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Azkals | National Football Team of the Philippines

Updated on March 9, 2012

Meet the Team Azkals, nickname of the national football team of the Philippines. In this hub, I’m gonna line up the members of the most talked about sports team in the country today, the Team Azkals. Which is your favorite player? By the way, nice football jersey huh. In the mean time, enjoy my hub as this team has no official website yet.

Football has never been that popular like basketball and boxing in the Philippines but after some consecutive games, it seems that football is scoring some loudly goals in the country. The Philippine Azkals has wowed the Filipinos and its ASEAN neighbors after grabbing the victory over the confident defending champion Vietnam team in the 2010 ASEAN football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup. The astonishing 2-0 game was indeed a spectacular tournament knowing that the Philippine football team has never defeated Vietnam for more than 20 years.

After that big bang magic, the Team Azkals players became instant celebrities in the country especially the Younghusband brothers. Football is kicking some ass in the sports scene. Obviously why some guys throw away their fave basketball jersey for a while and shift to football. Going back home, the Azkals were welcomed just like some big World Cup football stars.

Azkals…What’s with the name?

Why are they called Team Azkals? The name was from the Filipino term ‘askal’ meaning street dog. It symbolizes aggressiveness, resilience, unbridled loyalty. “The askal, survives, even triumphs, amid meager resources, against all odds. It transcends bloodlines.” The name was suggested by fans from a big football forum. The term is quite being used now after the hip trending topics. Although, the team is also referred from the nicknames such as PH / PHL Booters, PH / PHL XI and Tri–Stars.

Azkals players for the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification playoff second leg vs Mongolia

Player
Jersey No.
Position
Christopher Camcam
20
Goalkeeper
Eduard Sacapaño
22
Goalkeeper
Jerry Barbaso
3
Defender
Anton del Rosario
4
Defender
Alexander Borromeo
11
Defender
Rey Palmes
15
Defender
Joebel Bermejo
25
Defender
Jason Sabio
26
Defender
Ray Jonsson
27
Defender
Roel Gener
6
Midfielder
James Younghusband
7
Midfielder
Simon Greatwich
8
Midfielder
Emelio Caligdong
13
Midfielder
Mark Ferrer
14
Midfielder
Yanti Barsales
9
Forward
Phil Younghusband
10
Forward
Peter Jaugan
21
Forward
Ian Araneta
23
Forward
Franklin Serrano
41
Forward
From top left: Ali Borromeo, Anton del Rosario, Chris Greatwich, Louie Casas, Ali Go, James Younghusband, Phil Younghusband, Mark Hartmann, Anton Gonzales, Emelio Caligdong, and Jovanie Simpron
From top left: Ali Borromeo, Anton del Rosario, Chris Greatwich, Louie Casas, Ali Go, James Younghusband, Phil Younghusband, Mark Hartmann, Anton Gonzales, Emelio Caligdong, and Jovanie Simpron
In this photo from top: Borromeo, Atienza, Younghusband, Sacapano, jonsson, Basa, Del Rosario, Margarse, Ferrer, Gener and Barbosa
In this photo from top: Borromeo, Atienza, Younghusband, Sacapano, jonsson, Basa, Del Rosario, Margarse, Ferrer, Gener and Barbosa

Other Azkals Players Call ups

Player
Jersey No.
Position
Neil Etheridge
 
Goalkeeper
David Basa
 
Defender
Rob Gier
 
Defender
Gino Pavone
 
Defender
Kristopher Relucio
 
Defender
Mark Drinkuth
 
Midfielder
Christopher Greatwich
 
Midfielder
Jason de Jong
 
Midfielder
Nestorio Margarse
 
Midfielder

Azkals’ German head coach Michael Weiss is so brilliant for bringing back football alive in the Philippine team. The coach is assisted by Edwin Cabalida, Edzel Bracamonte and Rolando Piñero.

Source: Amorgatory Montaignemory facebook
Source: Amorgatory Montaignemory facebook

Go Team Azkals!!! Mabuhay Philippines!


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      reyden jhiro P. santos 

      6 years ago

      Go! Team Azkals someday I will be like you because My ambition is to be a Team Azkals player.

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      Juan Miguel L. Baloro 

      7 years ago

      Go! Team Azkals someday I will be like you because My ambition is to be a Team Azkals player.

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      joel clavio 

      7 years ago

      but hnd nyu bigyan ng time sa paglaro c mark anthony ferrer,.mas ok pa yan kaysa ky de jong at sabio,..pls give nyu naman sya ng time to play,..thanks

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      belle 

      7 years ago

      sino c yannick???????

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      FLOR SWEETZELL MAY ALLADO 

      7 years ago

      GO!GO!GO!GO! AZKALS TEAM WE LOVE AZKALS.

      AZKALS!AZKALS!AZKALS!AZKALS!

      :) :) :) :)

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      Aubrey Labao 

      7 years ago

      azkals!!!! go!go!

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I follow soccer too, Fehl, like TattoGuy, so I vote this up. But I honestly never heard of these teams over this side of the pond. But well done for beating the unbeaten Vietnam. :)

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      Ingenira 

      7 years ago

      I could feel the football mood here ! Well-written, twenty-five.

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      TattoGuy 

      7 years ago

      Well as a big soccer fan I gotta give this hub a big thumbs up, nice one Twentyfive ; )

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi twentyfive, Good and interesting information on the football team Azkals !

      Awesome and vote up !!!

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      justom 

      7 years ago from 41042

      Nicely done, this is a very well put together story with great photos. Go Azkals! Kick Ass! Peace!! Tom

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I got a real"kick" out of this hub,lol,interesting that basketball is bigger than football.;)

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      Emma 

      7 years ago from Houston TX

      Great hub and i must read for all football fans,thanks for sharing.

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I'm glad you have a team to cheer for. Sports are good for lifting a country's spirits and bringing about solidarity. Go Azkals!!!

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