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James Younghusband retires from football

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Azkals star James Younghusband hangs up his boots after 12 international goals for the Philippines

END OF ERA. James Younghusband follows suit in announcing his retirement from Philippine football. Photo courtesy of Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

PH football events affected by coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 6:26 PM

The Azkals World Cup qualifying games are postponed, while Ceres' AFC Cup match against Bali United is closed to public

RESCHEDULED. The Philippine Azkals' games in March and June are set to be rescheduled. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Azkals' Stephan Schrock meets Jo Koy in Manila

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Philippine men's football captain Stephan Schrock makes sure to get some laughs with his idol Jo Koy

SCHROCKOY. Azkals skipper Stephan Schrock (left) gifts Fil-Am comedian Jo Koy a jersey with his #17. Photo from Stephan Schrock's Facebook page

‘Unlucky’ Azkals deserve better SEA Games finish, says coach

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'Sometimes you deserve to go up, but you’re unlucky, but I am confident that we’ll be much better,' says Azkals coach Goran Milojevic

GALLANT EFFORT. Amani Aguinaldo (left) emerges a one of the Azkals’ top performers in the SEA Games. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Azkals drub Timor-Leste, but Cambodia dashes PH’s semis hope

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Philippine men’s under-22 football team closes out the elimination round with a dominant win over Timor-Lester but still falls short of its semifinal bid

END OF THE ROAD. Stephan Schrock (right) and the Philippine Azkals wrap up their SEA Games campaign. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Azkals look to end group stages on triumphant note

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Their medal hopes hang by a string but the Philippine Azkals vow to stay in contention in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

TALL ORDER. Stephan Schrock and the Azkals seek a dominant win over Timor-Leste to keep their semifinals hopes alive. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Azkals brace for must-win games

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Vying to crash the semifinals, the Philippine men's football team goes for a sweep of its last two assignments in the SEA Games group stage

Skipper Stephan Schrock (right) and the Philippine Azkals tackle Malaysia next. Photo by EPA-EFE/Mark R. Cristino

Syria sweeps Azkals in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2nd round opener

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines heads home without a win, but the Azkals prevent another serious drubbing from Group A leader Syria

RECOVERY. The Azkals prevent another drubbing by 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Group A leader Syria. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Azkals escape Maldives in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The Philippine men's football team bags its second win in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers

SPARK. Iain Ramsay opens the scoreline for the Philippine Azkals. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Etheridge flashes brilliance in Azkals' draw with China

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The Philippine Azkals hold group leader China to a draw thanks to Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridge

KEY PLAYER. Neil Etheridge's return to national duty gives the Azkals a competitive edge against group leader China. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Neil Etheridge returns for Azkals' World Cup qualifiers

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Neil Etheridge returns to national duty in the Azkals' 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against China

NATIONAL DUTY. Neil Etheridge is ready to reinforce the Azkals' last line of defense against China. Photo from Neil Etheridge's Instagram

Azkals cop 1st win over Guam in World Cup qualifiers

Sep 10, 2019 - 4:13 PM

The Philippine Azkals rebound from their lackluster performance with a breakthrough win in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

1ST WIN. The Philippine Azkals dominate the Guam national men's football team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Syria drubs Azkals in World Cup qualifiers opener

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:43 PM

After scoring the opening goal, the Philippines receives a beating from World No. 85 Syria

KEY PLAYER. Omar Al Soma threatens the Azkals defense and scores a brace in the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers opener. Photo from the Philippine Football Federation

Azkals to face China, Syria in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Odds may be against them but the Philippine Azkals hope to be one of the top 4 Asian countries who will see action in the 2022 World Cup

THROWBACK. The Philippine Azkals make the  Asian Cup for the first time. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

China prevails over shorthanded Azkals in international friendly

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:04 PM

The Philippines bows to a dominating China once again as the Azkals go down to 10 men

TESTED. Azkals keeper Michael Falkesgaard gets tested by China's offense. File photo from 2019 AFC Asian Cup

New faces, no Younghusbands in Azkals China training camp

Jun 05, 2019 - 5:51 PM

National team mainstays Phil and James Younghusband won't be around when the Azkals start their preparations for the World Cup qualifiers

REMATCH. Philippines' midfielder Stephan Schrock (2nd-L) is marked by China's defender Feng Xiaoting (L) and China's defender Ke Shi (R) during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Eriksson ends brief Philippine Azkals stint

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The decorated Sven-Göran Eriksson is still available for consultation, according to Philippine Football Federation officials

EXIT. Sven-Göran Eriksson adds the Philippines to the list of of national teams he coached in his decorated career. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

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

WATCH: Azkals put up against 'one of the best teams' in Asian Cup

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Sven-Göran Eriksson hopes to see the Azkals do better after their impressive performance against South Korea

PROUD. Sven-Göran Eriksson is thrilled to see the Philippine Azkals keep a scoreless first half against South Korea. Photo by Pam Puri

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

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

5 players to watch at the Asian Cup

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

As the Philippine Azkals try to do without Premier League player Neil Etheridge, the rest of the field bring out their big guns

HOTSHOT. Unlike Neil Etheridge, fellow Premier League player Son Heung-min of South Korea gets a chance to see action for his national team. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Goal-getters: Filipino football players who made a mark in 2018

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:19 AM

A recap of the people and moments that made 2018 another great year for Philippine football

No Etheridge in Azkals lineup for Asian Cup

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines will make its first appearance in the quadrennial meet's history

BIG SHOES TO FILL. Neil Etheridge won't be seeing action for the Philippines in its Asian Cup debut. Photo from Neil Etheridge's Twitter.

10 striking sports moments on social media in 2018

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:02 PM

From the shocking 'basketbrawl' to the inclusion of esports as a medal event in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, here's a roundup of the most interacted sports events on Rappler's social media accounts this year

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.

A call for patience: Thoughts on another Azkals semis exit

Dec 07, 2018 - 12:10 PM

Pinoy football fans need to take a long view in the light of another heartbreaking exit in the Suzuki Cup final four

STILL A PROJECT. Even with the infusion of overseas-born talent, it will take time before the Philippine Azkals find international success. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

Azkals bow out of 2018 Suzuki Cup semis

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:48 PM

The Philippines fails to advance to the title round after losing to Vietnam on aggregate

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Vietnam – AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semis 2nd leg

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The Philippine Azkals need at least a 2-0 win over Vietnam to advance to the AFF Suzuki Cup Finals for the first time

Thoughts on Azkals' tough semis loss to Vietnam in Suzuki Cup

Dec 03, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Azkals are down but not quite out of their hunt for a Suzuki Cup finals berth after a 2-1 setback

FALLING SHORT. Patrick Reichelt's historic goal wasn't enough for the Philippine Azkals. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup's Facebook page

Azkals bow to Vietnam in Suzuki Cup semis

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:44 PM

Patrick Reichelt scores the Philippines first ever Suzuki Cup semifinal goal, but Vietnam still gets away with a win in the first leg

MAN OF THE MATCH. Patrick Reichelt equalizes at the first half to give the Philippines hope in the second half. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Eriksson: Azkals' semis stint feels like World Cup

Dec 02, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Down to 18 men, the Azkals brace for a tough Vietnam side that hasn't conceded any goal in the tournament

UPHILL TASK. The Philippine Azkals are heading into the 2018 Suzuki Cup semis against a streaking Vietnam squad. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Vietnam – AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 semis 1st leg

Dec 01, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The Philippine Azkals kick off the semifinals series against Vietnam on Sunday, December 2, 7:30 pm at Pana-ad Stadium, Bacolod

Azkals get the job done

Nov 26, 2018 - 4:32 PM

A goalless draw in Jakarta propels the Philippines to the Suzuki Cup semis. Here's what I think looking back and forward.

BACK AT IT. After 4 years, the Philippine Azkals return to the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup. Photo from ASEAN Football Federation

Azkals' Daisuke Sato out of 2018 Suzuki Cup playoffs

Nov 26, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The Azkals left back will miss the semifinals against Vietnam as he needs to return to his club in Romania

ANCHOR. Daisuke Sato has been vital to the Azkals' defense that catapulted them to the 2018 Suzuki Cup semis. Photo from Instagram (@daisukesato11)