FC Meralco Manila vs. Davao Aguilas FC – Sep. 23, 2017

A shot of the field and the players during the first half of the game between the Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) and FC Meralco Manila (FCMM) at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It was another ‘spur of the moment’ thing as I was supposed to meet with some former officemates, but they changed the venue at the last minute and I didn’t want to go anymore. I was near the Rizal Memorial Stadium (RMS) and the time was just about right, so I decided to just watch the Philippine Football League (PFL) game between the FC Meralco Manila (FCMM) and the Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) instead last Saturday, September 23, 2017.

’Getting to the Venue’
This time I didn’t just walk from the Harrison Plaza (HP) to the RMS like I did last week,1 instead I hired a Pedicab to take me to the Rizal Memorial Complex (RMC). The driver charged me Php 40, but I felt it was worth it since it saved some time and cut down significantly the distance I had to walk to reach the venue.

When I reached the entrance to the RMS, I was a bit surprised they were charging an Entrance Fee because they didn’t last PFL game I attended last week. But the price was quite cheap, only Php 50 for a seat at the Grand Stand.
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Davao Aguilas FC vs. Ceres Negros FC – Sep. 16, 2017

The free ticket given away during the game between the Davao Aguilas FC and Ceres Negros FC at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last Friday, September 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

I haven’t watched a local club football game live in a long time, but last Friday, September 16, 2017 I had an errand near the Rizal Memorial Stadium (RMS) and the timing was just about right, so I went out and watched the game there between the Davao Aguilas FC (DAFC) and Ceres Negros FC (CNFC).

This game was supposed to be a home game for the Aguilas, but their home pitch was unavailable hence the decision was made to just have the game at the RMS. This is first game by a Philippine Football League (PFL) team that I was able to watch live.
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My 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup Diary

I just collected all my thoughts and posts in various outlets into this diary about the recently concluded Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup which was held from November 19 to December 17, 2016:

November 19, 2016
AZKALS GAME ONE: AZKALS 0, SINGAPORE 0

Good game by the Azkals, their Passing and Possession game was pretty good, but without Javier Patino and Daisuke Sato the finishing just wasn’t there, unable to beat a team with only ten men after one of the Singaporeans accidentally kicked Phil Younghusband in the chest and was sent off on a Red Card.
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2016 AFF SUZUKI CUP: Azkals Post-Mortem, Offense and Defense

I just wanted to take a look at the Goals Statistics of the Azkals’ games in the 2016 Asian Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup and try to analyze how well they did both on Offense, and Defense. I am going to limit the data on the Goals only since it is the most important, game deciding factor anyway.

‘Data’
Below are the Goals data of all the six games that were played between the three teams in Group A during the Knockout Phase of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup:

Singapore – Azkals, 0-0
Singapore – Thailand, 0-1
Singapore – Indonesia, 1-2
Indonesia – Azkals, 2-2
Indonesia – Thailand, 2-4
Azkals – Thailand, 0-1

‘Defense’

  • Total Number of Goals Allowed – The Azkals allowed a total of three Goals in three games, which is worst than Singapore and Thailand who only allowed two Goals in the same number of games. In this metric, Indonesia was actually the worst after allowing seven Goals in three games.
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AZKALS 2016 SUZUKI CUP GAME THREE: Azkals 0, Thailand 1

Well, as expected, the Azkals lost to Thailand. I was still sort of hoping otherwise before this game, there was a lot of hype about it, there was even a call to arms by Azkals fans to go to the Philippine Sports Stadium (PSC) in Bulacan to show support for the team.

An acquaintance who is an avid Football fan even asked me on Facebook about it, he went but I just opted to watch the game on TV. And the Azkals fans were out in force tonight, filling the lower stands of the PSC which I think is about as good as it will get for that stadium and for the Azkals in this country.

’Game Play’
The team started very shakily when Coach Thomas Dooley opted to rest some players after two hard games and put in some young players instead like Kenshiro Daniels and Marco Casambre, a teenager playing for Global FC.
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How to Appreciate Football for Basketball Fans

Photo courtesy of the Clipartbest website.
Photo courtesy of the Clipartbest website.

So, if you are a Basketball fan, a game where scores comes in droves, how do you appreciate Football, which is the exact opposite of Basketball where the scores rarely reaches double figures for both squads?

Well, it’s a matter of perspective. First of all, it helps if you are rooting for a team because then you will be more invested in how they will do. That investment in turn will make the game feel more exciting to watch.
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Azkals vs. Malay Tigers, March 1, 2014

March 1, 2014 at the MPS Stadium in Selayang, Malaysia for the Azkals’ first International Friendly and first game for 2014, and also its first game under new Head Coach Thomas Dooley: The Azkals Draw with Malay Tigers, 0-0.

‘Active Azkals Players’
(Goalkeeper) – Patrick Deyto
(Defenders) – Rob Gier, Jeffrey Christiaens, Juani Guirado, Simone Rota
(Midfielders) – Chris Greatwich, Andrew Liauw, Mark Hartmann, Misagh Bahadoran
(Forwards) – Phil Younghusband, Ruben Doctora
(Substitutes) – Jason De Jong, Patrick Reichelt, Marwin Angeles, Anton Del Rosario, OJ Porteria

‘Game Summary’
We just can’t seem to beat this team as we now have three straight Draws with them, but then maybe it’s not really that bad considering how big Football is in Malaysia, like this match for example filling the 11k capacity stadium. Despite the nil-nil scoreline, this was a pretty exciting game because a lot of good chances, good saves, near misses and nifty-passing on both sides.
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