Monday, November 22, 2010

Philippines in the 2010 ASEAN Football Federation Cup

Well, the Philippines is playing for the second time, since the ASEAN Tiger Cup changed its name (and sponsor) in 2007, in the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup. The 2010 national squad is one of the strongest Philippine national teams in years and a strong showing is very much expected in the AFF Suzuki Cup (December 1-29, 2010).

The country recently reached its highest FIFA World Ranking ever jumping 13 places to 152 before moving up to 151 at the end of November. In addition, the team recently finished third in the Long Teng Cup and second in the AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifying tournament.

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup
The underdog Azkals drew their first game, 1-1 against powerhouse Singapore before creating history by defeating host nation and defending champion Vietnam, 2-0, in front of their home crowd. The team created another history by earning a semi-final berth after a 0-0 draw with Myanmar in its final group match. It will be the first time that the Philippines qualified beyond the group stage of the AFF Cup and the second time to reach the semi-final in a regional tournament since the 1991 Southeast Asian Games.

The national team's impressive performances attracted some attentions it deserves in the Philippines and it also gave birth to such terms as the "Double-Decker Bus Defense" Filipino-style! (coined by a very pissed Vietnam coach Henrique Calisto, sensing his dismissal after losing a home game to lowly Philippines).

Just before the Suzuki Cup semi-final series started, the Philippines once again moved another notch and reach its highest rank ever in FIFA World Ranking moving up to 150

The Philippines faced powerhouse Indonesia in a two games semi-final series. Unfortunately, due to misinformation by disgraced ousted PFF President Jose Mari Martinez, the Philippines was not be able to host the home leg of the semi-finals. Instead, the Philippines played two games in Indonesia with Leg 1 of the series counted as a "home" game for the Philippines.

The first time semi-finalists loss the play-off series to Indonesia in a 2-0 aggregate (losing both legs 1-0). Despite the loss, the Philippines achieved its best finished ever in the AFF Cup history and ever since the 1991 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

Here's the 2010 National Squad (provisional)*:

Alexander Charles Luis Borromeo, Anton Edward Quimson del Rosario, Bongbong Roxy Vestidas Dorlas, Chad Edward Alensa Gould, Christopher Nicholas Joaquin Camcam, Christopher Robert Barbon Greatwich, David Mark Sanding Basa, Eduard Ortalla Sacapano, Emelio Asada Caligdong, Ian Boyana Araneta, James Joseph Placer Younghusband

Jason Nicolas Mari Dantes de Jong (BV Veendam), Jerry I Sardua Barbaso, Joebel Bretana Bermejo, Kristopher John Mansueto Relucio, Manuel Gelito Ott (FC Ingolstadt 04 II), Mark Anthont Gocon Ferrer, Mark Drinkuth (AGON08), Matthew James Calibjo Hartmann, Michael Aubrey Jimenez Atienza

Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge (Fulham F.C.), Nestorio Jr. Braga Margarse, Peter Sorilla Jaugan, Philip James Placer Younghusband, Ray Anthony Pepito Jonsson (Grindavik), Rey Mark Lavadia Palmes, Robert James Dazo Gier (Ascot United), Roel Jimena Gener, Stephan Markus Cabizares Schrock (SpVgg Greuther Fürth), Yanti Armentia Barsales.

Coach: MCMENEMY, Simon (England)

[*] The Final registration of players will be confirmed at the 1st Team Managers’ Meeting which will be held one day before the commencement of the competition.

International Friendlies and non-test cap games:
  • vs. Chinese Taipei, 0-0 (January 16)
  • vs. Taipei Physical Education, 1-2 College (January 17)
  • vs. Chinese Taipei U23, 0-1 (October 3)

2010 Long Teng Cup:
  • vs. Hong Kong U23, 2-4 (October 9)
  • vs. Chinese Taipei, 1-1 (October 10)
  • vs. Macau, 5-0 (October 12)

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Qualifying Tournament:
  • vs. Timor-Leste, 5-0 (October 22)
  • vs. Laos, 2-2 (October 24)
  • vs. Cambodia, 0-0 (October 26)

2010 AFF Suzuki Cup:

Group B
  • vs. Singapore, 1-1 (December 2) [video]
  • vs. Vietnam, 2-0 (December 5) [video]
  • vs. Myanmar, 0-0 (December 8)

Semi-finals [Home-and-Away format]
  • Leg 1: vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (December 16)
  • Leg 2: vs. Indonesia, 0-1 (December 19) [Indonesia won 2-0 aggregate]

[italics] draw
[bolded italics] win

Awards and Achievements:
  • 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup Fair Play Award (Philippine national team)
  • First time Semi-Finalists
  • best finished in AFF Cup history (4th place)

  • 1996: Group Stage
  • 1998: Group Stage
  • 2000: Group Stage
  • 2002: Group Stage
  • 2004: Group Stage
  • 2007: Group Stage
  • 2008: Did Not Qualify  
  • 2010: 4th place (Semi-finals)

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