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Team Profile: Philippines

Team Profile: Philippines

Team Profile: Philippines





The Azkals will use 4-5-1 formation as their standard, although they can use two strikers up front when necessary. They are a physical team and have enough players to challenge their opponents on that front. However the team lacks creativity, not to mention that Stephan Schrock is still a question mark as to whether he will be able to play in Bangkok. But with their recent squad, Philippines should be able to surprise the tournament.

GK 32 Ref Cuaresma 30
GK 47 Rolland Muller 24
GK 88 Eduard Sacapano 32
DF 27 Ray Antoni Johnson 33
DF 2 Robert Gier 31
DF 5 Juan Luis Guirado 33
DF 8 Dennis Cagara 27
DF 14 Carlie de Murga 23
DF 3 Jason Sabio 26
DF 28 Jeffrey Cristaens 21
MF 7 James Younghusband 26
MF 19 Jerry Lucena 32
MF 22 Paul Mulders 31
MF 13 Emelio Caligdong 30
MF 34 Demetrius Omphroy 23
MF 21 Jason de Jong 22
MF 12 Angel Guirado 27
MF 29 Patrick Reichelt 24
MF 24 Marwin Angeles 21
FW 20 Dennis Wolf 29
FW 10 Phillip Younghusband 25
FW 18 Cristoper Greatwich 29
COACH   Michael Weiß 47


Jeffrey Christiaens Emelio "Cheffy" Caligdong Phil Younghusband
One of the Philippines' best prospects. The half-Belgian can play both midfield and defender roles. Previously used to play in the left flank as Emelio "Cheffy" Caligdong's stand-in, Christiaens has now earned a regular position in the defensive line. Besides his regular position as left-flank drifter, Cheffy is also known as an influential figure on the team, able to get his team-mates to work together. He made his debut at the 2004 AFF Suzuki Cup, scoring two late goals against Timor Leste to give Philippines their first-ever win in the tournament. A legend in the making. The most popular player from Philippines, not only because of his posh figure, but also his presence in the team's front line. A former Chelsea academy player, Phil is the Azkals goal-getter and often score in big games such as when they beat Vietnam two years ago. His six goals during the AFC Challenge Cup earlier this year earned him golden shoe award as well as fourth place for Philippines.


Hans Michael Weiss
Hans Michael Weiss, a German coach with a football director diploma in his pocket. With that background, Weiss probably is the right man to coach the developing Philippines. His tactical wisdom is yet unproven because most of his focus has been on integrating abroad-based players with his local players. He's a good communicator, represented in his decision to select one player each from these groups to serve as co-captains.


Year Group Rank Tournament Rank
1996 5 Group Stage
1998 5 Group Stage
2000 5 Group Stage
2002 4 Group Stage
2004 5 Group Stage
2007 5 Group Stage
2008 N/A Did Not Qualify
2010 2 Semi-Final


Date Venue Match Event Score
15/11/2012 Cebu vs Singapore Friendly W 1-0
16/10/2012 Kuwait City vs Kuwait Friendly L 1-2
12/10/2012 Manama vs Bahrain Friendly D 0-0
29/09/2012 Manila vs Taipei Friendly W 3-1
27/09/2012 Manila vs Macau Friendly W 5-0
25/09/2012 Manila vs Guam Friendly W 1-0
07/09/2012 Singapore vs Singapore Friendly W 2-0
12/06/2012 Bacolod vs Guam Friendly W 3-0
05/06/2012 Manila vs Indonesia Friendly D 2-2
01/06/2012 Kuala Lumpur vs Malaysia Friendly D 0-0