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.

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.



Long Teng Cup: Azkals draw with HK 3-3

30 09 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

Image by budiputra via Flickr

The 2011 Long Teng Cup is underway and the first game is between the Philippine Azkals and the 2010 Champs Hong Kong. the Azkals played without regulars Stephan Schrock, Neil Etheridge and Paul Mulders.

HK struck twice in the first 22 minutes as Lee Wai Lim scored on the 2nd minute and Cheng Lai Hin headed a goal in the 22nd minute for an early 2-0 lead. The Philippines woke up and answered via a Phil Younghusband goal in 31st minute. The Azkals equalized just before halftime as Younghusband found diminutive Chieffy Caligdong for a left-footed finish.

The Azkals struck first in the 2nd half as Caligdong received a pass from James Younghusband, beat 2 defenders then struck hard to beat Hung Fai Yapp in the  62nd minute for his second score. It was the first lead by the Philippines and they held it for 25 minutes before  Roland Muller conceded the equalizer from Cheng Lai Hin off a Chan Siu Ki free kick.  The game ended 3-3.

It was a physical match as Wai Chiu Ng, Jason de Jong, and Kwok Pin Pong getting sent off the match. The result was better than last year’s outcome when the Azkals fell to Hong Kong Under-23, 2-4. Coach Michael Weiss was all praises for co-captain Chieffy Caligdong and he believed that the outcome would have been better had he not left the game on 78th minute after suffering a knee injury. The other teams in the 4-nation cup are Chinese-Taipei and Macau.

Azkals mangle Brave Reds 4-0

3 07 2011

The Azkals dominated the 2nd leg of its World Cup qualifier match against Sri Lanka 4-0 to clinch a 2nd  Round match-up with Kuwait.  The aggregate score is 5-1 in favor of the Philippine National Football Team that made history for making its first appearance in the 2nd Round of any World Cup qualifiers.

The World Cup dream was kept alive by the goals of Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong (19min), Phil Younghusband (43, 57 pen), and Angel Guirado(50). It was a dominating display for Azkals who played for the first time a match with significance in the country’s capital. The match was very entertaining and watching a rout by the Philippines can make a regular Sunday of a Filipino sports fan extra special.  The match was telecast by Studio 23 and there will be a replay on July 5 at 4 pm.

Azkals battles Sri Lanka Today

3 07 2011
Meet and Greet the Azkals Team

Image by budiputra via Flickr

The second leg of the World Cup Qualifier match between the national football teams of the Philippines and Sri Lanka will be held to day at the Rizal Stadium.  The first leg ended in a lucky 1-1 draw.  The winner of this match is set to face Kuwait in the next round.

Hundereds of tickets will be sold today via Ticketworld and spectators are advised to follow the guidelines on what items can they bring to watch match.  The security will be tight.

Here are some of the prohibited items:

  • Cigarettes and Lighters (Strictly No Smoking)
  • Video and Still Cameras (Only accredited media are allowed )
  • Laser Pen and Pointers (You know what can these do)
  • Weapons and sharp objects
  • Candles, Fireworks, or any Pyrotechnic
  • Glass Bottles, PET Bottles, Cans, and any hard plastic containers ( There is an area where you can buy food and drinks)

Complete guideline are in the Ticketworld Site.

Both teams are in high spirits and fans can expect a very competitive match.  The Azkals will finally show their stuff in the country’s capital.  Much is expected in them.  Good luck Azkals!!!!