Suzuki Cup: Semifinal tickets now on Sale

2 12 2012

Tickets for the first ever Suzuki Cup semifinal match held in Philippine soil is now out on sale. Filipino football fans can now purchase tickets for the December 8 match-up between the Philippine Azkals and Singapore Lions at the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium.  Those who want to root for the beloved Azkals can now buy tickets at Ticketworld outlets.  Fans can also get their tickets via online purchase at  Suzuki Cup semifinal tickets are priced at P3,000, P2,000, P1,000, P500, and P300. Online purchases will have ticket fees.

Fans are really encouraged to go out and support the Azkals as they face a very familiar foe.  In fact, the Azkals have beaten Singapore in a friendly held in Cebu City just last month.  If the Azkals manage to hurdle Singapore, they will be in their first ever Suzuki Cup finals.

For more information about tickets you may email ticketworld at or call them at +632 891.9999 or Fax at +632 891.5634.


2012 Suzuki Cup: Azkals through the semis again after beating Myanmar

1 12 2012

Supachalasai Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand– For the first time in history, the Philippines defeated SouthEast Asian neighbors Myanmar in an official football game.  The 2-0 victory also meant that the 2010 semifinal participation of the Philippine Azkals was not a fluke as they are once again in the Final 4 of Southeast Asia’s premier football tournament.

Phil Younghusband was very aggressive right at the get-go. His efforts to break a scoring slump were eventually rewarded at the start of the second half when he received a pass from Jason de Jong and evaded two defenders for his first goal in this year’s Suzuki Cup.  Angel Guirado added the nail in the coffin in stoppage time as he clinically converted a long ball to bring the Philippines back to the semifinals.  Goalkeeper Ed Sacapano was once again credited with a clean sheet just like the previous game against Vietnam.

With the victory, the Azkals finished the group phase with 6 points owing to its win over Vietnam and Myanmar.  Their lone tormentor Thailand won the group by sweeping all its matches at their home turf.

In 2010 when the Philippines were not allowed to host their home leg of the semifinals because the country did not have a stadium that met FIFA standards.  In this year’s edition however, Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila is booked on December 8 for the match between the Azkals and top qualifier from the other group.  It is expected that Filipino fans will flock to the legendary venue as the Azkals go for a historic final appearance.  Details on tickets for the match will be announced very soon.

Azkals Scandal: PFF demands apology from Arnold Clavio

16 03 2012

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As media try to swoop in on the latest buzz on the Philippine Men’s national football squad, the spotlight has turn to GMA News anchor Arnold Clavio after he made some comments about the recent controversy that the some Azkals are involved in. In the morning show “Unang Hirit“, Clavio said “Hindi naman kayo Pilipino, nagpapanggap lang kayong kayumanggi, hindi kayo dito lumaki, mahirap iyun.” (You are not Filipino, you are pretending to be brown-skinned, you did not grow up here, that’s difficult)

Clavio was talking about the sexual harassment case that Cristy Ramos has filed against Angel Guirado and Lexton Moy in the particular segment of GMA 7’s morning show. The comments drew several negative reactions from Azkal fans and netizens. The new controversy even elicited comments from some Azkal members like Neil Etheridge.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) is taking on the cudgels for its players as they demanded a public apology from the network for the alleged “racist, discriminatory, libelous and malicious” statements made by Arnold Clavio. The letter signed by PFF President Mariano Araneta, also asked the network to sanction the TV host for his “discriminatory, racist and libelous assertions”.

Here is a copy of the text of the PFF Letter:

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Azkal Scandal 2012: 24 Oras interview with Ms. Cristy Ramos

7 03 2012

Ms. Cristy Ramos wants the whole Azkals team to be punished for the incident before the Philippine National football team faced the Malaysia National team in a friendly last month. She already filed sexual harassment raps against Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado with Asian Football Confederation disciplinary committee.

Azkal Scandal?? Cristy Ramos accuses 2 Azkals of sexual harassment

3 03 2012

A sexual harassment complaint was filed by Cristy Ramos against football players Lexton Moy and Angel Guirado before the  disciplinary committee of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). The case stemmed from an incident before the friendly game between Philippines and Malaysia last February 29. She sent a letter addressed to Mr. Lim Kia Tong, chairman of the AFC Disciplinary Committee.  The letter detailed her experience while being Match Commissioner of the friendly.

In her letter she said that as the Match Commissioner, it was her responsibility to check and verify the player’s identifications before the game. The Philippine National Football Team popularly known as the Azkals were at their changing room when she was to inspect the players. She narrated that the players were rowdy and did not take the inspections seriously.  No. 25 (Lexton Moy) stood by her said and apparently said “Must be a B cup”, the remark elicited laughter from the other players. No. 12 (Angel Guirado) was only wearing his briefs during his inspection while the other players keep on laughing according to Ms. Ramos, who is a daughter of ex-President Fidel V. Ramos.

Moy, Guirado, and the rest of the Azkals are now in Nepal for the AFC Challenge Cup. They will face North Korea on March 9. Last year, some Azkal members were accused of rape by a model but the issue eventually died down as no formal charges were filed while the accused players vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

caloycomment: Since we are now employing “professional” players in our national team then they should act accordingly… more

Philippine Azkals blank Nepal 4-0 in friendly match

12 10 2011

Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila – The 166th ranked Philippines played a friendly with the 135th ranked Nepal yesterday. The home side gave the visitors a rude welcome as the Azkals blanked the Gorkhalis 4-0. The game marked the local debut of some of the newest recruits by the Azkals.

The first half was marked by goals by the Younghusband brothers. Phil Younghusband struck fist in the 17th minute as he made good move to outwit Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Kumar Limbu. In the 28th minute, brother James scored his 7th international goal via a fine strike just aside the area. The Philippines had a comfortable 2-nil by halftime.

In the second half, new acquisition Dennis Cagara showed why he is one of the most highly touted Filipino midfield prospects as he set the table for the Azkal goals in the second half. His technique is evident as he sent a fine cross to Phil Younghusband in the 55th minute. Younghusband completed his brace by shooting the ball away from the diving Limbu. The Cagara-Younghusband combination figured well in another goal before the end of the game. Cagara made another superb cross to Younghusband in 89th minute. Younghusband then set-up fellow Filipino-British Matthew Hartmann for his first international goal.

The Man of the Match was clearly Phil Younghusband who dedicated the game to his late mother Susan who passed away a month ago.


Long Teng Cup: Caligdong sizzles in Azkals 2-0 win

4 10 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

Image by budiputra via Flickr

Kaohsiung National Stadium, Taiwan– Chieffy Caligdong has once again proven that he is the most “rabid” Azkal when it comes to scoring goals by netting 2 goals in the 2-0 win of the Azkals over Macau. The Barotca Nuevo native came into the game as a substitute at halftime with the Philippine team failing to capitalize on its chances in the opening 45 minutes of play.

His first goal came in 58th minute with the help of an excellent free kick by Mark Hartmann. Another Hartmann to Caligdong combination resulted to the final goal of the match in the 87th minute. The amazing Filipino winger has a tournament-leading 4 goals.

The Philippines awaits the result of the match between Taiwan and Hong Kong to determine its final placing. The Azkals can either place second or third depending on the Taiwan-HK match ending on a draw or not. A draw will relegate the Filipino booters to 3rd place. The Philippines drew with HK (3-3) and Taiwan (0-0) in their previous matches.