Football

  • ‘BUSINESS OF FOOTBALL - PHILIPPINES’ CONFERENCE SETS ROADMAP FOR GROWTH OF THE SPORT IN THE COUNTRY

    21 MAY 2018 - MANILA: The recent success of The Azkals, with their Asian Cup qualification, and their FIFA ranking at its highest at 111, has given football a renewed confidence, and a positive outlook in terms of the growth of the sport in the Philippines.

  • 4th Ceres Cup breaks own record anew with 465 teams

    Following the 420 teams record set last year, the Ceres Cup broke own record anew with 465 teams competing in the 2-day 4th Ceres Cup on May 20-21, 2017 at the North Field, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Football Field and Sta. Maria Football Field – all in Talisay City. 

    Started with 306 teams in 2014, Ceres Cup has grown tremendously through the years – expecting more than 10,000 players, coaches and parents coming over for the weekend’s tournament.

  • Another late-match ‘crash’ for Global’s AFC Cup bid

    FAILED anew to get the match to the dock caused local side Global Cebu FC a chance to extend its campaign in the 2017 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

    Needing to win in the second leg of its ASEAN zonal semifinals with Home United FC last Tuesday in Singapore, Global was seemingly on its way to delivering until another late-match “crash” altered the outcome for the team that saw it lose, 3-2, in the match and, 5-4, on aggregate, effectively eliminating it from the secondary club football tournament hosted by the AFC.

  • Another World Cup ends in agony for Brazil

    KAZAN—Four years after the psychodrama of Neymar’s injury and a humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat as hosts, Brazil are forced to come to terms with the crushing disappointment of a failed mission in Russia.

    It was not meant to be like this, Tite’s side dumped out of the tournament in the quarter-finals at the hands of Belgium, losing 2-1 in Kazan.

    They had come to the World Cup determined to confirm their revival following the 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany in Belo Horizonte, and there were plenty of reasons for optimism.

  • Anton Del Rosario now booked for Neymar Jr’s signature football tournament!

    February 13, 2016 (MANILA, Philippines) – Neymar Jr’s Five is the Brazilian forward’s signature football tournament – and a truly global phenomenon. Across six continents and more than 50 countries, five-a-side teams battle it out in 10-minute matches with a twist. Every time one team scores, the opposition loses a player, which makes it fast, technical, tactical – and unique in the world of football. More than 65,000 players from 47 countries signed up to play in the first year of Neymar Jr's Five and 2017 promises to be even bigger.

  • Argentina, Messi face bigger test vs France

    Saint Petersburg—A relieved Lionel Messi admitted the stress at the prospect of crashing out of the World Cup at the group stages was the worst he had ever experienced after Marcus Rojo’s late strike beat Nigeria 2-1 to send Argentina into the last 16.

  • Arsene Wenger's Arsenal still showing scars from 2006 Champions League final defeat

    It's 20 years since Arsene Wenger was appointed by Arsenal but European glory still eludes him. Nick Wright examines a history of underachievement on the continent and ponders the psychological effects of losing the 2006 Champions League final to Barcelona.

  • Away goals send Ceres to AFC Cup zonal final

    LOCAL club Ceres-Negros FC’s impressive run in the 2017 AFC Cup continues after it survived a tough two-leg ASEAN Zonal Semifinals with Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) thanks to away goals.

    Fought its opponent to a 4-4 stalemate on aggregate following a 2-1 win in the second leg at its home field of Panaad Park and Football Stadium last Wednesday, Ceres saw itself advance to the finals for the two away goals it managed to get in a 3-2 loss in the first leg in Johor early last month.

  • Azkals shoot for third win in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers

    THE Philippine national men’s football team, undefeated to date in group play in the final round of the qualifiers for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, looks to stay unblemished when it plays Yemen today at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.

    Boasting of a 2-0 record and six points in Group F, the Philippine Azkals enter their home turf looking to create further distance from the rest of the chasing pack in their group and position themselves better to advance to the main draw of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup that will take place in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Belgium rallies to defeat Japan in World Cup epic

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Belgium produced one of the great World Cup comebacks on Monday to beat Japan 3-2 and set up an attractive-looking quarterfinal clash against Neymar’s Brazil.

  • Brazil remain united in defeat

    The numbers say it all: out of 26 matches under Tite’s command, A Seleção have won 20, drawn four and lost only two. They have scored 55 goals and conceded just eight. Coming into Friday’s meeting with Belgium, they had never conceded more than one goal in a game and had put together a run of 15 matches without defeat.

  • Ceres FC crashes Ilocos Utd, 7-0; remains undefeated at home

    Ceres Negros FC braved the rains over the weekend to defend its home at the Panaad Park and Stadium with a stunning 7-0 victory over visiting Ilocos United FC.

    ‘Man of the Match’ Stephan Schrock opened Ceres FC scoring spree in the early 12th minute of the game off a short pass from OJ Porteria beating Ilocos United keeper Baba Sampana.

  • Ceres FC sweeps Stallion Laguna; challenges Global on July 5

    Ceres Negros FC cameout with a solid 5-2 win over the weekend to sweep the visiting Stallion Laguna FC in their fourth straight victory in the Philippines Football League at the Panaad Oark and Stadium.

    The home squad delighted the 2,640 fans at Panaad with Stephan Schröck opening the scoring in the 12th minute – beating Stallion keeper Roland Sadia as Jeffrey Christaens made it doubled in the 25th minute on a pass from the former SpVgg Greuther Fürth midfielder.

  • Ceres left to ponder after 1-1 draw with Home Utd

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    PHILIPPINE side Ceres-Negros FC finds itself with some ground to cover if it is to defend its ASEAN Zonal title of the AFC Cup after being held to a 1-1 draw by Singapore’s Home United FC in the first leg of their matchup on Wednesday night at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.

    Forced to a draw, the defending Philippines Football League champions “Busmen” must now fashion out a convincing victory in the second leg of the final next week in Singapore to be crowned ASEAN Zonal champions anew and advance to the next round of the tournament.

  • Ceres-Negros FC off to AFC Cup next round

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    LOCAL side Ceres-Negros FC solidified its standing as the best football club in Southeast Asia today after winning the Asian Football Confederation Cup ASEAN Zonal Final over Singapore’s Home United FC on Wednesday night at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.

  • Ceres-Negros FC wins second straight PFL title

    CERES-NEGROS FC’S standing as the most dominant football club in the country right now was further highlighted on Wednesday as it sealed its conquest of the Philippines Football League title for a second year in a row.

  • Checkatrade Trophy round-up: Several Premier League academies crash out

    West Ham U21s did little to improve the current morale at the east London club as they were beaten 3-0 by Wycombe. Adebayo Akinfenwa, Scott Kashket and Nick Freeman were on target for the League Two side, while there were also defeats for the academies of Premier League sides Middlesbrough, Everton, West Brom and Stoke.

  • Davao Aguilas FC officially signs Younghusbands

    THE Philippines Football League (PFL) transfer that saw Phil and James Younghusband move from FC Meralco Manila to Davao Aguilas FC was made official on Wednesday night in a signing ceremony held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

    Stalwarts in the Philippine men’s national football team, the Younghusband brothers are the latest addition to Davao’s fortified roster, joining recent signings Simone Rota, Jason de Jong, Matthew Hartmann and Nick O’Donnell.

  • DAVAO AGUILAS FC: DAVAO AGUILAS FC ALL SET FOR ITS FIRST HOME GAME IN TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE AGAINST JPV MARIKINA

    TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas FC is all set for its first home game for the Philippines Football League (PFL), to be held at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex on Sunday, May 14, 2017.  They will be going up against JPV Marikina, which was previously part of the UFL. 

  • DAVAO AGUILAS FC: DAVAO AGUILAS FC ATTRACTS A CROWD OF 4,384 IN ITS FIRST HOME GAME IN TAGUM

    TAGUM, DAVAO DEL NORTE: Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC) attracted a crowd of 4,384 in its first home game at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex, which was the largest crowd drawn for any match in the newly started Philippines Football League (PFL).