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Filipino keeper seeks Premier League boost

In the Philippines, where basketball rules the sporting scene and football is a minor player, Neil Etheridge is hoping he can make a positive impact with his Premier League debut this weekend.Goalk.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsAug 11th, 2018

Gervacio returns to Foton

Dzi Gervacio will make a return stint with Foton for the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, slated to open on October 21 as the Tornadoes gun for a three-peat in the import-laden tournament. The former Ateneo de Manila University star last donned the Tornadoes jersey two years ago and her addition will shore up the squad's lineup in the nine-team season-ending conference.   “Injury-plagued pa rin kami so we’ll see (if maka-three-peat) but Miss Gervacio will be a big boost to our campaign,” said Foton team owner Rommel Sytin Friday when he met Gervacio and league officials headed by chairman Philip Juico and president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara. Gervacio will add more firepower to the Tornadoes, alongside veterans and national team members 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz and holdovers Ivy Perez and returning Dindin Santiago-Manabat. Foton tapped Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia and Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro.  Gervacio suited up for the Tornadoes back in the 2014 Grand Prix and the 2015 All-Filipino Conference where she unfortunately sustained a left ACL injury in a match against Philips Gold. She returned to indoor volleyball last year with BaliPure in the V-League and then played for BanKo-Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. Gervacio is also busy organizing tournaments for Beach Volleyball Republic with close friends and Ateneo alumni Charo Soriano, Bea Tan and Gretchen Ho. The meeting also served as a chance for bridging the gap between Gervacio and Suzara regarding the issue of the delayed release of the international transfer certificates of PVL imports back in May. Gervacio apologized for her tweets and the hashtag 'IbigayMoNaTatsSuzara, which accused Suzara, the marketing and development committee chair of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and an active member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), of meddling with the processing of the ITCs. Gervacio in an letter said that her decision to bring the issue through social media platform ‘was in no way to try and disrespect Mr. Suzara as it was my way of eliciting a response from the authorities regarding the matter.’ Suzara said that everything’s water under the bridge now and thanked Sytin for initiating the fruitful meeting to clear the issue. “I respect Mr. Sytin and admire him for his decision to settle all things among the PSL, our stakeholders, our players and prove that negativity has no place in our quest to become one of the leading sports leagues in the country,” he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

PVL: Panaga getting back into old form

Pocari Sweat-Air Force’s Jeanette Panaga is slowly getting into the same form that won her three straight middle blocker citations. The former College of St. Benilde standout made her presence felt as the Lady Warriors collected their third straight win over Adamson University-Akari, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Panaga wreaked havoc at the net as she and Del Palomata scored five kill blocks each for the Lady Warriors. Both finished with nine points each. Head coach Jasper Jimenez was all praises for Panaga, who led CSB to its breakthrough NCAA crown in 2016.       “Panaga is best blocker talaga. Alam natin yan, may titulo na yan si Jeannette,” said Jimenez of Panaga, who won the PVL Season 1 Reinforced Conference 2nd Best Middle Blocker, last year’s Open Conference 1st Best Middle Blocker and last Reinforced Conference’s 1st Best Middle Blocker.    Panaga averaged 8.6 points in Pocari Sweat’s last three games that helped the squad recover from an opening day setback against Ateneo-Motolite. “Siguro si Coach Jasper sobrang tiwala lang din sa akin, then every game din naman nagma-mindset ako na kailangan as a middle blocker kailangan every game may maipakita ako sa blocking,” said Panaga. With her coach showing confidence and trust in her, Panaga vowed to repay it with giving her A-game every match. “Sa tiwala at kumpiyansa niya sa akin ‘yun siguro yung nakakapag-boost ng morale ko na everyday gagawin ko yung best ko para maipakita sa kanila kung sino ba talaga ako,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Keeping his goals: Neil Etheridge’s long road to English Premier League

The Philippine Azkals’ goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has won fans over for his commendable performance for newly-promoted club Cardiff City in the English Premier League, the world’s most competitive domestic football league. The 28-year-old was born to a Filipino mother in London and has been named one of the eight best newcomers in the Premiere League […] The post Keeping his goals: Neil Etheridge’s long road to English Premier League appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

S+A to air Cardiff match featuring Azkals GK Neil Etheridge

It’s another exciting week of football for Filipino fans of the beautiful game as S+A will be airing LIVE matches in the ongoing English Premier League (EPL) and La Liga seasons, highlighted by the Cardiff City vs Burnley match featuring Azkals goalie Neil Etheridge on September 30. Spanish powerhouse FC Barcelona, led by the indomitable Leo Messi, will take on Girona to fire things off on La Liga this Monday (September 24) at 2:45 am, LIVE from Camp Nou. The next La Liga match day will be on Thursday (September 27) with Sevilla taking on the new-look Real Madrid squad at 3:55 am, LIVE from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. Action shifts to the anticipated S+A debut of Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge as his Cardiff City club takes on Burnley in the EPL on Sunday (September 30) at 10:55 pm. Meanwhile, EPL giants Chelsea and Liverpool, led by Eden Hazard and Mo Salah respectively, will clash at an earlier time, 12:55 am, to get an early lead from each other in the EPL table. Etheridge became the first ever Filipino to play in the EPL when he debuted last August. After an impressive debut form, the 28-year-old was nominated for the August Player of the Month in one of the most-popular football leagues in the world. S+A and LIGA, sports channels of ABS-CBN Sports, were also the country’s official broadcasters of the recent the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. S+A also airs selected matches and highlight shows from top European club football leagues such as the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A through a partnership with Hong Kong-based holdings company Triple CH as part of ABS-CBN Sports’ efforts to promote love and appreciation for the most popular sport in the world in the Philippines. Don’t miss the intense action in La Liga and the EPL this week as S+A brings the matches LIVE between Barcelona and Girona on Monday (September 24) at 2:45 am, while Sevilla-Real Madrid takes palce on Thursday (September 27) at 3:55 am. Meanwhile, Sunday (September 30) is EPL day as Chelsea takes on Liverpool at 12:55 am while Neil Etheridge makes his S+A debut as a member of Cardiff City against Burnley at 10:55 pm. For sales and advertising inquiries, please contact ABS-CBN Airtime Sales at (+632) 415-2272......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2018

BanKo Perlas Set to Keep the Ball Rolling in Vietnam, PVL Open Conference

Following their successful stint in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Reinforced Conference, the BanKo Perlas Spikers ride on the momentum as they prepare for the back-to-back competitions in PVL Season 2 Open Conference on September 22 and the upcoming Vin Lonh tournament in Vietnam on September 28 to October 3, 2018. The BanKo Perlas Spikers will face three Vietnamese teams and a squad from Thailand in the prestigious Vietnam tournament. The team’s participation in the conference is a strategic move to train them for the different leagues, particularly the PVL Open Conference. “Banko Perlas Spikers is a fairly new team, as the girls have been playing together for just two years. Their exposure to Vin Lonh Volleyball tournament is a great opportunity for the ladies to further hone their skills, individually and as a squad,” shared Charo Soriano, Team Manager of BanKo Perlas. “While this is an overseas competition and the teams that we will be up against are considered giants, at the end of the day, we will focus on the learning and experiences. More than winning, the team is concentrated on giving a good fight every game,” Soriano added. The ladies of BanKo Perlas Spikers gave a breakthrough performance in the PVL Reinforced Conference earlier this year; with an unbeaten streak in the quarterfinals round that earned them a spot in the Final Four. This incredible feat has fortified the trust and support of their fans. Before flying off to Vietnam, the team will face Iriga-Navy and PetroGazz at the Flying V Centre, San Juan City on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The team will return on October 6 to continue playing against the PVL teams. When asked how their supporters come into play in the team’s performance, Soriano highlighted that without their fans rallying behind the team, it will not be possible to get where they are. She also shared that their supporters are the source of their strength and in return, the squad is committed to continuously inspire and reach out to them. The team’s mindset to put their supporters first was emphasized further through their partnership with BPI Direct BanKo (BanKo), the microfinance subsidiary of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI). Sponsoring a sports team is almost unheard of from the banking industry. BanKo, however, found the perfect marriage with the PVL third placer, who constantly get in touch with the grassroots to promote the sport. “We are a happy partner of the Banko Perlas Spikers. Their skills are undeniable, but what sets them apart is their heart to reach out to fans nationwide, even to those who barely have access to their matches. This is well aligned with BanKo’s vision to make financial services more accessible to everyone,” stated BanKo president Jerome Minglana. “As they compete on Vietnamese courts representing our country, regardless of the outcome, it will only ignite and empower the team's loyal supporters and boost the local Volleyball further.  BanKo is equally excited to witness this exciting journey unfold,” Minglana concluded.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Eight breakout players who wowed in PVL s Collegiate Conference

Collegiate volleyball won’t be around until the second semester but the recently-concluded Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Collegiate Conference on ABS-CBN S+A gave us a glimpse of what the girls may be raring to give us once their tournament in their respective leagues finally open. Some girls came out of nowhere to really provide the fireworks in the conference and came away with new fans and admirers thanks to their impressive play on the floor. As the PVL’s Open Conference is about to part its curtains, let’s take a look at the eight collegiate volleybelles who totally captured our hearts thanks to their display of heart and skill.   1.) Tonnie Rose Ponce, Adamson University (Tonnie Rose Ponce (libero) made a mark in the last PVL Collegiate Conference when she bagged a Mythical Six award) Adamson head coach Air Padda is proud of Ponce, her team’s libero, for being the best cheerleader of her teammates on the floor. Even with her small stature, she plays big with a fighting spirit that has endeared her to the fans. It still came as a surprise, however, to the dimunitive Ponce, to be named as one of the Mythical Six and the conference’s Best Libero. Maybe not for Padda, who has always seen the leadership potential of her squad’s cheerleader.   2.) Rosie Rosier, University of the Philippines (The sophomore Lady Fighting Maroon was instrumental in ending the school's 36 year major title drought in the PVL Collegiate Conference) Rosier was instrumental in breaking the UP Lady Fighting Maroons’ 36-year championship drought as the sophomore carried the team on her back in a thrilling five-set Game 1 match with the FEU Lady Tamaraws. She pumped in 15 points via 13 attacks to have probably one of her best birthday celebrations to date, and followed it up with a 10-point output in Game 2 to help her squad bring home the Collegiate Conference crown.   3.) Milena Alessandrini, University of Santo Tomas (Second year Golden Tigress Milena Alessandrini powered the Thomasians in the FInal FOur ddespite nursing a shoulder injury) UST’s Fil-Italian tower introduced herself to Filipino volleyball fans when she won Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 80. While it’s not easy to be on a different land where everyone speaks a different language, Alessandrini has been quick to adapt to what the coach wants done on the floor based on her performance in PVL. Her best game happened in the Battle for Third against Adamson where she broke out with a 31-point outing, a sign of things to come for the Golden Tigresses’ campaign in the coming UAAP wars.   4.) Celine Domingo, Far Eastern University (Celine Domingo followed up her stellar UAAP season 80 campaign with a masterful PVL Collegiate Conference under Coach George Pascua) Veteran setter Kyle Negrito is FEU’s top player and Jerrili Malabanan is their main weapon, no doubt, but Domingo is poised to take over the team as she continues to make an impact in the net in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference. The conference’s First Best Middle Blocker has been one of Coach George Pascual’s reliable players that are expected to carry the scoring duties now that super senior Bernadeth Pons’ career with the school is over. Too bad she was set back by a knee injury in Game One of the Finals against UP, which also sidelined her in Game Two.   5.) Jan Daguil, College of Saint Benilde (Jan Daguil (16) was one of the surprises for CSB in the PVL Collegiate Conference) With their MVP, Jeanette Panaga, moving on from her school career, the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers are hard-pressed to find a replacement. So far, Marites Pablo has emerged as the biggest candidate, but not too far behind is Daguil, who has come up big for them when they needed the points the most. During their battle for a Final Four spot in the recently-concluded PVL Collegiate Conference, Daguil led her team with 15 points, all on kills, to turn back the San Sebastian College-Recoletos Lady Stags.   6.) Joyce Sta. Rita, San Sebastian College-Recoletos (Joyce Sta. Rita is the only holdover remaining for the Lady Stags but she is determined to be their main pillar) Sta. Rita is the only holdover from Coach Roger Gorayeb’s compact 7-woman squad from a year ago in NCAA Season 93, where she was named Second Best Middle Blocker. That did not stop her from being an example to her new teammates as she fought in each set and match to keep the young Lady Stags competitive even if they failed to notch a single win.   7.) Satrianni Espiritu, San Beda University (Satrianni Espiritu (10) looks to be the final piece of the puzzle for the SBU Lady Red Spikers) Everyone talks about SBU stars Cesca Racraquin and the Viray twins. But another player that should be acknowledged is Espiritu, who consistently chipped in to keep the Red Lionesses in contention with her consistent showing game in and game out. If her PVL Collegiate Conference showing translates to the incoming NCAA wars, the other ladies better be shaking in their shoes as the Red Lionesses will be a mighty force to be reckoned with. 8.) Cindy Imbo, University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (With Bianca Tripoli out of commission, Cindy Imbo stepped up in the last PVL Collegiate Conference) Bianca Tripoli is the main pillar of strength for the Lady Altas. It was a shame that she had to limp off the PVL Collegiate Conference due to a mild tear in her quadriceps. Carrying the load for her during her absence is Imbo, who displayed her scoring abilities while their captain was injured. In a crucial game against favorite FEU Lady Tamaraws, Imbo fired away 15 points to lead the team. While they did not win the match, it showed her capability to step up when needed. Watch for these ladies when the 2018 seasons of the NCAA and UAAP women’s volleyball tournaments begin. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more scintillating volleyball action once the PVL resumes with their Open Conference this Saturday (September 22) on S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

PVL Open Conference: Fighting Warays to bring better fight

Nowhere to go but up. After languishing at the cellar in its debut, Tacloban wants nothing but to show its vast improvement as the Fighting Warays march in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference wars. The Nes Pamilar-mentored squad will parade an intact lineup for the all-Filipino tournament slated to begin on September 22. Tacloban had a promising campaign early in the Reinforced Conference, ending up in third place after the preliminary round. But the Fighting Warays failed to sustain their run as they went winless in the round-robin quarterfinals. Now on an even ground with the rest of the eight-team field, Tacloban will bank on their familiarity and chemistry for a better stint this time. All eyes will be on the trio of former NCAA Most Valuable Player Shola Alvarez, Jovielyn Prado and Judith Abil, who are expected to banner the Fighting Warays in the Open Conference.   Here is the full Tacloban lineup: Judith Abil Anne Esguerra Ela Viray Isa Viray Andrea Marzan Seth Rodriguez Menchie Tubiera Vira Guillema Shola Alvarez Eunice Galang Kyle Negrito Jovielyn Prado Zhar Velez.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PVL Open Conference: Lady Oragons spicier than ever

Never count out Iriga-Navy. The Lady Oragons may not have the big names that other teams have, but Iriga will surely give other squads a run for their money in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. The Bicolanas are ready for another shot at glory when the season-ending conference opens shop on September 22. Iriga finished seventh in the eight-team Reinforced Conference but its quarterfinals stint gave Lady Oragons the much-needed experience and morale boost that they will carry in their new quest. Grazielle Bombita will again spearhead the campaign of the Navy-backed and Egay Rusit-mentored squad.   Here is the full Iriga lineup: Grazielle Bombita Mira Mendoza May Madulid Karen Levina Jaymee Parin Terang Ramas Shyrra Cabriana HEzzymie Acuna Reynelen Raterta Nicole Guyguyon Rizalie Amaro Yan Ticar Divine Eguia Cari Martinez.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PVL Open Conference: Lady Warriors out to reclaim lost glory

Pocari Sweat-Air Force has one goal set in mind: claim the throne. Fielding an intact core, the Lady Warriors remain as one of the top title contenders in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Expect Pocari Sweat to bring quite a storm as the Lady Warriors shoot for nothing else but the crown in the all-Filipino tournament set to begin on September 22. Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player Myla Pablo is back to once again lead the Lady Warriors to the Promised Land. Pocari Sweat, which ruled the Open Conference of the defunct V-League in 2016, fell short of the crown last year at the hands of BaliPure, which skipped this season’s edition. The Lady Warriors will again backed by the core of Philippine Air Force.     Here is the full Pocari Sweat-Air Force lineup: Shobe Crisostomo Jeannette Panaga Iari Yongco Cesca Racraquin May Ann Pantino Wendy Semana Gena Andaya Elaine Kasilag Mary Ann Balmaceda Del Palomata Angel Antipuesto Myla Pablo.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PVL Open Conference: Lady Falcons ready to soar

Fresh from its impressive outing in the collegiate tournament, Adamson University tries its luck against veteran club teams in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. The Lady Falcons will parade the same lineup they had in the Collegiate Conference in the all-Filipino, eight-team field tournament slated to begin on September 22. Adamson displayed a promising run in the Collegiate Conference after claiming the third place trophy. The Lady Falcons swept the elimination round only to fall short in the semifinals against eventual tournament champion University of the Philippines. Back to lead Adamson are Collegiate Conference Best Opposite Spiker Eli Soyud, 2nd Best Outside Hitter Bernadette Flora, Best Libero Thang Ponce and Best Setter MJ Igao. The Lady Falcons will only lose the services of Joy Dacoron as the middle blocker will suit up for her club BanKo.    The Lady Falcons joined last year’s edition and finished last in the eight-team field. Here’s Adamson’s lineup: Sang Pinar Eli Soyud Chrislyn Uy Bernadette Flora Chiara Permentilla Mae Roque Lea Ann Perez Thang Ponce Nina Balang Krich Macaslang Nica Yandoc Trisha Genesis MJ Igao Chen Ave.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

PVL Open Conference: Cool Smashers search for another title

One could just imagine the potential of a team laden with stars. Creamline has no shortage of certified volleyball stalwarts and the Cool Smashers are the obvious choice as the team-to-beat when the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference rolls on September 22. Fresh from their Reinforced Conference conquest, Creamline sets its eyes this time in the all-Filipino tournament. The Cool Smashers easily have the deepest bench in the eight-team field with experienced players and national team members. Popular standouts Alyssa Valdez, last edition’s Best Setter Jia Morado, Michele Gumabao and libero Mel Gohing banner the Cool Smashers together with Risa Sato and Jema Galanza. Creamline also beefed up its lineup with new recruit Fille Cainglet-Cayetano.        Valdez, Morado, Gohing, Sato and Galanza are all members of the national team that is set to see action in the AVC Asian Cup. As part of their preparation for the Open Conference, the Cool Smashers trained in Thailand. Creamline finished third in last year’s contest.   Here’s the full Creamline lineup: Coleen Bravo Alex Cabanos Mel Gohing Michele Gumabao Risa Mandapat Jia Morado Alyssa Valdez Jema Galanza Risa Sato Kyla Atienza Paula Maninang Fille Cainglet-Cayetano      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

PVL: Alessandrini drops 31 despite shoulder pain

University of Sto. Tomas hitter Milena Alessandrini played her best game so far in a Tigresses uniform. The sophomore was all over that stat sheet in the Tigresses’ 25-20, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 17-15, win over Adamson University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference battle for third. Alessandrini registered a personal-best 31 points on 24 kills, six kill blocks and an ace to lead UST’s offense. The Fil-Italian did it all while nursing a lingering shoulder injury. “Masakit pa rin ng konti siyempre sumusumpong-sumpong pa rin pero nato-tolerate naman niya, kaya okay lang,” said Alessandrini’s Tita Cora, who served as a translator for the spiker who is still struggling with English and Filipino.   The Tigress suffered a right shoulder injury during UST’s campaign in UAAP Season 80 that forced her to miss the squad’s last four games in the elimination round. Alessandrini did return to action during that season but struggled in form as the Tigresses bombed out in the Final Four race. Months into her recovery, Alessandrini slowly regained her form and played a vital role on offense together with rookie Eya Laure for UST.    “Very happy siya nagpapasalamat siya sa kanyang mga coaches na na-reach niya ‘yan (career-high) so ngayon nakaka-adjust adjust siya,” said Tita Cora. “‘Yun lang very happy siya, satisfied naman siya sa naging laro niya.” Aside from playing great on offense in the Tigresses’ revenge win over their elimination round tormentor, 6-foot-2 Alessandrini also churned up impressive numbers on floor defense. She had 13 digs and 11 excellent receptions for UST. With the bronze medal within reach, expect Alessandrini to once again lead the charge of the Tigresses on Wednesday in Game 2.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

PVL: Alessandrini, Laure team up as UST nears bronze after edging Adamson

University of Santo Tomas closed in on a third place finish after surviving Adamson,25-20, 27-29, 13-25, 25-19, 17-15, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Milena Alessandrini and Eya Laure combined for 52 points to power the Golden Tigresses, who shoot for the bronze on Wednesday. "Everyone contributed so that's good for us," said UST head coach Kungfu Reyes in Filipino. But it was the young guns Alessandrini and Laure, who took charge and helped the Golden Tigresses recover from a major meltdown in the second set, where they blew a 24-19 cushion after committing a slew of errors. "Like what we told our players, it wa...Keep on reading: PVL: Alessandrini, Laure team up as UST nears bronze after edging Adamson.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Etheridge and the elite

CARDIFF City’s star goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League, is making his case that he belongs alongside the big boys of football. Early at this stage of the prem, he has kept two clean sheets, conceded only five goals, and pulled off magnificent, highlight-reel penalty… link: Etheridge and the elite.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

Lloris out of France squad with thigh injury

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN,  AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — France captain Hugo Lloris will miss upcoming matches against Germany and the Netherlands because of a muscle injury. The Tottenham goalkeeper, who did not play in his team's 2-1 loss at Watford over the weekend in the Premier League, has been ruled out of the two UEFA Nations League games this week. France coach Didier Deschamps called the uncapped Benjamin Lecomte as a replacement on Monday. The 27-year-old Lecomte, who plays for Montpellier, is regarded as one of the most promising goalkeepers in the French league. With Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda also out injured, Paris Saint-Germain keeper Alphonse Areola is expected to make his first appearance on Thursday in Munich. France then hosts the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Sunday for its first home game since winning the World Cup in July. Areola has been regularly called up by Deschamps over the past three years and was part of the World Cup squad in Russia. "He has been improving constantly with PSG," Deschamps said Monday. "He had a very, very good season and is now experiencing a new situation following the arrival of Buffon." Areola established himself as PSG's No. 1 keeper last season but the arrival of Gianluigi Buffon has revived competition for the top spot. With the exception of Mandanda and Lloris, Deschamps will be able to count on all the other players who won the tournament in Russia, including Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Raphael Varane. The trio failed to make the FIFA world player of the year shortlist on Monday. "A Frenchman would have deserved to be there, not only because of the world title, but also because of their whole season," Deschamps said. "I'm disappointed for them. They deserved to be among the three." Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Mohamed Salah made the final three while Lionel Messi was left off the list for the first time since 2006......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Etheridge continues to impress

Filipino international Neil Etheridge continued his impressive start in the English Premier League as his heroics helped earn Cardiff City's first point of the season at Cardiff City Stadium o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018

Keeper Etheridge saves day for Cardiff

Pinoy keeper Neil Etheridge secured a 0-0 draw for Cardiff City against the 10-man Newcastle for the Bluebirds’ first point in the Premier League Saturday at Cardiff Stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Lady Maroons ward off Blazers, boost semis bid

The University of the Philippines Lady Maroons narrowly escaped in each frame but held their nerve in the stretch to foil College of Saint Benilde, 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, and firm up their semifinal bid in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

After EPL debut, Etheridge looks forward to tough season

Neil Etheridge is the first Southeast Asian to play in the English Premier League. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Even after making history, Filipino international Neil Etheridge knows that his debut season in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 13th, 2018

Neil Etheridge makes historic Premier League debut

Philippine Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made history Saturday by becoming the first Filipino and first Southeast Asian player to play in the English Premier League. Etheridge got the start in his EPL debut as his club team Cardiff City FC figured in a season-opening 0-2 loss to A.F.C. Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, England.  It was a rocky start for Etheridge after conceding a goal in the 24th minute courtesy of a Ryan Fraser strike.  Ten minutes later, Etheridge got to show off what he's capable of doing as he came up with a fantastic save of Callum Wilson's penalty attempt to keep the Cardiff City deficit at just one goal.  Wilson would have the last laugh however, as he did wind up doubling Bournemouth's lead in injury time.  The @premierleague's first ever Filipino and Southeast Asian... 🇵🇭@Neil38Etheridge 👏#BOUCAR #CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/SNEcWpQbAo — Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) August 11, 2018 It was Cardiff City's return to the top tier of English Football after spending the last couple of seasons playing in the English Football League Championship.  In the 2017-2018 EFL Championship season, Cardiff City earned promotion into the EPL after finishing with the second-best record.  Up next for Etheridge and Cardiff City is a showdown against Newcastle next Saturday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018