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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Azkals to play Indonesia; tickets on sale tomorrow

This appears in the Friday, May 4, 2012 edition of the Business Mirror.

Azkals to play Indonesia; tickets on sale tomorrow
by rick olivares

This might be an international friendly but it is the home game that we never had during the 2010 Suzuki Cup.

The Philippine Men’s Football National Team takes on their counterparts from  Indonesia on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium at 7:00pm.

Indonesia or Merah Putih (“The Red and White”) as they are nicknamed beat the Azkals by the aggregate score of 2-0 in both semifinal legs of the 2010 Suzuki Cup. The Philippines was supposed to play the home match of that home-and-away leg in Panaad, Bacolod, but because of inadequate facilities, the match was played at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Azkals were in the midst of a stirring run that saw them place second in Group B play with one win and two draws. The win, a 2-0 shocker, was against host team Vietnam, and the win, an upset of epic proportions that it made Sports Illustrated’s top football matches of the year, ignited the popularity of football in the Philippines that remains stronger than ever.

The Philippines played a strong Indonesia side captained by Bambang Pamungkas that was backstopped by Indo-Dutch Irfan Bachdim and naturalized Uruguayan Cristian Gonzales who scored both goals against the Azkals.

The semifinals finish was the best ever by the Philippines in the 14-year history of the biennial Southeast Asian football tournament. Indonesia lost in the finals to Malaysia by an aggregate score of 4-2.

The Philippines are expected to be in full force with players like Neil Etheridge and Stephan Shrock available due to the end of the European football season. Based on their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Indonesia could field a different lineup with goalkeeper Samsidar as captain. Irfan could possibly be the only one from the 2010 Suzuki Cup team who could be in uniform on June 5 as new coach Nil Maizar has opted to go with a more youthful lineup.

Indonesia is currently ranked #151 by FIFA while the Philippines is at its highest ranking of #148 as of April 2012. This match might possibly be the only one the two teams could play this year as Indonesia faced the specter of suspension by FIFA due to government interference in the affairs of Persatuan Sepak Bolah Seleruh (or PSSI that is Indonesia’s equivalent of the Philippine Football Federation). FIFA has given the national sports association until June 15 to settle its internal problems or face suspension in all sanctioned matches.

Tickets to the June 5 match will be available beginning Friday, May 4, 2012 at all Ticketworld branches. Ticketworld branches can be found in National Bookstore, Robinsons Department Store, Ayala Malls, Trinoma, CCP Box Office, Music Museum, Teatrino Promenade, Eastwood Mall, Resorts World Manila, or the Ticketworld head office in the Madrigal Building along Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

Tickets are priced at Php 2500, 1000, 750, 300, and 150.

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Additional reading on Timnas (Team Indonesia): 

27 comments:

  1. Wow! Ticket prices have increased already. Hope RMS gives us better value for our money.

    General admission tickets are usually 100, 200. Now it is 150,300.

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  2. Yeah we all complain about the 50 and 100 bucks price incease but lemme ask you, how many magnum ice cream have you already eaten?

    P.S. sir Rick, please post this comment :)

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  3. Well, I aint no eating Magnum shit coz I am urban poor. And the 50 and 100 you say as nothing will get big if you'll gonna bring a crowd. Imagine 5 on the house bro, that is additional 500 out from your pocket. And you are just gonna sit on hot cement. You getting my flow? We ain't laying golden eggs.

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    1. If you can afford, stay home. Watch it on TV. Nobody forcing you to pay and watch. Stop complaining.

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  4. well, how many 50 bucks have you spent for your dota? hehehe

    magnum is overrated and expensive.

    haha

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  5. sinu ang kalaban ng azkals sa june 12? sayang naman kung wala. pang pataas din ng rankings un.

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  6. I've been in the RMS a couple of times and mind you, when the Philippines hosted Sri Lanka and Kuwait, NO ONE WAS SITTING.

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  7. RMS has been renovated since the last match of Azkals. If you have noticed in the Asian 5 Nations where the PH Volcanoes played, the bleachers have already roof. This might be the reason why prices have increased.

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    1. Oh those were erected for an Ayala event, not part of the renovations for RMS. Renovations start after June friendlies.

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  8. HOT CEMENT?! okay ka lang? Tanghaling tapat ba yung laban? ISIP MUNA BAGO MAGPOST.

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    1. Obviously your brain is as small as your peewee haha. Where you came from dog? Province? Ever tried going to the RMS in the afternoons in the summer? Ever heard of early bids and senior citizens? You think weather here is like in Hong Kong in the evening?

      And what do you think you're sitting at in RMS? Paper? hahaha Well, we can sit in your face if you want to. hahaha You ain't from Manila bro, so shuffle- off...

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    2. Ang tatapang ng mga anonymous dito! Minamaliit mo kami? dito mo sabihin. https://www.facebook.com/illcitymassive

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    3. Shut up, I don't deal with pretenders. You are just jumping to the bandwagon dog... We been supporting football since high school 2002 Korea-Japan world cup back off y'all sa channel 4 pa nga pinalabas...

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  9. Really? Even on half-time? Let me have the stuff you are taking.

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  10. Can't believe some people are still complaining about the price of tickets... P150, P300 is reasonable. People spend P170 to watch a movie in SM. If you still find it expensive, there's the TV.

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    1. What a cheeky reply. :) So urban poor guys got no loving from Azkals management, got no 150 to spare? So just watch on TV? Damn. Football is not for the elite ...

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    2. Dude, you either got the 150 bucks to spare or you don't. Simple as that.

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  11. ang saya. ang tanga lahat ng sagot natin.

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  12. Stop the trash talk already!! If u have nothing nice to say, keep it to urself. Puro kayabangan. You sound so ghetto. Wanna be gangsta, wanksta. Putting people down just bcoz of where theyre from. Ger the f outta here!!

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  13. Mag Tagalog nalang kayo, pwede? Puro kayo English..slang effect pa, puro baluktot naman..sakit sa tenga!

    Isa pa, huwag na kayo magreklamo tungkol sa presyo, negosyo yan...law of supply and demand..and expenses prevails!

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    1. Business mah ass , you no Milton Friedman. Why you dissing mah flow? I have no G, yo hav a problm wid it?

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  14. good post !!

    check out for more info. about this match visit:

    http://indopinoy.blogspot.com/2012/05/azkals-vs-indonesia-merah-putih-red-and.html

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  15. Amp naman, gawin ba na namang issue ang ticket price dahil taga-urban poor? Naman, ako taga-probinsya pa pero mag-OOT ako ng mag-OOT para makabili ng 150 na ticket, pero di ako magko-complain. Para-paraan lang yan. Nuod na lang ng TV kung di kaya manuod ng Live sa halaga na yan. Gawing issue ba naman pagpe-presyo ng ticket amp. May free TV broadcast naman. Oh please, magbanat ng buto naman!!

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  16. If the cheapest seat is at 500, I surely will complain and rant about it. Mag-planking pako sa EDSA! Pero it's only 150 guys, a price that I think is already very reasonable. If the PFF can only have it their way, I'm quiet certain that we all can watch the match live for free. But we all know that wont happen that's why PFF selected a media partner, abs-cbn for that matter, to air the game on free television so that those who can't make it to RMS can still watch and support our national team.

    P.S. sir Rick, please post my comment again :))

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  17. Dapat kasi mag karoon ng totoong "stadium" yung 50k+ ang capacity para murang mura na ang ticket. Sa mga reklamador, TV TV nalang muna.

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  18. You all poor haters,,, piss of... I paid $10 = 330 Pesos to watch Azkals in SG in Jalan Besar stadium men, and we were seated in the front row. Kitang kita ko mga pagmumukha ng Azkals na yan ng malapitan... pati si Angel Locsin na yan. pati sa Sg showbiz, me escort pa yo!

    And the JBS stadium is nice as shit men. Dito general admission 300.. fuck that shit... ang pangit ng RMS, and facilities are shit... dapat hangang 800 lang ang RMS grandstand. Wake up
    y'all, considering daming sponsors highway robbery

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  19. Correction.
    Jalan Besar Stadium tickets for the mentioned game was only SGD$6 (198 pesos), and SGD$2 for students up to secondary/high school..
    Totoong sa front row ito kasi maliit lang ang stadium...it was really good value for money!!
    Saan makakabili dito sa Singapore ng Sparks Jersey? share naman...
    CEBU XFB (eX-FootBaller)

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