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Global 2, Tampines Rovers 0: The Filipinos march on

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The UFL champs are a step closer to the AFC Champions League Here are the talking points

2-0. Global celebrates the second goal. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Global defeats Tampines Rovers 2-0 in AFC Champions League qualifier

Jan 24, 2017 - 10:29 PM

Ahamd Azzawi and Misagh Bahadoran score as the Filipino side move just two wins away from qualifying for the elite AFC Champions League

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Amani Aguinaldo and Global FC have a date with Australian side Brisbane Roar in their next qualifier after defeating Singaporean side Tampines Rovers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

The UFL era in Philippine football may have come to an end

Oct 25, 2016 - 5:27 PM

It s making way for the Philippines National League but the UFL can be proud of what it s achieved

John Celiz of JP Voltes (in red stripes), battles for possession with Ceres La Salle's Marwin Angeles in what could be the final UFL game. Photo by Bob Guerrero

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

Football: The 2016 UFL League is heating up

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:51 AM

Despite challenges the Philippines top football league offers plenty of excitement near its season s midpoint

Yu Hoshide (green, center), leads JP Voltes in a shock upset against Loyola last Sunday. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Why we should remain upbeat despite Ceres and Kaya's exits

May 26, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Despite the tough round of 16 losses Pinoy football clubs and their fans should be proud of how far they have come

WE'VE COME A LONG WAY. Ceres FC, pictured, and Kaya FC are indicative of just how far club football has come in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

AFC Cup: Crunch time for Ceres, Kaya in final group stage matches

May 09, 2016 - 3:57 PM

Both Filipino clubs have plenty to play for in the AFC Cup on Tuesday Can Kaya join Ceres in the knockout stage?

BUSMEN. Manny Ott and the unbeaten Ceres La Salle can solidify a first place finish in their AFC Cup group with a win over Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited at home. File photo by Mark Cristino/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

UFL Cup Final postgame thoughts: Global FC are back

Apr 17, 2016 - 1:39 PM

A vintage performance from Misagh Bahadoran and some officiating luck help Global recapture the UFL Cup against Ceres

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Misagh Bahadoran (L) was an integral part of Global FC's success in their UFL Cup clinching victory. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

UFL Cup Final preview: Fitness a factor in Global-Ceres showdown

Apr 14, 2016 - 11:13 PM

Global and Ceres meet in a showdown of UFL giants with a playoff spot for a berth in the 2017 AFC Cup at stake

GLOBAL DOMINATION. Daisuke Sato's Global team squares off against Martin Steuble's Ceres squad for silverware on Saturday. Image by Bob Guerrero

Club Football: AFC Cup previews, UFL Cup spoiler alerts

Apr 08, 2016 - 5:04 PM

It s a pretty big week for Pinoy Club football

UFL Cup quarters preview: Why a little bit of hatin' is good

Mar 31, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The UFL Elite Eight is on this weekend and one match stands out as a tasty derby contest: Kaya versus Loyola

Kaya 1, Balestier Khalsa 0: We belong

Mar 16, 2016 - 10:03 AM

Kaya FC wins a second home game in the AFC Cup thanks to Antonio Ugarte s second half strike Philippine clubs are showing they can match their Asian counterparts toe to toe

KAYA MO YAN. Antonio Ugarte is ecstatic after scoring the 1-0 goal. Kaya is showing it can hang with its rivals in the AFC Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

AFC Cup preview: Kaya FC's special anniversary moment

Mar 07, 2016 - 3:45 PM

In their 20th year of existence Kaya FC finally has its first home game in the Asian stage this Tuesday It s a milestone for a great Pinoy football club

KAYA MO YAN. OJ Porteria (left) and Kenshiro Daniels (right) are among the leading lights of Kaya FC today. 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

Why Pinoy football fans should care about the AFC Cup

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:34 PM

Filipino football clubs Ceres and Kaya will get a taste of international competition starting Tuesday Learn why their matches deserve our attention

PASSPORTS OUT. Kaya FC and Ceres-La Salle will get a taste of international football in the AFC Cup. Their international exposure could breathe life into Filipino club football. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Football frenzy begins: Previewing the 2016 UFL Cup

Feb 04, 2016 - 3:37 PM

Which team will stand tallest in the United Football League Cup? Rappler previews the upcoming competition with team by team analysis

Phil Younghusband of Loyola and Adrian Gallardo of Ceres battle for possession. The two teams play each other on Sunday night. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

A conversation with Azkal Stephan Schröck

Jan 28, 2016 - 2:39 PM

The Filipino German who is currently on loan from his German club to UFL League champions Ceres La Salle opens up about his life on and off the field

Stephan Schröck opens up about his arrangement with German club Greuther Furth, meeting Billy Crawford, attending church, and whether playing in the UFL can negatively impact his ability. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

UFL side Ceres FC signs Azkals standout Stephan Schröck

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:20 PM

Azkals midfielder Stephan Schröck a veteran of German 2 Bundesliga will help Ceres La Salle in the AFC Cup UFL Cup and UFL League

BACOLOD BOUND. Stephan Schröck (L), seen in a 2015 friendly match against the Maldives, will be playing club football for the Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

What to expect in Philippine football in 2016

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Your handy guide for everything in Filipino football this year from the Azkals to youth teams

2016. What can you expect in Philippine football this year? Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

The 2015 Passionate Fan Pinoy Football Awards

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:45 AM

The year s best in Filipino football

PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Misagh Bahadoran is the 2015 player of the year. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ceres-La Salle, Kaya face international competition in 2016 AFC Cup

Dec 10, 2015 - 7:01 PM

For the first time the Philippines will have two teams to compete in the group stage of the AFC Cup

CONTINENTAL LEVEL. Kaya FC made it to the 2016 AFC Cup by winning the UFL Cup with an upset of Ceres. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Why your next Azkal could be coming from Australia

Nov 30, 2015 - 5:42 PM

An innovative new project could translate to more Pinoy national team players coming from down under

NEXT AZKAL? Filipino Julian Matthews, who hails from Australia, sits with Phil and James Younghusband. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

At Kaya FC Academy, grassroots football starts at a young age

Nov 08, 2015 - 7:09 AM

Kaya Academy started by one man looking for a place for his son to play now has 800 enrollees and is the model for sustainable grassroots football growth in the Philippines

COACH CHRIS. Chris Greatwich's commitment to Kaya FC goes beyond coaching the main team. Photo courtesy Kaya Academy

UFL Cup Final: Kaya accomplishes an upset for the ages

Aug 29, 2015 - 3:58 PM

Kaya FC ends its title drought with a victory over Ceres in the UFL Cup Final on Friday after nearly blowing a 2 0 lead Take a look back on an unforgettable night of football

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Kaya FC ended its championship drought with a dramatic win over Ceres. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Kaya wins UFL Cup in penalty shootout

Aug 29, 2015 - 5:51 AM

Kaya FC denies Ceres a season double after winning the UFL Cup in a penalty shootout

KAYA MO YAN. Kaya FC wins the UFL Cup with an upset victory over a Ceres side that had been dominant all year long. Photo from Kaya's Facebook page

UFL Cup Final Preview: Can Kaya prevent a Ceres double?

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:32 AM

It s a classic cup final matchup: the dominant force against a plucky underdog in the last match of the Philippine club season Who will lift the trophy?

ONE LAST MATCH. Ceres FC was crowned champions of the UFL League this year. Determined underdogs Kaya look to prevent their double

UFL Cup quarters commence amidst tragedy; Azkals roster analysis

Aug 21, 2015 - 2:00 AM

The tragic death of Nomads youth player Eddie Whitwell casts a pall on the country s top football league ahead of their quarterfinals

BUS TRIP. Ceres FC will be a favorite for another trophy with Azkal Martin Steuble (right).

Global's UFL Cup expulsion, a sign of PH football's growing pains

Aug 08, 2015 - 4:47 PM

One of the Philippines top teams has been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player but it s not going down without a fight Here s how the fallout could impact the sport in the country and even our national team

Biñan, Laguna becomes home to new artificial-grass football pitch

Aug 06, 2015 - 2:16 PM

This regulation sized football field is believed to be the first from a local government unit in the Philippines and could provide a big boost for the game in the region

A light tower rises over the pitch. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Ceres wins UFL League with more than just money

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Ceres La Salle s deep pockets played a role in their maiden First Division UFL title But there s more to the story for this Bacolod based champion squad

CHAMPIONS. In just a short time in the UFL, Ceres La Salle has already captured a number of trophies. The reason for their success if because of more than their check book. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Ceres FC claims UFL League title with Socceroo domination

Jul 25, 2015 - 7:23 PM

Ceres FC clinched the 2015 UFL title with a 6 0 domination of Team Socceroo highlighted by a brace from Nate Burkey

BACOLOD'S PRIDE. Ceres FC claimed the UFL League title with a 6-0 domination of Team Socceroo with two games to spare. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

A postcard from Philippine football's future

Jul 23, 2015 - 4:48 AM

How might the Beautiful Game in the Philippines change a half century from today? Here is a light hearted look into the crystal ball

Will football arenas in the Philippines have retractable tops and "real" artificial turf in the future? Only time will tell. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

A wishlist for the upcoming Philippine Football National League

Jun 25, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The Philippines will have its own national football league soon Here are some ideas to help make it work

Filipino club teams Manila Jeepney and Stallion do battle in the UFL. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

UFL Cup adds a different flavor to Pinoy club football

May 21, 2015 - 1:34 AM

Leagues require teams to be consistent Cups ask for teams to be perfect or perfectly lucky

Global's Marco Casambre (in blue) battles for possession against two Nomads players in UFL Cup action over the weekend. Photo by Bob Guerrero

The Western Visayas Classic as good as advertised

Apr 26, 2015 - 1:14 PM

Postgame thoughts on Negros Occidental s enthralling 5 3 win the first ever Iloilo vs Negros all star football match

DOMINANT. The Negros Occidental team shows in the Western Visayas Classic that they're the top team down south. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Iloilo-Negros Occidental football rivalry finds biggest stage in the UFL

Apr 07, 2015 - 3:07 PM

The Western Visayas Classic brings together teams from the Philippines two footballing traditional hotbeds in a battle for provincial pride Expect fireworks

Iloilo rising stars Jhan Jhan Melliza (#7) and Noli Chavez (#27) (L). Jayson Panhay (#17) (R) is expected to shine for Negros Occidental. Photos by Bob Guerrero

Kaya FC head coach leaves post

Mar 31, 2015 - 6:30 PM

Adam Reekie s resignation is effectively immediately

Adam Reekie leaves Kaya FC after spending just about six months with the club. Photo from the Kaya FC Official Facebook page

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

Amanda Fernandez creates her football field of dreams

Mar 23, 2015 - 3:13 PM

TV host athlete Amanda Fernandez opens an indoor artificial grass pitch in Mandaluyong which is just the second of its kind in Metro Manila

IF YOU BUILD IT. Amanda Fernandez has built her dream field for her football team Sikat FC and others to play at. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Green Archers United FC outplays Team Socceroo FC

Mar 22, 2015 - 11:44 PM

Green Archers United FC dominated Team Socceroo FC 5 0 in their first division match up

Green Archers United's Robert Lopez Mendy (R) scored the 2-0 goal in a rout of Team Socceroo. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

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

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

Loyola FC blanks Green Archers United

Mar 16, 2015 - 3:53 AM

Loyola Meralco Sparks blanked the booters of Green Archers United FC 1 0 to bring home another win in the United Football League

Loyola FC's Phil Younghusband dribbles the ball. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Ceres FC gives Kaya first loss of the season

Mar 14, 2015 - 11:53 PM

Adrian Gallardo and Patrick Reichelt each contributed a goal for Ceres FC

Ceres La Salle FC's Adrian Gallardo gestures after scoring for his team. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Clark powers Kaya in win versus Global

Mar 08, 2015 - 5:36 AM

Louis Clark scores two goals to lead Kaya FC past Global FC in United Football League action

KAYA MO YAN. Kaya FC's Louis Clark scored two goals to lead Kaya past Global. File photo by Mark Cristino

Ceres FC cops third straight win after Army drubbing

Mar 03, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Adrian Gallardo scores a hat trick to lead Ceres FC over Philippine Army FC 7 0

Ceres FC's Adrian Gallardo Valdes celebrates after scoring against Army FC. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Wool Reyes: the Team Socceroo visionary

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:10 AM

Wool Reyes left us a great blue print to continue the growth and development of the football club

Phil Younghusband optimistic about Loyola's title chances

Feb 17, 2015 - 8:24 PM

Bucking a slow start Phil Younghusband believes the Loyola FC has a good chance the UFL title as he returns from a hamstring strain

Loyola FC's Phil Younghusband dribbles the ball. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler Mark Cristino/Rappler