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    New foreign signings

    This is a difficult gauntlet for Global to run through, but the Dan Palami-managed team is doing what it can to beef up its roster.

    Present at Thursday's roster were several new foreign players (The AFC Champions League, like the AFC Cup, allows teams to have 4 foreigners in the roster and on the pitch, one of which must be from an AFC country). Brazilian centerback Rafael Dumas, on loan from Flamengo, had his first training session with the team. Dumas, who bears a striking resemblance to LeBron James, is a 21-year old who has also been loaned previously to Goa in the Indian top tier.

    Shu Sasaki is another new signing bristling with promise. The Japanese-born striker has been playing in Australia's New South Wales Premier League side Blacktown Spartans.

    “He just keeps on going and doesn't give up,” says Eli Elhindi, an Australian football fan who was observing training last Thursday (On a side note, Elhindi's son, Patrick, who has a Philippine passport thanks to his Davaoeña mother, is also trialing in PFL clubs).

    Sasaki's work rate isn't his only virtue. Both Elhindi and Jon Kanayama, another Fil-Aussie who is back training with Global after a stint with Loyola, say that Sasaki has terrorized the NSW Premier League as one of its most feared strikers, especially two seasons ago.

    Sasaki's erstwhile Spartans teammate Yianni Perkatis was also at training. The Aussie centerback has top-tier A-League experience with Western Sydney Wanderers.

    Global's other Filipino stalwarts like Bahadoran, Amani Aguinaldo, Dennis Villanueva, Matt Hartmann, Patrick Deyto, Hikaru Minegishi, Paolo Bugas, Paolo Salenga, Marco Casambre, and Jerry Barbaso are good to go and looked fit in training. Global have also roped in two players from Green Archers United Globe, Ronnie Aguisanda and Dodong Villareal. Paul Mulders, who briefly played for Global before suiting up for Ceres, is back in yellow-and blue for 2017.

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    excited to witness regional rivalries with the Visayas clasico of Ceres Negros and Global Queen City
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    Veteran Aly Borromeo Looks Forward to National Football League

    Posted on February 27, 2017

    THE inaugural season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) kicks off this summer and one player looking forward to it is veteran Aly Borromeo, seeing how the league could potentially further the development of the sport in the country.

    Kaya Futbol Club’s Aly Borromeo (L) looks forward to competing in the Philippines Football League, whose inaugural season kicks off in April. -- United Football League Facebook account
    Currently playing for Kaya Futbol Club, Mr. Borromeo and his team will be among those competing in the PFL, which will serve as the country’s national football league.

    The league, under the auspices of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), is envisioned to make football development more far-ranging and grassroots as possible with teams representing different regions in the country.

    In its first year, the PFL hopes to have at least eight teams in its rosters of teams.

    “I’m looking forward to the start of the PFL in April. We are currently preparing for it. It has a new format and we are set to go to different places and I’m excited playing in it,” said Mr. Borromeo in a recent interview with BusinessWorld.

    The 33-year-old Borromeo, who was a former member of the Philippine men’s national football team, or “Azkals,” went on to say that the PFL has a lot of potential in promoting the sport and sustaining the renewed interest in football in the Philippines.

    “I’m excited for the fans as well as they get to see the different teams competing. They get to see their favorite players playing for their home team,” Mr. Borromeo said.

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    Aguilas Awaits Club License for Pro League

    Thursday, March 09, 2017
    By MARIANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN

    IT'S just about time for Mindanao to be represented in the Philippine Football League (PFL) as Aguilas Football Club (FC), under Davao Aguilas, Incorporated (DAI), awaits approval of its club license from the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

    DAI chief executive officer Ramon Manuel, who was a guest along with Aguilas FC coaches Melchor Anzures and Ramonito "Lalas" Carreon during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association Forum at a mall in this city, said PFF has yet to release the clubs that have been accepted for the PFL, which according him to him, will start on April 22 to December this year.

    "The requirements were not easy but we were able to comply," Manuel said, adding that Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario has agreed to make Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex football pitch as the Aguilas' home venue since the PFL will be played on a home-and-away format.

    Manuel said Aguilas FC team owner Jefferson Cheng has businesses and properties in Davao and considering that Davao City and the rest of Mindanao have been producing promising football players to the national team the likes of Dabawenyos Anzures and Hershey Salmon. Thus, he formed a professional team to represent Mindanao in the PFL.

    He cited Amani Aguinaldo, now with the Philippine Azklas men's national football team, who studied elementary at the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) as well as the Diamante brothers of the Dela Salle University, Gio, Gelo and Jed who also hail from Davao City and also studied at ADDU and former Far Eastern University standout Arnel Amita of Far Eastern University, among others, as among those who are currently making names in football in Metro Manila.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/spor...-league-530133)

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    6 Teams Vying in Stallion Invitational Cup

    March 15, 2017

    SIX teams including one foreign squad, will see action in the Stallion Invitational Cup kicking off at 1:30 p.m. today between Stallion Laguna FC and the Davao Aguilas at the 2,500-seat Binan Football Stadium in Laguna.

    “The Stallion Invitational Cup will be a good pre-season tune-up tournament for all the five squads competing in the national league being organized by the Philippine Football Federation next month,” Stallion Laguna FC squad official Ernie Nierras said in yesterday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.

    Also competing in the pocket tournament are Los Angeles-based Belmont-Deft Touch FC, Global Queen City FC, Loyola Meralco Sparks FC and Kaya Makati FC, according to Nierras in the session backed by San Miguel Corp., Golden Phoenix Hotel, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and Accel.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-ne...vitational-cup)

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    A Football Club is Born: Meet Davao Aguilas FC

    Mindanao's entry into the upcoming Philippines Football League is brimming with promise. This is why.

    Bob Guerrero
    Published 4:59 PM, March 27, 2017
    Updated 4:59 PM, March 27, 2017

    Davao Aguilas FC is one of two brand-new clubs that will enter the Philippines' new top-tier football competition, the Philippines Football League, which kicks off in April. The other debutante will be Ilocos United, based in Vigan.

    The club was launched last weekend in Tagum. Here is a primer on what this team is all about.

    The footballing city

    The southern Mindanao metropolis has always been a football hotbed. Back in the day, Davao was a feared squad in the old Coke Go-For-Goal youth competitions. There was a Davaoeño in the great 1991 national team that beat Malaysia, Hersey Salmon.

    The only regular homegrown outfield starter in the current national team, Amani Aguinaldo, is from there.

    Davao finished runners up to Negros Occidental in two recent national youth competitions, the 2013 u23 national championship and the 2016 u22 tournament. In both instances they lost narrowly, 1-0, to the Negrenses in the final match.

    Davao is also one of the few spots in the Philippines that has a regular men's 11-a-side league, or at least they did last year when I interviewed Davao clubs in the Ceres Cup.

    The club will, for now, play in Tagum, about 50 kilometers north of the city, because there is no stadium nearer the city. More on that later.

    The kit and crest

    Real Madrid fans in southeast Mindanao will be dismayed that the club has Barcelona's red and blue vertical stripes as its primary look. But the team reportedly chose the colors to be patriotic, since those are the hues of our flag. Their away strip will be predominantly white.

    Team CEO Chito Manuel says red represents passion and valor while blue symbolizes loyalty and brilliance. Five red stripes on the crest connote 5 attributes of the players, namely strength, speed, agility, and the right mentality. The 4 blue stripes are symbols of the team's values, which are fair play, respect, perseverance and integrity.

    These symbols may come across as chintzy to some but I think they go a long way towards building an identity for the club. The middle of the crest is the head of a Philippine eagle.

    The owner

    Jefferson Cheng is a successful Filipino businessman with interests both here and in Australia. He used to play competitive football in Xavier School as a left back. Cheng is an architecture graduate from UP, so he knows a thing or two about building things from the ground up.

    Cheng is a part owner of the Western Sydney Wanderers football club of Australia's top tier, the A-League. The Wanderers stunned the Asian football firmament by winning the AFC Champions League crown in 2014, barely two years after being founded.

    Cheng has helped the PFF bankroll its u19 to u22 national sides for several years now.

    When asked about his keys to build a winning club, he gave this interesting answer.

    "The relationships between the owner, coaches and players are very important."

    The coach

    Davao's first-ever head coach, (or manager in British football parlance), is Gary Phillips, a 53-year old Australian veteran mentor who has coached in his home country, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He has also managed the Tongan national team and Papua New Guinea's women's side. Phillips led Sydney Olympic to the title in the old Australian National Soccer League in 2002.

    Phillips says he wants to instill "pride in the shirt and the city" in his players and wishes to make the club well-known for developing players.

    The gaffer will also function as the team's conditioning coach at least for now.

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

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    i'm excited about PFL. hope i can find some streaming to watch some games..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silent Killer View Post
    i'm excited about PFL. hope i can find some streaming to watch some games..
    I read somewhere, I can't recall exactly now where, but the plan was to stream not just the Azkals games, but the PFL games as well.

    But they really need to go with the big websites, if the PFF will just take note, all the major local news organizations either go livestreaming on Facebook and/or on Youtube. So the PFF should do the same also.

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    It seems that ABS-CBN has stopped supporting the Azkals. The team is no longer playing in the INC Stadium so I don't know the reason why they're still not showing the recent games.

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    The Davao Aguilas FC got the service of former A-league player in Brad McDonald, Trinidad and Tobago International in Darren Mitchell, and Goalkeeper Luke McDonald, former NPL (Div.2) player from Australia. They have also signed Patrick Elhindi,Derek Cruz and Andy Esswein, all have Filipino Blood and will be considered as Local players.

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    A minimum of 25 players seem too many for me, it only inflates the cost of owning a team. I think 20 would have been more realistic.

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    8 Teams for PFL Inaugural Kickoff

    Saturday, April 01, 2017 By HENRY G. DOBLE

    EIGHT football clubs from across the country are set to take the green turfs when the Philippines Football League (PFL) kicks off late this April.

    Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has confirmed the teams participating are Loyola-Meralco Taguig, Japan-Philippine Voltes Marikina, Ilocos United FC, Stallion Laguna, Kaya FC Makati, Davao Aguilas FC, Global Cebu FC and Ceres Negros FC of Bacolod.

    Meralco Taguig has its home turf at McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig with a 2,000-seating capacity while the JP Voltes will be based at the Marikina Sports Complex. Ilocos United FC will play their home games at the 5,000- seat Quirino Stadium.

    Stallion will have their own turf at the Biñan Football Stadium with 2,500 seats; Kaya FC at the Makati Sports Complex; and Davao Aguilas, at the 3,000-seater Tagum Davao del Norte Sports Complex.

    Global is expected to settle down at the Cebu City Sports Complex with 5,000-seating capacity and Ceres Negros at Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.

    (Article intentionally cut, to read more go to: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/sp...kickoff-534259)

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    The PFL games will be shown on PTV4 during the weekends, one game on Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00-6:00 pm.


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    The Loyola Meralco Taguig Sparks beats the Ilocos United FC 3-0 in a Pre-Season Game.

    I think they should really change the name to Meralco Taguig Sparks FC, I can't understand the need to put "Loyola" in there. It makes the name a lot less cumbersome to remember.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rhk111 View Post
    The Loyola Meralco Taguig Sparks beats the Ilocos United FC 3-0 in a Pre-Season Game.

    I think they should really change the name to Meralco Taguig Sparks FC, I can't understand the need to put "Loyola" in there. It makes the name a lot less cumbersome to remember.

    they are now based in Manila as they now have the Rizal Memorial Stadium as their home stadium
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp2k View Post
    they are now based in Manila as they now have the Rizal Memorial Stadium as their home stadium
    Thanks for the heads up. So it should now be "Loyola Meralco Manila FC", or better just "Meralco Manila FC".

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    Amid Air of Optimism, Hard Work Begins for Newly Launched PFL

    By: Cedelf P. Tupas - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
    Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:33 AM April 23, 2017

    After a glittering opening salvo Friday night, the hard part now begins for the country’s first professional football league.

    “I’m so happy that our dream has turned into reality,” said Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta during the launch of the Philippine Football league Friday night. “It was difficult because there were so many questions that were hanging before from sponsorships, the business model of the league, which cities to play to and what communities will support us.”

    The league took close to four years of planning and organization with a PFF Task Force getting help from the Asian Football Confederation and the International Football Federation in putting up the PFL.

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    Ceres-Negros FC Good Example for all PFLeague Clubs

    Saturday, April 22, 2017 By JACK BIANTAN BIG JACK

    THE Panaad stadium was full packed. The crowd was noisy. The pitch was immaculately green. The result was terrific. Everything was just ideal for a club football.

    I wish I was there in my birth province of Negros Occidental, when Ceres-Negros Football Club (FC) crushed Hanaoi FC 6-2 in the elimination round of the AFC Cup football tournament.

    The Busmen were just terrific against the Vietnamese side as they topped the table with eight points in their impressive victory at their home pitch at the Panaad stadium in Bacolod city.

    But what is more impressive is how organize Ceres-Negros FC is as a professional football club. They are the envy of the other Philippine clubs as the Philippine Football League was launched Friday at the Shangri La Hotel in Makati city.

    Just observe Panaad. The fans came in droves with their Ceres jerseys. They also came with drums and flags. What an atmosphere. That is how should be done inside the stadium.

    Of course it helps when the owners own the country’s biggest bus company, the Villacar Transit.

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    The PFL games will start on May 6, 2017, the first game of the weekend game days will be shown live over PTV 4.

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    The games of the first two weeks of the Philippine Football League ...

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    Great crowd in Tagum cheering for the Davao Aguilas in their first home game, reportedly 4,384 which is the best PFL record so far. For more pictures, go to here: https://www.facebook.com/Philippines...70616536321529

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