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Rex Raymond Torrecampo

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  • Azkals Concede Challenge Cup to Palestine; But the Future is Bright

    Sometimes, a freekick can be too close.  Strike the ball hard and there will not be enough space for the ball to curl down into goal.  Or, it can be too far.  In this case, the goalkeeper has all the time in the world to deal with it. But sometimes a freekick can be just the perfect distance from goal.  The ball can be struck with enough force to make it rise above the wall and then curl down away from t...

  • Greatwich Strike Propels Azkals to Challenge Cup Final

    How many of you, when Chris Greatwich tapped in from five yards in the 104th minute of a breathtaking AFC Challenge Cup semi-final against the host team Maldives at the National Stadium in Male, instinctively knew that it was game, set and match Philippines? As a goal this was artless, just a case of Greatwich being at the right place at the right time; and certainly in stark contrast to the diving, contorting header with w...

  • Azkals in Challenge Cup Semis After 2-Nil Win over Turkmenistan

    So just when some of us had probably started to wonder if dear old Phillie Younghusband had been suffering from amnesia and had forgotten the route to goal, he pops one as though to gently remind us that he is, by far, still our top marksman. Granted, the goal was not from open play; but the expertly curled freekick was as exquisite as they come, over the wall and down into the lower right corner of the goal away from the r...

  • Azkals Break Laos Hoodoo in AFC Challenge Cup

    At the very least, the Laos hoodoo has been broken; albeit, the 2-nil scoreline was a fair enough indication of how laboured the victory was for a Philippine national football team trying to edge forward to a seat in the semi-finals of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. Goals by Simone Rota and Patrick Reichelt in either half meant that the Philippines earned a first-ever full international win over Laos, the Azkals’ bogey t...

  • Azkals the Better Team in Goalless Stalemate with Afghanistan

    Pre-game, and among the main talking points about the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup Group B encounter between the Philippines and reigning South Asian champions Afghanistan would have been the latter’s lofty position in the latest FIFA Men’s Ranking Table.  Indeed, at 128, there is a menacing 12-point gap between the Afghans and the Filipinos, who are currently at 140. Post-game, and the talking point would have s...

  • Azkals Rue Missed Chances in 4th Straight Draw with Malaysia

    There must be a condition that the football gods had written into a celestial program governing Philippines versus Malaysia internationals that reads:  must end in a draw.  That the condition is absolute was evident again last night as the two nations played to a fourth consecutive deadlock in a FIFA international friendly played at the Cebu City Sports Centre. A late, mystifying and totally erroneous penalty awar...

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