21 January 2018


BRISBANE, Australia – Ceres-Negros arrived in Brisbane Sunday morning ahead of Tuesday AFC Champions League Qualifier against A-League side Brisbane Roar.
Just a few days removed from their conquest in Myanmar, the team split into two groups and to took different flights to the land down under where they will attempt to make history and reach the third round of qualifying for the competition.
Ceres veteran Martin Steuble was one of the few players who took the longer trip via a Sydney en route to the Queensland capital.
“There’s no other way to get here but we’re happy that we made it. I think we are confident enough that we will have a good game,” said the Ceres midfielder.
Michael Casas was with the group who took the Darwin pit stop and Ceres keeper was thankful for arriving safe after a turbulent first leg of the trip.
“It was a long flight and our first was tiring because the plane was small and full so everyone cannot sleep. We flew for 4-5 hours and then we gladly transferred from Darwin to Brisbane. That’s where we slept for three hours,” said Casas.
With the team reunited in Brisbane, the proceeded to do receovery training early evening at a training ground beside the Rugby-specific Ballymore Stadium. The Negros shook off the long travel with a fruitful training session after the very long journey.
“It was light workout but it helped well in the recovery after a long day,” said Nessi Ramos. “It prepared us well for tomorrows high intensity training leading to Tuesday’s game,” he added.
The Busmen will take on the Roar on January 23rd at the QSAC stadium at the southern outskirts of the capital city. The match is set to kickoff at 730pm with updates to given via the Ceres-Negros Facebook and Twitter page.

Rizal - Seongnam Futsal Cup , May 3 and 4

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Global Cebu beefs up lineup with two new fierce attackers


Global Cebu FC has signed up nifty attackers Curt Jordan Dizon and Daniel Gadia to beef up its lineup for the upcoming Philippines Football League (PFL) wars.
Gadia is the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 78 Most Valuable Player in the men’s football tournament. He signed the contract with Global Cebu FC last Tuesday.
The 22-year old midfielder played for the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons during his collegiate years. In early 2013, he got drafted for the national team to play in the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Under-19 Youth Championship and proceeded for the 2014 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Under-19 Championship qualifiers.

In 2014, Gadia played in the United Football League (UFL) where he saw action with Pachanga Diliman Football Club before transferring in 2016 to the defunct FC Meralco Manila which was then known as Loyola Sparks.
Meanwhile, the 23-year old Dizon confirmed his transfer to Global Cebu last Wednesday.
Dizon molded his football talent at the Crystal Palace youth academy and by playing with Gimnastica Segoviana CF in Spain during the early part of his football career.
In 2014, he got the call of duty from the national team and decided to side with Global at the same time.
In 2015, he joined the national team’s under-23 squad in their campaign for the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers. He also transferred to the Loyola Sparks this year.
“I can’t wait to get out there,” Dizon shared on Global Cebu FC’s official facebook page. “I want to thank Global for giving me this opportunity and hopefully we can continue to make history,” he added.

Read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/160907/global-cebu-beefs-lineup-two-new-fierce-attackers#ixzz54lnS6m2o

18 January 2018

PFL - Ilocos United withdraw

Ilocos United Football Club has today decided to withdraw from the Philippines Football League (PFL) for the 2018 season.
Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful. Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL. Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.
The Club, our players, coaches, staff, and management, wish to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporter base around the country for its fervent and unwavering support throughout our 2017 campaign. We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.
In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.
We wish the PFL continued growth and urge that the nation joins us in continuing to support the development of the beautiful game in the Philippines.
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news and updates from IUFC.
Tony Lazaro
CEO, Ilocos United Football Club

17 January 2018

PFF Advisory: Philippines Vs Tajikistan To Be Held At The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium 13 mins ago

The Philippine Men’s National Team will host Tajikistan in the final match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on 27 March 2018 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) formally received the confirmation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on the venue.
The Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental was earlier nominated to host the final Group F home match between the Philippines and Tajikistan. However, due to difficulties in securing fully-equipped training venues, the venue was moved to the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
“We announce that the AFC has approved the PFF’s request to move the final match of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers back to Manila,” said PFF president Mariano V. Araneta Jr. “This match will be a crucial match as it will decide the Philippine Men’s National Team’s chances of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup.”
The last Asian Cup Qualifiers match played in home soil was the 2-2 draw against Yemen last 5 September 2017 at the Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium. The Philippines won their first match match of the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Manila with a 4-1 win against Nepal.
The Philippines lead Group F with 9 points while Tajikistan are in third with 7 points going to the final match of the qualifiers. The Philippines only needs a draw to qualify for the Asian Cup, but it will have to do so against a determined Tajikistan squad.
“We hope all football stakeholders and supporters rally behind the Men’s National Team,” added Araneta. “Qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 will be a historic moment in Philippine football.”
Ticket details for the match will be announced soon.

16 January 2018

AFC Champions League Preliminary : Shan United (Myanmar) vs Ceres-Negros Fc , 0-0 AET , 3-4 on PKs. Ceres-Negros advance to next round

Ceres XI: Toni D., Super, Mike Ott, Ingreso, Marañon, Schröck, De Murga, Muñoz, Nazari, Christaens, Reichelt Ceres

Subs: Kane, Manny Ott, Uesato, Porteria, Pasinabo, Dutosme, Casas

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AFC Champions League Preliminary Shan United (Myanmar) 0-0 Ceres-Negros
Ceres-Negros win 4-3 on PKs !

Ceres-Negros advance to next round and will play Brisbane Roar on Jan 23 in Brisbane

15 January 2018


Ceres-Negros FC will battle Shan United in the preliminary round of the prestigious AFC Champions League on January 16 at the Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
The Negros-based club qualified for the competition after winning the inaugural edition of the Philippines Football League and will now attempt to rewrite club history with a victory in Asia’s elite club competition.
“For us its a historic moment,” said Ceres-Negros Coach Risto Vidakovic. “It’s the first time we’ll play in the AFC Champions League.
“We’re just in the pre-season and maybe have three training sessions. We are not prepared but we will try our best,” added Vidakovic whose team is just a month removed from winning the league.
“Like Coach Risto said we had three training sessions but mentally we were preparing for a long time for this game already,” said Ceres midfielder Stephan Schröck. “I think we will give you a good quality performance even though we’ve just been training for one week.”
The club started training last January 10 in Bacolod and have maintained their form in the short break after the PFL final.
Ceres-Negros will have to beat Shan United to face Brisbane Roar on the the next qualifying round of the continental tournament. Should they beat the A-League side, they will meet Tianjin Quanjian on the final match to reach the group stage of the competition.
The match is set at 4PM local time (530PM PH time) with the game streamed live at the Pyone Play facebook page.

14 January 2018

Global Cebu appoints Allado as interim coach anew



UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers coach Marjo Allado has been appointed again by the Global Cebu FC’s management as its interim head coach.
Allado had already served as the interim coach for the team in the first half of the season in the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL). He was replaced by Akhbar Nawas in mid-season.
While coaching the Growling Tigers in the University Athletics Association of the Philippines last year, he was an assistant to Nawas.

Global Cebu FC expressed its gratitude to coach Nawas for sharing his knowledge to the club.
Meanwhile, the club certified the completion of transfer of their former team captain, Misagh Bahadoran, to Malaysia’s Perak The Bos Gaurus (TBG) for the 2018 Malaysia Super League last Wednesday.

Read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/160151/global-cebu-appoints-allado-interim-coach-anew#ixzz549L043cD

13 January 2018

Panaad Stadium to get a facelift in time for second PFL season

Panaad Stadium to get a facelift
in time for second PFL season
At least a thousand more chairs will be added to the main grandstand of the Panaad Stadium as Ceres-Negros FC works at improving the facility to meet the standards set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for the hosts of international matches.
Club officials Warren Concepcion said that the installation of more chairs is part of the ongoing process to ensure that matches scheduled by the AFC will be conducted as planned.
“We are in the process of ensuring that all the AFC standards will be met, maybe not in the perfection as FIFA AFC deemed it to be but we will see to it that our organization will meet them halfway,” Concepcion said.
He added that the present lightings at the Panaad Stadium has already passed the AFC standards and they are about to start the renovation in the locker rooms and the installation of more chairs in the main grandstand.
April last year, the provincial government of Negros Occidental appropriated P40 million for the purchase and installation of new lights at the stadium.
With the Ceres-Negros FC assured of a spot in the 2018 AFC Cup qualifiers after winning the inaugural title of the Philippines Football League last year, home games of the team will be once again played at the stadium.
The team also advanced to the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League and will play against Shan United of Myanmar on Jan. 16. A win for the Busmen against Myanmar will propel them forward to the next round against Australia, and, in the third round, against China.

source : Visayan Daily Star

PFL is looking for applicants

The Philippines Football League is looking for applicants in the following positions:
1. Head of Finance
2. Head of Legal
3. Head of Marketing
4. Media Officer
5. Head of Competitions
6. Competitions Executive
Send CV to jenny.maranan@philippinesfootballleague.com

12 January 2018


Mike Ott is one of the many big names to sign for Ceres-Negros this year. The current Azkals player is looking forward to the new season with his new club who will start their campaign in a few days time.
The younger Ott had a few practices in the bag after arriving with his teammates in Bacolod last January 10 and the Philippine champions already left an impression after a couple of days.
“Ceres here (in the Philippines) is one of the best clubs, last year they were the best club,” said the 22-year old attacker. “They have a good team here, so many good players. The coaching staff is very good. Everything about the club is very good, the standard is very high”
The Filipino international is setting a high standard for himself especially now with the new challenge of continental competition. “I wanna play a good season. Like now in the AFC, I want to play good in the first games but I’m not looking so far ahead. I’m looking at every week to get fit and prepare myself to be in a very good shape.”
Ott is also excited to work at club level with his older brother Manny who has been a veteran of the squad since 2014.  “We have a chance to play together like in the Azkals and that’s very good,” said the former Angthong FC player.
“I’m looking forward to give my quality to my new club. Play together and give everything for the club. I’m looking forward to the season,” he added
Ott doesn’t have to wait long for his debut as Ceres-Negros is set to play Shan United in Yangon, Myanmar on January 16.

10 January 2018

Talks for Kaya-Iloilo partnership could finally bring PFL games to football hotbed

From Christian Jacinto

IF things fall into place, the long-awaited arrival of Iloilo in the Philippines Football League (PFL) might just be around the corner.

A partnership between Kaya Football Club and Iloilo is already in the works and awaiting an agreement. A source confirmed the fabled club has formally submitted a proposal to the province early Wednesday.
According to the source, Kaya was represented by general manager Paul Tolentino and Iloilo-based players Joven Bedic and Shirmar Felongco during the meeting with Iloilo governor Art Defensor.
This was later confirmed by a Facebook post of Dr. Raul Banias, the provincial administrator of Iloilo, saying they were tasked to study the proposal of the club.
If the move pushes through, Kaya will move to the recognized football capital of the Philippines, playing home games at the Iloilo Sports Complex in La Paz, Iloilo City.
For so long recognized as the football hotbed of the Philippines, Iloilo was surprisingly left out when the PFL launched its home-and-away season in May of 2017.

Read more at http://www.spin.ph/football/news/kaya-fc-iloilo-philippines-football-league#b8CemFYe1LDheSJE.99


Ceres-Negros FC formally announces the signing of Mike Rigoberto Ott for the forthcoming 2018 season.
The versatile attacker brings with him a wealth of experience after being part of the second teams of 1860 Munich and FC Nurnberg before moving last year to Thailand’s Angthong United.
He earned his first cap for the Philippine national team in 2016 and has been a keen contributor since. His equalizer in last October’s Asian Cup qualifying match versus Yemen saved the Azkals from blushes and kept their unbeaten streak in the tournament.


Filipino international defender Amani Aguinaldo officially completed his move to Philippine Champions Ceres-Negros last January 5. The prized defender completed his contract with Global Cebu in 2017 but only received his release papers late last week.
The 23-year old has already earned 31 caps for the national team and has been a veteran of the Philippine leagues and the AFC Cup. Amani has been a vital cog to Global since 2013 and has heavily contributed to their success in the last few years.
The veteran is expected to feature for the Busmen in the middle of the year as he is currently recovering from a knee injury. Aguinaldo is a welcome addition to the defending champions who are keen to retain their league title in 2018 and venture to new heights in continental competition.

08 January 2018

PH football club Meralco Manila ceases operations

by Beatrice Go

MANILA, Philippines – FC Meralco Manila announced on the evening of Monday, January 8, that they will not be participating in the second season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) as the team will officially be folding up. 
"Circumstances beyond our control have made it difficult for FC Meralco Manila to continue. The board and management of the Sparks have tried to arrange for new investors that would keep the organization running, but those efforts have sadly fallen short," read the statement.
Announcements regarding the club's Youth Academy will be made soon according to the same statement.
Team leaders including Azkal Curt Dizon, former Azkals Simon Greatwich and Daniel Gadia will be seeking new teams as Meralco's management is currently helping their players find new clubs ideally before the PFL transfer window closes in mid-February.
"The management of the team is currently in the process of searching for new teams for our players. These amazing athletes and people deserve to continue plying their trade, and we will do all in our power to find them new clubs."
In July 2017, Younghusband brothers Phil and James transferred to Davao Aguilas FC after 6 years of playing for the club.
In 2011, Meralco took over the club that was originally founded as the Loyola Agila FC, changing its name to Loyola Meralco Sparks FC. The club's first major success was winning the United Football League (UFL) Cup in 2013. A year later, Loyola Meralco Sparks won the PFF National Men's Club Championship.
In the inaugural season of the PFL, FC Meralco finished with the best record and secured the first seed heading into the PFL Finals Series. The club lost 3-2 aggregate to Global Cebu FC on a home and away semi-finals format.
If PFL champions Ceres-Negros FC qualifies for the 2018 AFC Champions League, Meralco would have secured their first AFC Cup berth as a result of their bronze medal finish in the 2017 PFL. – Rappler.com

07 January 2018

Baguio Winter Cup - Jan 13 and 14

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Baguio Winter Cup
At Teacher's Camp Baguio City
January 13-14, 2018
7aside Tournament

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06 January 2018

Stallion Laguna announces signing for PFL 2018

By Ivan Saldajeno

BIÑAN—A Filipino-Iranian striker headlines Stallion Laguna's preseason acquisitions ahead of the upcoming PFL wars tentatively starting this February.

Club president and head coach Ernie Nierras told Dugout Philippines on Saturday after the first day of Laguna's open tryouts at the Biñan Football Stadium that the team signed Farbod Mahmudi.

The 22-year-old Mahmudi previously played for Juventus Sao Paulo's youth team in 2014.

However, don't expect him to quickly suit up for Laguna once the season begins.

"Right now, he's still in Iran. He should be here sometime in April when he's ready from his team," said Nierras.

However, there will still be new faces for Laguna at the season kickoff as he announced that former Ateneo player Anton Amistoso will join its first team after spending some time with the second team and that it also signed Japanese player Ken Kensei.

"He's here already. He attended the first tryouts," Nierras said of Kensei.

He also bared that the club is close to signing a centerback that will backstop Ko Kyung-Joon

Meanwhile, the core of the team that came close to stealing a spot in the Final Four following a late surge led by skipper Balut Doctora, super striker Jhan-Jhan Melliza, ace goalie Bitoy Rosalia, and foreign players Carlo Polli and Ko, who will rejoin the team following a brief spell in Vietnam, will stay for the new season.


05 January 2018


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UAAP Season 79 Rookie of the Year and Mythical 11 member Jordan Jarvis completes his move to Cebu for the 2018 Philippines Football League season from Davao Aguilas.
The 19-year-old Ateneo de Manila University standout joins the collegiate league's former awardees Paolo Salenga (NU) and Paolo Bugas (FEU) at Global Cebu FC. He can play wingback on either side of the pitch.
Cebu's professional football club is known to pick and develop the most promising collegiate players to become the country's best. Maayong pag-abot, Jordan! #AbanteSugbo
Watch his 2017 highlights HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAQvkzyB3DE


 toni doblas

Ceres-Negros FC is pleased to announce the arrival of Toni Doblas as a new player for the club in the coming season.
The 37-year old goalkeeper comes to the club with an extensive resume which includes stints in La Liga and Seria A. The 1.90m goalkeeper also has stints in Finland, Azerbaijan, and in Asia with Indian club Delhi Dynamos.
The Spaniard has earned won trophies starting with the Copa del Ray in the 2004-2005 season with Real Betis and the Coppa Italia in the 2013-2014 season with Napoli. He has also won league and cup titles with Finnish club HJK Helsinki.
Doblas’ experience at goal will be vital as Ceres-Negros embarks in its first AFC Champions League qualifying campaign which starts on January 16 in Yangon, Myanmar.

04 January 2018

Cagayan de Oro City - 13th Rosevale School Football Cup

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Taguig City - Kuta Bonifacio Cup 2018

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Cagayan - Football Tournament

Jan 27-28, 2018 @Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Free accomodation po.
Reg fee is only P1000 for Men’s Open, P500 for Women’s, and P250 for 17U & 12U.
Deadline for registration is Jan 16.
Contact coach Ricky C. Enolva for queries, invites and reservations. Pls.. Help and support football for north Luzon..

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Japanese striker Takumi Uesato has joined Philippine champions Ceres-Negros FC for the 2018 season.
Uesato was a former player of Japanese club Kyoto Sanga in his younger years where he played for three seasons. He brought his talents to JP Voltes in midway in 2016 after stints in Okinawa and Austria where he spent four years.
The ace attacker scored 16 goals for JPV Marikina in the first edition of the PFL and is largely considered one of the best strikers to play in the country.
He will be a welcome addition to the squad that is gearing to play in multiple tournaments this season.

03 January 2018


Ceres-Negros FC has signed Azkals and former JPV Marikina player Sean Kane for the forthcoming football season.
The 26-year year old was born in the Philippines but learned his football in Sweden. He later moved on to the Unites States where he played college football in California.
He then moved to the country to play for Kaya FC in the 2016 UFL season. The versatile player signed with JPV in 2017 where his standout play in the PFL earned him a call-up with the national team.
Kane adds another dimension to the Ceres defense which will be battling in different fronts in 2018.
“I’m very pleased to have signed with Ceres,” said the Azkals defender. “It’s a great club and a great environment for me to continue to grow as a player.”
Kane is also looking forward to play in Panaad in front of the adoring Ceres-Negros fans. “There’s no question Ceres has the best fans in the Philippines, I can’t wait to be part of it!”

01 January 2018

Bahadoran turns down Kelantan

KOTA BAHRU (29 Dec 2017) – Philippines captain Misagh Bahadoran has turned down the chance to play for Kelantan where he has instead likely to play for Perak instead.

Following news where he is expected to sign for Kelantan, the 30-year-old winger has decided at the very last minute to don colours for the silver state instead.

Not only that, Kelantan also lost the chance to sign Croatian striker Marko Simicm with the latter decided to sign for Indonesia League 1 side Persija Jakarta.

“Yes, we have prepared the flight tickets for both Bahadoran and also Simic to come to Kota Bahru to sign the contract. But they decided at the very last minute to play for another club instead,” said Bibi Ramjani Ilias Khan, the President of the FA of Kelantan (KAFA).

“It does not matter that they have decided to play elsewhere, but they should have informed us earlier instead of at the very last minute. Now, we will just have to look elsewhere.”



Ceres-Negros FC announces the retention of its championship core for the 2018 season which will see the club feature in the AFC and domestic competitions.
Continuing with the club are former captains in Patrick Reichelt, Louie Michael Casas, Manny Ott, Arnie Pasinabo, Carlie De Murga, and Martin Steuble.
Veteran players in Bienvenido Marañon, Stephan Schrock, Omid Nazari, Junior Muñoz, Kevin Ingreso, OJ Porteria, Jeffrey Christaens, Ed Sacapaño, and Super Herrera will also be back for the upcoming season.
Young guns in Joshua Dutosme and Nessi Ramos will also be present for the title defense.
The 2017 squad has shown resilience and professionalism which has led to multiple titles last season which made the retention the core the primary objective of the club.
Ceres-Negros also thanks its departing players for their valuable performance the past year. Iain Ramsay, Roland Müller, Josh Grommen, Luke Woodland, Kota Kawase, and Fernando Rodriguez have been instrumental in the 2017 campaign and the club wishes them well in their future endeavors.