23 August 2018 New faces for Azkals The Philippine Azkals will have a new coach and a new player when they hold their training camp next month in Bahrain. Irish coach Scott Cooper will be handling the Azkals in their first game in the post-Thomas Dooley era. With several injured mainstays and a newcomer securing necessary documents to finally suit up for the national team, Cooper could have a different squad from the one that played against Tajikistan in March to gain 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification.
Azkals manager Dan Palami said midfielder Amin Nazari, an Iranian with Filipino roots, is expected to be available. Nazari, a gifted midfielder who has played for Sweden’s Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 teams, is the younger brother of Ceres-Negros midfielder, Omid Nazari, who has already been capped by Iran. The Azkals are leaving Manila on Sept. 3 with a showdown against Bahrain slated three days later in Manama. In fine form for Cardiff in the English Premier League, Neil Etheridge has already signified his intention to join the camp. —CEDELF P. TUPAS
Colourful draw ceremony of the prestigious #BangabandhuGoldCup2018 ⚽ today at Le Méridien Dhaka
Group A: Nepal 🇳🇵️, Palestine 🇵🇸️, Tajikistan 🇳🇪️
Group B: Bangladesh 🇧🇩️, Laos 🇱🇦️, Philippines 🇵🇭️
The tournament, organised by the BFF, will be held from October 1 to 12 across two venues – Bangabandhu National Stadium and Sylhet District Stadium
Bangladesh have been grouped together with Philippines and Laos in Pool B as the draw ceremony of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2018 took place Saturday at a city hotel in Dhaka.
Group A comprises Palestine, Nepal and Tajikistan.
Cooper sees great talent for Azkals after Bangkok camp
National football team coach Scott Cooper hailed the Azkals’ low-key training camp in Bangkok, Thailand, as a “massive success,” saying that they’ve identified several prospects for selection for future Under-23 and senior tournaments, particularly 2022 World Cup Qualifying late this year.
While other Southeast Asian nations used the international break to play friendly matches and invitational tournaments, Cooper had 28 players under his wing for a week, giving them time to understand “the style, the philosophy, and culture that we want to build.”
“The camp has been a massive success,” Cooper told the Inquirer. “In a way, we were able to take a look at 15 players that we can tap for the future Under-23, Under-22 and SEA (Southeast Asian) Games and the senior team. But, of course, nobody has been ruled out for selection and we’re just following a careful plan that we’ve got to have the team ready for September (WCQ) and SEA Games.”
Among the players who were invited for the camp were long-time prospect Michael Kempter, Enrique Linares, Diego Bardanca and Jose Carillo.
Kempter, who plays in the Swiss League, has been in the Azkals’ radar for quite some time but suffered an injury that ruled him out of selection for the Asian Cup.
Linares, who plays in the third division in Spain, is the cousin of Azkals defender Alvaro Silva.
The 26-year-old Bardanca, a defender, has the most impressive resumé among the prospects as he currently plays in the second division in Poland. Bardanca is eligible to represent the country because of his Filipino grandmother.
Carillo, a striker, whose great grandfather is Filipino, plays for Cordoba in the Spanish second division.
Only four players based in the Philippines—Silva, Mike Ott, Curt Dizon and Kevin Ingreso—joined the camp.
Thailand-based players Javier Patino, Stephan Palla, Marco Casambre, Mark Hartmann, Amin Nazari and Michael Falkesgaard also linked up with the team along with Malaysia-based Amani Aguinaldo.
“This camp has been quiet, very professional and we built it up slowly,” said Cooper.
16 May 2019 Philippines To Face China PR This June 2019
The Philippine Football Federation has accepted the invitation of Chinese Football Association for an International Friendly between the Philippine Men’s “A” National Team and the China PR Men’s “ A” National Team on 7 June 2019 in Guangzhou, China PR.
The friendly match will be held during the FIFA International Match Window and will be the Philippines’ first official match following their maiden run in the AFC Asian Cup last January 2019.
This will be the 24th overall meeting between the two countries since 1913. Their last match was during the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 group stages. China PR won that match, 3-0. Following the friendly, the Philippines “A” team will have a practice match against a local club on 9 June 2019 in Guangdong Province, China PR.
The matches will serve as part of the team’s preparation for the much anticipated Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 which begins in September 2019.
Philippines Head to China PR for International Friendly Match Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The preparation for the Philippines’ campaign in the upcoming Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 begins with a training camp in China PR.
The training camp includes two matches, a FIFA International Friendly Match between the Philippine Men’s “A” Team and China PR Men’s “A” Team on Friday, 7 June 2019 at Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China, and a practice match between the Philippines selection and a local club on Sunday, 9 June 2019 in Guangdong Province.
The friendly match against China PR is the team’s first match following the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 last January 2019. This will be the second time in recent years that China PR will host the Philippines in a friendly match. The two teams last met in China last June 2017 where the hosts came away with an 8-1 win.
A total of 24 players were called up and/or invited. The team held training sessions at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium over the past two days.
Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto and defender Marco Casambre make their return to the lineup. The new additions to the squad are Bernd Schipmann who plays for German side Rot Weiss Ahlen and midfielder Christian Rontini who plays for Italian side ASD Sangiovannesse 1927.
Scott Cooper will lead the team as the senior coach.
The team left for China PR today, 05 June 2019.
Players: Player Position Club 1 DEYTO, Patrick Goalkeeper Stallion Laguna FC 2 FALKESGAARD, Michael Goalkeeper Bangkok United (Thailand) 3 SCHIPMANN, Bernd Goalkeeper Rot Weiss Ahlen (Germany) 4 AGUINALDO, Amani Defender PKNP FC (Malaysia) 5 CASAMBRE, Marco Defender Chainat Hornbill (Thailand) 6 PALLA, Stephan Defender Buriram United (Thailand) 7 WOODLAND, Luke Defender Kuala Lumpur FA (Malaysia) 8 SATO, Daisuke Defender Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania) 9 SILVA, Alvaro Defender Ceres Negros FC 10 INGRESO, Kevin Midfielder Ceres Negros FC 11 OTT, Mike Rigoberto Midfielder Ceres Negros FC 12 RONTINI, Christian Midfielder ASD Sangiovannesse 1927 (Italy) 13 SCHROCK, Stephan Midfielder Ceres Negros FC 14 BEDIC, Jovin Forward Kaya FC - Iloilo 15 DIZON, Curt Forward Ceres Negros FC 16 REICHELT, Patrick Forward Melaka United FC (Malaysia) 17 PATIÑO, Javier Forward Buriram United (Thailand)
Invited for the training camp are foreign-based players: 18 BAILEY, Kainoa Forward Des Moines Menace (USA) 19 BARDANCA, Diego Defender MKS Bytovia Bytow (Poland) 20 BERNAL, Enrique Forward Real Balompedica Linense (Spain) 21 FERNANDEZ, Pancho Forward Deportes La Serena (Chile) 22 GUERRA, Kevin Midfielder ATSV Erlangen (Germany) 23 KEMPTER, Michael Defender FC Zurich (Switzerland) 24 STRICKLER, Kristofer Forward Virginia Tech University (USA)
New national team talents excite PH skipper Schrock
Philippines captain Stephan Schrock sees plenty of promise from the Azkals’ latest recruits, whom he said look “hungry, fresh and excited” to help the country in the next cycle of the World Cup qualifiers starting September. Speaking to the Inquirer before the Azkals left for Guangzhou, China, on Tuesday night, the country’s only Asian Cup goal scorer believes the likes of newcomers Michael Kempter, Diego Bardanca and Pancho Fernandez can bring “positive vibes and energy” in their upcoming training camp and in future tournaments.
In fact, the new talents have made Schrock put his international retirement plans on hold. “There are so many reasons to quit and really just a few to stay and continue,” said the 33-year-old Schrock. “This is for the country. I feel like I can still help on the pitch than somewhere else. If they find players much better than me, then I’ll be happy to step away.” Azkals coach Scott Cooper has brought 24 players for the China camp, but only 17 will be eligible for the match against the Chinese national team on Friday.
Midfielder Christian Rontini of Italian side Sangiovannesse and goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann of German club Rot Weiss Ahlen are eligible to play against China. Kempter, Bardanca, Fernandez, Kainoa Bailey, Enrique Bernal, Kevin Guerra and Kristoffer Strickler are only invitees to the camp as they are still trying to secure the necessary requirements to play for the country.
Kempter, a defender, needs to secure a change in sporting nationality from the Fifa Player Status committee since he played for Switzerland at the youth level, while the Poland-based Bardanca, who has Filipino lineage through one of his grandparents, is still in the process of securing his passport. Fernandez grew up in Toronto, Canada, but plays in the second division in Chile. Both of his parents are Filipino as he traces his roots in Bacolod City and Manila.
In their first competitive fixture since the AFC Asian Cup last January, the Philippine Men’s “A” Team settled for a 0-2 loss to China PR Men’s “A” Team last Friday, 07 June 2019 at Guangzhou Tianhe Stadium in Guangzhou, China.
China PR scored twice in either half to claim their third win over the Philippines since 2017.
Mike Ott and Stephan Schrock impressed in the loss with key chances during the match. Defender Daisuke Sato, however, picked up two cautions and was sent off in the 69th minute.
The friendly served as the team’s preparations for the upcoming Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup 2023 this September.
The Philippines will play one more match in China PR, a training match against a local club from Guangzhou, this Sunday, 09 June 2019.
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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