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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Philippine National Football Team Records in Official Football Tournaments

Philippine Azkals
This entry is about the Philippine National Football Team (nickname, Philippine Azkals).

The Philippine National Football Team was the oldest national team in Asia and unfortunately, one of the region’s under-performing national teams.

After the Second World War and the rise of basketball commercialism in the Philippines, football could not match the popularity of the American sports the way it used to in the pre-war period.

However, in recent years, Philippine football was on a steady rise and its not that far from becoming the fastest developing football nation in the world. This revival of the beautiful game in the country also served as a catalyst for Filipino sports fans to finally realize that we are more than just a basketball nation. I just hope that prejudiced and biased fans would stop from childish and ignorant debate on which sport are better. Whether if its the Azkals (football), Gilas (basketball), the Volcanoes (rugby union), the Blu Boys (softball), or the Tamaraws (rugby league). . . it doesn't matter. . . they all carried the same official name (Philippines), they all carried the same flag and represented the same country.

Anyway, here are the Philippine Azkals record. . .  

Updated as of 28 November 2013

Official Name: Philippine National Football Team
Nicknames: Azkals, Philippine XI, Philippine Tri-Stars
Association: Philippine Football Federation (PFF)
Confederation: Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
Sub-Regional Confederation: ASEAN Football Federation (AFF)
Home Stadium: Rizal Memorial Stadium
Current FIFA World ranking: 133 (19th in AFC and 1st in AFF)
Highest FIFA Word ranking: 133 (November 2013)
Lowest FIFA World ranking: 195 (September 2006)
Current Elo ranking: 147
Highest Elo ranking: 26 (February 1913 – May 1915)
Lowest Elo ranking: 216 (December 2004)


Here is the Philippine national team’s record in official football tournaments.

Far Eastern Games
1913: 1st (champions) [vs. China, 2-1]
1915: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. China, 0-1; vs. China, 0-0; vs. China, 1-1]
1917: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. Japan, 15-2; vs. China, 0-3*]
1919: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. China, 0-2; vs. China, 2-1; vs. China, 1-2)]
1921: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. China, 0-1; vs. Japan, 3-0]
1923: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. China, 0-3; vs. Japan, 2-1]
1925: 2nd (runner-up) [vs. China, 1-5; vs. Japan, 4-0]
1927: 3rd place [vs. China, 1-3; vs. Japan, 1-2]
1930: 3rd place [vs. China, 0-5; vs. Japan, 2-7]
1934: 2nd (runner-up shared) [vs. China, 0-2; vs. Dutch East Indies, 3-2; vs. Japan, 3-4]

Win-loss record: 7 wins, 2 draws, 13 losses
[*] match apparently abandoned after China converted a controversially awarded penalty

Asian Games
1951: Did Not Participate
1954: Group Stage [vs. Vietnam, 2-3; vs. Taiwan, 0-4]
1958: Quarterfinals [vs. Hong Kong, 1-4; vs. Japan, 1-0; vs. Indonesia, 2-5 (quarter-final)]
1962: Group Stage [vs. Malaya, 1-15; vs. Indonesia, 0-6; vs. South Vietnam, 0-6]
1966-1970: Did Not Participate
1974: Group Stage [vs. Japan, 0-4; vs. Malaysia, 0-11; vs. Israel, 0-6]
1978-1998*: Did Not Participate
Win-loss record: 1 win, 0 draw, 10 losses
[*] The 1998 Asian Games Football tournament was the last tourney for senior men’s national football teams. From 2002, the  Asian Games Football Tournaments are an Under-23 tournament.

Asian Nations Cup
1956: Did Not Qualify [vs. South Korea, 0-2*; vs. South Korea 0-3*]
1960: Did Not Qualify [vs. Hong Kong, 0-7*; vs. Taiwan, 4-7*]
1964: Did Not Participate
1968: Did Not Qualify [vs. Taiwan, 0-9*; vs. Japan, 0-2*; vs. South Korea, 0-7*; vs. Indonesia, 0-6*]
1972-1976: Did Not Participate
1980: Did Not Qualify [vs. China, 0-3*; vs. South Korea, 0-5*; vs. Macao, 1-2*]
1984: Did Not Qualify [vs. Syria, 0-2*; vs. Thailand, 0-3*; vs. Indonesia, 0-1*; vs. Bangladesh, 2-3*; vs. Iran, 1-7*]
1988-1992: Did Not Participate
1996: Did Not Qualify [vs. Hong Kong, 0-8*; vs. China, 0-7*; vs. Macao, 1-5*]
2000: Did Not Qualify [vs. China, 0-8*; vs. Vietnam, 0-3*; vs. Guam, 2-0*]
2004: Did Not Participate
2007: Did Not Participate
2011: Did Not Qualify 

Win-loss record: 1 win, 0 draw, 21 losses
[*] Qualifying Games

Asian Challenge Cup
2006: Group Stage [vs. Taiwan, 0-1; vs. India, 1-1; vs. Afghanistan 1-1]
2008: Did Not Qualify [vs. Brunei, 1-0*; vs. Tajikistan, 0-0*; vs. Bhutan 3-0*]
2010: Did Not Qualify [vs. Bhutan, 1-0*; vs. Maldives, 2-3*; vs. Turkmenistan, 0-5*]
2012: 3rd place (bronze) [vs. Mongolia, 2-0*; vs. vs. Mongolia, 1-2*; vs. Myanmar, 1-1*; vs. Palestine, 0-0*; vs. Bangladesh, 3-0*; vs. North Korea, 0-2; vs. India, 2-0; vs. Tajikistan, 2-1; vs. Turkmenistan, 1-2; vs. Palestine, 4-3]
2014: Qualified [vs. Brunie, cancelled*; vs. Cambodia, 8-0*; vs. Turkmenistan, 1-0*]

Win-loss record: 10 wins, 5 draws, 6 losses
[*] Qualifying Games

Southeast Asian Games
1959-1975: Did Not Participate*
1977: Group Stage [vs. Brunei 1-4; vs. Malaysia, 0-5; vs. Indonesia, 1-1]
1979: Did Not Participate
1981: Group Stage [vs. Singapore, 0-4; vs. Indonesia, 0-2]
1983: Group Stage [vs. Malaysia, 0-0; vs. Singapore, 0-5]
1985: Group Stage [vs. Malaysia, 0-6; vs. Thailand, 0-7]
1987: Did Not Participate
1989: Group Stage [vs. Malaysia, 0-3; vs. Indonesia, 1-5; vs. Brunei, 0-2]
1991: 4th place (semi-finalists) [vs. Vietnam, 2-2; vs. Malaysia, 1-0; vs. Indonesia, 1-2; vs. Thailand, 2-6 (semi-final); vs. Singapore, 0-2 (bronze medal match)]
1993: Group Stage [vs. Singapore, 0-7; vs. Vietnam, 0-1; vs. Indonesia, 1-3]
1995: Group Stage [vs. Myanmar, 1-4; vs. Laos, 0-1; vs. Singapore, 0-4; vs. Brunei, 1-0]
1997: Group Stage [vs. Malaysia, 0-4; vs. Laos, 1-4; vs. Indonesia, 0-2; vs. Vietnam, 0-3]
1999: Group Stage [vs. Thailand, 0-9; vs. Myanmar, 1-4; vs. Laos, 2-3; vs. Vietnam, 0-2]**

Win-loss record: 2 wins, 3 draws, 28 losses
[*] From 1959-1975, the event was called the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games with only mainland SEA states involved. The archipelago states of the Philippines and Indonesia did not participate.
[**] The 1999 SEA Games Football tournament was the last tourney for senior men’s national football teams. From 2001, the  SEA Games Football Tournaments are an Under-23 tournament.

ASEAN Tiger Cup
1996: Group Stage [vs. Thailand, 0-5; vs. Malaysia, 0-7; vs. Singapore, 0-3; vs. Brunei, 0-1]
1998: Group Stage [vs. Singapore, 0-1*; vs. Cambodia, 1-1*; vs. Indonesia, 0-3; vs. Thailand, 1-3; vs. Myanmar, 2-5]
2000: Group Stage [vs. Indonesia, 0-3; vs. Myanmar, 0-3; vs. Thailand, 0-2]
2002: Group Stage [vs. Myanmar, 1-6; vs. Vietnam, 1-4; vs. Cambodia, 0-1; vs. Indonesia, 1-13]
2004: Group Stage [vs. Myanmar, 0-1; vs. Malaysia, 1-4; vs. East Timor, 2-1; vs. Thailand, 1-3]

Win-loss record: 1 win, 1 draw, 18 losses
[*] Qualifying Games

ASEAN Football Federation (AFF Suzuki Cup)
2007: Group Stage [vs. Laos, 1-2*; vs. East Timor, 7-0*; vs. Cambodia, 1-0*; vs. Brunei, 4-1*; vs. Malaysia, 0-4; vs. Thailand, 0-4; vs. Myanmar, 0-0]
2008: Did Not Qualify [vs. East Timor, 1-0*; vs. Brunei, 1-1*; vs. Laos, 1-2*; vs. Cambodia, 3-2*]
2010: 4th place (Semi-finals) [vs. East Timor, 5-0*; vs. Laos, 2-2*; vs. Cambodia, 0-0*; vs. Singapore, 1-1; vs. Vietnam, 2-0; vs. Myanmar, 0-0; vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (semi-final); vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (semi-final)] - Philippines in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
2012: 3rd place (Semi-finals) [vs. Thailand, 1-2; vs. Vietnam, 1-0; vs. Myanmar, 2-0; vs. Singapore, 0-0; vs. Singapore, 0-1]

Win-loss record: 9 wins, 7 draws, 7 losses
[*] Qualifying Games

FIFA World Cup
1930-1938: Did Not Participate
1950: Withdrew
1954-1962: Did Not Participate
1966: Suspended by FIFA
1970: Did Not Participate
1974: Withdrew
1978-1994: Did Not Participate
1998: Did Not Qualify [vs. India, 0-2*; vs. Qatar, 0-5*; Sri Lanka, 0-3*]
2002: Did Not Qualify [vs. Syria, 0-12*; vs. Syria, 1-5*; vs. Oman, 0-7*; vs. Oman, vs. 0-2*; vs. Laos, 0-2*; vs. Laos, 1-1*]
2006-2010: Did Not Participate
2014: Did Not Qualify [vs. Sri Lanka, 1-1*; vs. Sri Lanka, 4-0*; vs. Kuwait, 0-3*; vs. Kuwait, 1-2*]
Win-loss record: 1 win, 2 draws, 10 losses
[*] Qualifying Games

Olympic Games
1908-1964: Did Not Participate
1968: Did Not Qualify [vs. Japan, 0-15*; vs. Lebanon, 1-11*; vs. Taiwan, 2-7*; vs. South Vietnam, 0-10*; vs. South Korea, 0-5*]
1972: Did Not Qualify [vs. Taiwan, 3-0*; vs. South Korea, 0-6*; vs. Japan, 1-8*; vs. Malaysia, 0-5*]
1976: Did Not Qualify [vs. Japan, 0-3*; vs. Japan, 0-3*]
1980: Did Not Qualify [vs. Indonesia, 0-4*; vs. Japan, 0-10*; vs. Brunei, 0-2*; South Korea, 0-8*; vs. Malaysia, 0-8*]
1984: Did Not Qualify [vs. Japan, 0-7*; vs. Japan 1-10*]
1988: Did Not Qualify [vs. Hong Kong, 0-5*; vs. China, 0-9*; vs. China, 0-10*; vs. Hong Kong, 0-7*]**

Win-loss record: 1 win, 0 draw, 21 losses
[*] Qualifying Games
[**] The 1988 Olympic Games Football tournament was the last tourney for senior men’s national football teams. From 1992, the Olympic Games Football Tournaments are an Under-23 tournament.

Other Tournaments:
  • 2010 Long Teng Cup, 3rd place
  • 2011 Long Teng Cup, 2nd place
  • 2012 Philippine Peace Cup, 1st place
  • 2013 Philippine Peace Cup, 1st place


Notable Players:
  • Paulino Alcántara
    Paulino Alcántara - F.C. Barcelona football legend, 2007 PFF Centennial Award for the Most Outstanding Player of the Pre-War Era [he lead the Philippines to silver medal finished in the 1917 Far Eastern Games, including the 15-2 thrashing of Japan]
  • Eddie Pacheco - Philippine basketball and football legend, 2007 PFF Centennial Award for the Most Outstanding Player of the Post-War Era
  • Norman Fegidero - former Philippine national team captain, he lead the Philippines to its best finished ever in Southeast Asian Games (4th place in the 1991 SEA Games). He capped almost 70 international matches for the Philippines before retiring from national team duty in 2001.
  • Alfredo Razon Gonzales - former Philippine national team captain
  • Christopher Greatwich - he lead the Philippines (by scoring two goals) to its best finished ever in the ASEAN Football Federation Cup (4th place in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup)
  • Phil Younghusband - the most prolific scorer of the current active Philippine internationals. He was the leading goalscorer and recipient of the Golden Shoe award in the 2012 Asian Challenge Cup where he lead the Philippines to a third place finished.
  • Neil Etheridge - the incumbent Philippine national team goalkeeper [played a vital role in Azkals' impressive performance in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup]


National Team Head Coaches:
    Dionisio Calvo
  • Dionisio Calvo [Philippines] (1934)
  • Alan Rogers [England] (1962–1963)
  • Danny McLennan [Scotland] (1963)
  • Florentino Broce [Philippines] (1973–1974)
  • Carlos Cavagnaro [Argentina] (1989)
  • Eckhard Krautzun [Germany] (1991-1992)
  • Noel Casilao [Philippines] (1993–1996)
  • Juan Cutillas [Spain] (1996–2000)
  • Rodolfo Alicante [Philippines] (2000)
  • Masataka Imai [Japan] (2001)
  • Sugao Kambe [Japan] (2002–2003)
  • Jose Ariston Caslib [Philippines] (2004–2007)
  • Norman Fegidero Jr. [Philippines] (2008)
  • Juan Cutillas [Spain] (2008–2009)
  • Jose Ariston Caslib [Philippines] (2009)
  • Des Bulpin [England] (2009–2010)
  • Simon McMenemy [England] (2010)
  • Hans Michael Weiss [Germany] (2011-2014)
  • Thomas Dooley [USA] (2014-present)

Facts:
  • Biggest Victory: Philippines 15 vs. Japan 2, 1917 Far Eastern Games (Paulino Alcántara played in this game)
  • Biggest Defeat: Philippines 0 vs. Japan 15, 1967 Olympic Qualifier
  • Dionisio Calvo represented the Philippines as a swimmer (1921-1925 Far Eastern Games) and as a basketball player (1925 Far Eastern Games) in the pre-war period. He later became the only Filipino to coach both the Philippine national basketball team (1936 and 1948 Olympic Games, 1951 Asian Games) and the Philippine national football team (1934 Far Eastern Games) in history. Calvo was the founding father of the now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association (MICAA) in 1938 and the founding Secretary-General of the Asian Basketball Confederation (later renamed FIBA Asia). He was the only Filipino named in the inaugural FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

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