Congratulations to the Azkals! Happy for Captain Rob's first international goal! Glad to see James back and Mark getting his chance - both scoring goals as well.
So we face Myanmar on Saturday. It'll be exciting as both teams are looking on to win the Suzuki Cup title later this year. How strong would their team be compared to ours under new coaches (both sides)?
How I wish that this event could have been a bigger one - at least Suzuki Cup level or Challenge Cup level. With all the conflict going on around the world, the name of the tournament is very timely and could have been used to promote peace/peace awareness in a larger scale. I know budget is a big factor but perhaps PFF could coordinate with the government in this tourney. I saw a tweet from the office of the president for peace congratulating them so they are aware of this tournament. Perhaps PFF could coordinate with them (and Sen Pia Cayetano) in the future to put the peace cup in a bigger platform. Just my 2 cents
Last Edit: Sept 4, 2014 5:47:15 GMT 8 by orangepink
Thomas Dooley got creative on us, and it worked. The Azkals coach has been very difficult to predict, especially when it comes to his starting lineups. On Wednesday, he was up to his usual unorthodox self.
A week ago the Philippine team played a scrimmage against Global, where Kenshiro Daniels was fielded in as a right back late in the game. He told me that he had never played at that position in his entire life. (He’s usually an attacking player.)
Well he has now played an entire international game at that slot, and he did quite well.
It was a gutsy call by Dooley to bring in Daniels for an injured Simone Rota, especially when he has two veteran right backs at his disposal in Carlie De Murga and Anton Del Rosaro. (Simon Greatwich could have also been an option.) But I think Dooley correctly gauged the weakness of this team from Chinese Taipei and for much of the match actually employed Daniels as a right winger in something like a 3-5-2 when they would go forward. From there he unspooled several useful passes, and to my recollection, made only one error in defense all night.
But will Dooley dare to field Daniels at right back against Myanmar? That’s a very risky proposition, since Myanmar’s forward line is quicker, craftier, and plays more as a team than the Formosans. Azkals Assistant Sebastian Stache scouted Myanmar’s startling 4-1 rout of Palestine. I’d love to know his thoughts on what he saw. My guess is that if Rota still isn’t fit, De Murga could start on Saturday.
The other curve Dooley threw was bringing back James Younghusband into the start list, at center forward. James is usually a right winger where he can use his terrific crossing ability to create problems. But James is a fine header of the ball, (he was denied by the post in the second half off a header) and is quite tall, so playing him at number nine was a great move. His tenth international goal (off a sublime run and assist from Misageh Bahadoran, who was terrific on Wednesday) moves James into third in the Azkals list of active-player goalscorers, a goal more than Ian Araneta and six adrift of Chieffy Caligdong.
The elder Younghusband was shut out of much of the Challenge Cup, but it’s obvious he has worked hard in training to win the gaffer’s trust back.
Mark Hartmann gave us a glimpse of what he is capable of. If you only watch Azkals games, you will perhaps be wowed by Hartmann’s late-game brace. But if you watch the UFL, this is old hat. Marky is a wicked finisher who can beat you with either foot and with his head.
His first goal was very similar to one he scored for Meralco in the Singapore Cup two years ago. He gets a Patrick Reichelt cross from the right wing and volleys the ball DOWN INTO THE TURF for a sure score. Many players would have skied that over the bar, since the ball was a few inches off the ground. But Mark’s technique was too good for that.
It was similarly perfect on the next goal, a blast from the edge of the penalty area that had to be inches away from where older brother Matt scored his only international strike against Nepal in 2011.
Hartmann was the UFL’s leading scorer in the 2014 league but was a shock omission in Dooley’s Challenge Cup team. I would think he is now a lock for the Suzuki Cup.
BTW, if we are forced to have only two FIFA international matches per team in the Peace Cup, then we can invite a club team or an Under-age team to be the fourth team. Three matches per team, one of them is not a FIFA full international. Back to the old format.
Last Edit: Sept 5, 2014 11:12:24 GMT 8 by leoisiah
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