Philippines Facing a Fixture Congestion in 2020

The Philippines national team is on standby expecting a busy schedule in the final quarter of the calendar year, as the resumption of the Asian qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup is being targeted. Furthermore, there will also be the AFF Suzuki Cup to provide more fixture condition for the team. The football Federation’s president Nonong Araneta has confirmed that the Asian football Federation is looking at the possibility of holding the World Cup qualification matches in October and November. These were recently shelved as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.


Philippines still have three matches left in the group matches and the national team are third in the standings. Syria are the table leaders with 15 points while China are level on with seven points. However, the Chinese have a better goal difference. The three remaining games for Philippines are against Guam, China, and Maldives. If the World Cup qualifiers comes through in September and October, then it could mean that the AFF Suzuki cup could be moved to the December slot. International football remains on hold as of now, but domestic football has been receiving support in different parts of the world. For the time being, most of the games are likely to be held in a regional manner before moving to international destinations.
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ERIKSSON: I TOLD ROMAN TO BUY CHELSEA INSTEAD OF SPURS

Sven Goran Eriksson has revealed how convinced Roman Abrahamovic to buy Chelsea instead of North London club Tottenham Hotspur in 2003. The former England manager stated that he told Abrahamovic that for him to win trophies at Tottenham Hotspur he will have to change a whole lot of things within the club, including the structure.


The first meeting between the two was not the best of first-time introductions, as the Swede took Abrahamovic to be a driver. He recalled that there were three men standing in front of him at a casino in London. One of them was properly dressed and the remaining two were just quite normal, he took the last man for the Chauffeur, but he was actually Roman. They approached the former Lazio manager that they wanted to buy a club in Moscow. He went with the delegates to Russia and the Swede advised Roman to buy Dynamo.
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Stephan Schrock Keen for SEAG Inclusion

Philippines soccer captain,Stephan Schrock, for the under-22 team is hopeful that he will be able to feature in the squad for the upcoming Southeast Asian games 2019, which takes place in November.SEAG competition permits a maximum of two players over the age of 23.Stephan Schrock is eligible to play for the Philippines national team and Germany. The under-22 squad of Philippines is trying to feature in the final four for the first time. Manager Dan Palami claimed that the team will be taking a last-minute decision over the availability ofSchrock as one of two overage players in the squad.


Philippines were able to get a tough goalless draw with China in the recent FIFA World Cup and Asian cup join qualifiers. From the squad, the likes ofYrickGallantes,Edison Suerti,and Justin Baas are expected to feature. These players are eligible for Scotland, Norway, or Holland. However, they have picked Philippines due to the higher likelihood of playing at national team level. These players are expected to have a major role with team Philippines. Hence, Palami has a tough job on his hands to leave out some crucial players. Philippines were handed a huge boost in the run-up to SEAG considering that they were able to avoid the group of death.
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CHELSEA LINKED WITH DOUBLE SIGNINGS

Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard wants to sign Lazio midfielder, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, if Chelsea’s FIFA imposed transfer ban is lifted before the start of the January transfer window.


According to the daily posts, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS, has announced that Chelsea’s appeal against the transfer ban by FIFA, for breaking the rules regarding the signing of youth players from Abroad will be heard on November 20.
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ARSENAL PLANNING SWOOP FOR LEICESTER DEFENDER

Arsenal are interested in signing Leicester defender Harry Maguire according to reports from England. The Sun reports that the Gunners have entered a close race with Manchester United for the signing of the highly rated defender.

Maguire was touted to be on the brink of a move to United last summer but signed a new contract with Leicester City. Manchester United and Arsenal are in dire need of defensive reinforcements as the backline has proven problematic for both teams as they missed out of the Champions League spots. Continue reading “ARSENAL PLANNING SWOOP FOR LEICESTER DEFENDER”

CARDIFF NEARLY CERTAIN OF RELEGATION

This season relegation battle looks to be heading for an anticlimax after the results last weekend. Cardiff City loss at relegated Fulham coupled with Brighton’s draw at home to Bournemouth has surely sealed their fate.

The Bluebirds were disappointing in the match as they never seemed to pen their relegated hosts or create chances. They allowed Fulham to control the game for the first 70 minutes and never seemed to move out of second gear despite the enormity of the occasion.
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Iain Ramsay Impressed by Sven Goran Eriksson

Iain Ramsay lauded praise on Philippines manager Sven Goran Eriksson for his presence at the Asian Cup in January. The Australian forward used to play for the likes of Adelaide United, Sydney FC, and Melbourne City. However, he was able to the present Philippines at the Asian Cup due to his Filipino roots. There has been a lot of positive news for Philippines soccer in the last couple of years and one them was the appointment of Eriksson as the manager a couple of years ago. Even though Philippines left the Asian Cup without any victory, there were multiple positives for the national team at this tournament.

Ramsay did not feature regularly at this tournament and was on the fringes of the starting line-up. However, the experience of working with the former England got seems to have left a big impression on the 31-year-old.Ramsay claims that it was important for the Philippines to qualify for the Asian Cup as it improves the profile of the football team in the country. It presents a great way to get new fans and talented player away from other sports. The football Federation in the country has been doing a lot of effort in order to improve the popularity of the sport and the quality of the national team. One of the chief efforts was to bring Eriksson as the manager back in October, and he has been able to get the Azkals success in the Suzuki Cup apart from qualifying for the Asian Cup.
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Ceres-Negros Keen to Put Philippines Soccer on a High with the AFC Cup Success

Ceres-Negros FC have been a dominant force in domestic football for a considerable period of time but they are now targeting a greater acclaim when it comes to the ongoing AFC Cup 2019. The club know that success in the competition will be able to put depends on the map. A number of critics expect Ceres-Negros FC to be able to go through the group G with little comfort even if it is already termed as the group of death. Some of the toughest teams from the Asian region like Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, Shan United of my work and Became xBinh Duong of Vietnam have been included in the group.

As a result, the AFC Cup will feature a greater calibre of players like never before. Midfielder Curt Dizon, though, sees that the competition for the AFC Cup has always been great and it is not likeCeres-Negros FCare receiving a special treatment. However, he is quite hopeful about helping put Philippines soccer in among the big names. Even though Philippines football has grown a lot in recent years, the success in major tournaments like the AFC Cup will be the dedicated. Forward OJ Porteria says that the club had to play every game with a lot of belief and confidence in order to stand a chance of getting past the group of death.
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The Philippines Start Their Campaign with a Sweet Victory

The Philippines Azkals kick off their campaign of the 2018 Suzuki Cup with a victory over Singapore with a triumphant 1-0. No goals were scored during the first half during which both the teams tried their hardest to score. It really seemed to be frustrating until the 78th minute when the atmosphere changed exceptionally by the goal of Patrick Reichelt and filled itself with tension for Singapore at the same moment. He was assisted by Phil Younghusband with a smooth touch before he kicked it in. The offensive side of Singapore was weak as they had already lost their most crucial forwards to cramps i.e. Faris Ramil and Shahril Ishak in the meantime.

The coach Svën Göran Eriksson was proud of the coordination and overall performance of the team and greatly appreciated the win saying that they had earned it for themselves. With this victory, the Philippines took over three points. Sato changed things in the Philippines as he brought the game to an offensive edge as if threatening Singapore. James Younghusband was substituted in for Mike Ott to enhance the midfield attacking more. The contribution to the defense of the match greatly goes to the Japanese defender Daisuke Sato.
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