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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

Yeng gives Gilas near-perfect grade in World Cup qualifiers run-up

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:16 PM

With their backs pressed against the wall, the fiery mentor believes his wards mean business in the final window

BIG DREAMS. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas look to pull off back-to-back wins in away matches against Qatar and Kazakhstan to achieve their World Cup goal. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas manhandles Meralco in final tuneup for World Cup qualifiers

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The Nationals head into the last window of the World Cup qualifiers with their confidence at a high

WAR READY. Gilas Pilipinas proves it is ready for war in the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


PBA gives way to PH's FIBA World Cup qualifiers campaign

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The PBA will take a two-week break to support Team Pilipinas' must-win games in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

RETURN. Andray Blatche returns to the Gilas lineup to boost Philippines' chances of qualifying for the World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Despite exclusion, Matthew Wright always ready to answer Gilas call-up

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The 27-year-old wishes the team the best in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright remains focused in Phoenix's campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Nationals face must-win games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche will once agian reinforce the Philippine basketball team. File photo from FIBA


PH days away from hosting T20 Cricket World Cup qualifiers

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The Filipinos will duke it out against Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea to vie for a spot in the 2020 International Cricket Council T20 World Cup

LONG ROAD AHEAD. The Philippines begins its journey to the T20 Cricket World Cup. Photo from Shutterstock


No Slaughter in Gilas final 12 as Thompson, Cabagnot suit up

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Yeng Guiao unveils the 12-man Philippine lineup set to compete against Iran in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

DEBUT. Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson is set to debut under national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Why Gilas should apologize

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:15 AM

As national team athletes, part of wearing our colors means caring for what their countrymen think, how they represent the Philippines, what image they uphold. Not just caring for their Gilas teammates. The whole Philippines is their team.

HIGHER STANDARD. Gilas Pilipinas should have shown restraint, dignity, and class when it matters most. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Fear the Deer? Bucks duo Delly, Maker boost Aussie side vs Gilas

May 31, 2018 - 8:16 PM

The Philippine men's team faces an even more formidable Australia side with the addition of Milwaukee's Matthew 'Delly' Dellavedova and Thon Maker

BIG ADDITION. Matthew 'Delly; Dellavedova is expected to make life harder for Gilas Pilipinas on both ends. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Chinese player’s wife blames World Cup qualifier gaffe on mistress

Mar 30, 2017 - 1:11 PM

The wife of a Chinese player claims that spending too much time with his mistress led to his embarrassing gaffe in a crucial World Cup qualifier

HEADS UP. Jiang Zhipeng has drawn the ire of Chinese football fans for his header which sent the ball to the other team, accidentally setting up the only goal of the game. Photo from Wikipedia

Foul-mouthed Messi banned for 4 Argentina games

Mar 29, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Messi was found guilty of having directed insulting words at an assistant referee in the World Cup qualifier against Chile

SUSPENDED. Argentinian national football team player Lionel Messi arrives at the Hernando Siles stadium ahead of Argentina's 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bolivia. He is suspended for 4 Argentina matches by FIFA for swearing at an assistant referee. Photo by JORGE BERNAL / AFP

Messi magic sparks Argentina, Brazil marches on in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:14 PM

The victory elevates Argentina into the qualifying places after a disastrous run of results which saw them take just two points from their previous four games

VICTORY. Argentina's Angel Di Maria (L) celebrates with teammate Lionel Messi after scoring against Colombia during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in San Juan, Argentina, on November 15, 2016.  EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP

Marquez sinks US as Mexico snatches World Cup qualifying thriller

Nov 12, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Marquez heads home a Miguel Layun corner in the dying minutes of a pulsating battle to end the USA s long record of dominance at Columbus s Mapfre Stadium where they had beaten Mexico in the past 4 World Cup cycles

Members of the Mexico men's national team celebrate Rafael Marquez's goal against the US men's national team during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Columbus, Ohio on November 11, 2016.  Paul Vernon / AFP

Beer, burgers as US-Mexico fans mix ahead of World Cup qualifier clash

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Trump s inflammatory rhetoric surrounding the issue of illegal immigration from Mexico has raised concerns the game may be given a political edge but there appeared little sign of tension before match

PARTY. Mexico fans tailgate before the start of a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the Mexico men's national team and the US men's national team in Columbus, Ohio on November 11, 2016. Paul Vernon / AFP

Stade de France falls silent for terror victims

Nov 12, 2016 - 10:45 AM

A capacity crowd of 80 000 at the national stadium falls silent prior to kick off in France s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sweden almost exactly a year on from the attacks which killed 130 people

MOMENT OF SILENCE. France's and Sweden's players hold a minute of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the November 13 Paris attacks ahead of their 2018 World Cup group A qualifying football match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 11, 2016. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

A little blood won't stop Neymar from playing flashy

Oct 14, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Brazil s striker isn t intimidated by defenders even after he was left bleeding heavily during a match against Bolivia last week

BLOODY FINISH. Neymar's flashy play sometimes makes him a target for rough tackles. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil goes top, Argentina stunned in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:23 PM

Brazil powers to the top of the table in South America s 2018 World Cup qualifying race with a win over Venezuela as Argentina is upset at home by Paraguay

Brazil's Willian (L) and Venezuela's midfielder Adalberto Penaranda vie for the ball during their Russia 2018 World Cup football qualifier match in Merida, Venezuela, on October 11, 2016. GEORGE CASTELLANOS / AFP

England win in Southgate's debut, Germany cruises in World Cup qualifiers

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:36 AM

England tops Malta 2 0 while defending champs Germany stroll past Czech Republic 3 0

BLANKED. Daniel Sturridge (L) scored one of two goals for England as the home side kept a clean sheet against Malta. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

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

PH Azkals stun North Korea with late comeback

Mar 29, 2016 - 10:20 PM

The Azkals come back from a 1 2 deficit to win 3 2 in a thrilling home match against North Korea

THRILLER. The Philippine Azkals prevail over North Korea in a 5-goal thriller. Misagh Bahadoran (L) scores the first goal for the Azkals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals lose hard-fought match in Uzbekistan

Mar 25, 2016 - 12:26 AM

A 10 man Philippine Azkals team lose 1 0 to Uzbekistan in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match

Azkals – Yemen postgame thoughts: It Is What It Is

Nov 13, 2015 - 12:58 PM

The Philippines World Cup qualifying campaign is all but ended after a sorry 1 0 loss at home to Yemen on Thursday Dissecting a disheartening evening of football is not easy

Azkals drop heartbreaker to Yemen

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Mohammed Abdulhakim Al Sarori scores the 0 1 goal in the 82 minute as Yemen gets revenge on the Philippines

Patrick Reichelt of the Philippines moves the ball against Yemen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals–Yemen preview: Still so much to play for

Nov 10, 2015 - 2:15 PM

Minus Phil Younghusband the Azkals face Yemen on Thursday The World Cup dream is fading but the team will have plenty of motivation to achieve victory

AZKALS. (From left to right) Iain Ramsay, Amani Aguinaldo, Kenshiro Daniels, and Rob Gier during training on Monday, November 9 at the McKinley Hill Stadium. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Reality Check: Azkals-Bahrain postgame thoughts

Oct 14, 2015 - 9:26 AM

The Philippines hopes of qualification were dealt a serious blow against Bahrain Here s a breakdown of what went wrong and what their qualification hopes look like now

TOUGH NIGHT. The Azkals' 2-0 loss means that Bahrain has pulled to within a point of their third place spot. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Azkals drop World Cup qualifier rematch with Bahrain

Oct 14, 2015 - 1:33 AM

Bahrain scores goals at 52 and 60 to close the gap on third place in Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

SET BACK. After winning their first two matches, the Philippines has been winless in their last 3. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals draw vs North Korea is a historic feat for PH football

Oct 08, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The Azkals scoreless draw against North Korea in Pyongyang ranks among the greatest results in Philippine football history

Azkals hold North Korea to scoreless draw in Pyongyang

Oct 08, 2015 - 5:54 PM

The Philippines denies points to North Korea for the first time in their previous 3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches

UNBREAKABLE. The Azkals showed toughness and grit in holding North Korea - and 50,000 wild fans - to a scoreless draw. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nightmare in Bocaue: Uzbekistan drubs Azkals

Sep 08, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Stephan Schrock s goal was the lone bright spot in an otherwise heartbreaking night for the Philippine national football team

Anzur Ismailov of Uzbekistan and Misagh Bahadoran of the Philippines battle for control. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals-Uzbekistan Preview: So much at stake

Sep 07, 2015 - 1:08 AM

Make no mistake about it: Tuesday s crucial qualifier is the biggest game of the year Here s what you need to know about it

AZKALS-UZBEKISTAN. Phil Younghusband and Stephan Palla will try to follow up a 2-0 win against Maldives with a big upset on Tuesday. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Asian fans cringe over humiliating football losses

Sep 04, 2015 - 7:03 PM

Record low scorelines left fans cringing after an avalanche of goals cruelly exposed the gulf in class at Asia s World Cup qualifying

TOUGH MATCHES. Chinese players walk off the pitch in Shenzhen, after their 2018 World Cup football qualifying match against Hong Kong. Agence France-Presse

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

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 pound Yemen 2-0 to win second straight WC qualifier

Jun 17, 2015 - 2:14 AM

Misagh Bahadoran and Iain Ramsay score for the Philippines as the road to Russia gets just a little bit clearer

Misagh Bahadoran struck again against Yemen. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals-Bahrain post-game thoughts: an evening with the Ultras

Jun 12, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Football columnist Bob Guerrero enjoyed the Azkals historic win over Bahrain from the best seat in the house among thousands of joyous Philippine fans

CHEERING SQUAD. Ultras Filipinas is a supporter's crew patterned after the ultra-hard core fans of other nations and clubs. They made their presence felt at Philippine Sports Stadium. Photo by Bob Guerrero

PH football pioneers rejoice in Azkals win

Jun 11, 2015 - 11:28 PM

Members of the Philippine football teams that played in the 1958 Asian Games and 1991 SEA Games speak about the Azkals historic win over Bahrain

Misagh Bahadoran (second from left) and Javier Patiño (second from right) scored goals in the Philippines' win. 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

Azkals in Group H of 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Apr 14, 2015 - 8:54 PM

The Philippines will face countries like Uzbekistan Bahrain DPR Korea and Yemen in the aforementioned bracket

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Director of Competitions, Shin Man Gil, shows the ticket of the Philippines during the 2018 World Cup Asian Qualifiers second round draw

Donovan left out of US World Cup qualifiers team

May 17, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Back from a 6 week break Landon Donovan wasn t named to the US team competing in upcoming World Cup qualifiers

LEFT OUT. Returning from an injury, Donovan wasn't named to the US team for the WCQ. Photo from Landon Donovan's Facebook page.

Magical Messi leads Argentina anew

Mar 23, 2013 - 10:54 PM

Lionel Messi scored once and set up two goals as Argentina beat Venezuela 3 0 to remain in control of the South American World Cup qualifying race

USA defies snow to nip Costa Rica

Mar 23, 2013 - 10:43 PM

The United States defied snow to get their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a win over Costa Rica