Philippines Football Thread II[R]

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  1. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    #876 Pelefan, Aug 24, 2021
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    The Bundesliga website(which has a nice game video recap included) highlighted his performance 3 days ago and called his goal an early Goal of the Season contender.

    Bochum 2-0 Mainz
    Goals: 1-0 Holtmann (21’), 2-0 Polter (56’)

    Over 13,000 fans packed into the Vonovia Ruhrstadion for Bochum’s first Bundesliga home game since May 2010 and they saw their team dominate. Armel Bella Kotchap put a free header wide from a free-kick before former Mainz man Holtmann scored an early Goal of the Season contender. Picking up the ball just past the halfway line on the left, he ran past at least six defenders and even more attempted tackles before popping up to the right of the six-yard box and slotting through the legs of Robin Zentner.
  2. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    In their first competition since the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team is getting back on the pitch to gain international glory for the country.

    The Philippine Football Federation announced the selection of players who will compete in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022 qualifying matches in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

    A total of 22 players have been called up, with nine holdovers from SEA Games team.

    Headlining the squad are co-captains Inna Palacios and Hali Long.

    Veterans also returning are defenders Chelo Hodges, Tara Shelton, and Patricia Tomanon; midfielders Sara Castaneda, Bhebe Lemoran, and Camille Rodriguez; and striker Alisha Del Campo.

    Defender Ryley Bugay, midfielders Tahnai Annis and Jessica Miclat return to the fold to reinforce the squad. They last represented the program back in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in Jordan.

    The rest of the lineup includes debutants Olivia Davies McDaniel, who plays goalkeeper; midfielders Malea Cesar and Alyssa Ube; and forward Chandler McDaniel.

    Former youth internationals Isabelle Mapanao and Arianna Lepage make the cut at the senior level. The likes of Sofia Harrison, Anicka Castaneda, Camille Wilson, and Rocelle Mendano complete the pool.

    The Marlon Maro-mentored squad conducted a training camp in California, USA, last August and left for Uzbekistan last Sunday.

    The team is set to compete against Nepal on September 18 at 6:00 PM (Manila time); and Hong Kong on September 24 at 6:00 PM. They start in Group F at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

    The Filipinas are targeting two straight victories. The team that tops its group is the only one that can book a ticket into the tournament proper of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which takes place in India. It also serves as the final qualification phase of the Asian continent for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

    It looks like 4 pros(2 playing in Europe in Graversen and Madarang and 2 playing in Japan in Quezada and Bolden) were not released or chosen for this window.

  3. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Rising Philippines set sights on World Cup ‘dream’

      • Philippines are aiming to qualify for their first FIFA Women’s World Cup
      • The Southeast Asians fell narrowly short of qualification for France 2019
    With the upcoming iteration of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ set to feature 32 nations for the first time, it seems likely there will several new counties lining up when the world’s elite head Down Under in 2023. One such nation hoping to be among the list of new faces is the Philippines. The Southeast Asians may enjoy little global recognition, but they have been steadily building in recent years and in 2018 they were just a single win away from maiden Women’s World Cup qualification. Having won through to the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup – their first such appearance in 15 years – the Philippines reached the play-off for the fifth and final AFC ticket to France 2019, only to be outclassed by Korea Republic at the final hurdle.

    Fast forward three years and Philippines are primed to begin their charge to win a spot at Australia & New Zealand 2023. Supplemented by a handful of US-based players, the Philippines have cause for optimism. On Saturday, Philippines will tackle outsiders Nepal, before meeting Hong Kong six days later. The latter have considerable historical pedigree and with only one of the three sides progressing to January’s Women’s Asian Cup, there is little margin for error.

    Qualification to the 12-nation Women’s Asian Cup in India would leave Philippines within sight of achieving their Women’s World Cup goal. Mathematically the odds of advancing a step further are strong. The top five teams, excluding Australia, will claim AFC’s five direct slots, with two further nations to participate in the new intercontinental play-off tournament.

    “Making it to the World Cup in 2023 would make the Philippines’ agenda to support women’s football all the way down to the grassroots level. “It would put the Philippines on the map not only in Southeast Asia but across the continent as well in terms of women's football. Everyone loves a good underdog story.”

    The Philippines nearly made the Women's World Cup in France in 2019 in a tournament that only had 24 teams(5 AFC slots) finishing 6th in Asia during qualification. They hope to do better for the World Cup in Australia with 32 slots available with the 5 AFC slots excluding Australia as the host and 2 further intercontinental playoff slots available.
  4. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    For the 10th time in its history, the Philippine Women’s National Football Team has qualified for the continent’s biggest international competition.

    The Filipinas secured a 2-1 win over Hong Kong, its second victory in Group F to formalize its entry into the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which will be held in India, Friday evening at the JAR Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

    With only minutes left to spare in the contest, Chandler Blue McDaniel scored her first goal for the country with a fantastic strike at the 87th minute to win the game for the Filipinas.

    It was a welcome response after Maro’s wards let allowed Hong Kong a chance to get back in the match earlier in the second half.

    Despite only needing a draw to qualify, the Philippines started brightly as midfielder Tahnai Annis opened the scoring at the 17th minute thanks to an assist from Rocelle Mendano.

    It was Annis’ second goal of this qualification campaign.

    After the half-time break, the Filipinas conceded a goal in the 61st minute.

    Hong Kong skipper Chung Pui Ki gave her side some hope when she converted a fantastic free-kick, which left goalkeeper Inna Palacios stunned. Ultimately, though, it became nothing more but a minor blot on the Filipinas’ successful run.

    The Philippines ends its qualification campaign for the continental tourney with six points. On the other hand, Hong Kong and Nepal get a point each.

    Philippines XI: Palacios (GK, C), Long, Annis, Rodriguez, McDaniel, Miclat, Bugay, Castaneda, Harrison, Lepage, Mendano.
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  5. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Congrats to the Philippines for qualifying for the AFC Asian Women's Cup with a record of 2-0 in the qualifiers. They now have a chance to qualify for the FIFA Women's WC in Australia/NZ if the Philippines finishes in the top 5 of the tourmament. Last time they finished 6th just one spot out of the 5 qualified AFC teams to the World Cup and with Australia hosting a spot opens up for another AFC team to join that group.

    Their coach says they plan to return to California to prepare for the AFC Women's Cup since the Philippines is still under lockdown for the most part because of COVID and the local players are unable to train properly. Unfortunately some Philippine based players weren't able to join the training camp in the US for this qualifiers because of visa issues but hopefully they can do that next time.

    I also hope they add the 4 veteran pros(Bolden, Quezada, Graversen, Madarang) who were not released from their clubs in Europe and Japan that were missing from this window and add a few more to strengthen the team like 27 year-old Filipina-French-American midfielder Katrina Guillou who currently plays top flight football in Sweden's Damallsvenskan with club Pitea IF.

    Maro said it is important for the Philippines-based players to join their teammates in California for the training camp.

    “My plan next is to make sure that all players in Manila can have their visas. California is the only place that we can train on because it’s open already.

    "You can do all sports activities there. And besides, we can have a lot of friendly matches like what happened in this competition. We had five practice matches with different women clubs in California so that helped us a lot to prepare tactically.”

    Maro will also look at strengthening the squad to ensure Philippines are at their best for the Finals.

    “We have to make sure that we beef up the team when it comes to players based on position. We have positions that we have to strengthen especially the side defenders.”
  6. GalaxyBowl

    GalaxyBowl New Member

    LA Galaxy
    Aug 21, 2020
    The Philippines WNT seems significantly better in the field than the men are in their’s. Is there still a massive percentage of the team being foreign born and raised for the women like the men or is there more domestic representation in their team?
  7. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    #882 Pelefan, Oct 6, 2021
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2021
    There is actually more local representation with the Philippine women's team than the men's, but the competition at the Asian level for women's football is not as high in Asia as the men's.

    A lot of traditionally strong football countries(particularly from Islamic countries) in Asia, don't encourage their women to play contact sports like football so their women's teams tend to fall behind.

    The Philippine women's national team were also missing in this window 5 professional women players currently with their clubs in Europe or Japan, who were eligible to play for the team(by virtue of having at least one Filipino parent) which of course would lower the local representation but will significantly improve their chances of making the World Cup if they were able to play in the AFC Asian Women's Cup which serve as qualifiers for the WC.
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