Asian Cup 2019 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Asian Cup 2019


Taiwanese siblings complete 2019 Mayon Triathlon sweep

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Despite juggling their studies and sport, the Changs dominate the men and women’s divisions of the swim-bike-run event

FAMILY AFFAIR. Chang Ting Ting and Chang Chia Hao celebrate their title run with the podium finishers. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Nothing but praise for the Azkals

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Even though the Philippine Azkals lost all 3 matches, they can hold their heads up high

HISTORIC. Stephan Schrock scores the Philippines' first ever Asian Cup goal against Kyrgyzstan. Photo by AFP

Azkals bow out of maiden Asian Cup tourney

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Vitalig Lux's hat-trick sends the Azkals crashing out of the 2019 Asian Cup as Stephan Schrock scores a historic goal

Kyrghyzstan's defender Mustafa Iusupov (L) fights for the ball against Philippines' forward Javier Patino during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C match between Kyrgyzstan and Philippines at Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Kyrgyzstan – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Azkals face a must-win situation against Kyrgyzstan as they vie to advance to the next round

Azkals to take every chance in Asian Cup must-win situation

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:47 PM

The Philippine men's football team needs a big win against Kyrgyzstan to get out of the group stage

WEARY. The Philippine Azkals fail to match up to the physicality of the Chinese players. Photo from AFC Asian Cup website

Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals coach Sven cancels dinner as China punishes PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope – but small hope, probably,' says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as his Azkals bow to China

OVERWHELMED. China proves too much for Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals fall to China as Wu Lei scores brace

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Philippine Azkals absorb their second straight loss in the 2019 Asian Cup

TOUGH SITUATION. Philippines' midfielder Kevin Ingreso (C) marks China's midfielder Hao Junmin (R) as the Azkals pick up another loss. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Azkals not banking on familiarity against China

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Sven-Göran Eriksson may be all too familiar with Chinese football, but the Azkals coach says it’s just a 'little advantage'

FAMILIARITY. Javier Patiño carries experience from his three years in the Chinese Super League. Photo by Pam Puri

Sven's 'street dogs' put Philippines on Asian Cup map

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'I like the people, I like the players. We are more like a team today than we were a month ago,' says Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

REAL FRIGHT. John Patrick Strauss (left) and the Philippine Azkals give Asian football giant South Korea a scare. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to continue their surprising Asian Cup run against China

China faces attacking crisis ahead of Asian Cup match vs Azkals

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Coach Marcello Lippi says China is 'not certain' if injured star Wu Lei will suit up against the Philippines

INJURY WOES. China's Wu Lei is suspected of suffering from a collarbone injury after the opening game against Kyrgyzstan. Photo from AFC Asian Cup website

Phil Younghusband hopes to play bigger role in Asian Cup

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:06 PM

'It’s disappointing to have not had played a bigger role but there’s still games to go so hopefully I’ll get more game time then,' says Phil Younghusband

BENCHED. Team captain Phil Younghusband only comes off the bench in the 89th minute of the game against South Korea. Photo by Pam Puri

Captain Yoshida wants Japan to fight Asian Cup pressure

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'But unlike the World Cup the expectation on Japan is different at an Asian Cup – where we are expected to win,' says Maya Yoshida

FLAVOR OF YOUTH. Takumi Minamino is one of the young Japanese players who will reinforce the Blue Samurais' offense. Photo from Takumi Minamino's Instagram

Azkals postgame thoughts: Pinoy grit keeps hope alive

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Here's a breakdown of the Azkals' surprising 1-0 loss to Asian powerhouse South Korea

POSITIVE RESULT. The Philippine Azkals unexpectedly lose to South Korea by only 1-0. Photo from

Quieroz slams critics after Iran's 5-0 Asian Cup romp

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Former Iran coach Branko Ivankovic's praises for Iraq does not sit well with Carlos Quieroz

FEUDING ADVERSARY. Iran coach Carlos Quieroz does not appreciate the negative comments by critics. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

Azkals plot surprise over South Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It would be a tough game for us, but we have been in football for very long and there are surprises everywhere,' says Stephan Schrock

DREAMING BIG. The Philippine Azkals are raring to make the tournament's biggest upset against South Korea. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs South Korea – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Philippine Azkals open their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign against powerhouse South Korea on January 7 in Dubai

Azkals look to 'get out' of 2019 Asian Cup group stage

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Philippine men's football team targets a 'realistic goal' to at least finish as one of the 4 best third-placers to advance to the next round

HISTORIC STAGE. The Azkals are not satisfied with just being in the 2019 Asian Cup, but are looking to surpass expectations. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Injured Huddersfield star Mooy ruled out of Asian Cup

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Aaron Mooy gets a second opinion that confirmed his knee injury

INJURY. Aaron Mooy suffers from a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee earlier in December 2018. Photo from Aaron Mooy's Instagram

Falkesgaard, Mendoza to step up for Etheridge in 2019 Asian Cup

Dec 22, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Michael Falkesgaard and Fil-Danish Kevin Ray Mendoza are next in line if Cardiff City's main keeper decides to suit up for the opening game only

ASIAN CUP-BOUND. Michael Falkesgaard (left), Neil Etheridge and Kevin Ray Mendoza will be going to the Azkals training camp on December 26. Photos by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation (Falkesgaard), Neil Etheridge's Instagram, Kevin Ray Mendoza's Instagram.

Socceroos include injured Mooy in Asian Cup title defense

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Midfielder Aaron Mooy desperately wants to play with the Australia national football team in the 2019 Asian Cup

INJURY. Aaron Mooy suffers from a medial collateral ligament tear in his right knee earlier in December 2018. Photo from Aaron Mooy's Instagram

Sports bits: Azkals tickets on sale, Perlas hold fans day, ColorManila set

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Here are some updates on the Philippine football team, BanKo Perlas Spikers and the ColorManila race

FUN RUN. ColorManila brings the unique obstacle race to Davao.

Depleted Azkals face tough qualifier versus Uzbekistan

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:15 AM

A rash of injuries to key players means the Philippines faces a daunting Holy Thursday match in Tashkent

FIRST 11. The Philippine Azkals' starting 11 versus Yemen. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler