The Philippine men’s football team may have lost to Indonesia on Sunday in the Suzuki Cup semi-finals but their valiant efforts won "the respect of the region," reports GMANews.tv. For instance, Indonesian Coach Alfred Reidl said it was the first time that his team found the defense of the Philippine team tough to beat, according to GMA reporter Mark Zambrano. It can be remembered that Indonesia beat the Philippines, 13-1, in 2002. Reidl also reportedly said that the team’s lineup this year is the best he has seen from the Philippines.
Also known as the Azkals, the team plans to prepare for three major events next year, including a qualifying event in July for the World Cup, reports GMANews.tv. But before that, they will go against Mongolia on February 9 and 16 in the Asean Football Federation Challenge Cup. One of the matches is a home game, which might be held at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. The Azkals will also play in the Southeast Asian Games football event in Palembang, Indonesia on November 11, 2011.
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