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Philippines national football team

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Azkals (Street Dogs) PH / PHL Booters PH / PHL XI TriStars


Philippine Football Federation


AFF (Southeast Asia)


AFC (Asia)

Head coach

Michael Wei

Asst coach

Edwin Cabalida Edsel Bracamonte Rolando Piero


Alexander Borromeo

Home stadium

Rizal Memorial Stadium

FIFA code


FIFA ranking


Highest FIFA ranking

150 (December 2010)

Lowest FIFA ranking

195 (September 2006)

Elo ranking


Highest Elo ranking

26 (February 1913 May 1915)

Lowest Elo ranking

216 (December 2004)

Away colours Home colours

First international

Philippines 01 Republic of China (Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)

Biggest win

Japan 215 Philippines (Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917)

Biggest defeat

Japan 150 Philippines (Tokyo, Japan; 27 September 1967)

The Philippines national football team is the national football team of the Philippines and represents the country in international football. The team is controlled by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), the governing body of football in the Philippines. Despite being one of the oldest national teams in Asia, the Philippines has never qualified for the AFC Asian Cup or the FIFA World Cup. However, they enjoyed some success in its early years between 1913 and 1934 in the Far Eastern Championship Games.

1 History 2 Team Image

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2.1 Kit 2.2 Names

3 Home stadium 4 Players


4.1 Current squad

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4.2 Recent call-ups 4.3 Previous squads

5 Coaches 6 Competition records

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6.1 World Cup 6.2 Asian Cup 6.3 Challenge Cup 6.4 Asian Games 6.5 ASEAN Championship 6.6 Southeast Asian Games 6.7 Far Eastern Games 6.8 Minor tournaments

7 See also 8 References 9 External links

[edit]History In September 2006 the country fell to 195th on the FIFA World Rankings, its lowest ever.[1] By the end of the year, the Philippines moved back up to 171stoverall, after a good run in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship qualification.[2] They were able to win three games in a row which was a first for the Philippines and thus qualifying for the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship.[3] Coach at that time Aris Caslib, aimed to reach the semi-finals with two wins at the group stage.[4] The decision came despite Philippine Football Federation president Juan Miguel Romualdez stating that they would still be underdogs in the tournament and that they mustn't raise their expectations too high,[2] as the Philippines have only won their first ever win of the tournament during the 2004 edition.[5] The Philippines eventually failed to reach their target, only getting a draw in three matches. Their poor performances led to Caslib's resignation,[6] as well as the refusal of the PFF to register and enter the qualification stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[7] They would be one of four nations, all fromSoutheast Asia not to enter after a record number of entries.[8] However it was revealed that the decision not to enter the 2010 as well as the 2006 World Cup qualification was made during the PFF presidency

of Rene Adad, whose term ended in 2003.[7] Instead, the PFF wanted to focus on domestic and regional competitions.[9] Since 2007, the Philippines have failed to qualify for a major competition. They came close in 2008 after missing out on the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup only on goal difference,[10] and the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup with an inferior goals scored record.[11] In 2010, they qualified for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, where they stayed undefeated in the group stage and also went on to beat defending champions Vietnam, becoming one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.[12] The team reached the knockout stage for the first time, eventually losing to Indonesia in the semifinals. In 2011, the Philippines qualified for the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time since qualifiers were introduced in the tournament. On July 3, 2011, the Philippines recorded their first ever victory in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, beating Sri Lanka 4-0 in the second leg of the first preliminary round. They advanced 5-1 on aggregate, drawing 1-1 in the first leg before winning at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.[13] [edit]Team [edit]Kit In March 2008, the Philippine Football Federation signed a three-year, 9-million


contract with Mizuno to become the official outfitter and equipment supplier of the national team, as well as becoming a major partner in its grassroots development programs.[14][15] The previous outfitter was Adidas. The traditional home kit is similar to the France national team; blue jersey, white shorts, and red socks.[16] However, in recent times, the home and away kit has either been all-blue, all-red or all-white. Currently the home kit is all-white, while the away kit is all-blue. [edit]Names Under the official FIFA Trigramme the team's name is abbreviated as PHI; this acronym is used by FIFA, the AFC and the AFF to identify the team in official competitions.[17] The team is also identified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code for the Philippines as PHL.[18] However the team was more commonly known as the RP, the acronym for the country's official name, Republika ng Pilipinas,[17] which the local press used when they referred to the team as the "RP Booters"[19] or the "RP XI".[20] This was until late October 2010 when theDepartment of Foreign Affairs decided to change the official abbreviation of the

country from "RP" to "PH" or "PHL", to be in line with ISO standards.[21] The local press have since referred to the team as either "PH/PHL Booters"[22][23] or "PH/PHL XI".[24][25] Among these names, they are also referred to as the "Azkals".[26] The name, derived from askal, a Filipino term for "street dog," became a trending topic on Twitter during the semi-finals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.[27] They are also known as the "TriStars" which is derived from the three stars on the Philippine flag, although this nickname is not frequently used.[28] [edit]Home


Main article: Rizal Memorial Stadium During the early years of the Philippine national team, they played their home matches at the Manila Carnival Grounds. By 1934 it became the site of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.[29] One of the facilities within the complex is the 30,000 capacity national stadium, known as the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium or simply the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Since its opening, it has been the home venue of the Philippine national team. However, it has also become a hub for athletics. The continued use for athletics along with poor maintenance has deteriorated the stadium and the 1991 Southeast Asian Games was the last time it was used for international football matches. In early 2009, the Philippine Sports Commission planned to transform it to a modern football stadium which would make it usable by the national team for international matches.[30] Other stadiums used:

Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field Iloilo Sports Complex Panaad Stadium PhilSports Stadium

[edit]Players [edit]Current


The following players were named in the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification first round second leg match against Sri Lanka on 3 July 2011. No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club

1 GK Neil Etheridge 20 GK Christopher Camcam 22 GK Eduard Sacapao 2 DF Rob Gier 3 DF Jason Sabio 4 DF Anton del Rosario 11 DF Alexander Borromeo (captain)

7 February 1990 (age 21) 30 September 1994 (age 16) 14 February 1980 (age 31) 6 January 1980 (age 31) 30 June 1986 (age 25) 23 December 1981 (age 29) 28 June 1983 (age 28) 21 August 1986 (age 24) 27 June 1974 (age 37) 4 September 1986 (age 24) 6 May 1992 (age 19) 16 January 1981 (age 30) 9 December 1984 (age 26) 8 September 1982 (age 28) 13 April 1986 (age 25) 3 May 1976 (age 35) 4 August 1987 (age 23) 10 January 1987 (age 24) 7 January 1985 (age 26) 2 March

Fulham Kaya Philippine Army Ascot United Rocket City United Kaya Kaya Greuther Frth Philippine Army San Beda Ingolstadt II ADO Den Haag Ronda Philippine Air Force Philippine Army Philippine Army San Beda Global Kaya Philippine Air Force

17 DF Stephan Schrck 6 MF Roel Gener 7 MF James Younghusband 8 MF Manuel Ott 9 MF Paul Mulders 12 MF ngel Guirado 13 MF Emelio Caligdong 15 MF Ricardo Becite 19 MF Nestorio Margarse 10 FW Phil Younghusband 14 FW Misagh Bahadoran 18 FW Nate Burkey 23 FW Ian Araneta

1982 (age 29) [edit]Recent