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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)

Azkals return to 2018 Suzuki Cup semis in Indonesia draw

Nov 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Regardless of result, the Azkals advance to the semis as Thailand eliminates Singapore from last-four contention

RETURN. The Philippine Azkals return to the Suzuki Cup semifinals after failing to make it out of the group stage in 2016. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Peaking Azkals eye Suzuki Cup semis berth over Indonesia

Nov 25, 2018 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Azkals need at least a draw against Indonesia to advance to the 2018 Suzuki Cup semifinals

MAIN STRIKER. Phil Younghusband returns to Gelora Bung Karno Stadium to play an Indonesia team who spoiled the Azkals' Suzuki Cup run in 2010. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

Barotac’s best: Jovin Bedic proves he’s next in line

Nov 22, 2018 - 7:52 PM

It's no surprise that rising star Jovin Bedic has been tipped to join the ranks of Barotac football heroes Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta

HERO. Jovin Bedic salvages the Azkals' 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with an equalizer against Thailand. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Philippines 1, Thailand 1: Musings on a memorable night for Jovin Bedic

Nov 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Bedic's equalizer is one of several good stories from Wednesday's draw.

Jovin Bedic delivers as Azkals escape with draw vs Thailand

Nov 21, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Iloilo native prevents Thailand from taking away a full 3 points as the Philippines stays in semifinal contention

HERO. Jovin Bedic nets his second international goal for the Philippines. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Fedeation

Azkals one win away from Suzuki Cup semis

Nov 21, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to clinch a semifinal berth over Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand

NOW OR NEVER The Philippine Azkals take one step closer to their dream of Suzuki Cup glory if they win now against Thailand. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

Azkals 3, Timor Leste 2: Breaking down a difficult win

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:22 AM

The Philippines is on maximum points after two AFF Suzuki Cup games, but there are big concerns going into the next match against Thailand

Depleted Azkals halt Timor Leste for 2nd win

Nov 17, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Despite missing the services of 3 players, the Philippine Azkals survive Timor Leste's comeback efforts

MAIN STRIKER. Phil Younghusband scores his 52nd international goal to open the scoreline. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup.

Azkals’ Luke Woodland out of Suzuki Cup

Nov 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The Filipino-British defender sustained a foot injury during the Azkals' opening win versus Singapore

Sven-Göran Eriksson gets his groove with the Azkals

Nov 15, 2018 - 9:05 PM

After his first match as Azkals head coach, Sven-Göran Eriksson now has a better understanding of his Filipino players

DEADLOCK, Manny Ott gets tangled up between two Singapore players in effort to win the ball. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

Reflections on a gritty, gutsy Azkals win

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:25 AM

It's a dream start for the Philippines in the AFF Suzuki Cup, thanks to Patrick Reichelt

IMPRESSIVE. Phil Younghusband and the Philippine Azkals did the country proud. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup

Azkals score first win over Singapore in Suzuki Cup

Nov 13, 2018 - 9:59 PM

The Philippine Azkals get off to a brilliant start in their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign

FIRST WIN. The Philippine Azkals begin their 2018 Suzuki Cup campaign with a stunning win. File photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Schrock, debuting Strauss banner Azkals 2018 Suzuki Cup lineup

Nov 13, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The Philippine Azkals will begin their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign on Tuesday, November 13, 8 pm at Pana-ad Park and Stadium in Bacolod

LONG WAIT. Stephan Schrock will finally be able to donn the Philippines' colors again in the prestigious AFF Suzuki Cup.  Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

AFF Suzuki Cup: Stacked Azkals lineup looks to impress

Nov 08, 2018 - 6:52 PM

The status of one key player, though, remains unsure beyond the second game

LOOKING SHARP. Patrick Reichelt and the Azkals pull off a win over Mongolia in a recent training match. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

From World Cup to Suzuki Cup for globe-trotting Azkals coach

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:05 PM

New coach Sven-Goran Eriksson vies to lead the Philippine men's football team to the Suzuki Cup final

BIGGER GOAL. Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and team manager Dan Palami hope to lead the Azkals to unprecedented heights. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Stephan Schrock ready for Azkals Suzuki Cup call-up

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:56 PM

'This is actually the proudest moment of every football player in his career – representing the country. It’s just good to be back,' says Schrock

RETURN. Stephan Schrock can get a chance to donn the Philippines' colors again the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Philippine Azkals dead serious on Suzuki Cup glory

Oct 30, 2018 - 3:45 PM

With the arrival of renowned former England mentor Sven-Göran Eriksson, now is the best time for the Azkals to take home the Suzuki Cup trophy

NEW-LOOK. The Philippine Azkals impress in their friendlies against Bahrain and Oman to prepare for the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Will we see Stephan Schrock back with the Azkals?

Jun 15, 2018 - 4:39 PM

New Azkals senior football adviser Scott Cooper says it's only fair for players 'who have done the work' to get a spot in the Asian Cup lineup

POSSIBLE RETURN? There's a possibility that Azkals fans will see Stephan Schrock donning the number 17 in Philippine colors.  Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Former England player 'considered' for Azkals coaching job

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Is Terry Butcher the best option for the nationals' 2019 Asian Cup campaign?

NEW ERA? Former England national team captain Terry Butcher is one of the candidates to fill in the vacant Azkals head coach post.

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

SCHEDULE: PH Azkals in the AFC Asian Cup 2019

May 08, 2018 - 7:16 PM

The Azkals are set to go up against South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in January 2019

EXCITED. Despite the Azkals' uphill tasks, they are excited to make their runs in the two big tournaments ahead. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Azkals join defending champ Thailand in tough AFF Suzuki Cup group

May 02, 2018 - 4:28 PM

The Philippine men's football team braces for another grueling campaign in the regional tournament

REDEMPTION. The Azkals look to bring the back the glory of the Philippine Football in the 2018 Suzuki Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

The 2016 Rappler Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Rappler honors the best in Philippine football for 2016 including the best player best coach and the 20 best goals

WATCH: Indonesia's winning goals against Thailand in first Suzuki final

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Indonesia is just one step away from the AFF championship after defeating Thailand in the first leg of the Suzuki Cup finals

Indonesia bests Vietnam, advances to Suzuki Cup finals

Dec 08, 2016 - 9:33 AM

Indonesia s Manahati Lestusen scored a fateful goal with a penalty kick in extra time clinching a spot in the AFF final against either Thailand or Myanmar

VICTORY. Indonesia's player Lilipaly (2nd R) and his teammates celebrate after he scored a goal during the semi-final 2nd leg match between Vietnam and Indonesia at Hanoi's My Dinh stadium on December 7, 2016. AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM

Azkals-Thailand: dissecting a gloomy night in Bulacan

Nov 26, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Here are some reasons why the Philippines crashed out of the Suzuki Cup on home soil in the 1 0 loss to Thailand

NEXT PHASE. Thailand defeated the Azkals despite playing its entire bench, sealing the Philippines' disappointing exit from the Suzuki Cup. Screenshot from YouTube

Thailand tops Azkals, eliminates PH in Suzuki Cup group stage

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Azkals are eliminated in the group stage for the first time since 2007

OUSTED. The Azkals finished the group stage with a loss to Thailand, ending their chances of advancing to the semifinals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals draw Indonesia in AFF Suzuki Cup

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:56 PM

The path to the next round looks much tougher for the Filipinos

DRAW. The Philippine Azkals draw Indonesia 2-2. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Azkals draw with Singapore is an opportunity lost

Nov 20, 2016 - 12:17 PM

An unsatisfying goal less standoff against ten man Singapore means the Philippines Suzuki Cup campaign is off to a tough start

MISSED OPPORTUNITY. Singapore's goalkeeper only had two tough saves to make in Saturday's scoreless draw. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Azkals, Singapore settle for scoreless draw in Suzuki Cup opener

Nov 19, 2016 - 10:12 PM

The Philippine national football team welcomed the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila with a nil nil draw against Singapore

Former Azkal Del Rosario calls lack of Suzuki Cup preparation 'a disgrace'

Nov 18, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Anton Del Rosario takes to Facebook to express his displeasure

AFF Suzuki Cup: Azkals upbeat despite Patiño, Sato absence

Nov 17, 2016 - 2:17 PM

The Philippines will be without its biggest weapon and a key defender but remain confident ahead of Saturday s clash with Singapore

Azkals vs Kyrgyzstan postgame thoughts: An encouraging result

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:30 AM

Another win over Kyrgyzstan augurs well for the Azkals in the Suzuki Cup

SATO. Daisuke Sato's presence was a boost to the defense but can he play in the Suzuki Cup? Image by Bob Guerrero.

Azkals-Kyrgyzstan preview: Fitness a concern

Nov 05, 2016 - 7:19 PM

The team is working on conditioning as a new player comes in to boost squad

TRAINING. Azkals train for their upcoming friendly with Kyrgyzstan. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

North Korea tops Azkals in friendly match

Oct 10, 2016 - 10:07 PM

Iain Ramsay scores the Philippines only goal as the Azkals lose at home for the second time in 4 days

HOME STAND. Stephan Schrock (C) of the Azkals plays for possession against North Korea's Ri Yong Chol (L) and Pak Myong Song (R). Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals welcome back Schröck for Bahrain, DPR Korea friendlies

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The national team will have a familiar face return as preparations for the Suzuki Cup continue

The Suzuki Cup draw, plus other good and bad PH football news

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:53 PM

It s been a mixed bag lately for Filipino football fans But still plenty to look forward to as the Suzuki Cup looms

GROUP OF DEATH. The Azkals, seen in action against Yemen, will have a tough go of it in the Suzuki Cup. File photo by Bob Guerrero/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

Philippines keeps Suzuki Cup hosting rights: official

Mar 12, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine Sports Stadium will be the primary venue for the Suzuki Cup Group Stage on November 19 to 26 but some matches will be played in the smaller venue

PFF president Araneta on Suzuki Cup hosting, new FIFA president

Mar 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Mariano Araneta says the Philippines could still have home field advantage in November s ASEAN championships plus gives his thoughts on the new FIFA president

STOP THE PRESSES. The Philippines could still end up hosting one round-robin group stage of the Suzuki Cup. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Why are we so bad at making football stadiums?

Mar 03, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Well designed stadia are crucial to the development of the game in the Philippines Sadly we struggle to produce them