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Former England skipper to take over Azkals

After relying on former US team skipper Thomas Dooley, the Philippine Azkals are now pinning their hopes on another decorated World Cupper in former English captain Terry Butcher to lead the way as they aim for higher aspirations in international play......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJun 14th, 2018

Team manager Dan Palami hopes new coach re-energizes Azkals

With new head coach Terry Butcher set to join the Azkals as they begin preparations for the upcoming 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, there are already expectations from the Philippine National Men’s Football Team moving forward. And from team manager Dan Palami’s side, he expects the former England skipper to re-energize the Pinoy squad as they get ready for what’s set to be a crucial pair of tournaments in the coming months. “I expect him to bring new energy, his leadership when he was a player and as a coach in his clubs will be infectious and will give the players the high that’s needed, rejuvenate them and get them to prove themselves in the competitions that are about to come.” Palami told ABS-CBN Sports. (READ ALSO: Azkals captain Phil Younghusband excited to learn from new coach) The arrival of Butcher signals the end of the Thomas Dooley era for the Azkals.  Dooley, who handled the Philippine National Team from 2014 to 2018, steered the Azkals to their biggest win yet, one over Tajikistan to secure their spot in the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in Philippine football history, in his final match with the team.  And while there was nothing but gratitude for what Dooley did with the team during his four year stint, Palami explains that changes needed to be made, even coming off the heels of the team's biggest victory in history.  "Believe you me, when everything seems to be looking up, then you have to prepare for that, because you usually see a lot of downs, but the good thing is, we’re up and down, up and down, but the general trend is going up." "We wanna make sure that that continues and even bring it up some more, and that’s why sometimes we have to make changes, it’s a catalyst that will make us perform better, I hope, because historically, that’s how it’s been. Everytime we make changes, people criticize it, people get anxious, but at the end of the day, we have shown that our perfomance has gotten better." Palami added.  Later this year, the Azkals will be participating in the Suzuki Cup, and it could be a shot at redemption after having crashed out of the semifinals in the tournament’s previous staging back in 2016. Barely two months after the Suzuki Cup, the Azkals embark on their most important journey yet, as they kick off their AFC Asian Cup campaign, the highest level they’ve ever been on. Being grouped with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan in Group C, it’s definitely an uphill battle for the Azkals, given that the country is on the lower tier of the pool in terms of rankings. Palami says that defying the odds is nothing new to Butcher, who back in 2009 to 2013, took a relegated Inverness club back to the Scottish Premier League. “Let’s face it, the Philippines is not the most palatable country to coach, but I think with Coach Terry, he has been in similarly-situated conditions, although in club levels. When he was in Inverness, he achieved a great deal with such a small club with such a small budget.” “It’s kind of inspiring, it parallels the journey of the Azkals, na parang maybe he could do the same, and he’s shown that kind of spirit throughout these years, since that time. I’m looking forward to him sharing that experience and bringing that experience dito sa atin.” Palami added. With a new coach, a new coaching staff, and new beginnings, this could be the start of something grand for the Azkals. For Palami and the rest of the squad, it’s nothing but excitement for the coming months. “I think everybody’s excited. We look forward to the tandem of Terry and [Senior Football Adviser] Scott [Cooper] doing a lot for Philippine football and the Azkals.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Football: Azkals fighting for redemption, recognition in upcoming tournaments

As important as the first quarter of 2018 was for the Philippine Azkals, the coming months are definitely even more crucial. With the introduction of former England skipper Terry Butcher as the national team’s new head coach, the road to redemption and recognition begins. "The next 12 months is huge for Philippine football. If we can have success in the Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup, that will be huge strides in the development of football here in the Philippines." said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. Redemption is the goal for the upcoming 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup, which kicks off in November. The last time that the Azkals participated in the biennial Southeast Asian tournament, it was definitely one to forget. For the first time since 2008, the Philippines failed to qualify for the Suzuki Cup semifinals, snapping a streak of three straight Final Four appearances. This year, the Azkals once again find themselves grouped with Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore, just like in 2016. “We have the same group as in the 2016 Suzuki Cup, so it’s a chance for us to redeem ourselves and do better.” said Azkals team manager Dan Palami.      “[It's] the same draw we had two years ago when we didn’t qualify,” said Younghusband. “We know it will be tough and it’s a challenge for us.” The Fil-British striker added that in order to establish themselves as a force to reckon with in Southeast Asian football, teams like Thailand and Indonesia, and Singapore are ones that they need to take care of. “If we want to continue to help the growth of Philippine football, these are teams we will have to play and win against.” A successful AFF Suzuki Cup campaign will also definitely give the Azkals the much-needed momentum as they begin their AFC Asian Cup campaign, their first in team history. On the biggest stage that they’ve been on, their goal is to be recognized as a legitimate contender in Asian football. “The Asian Cup draw is a difficult group, but there are other groups that are more tough. It will be great to get the experience of playing a World Cup side to see what level we are at.” Younghusband said. In the Asian Cup, which kicks off in January of 2019, the Azkals find themselves grouped with South Korea, China, and Kyrgyzstan. All three teams are ranked higher than the Philippines. And while it’s bound to be an uphill battle for the Azkals, Younghusband is hopeful that they can come up with some surprises. “China will be very difficult, but we played them last year so we know what to expect. I would rather play a team we have played before. Kyrgyzstan, we played twice recently and had good victories so it should be interesting. Hopefully, we can claim a best third spot or even surprise a few people and claim second spot.”  Much like the captain, Palami acknowledges that the Asian Cup will indeed be a tough go, but going through tough opponents is the only way for the Azkals to prove themselves among Asia’s elite, and that’s what Palami wants to see from the Pinoy side. “For the Asian Cup, it will be a tough group, but I think if we do it right, we can pull off one of the biggest surprises in the tournament, and that’s what we aim to do.” “We don’t want to be mere participants, but we want to be true competitors in the Asian Cup.” Palami added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Former England skipper to take over Azkals

After relying on former US team skipper Thomas Dooley, the Philippine Azkals are now pinning their hopes on another decorated World Cupper in former English captain Terry Butcher to lead the way as they aim for higher aspirations in international play......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Philippine Azkals crash out of 2019 AFC Asian Cup

The Philippine Men's National Football Team saw their historic first-ever AFC Asian Cup campaign come to an end after a heartbreaking 1-3 loss to Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday evening in Dubai. Striker Vitalij Lux was the thorn on the Azkals' sides after a magnificent outing that saw him score a hat trick. Lux opened the scoring in the 24th minute, and then doubled up in the 51st minute, putting the Kyrgyz Republic ahead, 2-0. The SSV Ulm star sealed the deal for Kyrgyzstan with an easy follow up goal in the 77th minute for a 3-0 advantage. The Pinoy side wasn't going down without a fight however, as skipper Stephan Schrock recorded the Azkals first AFC Asian Cup goal in the 80th minute to get the Azkals on the scoreboard. Looking for one last run, the Azkals began to push and Patrick Reichelt came close to finding the back of the net again, but ended up going wide right. Ultimately, the Azkals' rally fell short, as Kyrgyzstan held on for the win. The Azkals bow out of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup at the bottom of Group C with three losses in as many matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2019

Azkals coach cancels dinner plans with old foe after PH’s 3-0 loss to China

Sour Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with old foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines side 3-0 on Friday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup. China's star striker Wu Lei fired a brilliant double against the Filipino 'Street Dogs' in Abu Dhabi as Lippi emerged victorious in a heavyweight coaching clash. As is custom between the two elder statesmen of the game, the loser buys the other dinner, washed down with a vintage bottle of wine. But Eriksson had little stomach for the old pals' act when the septuagenarians embraced after the match. "No, no dinner plans," snapped the former England manager. "I was not in a very good mood for a long di...Keep on reading: Azkals coach cancels dinner plans with old foe after PH’s 3-0 loss to China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Azkals draw strength from Filipinos in UAE | Inquirer Sports

Limited to a cameo in the AFC Asian Cup opener against South Korea, Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband hopes to play a bigger role as the Azkals attempt to reach the next round in the continents bi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

WATCH: Azkals put up against one of the best teams in Asian Cup

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals may have exited their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opening game with no points to show on the table after their loss to  mighty South Korea, but they won the praise of many with an unexpected 1-0 scoreline .  Philippines head coach and former England ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Southgate, Kane on Queen s list for honors after WCup run

LONDON (AP) — England coach Gareth Southgate and his captain Harry Kane have been rewarded in Queen Elizabeth II's New Year honors list on the back of the team's surprise run to the World Cup semifinals. Away from soccer, Geraint Thomas, who won cycling's Tour de France in July and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year earlier this month, gets an OBE, while former England cricket captain Alastair Cook and ex-England rugby skipper Bill Beaumont received knighthoods. After decades of disappointment at major tournaments, England's soccer team matched its best overseas World Cup performance earlier this year. The 48-year-old Southgate was key to the surprise display in Russia, changing the culture of the team, with their run followed by progress to the inaugural UEFA Nations League finals. He received an OBE — Officer of the Order of the British Empire. "I hope everybody that has supported me throughout my career feels pride in the fact I've received this honor because I wouldn't be in this position without that help and guidance," former England defender Southgate said. Kane, honored with an MBE — Member of the Order of the British Empire, won the Golden Boot after finishing top scorer at the World Cup. The 25-year-old striker netted six goals as Southgate's side reached the final four and he has also shone throughout the year for high-flying Tottenham. "It's quite surreal," Kane said. "It's been a great year for club and country. It's hard to put into words. I'm very passionate about our country, very patriotic." England, which hosted and won the World Cup in 1966, previously reached the semifinals in Italy in 1990. Outgoing Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore becomes a CBE — Commander of the Order of the British Empire — for services to football, and former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper Harry Gregg gets an OBE. The 86-year-old Gregg survived the Munich air disaster in 1958. Four-time Ashes winner Cook, 34, becomes the first England cricketer to be given a 'Sir' prefix since Ian Botham in 2007. He retired from internationals this year, scoring a 33rd test century on his final appearance against India at The Oval. Cook has compiled more test centuries and runs — 12,472 — than any other England player during a record 161 tests. The 66-year-old Beaumont is recognized for services to rugby. He led England to a Five Nations Grand Slam in 1980 and also captained the British and Irish Lions. He is a former Rugby Football Union chairman and was elected chairman of World Rugby in 2016. Irish rugby great Willie John McBride — the most decorated player in British and Irish Lions history — was "absolutely thrilled" to receive a CBE. There is also an OBE for ex-Scotland rugby international Doddie Weir, who is fighting motor neurone disease, for services to rugby, motor neurone disease research and to the Scottish Borders community. World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness gets a CBE for services to sport, and fellow Scot — Commonwealth Games Federation president Louise Martin — is made a Dame. British honors are awarded twice each year, at New Year and on the Queen's official birthday in June. The winners are chosen by committees based on nominations from the government and the public......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Eriksson: Azkals semis stint feels like World Cup

  MANILA, Philippines – Having called the shots for England in two World Cups, Philippine team coach Sven-Göran Eriksson shared that steering the Azkals to the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup semifinals felt familiar.  "No two games are ever the same but the feeling certainly [the same], whether you go ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Phil Younghusband okay after head injury

Philippine Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband, whose stint in Sunday’s final group game in Indonesia was cut short by head injury, assured he would be in fighting shape when the Filipinos battle Vietnam in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup two-game semis beginning Sunday in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

Phil Younghusband okay after serious head injury

Philippine Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband, whose stint in Sunday’s final group game in Indonesia was cut short by head injury, assured he would be in fighting shape when the Filipinos battle Vietnam in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup two-game semis beginning Sunday in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

2018 Suzuki Cup: Philippine Azkals draw Indonesia, secure return to semifinals

The Philippine Men's National Football team secured a spot in the 2018 Suzuki Cup semifinals after managing a 0-0 draw against Indonesia, Sunday evening at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. The Azkals lost the services of skipper Phil Younghusband following a collision that left a cut on the Philippines' top goal-getter.  Attempts came often for the Azkals, courtesy of the likes of Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble, and Manny Ott, but the Indonesian defense managed to hold their own at home.  In the end however, the result was enough to help the Azkals secure a spot back in the Suzuki Cup's final four after missing out on the chance back in 2016.  Defending champions Thailand had a hand in helping the Azkals through after blasting through Singapore, 3-0, in the other Group B pairing.  A Singapore win would have given them nine points and would have put them ahead of the Pinoy side provided that the Azkals left Jakarta with anything other than a win. The Azkals now meet Vietnam, the top seed in Group A. The 2008 champions finished with 10 points on three wins and one draw.  The first leg of the semifinals begins on December 2nd at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

Azkals give Sven-Göran Eriksson new challenge

MANILA, Philippines – With the 2018 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup just around the corner, former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson will finally get a chance to bring the Philippines closer to the dream of becoming a superpower in Southeast Asia.  At 70 years old, the world-renowned Swedish coach – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship

LOS ANGELES --- Hard to believe now, all these wins later, but the Alex Cora Era in Boston began with a loss. A brutal one, in fact. Opening day at Tropicana Field in late March, none of his late moves worked out as the bullpen blew a big lead in a 6-4 setback. No fan in New England would admit it now --- still, chances are some had already started to wonder whether he was the right guy for the Red Sox. "It's baseball," Cora reassured that afternoon. "We know it's going to happen. ... I guess get it out of the way right away." Yep, guess so. A calming presence in a boiling sports cauldron, Cora capped off one of the greatest runs by a first-year skipper in leading Boston to the Wo...Keep on reading: Cora-nation! Rookie manager leads Red Sox to championship.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018

Palami names Eriksson as new Azkals coach

Swedish football legend and former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson was named the new head coach of the Philippine Azkals, team manager Dan Palami announced on Saturday. “In order for...READ MORE The post Palami names Eriksson as new Azkals coach appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Former England manager set to coach Philippine Azkals in Suzuki Cup

The Philippine Azkals make a major adjustment with just a couple of weeks to go before the start of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.  Team Manager Dan Palami announced during Saturday's  AFF Suzuki Cup Trophy Tour in Manila that legendary coach and manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be coming on board as the Philippine Men's National Football team as coach.  "He will be a great addition to the team and I'm sure that the players will learn a lot from him," said Palami. "He will be working together with interim coach Scott Cooper." The announcement comes months after the surprising exit of former English football great Terry Butcher, who was initially tapped to take over the head coaching duties.  Eriksson's tenure will last at least six months. "This is one of the moves that we've done in order for us to do better in this edition of the Suzuki Cup," Palami continued.  A native of Sunne, Sweden, the 70-year old Eriksson began his managerial career back in 1977 and has handled club teams such as Roma, Manchester City, and Leicester City, as well as national squads such as England, Mexico, and the Ivory Coast.  Eriksson is best known for leading England to the two World Cup stints in 2002 and 2006.  He is coming off a stint with Chinese football club Shenzen FC.  "Fortunately, I was able to sell to Sven the dream of Philippine football," Palami said further, "He’s been there, he’s done it. I think it's beyond any financial relation, he’s not about that." "He believes in the legacy the can leave behind in the Philippines and in Asia. The Philippines is a very good bed for his time and effort. I’m glad that he agreed after several exchanges of emails. We also met in Qatar. We’re looking forward to him coming over to the team," Palami added.  Eriksson is expected to join the team when they begin training camp on November 3rd.  The Azkals fly to Bacolod on November0 7th, six days before they begin their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign on November 13th against Singapore at the Panaad Park and Stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 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

Butcher resigns as Azkals coach

MANILA, Philippines — England football great Terry Butcher stepped down as the Philippines’ head coach without taking charge of a single game, saying he was not “able to make this work.” Butcher, a veteran of three World Cups who has managed in England, Scotland, Wales and Australia, lasted less than 50 days in the job […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

Philippine Azkals move on as Terry Butcher withdraws

The Philippine Azkals will proceed with their preparations for both the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup without the coach they originally tapped to take the helm, former England captain Terry Butcher......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

English football great Terry Butcher quits as Azkals coach before first game

England football great Terry Butcher has stepped down as the Philippines' head coach without taking charge of a single game, saying he was not 'able to make this work'. Butcher, a ve.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018