Wednesday, December 29, 2010
After a month-long football frenzy in the ASEAN region, Malaysia claimed this year's title for the AFF Suzuki Cup as champs by beating Indonesia in the first leg of the finals with 3-nil and a 2-1 goals for the second leg, with the aggregate score of 4-2.
Meanwhile, the Azkals got the Fair Play Award. Firman Utina of the Timnas bagged this year's Suzuki Most Valuable Player and Mohd Safee of the Malaysian squad got the Top Scorer Award by netting 5 goals for the tournament.
Here's the video of the legs for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Finals:
First Leg at Malaysia:
Second Leg at Indonesia:
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The Azkals will be playing again at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium at Jakarta, Indonesia for the second leg of their match against the Indonesian squad.
"Our fitness proves itself in that we have scored three goals in the 94th minute over our last eight games. Teams that are unfit can't do that but we go right up to the very end and that proved itself in the result that we pulled out against Singapore, for example. We didn't give up and we kept going right until the very end.", said Simon McMenemy, the Philippine team coach.
The match will be televised live at Star Sports and a local cable channel, Studio 23 at 8 o'clock, this evening.
Still with high hopes! Go Pilipinas!
On the other news, Malaysia now has the spot for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup finals after drawing with Vietnam last Saturday, December 18, 2010 at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam. Malaysia won by an aggregate score of 2-0 from their last match with Vietnam.
ARTICLE: Our players are ready: McMenemy
Thursday, December 16, 2010
The game yesterday finally came to full time. Indonesia won by a goal against the Azkals at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cristian Gonzales, the naturalized Uruguayan, netted the only goal for the match at the 32nd minute of the first half.
The Azkals almost drew the match after a loose ball on the 75th minute by a bicycle kick from James Younghusband but denied by Zulkifly Syukur just behind the net with a header.
Overall, the Philippines played their hearts out.
Next game will be on December 19, 2010 at the same venue and time.
On the other hand, Malaysia won against Vietnam with two goals to none.
Here are the video highlights for the matches:
Indonesia vs Philippines
Malaysia vs Vietnam
ARTICLE: Philippines 0 Indonesia 1 - Gonzales puts Indonesia on top
Monday, December 13, 2010
The Philippine National Football Team or the Azkals are off to Indonesia for the semifinal matches of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. Both home and away matches will be played at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia, giving the Indonesians a two-fold home crowd advantage.
But the Filipino spirit lives in each and everyone of the Philippine contingent backed by millions of supporters back at home.
Now is the time for Philippine football! Good luck Azkals!
First match is on December 16, 2010 at 1900H probably televised on 8PM at Studio 23.
ARTICLE: Filipino football facing brand new era
*The photo used is from Azkals (Philippine National Football Team)'s facebook page.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
It's a draw! That only means the Azkals advances to the semifinal round of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup with 4 points, a point behind the defending champs, Vietnam in Group B.
Great run by the Philippine team of the group matches that resulted on their best performance for the Cup in its 15 year history by not losing any game and advances to the semis for the first time.
As of now, exact venues for the Semifinals are yet to be determined. But one things for sure, there will be no match played in the Philippines because of the poor conditions of stadiums here, according to ASEAN Football Federation. That leaves the Philippines the choice to play one game from a neutral venue or both games will be played in Indonesia.
Games are scheduled on December 15 - 19, 2010.
Here's are the highlights of the goalless draw between Myanmar and the Philippines:
Other teams that advances on the semis are Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
ARTICLES HERE: Hard work pays off, says McMenemy, Myanmar 0 Philippines 0 - Filipinos through to last four
Sunday, December 5, 2010
This must be the historic victory of the Philippine National Football Team, also known as the Askalz, so far! Vietnam, is the defending Champs and they are one of the host nation along with Indonesia. The match is played at My Dinh Stadium, located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Talk about awesomeness!
Here's the video from YouTube™:
FULL ARTICLES CAN BE FOUND HERE: Historic victory leaves McMenemy bewildered, Philippines 2 Vietnam 0: Vietnam humbled by resolute Philippines
Thursday, December 2, 2010
It's the first match for the Askalz in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 held at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium against the three-time chapms, Singapore. Chris Greatwich, drew the match after scoring in the extra injury time.
Great start for the Philippines!
Other results from the Cup are as follows:
Indonesia 5 - 1 Malaysia
Thailand 2 - 2 Laos
Vietnam 7 - 1 Myanmar
Here are the articles from the Cup's official website: Avramovic: we paid price for profligacy, Singapore 1 - 1 Philippines: Late Greatwich strike shocks Singapore