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'No hard feelings' for Thomas Dooley after Azkals sacking

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The former USA team captain, who steered the Philippine football team to a historic Asian Cup berth, ends his coaching stint after 4 years

BRIGHT FUTURE. Thomas Dooley believes the Philippines can be an Asian powerhouse in football. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Thomas Dooley: A retrospective

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The outspoken nature of the former Philippine football coach may have cost him his post, but the American deserves praise for the Azkals' play under his watch

Former head coach Dooley to still be involved with Azkals

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:42 AM

Azkals team manager Dan Palami says Dooley is offered a chance to contribute under a different capacity

NEW FOCUS? As Thomas Dooley steps down from the head coach post, he is offered the chance to contribute to Philippine football in other ways. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Azkals name Terry Butcher as new coach

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:44 PM

The former England national team player succeeds Thomas Dooley

FRESH START. Former England national team captain Terry Butcher gets the nod of the Philippine Football Federation.

New Azkals coach on board next month as Asian Cup buildup gets going

May 18, 2018 - 7:12 PM

Team manager Dan Palami says the new Azkals coach succeeding Thomas Dooley will be introduced on June 14

SAME GOAL. The Azkals hope to sustain an impressive 2018 run under a new coach. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Tougher tasks, bigger assignments lined up for Philippine Azkals

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:13 PM

The Filipino football fans are in love again with the Philippine Azkals, and more wins will keep that passion burning

SWEET VICTORY. Philippine Azkals celebrate 2-1 win over Tajikistan which clinched the country's first-ever ticket to the elite Asian AFC Cup.  Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

No decision yet on Dooley's contract according to Azkals manager Palami

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Dooley's contract expired after the Tajikistan match

QUESTIONS. Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley (L) in the post-match press conference with 'Man of the match' Kevin Ingreso (R). Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Locked and loaded: Azkals in top shape for last 2019 Asian Cup qualifier vs Tajikistan

Mar 26, 2018 - 4:15 PM

'I think we have every right to feel confident going to this game,' says Phil Younghusband

GEARED UP. The Azkals are in their best form to take on Tajikistan for the Asian Cup berth. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Postgame thoughts: Azkals 3, Fiji 2; More questions than answers

Mar 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The tuneup to Tuesday's (March 27) big qualifier was a mixed bag for Azkals fans

MAN OF THE MATCH. Misagh Bahadoran gets past Fiji defender Dave Radrigai to bring up the ball for the Azkals' offense. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation.

Azkals learn to live without mainstays for tough China, Tajikistan games

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Learn why Thomas Dooley s men will play two tough matches without some key players

NOT COMING. Neil Etheridge is just one of several Azkals mainstays who won't be playing for various reasons. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals rise to highest ever FIFA ranking

May 05, 2016 - 6:43 PM

The Azkals are ranked 115th in the world in the latest FIFA standings while Argentina remains the world s top squad

TOP DOGS. The Philippine Azkals continue their rise up the FIFA rankings. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dooley signs two-year extension to coach Azkals

May 04, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The deal means Dooley will lead the Philippines as they target success in the AFF Suzuki Cup

TOP DOG. The Azkals have climbed 11 spots in the FIFA rankings under coach Thomas Dooley. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals vs North Korea postgame: The sweetest of victories

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:45 AM

The Azkals Asian Cup qualifying campaign ends in fairy tale fashion with a come from behind 3 2 win Here s how they did it

PUSO. The Philippines' come-from-behind victory over North Korea earns a spot in the pantheon of remarkable Filipino football upset victories. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Azkals face uphill task in brutal World Cup qualifying road trip

Oct 05, 2015 - 4:01 PM

The Philippines has no shortage of issues leading up to the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against North Korea and Bahrain

ON THE GRIND. Ten Azkals were on hand at practice on Friday as the Philippines prepares to meet DPR Korea and Bahrain. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals vs Uzbekistan postgame: More questions than answers

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:09 PM

After a ghastly 5 1 beatdown on Tuesday the Azkals have some soul searching to do going into October s qualifying road trip

Azkals defeat Maldives in friendly before Uzbekistan qualifier

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:04 PM

Jerry Lucena gets his second international goal as the Philippines prepares for a pivotal World Cup qualifying match against Uzbekistan

TOP DOGS. The Philippine Azkals defeated Maldives 2-0 in a FIFA friendly. The game that matters most comes next week against Uzbekistan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maldives preview: Azkals face important tuneup before Uzbekistan

Sep 02, 2015 - 12:57 AM

The Philippines faces Maldives in a friendly on Thursday which will serve as an appetizer for the World Cup qualifier next week versus Uzbekistan

FRIENDLY FIRE. Manny Ott, flanked by Neil Etheridge (L) and Kevin Ingresso (R), may have benefited from his involuntary rest day during the UFL Cup Final. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Misagh Bahadoran: An unlikely Azkals standout

Aug 04, 2015 - 5:27 PM

Misagh Bahadoran returned to the Philippines to become a dentist He never imagined he d become an important part of their national football team

BLAZE OF GLORY. Misagh Bahadoran had long dreamed of scoring goals for the Philippine National Football team. That dream came true on one of the biggest stages possible. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dooley continues to surprise, evolve, and succeed with the Azkals

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:37 PM

The Azkals coach has been able to use new players and a new system to bring his team a step closer to the World Cup His players share how he did it

TOP DOG. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has had his travails, but the Philippine national football team's recent success at FIFA World Cup qualifiers has made a believer out of many detractors. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Outgoing German football consultant has encouraging, sobering words for Pinoy football

Jun 30, 2015 - 3:38 PM

Thomas Roy who has been in the Philippines to help nurture grassroots football says it will be a big challenge to grow the sport domestically

“The coaches are doing their best, but as long as you have few youth players, it's going to be very hard," Thomas Roy says of the grassroots program in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Dooley leading Philippines to a bright football future

Jun 19, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has turned around the fortunes of Philippine football just as he had for the United States years earlier

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley congratulates Misagh Bahadoran after he scored against Bahrain on June 11. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals vs Yemen postgame thoughts: Misagh's moment

Jun 17, 2015 - 4:21 PM

The Philippines stay perfect in FIFA World Cup Qualifying with a handsome 2 0 win against Yemen in Doha Here are musings on another watershed game for Philippine football

The Azkals are basking in the glory of two consecutive victories in the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals notebook: one week to go before Bahrain

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Notes on the Azkals preparation for FIFA World Cup qualifiers new members of the football squad and Nonong Araneta s thoughts on the FIFA scandal

British life insurer Pru Life UK, the official insurance provider of the Philippine national men's football team, held a send-off for the team on Wednesday, June 3. Photo by Josh Albelda

IN PHOTOS: Azkals train for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:03 PM

Stephan Schrock Phil Younghusband Neil Etheridge and the rest of the Azkals sweat it out in pink practice jerseys as they prepare for their World Cup qualifying matches against Bahrain and Yemen

Photo by Bob Guerrero

No Azkals game on TV? Then watch our U22 team instead

Mar 30, 2015 - 12:25 PM

The Azkals friendly match against Bahrain tonight won t be televised So why not check out the Philippine U22 game against Cambodia?

The Philippine U22 has a high stakes match of its own coming up. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Azkals' Chris Greatwich to take break from international play

Mar 25, 2015 - 7:20 AM

Chris Greatwich explains his exclusion from the Azkals Bahrain training camp saying he wants to spend more time with his family

GREAT-WICH. Chris Greatwich will be taking an indefinite leave from international play. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Azkals roster revealed ahead of Bahrain training camp

Mar 17, 2015 - 4:37 AM

Rob Gier Phil Younghusband and Martin Steuble headline the list of players called for the FIFA World Cup qualifier as well as the return of Neil Etheridge

James Younghusband and his brother Phil are two of the players being called up for training camp in Bahrain. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

SMS-based program launched for Azkals fans

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:48 PM

The Philippine national football team is set to get closer to their fans through an initiative by a mobile content firm

The Azkals players and management announce the service. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Is there a centerback crisis with the Azkals?

Mar 16, 2015 - 6:05 PM

As FIFA World Cup qualifiers near the Philippines lack of quality young central defenders remains a gaping hole in the Azkals lineup

Amani Aguinaldo, 19, of Global FC is one of the few - the too few - Filipino centerbacks currently plying the trade. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Azkals to hold Bahrain training camp

Mar 05, 2015 - 1:26 PM

The training jumpstarts their bid for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Neil Etheridge returns to Manila...for a different reason

Feb 21, 2015 - 1:39 AM

Former Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will hold a goalkeeping camp in Manila in May and says his problems with Coach Dooley are water under the bridge

PRODIGAL GOALKEEPER. Former Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will return to Manila to host a goalkeeping camp and still harbors hopes of playing for the national team once more. File photo courtesy of Fulham FC official website

Azkals vs Thailand ends in scoreless draw

Dec 06, 2014 - 10:51 PM

The Philippine national football team were held to a nil nil draw with Thailand in the first leg of their AFF Suzuki Cup semi final clash

Amani Aguinaldo (R) of the Azkals and Adisak Kraisorn (L) of Thailand battle for possession. Photo by Josh Albelda

Azkals defeat Indonesia 4-0 to earn Suzuki Cup semis berth

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:19 PM

The Azkals dominated Indonesia to score their second straight win in the AFF Suzuki Cup and earn a trip to the semifinals

Thomas Dooley and the Azkals celebrate their 4-0 victory over Indonesia. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup's Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: Azkals vs Laos (Suzuki Cup)

Nov 22, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Rappler s live blog of the Azkals opening match in the AFF Suzuki Cup vs Laos

Defense key in Azkals' Suzuki Cup campaign

Nov 21, 2014 - 1:16 PM

Azkals team manager Dan Palami says focusing on defense while continuing to be aggressive on offense is key to the team s AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

Azkals Phil Younghusband (L) vies for the ball against Global FC's Valentine Kama (C). File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Azkals shrug off Cambodia as Phil Younghusband reaches milestone

Nov 14, 2014 - 10:55 PM

The Azkals play well on their home soil as Phil Younghusband scores the 40th goal of his international playing career

MILESTONE. Phil Younghusband scores the 40th goal of his international football career. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals all set for friendly vs Cambodia

Nov 13, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Our players are good enough to be the best team But you have to be aggressive from start to finish says head coach Thomas Dooley

Azkals head coach Thomas Dooley. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rapple

Ceres players to miss Qatar friendlies

Oct 29, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Ceres FC club director Ali Go says their club would not release Jeffrey Christiaens Juani Guirado Manny Ott and Patrick Reichelt for national team duty over what the team feels is an unhealthy schedule

Azkals to play Papua New Guinea in Manila friendly

Oct 08, 2014 - 3:49 AM

The Azkals will play against Papua New Guinea this Sunday in a Manila friendly match to prepare for the upcoming Suzuki Cup

James Younghusband of the Azkals dribbles past Malaysian defenders during their scoreless draw in April. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Azkals fall to Myanmar in Peace Cup final

Sep 06, 2014 - 11:05 PM

Myanmar inched their way past the two time defending champion Philippines to take the coveted Peace Cup crown

The Myanmar team celebrates their 3-2 victory over the Azkals to take the Peace Cup title. Photo by Josh Albelda

PFF revises Peace Cup game dates

Aug 31, 2014 - 7:23 PM

To comply with new regulations set by international football governing body the PFF announced that the matches for the squads that will participate in the 2014 Peace Cup will be reduced to 2

Patrick Reichelt sinks a goal during an Azkals vs Global FC friendly match. Photo by Mark Cristino

Dooley reveals Peace Cup Azkals roster

Aug 29, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The Younghusband and Greatwich brothers all made the cut as the Philippines prepares to defend its Peace Cup title

RELEASED. Azkals coach Thomas Dooley addresses the media as he issues the final roster for the Peace Cup. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

Azkals down UFL champs Global in Manila friendly

Aug 28, 2014 - 2:10 AM

The Azkals notched a win over defending UFL champs Global FC as the team fosters chemistry leading to next month s Peace Cup

Phil Younghusband of the Azkals scores the first goal of the game against Global FC. Photo by Mark Cristino

IN PHOTOS: Azkals open training camp for Peace Cup

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:59 PM

The Philippine National Football Team begins their preparations to defend their Peace Cup title next month

ON THE JOB. Roxy Dorlas and Charley Pettys work the ball around as head coach Thomas Dooley looks on. Photo by Jaelle Nevin Reyes

The Azkals and the need to unite

Aug 09, 2014 - 3:07 PM

You can say the losers of this situation are the Filipino fans that have pledged their unconditional support to the Azkals over the past few years Naveen Ganglani writes

Facing revolt, Azkals coach Dooley takes aim at Schrock, Etheridge, Cagara

Aug 08, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Azkals coach Thomas Dooley didn t hold back in his criticism of Azkal players Neil Etheridge Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara

Coach Thomas Dooley had harsh words for Azkals Stephan Schrock, Neil Etheridge and Dennis Cagara at Thursday's press conference. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

WATCH: Azkals coach Dooley fires back at Schrock, Etheridge, Cagara

Aug 07, 2014 - 9:39 PM

After being rocked by the criticism and withdrawals of Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara Azkals coach Thomas Dooley addressed the media to offer his side

"The PFF are not a pick-up club or a pick-up organization or a chicken farm as Stephan was releasing in the social media," said Dooley. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

On Azkals controversy: Locals need playing time, too

Aug 06, 2014 - 7:32 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says the team s star players may not be released by their home clubs in Europe for tournaments like the ASEAN Football Federation AFF Suzuki Cup because it s not an official FIFA event

“Bottom line, our National Coach Thomas Dooley [needs] to have a team ready which consists more or less [of] our local players to compete [in] events like the Suzuki Cup," said a statement on the Azkals Facebook page. Photo by Mark Cristino

Rappler Newscast | August 5, 2014

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:29 PM

Missionaries infected with Ebola “dramatically improve” with secret drug Indonesia denounces the Islamic State 2 Azkals players quit because of their new coach

Why the Azkals are upset with team management

Aug 05, 2014 - 5:05 PM

A lack of communication about roster changes and disorganization within the PFF are the reasons why some players aren t pleased with management says a source after Stephan Schrock and Dennis Cagara quit the team