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.

However, as the end of an era dawns, a new one emerges. This has been the case in Pilipino football, with young bright talents coming up the ranks from the grassroots.

Philippines extends contract of Scott Cooper


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.
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Philippines Deserved to Reach the Semifinals, Claims Milojevic



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.
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PFF gives the go-ahead for resuming training in Philippines


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.

Philippines soccer is badly in need of a restart after it has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. All forms of football are slowly resuming around the world and Philippines is one of the latest to join in the same.
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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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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.

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 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.


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”