score of 1-1 was continued in extra periods, the home team filed a protest against the tournament officials who they accused of continuing the match. Bacolod countered by filing a protest against players who were added to the lineup when they had not seen any action throughout the tournament.
PFF officials initially reverted the outcome to 1-1 but as Bacolod threatened to walk out of the competition, Iloilo withdrew their protest and the game was played.
Team management and the coaching staff of Bacolod did their best to shield the players from the brewing controversy lest it affect their morale. Fegidero already had to contend with their power shortage in the second half of play.
Bacolod had scored most of their goals in the first 45 minutes. Come the reset, they had displayed a frightening penchant for losing focus while their opponents began to play much better. In the group stages, they nearly drew with NCR while Masbate owned the second half. Against Dipolog, the Mindanao squad took it to them in the matchâ€™s final 30 minutes. Fortunately for them, Dipolog was without four of their best players.
Against Iloilo, Bacolod faded in the second half of their rivalsâ€™ home match. â€œWe will address that,â€ promised Fegidero.
Hardly had the fans at Panaad Stadium warmed their seats when the game was over in the opening minutes. Following a brilliant Beloya strike from 30 yards out, Iloilo crumbled. They ceded four goals in the first half. By fulltime, it was 9-0. And the title, the first ever PFF Suzuki Under-23 National Cup, was Bacolodâ€™s.
During the victory celebration at Bar 21 along Lacson Street that continued until the wee hours of the morning, Fegidero and his coaching staff â€“ sans their shades â€“ sat and drank some beer. They smiled. Not the business-like manner in which they displayed at the start of the tournament. But one of extreme satisfaction.
The thing that stoodout for me in this article and shows how different the Western Visayas is from the rest of the country is this quote:
"Enter Ricky and Leo Rey Yanson. The brothers once played football for La Salle Bacolod during their high school years. Although they had hung up their boots, their love for the sport never waned. In spite of their many business ventures, they had previously managed the Bacolod Open Champion Team in 2006 and the runner-up in 2007. They also had two football fields constructed â€“ the Villa Valderrama Field and the North Field in Talisay â€“ with two more under way (one beside Robinsonâ€™s Place and the other at Barangay Bubog, Talisay)."
They are continually building football fields. They should serve as an example to the other regions. Quoting from the movie Field of Dreams, "If you build it, they will come".
cjeagle: This team is named the Ceres-Negros Occidental team, with reference to Ceres Liner, the Yanson owned bus line. This family corporation, incidentally, is the largest land transportation company in the Philippines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallacar_Transit_Corporation
It is gratifying to learn that these generous benefactors of the beautiful game are also continuing to build facilities that will definitely have a positive impact on the region. I have more than a casual interest in this. I grew up in Bacolod, after all, with the first 12 years of school spent at La Salle Bacolod.
Another factor that spurred the popularity of football back in the 60s and 70s was Don Bosco Technical Institute in Victorias. I don't know if this school is still there, I have never heard it mentioned in the context of football. But in those early years, the Salesian priests (the principal I think was Italian) focused on football and they were a force to reckon with.
Yeah, it is amazing how football crazy the Western Visayas is. Someone should setup a football academy there manned by European coaches to harness all that potential.
I am not surprised to hear that you came from the same school as these patrons of the sport. A lot of our players abroad seem to have a connection through their parents from the Visayas region.
An academy like the RSL Arizona Soccer Academy? www.grandesports.com/ Hey, you planted that seed, you never know, it might sprout someday.
Neil Ignacio's dad also played football in high school, but at La Salle Greenhills. Another uncle of his was a varsity player at CPU in Iloilo. Yes, lots of Visayan region connection. I admire these patrons' mom who never forgot where she came from. When she found out we were in Bacolod last year, she invited us to their grand house... Neil's lola was her high school teacher!
Suzuki Cup aftermath angers sponsor By FRANCIS SANTIAGO May 25, 2011, 10:12pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Football Federation should be more decisive in implementing tournament rules to avoid future controversies, an official of Suzuki Philippines, the title sponsor for the recently held PFF Under-23 tournament, said today.
Suzuki spent P3.2 million for the first ever national age group football competition to help discover talents for the Southeast Asian Games later this year.
But the three-month tourney descended into chaos after protests and counter-protests by the opposing teams in the home-and-away finals almost scrapped the second game.
Negros threatened to walkout of the second game finals when officials restored the 1-1 tie on regulation during the first game in Iloilo which it won 3-1 on extra time. The team only agreed to play the second game when football officials bowed to pressure and gave Negros the victory.
Negros then routed Iloilo, 9-0, for an emphatic 12-1 victory on aggregate.
But the aftermath left the sponsors disheartened if not disgusted. It had spent millions to give the sport a boost but lack of decisiveness on the part of the PFF almost ruined what could have been a very successful tournament, leaving the sponsor to wonder if it would support this event again next year.
“I just hope that next time, the PFF will prepare a more stringent regulations to abide by and implement it to all until the end to avoid the protests that we’ve encountered,” said Eilleen Esteban, PR manager of Suzuki, whose company also sponsors football tournaments around the world.
“Despite the controversies, I can still say it was a good start to help develop the culture of football,” Esteban said. “(It’s) relatively a successful project for our brand if you will look at the bigger picture.”
But whether Suzuki will continue to sponsor the tournament next year, Esteban said: “It is currently under study. I am still preparing my evaluation report.”
Observers said it was wrong to send the first leg into extra time as this is not allowed under international rules. Only during the second game when that game is tied is extra time allowed.
The match commissioner made a mistake when it asked officials of Negros and Iloilo if they wanted to go to extra time and both said yes. The right thing to do was to declare the match a draw, football experts said.
stellarboy: perkoalcantara: Their football forum's in Chinese...
Jun 5, 2013 9:23:33 GMT 8
Made in Germany: There should not be any Problem with Hongkong FA, my team in Cebu get lots of support from Hongkong Football players. The Hooligans have nothing to do with the official football and must be condemned worldwide
Jun 5, 2013 9:49:13 GMT 8
deft1: no biggie HK peeps. let's trash talk next time pussies!
Jun 5, 2013 10:19:47 GMT 8
Sam: Yo guys when are the next tryouts? Currently looking for a nearby team in P'Que to join in
Jun 10, 2013 22:07:23 GMT 8
khiksz14: may tao po ba? may gusto lang akong itanong
Jun 17, 2013 19:40:41 GMT 8
khiksz14: pano makaka sali or saan pwedeng sumali ang cousin ko sa any football league or team dito sa pinas? galing po kasi syang spain at uuwi dito 18years old sya ngayon! salamat wala kasi akong idea napag utusan lang po ko.
Jun 17, 2013 19:43:00 GMT 8
stellarboy: khiksz14: Paki-post na lang ng message sa Introduce yourself thread sa Induction section. Salamat.
Jun 18, 2013 10:04:37 GMT 8