Azkals now have full squad

first_imgMOST READ The arrival of Strauss, who plays in the second division in Germany, proves crucial for the Azkals as he was the driving force at midfield in the team’s run to the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals.A tough tackling midfielder, who is composed on the ball and has an eye for a pass, Strauss was sorely missed in the two semifinal matches against Vietnam after he got recalled by his club, Erzgebirge Aue.Since setting up camp in Doha, Qatar, last week, the Azkals have struggled to get everyone on the team together with players coming in from different parts of the world.Leftback Daisuke Sato flew in from Romania only a few days ago and missed the friendly match against Vietnam, which beat the Azkals, 4-2.“Different countries have different preparations,” said captain Phil Younghusband. “At the end of the day, we all have each other in the team and we’re ready to fight for each other up until the final whistle.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño DUBAI—Philippines coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is no stranger to major tournaments, but he felt relief more than anything just three days before the Azkals make their debut in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.With midfielder Patrick Strauss arriving in this bustling, economic hub Thursday night, Eriksson now has the full 23-man squad at his disposal as the Azkals take on continental heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the 24-nation tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “It’s fantastic; we’re finally complete,” the Swede, who has coached England and Ivory Coast in the Fifa World Cup, told the Inquirer.“For our players, this is their biggest tournament. But it feels good that we finally have the rest of the team here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThe Azkals had their first training session and will have two more before they face the Koreans, a two-time champion of this competition, who upset then defending champion Germany, 2-0, in the 2018 World Cup in Russia a few months ago.Korean star Son Heung-min will miss the opener against the Azkals at Al Maktoum Stadium on Monday, but there’s no shortage of quality in Portuguese coach Paulo Bento’s side.center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Isn’t POC 2018 shake-up the Big One? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img

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