Philippines Soccer won’t be represented at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament after the country failed to make it to the third round of the Asian qualifiers. The second round of the Asian qualifiers ended earlier this month and the Philippines missed out on qualification for the third round of the qualifiers after finishing outside the top two.
12 teams qualified for the next round at the end of the second round of qualifiers and Philippines Soccer was conspicuously missing. Only the top two spots in the eight groups would have given the second round teams the opportunity to progress into the third round and the Philippines missed out after finishing in third spot in Group A behind China PR and leaders Syria. All the winners from the eight groups qualified automatically for the third round where they were joined by the best five teams in second position in the various groups due to host nation Qatar finishing top of their group. Continue reading “PHILIPPINES OUT OF QATAR 2022 RUNNING”→
The World Cup hopes of Philippines soccer is dwindling at a rapid rate after China secured a crucial victory when the two teams met earlier this week. The People’s Republic of China (China PR) were 2-0 winners at the end of their encounter with the Philippines on Monday in Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) region.
Philippines soccer had received a big lift in the quest to qualify for the next World Cup edition scheduled to take place on Asian soil following the impressive record of two wins and a draw from the first four qualifiers in Group A. The return of seven points from those four games ensured that Philippines were well placed to qualify for the next round of the qualifiers but theoptimism has evaporated after two successive defeats including the one against the Chinese team on Monday. Continue reading “QATAR 2022 QUALIFIERS: PHILIPPINES LOSE AGAIN”→
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”→