Football

  • League-leading Meralco Sparks play JPV Marikina in ‘away’ match

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    LEAGUE-leading FC Meralco Manila treks back to the pitch today as it plays JPV Marikina FC in an “away” Philippines Football League match at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

  • Long-running Aboitiz Football Cup goes national with Batangas event

    AFTER two decades of complementing and enhancing the football scene in the Visayas, particularly Cebu, AboitizLand has decided to bring its long-running football league to the national level, holding its inaugural Luzon edition beginning next month.

    Happening at the Aboitiz Pitch at The Outlets in Lipa, Batangas, the Aboitiz Football Cup (AFC)-Luzon is expected to host more than 100 teams composed of approximately 3,000 players, coaching staff, technical team, partners, and spectators from all over the region.

  • Marikina pips Davao Aguilas in Football League thriller

    TAGUM CITY - JPV Marikina edged Davao Aguilas in a five-goal thriller last Sunday to climb to third in the Philippines Football League table at Davao del Norte Sports Complex.

    Goals from Takashi Odawara, Boyet Canedo and Takumi Uesato proved enough to spoil the Aguilas’ home debut, witnessed by a league-record 4,300 spectators.

  • Meralco coach: We have to develop killer instinct

    SITTING on top of the table two weeks into the inaugural Philippines Football League season, FC Meralco Manila coach Aris Caslib feels his squad has yet to play to its potential after toiling to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over newcomer Ilocos United last Saturday at Rizal Memorial Stadium. 

    Goals from new signing Tyler Matas and Jake Morallo in each half completed another fightback for the Manila side, which fell behind on former Meralco player and now Ilocos striker Graham Caygill’s 13th minute strike. 

  • Meralco Manila Sparks win battle of top teams

    FC MERALCO Manila reasserted its might in the Philippines Football League on Saturday night, beating erstwhile streaking JPV Marikina FC, 2-1, in the battle of top teams at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

    Using a “gift” from its opponent in the opening half as a springboard, the Sparks, with the win, improved to 7-2-0 and 23 points in nine games, five points clear of JPV (6-0-3), which has 18 points.

  • Messi’s Argentina faces exit

    Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia (AFP)--Lionel Messi’s Argentina were on the brink of a humiliating World Cup exit on Thursday after they were humbled 3-0 by Croatia on a dramatic day at the World Cup that saw the European side join France in the knockout rounds.

  • MMC SPORTZ ASIA: “THE BUSINESS OF FOOTBALL - PHILIPPINES” SET FOR MAY 18 AT NEW WORLD HOTEL IN MAKATI

    26 APRIL 2018 - MANILA: Riding on the heels of the historic Asian Cup 2019 qualification the Philippine Men’s National Team, more popularly known as The Azkals, the Philippines is set as the perfect venue for the upcoming “The Business of Football - Philippines” one-day Conference.

  • New dawn for football

    DEVELOPMENT of Philippine football is set to get added push with the establishment of a “truly national and professional league” in the country -- the Philippines Football League (PFL) -- which one football analyst describes as the “next logical step.”

    Formally launched last Friday at the Shangri-La at the Fort, the PFL is the culmination of what proponents said is four years of making a dream of taking the growth of the sport of football to another plane a reality.

  • Neymar Jr’s Five Kicks off to Incredible Start with Qualifier A

    Feb 20, 2016 (MANILA, Philippines) – On Saturday, February 18th 2017, 6 teams squared off for in the Qualifier A matches for the Neymar Jr’s Five. The afternoon saw many exciting matches, including the semi-final contest between Kidzania and Laro, which saw the latter taking the win with a score of 4:0.

    Team Captain Anton Del Rosario commented, “The qualifier today was a great time. Had to learn the game and adjust tactics as we were all new to it. Amazing that Red Bull has gotten involved in the football scene. It’s something we need more of.”

  • OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sign Thibaut Courtois

    Real Madrid officially announced that they’ve completed a deal for Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Los Blancos will pay around €35 million as a transfer fee, according to reports.

    Real Madrid C.F. and Chelsea F.C. have agreed the transfer of Thibaut Courtois, who has signed for the club for the next six seasons. After the medical that will take place tomorrow, Thursday 9 August, the player will be presented at 1pm in the presidential box at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.

  • Perspolise represents PH at Brazil World Finals

    by Robbie Pangilinan

    Perspolise will represent the Philippines at the World Finals at the Instituto Projeto Neymar Jr. in Praria Grande, Brazil after snatching the coveted win from tournament favorite Tondo FC at the Neymar Jr’s Five National Finals at Turf BCG, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, on April 21.

  • PFL top clubs Meralco, Kaya reengage this weekend

    PHILIPPINES Football League (PFL) pace-setting teams FC Meralco Manila and Kaya FC-Makati get tangled once again this season in a scheduled league fixture tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the University of Makati Football Stadium.

    The 4 p.m. game marks the third time that the two teams are meeting in the inaugural season of the newly created national football league which has the Sparks getting the better of Kaya so far, 2-0.

  • PFL-leading Meralco Sparks return to action in Cebu

    OUT of action in the Philippines Football League (PFL) for three weeks, league-leading FC Meralco Manila Sparks resume their campaign tomorrow in Cebu City when they collide with host side Global Cebu FC.

  • PFL: Kaya continues to have Aguilas’ number

    KAYA-ILOILO FC got back to winning on Saturday, defeating Davao Aguilas FC anew, 2-1, in their Philippines Football League (PFL) match at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

  • THE BUSINESS OF FOOTBALL - PHILIPPINES” SET FOR MAY 18 AT NEW WORLD HOTEL IN MAKATI

    26 APRIL 2018 - MANILA: Riding on the heels of the historic Asian Cup 2019 qualification the Philippine Men’s National Team, more popularly known as The Azkals, the Philippines is set as the perfect venue for the upcoming “The Business of Football - Philippines” one-day Conference.

    The event is organized by MMC Sportz Asia, best known for delivering the high-caliber annual SPIA Asia - Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference (www.spiaasia.com), recognizing and celebrating Asia’s top achievers within the sports industry.

  • Uruguay, Russia reach KO phase

    MOSCOW — Uruguay and host nation Russia progressed to the World Cup knockout rounds on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo took an early lead in the race for the Golden Boot.

  • USLS defends NOPSSCEA men’s football

    IT was a great year 2016 for the University of St. La Salle Varsity Team Stingers after winning two consecutive titles in just a week span by sweeping University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Rams yesterday to successfully defend their crown in the 36th NOPSSCEA men’s football at the Panaad Park and Stadium.

    The La Sallian side clinched their first win on Saturday in the best-of-3 finals with a 1-nil triumph over the Rams on Joshua Dotusme’s goal before finally taking down their rivals on Sunday, 4-nil behind the goals from Harunori Aoki, Nessi Ramos and Regie Cisneros.

  • World Cup ‘just the beginning’ for Mbappe-led France

    While the 19-year-old is the poster boy for France’s new crop of talent, the make-up of the squad suggests they have the youth and firepower to dominate international football for years to come.

    The average age of a fine back four of Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez is just 23.