Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Azkals return to Panaad

This appears in the Thursday, May 17, 2012 edition of the Business Mirror.

Azkals return to Panaad

After an absence of one year and 95 days, the Philippine Men's Football National Team will return to its long time home, Panaad Stadium, Bacolod to take on the #194th  ranked and upset conscious Guam on June 12.

The last time the Azkals, as the Philippine team is nicknamed, played in Panaad, they trounced Mongolia 2-0 in the first leg of the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers. National team captain Emelio 'Chieffy' Caligdong' scored an incredible goal where he famously nutmegged Blue Wolves' goalkeeper Tseveensuren Ganbayar. Late in the match, Phil Younghusband scored a second goal that was crucial to the Azkals advancing to the next round as Mongolia defended their home ground at Ulan Bataar with a 2-1 victory. The Philippines advanced on aggregate, 3-2.

Guam, despite their low ranking, promises to be no pushover as they are now coached by Englishman Gary White who is UEFA ‘A’ Licensed Professional Coach who serves on the United States Soccer’s National Coaching Staff. White played professionally in Australia Freemantle City and Bognor Regis.

Guam’s national side most recently competed in the South Pacific Games and the 2006 AFC Challenge Cup. Guam registered its first victory over a member of FIFA on 11 March 2009, 35 years after making its debut. They beat Mongolia by 1-0 in the 2010 East Asian Cup Preliminary Competition, at home.
The second victory was a 2-0 against American Samoa on 1 September 2011, in Group A at the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.  
The Guam XI has a number of players of Philippine descent.
Ticket prices for the Guam versus Philippines match will be announced in the next few days.


  1. What happened to the invitations with Thailand and Vietnam? UFL Fan

  2. I wouldve chosen a higher ranked Oceania team or some other SEA team (Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia) rather than Guam but hey at least we have one more game. Hopefully this'll be a lesson to PFF, dont announce it unless its confirmed.

  3. who is our opponent in june 8?

  4. I think it's a good gesture for the Azkals to play with lower ranked teams. Remember, back in the days, we used to be in Guam's shoes. Nobody wants to play with us...

  5. Will Jonahan Romero suit up here?