Reality bites: based on my calculations, Guam gets the honor of the most improved side for this year alone, and I mean based on the results for this year 2012 alone. The Gary White-coached side has turned a lot of heads on their sudden improvement (and I do mean sudden compared to ours) with their big-time recruits like their MLS players. And their results against big-time sides, including our team, are beyond expectations. HKG expected to score 10-0 against them during the EAFF championships this year, but only managed to win only 2-1. Guam almost defeated Chinese Taipei but drew 1-1 at injury time and gained a reasonable 9-0 loss to Australia.
Sorry, but the Matao deserves the honour for this year alone, let alone their previous results.
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Post by mike fil montz on Dec 28, 2012 16:31:45 GMT 8
Fair Play: 2012 was the best year yet for PH Football by: Mike Limpag December 27, 2012 7:07AM
THOUGH it ended with yet another semifinal exit in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, 2012 was the best year for Philippine football.
And not just for the men’s team.
We reached our second semifinal and got our first major trophy during the AFC Challenge Cup, we won the Peace Cup trophy, our first title in 99 years, and we reached another semifinal in the Suzuki Cup.
Based on Fifa.com records, we played 21 matches in 2012, and had 10 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses.
Rankings wise, we started at 157 among Fifa members, got to our highest at 143 last month before ending the year at 147. According to Roy Moore of GMA 7 we were the most improved nation again according to the Elo rankings and I'll take his word on it. I know most readers don't know how Fifa comes up with its rankings and there's no point adding to it by discussing what an Elo ranking is.
For me, the best game for the Philippines this year, aside from the 1-0 win over Vietnam, was that 2-1 loss to Kuwait because it showed that we can more than hold our own against one of the elite teams in Asia.
After trailing 1-0 in the first half, we got into the match in the second half, we outplayed Kuwait in the second half and the stats showed it. Ball possession was 63-37 for the host in the first half but at 56-44 after full time, which showed it was 28 percent on our favor in the second half.
In the past, the Philippines has traditionally collapsed in the final 15 minutes, now, we play better in the second half. Next year, would it be for the full 90 minutes?
Women’s football, too, set a new mark this year with the Malditas winning the Vikings Cup in LA over the Cosmos via a penalty shootout, 4-3. I’m not so sure with the history, but I think that’s the first penalty shootout win in a finals involving a Philippine team. The girls get a lot of flak over their nickname, but hey, you can’t be a Maria Clara and survive the training sessions or win those 50-50s.
Our U14 team, the Little Azkals, also scored a podium finish in Japan early this year, showing that progress of the future senior team players is on track.
For local fans, 2012 was also a great year. We finally had a united Cebu Football Association and local tournaments are growing. We also got our first international friendly.
Of course, the big question, what happens next?
Next year will be crucial, for both Cebu and Philippine football. In 2008, the then CFA board had a great start, but fell apart a year later and it would be interesting to know if this year’s board members can really set themselves apart.
I really hope so because of the present football atmosphere, so much is riding on the shoulders of the present board members that I believe that if ever they’d go the way of the 2008 board, Cebu would really suffer.
As for the men’s team, coach Michael Weiss told me in an earlier interview that 2013 would be a tapering off a year, after a frenetic two years which he called as “a 10-year progress crammed into two years.”
Coach Weiss’s contract will end in January and so far, all indications are for a renewal though we haven’t heard the official word. For the Azkals, there’s the AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers in Manila in March. There’s also too, the Southeast Asian Games in November, and it would be interesting to note if the PFF has learned the lesson of the 2011 debacle, when an ill-prepared squad failed to match the hype with results.
Even before the 2010 Suzuki Cup campaign, the men’s and women’s team have steadily risen, so too, our youth campaigns, will the growth continue in 2013?
Any speculations on what our FIFA ranking will be after March? I'm unfamiliar with all these mathematical calculations.
With FIFA calendar dates just going by, there should be a lot of points going around all over the rankings. But we just had three straight wins. I dare guess we moved a up a rank or two. Anyone try the FIFA website's rank computer yet?
Still, unless I'm mistaken, we have another potential "highest ever" rank coming up. It's too bad the match against Brunei is gone. After experiencing how it is for our team to be ranked in the 190's, I would be totally ecstatic to see us in the 130's!
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8
Jun 3, 2020 11:29:52 GMT 8
nil: anyone have any ADT FC's contact?
Jun 3, 2020 11:30:08 GMT 8
Caz: Hey everyone! I hope you're all healthy and well! Philippine football is just about to pick itself up from these quarantine days so I'm looking forward to getting this forum up and running again!
Sept 27, 2020 0:39:31 GMT 8