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    Undermanned Azkals face Kyrgyzstan Today

    by Jonas Terrado
    September 6, 2016

    Game Today
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    10:30 p.m. – Kyrgyzstan vs Philippines


    The Philippine Azkals will be without three key players due to injuries when they take on Kyrgyzstan tonight in their only friendly match of the international window in Bishkek.

    Patrick Reichelt and Simone Rota are out because of injuries while Stephan Schrock won’t be suiting up because of unknown reasons in the Azkals’ 10:30 p.m. Manila encounter with the Kyrgyz booters.

    Reichelt sustained an ACL injury for Ceres-La Salle in the Singapore Cup semifinals, Rota has been dealing with a minor injury while no one has made a clear explanation over Schrock’s absence.

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    Livestream link for the Kyrgyztan-Azkals game, starts at 10:30 pm ...

    https://mycujoo.tv/ch/265?id=2624

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    The Goals Highlights of the Azkals in their game against Kyrgyztan yesterday. The Azkals won, 2-1 ...


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    Philippines' Simone Rota 'Praying' to be Fit for AFF Suzuki Cup

    Presented by TCL, the story of Philippines' Simone Rota, who began life in an orphanage before achieving his dreams.

    Philippines defender Simone Rota says he is "praying about making the Suzuki Cup" after a knee injury though his AFF dreams into jeopardy.

    The Italy-raised fullback, who's one of a core of Philippine national players with European roots like midfielders Stephan Schrock and Martin Steuble, should know in the next week if he will be able to make the biennial tournament.

    The 31-year-old, who helped the Azkals make the semifinals of the 2014 Suzuki Cup, hurt himself when playing for his UFL club side Stallion against JP Voltes on Aug. 20.

    "I was running, with maybe 10 minutes left in the game and trying to anticipate the striker, and then my boot got stuck in the artificial grass," Rota told ESPN FC.

    "As revealed by an MRI scan, I have a partial ACL and PCL tear, and will undergo a functional and movement test in seven days' time to determine if surgery is required or not."

    Rota, who has scored two international goals in 21 appearances since making his Azkals' debut in 2014, added that he would do everything he can to make it onto Thomas Dooley's squad. Philippines, co-hosts along with Myanmar, will be in Group A, along with defending champions Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.espnfc.com/blog/football-...aff-suzuki-cup)

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    This team has been underachieving for the last 5 years already..

    Although its a bad sight to see, that a sport being loved by 500 million people being just dominated by a country who doesnt care about the sport except for a few..
    To becomes Asia's Best, we need to compete against the World's Best..

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    Quote Originally Posted by reamily View Post
    This team has been underachieving for the last 5 years already..

    Although its a bad sight to see, that a sport being loved by 500 million people being just dominated by a country who doesnt care about the sport except for a few..
    "Underachieving"? Don't you mean "Overachieving", meaning "to do better than is expected"?

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    Azkals Take on North Korea in Another International Friendly

    Posted on October 10, 2016

    THE Philippine national men’s football team plays its second friendly in four days today, taking on visiting North Korea at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium (RMFS).

    The scheduled match at 8 p.m. is a follow-up to the Philippine Azkals’ friendly held last Friday against Bahrain where the former lost, 3-1. It is also a continuation of their buildup for the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup in November which the country will host along with Myanmar.

    Against Bahrain, the Azkals struggled to dictate the tempo of the match right from the start.

    Bahraini captain Aadem Khabir scored the first goal at the four-minute mark to give his team the early 1-0 lead which it held for the rest of the opening half.

    He was once again on the firing end a minute into the second half to complete his brace and a 2-0 lead for the visiting side.

    The Azkals, however, would slice the deficit into half four minutes later by way of a goal from debuting Mike Ott, the brother of Philippine team veteran Manny.

    Mr. Ott came in as a second-half substitute and immediately made his presence felt by converting a volley from Martin Steuble to score his first international goal, sending the crowd at the RMFS into a frenzy.

    The Philippines tried to build on the momentum of Mr. Ott’s goal but Bahrain regrouped and staved off the home’s team challenge.

    Bahrain took the game out of reach in stoppage time when Mazrooq Alromaihi scored another goal off a header for the final score.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.bworldonline.com/content....ndly&id=134577)

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    The Azkals' schedule of games at home in the coming 2016 Suzuki Cup this week.

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    The Azkals beat Kyrgyztan on their last Friendly game before the 2016 Suzuki Cup courtesy of Misagh Bahadoran's lone goal


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    This is, indeed, a big blow to the Azkals' Suzuki Cup campaign. Indonesia is resurgent, and Thailand just drew 2 all with powerful Australia.

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    Suzuki Cup: Azkals to Miss Patiño, Sato

    By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 11:07 PM November 16, 2016

    The Philippine Azkals absorbed a heavy blow with Javier Patiño and Daisuke Sato ruled out of the AFF Suzuki Cup, just three days before they open their campaign against Singapore on Saturday at Philippine Sports Stadium.

    With their respective clubs not compelled to release them for national team duty as the tournament doesn’t fall on Fifa dates, Patiño and Sato will miss the Suzuki Cup that will be held for the first time in the country.

    The impending absence of Patiño deprives the Azkals of another quality striker.

    But the bigger loss is Sato, who played solid at central defense in the 1-0 win over Kyrgyzstan. The Azkals are short on options at that position with only Amani Aguinaldo as a natural centerback.

    Azkals coach Thomas Dooley could try out leftback Jeffrey Christiaens or defensive midfielder Dennis Villanueva to pair up with Aguinaldo on Saturday.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more, go to: http://sports.inquirer.net/229682/su...ss-patino-sato)

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    The schedule of the Azkals' games and TV Coverage at the Suzuki Cup:

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    SOURCE: https://twitter.com/PassionateFanPH/...82029990641664

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    This game is an eyesore. We have no game plan whatsoever. Just shoot the ball over to the front and hope for Bahadoran or Younghusband to work their magic. We are in need of a strong grassroots program.
    "INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS."

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    AZKALS 2016 SUZUKI CUP GAME ONE: Azkals 0, Singapore 0

    Good game by the Azkals, their Passing and Possession game is pretty good, but without Patino and Sato the finishing just isn't there, unable to beat a team with only ten men.

    The way things are shaping up now, I think Thailand and Indonesia will move on to the next round. But I think we still need to fully support the team, a prestigious tournament like this comes only once every two years, and remember that things are different now since we are co hosting this event.

    The other teams like Indonesia and Thailand would be great to watch also. There are still two game days left, on Nov. 22 and 25, 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    This game is an eyesore. We have no game plan whatsoever. Just shoot the ball over to the front and hope for Bahadoran or Younghusband to work their magic. We are in need of a strong grassroots program.
    I think things would've been different if Patino and Sato were there, especially Patino since he not only scores but creates chances for his teammates also. But if a team is so shallow a loss of one or two players affect it greatly, then it's not really that good anyway.

    Thailand is really way out there in terms of skill level in SEA. Not only are they very good, they are also very entertaining to watch. They drew with Australia 2-2 during their tuneup game before this tournament.

    Indonesia is back in full force after having problems with FIFA in the last couple of years, it will be a different team than what we have faced in the last two Suzuki Cups.

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    Just great finishing by both teams.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhk111 View Post
    I think things would've been different if Patino and Sato were there, especially Patino since he not only scores but creates chances for his teammates also. But if a team is so shallow a loss of one or two players affect it greatly, then it's not really that good anyway.

    Thailand is really way out there in terms of skill level in SEA. Not only are they very good, they are also very entertaining to watch. They drew with Australia 2-2 during their tuneup game before this tournament.

    Indonesia is back in full force after having problems with FIFA in the last couple of years, it will be a different team than what we have faced in the last two Suzuki Cups.
    4-3-3 simply isn't cutting it. We need players to attack and create scoring chances. Makes me really wish we had a box-to-box midfielder or an attacking midfielder as good as Eden Hazard.
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    Highlights of the Azkals-Indonesia game yesterday:


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    Quote Originally Posted by interxavierxxx View Post
    4-3-3 simply isn't cutting it. We need players to attack and create scoring chances. Makes me really wish we had a box-to-box midfielder or an attacking midfielder as good as Eden Hazard.
    Patino would've been the man to create those scoring chances. Without him, our offense is just mediocre.

    But it was good to see the Azkals dominate the game. In the second half the ball was parked almost all of the time in Singapore's side of the Pitch, and we had so many Shots on Target, Free Kicks and Corners Kicks. But the finishing just was missing in action last night ...

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    AZKALS GAME TWO: AZKALS 2, INDONESIA 2

    Another fantastic effort on the part of the Azkals, but they again had the same problem as they had before during their first game against Singapore: Inefficient Finishing. They managed to score two goals this time thru sheer effort alone, but in the end they dominated Possession and had a lot more Free and Corner Kicks, but could only show two goals for it courtesy of Misagh Bahadoran and Phil Younghusband, both coming from Free Kicks.

    The problem with having an inefficient finishing is that it eventually made them vulnerable to Counter-Attacks, and Indonesia is one of the best Counter-Attacking teams in South East Asia (SEA). I also felt we were a bit lucky in this game as Indonesia had two attempts that hit the Goal Post. If they didn’t and if one of those balls made it thru the Goal, that would have been it for us.

    The Azkals are now are in a difficult position of winning the game against a very tough Thailand team in order to move into the next round. Realistically, I don’t see it happening, and whoever wins the Indonesia-Singapore game will move on to the next round. All the more the need to support the Azkals as this could be their last game in this year’s Suzuki Cup.

    Moving forward after the Suzuki Cup, the team needs to find Forwards in the caliber for Javier Patino in order for it to beat the SEA teams consistently. Mike Ott and Kevin Ingreso were supposed to be those guys as they were quite prolific as Strikers in their Youth Clubs in Germany, but so far has been able to do the same at National Team level, so the search continues.

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