Saturday, August 25, 2012

Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid | First Leg Spanish Super Cup | August 2012

In the First Leg of the Spanish Super Cup FC Barcelona secured a 3-2 win vs Real Madrid in a pulsating match. Real superstar Cristiano Ronaldo first headed in a corner, which Pedro levelled immediately from the kick-off. 

Lionel Messi sent in a penalty from a foul against Andres Iniesta, then Xavi slotted home a sublime third to take a two-goal lead. Angel Di Maria then pounced on keeper Victor Valdes' mistake to cut the lead to one before going into next Wednesday's second leg.

Below is a list of the Real Madrid and Barcelona meetings in 2011/12 which looks like a sidi crossfire between the two clubs.

10 August: Spanish Super Cup, first leg - Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona

17 August: Spanish Super Cup, second leg - Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

10 December: La Liga - Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

18 January: Spanish Cup, quarter-final, first leg - Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona 

5 January: Spanish Cup, quarter-final, second leg - Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid

21 April: La Liga - Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid

Friday, August 10, 2012

Myanmar Take On Philippines (Malditas) In AFF Women’s Opener

This coming September, 2010 runners-up Myanmar will take on the Philippines in the opening match of the AFF Women’s Championship 2012. The tournament is set on the 13th to the 22nd of September in Ho Chih Minh City, Vietnam.

Below is the schedule of games:

Thong Nhat Stadium
13 Sept 2012 Myanmar vs Philippines 1600
15 Sept 2012 Philippines vs Vietnam 1600
17 Sept 2012 Philippines vs Singapore 1830

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Azkals to Face Chicago Inferno on August 12, 2012

In a few days, e Philippine Azkals will be facing Chicago Inferno in a friendly match in Wheatin, Illinois. This is the second friendly match of the Philippine national football team against a team from MLS, the US football league. The first time was against LA Galaxy where they lost 3-1 and I saw it live while on the standsandmounts of Rizal Football Stadium. The match against Chicago Inferno is part of the US training camp of the Azkals, a part of their preparation for the AFC Suzuki Cup on November.I do not know if their match will be televised but I hope it will be.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Football Pitches and Homes

After typhoon Ondoy, another big storm passed through pulling with it monsoon rains which fell on Metro Manila and left a trail of trouble in the city including the football fields in the area. Two pitches I can name that were badly hit was the Sunken Garden in the University of the Philippines and the football field at the Marikina Sports Park. With my jansport hiking backpack, I visited Marikina and saw areas that were flooded. More than the affected football fields was the sight of people bing displaced from their homes. Please pray for the Philippines in this tragedy.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Growth of Football in the Philippines

Two weekends ago, as I was jogging in Marikina Sports Park, I saw a group of people playing football with uniforms colored like leather dye on the half of the field of the sports center. I am glad to see that more youth now are getting into football. The current rise of the Philippine Azkals’ popularity has paved the way to new things such as the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the Philippine Football Federation and DepEd for the grassroots development in our country and the building of a U17 Teen Azkals. May these developments see a brighter future for the Philippine national football team.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Azkals Philippine National Football Team Fixtures (Game Schedules) for August to November 2012

Aug 12 International Friendly
Philippines vs Chicago Inferno, Wheaton Illinois

Aug 18 FIFA International Friendly
Philippines vs US Virgin Islands, Indianapolis

Sept 5 FIFA International Friendly
Philippines vs Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Sept 7 FIFA International Friendly
Philippines vs Singapore, Singapore

Sept 10 FIFA International Friendly
Philippines vs Laos, Vientiane

Nov 24 AFF Suzuki Cup
Philippines vs Thailand, Bangkok

Nov 27 AFF Suzuki Cup
Philippines vs Vietnam, Bangkok