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Nickname(s) Azkals (Street Dogs)
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Philippine Football Federation

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Home stadium: Panaad Stadium

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Highest FIFA ranking
150 (December 2010)

Lowest FIFA ranking
195 (September 2006)

Elo ranking 188

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26 (February 1913 – May 1915)

Lowest Elo ranking 216 (December 2004)

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:23 am 
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PFF HQ: The House of Football

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The House of Football stands at the corner of Danny Floro and Henry Javier Streets in Oranbo, Pasig City.

Built at a cost of Php 16 million through Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) Goal Project, it took almost a year to complete before it was formally inaugurated during the Philippine Football Federation’s Centenary Anniversary in December of 2008 by Joseph Blatter, President of football’s world governing body.

The stylish three-story headquarters designed by architect Baltazar Avelino is a stark contrast to all the buildings in the surrounding motel row that reveal nothing of the secret if not forbidden intimacy within; hence the closed doors, garage doors, and blackened windows.

The old PFF Headquarters was housed in the nearby Philsports Complex (Room 405 Building B) and had all the feel of a public school administration office. The grey paint on worktables chipped off. Videotapes of football matches piled atop one another without cases. The bathroom also doubled as a janitor’s stockroom. The headquarters resembled the state of football in the country – not enough support and in a state of disrepair.

The new swank digs have the look of a glass house that will not look out of place in chic Miami. There are dozens of oil paintings of football scenes including a huge one of Brazilian star Ronaldinho that line its walls. Along with the spaciousness of the offices, it gives the new offices a 21st Century cosmopolitan feel. More importantly, it signifies how serious the National Sports Association is with lifting up the state of the sport in a country where everything else is a distant second to basketball.

The House of Football is the only headquarters by any sport in the country that is housed outside a government building. Yet critics of the new PFF administration point out that the stately settings belie the rotting state of the beautiful game in the Philippines.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:24 am 
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thanks for the info bro CV
















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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:30 am 
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The man behind the Philippine Azkals, Football Team Manager Mr. Dan Palami:

Mr. Dan Palami - Managing The Azkals

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Since Dan Palami took over the reins managing the men’s Philippine Football team, they’ve gone from whipping boys to the nation’s new sporting heroes. From taking a leap of faith, to taking the team leaps beyond mediocrity with an 8 game non-losing streak in tow. The Azkals are on their way to becoming top dogs.

The Condition

Things needed to change and that’s what Palami recognized. When he decided to take the initiative to manage and financially support the national team, he did it under one condition; he would do it his way without interference. “Maybe they didn’t interfere because they didn’t want me to ask for help. What I did was ask them what they did, so I’d know what NOT to do”.

“Before, the team would be put together and prepare a month before a tournament”, but knowing that hard work and preparation is the secret to any team’s success, Palami changed the culture radically.

“We brought in a coach from the UK who could put the proper training the team needed. We do have a lot of Class A coaches around here but since we don’t really have a competitive league, we figured we needed someone who had experience. Des Bulfin did a tremendous job and he understood what we needed to do to be competitive in South East Asia.” Unfortunately though Bulfin had to leave so Palami hired the young and dynamic Simon MacMenemy to take over.

Bulfin actually laid out the picture on what they needed to improve on to form a competitive team. He put emphasis on defense and capitalized on counter attacks. “When MacMenemy came, he complimented that and infused possession football in the midfield to maximize the skilled European players we have”.

Background and Backing


He started playing competitively at the tender age of 10 and up till now, he still can’t resist the call of the pitch, playing for a club team in the UFL. A proud son of Tacloban City, Leyte, Palami was the force behind the Leyte Football Association and has helped with the development of the sport in the region.

It all started with a vision of helping the national team and basically he had to make the ultimate sacrifice. “I had to put my money where my mouth is”. He’s made a tremendous investment on the team. But more than the financial, he invested time and effort because he truly wanted to see the country succeed in the sport.

“This is my first time to handle the RP team”, he admits, but he’s been doing such an astounding job, thanks to the corporate experience he’s had. He manages his own company, the Autre Porte Global Inc., a giant in the railway engineering business which also was part of the LRT lines 1 and 2 venture. His experience in the corporate environment has helped with his approach towards the Azkals and how they should be treated on and off the pitch.

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Dan Palami is the eldest of 14 children. Yes, fourteen! So he’s used to being on top of things at home and being sensitive to his younger ones needs. “I’m like their big brother. Whatever problems they have, they come to me for advise or solutions”. There was one player whose family member was in distress before the qualifiers and while they were in Vietnam, and Palami extended a helping hand. “There are all kinds of personal problems that they come to me for. Even about their wives and girlfriends, I’ve become a personal advisor. I just make sure that the players are insulated from personal problems that could become distractions. At the end of the day, I just want to see them happy.”

The Plan


The future is bright for RP football. Now they have several sponsors knocking down their door. “Before, no one wanted to financially support a team that was losing 5-0, 7-0.”

“We drew three time champions Singapore, defeated the defending champions Vietnam and we’ve earned a 150 FIFA ranking which is our highest ever. Next time they publish, we could be around 140. My goal next year is to be ranked 120th. We just have to make sure our program is in place, and hopefully we’ll have even just a pitch to practice on.”

The German Football Federation has expressed interest in helping the Philippine program and Palami will be having exploratory talks with them next month. The plan is to get the GFF to help them prepare for the AFC Challenge Cup come February. “We meet Mongolia first in a home-and-away format and by then, they say Rizal will be done with their renovation.”

In June, they’ll be in the World Cup qualifiers, then there’s the South East Asian Games come November. “In between, we hope to invite teams from other countries to come here for friendly games which can help improve our FIFA ranking.”

“Football is still in its early stages here but we are part of a team that has managed to bring the sport to greater heights”. And that’s the game plan!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:37 am 
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thanks for the info bro CV





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you are most welcome bro EW...anything about PFF we can discuss here :)

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yung PFF office, katapat lang ng Hillview at ng iba pang pasig "inns" hehehe :)

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Nice pics bro CVROM. Thanks for the info.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:45 am 
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before there was crisis in the PFF:

PFF Congress boots out Mari Martinez


The tumultuous and controversial three-year reign of Jose Mari Martinez at the top of the Philippine Football Federation is over as he was unanimously ousted in the PFF 7th Ordinary Congress held last Saturday November 27, 2010 at the Audio-Visual Room of the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.

Twenty-five presidents of the 29 present members football associations (out of the total 33) of the PFF voted to approve a resolution by the eight members of the Board of Governors recommending the removal and replacement of Martinez as president.

Mariano V. Araneta, current head of the Iloilo Football Association, was named interim president who will serve out the last year of Martinez’ four-year term. Araneta was also the chairman of the PFF’s Finance Committee who launched the probe into the federation’s finances.

Ismael Batiles of the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental Football Association was named the Executive Vice President.

Martinez was accused and charged in court for the falsification of public documents when he had notarized a Secretary’s Certificate where one Henry Tsai was named a signatory to the PFF accounts in Banco de Oro and Bank of the Philippine Islands. The board unanimously claimed that there was no motion to include Tsai in the list of signatories.

Tsai, Martinez’ old officemate at Soriamont Steamship Agencies which is owned by Andres Soriano, was first named as “Managing Consultant” and later as “Executive Vice President.”

The audit by Campos, Campos & Co. showed that over PhP 5 million of PFF funds were entrusted by Martinez to Tsai with close to PhP 4 million unliquidated. There were also numerous entries in the accounting where Martinez was purported to use the funds to pay for personal usage such as groceries, medical and credit cards bills, as well as shares in the Valle Verde Country Club.

The PFF Congress also took him to task for misusing the Financial Assistance Plans annual subsidy from the Federation de International Football Association.

In his first year as president, Martinez survived an ouster move when Asian Football Confederation Mohammed Bin-Hammam made a guest appearance and announced a gift donation to the PFF of PhP10 million. Opponents of Martinez decried the move as a “bribe.” Several members then of the opposition bailed out at the last moment when key persons wavered in the move.

Last Saturday, there was no such break in the ranks. In fact, it was even bolstered by a change in heart of several BOG members who were perceived to be allies of Martinez.


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Those who voted in favor of the resolution were Eric Pocon (Agusan del Sur), Richard Montayre (Cebu), Abenir Labja (Compostela Valley), Mariano Araneta (Iloilo), Arturo Pacificador Jr. (Laguna), Alex Macabangkit (Iligan Lanao del Norte), Cabili Sinsuat (Maguindanao-Cotabato City), Felix Rivera (Masbate), Ismael Batiles Jr. (Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental), Jug Jimenez (Misamis-Ozamiz), Juan Luis Carpio (Naga City-Camarines Sur), Jose Vito Borromeo (NCR), Mario Narola (Quezon), **** Emperado (Negros Occidental), Mayor Joselito Piñol (North Cotabato), Ronald Patulin (Oriental Mindoro), Elipio Daypa (Quezon), Mario Garovillo (Rizal), Dave Araral (South Cotabato), Antonio Oculto (Sultan Kudarat), Mario Semorlan (Surigao del Norte), Glenn Caratativo (Tarlac), Antonio Buca (Zamboanga del Norte-Dipolog), and Flaviano Fucoy III (Zamboanga del Sur-Pagadian).

Renato Cosmod (Davao) and Jose Reneva (Camarines Norte) abstained from the voting while Leopoldo Arnaiz (Baguio) and Taghi Kashef (Legazpi-Albay) left without casting their votes.

“The decision has been made by a few,” noted Martinez who retreated to his old office at the PFF House of Football that was a few hundred meters from the Philsports Complex immediately after his removal. “I only worked for the best of football in this country but apparently, some people want my job because they are envious. Their move was unconstitutional. My lawyers will prepare a rebuttal and we will take this to the next level.”

Martinez conducted one last staff meeting at 8pm. As he closed out his meeting, he had one last pronouncement: “This is a sad day for Philippine football. But Mari Martinez will be back.”

Said Araneta of the whole affair, “There is such a thing as accountability. Obviously, there was none with the previous president.”

Araneta outlined some immediate concerns that the new administration of the PFF will put in effect. “First, we have to hire a lawyer to look into who is culpable in the missing funds and if we should file charges. Hopefully, we can recover them. Two, the BOG will meet every quarter to implement the programs that we want to put in place. We will get the chairman of each committee from the board so it is functioning. Third, we plan to revive the national tournaments maybe beginning with the Under-19. And fourth, we will look into the operations of the PFF and see how we can streamline the operations. Of course we will reach out to the AFC and to Mr. Hammam regarding the change in leadership and how this came about.”

Johnny Romualdez, Chairman Emeritus of the PFF and Martinez’ predecessor said that he expects Martinez to contest his ouster with the AFC and FIFA. “It might be bloody but what can we do? We have to do the right thing. This is to save football in our country.”

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FIFA have given their full recognition to the presidency of Mariano Araneta in the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).

In a three-paged letter sent to the association this week, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said that FIFA – backed by the opinion of FIFA vice president Geoff Thompson – validated the election of Araneta to replace Mari Martinez.

“Based on the opinion (of Thompson), we consider that the motion to remove Martinez was accepted and that he has been replaced by Araneta as the new PFF president,” Valcke said in the letter.

Martinez was replaced as head of the association during the PFF national congress held last month.

Thompson based his opinion in the existing Article 13.5 of the PFF which states that “only the PFF Congress, by affirmative vote of two thirds of the entire voting membership may remove and replace the PFF president upon the recommendation of the majority of the board of governors.”

“I am satisfied that article 13.5 prevails,” said Thompson, also FIFA’s Chairman of the Association Committee.

“I am therefore in the opinion that the decision of the PFF congress to remove and replace the PFF president was taken according to PFF statutes.”

“According to the minutes of the meetings of the (PFF) Board of Governors held on 29 Sept as well as 29 Oct which resumed on 27 Nov, the Board of Governors did indeed adopt a motion to remove Martinez from office,” Thompson said in the letter.

Araneta was elated with the development.

“We sent all information and the video of the elections and what we did was in accordance to the rules they (FIFA) made an opinion on,” Araneta said.

Martinez was ousted reportedly due to a number of financial issues, including alleged transfer of funds to former PFF executive vice president Henry Tsai as well as other dubious transactions.

Araneta, who came from the Iloilo Football Association, will hold on to the PFF presidency until 26 Nov 2011 with Ismael Batiles Jr. as the executive vice president.

Martinez, who was elected in 2008 succeeding current PFF chairman emeritus Johnny Romualdez, can appeal his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, according to Araneta.

“He can appeal the case to the CAS but as far as FIFA is concerned, it’s a close matter,” said Araneta, whose first order of business is to recover the association’s budget deficit of about PHP2.8 million (USD63,000).

The new PFF leadership pledged to continue their full support to the national football team, which mesmerized the country this month with a semi-finals finish in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The PFF, in fact, have lined up several international tournaments including the AFC Challenge Cup against Mongolia on 9 and 16 Feb, the World Cup qualifiers and also the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.

The Azkals’ recent success, which included a victory over defending champions Vietnam in the group stage, allowed the Philippine team to get media exposures and financial backings – specifically from sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan and Asia Brewery.

“I’m glad that more sponsors are coming in and we assured that the money will be used properly and be transparent with our governance,” Araneta said.

Araneta said they will revive a national tournament, which was last held in 2006 and 2007, will be held in late April with the Under-19 men’s and Under-16 women’s tournaments.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:49 am 
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yung PFF office, katapat lang ng Hillview at ng iba pang pasig "inns" hehehe :)


you are correct bro stud... V shape at puro motels ang lugar na iyan thank goodness nobody asked for a short time stay there :lol:

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===The PFF will hold national meets for the U-23 and U-19 age groups this year, in line with preparations for international meets in July.

By 2012, the PFF will stage a men’s open tourney and an U-16 competition.


===PFF also got a financial bonanza amounting to $150,000 as its share of gate receipts in the two semifinal games against Indonesia during the AFF Suzuki Cup last month. This amount is also now in the possession of the PFF.(http://mb.com.ph/articles/297879/whe...ppine-football)

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Thanks for making this thread, update us about PFF project till now and then Bro Cv. 8)


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Thanks for making this thread, update us about PFF project till now and then Bro Cv. 8)


you are always welcome bro B...

Results from Sunday`s matches in UFL :

February 13, 2011
Union Internacional Manila 0 - 5 Pasargad FC Alabang Country Club
Stallions FC 7 - 0 Dolphins FC Alabang Country Club
Loyola Agila Futbol Club 0 - 4 Air Force Rider Alabang Country Club
Kaya FC 1 - 0 Green Archers Orient Freight Alabang Country Club
Army Fritz and Macziol IBM 2 - 1 Navy FC University of Makati
Nomads FC - Lions FC Nomads Sports Club, Merville
Sunken Garden United FC - Japan FC Nomads Sports Club, Merville

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011

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PFF wants to rush MOA for new pitch

MANILA—The Philippine Football Federation wants to fast-track the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement with charismatic religious leader Bro. Mike Velarde, who owns the 4.5 hectare prime property in Parañaque where a new football field will be constructed.

PFF president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said he hopes the MOA will be signed and submitted to the legal department of the International Football Federation (Fifa) in time for a Fifa conference on Feb. 28 when Goal project proposals will be discussed.

The construction of an artificial pitch will be Goal Project 2 for the Philippines and will have a $500,000 grant from Fifa.

“If we can have the project approved by Feb. 28, we will have a field in six months,” Araneta told the Inquirer over the phone.

Araneta said the project only covers the construction of an artificial football pitch and not a grandstand.

The national teams have been without a regular practice facility and trained in different venues like University of Makati, Nomads, Alabang Country Club, Ateneo and International School.

source: inquirer.net

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MANILA, Philippines—A puppy love is turning into a full-blown romance.

Buoyed by the recent triumph of the Azkals, Education Secretary Armin Luistro is seeking to infuse fresh talent for the national team of local Filipinos and foreigners.

Luistro said he was set to hold talks with football associations to see how the public school system could support the national program, currently taking off with the unprecedented exploits of the team named after stray dogs.

The Department of Education (DepEd) chief is considering developing specialized schools for sports, where students with athletic potential could undergo focused training.

source: newsinfo.inquirer.net

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