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Palami: South Korea win an inspiration for Azkals

The Philippine Azkals can take inspiration and encouragement from the achievement of the same team they'll be facing when they try to pull off an upset in their first foray in the AFC Asian Cup starting Jan. 7 in the United Arab Emirates. South Korea's stunning win over defending champion Germany, 2-0, in the World Cup on Wednesday in Russia has given the Azkals a ray of hope that anything can happen particularly when they try to buck the odds in Dubai next year. "It's going to be a daunting task, but if Korea can do it, I think the Azkals can," said team manager Dan Palami. "The defending champions eliminated by our Asian counterpart," said Palami. "Mixed emotions of pride ...Keep on reading: Palami: South Korea win an inspiration for Azkals.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJun 28th, 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

There’s still hope

DUBAI---Go for the win and hope for the best. With three spots in the knockout stage still up for grabs, the Philippines looks to seize its opportunity to make history as it battles a familiar foe in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday night in their final group match in the AFC Asian Cup at Rashid Stadium here. With both squads winless after two matches, expect a fiery showdown between the two tournament newcomers with maximum points giving either team a possible ticket to the next round. South Korea and China have already locked up the two spots in the Azkals' group, while Bahrain sealed one of the four spots for the best third placers after stunning India, 1-0, with a late goal Tuesday n...Keep on reading: There’s still hope.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 16th, 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

Sato meets Japanese idols | Inquirer Sports

Philippines defender Daisuke Sato hardly looked daunted when the Azkals went toe-to-toe with South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup opener that ended in 1-0 defeat on Monday. The post Sato meets Japanese id.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

LOOK: PH Azkals clean locker room after South Korea loss, leave thank you note

https://twitter.com/TheAzkalsPH/status/1082326887873994753 Their night may have ended with a loss, but the Philippine Azkals made sure to leave Dubai with a gesture of appreciation. After their 1-0 loss to South Korea last Monday, the men's football national team leftAl Nasr Club's Maktoum Stadium with a clean locker room and a thank you note. "Thank you Dubai. From team Philippines," the note writtenon a whiteboard read. The photo was posted by the Azkals' official Twitter accounts. "Left an empty stadium with full hearts tonight. Maraming salamatDubai!" The Azkals bowed to South Korea in the Asian Cup debut, but still left a mark with a quality performance against an ...Keep on reading: LOOK: PH Azkals clean locker room after South Korea loss, leave thank you note.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippine Azkals aim to snag a slot in the Round of 16, a win against China on Friday, January 11, will be crucial in proving they're contenders even in their maiden AFC Asian Cup stint.  The Azkals stood up to Asian powerhouse South Korea  in their opening ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 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

Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight

DUBAI---It was a debut many years in the making and the Philippines surely left its mark, notwithstanding the result. On a cold Monday night at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals combined their grit and resilience with their tactical genius and work rate for the rest of the continent to see as they went toe-to-toe against a giant in South Korea in their Group C opener. That the Koreans needed a 67th minute strike from Hwang Uijo to finally grab maximum points was a mere footnote to what was a memorable introduction for the Azkals, who showed a spring in their step as chants of Pilipinas reverberated inside the cavernous, newly-refurbished facility throughout the match. READ:Asia...Keep on reading: Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals bowed to Asian football powerhouse South Korea, 1-0, in its AFC Asian Cup debut on Monday, January 7, Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai.  Despite the loss, the national men's football team defied expectations and put up a gallant fight against the continental ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

    AL-AIN, United Arab Emirates – Favorites South Korea scraped past the Philippines and China needed a spectacular goalkeeping gaffe to spark their comeback against lowly Kyrgyzstan as lesser teams continued to trouble bigger sides at the Asian Cup on Monday, January 7. A day after defending champion Australia was rocked 1-0 by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Azkals’ realistic goal

DUBAI---Even before the rash of upsets hit the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the Philippines has already started plotting its way out of the group stage in its debut in the most prestigious football tournament in the continent. On the eve of their Group C opener against South Korea at Al Maktoum Stadium, the Azkals learned that defending champion Australia got stunned by Group B fourth seed Jordan, 1-0, in Al-Ain. Back at the posh Conrad Hotel along Sheikh Zayed Road, where the team is billeted, the Azkals saw India stun Group A second seed Thailand, 4-1, in Abu Dhabi. The Azkals are the fourth seeds in Group C with China and Kyrgyzstan, which play in Al-Ain also on Monday night. A...Keep on reading: Azkals’ realistic goal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Asian Cup: Spirited Azkals fall short to South Korea in opener

The Philippine Azkals put up a spirited effort but ultimately fell to South Korea, 1-0, in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup Opener at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, Monday evening, Manila time.  South Korea controlled the pace of the match in the first half, dominating ball possession by a large margin, but the Filipino side displayed tremendous defense, keeping the scorelines at 0-0 stalemate by the end of the first 45 minutes.  The Azkals did have their chances late in the first half, highlighted by a Daisuke Sato cross that found its way to Javier Patiño for the Filipinos' best attempt of the first frame.  The Filipinos continued to try and push the pace as the second half began, with Patiño once again coming within inches of converting for the Azkals.  The South Koreans finally breached the Azkals defense in the 67th minute however, with Hwang Uijo firing a shot from just in side the box and sending it into the top left corner for the conversion.  The tournament favorites, who finished as runners-up in the 2015 edition of the Asian Cup, dominated possession once again as they kept the Azkals at bay for their first three points of the tournament.  The Azkals meanwhile, take a close loss in their first-ever Asian Cup fixture, but can take solace in the fact that they were able to push the fourth-ranked nation in Asia to the limit and held them to just a single goal.  The Pinoy side will hope to keep the same confidence and momentum as they meet China PR next on Friday, January 11th at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Asian Cup: SoKors edge PH Azkals 1-0

The Philippine Azkals flirted at a gigantic upset of two-time champion South Korea before absorbing a 1-0 defeat Monday night in an impressive debut in the Asian Cup at the Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai. Asian Cup: SoKors edge PH Azkals 1-0 Source link: Asian Cup: SoKors edge PH Azkals 1-0.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Azkals huge underdogs against Koreans tonight

Game Today (Al-Maktoum Stadium, Dubai) 9:30 p.m. – South Korea vs Philippines Azkals huge underdogs against Koreans tonight Source link: Azkals huge underdogs against Koreans tonight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Azkals plot surprise over South Korea in Asian Cup opener

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are about to get a baptism of fire on Monday, January 7, as they face Asian powerhouse South Korea in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in Dubai.  But in the world of sports, there will always be surprises in store.  "We’re very grateful and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Azkals take first steps

DUBAI---It doesn't get any bigger than this for the Philippine Azkals. Long regarded as one of the continent's weakest teams, the Azkals finally take a bow in Asian football's grandest stage as they begin their AFC Asian Cup campaign on Monday night in this bustling Emirate city where close to 700,000 Filipinos reside. When the Azkals step on the pitch at Al Maktoum Stadium for the showdown against continental giant South Korea at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in the Philippines), they will mark another milestone for a country where the sport has been an afterthought. Azkals coach Sven Goran Eriksson has instilled a strong belief in his side, that with some luck, they could get a res...Keep on reading: Azkals take first steps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Underdog Azkals face South Korea

Underdog Azkals face South Korea.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs South Korea – Asian Cup 2019

  MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Azkals are in for a tough opening game as they face FIFA World Cup team South Korea in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in Dubai on Monday, January 7.  The Philippines debuts in the elite regional tournament that gathers the best football teams in Asia. ( READ: Azkals look to 'get out' of 2019 Asian Cup group stage ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Philippines Azkals have ‘nothing to lose’

Midfield dynamo Stephan Schrock said the Philippine Azkals will take a “nothing-to-lose” approach in their milestone debut in the AFC Asian Cup, which will make them a dangerous opponent to heavyweights in their group led by South Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2019