Philippines Football Thread II[R]

Discussion in 'Asian Football Confederation' started by Pelefan, Sep 29, 2016.

  1. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    The Younghusbands were not invited since they were not active and have not signed on to a pro team this season.
     
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  2. Befuddled

    Befuddled New Member

    Swansea City
    United States
    Mar 27, 2019
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do the Azkals predominantly recruit for the national team from the home country and the Filipino leagues or do they do a lot of recruiting in other countries? and if they do recruit outside of the country, how what age group do they look at?

    I know in Europe they look at kids as young as 14/15 and begin scouting some of them, so just curious if it is a similar process in the European countries.
     
  3. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    In general for the youth teams, it is mostly from the home country.

    For the men's team, since 2010, they have mostly recruited from abroad with a few local players added. Some of those recruited from abroad ended up playing in the local pro league in the Philippines but the better ones get better offers from European and Asian leagues so they stay or play there instead. One player being recruited plays in South America in the Chilean leagues.

    Scouting and recruiting from abroad is haphazard though. It is not really as organized as other countries. It is mostly by word of mouth or because a player or his parents was interested in joining the team and contacted the Philippine Football Federation.
     
  4. mike4066

    mike4066 Member+

    Jun 30, 2007
    Chula Vista, CA
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The most I have seen is the occasional talent camps that the Azkals hold in the US. They did one in Australia too a while back and one in London. Haven't done it in a while though.
     
  5. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    I believe both Aston Villa and Liverpool inquired about Cardiff City's asking price for Etheridge but might have considered it too steep at over 10 million pounds. Liverpool I think went in a different direction instead since they already have a starter.
     
  6. Beavis Stiffler

    Beavis Stiffler Member+

    May 14, 2011
    Naranja With Attitude. Straight Outta Houston.
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines
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  7. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #657 Pelefan, Jul 18, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
    The Philippines is very familiar with China. They have played China twice this year, losing both matches in the AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi last January(0-3) and in a friendly(0-2) in Guangzhou last month.

    China is currently the highest-ranked team in the group at No. 73 with Syria second at No. 85. The Philippines is third at No. 126, Maldives is next at No. 151 and Guam is last at No. 90.

    The qualifiers will start in September with teams playing eight games each across five international windows using a home-and-away format.

    The group winner and possibly the second-placed team advance to the third round of the World Cup qualifiers while gaining automatic slots to the Asian Cup.

    The team that places third and maybe the fourth-ranked squad will progress to the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers slated Sept. 2020.
     
  8. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Azkals beefing up for two big tourneys

    Facing a tough road to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in China, the Philippines will be looking to secure the availability of new players to shore up the squad in time before the deadline for registration ends on Aug. 5.

    Azkals manager Dan Palami said their wish list includes defenders Michael Kempter, Amin Nazari, Jesse Curran, Elias Mordal and Raphael Obermair.

    “The next two weeks will be critical for the backroom staff in making sure that we have these players in the lineup for the qualifiers,” said Palami, who has been managing the Azkals since 2010.

    “The work behind the scenes is equally important if we want to have the best possible squad there.”

    Kempter, a Fil-Swiss defender who plays for FC Zurich, already has a Filipino passport just like Nazari, but Palami said Fifa has required additional documentation for them to play in the qualifiers.

    Curran, who plays for Scottish side Dundee United, is also in the process of securing his Filipino passport.

    Born in Germany, Obermair is a former Bayern Munich player, but is currently tied up with Austrian side Sturm Graz. Palami said the player needs to personally process his passport in Berlin.

    https://sports.inquirer.net/358806/azkals-beefing-up-for-two-big-tourneys-breaking
     
  9. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    06 August 2019
    Schrock leads 39-man Azkals pool for WC qualifiers

    Philippine coach Scott Cooper is set to register 39 players from where his 23-man squad will come from for the first round of World Cup qualifying matches against Syria on Sept. 5 and against Guam five days later.
    Captain Stephan Schrock headlines the list together with Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who remains doubtful for the two matches after sustaining a hamstring injury in an English Championship match over the weekend.

    In an effort to widen his talent pool, Cooper named seven newcomers, including goalkeeper Bernd Schipmann from Germany, Michael Kempter from Switzerland, Raphael Obermair from Austria, Jesse Curran from Scotland and Elias Mordal from Norway.Young prospects Yrik Galantes, Niko De Vera and Mikel Justin Bass are also in the list.

    The 18-year-old Galantes, who can operate on either wing or through the middle, is under contract with Scottish club Hibernian, while De Vera is on the second team of the Portland Timbers.
    Asian Cup veterans Phil Younghusband and James Younghusband as well as Patrick Reichelt, who has starred in the Malaysia League this season, were also selected together with Amani Aguinaldo and Luke Woodland.


    https://sports.inquirer.net/360669/shrock-leads-39-man-azkals-pool-for-wc-qualifiers#ixzz5vpPCN9J6
     
  10. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Asian Cup vets, youngsters banner PH Azkals 23-man squad

    A handful of Asian Cup veterans and a slew of returning standouts make up the core of the Philippines’ 23-man squad that will take on Syria on Thursday at the start of World Cup Qualifying at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

    Captain Stephan Schrock of Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros will lead the Azkals as they begin their quest for a place in football’s showpiece event in 2022 in Qatar.

    Players who saw action in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates early this year form the majority of the squad of coach Scott Cooper.

    They include Schrock, Javier Patiño, Patrick Reichelt, Daisuke Sato, Amani Aguinaldo, Alvaro Silva, Manny Ott, Mike Ott, Patrick Strauss, Kevin Ingreso, Mike Ott, Carlie De Murga, Michael Fakesgaard and Kevin Hansen.

    Putting emphasis on the players’ current form, Cooper also recalled several standouts who were left out in the past few tournaments and training camps.

    Defender Martin Steuble, who missed out on a spot in the Asian Cup, but has made an impact for Port FC in the Thai Premier League, earned another selection. Thailand-based Mark Hartmann, Marco Casambre and Angel Guirado were also recalled, along with Ceres players Sean Kane and OJ Porteria.

    Goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, who has impressed at Suphanburi even after a hand surgery sidelined him early this year, is also back in the squad. Out due to injury in the two previous camps in Thailand and China, Manny Ott also made the grade.

    But the most intriguing names in the list are teenagers Justin Baas and Yrik Galantes, who are based in the Netherlands and Scotland, respectively.

    Baas is a 19-year-old centerback currently attached with AZ Alkmaar’s Under-21 side, while Galantes is a promising attacking midfielder loaned by Scottish side Hibernian to Gala Fairydean Rovers.

    sports.inquirer.net/363712/asian-cup-vets-youngsters-banner-ph-azkals-23-man-squad
     
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  11. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    04 September 2019
    Cooper gunning for Azkals reboot in Syria duel

    By: Cedelf P. Tupas


    BACOLOD CITY—With a new challenge looming, coach Scott Cooper is pressing the reset button on the Azkals.
    Forget about coming close to holding South Korea to a draw in the Asian Cup in January in Dubai or even the two losses to China early this year.

    Under Cooper, the Azkals are getting a fresh start as they plot a way out of their tough group in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers that starts on Wednesday night when they take on Syria at Panaad Stadium here.
    “It’s about resetting the mind-set of the players,” Cooper told the Inquirer.
    “It’s time to win. We cannot afford to be stuck in the past, but we can take those good qualities and improve them and add more elements to it. We want a team that is confident and also aggressive.”
    The Azkals, who will also face Guam on Tuesday in the US territory, have been winless in almost eight months with their last victory coming against Timor Leste in the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup in Kuala Lumpur last November.


    But they’ll be at the familiar confines of Panaad as they test a Syrian side that boasts top attacking talent, including captain Faris Al-Katib, whom Cooper described as an “unbelievable and crafty player.”
    The Azkals also caught a break with former AFC Asian Player of the Year Omar Kharbin reportedly pulling out of the Syrian squad in anticipation of the birth of his child.
    “They’re (Syrians) very dangerous up front and it is going to be hard to keep a clean sheet against them,” said Cooper, who is designated as assistant team manager in the roster of officials since he lacks the pro license to be named the national team coach. Goran Milojevic is the assigned coach for the qualifiers, but Azkals manager Dan Palami said the Serbian reports to Cooper.
    Cooper said the Syrians are also vulnerable defensively and with Stephan Schrock and Javier Patino in fine form, the Azkals are capable of unlocking the visitors.
    Syria, which reached the fourth round of the last World Cup qualification phase, is 39 places higher than the Philippines at No. 87 in the Fifa rankings

    “They are 40 places above us for a reason, but playing in Bacolod is a leveller,” Cooper said. “We’ve got to find a way to make Panaad intimidating, let our opponents feel they don’t want to be there to face us.”

    Read more: https://sports.inquirer.net/364442/...for-azkals-reboot-in-syria-duel#ixzz5yazrWEde
     
  12. Beavis Stiffler

    Beavis Stiffler Member+

    May 14, 2011
    Naranja With Attitude. Straight Outta Houston.
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines
    I expected the Azkals have a tough match against Syria. At least I thought it to be close, competitive, low-scoring game. I didn’t expect a lot of goals scored in that one. They really need to fix the defense ASAP.

    They now must win against Guam by a big margin because goal differential is important. If they don’t win all 4 matches against Guam and Maldives, it will be tougher to get 1 of the 4 group runner-up spots to advance. Also, if their form continues to struggle and they don’t make any adjustments soon, it will be more difficult for them to even qualify for the next AFC Asian Cup.
     
  13. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Their defence has always been their Achilles heel. They scored first, but couldn't stop Syria from scoring either.
     
  14. Beavis Stiffler

    Beavis Stiffler Member+

    May 14, 2011
    Naranja With Attitude. Straight Outta Houston.
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines
    I know I’m kinda late on this. Here’s highlights from yesterday.

     
  15. Beavis Stiffler

    Beavis Stiffler Member+

    May 14, 2011
    Naranja With Attitude. Straight Outta Houston.
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines


    A big result for the Azkals. Getting a draw against a heavy favorite in Asian football.
     
  16. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #666 Pelefan, Oct 16, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
    I agree. The Azkals actually had a good week in practice and they played very solidly in the game against China. They even had a few threatening counter attacks while remaining solid on defence. Our goaltender Neil Etheridge who hasn't played in their last few games, as usual was very good in goal. The 0-0 result was very respectable against a much higher ranked team.

    Moving forward, they seemed to have found a young dependable centerback in Justin Baas, a Fil Dutch defender who plays for Jong AZ in the Eerstie Divisie, who has been solid ever since he joined the team the last time they played, which is good news for the Azkals since their other centerbacks are getting old. He was injured during the game and was subbed but was solid in his second cap for the Azkals.
     
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  17. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Azkals U22 in Copa Alcantara serves as preview for 2019 SEA Games

    Assembling its most formidable squad yet, The Azkals management released the list in the morning of matchday which showed a good balance of collegiate standouts and professionals both based locally and abroad.

    The Philippines U22 squad’s opener in the Copa Paulino Alcantara served as a glimpse of what is in store for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) campaign this late November.

    However, Palami was quick to point out that the list of players comprising the squad for the cup is not yet a confirmation that it will be a hundred percent the same come the biennial meet.

    “I mean it’s not the final lineup yet. We’ll trim (the list) down to 20. We still have two players coming from the senior team (which will fill the slots for) the over-age players,” shared the Azkals’ boss.

    During their opener last weekend, it was to note that the team expects additional players (at least two more) overseas-based who coming with the hopes of playing a part in the cup.

    “Some of the players who are part of this (Copa Alcantara) team are yet to arrive, like Marco Casambre (of Thai club Chainat Hornbill) and Christian Rontini (of Italy’s Sangiovannese 1927).”

    With a big pool of talents being considered for the final cut in the SEA Games, Dan Palami is expecting an intense battle for spots from the players.

    “I think everybody can see that (each player) wants to play, that is why they are working hard to be part of the team,” Palami added further.

    Under-22 assistant coach Ernest Nierras also stated on a separate interview that other players are also still in consideration for the final SEA Games squad, confirming that changes can still occur and nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the spots.

    One particular player who has been a constant participant in the junior squad, but is not in the U22 lineup this Copa Alcantara is Ceres-Negros’ Dylan De Bruycker.

    “(De Bruycker) wasn’t released by Ceres for this competition. That’s the only reason.”

    Coach Nierras further informed that aside from De Bruycker, more players – overseas-based – are still in the process of being considered for the SEA Games squad who were not able to be part of the Copa simply because of their commitments with their respective clubs.

    “There are still five players (based overseas) who are not here (that are being eyed).

    “We are gonna field the best team that we can put together (for the Southeast Asian Games).”

    5thminuteofaddedtime.wordpress.com/tag/azkals-u22/

    Azkals U22 show promise after win in Copa Alcantara opener

    The Philippines Under-22 team achieves a positive start in the 2019 Copa Paulino Alcantara after getting a slim but important 1-0 result against Green Archers United in Aboitiz Pitch last October 27.

    5thminuteofaddedtime.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/azkals-u22-show-promise-win-copapaulinoalcantara-opener/

    Copa Alcantara: Ceres-Negros deals Young Azkals’ first loss


    An unrelenting second half from the undefeated Philippines Football League champions Ceres-Negros dealt the Azkals U22 their first loss in the Copa Paulino Alcantara with a 2-1 scoreline.

    5thminuteofaddedtime.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/ceres-negros-hands-azkals-u22-first-loss-in-copaalcantara/
     
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  18. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Philippines MNT Lineup for Maldives and Syria Matches on 14 and 19 November 2019

    The Philippine Men’s National Team look to solidify their place in Group A as they continue their campaign in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 / AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2.

    Currently in third place with one win, one draw, and one loss, the Azkals head to the FIFA International Match window brimming with confidence following their scoreless draw against China PR last 15 October in Bacolod.

    Twenty-three (23) players have been called up to the team which will face Maldives on 14 November at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives, and Syria on 19 November at Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium in Dubai, UAE.

    Four (4) Under-22 National Team players in Justin Baas, Marco Casambre, Yrick Gallantes, and Edison Suerti are included in the squad.

    Head coach Goran Milojevic will lead the Philippines and will be assisted by Hezirdan Ramadani and goalkeeping coach Milos Simic. Dan Palami is the Team Manager with Scott Joseph Cooper serving as Assistant Team Manager.

    Name Position Club
    Patrick Phillip DEYTO Goalkeeper Suphanburi FC (Thailand)
    Neil Leonard ETHERIDGE Goalkeeper Cardiff City FC (England)
    Michael Aksel FALKESGAARD Goalkeeper Bangkok United (Thailand)
    Amani Manuel AGUINALDO Defender PKNP FC (Malaysia)
    Marco CASAMBRE Defender Chainat Hornbill (Thailand)
    Mikel Justin BAAS Defender AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
    Carlos Alberto DE MURGA Defender Ceres Negros FC
    Sean Patrick KANE Defender Ceres Negros FC
    Daisuke SATO Defender Muangthong United (Thailand)
    Alvaro SILVA Defender Suphanburi FC (Thailand)
    Martin Markus STEUBLE Defender Port FC (Thailand)
    Edison SUERTI Defender Brattvag IL (Norway)
    Luke WOODLAND Defender Kuala Lumpur FA (Malaysia)
    Yrick GALLANTES Midfielder Hibernian FC (Scotland)
    Angel GUIRADO Midfielder Chonburi FC (Thailand)
    Mike Rigoberto OTT Midfielder Ceres Negros FC
    Iain RAMSAY Midfielder Sukhothai FC (Thailand)
    Stephan Markus SCHROCK Midfielder Ceres Negros FC
    John-Patrick STRAUSS Midfielder FC Erzgebirge Aue (Germany)
    Curt Jordan DIZON Forward Chonburi FC (Thailand)
    Mark HARTMANN Forward Nakhon Ratchasima Mazda FC (Thailand)
    Jose Elmer PORTERIA Forward Ceres Negros FC
    Patrick REICHELT Forward Melaka United (Malaysia)

    pff.org.ph/2019/11/11/philippines-mnt-lineup-for-maldives-and-syria-matches-on-14-and-19-november-2019/
     
  19. mike4066

    mike4066 Member+

    Jun 30, 2007
    Chula Vista, CA
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nice to see some guys who have ventured away from the PI (talking about the local guys and not the Euro transplants). I think that bodes well for the long term.
     
  20. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #670 Pelefan, Nov 11, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
    It is nice to see an infusion of quality young players(especially defenceman) on the team. 4 players on the team are part of the U22 national team and some(including a few home bred players) of them are starting for their club teams abroad in stronger leagues in South East Asia.

    The team is much deeper now than previously but is still lacking that striker who can consistently score goals for them.

    Many of the Fil Euros and one Fil Aussie have relocated to Thailand(which is the strongest and most successful league in SEA) from minor league clubs in Europe so they are now easier to call up for the national team in official FIFA tournaments like WC and AC qualifying.
     
  21. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #671 Pelefan, Nov 14, 2019
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019
    Philippines 2-0 Maldives

    Iain Ramsay 53'

    Strauss 69'

    Reichelt missed a penalty
     
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  22. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    PH Azkals overcome Maldives for 2nd win in World Cup qualifiers

    Iain Ramsay and Patrick Strauss struck in the second half as the Philippines overcame a stiff challenge from the Maldives, 2-1, Thursday for only its second victory in the joint 2022 Fifa World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at National Stadium here.

    Ramsay fired the opener in the 53rd minute, controlling excellently from the edge of the area before firing a rocket from a narrow angle to beat Mohammed Faisal on the Maldives goal. The second goal came in the 69th minute when Strauss stabbed home from close range after Luke Woodland and Patrick Reichelt were denied by the upright.

    Substitute Hassan Naiz denied the Azkals of a clean sheet with a goal in stoppage time that turned out to be too little too late.

    Coming off a goalless draw against China in Bacolod City last month, the Azkals traveled to this country known for its postcard-pretty islands and beaches, needing to maintain a level of consistency in their play.

    With Martin Steuble out due to suspension, coach Scott Cooper sent in Luke Woodland to play on the right side of the five-man backline. But it was the hosts who were knocking the ball around with confidence early on with the Azkals struggling to get a grip on the match.

    Still, the visitors had the first real chance of the match when the Maldivians were whistled for a handball inside the area. Reichelt stepped up to take the penalty only to be denied by Faisal.

    A goalless first half prompted the Azkals to amp up the intensity after the restart. Ramsay fired a warning with a snapshot from the edge of the area just 30 seconds into the second half.

    The win pushed the Azkals’ tally to seven points from four matches, although they remained in third spot behind Syria and China. The Filipinos travel to Dubai on Friday to face the Syrians on Tuesday at Rashid Stadium.

    sports.inquirer.net/373389/ph-azkals-overcome-maldives-for-2nd-win-in-world-cup-qualifiers
     
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  23. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
  24. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    18 November 2019
    Phil Younghusband Retires

    Philip James Younghusband, arguably the most celebrated Filipino footballer in recent times had announced his retirement from football today, at age 32.
    The forward, who announced his intention to retire, made his debut with the Philippine Under-23 National Team during the 23rd Southeast Asian Games in Bacolod alongside brother James.
    The following year in the same city, he made his senior debut for the Philippines in the AFF Championship Qualifiers where he lead all scorers with six goals in four matches.
    He was part of the team in 2010 that made history in the AFF Suzuki Cup when he scored the second goal that capped off a 2-0 upset over then-defending champions Vietnam, in the the “Miracle in Hanoi.”
    Eight years later, he sealed the country’s maiden participation in the AFC Asian Cup with the winning goal from the penalty spot against Tajikistan. The goal was his 50th goal for the country.
    Younghusband made a total 108 appearances and scored 52 goals for the Philippines, both of which are the country’s all-time records. His last appearance for the team was in the AFC Asian Cup last January.
    “We thank Phil Younghusband for his storied career with the Philippine Men’s National Team,” said PFF president Mariano Araneta, Jr. “His tremendous contribution for Philippine football will never be forgotten. May his legacy continue to inspire the next crop of football players.”
    http://pff.org.ph/2019/11/18/phil-younghusband-retires/
     
  25. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    19 November 2019
    PH Azkals eye revenge vs Syria in World Cup qualifiers

    By: Cedelf P. Tupas

    DUBAI—Surprisingly level with China at the end of the first round of matches in Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Qualifying, the Philippines seeks payback against another powerhouse in Group A as the Azkals take on Syria anew on Tuesday at Al Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium here.
    The Azkals arrived in this bustling economic hub in high spirits after their 2-1 away win over the Maldives in Male last Thursday.


    But they’ll be battling a Syrian side that has won all of its matches so far, including a tough 2-1 victory over China last Thursday that kept China at seven points just like the Azkals after four matches.

    Syria came from behind to drub the Azkals, 5-2, in their first round duel at Panaad Stadium last September in Bacolod City – a result that left a bitter taste for captain Stephan Schrock.


    “That was a hard result to swallow that night so we’re looking for redemption,” said Schrock. “We’re looking to learn from our mistakes. The next game will prove that we learn from our mistakes. We took in even more tactical stuff for this match and we’re looking to connect better on the pitch.”
    Azkals coach Scott Cooper said his team “got too brave and adventurous” against the Syrians in their initial meeting. “We saw in Bacolod how strong and talented they are, but we rocked them in the first 20 minutes so that gives us confidence,” said Cooper.
    The race for the top spot in the group remains open with Syria holding a five-point edge over China and the Philippines.
    A win for the Azkals will trim that gap to just two points with the Philippines still to play Maldives and Guam at home next year. The other Azkals assignment in June 2019 will be against China on enemy ground.
    Only the top team in the group will advance to the third round of qualifying together with the four best second-placed teams from the eight qualifying brackets.


    https://sports.inquirer.net/373922/ph-azkals-eye-revenge-vs-syria-in-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers
     
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