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    Despite losing 1-2, the UFL All-Stars gave a good account of themselves against the Perth Glory FC, coming up with a couple of attempts ...


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    Mark Hartmann scores his fourth goal in five or six games with the Geylang FC in the S-League, helping them win the game against Warriors FC ...


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    Perth Glory's Trip to Philippines Could See More A-League Clubs Following Suit

    Former A-League players Tahj Minniecon and Matt Acton came face-to-face with familiar foes as part of the UFL All-Stars side against Perth Glory during the festive All-Star weekend in Manila.

    The visitors won 2-1 in a closely fought affair, with Australia and Perth fullback Josh Risdon pleasantly surprised by the high standard of the Philippine players, having also faced Global FC three days earlier.

    "We learned a lot playing Global. They were a very good outfit, obviously they will be a lot fitter than us, playing in their season, but they've got some quick and attacking players", Risdon told ESPN FC, reflecting on the 0-0 draw against the UFL leaders.

    "We were very surprised by how Global played, they had some great players the other day, and I think it's a great level over here, bit hard to tell how to compare to it back home."

    The annual UFL All Star weekend had the A-League's fifth placed team from the 2015-16 season as special guests.

    Local UFL rivalries were set aside for the day and, apart for the missing players from Ceres and the national team, a strong UFL selection aimed to test the men from Western Australia.

    Fitness levels would differ as Perth Glory had just started their preseason training, while the UFL is already midway through its campaign. But the quality of Glory, who have strengthened their squad ahead of October's start of the A-League season, was evident.

    But it was the UFL All-Stars who took the lead in the 13th minute, with the Kaya pair of Robert Lopez Mendy and Louis Clark combining to score.

    And the UFL selection should really have added more, as former Brisbane Roar star Tahj Minniecon and Mendy spurned at least three chances to double the lead.

    Perth would stamp their class as the game wore on. They equalised nine minutes later with Chris Harold capitalising on a defensive mix-up from the UFL All-Stars.

    Glory then took a deserved lead through ex-Republic of Ireland striker Andy Keogh's strike deep into first-half injury time. That turned out to be the winner after a goalless second half.

    Perth Glory head coach Kenny Lowe told ESPN FC that he was satisfied with their two-match tour of the Philippines.

    "I thought we controlled the game and the tempo. I'm really pleased because it's early part of our preseason training for us to do well," he said.

    "I don't think the weather affected us. It allowed the game to be played at a nice tempo and we got through it, which is good.

    "And if it is difficult, that's good for us as well because it makes it harder. We're in preseason so anything of difficulty helps us."

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    MARK HARTMANN scores his fifth goal in six games for Geylang International FC in the S-League, helping his team win over Hougang United FC ...


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    MARK HARTMANN scores his sixth goal in seven games for Geylang International FC in their game against Tampines Rovers. This I believe is Geylang's last league game in the S-League this season, and Hartmann nearly meets his target of one goal per game for Geylang FC this season ...


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    Ceres La Salle FC goes up against Tampines Rovers FC tonight in the first leg of their series for the 2016 RHB Singapore Cup ...

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    Ceres La Salle FC lost to the Tampines Rovers FC, 1-2 in the first leg of their semi-finals series of the RHB Singapore Cup. They will play another game later this week for the second and last leg of their series ...


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    Ceres FC bows out of the RHB Singapore Cup after putting up a very gallant fight. They were down 1-2 going into this second game in their series, and managed to lead 2-1 in regular time, forcing an Extra Time to be called to decide the series.

    However, they lost one man due to a Red Card late in Regular Time, and this proved to be crucial as the Tampines Rovers FC scored two unanswered goals in Extra Time. 'Til next year, then for the Philippine Ballclubs in the RHB Singapore Cup ...


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    MARK HARTMANN continues to play well for Geylang FC in the S-League in his return from an injury, scoring a goal and making a Cross that resulted in the winning goal for his team ...


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    Azkal Mark Hartmann is Living the OFW Dream in Singapore

    One of the Philippines' finest strikers is thriving in the Lion City with Geylang International

    Bob Guerrero
    Published 12:49 AM, September 25, 2016
    Updated 12:49 AM, September 25, 2016

    MANILA, Philippines – There could be anywhere between 150,000 to 200,000 overseas Filipino workers toiling away in Singapore. Many of them are manual laborers or semi-skilled workers in service industries. But there is no shortage of IT professionals, advertising account managers and creatives, and interior designers too.

    And then there is the one and only Pinoy in Singapore who makes his living trying to kick a ball inside a net. His name is Mark Hartmann.

    Hartmann is the first Filipino to play professionally in Southeast Asia since Freddy Gonzalez suited up for Vietnamese outfit Ngân hàng Đông Á in 2003 and for Indonesian club Komodo a year after. An Indonesian club once tried to get the signatures of James and Phil Younghusband, and the Medan Chiefs, also of Indonesia, were reportedly interested in Aly Borromeo for a time, but neither of those deals happened.

    But the dream of playing abroad has come through for Hartmann. The 24-year-old Fil-Brit seems relaxed as he digs into his plate of Ayam Penyet, or Indonesian smashed chicken, at the Bedok Mall on the east side of the city-state. Chicken is not the only thing getting smashed these days in Bedok. A few kilometers away, in Bedok Stadium, Geylang's home ground, it's the visiting defenses that are also getting pulverized.

    According to Hartmann he has scored 7 times in 8 games for the Eagles since joining them on the last day of the S League transfer window midyear. What is all the more remarkable is that he became one of the league's most feared strikers after sitting out for 6 months while recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee. Once his contract with Global ran out in June, he swapped the blue and yellow of Global for Geylang's Celtic-esque green-and-white hoops. His brother Matt remains with Global.

    It was a case of “if you can't beat him, sign him,” for Geylang. In August of 2015 Hartmann scored a hat trick for Global in the second leg of the Singapore Cup quarters versus GI as the Pinoys romped to a 4-2 aggregate victory. In previous years he has also shone in the Singapore Cup for his old club, Loyola Meralco Sparks.

    Most of Hartmann's goals for his current employer have been in the League Cup, which is different from the Singapore Cup that Ceres and Global participate in, and also a separate competition from the S League itself. Here are samples of his handiwork, like this lovely header against Balestier Khalsa at 2:14 on this clip, one of 2 header goals he has produced for Geylang.

    Hartmann had previously been more of a “number 10” striker, who plays behind the center forward and is often called upon to facilitate and dish. But as a “number 9” at the apex of the formation he is tasked with using brains, brawn, height, and guile to disturb the nets with his feet and with his head. Hartmann, who stands 6'0”, has made the adjustment look easy.

    One of Hartmann's jobs is also taking free kicks for GI. In this League Cup match versus Warriors, he scored the only goal of the match in the 90th minute with a free kick of stunning quality. It's one of two free kick goals this season that have come from his boot.

    It helps that Hartmann is settled off the pitch in his new home.

    “The backroom staff is so professional. Everything off the field, they take care of. Outside of football, no stress,” marvels Hartmann. That includes a brand-new one bedroom crib for him to stay in near the stadium.

    Geylang has one lead physiotherapist but other physiotherapy student interns also come in to help out. The medical staff is also very careful when it comes to injuries.

    “Any niggle (slight injury,) and if the doctor is not sure, you go straight for an MRI scan,” says Hartmann.

    On the pitch Mark relies on a passel of Singapore national team players, many of whom played together in the recently dissolved LionsXII team, to pressure opposing defenses. He particularly rates left-footed winger Gabriel Quak and winger Shawal Anuar. Hartmann thinks Geylang is blessed with some of the best wide players in the league, which means supply lines to him are open much of the time.

    “There are no selfish players in Geylang,” he adds.

    The Geylang coach, Hasrin Jailani, also a new addition to the club, is a former national team player who favors a possession-based approach that Hartmann is fond of.

    The Pinoy's exploits have made him a fan favorite. In this year's European championship Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg was celebrated with the chant “Will Grigg's on Fire” based on the hit “Freed from Desire” by Italian singer Gala.

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    Azkals Star Mark Hartmann Unsure of S-League Future with Geylang

    BY KELVIN LEONG
    October 26, 2016

    Mark Hartmann's future at Geylang International remains unclear, with the striker yet to receive a "concrete" offer from the club.

    The striker took the S.League by storm when he became the first-ever Filipino to sign for a Singapore club in June, proving his goal-scoring ability with a respectable eight goals in 11 matches.

    Geylang closed out their season with a 4-1 home win against Home United on Tuesday, but fell short of AFC Cup qualification as they finished fifth in the league standings.

    A sublime halfway line effort from Hartmann gave the Eagles a seventh-minute lead before Ken Ilso levelled the scores. A late surge saw Shahfiq Ghani, Gabriel Quak and Daniel Bennett find the back of the net, but the Protectors hung on to take fourth spot.

    It all started with a debut goal on his first start for the club against Albirex Niigata (S) in the Singapore Cup on July 1, and the Azkals forward has not looked back since, adding seven more goals despite a lack of match fitness.

    "I was recovering from an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] injury since December and when Geylang spoke to me, I was upfront about not being 100 percent," he told ESPN FC.

    "The management and coaches took a gamble on me and this has been a very positive experience in my football career.

    "Geylang gave me the opportunity to get back to doing what I love most, scoring goals and playing football again.

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    Ceres FC clinches third place in the 2016 Singapore Cup after beating Balestier Khalsa FC, 2-1.

    This is the highest finish ever in the Singapore Cup by a Philippine based Club so far, with both the Loyola Meralco Sparks and Global FC finishing fourth in the previous editions of the Cup.


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    Mark Hartmann gets Azkals Call for AFF Cup, Leaves S.League Club Geylang

    BY KELVIN LEONG
    November 4, 2015

    Mark Hartmann is focused on helping co-hosts Philippines claim a first-ever AFF Suzuki Cup title after leaving S.League side Geylang International.

    After becoming the first-ever Filipino to ply his trade in the S.League, the burly forward netted eight goals in 11 games for the Eagles this season, attracting offers from Thailand, Malaysia, and back home.

    With Geylang deciding not to retain his services, Hartmann is hoping to make the Azkals' squad for the Suzuki Cup on home soil before weighing up his club options on the table.

    "Bittersweet if you ask me [about my time in Singapore]," Hartmann told ESPN FC. "I came in mid-season half fit, but managed to score goals and prove my worth.

    "The club and fans have been great but I'm now leaving my options open. There is a concrete offer from a club on the table, but I just want to focus on national team duty for now.

    "This year's [Suzuki Cup] is on home soil, and I'll fight for my place in the team. We have a lot of good players who are eager to play, so it needs to be 100 percent effort to make coach's [Dooley] final selection."

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    Three PH Clubs in Asian Tilt Next Year?

    By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:00 AM December 14, 2016

    The Philippines could have three clubs playing in Asian Football Confederation competitions next year, following the AFC’s decision to allot one slot to the country in the AFC Champions League preliminary round.

    Reigning United Football League champion Global FC will vie in the top club competition—the AFC Champions League—in the continent starting in January, while Ceres-La Salle will once again compete in the AFC Cup group stage.

    A third Philippine club—the Loyola Meralco Sparks—could make the AFC Cup, if Global qualifies for the main draw of the Champions League, where some of the biggest clubs in Australia, Japan, China, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates see action.

    The Sparks finished third in the UFL league competition this year.

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    “It’s a huge honor and a responsibility at the same time being the pioneering Philippine club in the Champions’ League,” said Global chief executive Dan Palami, who is also manager of the national men’s football team.

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    After playing in Singapore, MARK HARTMANN now brings his wares to the Malaysia's premier league!! Congratulations, Mark!!

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    Azkals Star Mark Hartmann Joins Sarawak from Geylang International

    After a successful stint in the S.League with Geylang International, Philippines international Mark Hartmann has agreed to join Sarawak FA in the Malaysian Super League.

    by Desmond Lim
    Published December 16, 2016

    Having joined the Eagles in mid-season, Hartmann quickly established himself as one of the top forwards in Singapore, scorching the net eight times in just 11 outings. Despite his good form for Geylang, the S.League side decided to release him due to budget constraints.

    Hartmann, 24, returned to Manila immediately and linked up with Thomas Dooley’s Azkals for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, but the tournament co-hosts made a disappointing group stage exit.

    A trial was immediately set up and the giant forward was in Kuching a fortnight ago, training under the watchful eyes of head coach David Usop.

    This Sarawak move was made possible by a few kind people from Singapore and since arriving in Sarawak, the club officials, coaches and everyone has been very good to me. They made me feel very welcomed and it was a no-brainer

    The club decided to make a contract offer and Hartmann returned to Kuching last weekend to complete his medical and put pen to paper on a season-long contract, becoming the second player from Philippines side Global FC to join a top-tier Malaysian club, following Omid Nazari's move to Melaka United in November.

    “It was my first shot at proving myself outside of the Philippines and joining Geylang was one of the best decisions I could have made,” Hartmann told FourFourTwo.

    “It allowed me the opportunity to test myself in one of Southeast Asia’s best competitions and scoring those goals in the S.League helped put my name across the region.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/news/a...-international)

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    Hartmann Uupbeat on New Club Sarawak

    BY JAELLE NEVIN REYES ON DECEMBER 25, 2016 SPORTS

    Philippine National Football Team striker Mark Hartmann is looking forward to a new chapter in his career after completing his transfer to Malaysian Super League side Sarawak FA earlier in the month.

    The 24-year-old Filipino-British standout previously played for Geylang International FC in the Singapore League before making the jump to Malaysia.

    “When the season begins I’ll be looking to get off to a bright start,” Hartmann told The Manila Times in an online interview while on training camp with Sarawak in Australia.

    The proficient scorer officially signed a one-year contract with the Crocs last December 16, locking him with the club until the end of the 2017 season.

    His move marks another milestone in his career after making history as the first Filipino football player to play in the domestic top-flight tournament of Singapore.

    During his stint with Geylang, Hartmann played a vital role in the club’s offensive line, scoring a total of 11 goals in eight games in Singapore.

    Consequently, the former United Football League top scorer revealed that he was already in contact with team officials of Sarawak in the past month after his release from Geylang.

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    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
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    Global FC Gears Up for AFC Champions League

    Posted on January 05, 2017

    HAD a 2016 that was “triumphant,” local football club Global FC is eyeing continued success in the brand-new year, beginning with the Asian Football Confederation Champions League happening later this month.

    Wound up as the top finisher in the United Football League last year, winning both the League and Cup titles, Global was given the slot by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) to represent the country and play in the preliminary/playoff stage of the AFC Champions League.

    This marks the first time that the country will be sending a team in the biggest club football competition in Asia.

    To qualify for the group stage, Global has to be at its utmost best, needing to win in each of the three stages leading to group play.

    It opens its bid in the East Slot allocation against Singapore’s Tampines Rovers FC on Jan. 24 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    If Global beats Tampines it then moves to the next assignment against Australian side Brisbane Roar in an away game on Jan. 31.

    The playoff stage in February will be another away match for Global if ever against Shanghai Shenhua FC, which finished fourth in the Chinese Superleague.

    In the event that Global reaches the group stage of the AFC Champions League, the PFF said the Loyola Meralco Sparks FC, which placed third in the UFL, will be nominated to take its place in the AFC Cup 2017 group stage, joining Ceres-Negros FC.

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    Global FC will be facing the Tampines Rovers FC (TRFC) in a Knockout Match at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the 2017 AFC Champions Cup.

    TRFC is a tough nut to crack, they are a top team in the very competitive S-League in Singapore. But international Football games like these rarely happen at the RMC hence it would be good to go there just to see top notch Football in action.

    Here is the Events Page at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/743361619163488/

    Tickets are available at the Gate of the RMC, but they are also available on SM Tickets: https://smtickets.com/events/view/5361

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    Limpag: Test for Global and Philippine League

    Friday, January 20, 2017
    By MIKE T. LIMPAG
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    IN A few days, Global FC will face the Tampine Rovers in the qualifiers for the Asian Champions League, a game that could be the turning point for the Philippine club.

    Global and Tampine have played before, in the AFC Cup last year, but this time, it’s for the Champions League and the stakes are much bigger.

    If we want to dance with the big boys in Asia, we have to know if we have what it takes and the first dancing partner is Tampine. While the rest of the Philippine club football scene has been on a hiatus of sorts, with the end of the United Football League, Global and Ceres Negros have been quietly building up their teams.

    For Global, which is finalizing its transfer to Cebu, it’s a chance to gauge where it stands in the Asian club football scene. Does one of the country’s most well-funded club, one with a foreign-laden coaching staff have what it takes to make it all the way to the Champions League?

    To say that the odds are stacked against them is putting it lightly.

    A win over Tampine Rovers will set Global up with another must-win match against Australia’s Brisbane Roar, which has competed twice in the AFC Champions League and owns two premierships and three championships in the A-League.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sport...-league-521256)

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    Great game by Global, Tampines is a very tough team. Now they will be facing an even tougher Australian Club next.

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    Global Outclasses Tampines Rovers, Advances to Next AFC Champions League Phase

    LORENZO DEL CARMEN JANUARY 24, 2017

    It’s one small step, but an important one nonetheless for the sake of Philippine football.

    Global Football Club enjoyed a memorable 2-0 win over Singapore club Tampines Rovers to advance to the second preliminary round of the 2017 AFC Champions League.

    Ahamd Azzawi (61′) and Misagh Bahadoran (73′) provided the goals for the home side tonight at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. Khairul Amri could have pulled one back at the 88th minute but his penalty was saved by Global goalie Patrick Deyto.

    I came here only about four days, but today the players they keep my advice so second half we get two goals and (Deyto) saved a penalty…. I’m so happy,” commented Global coach Imai Toshiaki.

    Both teams started the match in anemic fashion. Set pieces were the main avenues of the two clubs’ attacks as there was a considerable lack of fluidity in the final third of the pitch.

    Global skipper Bahadoran signaled the home side’s attacking intent when he initiated an offensive sequence all by himself. Bahadoran controlled the ball majestically which allowed him through on goal, only for Rogers goalie Mohamad Izwan to make the save.

    Izwan was then called to action once again when the home side won a free kick at the edge of the Rovers’ box. Matthew Hartmann stepped up, only for his attempt to be nothing more than a routine stop for Izwan.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://tiebreakertimes.com/tbt/globa...ue-phase/75544)

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