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Know your enemy: The Philippines Azkals – football news

Once considered minnows of the ASEAN region, the Philippines have been on a steady rise as they look to be a competitive force in Southeast Asia.

There is no doubt that the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup will be a platform for them to showcase their qualities in full-flow and they will have every belief, that this is their time.

For The Azkals, their rise coincided with the Philippine Football Federation’s decision to seek improvement by persuading overseas talents with Filipino heritage to come and play for the country.

Indeed this move saw the likes of former Chelsea youth players Phil and James Younghusband; now the face of Philippines football, return and play a resurgence in The Azkals’ rise. Besides the Younghusbands, there were also Chris and Simon Greatwich and current Premier League goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

However it was only in 2010 when ASEAN sat up and took notice of the Philippines due to their excellent displays in the AFF Suzuki Cup that year. Considered underdogs, they surprised everyone by playing well and earning good results against the likes of four-time champions Singapore.

But it was the quarter-final win over reigning champions Vietnam which highlighted just how much they have progressed. Unfortunately an acrimonious defeat against Indonesia in the semi-final over two legs brought their positive run to a halt in the tournament.

On the other hand, many fans of The Azkals lamented the fact that their team had to play both legs in Jakarta owing to poor infrastructure in the country, causing fans to ponder on what if had their team been allowed to play at home in one of the legs.

Significantly this caused the Philippine Football Federation to re-look at the footballing landscape within the country and to make improvements. Two semi-finals finishes in 2012 and 2014 followed but it still remains to date The Azkals’ best finish in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

And entering the tournament later this year, the Philippines will believe that this is their best chance to win the coveted trophy. After all this is a team that had qualified for the Asian Cup in March 2017 and will want to use the AFF Championships to prove that the Asian Cup qualification, was purely due to the merit of their side.

Indeed The Azkals have come a long way since their humble beginnings and if Singapore aren’t careful it could be a short tournament for them.

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Match preview: Singapore v Cambodia – football news

Singapore extended their unbeaten run under interim coach Fandi Ahmad when they beat Mongolia 2-0 last week.

The Lions will be buoyed by that streak as they take on Cambodia later tonight. For Fandi Cambodia will represent a sterner test than Mongolia. There has been much discussion around the country that other Southeast Asian countries have in recent times managed to close the gap between them and Singapore.

Nevertheless, for Fandi and his charges, this represents another good opportunity for them to prepare for their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign. I mentioned how in the game against Mongolia the Lions’ tactician still needs to fix a few issues such as figuring out whom to play in the number ten role and be set on who his best 11 is.

Cambodia for their part are not exactly in great form having only won one in their last three games but then again, there should be no room for complacency for Singapore. The last time the Cambodians defeated Singapore was in 2016, in a 2-1 scoreline.

Fandi has brought 24 out of 29 players to Phnom Penh and will look to use a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Angkor Warriors. Captain Hariss Harun will miss tonight’s game due to club duties while Shakir Hamzah opted to stay in Singapore due to personal reasons.

It will be interesting to see who plays in the attacking midfielder role as there are numerous options to support lone striker Ikhsan Fandi or Kharul Amri. These include Faris Ramli, Adam Swandi, Shahril Ishak, Gabriel Quak and Iqbal Hussain.

For all their troubles, the Lions it must be said are slowly gaining their confidence compared to when they were under Sundram. After the match against Cambodia, the Lions will go on a training tour of Osaka, Japan, from Oct 21-2 Nov. Following the tour, the final 23-man squad will be announced for the AFF Suzuki Cup.

 

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Marko Kraljević: “Singapore can reach the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup” – football news

He led Balestier Khalsa to a sixth place finish in the league, while securing the third spot in the Singapore Cup earned The Tigers $25,000 in the process. These achievements aren’t in itself bad considering how Balestier’s budget is that of much lesser compared to other clubs in the Singapore Premier League.

Goal Singapore sat down with Balestier’s head coach Marko Kraljević to get his reflections on Balestier’s season, and his prediction on how Singapore will fare in the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup.

1) What are your overall reflections on your team’s performance this season?

At the start of the season we were in the top three. But problems started to seep in after a few of our players started to get injured and we didn’t have the squad depth to maintain our performance.

That caused every department of our team to struggle and we failed to score goals because our key players got injured. Those who came off the bench did not have the desired impact because the gap of abilities was too far.

But at the end of the day we finished sixth and I am happy.

2) How frustrating was the semi-final of the Singapore Cup for you. Your team played so well against Brunei DPPM but unfortunately defensive frailties reared its ugly head again. What are your thoughts on this?

In the first leg of that tie I thought we played very well till we conceded a harsh penalty. Still we had a few chances to score and then we conceded the second goal.

But coming back to Singapore, the boys put on an excellent show. We went 2-0 up in the first half then again with ten minutes to go we conceded.

Again I felt the injuries to key players played a part in defeat. We didn’t have the depth to push on harder in the second half. We did not have the game-changers that I would have like.

3) Huzaifah Aziz has been called up to the national team. Do you think it was deserved?

Last year Huzaifah was nowhere. We took him for trials and we didn’t sign him immediately because he did not play much with Hougang (United).

But this is a player that has improved so much and has become an excellent midfield player. He can hold the ball; pass the ball and works so hard. He is combative and has character and I am not surprised that he has been called-up.

Even in the SOS (Sultan of Selangor Cup) game in Shah Alam, he was one of the best players and was superb in the midfield of that team. I sincerely do hope that he will be selected for the AFF Suzuki Cup squad.

4) Coach, for the AFF Suzuki Cup, what do you think Fandi Ahmad and his team will need to do if they are to have a deep run in the competition?

Every game in this tournament will be tough because most of the other Asean countries have closed the gap. But we have to understand that the gap is not that big between Singapore and them.

Even the last Suzuki Cup, if you look at the results, most of the defeats Singapore suffered were all by narrow margins. Also, the format for this year’s competition is good for the fans.

For me if Singapore wants to experience a deep run in the competition or to even win it, the first game against Indonesia at home will be very important. If Singapore does manage to win their first game at home, the chances for them to progress will be great.

Even a draw will be insufficient because Singapore is playing at home and will need to get the fans on board. Going to Thailand and Philippines away will be very tough. Two home games the Lions must win. One draw away will be enough to see them through to the next round. Seven points can take them to the second round.

5)Lastly coach what is your prediction for Singapore. How far will they reach in the AFF Suzuki Cup?

I am confident that a semi-final place isn’t beyond them.

 

 

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AFF Championship updates: Timor-Leste qualify for finals, Singapore and Philippines drew in friendlies – football news


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Ahead of the 2018 AFF Championship at the end of the year, over the weekend, Southeast Asian teams utilised the international match window to play in friendly matches.

On Friday, Singapore were held to a 1-1 draw at the Bishan Stadium by Mauritius, the Lions’ first match under newly-appointed head coach, legendary former player Fandi Ahmad. The visitors opened the scoring just five minutes into the match through Jonathan Justin’s goal, and the hosts had to wait until the 75th minute for the equaliser, scored by Fandi’s own son Ikhsan Fandi.

On the same day, Philippines too played their first match under a new head coach, Scott Cooper, with his new charges held to a 1-1 draw by Bahrain at the Bahrain National Stadium. Phil Younghusband converted from the spot in the 49th minute to give the visitors the lead, but Cardiff City star goalkeeper Neil Etheridge could not do much to deny Sayed Adnan Hussein from equalising for the hosts in the final seconds of the game.

Malaysia meanwhile lost 2-0 to Chinese Taipei at the Taipei Municipal Stadium.

On Saturday, Timor-Leste booked the last spot in the AFF Championship finals despite losing 1-0 to Brunei in the second leg of the play-off match, as the tie ended 3-2 on aggregate in their favour. In the match that was held at the Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium, the only goal of the match was scored by Najib Tarif in the 75th minute. The Little Samba Nation will be placed in Group B in the tournament later this year, their first appearance since 2004.

On Monday, Indonesia will host Mauritius, while Cambodia will host Malaysia, the Angkor Warriors’ first match under new head coach, Japanese star Keisuke Honda. Singapore will play at home against Fiji on the following day, while Laos will play away to UAE on Wednesday.

Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar have not scheduled any matches during this international match period. 

 

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September 2018 international break: Every match, kick-off times & competition details – football news

Following a month of World Cup action over the summer, the first international break of the 2018-19 season has arrived.

Premier League and Ligue 1 teams have so far played out four fixtures each, La Liga and Serie A three, while the new Bundesliga campaign is only two games in as we head into a 10-day rest period.

The 2018 September break sees the introduction of the new, bi-yearly UEFA Nations League, where 55 teams are split into four leagues (A-D), each consisting of four groups.

The winners of Group B, C and D will win promotion, while those who finish bottom of Groups A, B and C will be relegated. Then, in June 2019, the four league winners of Group A will contest the semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final for the title of Nations League champions.

The England national team will meet for the first time since their World Cup semi-final run at the Russia World Cup ahead of their opener against Spain at Wembley on Saturday, before travelling to face Switzerland in a friendly on Tuesday.

And while manager Gareth Southgate has explained the tournament format to his Three Lions squad, not all of them are yet familiar with the system.

“It is quite confusing – I don’t know what you guys think of it?” said Harry Maguire when asked for his opinion of the new concept. “The boss tried to explain it to us the best he could the other day. I think he has got his head around it now, but it took a lot of studying.

“It is confusing, but we are trying to get our heads round it. For us players, we just go into each game trying to win it and see where it takes us. So we will see after the game.”

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There are also a host of friendlies across the international break, as well as the second round of fixtures from the African Cup of Nations qualifying.

Goal runs through a day-by-day guide of which games are being played before the return of domestic football next weekend.


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Slovakia vs Denmark Friendly 19:00
Fiji vs Solomon Islands Friendly 07:30

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Germany vs France UEFA Nations League 19:45
Czech Republic vs Ukraine UEFA Nations League 19:45
Wales vs Republic of Ireland UEFA Nations League 19:45
Slovenia vs Bulgaria UEFA Nations League 19:45
Norway vs Cyprus UEFA Nations League 19:45
Kazakhstan vs Georgia UEFA Nations League 15:00
Armenia vs Liechtenstein UEFA Nations League 17:00
Latvia vs Andorra UEFA Nations League 19:45
Gibraltar vs Macedonia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Austria vs Sweden Friendly 19:45
Netherlands vs Peru Friendly 19:45
Portugal vs Croatia Friendly 19:45
Trinidad and Tobago vs UAE Friendly 11:00
Bahrain vs Philippines Friendly 15:00
Kyrgyzstan vs Palestine Friendly 15:00
Uzbekistan vs Syria Friendly 16:00
Jordan vs Lebanon Friendly 17:00

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Italy vs Poland UEFA Nations League 19:45
Turkey vs Russia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Albania vs Israel UEFA Nations League 19:45
Lithuania vs Serbia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Romania vs Montenegro UEFA Nations League 19:45
Azerbaijan vs Kosovo UEFA Nations League 17:00
Faroe Islands vs Malta UEFA Nations League 19:45
Japan vs Chile Friendly 11:00
Korea Republic vs Costa Rica Friendly 12:00
Qatar vs China Friendly 17:00
Scotland vs Belgium Friendly 19:45
Chinese Taipei vs Malaysia Friendly 12:00
Singapore vs Mauritius Friendly 12:30

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Switzerland vs Iceland UEFA Nations League 17:00
England vs Spain UEFA Nations League 19:45
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina UEFA Nations League 14:00
Finland vs Hungary UEFA Nations League 17:00
Estonia vs Greece UEFA Nations League 19:45
Belarus vs San Marino UEFA Nations League 17:00
Luxembourg vs Moldova UEFA Nations League 19:45
Comoros vs Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 13:00
Seychelles vs Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 13:30
South Africa vs Libya Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Kenya vs Ghana Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Uganda vs Tanzania Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Namibia vs Zambia Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 15:00
Equatorial Guinea vs Sudan Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Gabon vs Burundi Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Mozambique vs Guinea-Bissau Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Gambia vs Algeria Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:30
Mauritania vs Burkina Faso Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 18:00
Egypt vs Niger Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 19:00
Morocco vs Malawi Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 21:00
United States vs Brazil Friendly 00:30
Venezuela vs Colombia Friendly 01:00
Ecuador vs Jamaica Friendly 01:00
Mexico vs Uruguay Friendly 03:00
Argentina vs Guatemala Friendly 04:00

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
France vs Netherlands UEFA Nations League 19:45
Ukraine vs Slovakia UEFA Nations League 14:00
Denmark vs Wales UEFA Nations League 17:00
Bulgaria vs Norway UEFA Nations League 17:00
Cyprus vs Slovenia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Georgia vs Latvia UEFA Nations League 17:00
Macedonia vs Armenia UEFA Nations League 17:00
Liechtenstein vs Gibraltar UEFA Nations League 19:45
Madagascar vs Senegal Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 12:30
South Sudan vs Mali Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Etheopia vs Sierra Leone Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Swaziland vs Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Lesotho vs Cape Verde Islands Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:00
Rwanda vs Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 14:30
Angola vs Botswana Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 16:00
Togo vs Benin Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:00
Liberia vs Congo DR Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:00
Guinea va Central African Republic Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying 17:30
Germany vs Peru Friendly 19:45
Lebanon vs Oman Friendly 17:00

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Portugal vs Italy UEFA Nations League 19:45
Sweden vs Turkey UEFA Nations League 19:45
Scotland vs Albania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Serbia vs Romania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Montenegro vs Lithuania UEFA Nations League 19:45
Andorra vs Kazakhstan UEFA Nations League 19:45
Kosovo vs Faroe Islands UEFA Nations League 19:45
Malta vs Azerbaijan UEFA Nations League 19:45
Russia vs Czech Republic Friendly 17:00
Saudi Arabia vs Bolivia Friendly 18:15

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 11


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Iceland vs Belgium UEFA Nations League 19:45
Spain vs Croatia UEFA Nations League 19:45
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Austria UEFA Nations League 19:45
Hungary vs Greece UEFA Nations League 19:45
Finland vs Estonia UEFA Nations League 19:45
San Marino vs Luxembourg UEFA Nations League 19:45
Moldova vs Belarus UEFA Nations League 19:45
Japan vs Costa Rica Friendly 11:00
Korea Republic vs Chile Friendly 12:00
Uzbekistan vs Iran Friendly 16:00
Poland vs Republic of Ireland Friendly 19:45
Northern Ireland vs Israel Friendly 19:45
England vs Switzerland Friendly 20:00
Singapore vs Fiji Friendly 12:30
Jordan vs Oman Friendly 17:00

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12


Fixture Competition Time (UK)
Colombia vs Argentina Friendly 01:00
United States vs Mexico Friendly 01:30
Brazil vs El Salvidor Friendly 01:30
Panama vs Venezuela Friendly 02:00
Ecuador vs Guatemala Friendly 02:00

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