It would be a huge understatement to say Philippines Soccer will receive a boost if the country could be one of the 32 teams at next year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar. Qualification for Qatar 2022 would not only be a boost for Philippines Soccer but a massive one.
Qatar 2022 qualification for the Philippines would even be more romantic since the tournament is being held on Asian soil. To make this happen for Philippines Soccer and its stakeholders, the senior national team will have to navigate both the second and third rounds. The possibility of a fourth round can’t be written off as well. Continue reading “QATAR 2022: WHAT PHILIPPINES MUST DO”→
Philippines Soccer received a major facelift when the country qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time in their history for the 2019 edition in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament was won by Qatar, who are the hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament and they used the 2019 Asian Cup tournament as a dress rehearsal for the big one scheduled to take place at the end of 2022. The 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament will start in November 21, 2022 and end in December 18, 2022. The 2019 edition of the Asian Cup was when Philippines Soccer was properly represented. Qatar defeated a more experienced team in Japan in the final to win the Asian Cup for the first time in their history. Philippines Soccer was represented in Group C, where the country faced the likes of China, Kyrgyzstan and South Korea. At the end of proceedings, Philippines finished last on the group standings, while Kyrgyzstan were third. South Korea won Group C, with a maximum nine points from the three group games, while China were second in the group with six points from the three group matches. Kyrgyzstan won three points from their three games in the group, while Philippines didn’t record any point. Despite the poor showing at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Philippines Soccer was ably represented for the first time at an Asian Cup tournament.
Philippines national team boss Scott Cooper says that he is glad to see Jarvey Gayoso back on the pitch in the Thailand pro league.Gayoso was expected to leave Manila within the next few days. He is expected to sign with Muangthong United, who are one of the top clubs in this part of the world.Muangthong United have been able to pick up four titles in the T1 league, which is the first division in Thailand.
United City FC are the undisputed kings of Philippines Soccer after they won the 2020 Philippines Football League (PFL) season. United City have dominated Philippines Soccer for a very long time. The latest title triumph in the Philippines Football League means that United City FC have won all the four editions of the PFL as far as Philippines Soccer is concerned. United City FC won the PFL in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. United City FC were previously called Ceres-Negros before the change of name to United City. The change of name didn’t stop the club from continuing their dominance of Philippines Soccer. They were known as Ceres-Negros from 2017 to 2019.
Holders United City FC were joined for the 2020 Philippines Football League by five other clubs namely Kaya-Iloilo, Azkals Development Team, Maharlika Manila, Stallion Laguna and Mendiola 1991. United City FC won the league title with a game to spare in November 2020. They wrapped up the league title by smashing Stallion Laguna 7-1 at the PFF National Training Centre. Kaya-Iloilo were their biggest title challengers but they were not able to push United City FC till the end of the season after they were forced to a disappointing goalless draw by Mendiola FC 1991. The goalless result meant that United City FC needed to beat Stallion Laguna to clinch a fourth successive league title and they did that in style by putting seven past their opponent. Continue reading “UNITED CITY ARE PHILIPPINES SOCCER KINGS”→
They may not be talked about that much, but the Philippines are currently grooming some talented players who have been touted to emerge as the country’s cover stars of the future. The country has had a host of big-name players in the past, including the likes of Freddy Gonzales to Paulino Alcantara.
Philippines have decided to extend the contract of coach Scott Cooper in order to help the national team qualify for the 2023 Asian cup, while still maintaining the objective of reaching the World Cup in 2026. Cooper has been in charge of the national team of Philippines since 2018. Even though he was initially appointed an interim basis after the departure of Sven Goran Eriksson, Cooper has been able to make a major impact in multiple spells with the Azkals. Sven Goran Eriksson was in charge of the national team during the Asian cup 2019. After the conclusion of the tournament, Cooper returned to be in charge of the Azkals.
Cooper is widely known for his experience with the likes of Indonesia and Thailand. He was able to place the national team in a respectable position when it comes to the qualifiers for the World Cup 2022. Philippines are in the third place of the group A after having picked up 7 points. It is likely that the team will be able to overthrow city Syria at the top of the table with 15 points, but overcoming China is a realistic possibility. China is ahead of Philippines only because of a better record in the win-draw-loss ratio. Philippine Football Federation’s Araneta says that everyone concerned with the national team are very happy with the efforts of Cooper. Continue reading “Philippines extends contract of Scott Cooper”→
Philippines national team manager Goran Milojevic claimed that the outfit were extremely unlucky not to achieve even greater success at the South-East Asian Games. The team was unable to get to the semifinals for the 14th success of time in the SEA games. This was a major disappointment for the national team, who were able to get past the knockout stages only back in 1991. Back then, Philippines hosted the tournament and they utilised the home advantage in the best possible way. Now, however, the team has been trying a lot of techniques to overcome the poor form and this even includes appointing Goran Milojevic as the manager.
The team were in the Group A along with the likes of Timor-Leste. In the final group match of the single round elimination competition, Philippines were able to pick up a 6-1 victory. Even then, this 90 minute performance was unable to provide a first semi-final appearance for the team in almost 3 decades. A tiebreaker was responsible for preventing the team from reaching the knockouts. Milojevic does not regret the effort of his team, which he considers as being one of the best ever in the history of the national team. Milojevic reckons that with some changes and modifications, the team will be able to do well in the upcoming versions. Continue reading “Philippines Deserved to Reach the Semifinals, Claims Milojevic”→
Philippines football has finally received the green signal to start training, but a number of restrictions to be followed, according to the Philippine Football Federation. The latter will be playing a key role in it comes to overseeing the training, which will take place in a centralised location. The PFF (Philippine Football Federation) training centre, which is located in Carmona, will be the destination for this training.
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. Continue reading “Philippines Facing a Fixture Congestion in 2020”→