2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN: Philippines to meet Thailand in the Finals

14 06 2014

It is Philippines versus Thailand for all the marbles in the 2014 AFC U14 Girls’ Regional Championship for the ASEAN region after both teams hurdled their respective semifinal opponents.   The pair will enter the finals as the 2 remaining undefeated teams in the tournament. The Philippines topped Group A by beating Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia while Thailand dominated Malaysia and Myanmar. The Philippines won 2-1 over Myanmar in their semifinal match while Thailand survived a rugged game against hosts and defending champions Vietnam, 2-0.

 

In the Philippines-Myanmar tiff, it was Myanmar that struck first in the 9th minute with a goal by Hnin Mya Thazin. The Philippines got an equalizer 5 minutes later courtesy of a goal from Itsuko Maree Bacatan. The game was knotted at 1 apiece for more than 50 minutes until Joyce Omboy Semacio struck the game winner at the 66th minute sending the Philippines to the finals.

 

The Thailand vs. Vietnam match was also very competitive. Dassama broke the ice for Thailand by scoring in the 15th minute. Tipkritta sealed the deal for the Thais after scoring from a penalty in 54th minute. The Thais have maintained a clean so far throughout the tournament.

 

Thailand will be the favorites in the championship match but they cannot underestimate the gritty Philippine side who only conceded 1 goal in 4 games. A victory by the Philippines in the finals would be historic in nature and could encourage the nation’s leadership to continue supporting and developing football in a country long dominated by basketball. The third place battle will also be tough as the dethroned Vietnamese would try to salvage their campaign with big win over Myanmar in the battle for 3rd

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Champion’s League: Record-breaking Messi scored 5 goals!

8 03 2012

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Barcelona, Spain – Defending champions Barcelona basically just needed a draw to advance to the semi-finals in this year’s Champion’s League as they beat Bayer Leverkusen in Germany 3-1 in the first league. Lionel Messi had no plans of just standing around, instead, he became the first player to ever score 5 goals in a European Champion’s league match. His astonishing feat left fans and best players of this generation in awe.

Wayne Rooney tweeted “Messi is a joke. For me the best ever,”

Brazilian rising star Neymar said “I am a Messi fan. I was told what he did today. I support him to score a lot of nice goals so I can keep copying and imitating him.”

Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona added “You can expect anything from Leo, He is the best player in history, we have never seen anyone like him.”

Messi, a 3-time winner of FIFA player of the year, keeps on adding to his legend. He scored goals in the 25th, 42nd, 49th, 58th, and 84th minutes of the game. It was his 17th career hat trick for Barca. His 5-goal feat just came barely 2 weeks after victimizing Valencia with 4 goals last February 19. In 42 games so far this season with Barcelona, Messi scored 48 goals and was credited with 20 assists.

Lionel Messi is indeed having a season of the ages. 🙂





Homeless World Cup: Philippines beat Croatia 8-5

25 08 2011

Paris, France – The Philippine Homeless World Cup Team has qualified in the second round after finishing second to Netherlands in Group H with 3 wins and 2 losses. In the second stage, the Filipino boys are grouped with Brazil, Scotland, Poland, Croatia, and Portugal. By looking at the group, it will be rough sailing ahead for the country’s representatives as Brazil and European teams have a very good football tradition.

The Philippines faced Croatia and they stunned the Croatian side 8-5. Janrick Soriano scored 2 minutes into the match. He doubled the lead after making a penalty shot.  Tzvetan Naydenov scored Croatia’s first goal to cut the 2-1 then Soriano answered another goal to complete a hat trick. Naydenov answered again to make it 3-2. There was another exchange of goals before the halftime whistle. The Philippines led 4-3 at the half.

The Filipino representatives were on fire entering the second half and scored 3 succesive goals to take out the fight from the European side. The match 8-5 for the first victory of the Philippines in the second stage of the 2011 Homeless World Cup. They now have the group lead along with Brazil and Scotland.

The Philippines will next face Poland who lost a squeaker, 8-9 against the Scots.





Suzuki Cup: Philippines on the verge of a semis berth

7 12 2010
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The Philippine National Men’s Football Team has won its biggest match in recent history when the team blanked defending Suzuki Cup champions Vietnam 2-0 in their group match.  The win propelled the Philippines to the lead in their group with 4 points along with Singapore who they miraculously drew a few days ago.  What so stunning with their recent victory is that they did in front of the Vietnamese home crowd.

Chris Greatwich scored once again to give the Azcals a 1-nil lead.  A lead that they will never relinquish in spite of the countless close attempts by the hosts to equalize.  No matter how egging they get from the crowd, the football gods seem to give the 151st-ranked country an answered prayers after years of futility. The Philippines instead increased the lead when Fil-Brit Phil Younghusband scored from close range to paralyze the whole Vietnamese football nation.

The Philippines will just need a draw against Myanmar to be in the Final 4. UPDATE: Philippines draws Myanmar

Other Results:

Singapore 2-1 Myanmar

Malaysia 0-0 Thailand

Indonesia 6-0 Laos

caloycomment: Finally, the years of recruitment have paid off. The win has showed that we can still catch up with our Asian neighbors in terms of football skills.  The country should try to prioritize this sport and push this in the grassroots level.  It would be great to see Filipinos playing in the Premier League.





Suzuki Cup: Philippines 1 – Singapore 1

3 12 2010
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The Philippine National Football Team scored a dramatic comeback to get a draw against the 3-time Suzuki Cup Champions Singapore in Hanoi’s My Dinh Stadium in the opening group B match of the AFF Suzuki Cup.  It was a tough draw to swallow for Singapore when they had more clear chances and had the more dominant side most of the game.  Singapore score only one goal, when 40-year-old striker Aleksandar Duric made a fine header on the 65th minute.  The Filipinos did not give up and continued fighting.  When Singapore started to play defensive to protect their 1-0 lead, the Filipinos pressed on to try to secure a draw.  And they did.  Filipino-British Chris Greatwich exploited a great cross from James Younghusband and scored 3 minutes into injury time to secure a point for the gritty Filipino side.

Other opening day results:

Thailand 2 – 2 Laos

Indonesia 5 – 1 Malaysia

Vietnam 7 – 1 Myanmar

caloycomment: It is a great start for the Philippines.  Hopefully this draw will help the national team in its quest for football respectability.  Pundits never expected the game to be this close owing to the fact that the Philippines is playing in its first Suzuki Cup since 2007 while Singapore has been champions for 3 times already.  It always happen in football when a giant can be held by minnows. The first day of the Suzuki Cup had 2 surprise and 2 blowouts.  It will be an interesting tournament for sure.  For the Philippines, I just that they keep their gritty and opportunistic style. For Singapore, they should not play ” not to lose” or else they will lose the lead which happened in the 93rd minute. Play offense and go for the rout!!! Go Philippines!!!!





Asian Games Football: Most Famous Miss eliminates defending champs

17 11 2010
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Many called it Qatarstrophe.  Some call it the worst miss ever.  What ever you call it, the miss by Qatari youngster Fahad Khalfan cost the Qatar a spot in the quarterfinals and a chance to defend its Asian Games football crown.  The sorry miss has been viewed at Youtube and other social networking sites by millions has brought the young Qatar forward some “fame”.  Qater lost to Uzbekistan 0-1 when the latter scored in extra time.

caloycomment: He is lucky that he is not from South America because chances are some fanatic would try to kill him when he gets home like  Andres’ Escobar of Colombia. I also hope that Qatar will not send him to a coal mine.  Losing football matches are so much of a big deal in some parts of the world. It was tough for him and hopefully he will recover.





My Take: Detroit and Umpires

13 09 2010
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Oh boy, what is it with Detroit sports teams this season. A few months ago, the most famous “imperfect” game in baseball happened when umpire Jim Joyce denied Armando Galarraga and the Detroit Tigers a perfect game (one of the most difficult acts to pull off in sports).

Just yesterday, the Detroit Lions were somehow “robbed” by the referee when it’s go-ahead Calvin Johnson touchdown was ruled imcomplete. Oh, Detroit! Although it is just week 1 of the new NFL season, a win would have ended their sorry road losing streak. A win would have somehow ease the pain of the Matthew Stafford injury. But the refs said the pass was incomplete and their is NO TD. Some would way rules are rules but the decision really left a bitter taste on the mouth of the long suffering Lions fans.

Hopefully they can use this defeat to somehow have a decent season. An 8-8 record would really change the people’s outlook of the Lions. Two seasons ago they were winless but with the addition of QB Stafford, Safety Louis Delmas, DT Ndamukong Suh, and many other weapons, the Lions can probably have a respectable season. Hopefully the LBs and DBs will surprise its critics.