Philippines Football Thread II[R]

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  1. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1126 Pelefan, Dec 28, 2022
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    Former PH Azkals captain holds tryouts for Fil-Am hopefuls in Bay Area




    Former Philippines Azkals team captain and now one of the major stakeholders in Philippine football, Anton del Rosario recently gifted the Filipino American community with a new pathway of an opportunity to play for the national team and play professional football in the Philippines.

    Del Rosario went back to his roots in the San Francisco Bay Area To hold the first ever football combine to give Fil-Ams and even non-Filipinos a shot at playing pro back home.

    "It was always one of my advocacies to be able to come back especially to the Bay and to provide opportunity to play just like this," he said. "I know how difficult it is to be able to get that shot to be able to play at the professional level. And now that I have access to be able to do it, I want to be able to provide it to Filipinos overseas. I want to provide it to college students who want to go pro but just fall through the cracks. And this is what this program is about."

    Del Rosario was in awe with some of the talent he saw, grueling it out amidst chilly winter weather in the Bay Area, and he looks forward to seeing some of the kids make their way to the Philippines.

    The combine was a special one as it was meant to find talent not just for the Philippine Azkals but also for a handful of professional teams playing in the Philippine Football League.

    One of the kids who tried his luck is Philippine-born Gabriel Bagtas who flew in all the way from Southern California. Bagtas moved to the US eight years ago and said it was his lifelong dream to be an Azkal.

    "We will do whatever it takes to take that chance, take that opportunity," he noted.

    One key component to keep this pathway going is the partnership Del Rosario struck with the SF Glens, a long standing soccer club in the Bay Area that he once played for in his younger years before heading to the Philippines.

    Ryan Maquiñana of the Glens is the driving force of that vision.

    "I feel like Anton is the perfect guy to lead this charge. This is someone who was born here in the Bay Area, or played here for the Glens and then went to the Philippines as a pro and as a captain of the national team for several years," Maquiñana said. "He's living proof that when these players show up to tryouts like these, that it can be done and you can make it and with him having the connections to get them to follow his footsteps. I feel like this is something that we could do for years to come."

    Maquiñana and del Rosario share that the success of the womens' national team was a big inspiration to establish this future pipeline of talent from the US.

    "I think one thing that really inspired us was the success of the Philippine Women's National Team qualifying for the World Cup for the first time. They did it with a lot of naturalized or dual citizen Fil-Ams, but that didn't happen overnight. And they did an amazing job, building a fairly extensive scouting network in the United States where the women's game is the most developed in the world so they can ID potential players for the team," Maquiñana pointed out.

    Though the Azkals in recent years had primarily scouted for talent in Europe, where the pro game is much more developed than in the US, Maquiñana and del Rosario believe that the youth development in the US has grown leaps and bounds in the last five years and there will be abundance of talented Fil-Ams coming up.

    They added that the long term goal for Philippine football should be self sufficiency with a grassroots program back home. But for now, they are ready to help give them a shot in the arm with the talent ready and willing to come from the Fil-Am community.

    news.abs-cbn.com/sports/12/28/22/former-azkals-captain-holds-tryouts-for-fil-am-hopefuls-in-bay-area

    @BostonRed
     
  2. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1127 Pelefan, Dec 28, 2022
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    It is pretty amazing that so many Fil Ams have been flying from all over the US to California at their own expense to attend the Combine for a chance to play professionally in the Philippines as well as for the national team.

    US soccer players are still behind their European counterparts in terms of development and talent but they have improved leaps and bounds thru the years and should be an additional wellspring of talent for our national team to tap in the future along with Fil Euros.

    The success of their women counterparts in qualifying for the Women's World Cup has motivated a lot of Fil Am males to participate in the Combine and dream that they too will eventually make the WC someday while representing the Philippine national football team.

    The good thing about the Combine is that just like those in pro sports in the US, it is going to be held annually helping us unearth and scout Fil Am talents from all over the US for the foreseeable future.

    This is all thanks to former Azkal Paolo Del Rosario who has spearheaded the organization of the Combine in San Francisco in cooperation with his former club the San Francisco Glens.
     
  3. Filipinas50

    Filipinas50 New Member

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Jan 3, 2023
    Las Vegas
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines
    Stephan Schrock, the Darling of Philippines Football, Retires




    https://www.fifa.com/fifaplus/en/ar...-philippines-football-retires?searchOverlay=1
     
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  4. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Schrock really loved playing for the Philippines and wants to stay involved in Philippine football even after retirement.

    Even while still playing in the Bundesliga and still a German national youth team player he volunteered to play for the Philippines years ago.

    He has now moved to the Philippines permanently now and hopefully his skill and talent can continue to be harnessed locally for the benefit of Philippine football perhaps in a coaching capacity.
     
  5. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
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  6. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    Azkals Development Team's (Philippine U23 national development team that plays in the PFL) Jacob Maniti is now set to spread his wings to play for Denmark League 1 side @hobroik.
    In a message to his teammates, Maniti said that "We’ve made great memories," and "hopes that you guys can kill it for the remainder of the League as well as Copa!"
     
  7. GalaxyBowl

    GalaxyBowl Member

    LA Galaxy
    Guatemala
    Aug 21, 2020
    I heard some rumors that United City is on the verge of folding. Many players are leaving because the club may not be able to afford paying their wages anymore. United City/Ceres-De Salle folding would be a tragedy for the sport in the Philippines.
     
  8. Filipinas50

    Filipinas50 New Member

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Jan 3, 2023
    Las Vegas
    Nat'l Team:
    Philippines
    Sad if it's true, PFF continues it's downfall ...
     
  9. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1134 Pelefan, Jan 24, 2023
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    Not for the Women's side which has a very busy international and league schedule this year. They even announced the resumption of the Women's League(was on hiatus for a few years due to COVID) after the UAAP women's tournament is finished. It is not fully professional though unlike the men's league.

    From Futbol Brew:

    Earlier during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. According to PFF Sec Gen Atty Gastanes:
    - March camp is set for the Filipinas
    - PFF not keen to host Olympic qualifiers due to same period as Holy Week.
    - Coach Nahuel Arrarte will coach Women's U20.
    - Coach Alen Stajcic will coach Women's U17.

    Feb. 15 to 21 Filipinas will compete in the Pinatar Cup also featuring Wales, Scotland and Iceland in Murcia, Spain. All Euro squads are ranked higher than the PH. Wales 16th, Scotland at 21, and Iceland at 25. The Filipinas are rated 53rd.
    The Filipinas will plunge into action on April 3 to 11 with the first round of the Olympic women's football qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics as they face Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Hong Kong in Group E at a venue still to be announced.
    Atty Gastanes said the Cambodia SEAG would serve as a key tune-up tournament in May for the wards of Stajcic before they compete in the FIFA Women's World Cup slated July 20 to Aug. 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

    The PFF hopes to organize a tri-nation tournament(for World Cup bound teams) for the Filipinas in June before they fly off to represent the country in the #FIFAWWC in July.

    They are also expected to see action after the World Cup in the Asian Games and the 2nd round of the Olympic qualifiers before defending their AFF Women's Championship trophy back home in November.

    He also did announce a couple of friendlies for the men's U23 team in March in preparation for the U23 SEA Games and that despite the disappointments at the pro and international level for the men's side, at the grassroots level nationwide the schedule of football activities and tournaments has been increasing tremendously including a nationwide U19 club tournament for the boys and regional level tournaments for the girls.

    Gastanes also mentioned that the Philippine NCAA are setting up their own football leagues similar to their counterparts in the UAAP which means more scholarships and development time for our boys and girls.
     
  10. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1135 Pelefan, Jan 24, 2023
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    Correction the post above from Futbol Brew. The teams they are facing in the Pinatar Cup in February are Wales which is ranked 35, Scotland 22 and Iceland 16th.

    The teams they will be facing in the Women's World Cup in July are Norway which is ranked 13th, Switzerland at #21 and New Zealand #25.

    The Pinatar Cup is a good preparatory tournament for the Women's World Cup because they will be facing closely ranked European teams with similar football styles.
     
  11. GalaxyBowl

    GalaxyBowl Member

    LA Galaxy
    Guatemala
    Aug 21, 2020
    Yeah the women are borderline single-handedly carrying this sport in the country. I just don’t know how could you build build a sustainable men’s football league without losing money for a long period of time waiting for it to be stable. The ticket and merchandise sales aren’t there for owners to continue investing in this the PFL. I fear another folding.
     
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  12. Pelefan

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    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1137 Pelefan, Jan 24, 2023
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2023
    It is kind of similar in volleyball in the Philippines. The Women's Professional Volleyball League is more successful than the men's and is able to hire a lot of women professionals from around the world to reinforce their clubs.

    Unfortunately when it comes to men's professional and college sports, basketball hogs the limelight, signs the lucrative TV contracts and attracts most of the sponsors so other men's sports leagues struggle to compete.

    The PFF hopes the participation of the PWNT in the Women's World Cup will change the perception of football in the country and start to attract more fans and sponsors to their leagues for both men and women.

    The PFF should have just let the UFL(the predecessor of the PFL) to grow organically even though it was mostly semi pro. At one time the UFL had 2 divisions with 10 teams each with the first division mostly semi pro(with a few full pro) and many of the players in the 2nd division reinforced with amateur players from local UAAP universities and clubs.
     
  13. GalaxyBowl

    GalaxyBowl Member

    LA Galaxy
    Guatemala
    Aug 21, 2020
    https://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/01/31/23/young-azkals-star-sandro-reyes-headed-to-german-club

    Sandro Reyes just signed with SpVgg Greuther Furth II, the u23 reserve team of the 2. Bundesliga club playing in the fourth division. I think its remarkable that a boy with so little games played with the ADT and then Kaya was able to make a transfer abroad to a big club but I don't want to get too excited considering he's only playing in their reserves in the fourth tier and probably a long way from the first team. He's only 19 and now he is on the radar of scouts throughout Europe. Hopefully he can pull through and eventually become a first teamer in a strong league like the 2. bundesliga or higher.
     
  14. Pelefan

    Pelefan Member+

    Mar 17, 1999
    Chicago
    #1139 Pelefan, Jan 31, 2023 at 5:31 PM
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    He is a Barca academy graduate which he joined at 9 years old after being offered a scholarship by FC Barcelona and played on many Spanish junior clubs after graduating so that attracts European attention.
     

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