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    Now that the Philippine Football League has officially started, I am creating this new thread for PFL teams participating in international competitions and games, starting with this article:

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    Ceres FC to Face JDT in Asean Zonal Semifinals on May 17, 31

    Saturday, May 06, 2017
    By HENRY G. DOBLE CERES

    Negros Football Club (FC) survived Tampines Rovers, 4-2 to continue their quest in the Asian Football Confederation Asean Zonal semifinals with a date against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) of Malaysia.

    The Bacolod-based club will challenge the Malaysians in an away match on May 17 at the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium in Johor Bahru.

    The Busmen will play host at Panaad Park and Stadium on May 31 after securing semifinals berth last May 3 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.

    Club director Ali Go said their do-or-die face-off with Tampines in Group G was a tough one.

    “It was a very hard game for us. We were just mentally prepared for it,” he said.

    “Do-or-die games are always hard but the team responded well. Everybody was prepared for the game.”

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sp...y-17-31-540359)

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    Global and Ceres Aim to Make History at AFC Cup

    Two Pinoy clubs are on the cusp of progressing past the first knockout stage for the first time

    Bob Guerrero
    Published 3:15 PM, May 15, 2017
    Updated 3:15 PM, May 15, 2017

    AFC Cup ASEAN Zone semifinals

    Global Cebu vs Home United
    7:30 pm Tuesday, May 16
    Rizal Memorial Stadium
    LIVE on Fox Sports

    Ceres Negros vs Johor Darul Ta'zim
    8:45 pm Wednesday, May 17
    Stadium Tan Sri Dato' Haji Yunos, Johor Baru, Malaysia
    LIVE on Fox Sports 3


    This week Ceres and Global will attempt to go where no Filipino club has gone before: beyond the first knockout stage of the AFC Cup.

    Last year Ceres and Kaya were the two Filipino clubs who reached the knockout stage. But both stumbled at that hurdle, with Kaya getting walloped by Malaysian powerhouse Johor Darul Ta'zim and Ceres falling at home to Hong Kong outfit South China.

    The format is different this year, with the top 4 ASEAN clubs from the group stage in one bracket, and the ties are now two-legged aggregate goals contests at this phase instead of one match.

    After this week's games Global will face Home United in Singapore on the 30th of May and Ceres hosts JDT in Panaad the day after. The series winners proceed to the two-legged ASEAN zone finals, which will be between the two Filipino teams if they both win.

    Global is riding high. The club representing Cebu in the PFL won Group F with 15 points, the most of any ASEAN side. They also are still enjoying the glow of a pulsating home upset of JDT last month. That defeat against the Malaysian giants and 2015 AFC Cup champs will give them plenty of confidence.

    In their last competitive match two weekends ago they beat JPV Marikina 2-1 in their PFL opener.

    But Global have some issues: Brazilian central defender Wesley Dos Santos is unavailable for this match because of accumulated yellow cards. That will likely mean that Dennis Villanueva will scoot back from central mid to partner Amani Aguinaldo in the heart of the defense.

    Misagh Bahadoran is reportedly unlikely to start. He is still recovering from a knee injury. But if the Azkal is anywhere in the vicinity of 70-80% it is likely he will have a run-out on Tuesday.

    The other concern is the sudden departure of coach Toshiaki Imai. The avuncular Japanese veteran guided Global into the knockout stage but has abruptly returned to his homeland.

    Assistant coach Marjo Allado will likely be the interim head coach on Tuesday but Singaporean mentor Akbar Nawas, a former Tampines Rovers coach, will serve as technical consultant on a short-term basis according to this report.

    Global has been changing coaches often of late. They began the 2016 season with Leigh Manson at the helm. Then John Burridge replaced the Scot near the end of the championship season. Burridge left soon after, and Kenichi Yatsuhashi came in but lasted a week and half before Imai arrived in January. Counting Allado, that is five coaches in less than a year.

    But Global veteran Matt Hartmann is unfazed.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.rappler.com/sports/by-spo...m-make-history)

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    Major heartbreak for Global FC after a won game for them ended up in a Draw.

    Meanwhile, Ceres-Negros FC has an away match on Johor Darul Tazim FCs home pitch tonight at 8:45 pm, live on Fox Sports.


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    An awesome game between Ceres-Negros FC and Malaysia's Johor Darul Tazim FC, about as good as it gets.

    Aside from the fact that five goals were scored between the teams, there were many, many more great chances at goal by both teams. Ceres was just a little bit unlucky in this game, with the last goal against them unintentionally being deflected into the net.

    Ceres now has the upper hand because after scoring two away goals, they now will be facing JDT in their home pitch in Panaad, the date of which will be revealed later.


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    What a tragedy for Global-Manila FC, they were leading the game until Dennis Villanueva did that stup@% high footed challenge that earned him a Red Card. Then the game wasn't decided until the very last minute when Home United FC scored off a Free Kick.


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    A controversial win by Ceres-Negros FC at their home pitch in Panaad as they were awarded a Penalty shot during the Final Extra Time of the game, resulting in a win against Malaysia's Johor Darul Ta'zim FC.


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    Penang FA Spring Surprise by Signing Mark Hartmann

    By Gowri Krishnan - June 8, 20170

    Penang FA sprung a surprise on their fans as they announced the signing of Mark Hartmann on their official Facebook page.

    The news came as a surprise as there were no rumours linking the former Sarawak striker with the Panthers prior to this.

    Mark Hartmann would definitely pack more punch to Penang’s forward line, alongside their two other striking force, Nigel Dabinyaba and Sanna Nyasi.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: https://www.fourthofficial.com/2017/...mark-hartmann/)

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    Hartmann Returns from Thailand to Settle Unfinished Business in Malaysia

    Philippines international striker Mark Hartmann revealed he chose to return to Malaysia, despite receiving offers from Thailand.

    by Desmond Lim
    Published 8 June 2017

    The 25-year-old moved to Sarawak at the start of the season after leaving S.League side Geylang International at the end of the 2016 season.

    However, Hartmann was released from Sarawak during the 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) mid-season break despite putting in some impressive performances, as the Crocs look to inject new blood into the team and avoid relegation.

    There is definitely unfinished business and I am fully focused on giving my all with Penang
    With offers from Thailand, Hartmann was prepared to make the switch to Thailand, before Penang’s newly-appointed head coach Zainal Abidin came in with an offer at the last minute.

    “I was in Bangkok negotiating with two Thai League clubs and was close to putting pen to paper but the call from coach Zainal came at the very last minute,” Hartmann shared.

    “He is one of Malaysia's top coaches and the chance to work with him made it an almost impossible opportunity to pass on.”

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: https://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/news/...iness-malaysia)

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    An exciting eight goal game between Global Cebu FC and Singapore's Geylang International FC, with the game ultimately being decided on Penalty Kick, 3-2 and Global advancing to the next round.


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    Ceres-Negros FC loses to Singapore's Hougang United FC and bows out of the 2017 RHB Singapore Cup.


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    CNN Philippines' "Sports Desk" interviews some members of the Ceres-Negros FC team about their upcoming games against Singapore's Home United FC in the AFC Cup Zonal Finals

    https://www.facebook.com/sportsdeskp...9432457991010/

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    Just HORRIBLE officiating in Singapore during the Home United FC vs. Ceres-Negros FC during their AFC Cup game. Consider the following:
    - A Penalty Kick against Negros was called when there shouldn't have been any;
    - A Handball by a Home United player inside their Penalty Box was not called;
    - A Ceres goal was disqualified due to a Offside Call when there wasn't one.
    - And a second Ceres goal was disqualified again due to another non-existent Offside Call

    ALL items I claimed above were CONFIRMED during the Slomo Replays, just watch the replays yourself.

    That is one problem with Football in that bad officiating can easily break any team psychologically, simply because it is so hard to score in Football, you put in all of that effort and then the officials just throws it all away.

    These Singapore teams, even if they aren't getting a lot of live patronage are too devious when it comes to international play. They are used to things like this. I think it is a disgrace to Singapore in particular who claims to be first world country and yet to be as petty as this.

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    News about Mark Hartmann has been rare ever since he transferred to a Malaysian club, but he seems to be doing fine there now.

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    Panthers Believe Crocs Tie Can be Turning Point to Escape the Drop

    Friday, 4 August 2017
    BY ERIC SAMUEL

    PETALING JAYA: Penang are in high spirits ahead of their Super League bottom-of-the-table clash against Sarawak.

    Panthers coach Zainal Abidin Hassan believes their match against the Crocs at the State Stadium in Kuching tomorrow “could be the turning point in our bid to escape relegation”.

    “This could be our big break,” admitted Zainal, who is aware that this is Penang’s first real chance to avoid propping up the 12-team standings in eight months.

    The former international replaced Englishman Ashley Westwood, who was “rested” in March after a run of poor form which saw the Islanders hit rock bottom with just two points from eight matches.

    Now, after 10 matches, Penang are still bottom with 12 points. But they can move up one rung for the first time if they beat Sarawak, who are just two points above them.

    “The players have worked hard and have made good progress. This could be our chance to move out of the bottom spot for the first time. If we can do that, it will definitely be the turning point for us,” said Zainal.

    There has been a marked improvement in the team’s performance since the introduction of two new strikers – Filipino Mark Hartmann and Gambia’s Sanna Nyassi – in the second transfer window.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/foot...cape-the-drop/)

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    Global Cebu FC wins over Cambodia's Boeung Ket FC in their first leg of the Quarter Finals of the 2017 Singapore Cup. They play their second leg on Aug. 11, 2017 also in Singapore.


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    And Ceres FC wins! This is a good day for Filipino football.
    Forever a SPUR.

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    Ceres Negros FC again makes history as they advance in the ASEAN Zonals of the AFC Cup when they beat Singapore's Home United FC in Panaad.

    No Philippine Football Club has ever reached this far before. The game was good, with both teams getting good chances at the goal, but with the home team eventually winning it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    And Ceres FC wins! This is a good day for Filipino football.

    It was a great game, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but the one thing I didn't like about it was this Fernando Rodriguez playing very badly for Ceres. First is that he missed a Penalty shot, and then missed a one on one with the Goalkeeper.

    To me that performance is highly suspect, and if I were the owner I would make sure he is out of the club by next season.

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    Patrick Reichelt on the long trip Ceres Negros FC had to take to reach Tajikistan to face FC Istiklol in the AFC Cup
    https://www.facebook.com/ceresnegros...1386283609713/

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    Pinoy Football Super Tuesday tomorrow (Aug. 22, 2017)

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    Fox Sports gives their views on the Ceres-Negros FC vs. FC Istiklol game tonight (Tue., Aug. 22, 2017): https://twitter.com/fsasialive/statu...09979014991873

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