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i would go easy on coach weiss because i think he has earned it. after all, he did deliver a 3rd place finish in a major tournament for us. that said, anything less than a semifinal appearance for the azkals in the next suzuki cup would be a huge disappointment IMHO.
Yun ang problema, we've been in the semis with that core group then fil-fors came as in buhos. We expect the coach can help the new players with several notches of quality to that semis squad. So if it still semis then it means we didn't improve at all.
Food for thought sa mga PFF higher-ups:
If England, top 10 in FIFA rankings, can't implement possession based attacking football, how the hell are we bottom-dwellers, can implement such playing mentality?
They reached the Euro 2012 QF by playing like Greece reactive defensive football. They fared better than the all-out, gung-ho attacking Holland.
The Clear Dream match featuress AZkals, players from the UFL & celebrities in a charity match. The match will be played right around the time of the US training camp.
here's the thing, with those players available sa 3rd place finish ni kots and it was macca who handled that team siguradong-sigurado ako na they will still be able to finish 3rd place or even better a 2nd place kasi there's no way he's going to sacrifice defense even in the last 10 minutes.
now baliktarin natin ang sitwasyon at si kots naman ang mag coach during sa macca days, are you all confident enough na aabot tayo sa semis noon sa style niyang attacking na yan? NO! kakainin tayo ng buhay ng mga mas magagaling na mga kalaban.
kaya nga sinasabi namin okay na talaga umatake ngayon kasi we have more options pero huwag namang kalimutan ang depensa.
if only this kots did that, those draws that should have been wins should have not been draws and those losses that should have been wins should have not been losses kung di lang puro atake ang inaatupag ng kamasutra weiss gandang kots na to.
hehe pahirapan ba naman ng should have been, should have not been hehe
Sayang, akala ko Real Madrid na! Anyway, this is another reason for the YHs to not be in the US tour. Medyo conflict eh pero I know they will commit.
By Bob Guerrero | The Passionate Fan
The brothers announce a charity match, but another announcement causes a stir. (Bob Guerrero)
On Monday the Clear Dream Match was announced at the Rockwell Tent. The celebrity/all-star football match will take place on Saturday, August 25 at the University of Makati Football Stadium.
It's called the Dream Match because fans will choose among 50 footballers and celebrities to create a pool of 40 players. The Younghusbands will be on opposite teams and once the forty players are settled, a draft will take place on August 11 and James and Phil will choose the players of their teams. On that day 100 lucky fans will also get to train with the Younghusbands.
Several of the UFL stars and celebs who hope to get chosen were at the launch, including Daniel Matsunaga, Nate Burkey, Anton Del Rosario, and Volcano Andrew Wolff. The pool of players will also include Green Archer keeper Patrick Deyto and Miko Mabanag from Ateneo. Paolo Bediones, who co-hosted the event, will also be considered for selection, as are the hosts of the hit show Boys Night Out, who were also present.
Admission to the match will be free of charge, but tickets seats must be reserved at the Clear Facebook page. That's also your venue for voting for the players. TV coverage is a possibility, I was told, but it hasn't been finalized yet.
The game was inspired by the Showdown in Chinatown, the brainchild of Canadian NBA star and soccer nut Steve Nash, and former U.S.A. Men's Football team captain Claudio Reyna. Ever since 2008 the two have held an annual match in New York's Chinatown to benefit their respective charitable foundations. Both active and retired football stars have played in those matches alongside NBA players like Leandro Barbosa, Chris Bosh, and Tony Parker.
The beneficiary of the game will the Tuloy Foundation. Unilever has pledged half a million worth of its products to the charity that helps street kids.
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The game should be a load of fun. However it was another announcement that day that caused a bigger ripple. THE YOUNGHUSBANDS MENTIONED THAT THEY WILL SKIP THE AZKALS' AUGUST CAMP IN THE UNITED STATES.
Apparently the Twitterverse is ablaze with the news, with many expressing their displeasure. Here is why these "haters" have it all wrong.
James told me that apart from the USA camp, where the team will face the Chicago Fire of the MLS, there will also be another camp in October, then a final camp, perhaps in Japan, before the Suzuki Cup.
The Azkals will be overcamped this year. And the United Football League will suffer.
In my opinion, we simply don't need this many camps. The one right before the Suzuki Cup should suffice. The one in August is too early, too far removed from even the Long Teng Cup in October, and a full three months before the Suzuki kicks off.
Plus, there is no guarantee that the players who will take on the likes of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in November will be available for ANY of these camps. So why bother working on the cohesion of the players?
These camps are sure to wreak havoc with the UFL sched, which kicks off with a Cup competition in October. How they intend to finish the Cup by December with all of these camps is anyone's guess.
The league needs the Azkals because they bring star power. The Azkals need the league because the UFL keeps the Azkals fit. The interests of both parties should be considered at all times. With these camps, the UFL is getting the short end of the stick.
We should also put ourselves in the brothers' shoes. They are famous now and want to reap the rewards of endorsements and such. In a few years their popularity could very well wane. They need to strike while the iron is hot. If they go on the August camp, a slew of opportunities will be lost to them. All for what? A few training matches a full three months before the biggest tournament of the year? With players who may or may not play alongside them in the Suzuki Cup?
If they were to miss the camp right before the Suzuki Cup, then I'd question their commitment. But not for this camp, with the competition so far away.
There is also another idea that I'd like to bring forth. In the National Football League in the U.S.A., veterans get preferential treatment in training camps. They don't have to report as early as the young players, and they probably get other perks. They're older, their bodies are more fragile, and they have accomplished more than other players.
We could see the Younghusbands in this light. They took a big risk when they uprooted themselves and chose to settle here. Their heroic play climaxed in the glory of the 2010 Suzuki Cup. Between them they have scored over thirty goals for their country. Would this upsurge of Football popularity in the Philippines be remotely possible without them? A resounding no. If anyone deserves to be cut some slack, it's them.
We should see the August camp as more of a series of friendlies rather than a training camp in preparation for a tournament. Without the brothers we can test out some younger players and give them valuable experience. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.
The coaching staff have the right to bench the Younghusbands again, as they did in the Malaysia game. James and Phil know that this is the risk. But would you dare leave them out in a competitive match?
I hope the hysteria dies down and common sense prevails. We owe the brothers that much. Our team will be fine in the USA without them.
^ may point naman. talagang ginawang gatasan lang ng byahe yung US camp kuno eh sino ba dadalhin dun kundi yung mga gurang na players na dapat nagpaparaya na sa mga mas bata at mas may football skills/talent/IQ.
magalit tayo kung yung tipong training camp nila a month or two before the Suzuki Cup yung imiss nung magkapatid. kaso, hindi naman so anong iaghihimutok nung mga taga PFF na ubod kakapal ng mukha?
Magiingay na naman mga banban pag na cut sila sa Suzuki Cup
Syempre US trip yun, daming sasakay. Siguro pati coaching staff kasama mga pamilya nila
junket kung junket ang trips no? kapal din nung mga nasa NT squad na hindi naman deserving manatili na don. kelan kaya naman mawawala ang pagkamanhid ng mga yan? pag magunaw na mundo? jusko!
Family before football: Chieffy leaves Air Force; Azkals future in doubt
With Philippine Air Force Phoenix tied against lowly Philippine Navy Redjuice on Saturday, Chieffy Caligdong curled a shot that hit the back of the net at the 64th minute to give his team the 2-1 victory.
It was yet another brilliant performance for Caligdong, who has been starring for the Air Force football club for the past 10 years.
However, his priorities may prevent him from suiting up again for the squad; the Philippine national team mainstay revealed he is planning to migrate abroad with his family.
“Opportunity yun para sa family ko,” said the 29-year-old Caligdong, whose wife, a registered nurse, has found employment in Texas. “I’ll grab the opportunity para sa kanila, para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan.”
Caligdong said that it was tough for him to leave football. But as a father of two, he made the decision to give his family a brighter future.
“Family yan e, so kung opportunity na yun ay kukunin niya, susundin ko siya,” Caligdong said. “Magiging babysitter ako, sacrifice myself na lang kung anong mas maganda sa kanila.”
Fellow Azkal member and long-time teammate Araneta said he understands the decision of his childhood friend.
“Yung football di naman pang-habambuhay yan,” said Araneta, who grew up playing football with Caligdong from their childhood days at Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo until their days in the Air Force. “Syempre iniisp din niya yung future ng pamilya niya.”
Araneta added that Caligdong will be a big loss to the Air Force, which settled for a fifth-place finish this season after winning the first two UFL titles.
“Malaking kawalan samin si Chieffy lalo na sa left flank kasi dino-dominate niya yung depensa run,” Araneta said. “Pero para naman sa future niya yun, so suportado ko siya.”
Caligdong’s status with the Azkals remains doubtful, though he said he could still join the team while his family’s migration papers are being processed.
“Hindi pa ako makapag-decide kung mag-stop ako [from playing for the Azkals],” said Caligdong, who is best known for his sensational goal in the Azkals’ AFC Challenge Cup qualifying match in Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City last year.
Caligdong also carried the Azkals in the 2011 Long Teng Cup, hitting two goals to help the Philippines claw back from a 2-0 deficit and force a 3-3 draw against Hongkong. He duplicated his feat days after, also scoring two goals in their much-needed win over Macau. He won the tournament’s Golden Boot Award, while lifting the Azkals to a second-place finish.
Despite what he has achieved in the field, Caligdong does not regret his decision, as long as it is for his loved ones.
“Syempre uunahin ko family ko before football,” he said. “Hindi naman ako magdedecide kundi para sa kanila, lalo na sa dalawang anak ko.”
bakit future in doubt? dapat nga magdiwang eh. tama na siya tapos na career niya sa national team. okay na un. thank you caligdong. sana huwag kang piliin ni coach kasi hinde worth it pamasahe mo US - PH back and forth para sa national team. let's give the other locals a chance. non-barotac please. pardon for the wrong spelling if any.
O si Boy Dapa bigyan ng visa sa Faroe Islands now na.
Dapat iba ang pag ka deliver ng balita good for his family and good for Philippine team to give way to new talent.
Sayang din si Idol Chieffy..... You are a big inspiration to Philippine Football... Lets give the man proper respect.... matagal din syang nag laro sa NT natin, bago pa man nag datingan ang mga Fil-Foreigners.... Good Luck Idol........