Tag Archive: Philippine Azkals


Azkals Rising up over Win against Nepal


This is already too late but I was under a rock since Sunday and I was not able to hold a decent Internet connection. But before it’s very late, I just want to congratulate the Philippine National Football team “The Azkals” for winning last Tuesday  against the Himalayan Warriors, the Nepal National Football team. A team with a higher  FIFA ranking than  the Azkals and the Singapore (which won against the Azkals in 2-0 ), I was already expecting the Philippine team to not win again, but the result was different. The Azkals won with 4 goals and nil to the visiting team.

It was a good night since Phil’s shots at the goals were fruitful as well as that of his brother James and their close friend Matthew Hartmann. Of course, Dennis Cagara really played well and also Paul Mulders, Jerry Lucena and the rest of the Philippine team. The Nepalese were just outclassed that night by the Azkals. Well, sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. It is just a game, it’s  what football is.

The next game for the Azkals will be next year, and Coach Weiss after a break will handle the U-23 who will be playing on the SEA games. And with this win, those young “azkals” will have the inspiration to groove with the other SEA teams and hoping that they will give better results this November. Seeing a positive growth for Philippine football and I hope it will continue with the commitment of the Azkals player, the management, the government and the fans. More success for Azkals!

Azkals Versus Nepal National Football Team Tonight


It should be Philippines and not Azkals on the title right,  right? Yes, it should be. But the national football team of the Philippines is more known to be called Azkals than “Philippine team.”  I mean if you go search the Internet and the Youtube, the results will be more like “Azkals vs Kuwait,” “Azkals  vs *country,”  sometimes I wonder if the new name of the Philippines is already Azkals :).

On a serious note (hehehe), the Azkals, well the Philippine National Football team will be having a friendly game sanctioned by FIFA against the Nepal National Football team, a team way above the Philippines and a notch higher than Singapore in which the Philippines recently  lost in a 2-0 score. I am hoping for a better result this time for the Azkals. It would be better if they win and if they will give a better fight. The game will be held in Rizal Memorial Stadium at 7pm later tonight Manila time.

GO Azkals!


Philippine National Football Team (The Azkals)

Yes, after almost a year the Azkals and the Lions will meet again but this time the Singaporeans will have better advantage, they are on their own den. I could say that the Azkals now is different from the Azkals that they met last Suzuki Cup. More new breed, more talents, more skills plus the undying love and support of fans from a basketball-boxing country. However, the Lions are in the mood to revenge their 1-1 draw last time they met and they are also in their preparation for their World Cup bid. Come this October 7, 2011, Singapore’s Jalan Besar will be a pool of reds and blues, with the Lion fans in reds and the Azkals mostly in blue.

Some of the Philippine  fans will be flying to Singapore and the rest who are residing and working in Singapore are expected to be there as what the sold-out tickets already stated. I just hope that there will be no rumbles, just pure fun and football—on the part of the fans and the players. Filipino fans are not into trouble making even when they are provoke, but if the heat is on, I just don’t know what will happen :D.

Most of the European players of the Philippines led by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and Stephan Schrock  will play and thus strengthen the Azkals line up. And after a lot of expectations, I hope we will be seeing Dennis Cagara in action for the Azkals. We want to see what he can deliver as an Azkal. As for Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado—hoping these three will provide the Azkals some goals. This is  Coach Weiss’s “Dream Team” for the Azkals. But since they don’t play regularly together, team cohesion will play a crucial part. This will be a great game both for the Philippines and Singapore.

Europe-based Players: Jerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara, Stephan Schrock, and Paul Mulders

GO Azkals! Mabuhay Pinoy!

*As of last night news, Stephan Schrock, the one who scored against Kuwait for the 2nd round World Cup Qualifiers will not be available for the Philippine team because of injury. That is so sad, because personally I love him on the pitch. He is a great player and knows what to do :).

2014 World Cup Qualifiers: Kuwait versus Philippines


I’m really excited on July 23, 2011 because this is the day when the national  football teams of Kuwait and the Philippines will battle it out for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. This is the first time  for the Philippine team to be able to reach this stage. Football was not a sport that most of the Filipinos take notice or even play for Philippines is a basketball-crazed country until the national football team made a remarkable success last year at the  Suzuki Cup (2010) when they won against the reigning champions Vietnam with a 2-0 score. That success was the one who opened the eyes of some of the Filipinos to take notice of the sport and the players and that is including me. From that time, Filipinos now bother to watch any games of the Philippine football team more popularly known as the Azkals. They are even willing to pay to watch the Azkals play. Interviews regarding any Azkals are always a hit. Too bad some of  members are already involved—allegedly involved in a sex scandal, but hey that’s the price of fame.

I’ve been reading and watching the videos of the Kuwaiti football team and yes they are a great and strong team. They are ranked way higher than the Philippines in the FIFA  Men’s World Ranking. Bader Al Mutwa (Mootawaa), Fahad Al Enezi, Yousef Naser and Waleed Ali are the guys to watch  for and of course their goal keeper is a good one. Although the Azkals are deemed as the underdogs, they should (must :D) be able to play well against the Kuwaitis. Phil Younghusband, Angel  Guirado and Chieffy Caligdong should find ways to goal :D.  With the other Azkals, I hope they will be able to defend well.

I’m really hoping that they will win against Kuwait—that may be asking too much, but I really hope so. I want this win for the Philippine team and for all the Filipinos. If things will not come our way after this two game, then it will not be the end for the football team. Let’s make a small step at a time. Who knows the Philippine national football team will become a powerhouse in the coming years.  To all the Azkal believers and all the Filipinos, let us unite this July 23 and 28 to pray and believe for our boys to win. Go Azkals! We believe!

Kuwait National Football Team Kuwait National Football Team “The Al Azraq”

These are the only Kuwaiti players that I’m familiar:

#17 Bader Al Mutwa

#22 Nawaf Al Khaldi

#15 Waleed Ali

#7  Fahad Al Enezi

The Philippine National Football Team “The Azkals” (Chris Greatwich #18 will not be able to play in the Kuwait match due to some other commitments)

Azkals:

#11 Alexander Borromeo (captain)
#7 James Younghusband
#1 Neil Etheridge (Goalkeeper)
#23 Ian Araneta
#4 Anton del Rosario
#2 Rob Gier
#17 Jason de Jong
#10 Phil Younghusband
#13 Chieffy Caligdong
#18 Chris Greatwich
#27 Ray Johnson

 

 

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The Game resulted with Kuwait winning 3-0 against the Philippines. The next game will be on July 28 in Manila.

Philippine Azkals sweeps Sri Lanka Brave Reds 4-0


I just wanna congratulate the Azkals, the players, the coach, the staff and the Filipinos who all supported the Philippine National Football Team. Azkals you made us proud and happy today. Yes, we know it will be a long time before we reach the World Cup, but it is already a nice start :D. You didn’t disappoint us. A BIG CHEER for all of you for winning today in the jam packed Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! HAIL TO THE AZKALS!

Thanks to Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado for their awesome goals—pretty AWESOME! The Azkals just played a very nice game, the defenders were all great that’s why the Sri Lankans can’t make the goals :D. I hardly noticed Neil Etheridge there because there was less work for him today 🙂 . You all deserve a pat in the back and a warm hug and kisses from all of your screaming fans, we love to do that :D.

This was a nice Sunday. I hope Azkals will be able to play well against Kuwait for their next game for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Go Pinoy! GO AZKALS!