No Azkals debacle in Taipei

How can it be a debacle when the Philippine Azkals finished second in the four-team invitational tournament in Taiwan recently? But the trolls in the internet and some football fans and followers call the second place finish a debacle. Webster dictionary mentions that the word debacle is a French word which means

ABS-CBN should cover PFL in 2018

THE Philippine football community is very happy after the country’s biggest TV Network ABS-CBN, announced that through its Sports+Action Channel, it will air live international football matches from various leagues in Europe, like the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the UEFA Champions League starting next month. Upon seeing

Young Gensan girl impressive freestyle footballer

JESSA ALQUINO is probably the best Filipina freestyle footballer.   EIGHTEEN-year-old Jessa Alquino is just an ordinary student at the Fatima National High School in General Santos City. But the Grade 10 student has an extraordinary talent. She is so far the only Filipina freestyle footballer that I have ever seen. In fact, she

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