Messi can seal legacy in Russia

By Jack Biantan LIONEL Messi is currently the hottest footballer but his legendary status in the world of the beautiful game is not yet at par as that of Pele, Diego Maradona and Franz Bechenbauer. His failure in his three attempts for Argentina to win the World Cup is the only reason

Azkals postpone football history to next year

IT was disappointing that the Philippine Azkals have not secured an out right entry to the Asian Cup on 2019 in UAE after they managed only a scoreless draw against lowly Nepal in the high altitude Himalayan City of Kathmandu last week. However, hopes are still high for the Azkals as

Azkals to gun for historic win vs Nepal Nov.14

AFTER our National youth teams and our National Futsal teams suffered humiliating defeats abroad, hope arises for football our fans. The Philippine Azkals bring in so much hope as they are on the brink of historic qualification for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 for the first time when

CMOFA congress on Nov. 30

CMOFA PRESIDENT PERCY GUARIN Cagayan de Oro City -- CAGAYAN Misamis Oriental Football Association (CMOFA), the ruling body of football in this part of the country, is set to hold its first ordinary congress for all clubs and stakeholders on Nov. 30. CMOFA president Percy Guarin yesterday announced that the congress will

4TH Prince Russel Cup reset to earlier dates Dec. 9-10

THE 4th Prince Russel Cup 7-A-Side Football Festival has been reset to an earlier date on Dec. 9-10 to give way to the Northern Mindanao Regional Athletic Association (NMRAA) meet. The two-day competition has been set on Dec. 16-17 but tournament organizer Juliene Gerona of the Montecarlo FC decided to move

PFF should learn from Futsal team debacle in Vietnam

THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) sent a college team to the ASEAN Futsal Championship in Vietnam recently which won by Thailand over Malaysia, 4-3. The Filipino college players suffered humiliating defeats, 0-21 against Indonesia, 0-24 against Vietnam, 0-25 against Myanmar and 0-5 against Brunei. I wonder how the players felt after the

CdO young booters shine in Pinas Cup

PLATE CHAMPION. Members of the Blue Knight team composed of players from Rosevale School in Cagayan de Oro and Ateneo de Davao. (Contributed photo) By Jack Biantan YOUNG footballers from Cagayan de Oro recently had decent performances in the recently concluded prestigious Pinas Football Cup held at the Clark Development Corp. football

4th Prince Russel Cup Footballfest Dec. 16-17

ORGANIZER. Juliene Gerona prime mover of the competition with sportswriter Jack Biantan. (Contributed photo) by Jack Biantan MONTECARLO Football Club is organizing the 4th edition of the Prince Russel Cup 7-A-Aside Football Festival on Dec. 16-17 at the Westridge Sports Park in Brgy. Carmen. Tournament organizer Juliene Gerona of Montecarlo FC said that

PFF not entirely at fault why our youth teams suck

BY Jack Biantan ENGLAND has now become a powerhouse in the world youth football competitions. Last summer, the Three Lions won the U19 World Cup in South Korea beating a spirited Venezuelan team, 1-0 in the final. Just two days ago, England also won the U17 World Cup in India coming back

Maro on roll with Davao Aguilas

COACH MARLON MARO by Jack Biantan “Today we are a team. Today we are Davao Aguilas’’ Coach Marlon Maro proudly beamed with pride after their impressive 4-2 win over the Ilocos United Conquistadores last Oct. 19 at the Quirino stadium in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. The win was the Aguilas second in a week after