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UFL Cup 2011: Loyola Meralco Sparks, Philippine Air Force nail finals spot

By Celest R. Flores

MANILA, Philippines – Phil Younghusband struck a hat trick as Loyola Meralco Sparks stunned Kaya-Cignal FC, 5-4, Monday to book a ticket to the United Football League Cup 2011 finals.

Air Force Phoenix FC, meanwhile, dethroned Cup titlist Global FC, 2-0, to arrange a thrilling finals showdown versus the Sparks.

Loyola, who made it to the UFL for the first time, staged an audacious comeback from 3-0 down in the first half as it sizzled behind star striker Phil Younghusband’s heroics.

Younghusband, who scored Philippines’ lone goal versus Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday, found the goal in the 57th and the 69th minute before capping off his hat trick in the 86th minute.

Mark Hartmann nailed the equalizer before James Younghusband gave the Sparks, in the 78th minute, their first lead of the night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

United Football League UFL Cup logoThe Sparks regrouped after Kaya opened up the scoring with three goals in 33 minutes courtesy of Eric Dragoh and Prince Boley.

Veteran Yanti Barsales, in the other game, played hero for the defending league champion Airmen versus the Global booters with a goal in the 87th minute.

Jaylor Soriano pulled one back in injury time which sealed the victory for the Air Force, which lost to Global in last season’s cup finals.

National team members Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta, James and Phil Younghusband, among others, will battle it out in a winner-take-all finals Saturday.

UFL Cup 2011 Opener: Stallions FC upsets Global FC

By Cedelf P. Tupas (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines – Stallions FC, more fluid in its attacking game early on, stunned defending champion Global FC, 3-2, at the start of the United Football League Cup 2011 Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Francis Gustilo and Jovanie Simpron put the all-Ilonggo side on top, 2-0, at halftime before Ruben Doctora appeared to have put the outcome beyond doubt with his 54th-minute strike.

But Global, galvanized by the entry of substitute Janrick Soriano, struck back in the 66th minute thanks to Remi Sery, before Izo El-Habbib made it close six minutes from time.

In the first UFL match aired live on national television, Global was denied of an equalizer in controversial fashion in second-half injury time when Japanese midfielder Yu Hoshide slid in to meet Soriano’s cross in front of goal only for the linesman to flag him offside.

Still, it was a remarkable result for Stallions, who came into the game as heavy underdogs after Global upgraded its lineup during the offseason with the acquisition of Hoshide and Angel Guirado.

The Fil-Spanish striker didn’t play because of an injured ankle he sustained in the Philippine Azkals’ 0-2 loss to Singapore in an international friendly Friday night.

“It (the win) means a lot considering we are in the Group of Death,” said Stallions coach Ernie Nierras, whose team is also bracketed with powerhouse Pachanga and dangerous Queen City Cebu United.

Looking to avenge their 1-nil loss to Global in the quarterfinals last season, Stallions got off to a bright start with Gustilo finding the back of the net with a shot from near the halfline in the 10th minute.

United Football League UFL Cup logoSimpron broke through the Global defense in the 44th minute to double the lead, before Doctora added to Stallions’ tally by following up his saved shot nine minutes into the second half.

Soriano’s introduction in the 60th minute sparked the Global attack and his menacing runs on the left flank created the opportunity for Sery to volley past Wilson Munoz.

El-Habbib headed home a cross from the right six minutes from time.

“We were still lucky because if they had 10 more minutes, they would have equalized,” said Nierras.


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Borromeo, Kaya FC face Philippine Azkal today 9-24-2011

By Cheska D. Geli

THE Philippine Azkals will gun for their second win as they face Kaya FC in the last of the three-game friendly in the I Can Serve Invitational at the Rizal Memorial Stadium today.

The charity event, which pits the national pool and two United Football League clubs Global FC and Kaya FC, serves as a prelude to the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Azkals will be fielding both players from the senior team and the under-23 squad as part of their preparation for the Long Teng Cup next month and the Southeast Asian Games in November.

Global FC and Kaya FC are also preparing for the opening of the UFL Cup on Oct. 8.

Expected to lead the national squad today are brothers Phil and James Younghusband, Ian Araneta and Chieffy Calgidong while Kaya will be led by national team regulars Aly Borromeo, Jason Sabio, Nate Burkey and Yannick Tuason.

The week-long friendly opened last Monday with the defending UFL champions Global FC edging Kaya FC, 1-0 win, with Sudanese Izzeldin El-habbib delivering the lone goal for Global.

In the second game last Wednesday, Global FC lost to the national team, 3-2, after erasing a two-goal deficit in the second half.

Araneta’s header late in the match sealed the win for the Azkals, which also got two goals from Phil Younghusband.

Global FC goals came from Misagh Bahadoran, also a member of the national team and El-habbib who scored his second goal in the friendly tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 24, 2011.

I Can Serve Invitational Global FC Kaya FC Philippines Azkals

Philippine Azkals nip UFL Champs Global FC, 3-2

The Philippine Azkals leaned on Ian Araneta’s goal late in the match to get past UFL champion Global FC, 3-2, today in the I Can Serve Football Invitationals at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

The Azkals, who mixed the Under-23 national team in this match, attacked aggressively from the kick-off resulting in Phil Younghusband’s goal off Mark Hartmann’s perfect assist inside the box barely four minutes into the match.

Global Smartmatic had several chances to score but Eduard Sacapano, Neil Etheridge’s back-up, did a great job defending the pitch for the Azkals in the early minutes of the match.

Saving his own shot, Younghusband again connected in the 29th minute mark to double the Azkals’ lead, 2-nil.

A crack on the Azkals’ defense led to Global’s Misagh Bahadoran, who is also a member of the national training pool, to cut the lead, 2-1, just before the break.

Global equalized with seven minutes into the second half as Sudanese and UFL’s leading scorer Izzeldin El-Habbib scored on a long lob to tie the match at 2-all. The goal was El-Habbib’s second in the charity tournament that serves as a kick-off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month this coming October.

I Can Serve Invitational Global FC Kaya FC Philippines AzkalsWith the momentum shift, Global FC kept on pressuring the Azkals’ defense, which missed skipper Aly Borromeo and Anton Del Rosario with both defenders nursing injuries. But Sacapano proved to be tough enough as the back-up goal keeper saved consecutive attempts by Global’s Bahadoran and El-Habbib.

Fresh legs saved the Azkals from a draw with late substitute Araneta making an immediate impact with a header from fellow reserve Jeff Christiaens in the 85th minute.

The win was the second in a row for the Azkals against Global FC, which is also being managed by national team manager Dan Palami.

The Azkals scored a 3-1 victory against Global FC last Sept. 11 during their Bacolod training camp. With the Younghusband brothers still grieving their mother’s untimely death due to massive heart failure, Hartmann took the scoring cudgels with a hat-trick.

The Azkals will meet Kaya Cignal, which absorbed a 1-nil loss at the hands of Global last Monday, in the final game of the charity tournament backed by LBC and Sun Life.

The match, which is expected to draw a good weekend crowd, will be held on Saturday at 3pm in the same venue. The match will be telecast at 5pm on AKTV on IBC Channel 13, TV5′s sports channel.

By Alder Almo (philstar.com)

Global FC wins opener in benefit games, takes on Azkals next

Global FC scored a 1-nil victory against Kaya Cignal FC at the start of the I Can Serve Football Invitational Games today at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Sudanese Izzeldin El-habbib scored on an early goal to power the Global Smartmatic to the opening day win in the charity invitationals backed by LBC and Sun Life Insurance that served as a kick-off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month this coming October.

El-habbib, the top scorer in the last UFL season, eluded Kaya’s defense and took advantage with a long goal, four minutes into the match.

Kaya found an opening to equalize when Global’s goal keeper Paolo Pascual was sent off after a hand ball outside the penalty box on Ivory Coast native Eric Dragoh’s attempt midway in the first half.

But Kaya, behind the efforts of Dagroh and Philippine Azkals’ Nate Burkey and Jason Sabio, failed on several chances to equalize as Global hung tough with key defensive stops.

Global Smartmatic FC vs Kaya Cignal FC I Can Serve invitationalGlobal will challenge the Philippine Azkals on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the same venue. Kaya will take its turn against the national team on Saturday.

Breast Cancer survivor and actress Maritoni Fernandez kicked off the event as the guest of honor with ticket proceeds of the three-day invitationals going to I Can Serve Foundation, which helps spread awareness and fight breast cancer.

Tickets to the charity games, which are pegged at P300 (lower box), P150 (upper grandstand), P75 (center bleachers) and P50 (side bleachers), are available at Mizuno branches in Bonifacio High Street, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center and SM Megamall, select LBC branches and at the venue.

All games are telecast on the same day at 5 p.m. on AKTV on IBC.

By Alder Almo (philstar.com)

“I Can Serve Invitational” pits UFL clubs, Azkals

Top United Football League clubs Global FC and Kaya FC get to gauge their readiness for the coming season as they see action in the “I Can Serve Invitational” kicking off Monday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The tournament, also aimed at promoting breast cancer awareness, will also feature the Philippine Azkals, who will play Global on Wednesday and Kaya on Saturday.

Global and Kaya open hostilities at 3 p.m. on Monday with both teams toughening up with the UFL Cup just three weeks away.

The Wednesday and Friday matches will have 3 p.m. kickoffs, although all games will be aired on AkTV at 5 p.m. on the same day.

Global is the defending champion in the Cup, while Kaya is among the favorites with its strong lineup.

Global has its work cut out in the Cup, having landed in the “Group of Death” with Pachanga, Stallions and Cebu’s Queen City United.

Azkals Aly Borromeo, Jason Sabio, Nate Burkey and Yannick Tuason are playing for their home club Kaya in this tournament, just like Global’s Misagh Bahadoran and Angel Guirado.

I Can Serve Invitational Global FC Kaya FC Philippines AzkalsKaya also has Eric Dagroh and Philip Zemen in its squad, while Global will try to counter with Izo El-Habbib, Badrelin El-Habbib and Ayi Aryee.

“We want to make the Kaya-Global rivalry as similar to the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry in Spain,” Kaya managing director Armand Del Rosario said.

Admission is free for the Kaya-Global match. Tickets for the Wednesday and Friday matches will be sold at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium Gate 8 starting Monday.

The first 1000 fans on Wednesday and Friday will get free bleacher tickets as sponsored by LBC and Sunlife.

Kaya has linked up with the I Can Serve Foundation as part of its efforts to promote breast cancer awareness and Del Rosario said the team will be wearing a limited edition kit adorned with a pink ribbon for October.

Source: Football Alliance Philippines

Palami, Global-Teknika FC arriving today for friendly

TO FURTHER strengthen the competitiveness of the Philippine Men’s Football Team – Azkals for the upcoming 2011 Long Teng Cup, the PFF-Smart Club Championships champion Global-Teknika of Azkals’ team manager Dan Palami will be arriving today for a friendly match against the national squad.

Global-Teknika is set to clash with the national squad tomorrow at the Panaad Park and Stadium at 4:30 p.m.

U23 Team Coordinator Jogie Ronda said that this goodwill game will be a great help for both the Men’s Senior team and the U23 in their preparation for the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan this September 28 to October 4, 2011 and the South East Asian Games in Indonesia on November 11-22.

Moreover, this tune-up match will further improve the chemistry of the nationals, as some of the seniors team play alongside the U23 while they prepare for bigger tournaments, Azkals’ head Coach Michael Weiss said.

Under 23 Philippine Azkals pilipinas futbolAside from Fil-German keeper Roland Mueller, who will wear Neil Etheridge’s shoes in the Long Teng Cup joust, and Fil-Spanish defender Carlie Olai-Var De Murga who will fill up the position of Fil-British defender Rob Gier, more Fil-foreign players are coming into the team.

Ronda yesterday confirmed that Fil-Belgians Angelo Marasigan Verheye, Johan Van Bosche and Jeffrey Christiaens arrived in Bacolod to join the camp. All these players are also playing in Belgium’s second division league.

The 19-year-old Verheye, who was born in Cebu City, plays as midfielder for KAA Gent Club, Bosche plays as central attacker for Wetteren Team and Christiaens as midfielder and forward for Torhout KM Club.

Meanwhile, the members of the men’s team who arrived Thursday for the camp are Ian Araneta, Roel Gener, Nestorio Margarse, Lexton Moy, Yannick Tuason, Fil-Iranian Misagh Bahadoran, Fil-Am Nathaniel Burkey, Fil-British siblings James and Phil Younghusband, newly-tapped Fil-Spanish De Murga and reserve keepers Eduardo Sacapano, Paolo Pascual and Christopher Camcam.

Members of the U23 team include Fil-British siblings Mark Andrew and Matthew James Hartmann, Fil-Italian twin Marwin Janver and Marvin Janwer Angeles, Davis Mark Basa, Jerry Barbas, Mark Chester Braga, Romeo Martinez Jr., Reymark Fernandez, Deo Segunial, Stephen Ralph Permanes, Neckson Leonora, Gerardo Valmayor III, Lemuel Unabia and David Franz Fornea.

Ronda said that midfielders Fil-Danish Jason de Jong and Fil-German Manny Ott, defender Fil-Icelandic Ray Anthony Jonsson and Fil-German keeper Mueller will be rejoining the team when they play in Taiwan.

By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod

Philippine Azkals face Global, Kaya in 3-team event

By Cedelf Tupas (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA, Philippines – A three-team tournament dubbed the “I Can Serve Invitational” from September 17 to 24 pitting the Philippine Azkals and two of the country’s leading football clubs – Global FC and Kaya FC – is in the works.

More than the competition, which will also serve as a build-up for the Azkals in preparation for the Long Teng Cup, the tournament hopes to drum up support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Organizers are eyeing the Rizal Memorial Stadium as venue for the event although the schedule of the matches is still being finalized pending negotiations with TV networks ABS-CBN and TV5.

Kaya, one of the top-flight teams in the United Football League, boasts of national players Aly Borromeo, Jason Sabio, Anton del Rosario, Nate Burkey and Yannick Tuason. The five players will play for Kaya when they face the Azkals.

Philippine Azkals Pilipinas Futbol logoGlobal FC, the reigning UFL Cup and National Club champion, has Misagh Bahadoran and Angel Aldeguer in its lineup and they are also expected for their club against the Azkals.

Organizers see the Kaya-Global showdown as a start of a long rivalry between the two clubs.

Kaya has linked up with the I Can Serve Foundation as part of its efforts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness.

In fact, Kaya will be wearing a limited edition kit adorned with a pink ribbon for October. The kits will be sold at Mizuno branches with proceeds going to the foundation.