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Reichelt scores 10 goals for Melaka Utd; banners Azkals talent in Malaysia

Patrick Reichelt concluded his first season with Malaysia Super League club Melaka United last weekend with a successful individual performance with a double-figure haul of goals.

The 31-year-old Azkals winger’s move to neighboring Malaysia in late January after a significant and successful spell with Philippine domestic league champions Ceres-Negros proved to be a hit for the Malacca-based outfit as he scored a total of 10 goals in 22 matches for a rate of 0.45 goals per game.

The output produced in front of goal is enough for the Filipino international to be the leading scorer for his club and to be considered as one of the most effective forwards in the league putting him at fourth in the top scorers’ table.

Reichelt’s efforts proved to be crucial as well in helping his club finish in mid-table at sixth out of the 12-team competition in a tightly contested season that saw teams from third to sixth separated by no more than four points in the standings.

Another important footnote in this campaign is this is the first time that the pacy Akzal has played in every match without experiencing any health-related mishaps, something that the player has highlighted in his social media post.

Now that the league campaign has been wrapped up, Melaka United are now gearing for the 2019 edition of Malaysia Cup where they will vie for the trophy against 15 other clubs.

The draw for the 2019 Malaysia Cup matchups, and possibly the release of fixture dates, will be held on Tuesday (July 23).

Photo credit: Melaka United SA

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Patrick Reichelt nominated as Player of the Month for May in Malaysia

Filipino international Patrick Reichelt has been on a tear for Malaysia Super League club Melaka United, and his four-goal haul last May has merited him to be one of the candidates for Player of the Month by the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) this 2019 season.

Now with a total of nine goals under his name, the Azkals’ forward-winger is tied at second in the top goal-scorers’ table.

Determining who will receive the plaudit will be via on-line fan voting which will run until July 1. Voting for the poll can be accessed through the PFAM website link HERE.

Patrick Reichelt joined Melaka United last January 2019 after being with Filipino club Ceres-Negros since 2014 where he thrived as one of the Bacolod-based club’s stars.

The overseas move by the Philippine international footballer to the neighboring country proved to be an almost instant hit for the Malacca City-based club helping and contributing to the forward line as the club finds itself at the top four of the standings with a good chance of finishing the season strongly.

Reichelt is still in a rich vein of form as of this writing, scoring the only goal in a vital away win against Kuala Lumpur FA last Wednesday (June 19).

Historically, Patrick Reichelt’s nomination is the second time that a Filipino international has been meritoriously acknowledged by the PFAM for a shot at winning its Player of the Month award with Iain Ramsay getting the distinction last May 2018 for his exploits with his former Malaysia Premier League club, Felda United.

Photo credit: Melaka United Soccer Association Facebook page

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Transfer news: Azkals midfielder Kevin Ingreso joins Thai League giants Buriram United

Philippine Azkals midfielder Kevin Ingreso was not part of the list when Ceres-Negros officially released the squad list for the 2019 PFL season raising speculations that he is heading to an overseas club.

Initial developments in which the player has been seen training with the his supposed new club prior to the transfer window were finally confirmed when defending Thai League champions, Buriram United, released an official post of the now former Busman‘s transfer to their squad.

Buriram United are currently leading the table in the on-going Thai League season, but it is turning out to be a closely fought campaign with Port FC, Bangkok United and Samut Prakan City mounting serious challenges to unseat the Thunder Castles.

Kevin Ingreso’s acquisition would most likely serve as a reinforcement in the midfield area. Though he can operate well with a holding role, he is also effective on the offensive end with his creative qualities by helping the frontline find goalscoring opportunities.

A product of Hamburger SV’s youth system, Kevin played in Germany in the early part of his career before joining Ceres in 2015 and being a part of the club’s meteoric rise to prominence in professional football in the Philippines and it’s milestone-laden campaigns in the continental front, particularly in the AFC Cup.

On the international stage, Kevin Ingreso’s most significant highlight while playing for the Philippines is scoring the equalizer against Tajikistan at the final qualification match that technically booked the Southeast Asian nation to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – the first time ever in its history.

Photo credit: The Azkals

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Azkals overseas: Grommen likely in bench; Ramsay and Hartmann face off in T1

Another busy set of fixtures are set this second weekend of March 2019 for overseas-based Philippine Azkals.

However, according to source, PJ City’s regular starting defender Joshua Grommen is expected to be in the bench against Perak in Malaysia Super League on Saturday as precaution ahead of the two-week break to rest his injured shoulder after almost aggravating it once again in the previous match against Kedah.

Meanwhile Iain Ramsay of Sukhothai FC and Suphanburi forward Mark Hartmann clash in Thai League 1.

Here are the list of fixtures of the Azkals playing in different leagues overseas (All kickoff schedules are in Philippine Standard Time) :

Neil Etheridge, GK – Cardiff City FC [Premier League]

Cardiff City vs West Ham: March 9, Saturday at 11:00PM

Daisuke Sato, DF – Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe [Romanian Liga I]

CFR Cluj vs Sepsi OSK: March 10, Sunday at 2:15AM

John-Patrick Strauss, MF – FC Erzgebirge Aue [2. Bundesliga (Germany)]

Erzgebirge Aue vs Paderborn: March 9, Saturday at 8:00PM

Kevin Ray Mendoza, GK – AC Horsens [Danish Superliga]

Randers vs Horsens: March 10, Sunday at 7:00PM

Amani Aguinaldo, DF – PKNP [Malaysia Super League]

JDT vs PKNP: March 9, Saturday at 9:00PM

Joshua Grommen, DF – PJ City FC [Malaysia Super League]

Perak vs PJ City: March 9, Saturday at 9:00PM

Patrick Reichelt, MF/FW, Melaka United [Malaysia Super League]

Terengganu vs Melaka United: March 9, Saturday at 9:00PM

Luke Woodland, MF/DF – Kuala Lumpur FA [Malaysia Super League]

Kuala Lumpur vs Selangor: March 10, Sunday at 9:00PM

Hikaru Minegishi, MF – JL Chiangmai United [Thai League 2 (T2)]

Air Force Central FC vs JL Chiangmai United: March 9, Saturday at 6:45PM

Marco Casambre, DF; Adam Reed, MF – Chainat Hornbill [Thai League 1 (T1)]

Chainat Hornbill vs Singha Chiangrai United: March 9, Saturday at 9:00PM

Michael Falkesgaard, GK – Bangkok United [Thai League 1 (T1)]

Trat FC vs Bangkok United: March 9, Saturday at 6:45PM

Ian Ramsay, MF – Sukhothai FC and Mark Hartmann, FW – Suphanburi FC [Thai League 1 (T1)]

Sukhothai vs Suphanburi: March 10, Sunday at 7:00PM

Amin Nazari MF; Manuel Ott, MF – Ratchaburi Mitr Phol [Thai League 1 (T1)]

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol vs Nakhonratchasima Mazda: March 9, Saturday at 8:00PM

Stephan Palla DF; Javier Patino, FW – Buriram United [Thai League 1 (T1)]

Buriram United vs PT Prachuap: March 9, Saturday at 7:00PM

Image credits: Felda United FC, Suphanburi FC, Sukhothai FC

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Azkals overseas: March 2019 weekend 1 fixtures

A new month is upon us. Here are the fixtures of Philippine internationals who are playing in overseas leagues this weekend.

Note: All schedules are in Philippine Standard Time

Neil Etheridge, GK – Cardiff City FC [Premier League]

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Cardiff City FC: March 2, Saturday at 11:00PM

Daisuke Sato, DF – Sepsi OSK [Romanian Liga I Playoff]

CFR Cluj vs Sepsi OSK: March 4, Monday at 2:00AM

John Patrick Strauss, MF – Erzgebirge Aue [2. Bundesliga]

SV Sandhausen vs Erzgebirge Aue: March 2, Saturday at 8:00PM

Kevin Ray Mendoza, GK – AC Horsens [Danish Superliga]

Esbjerg vs AC Horsens – March 3, Sunday at 1:00AM

Jordan Jarvis, DF – Eastern [Hong Kong Premier League]

Sun Pegasus vs Eastern – March 2, Saturday at 8:00PM

Amani Aguinaldo, DF – PKNP [Malaysia Super League]

PKNP vs Pahang – March 2, Saturday at 9:00PM

Joshua Grommen, DF – PJ City FC [Malaysia Super League]

Felda United vs PJ City FC – March 2, Saturday at 9:00PM

Patrick Reichelt, MF – Melaka United vs Luke Woodland, DF – Kuala Lumpur FA [Malaysia Premier League]

Melaka United vs Kuala Lumpur – March 3, Sunday at 9:00PM

Hikaru Minegishi, MF – JL Chiangmai United [Thai League 2]

JL Chiangmai United vs BG Pathum United – March 3, Sunday at 7:00PM

Mark Hartmann, FW – Suphanburi vs Javier Patino, FW & Stephan Palla, DF – Buriram United [Thai League 1]

DONE: Suphanburi 0 – 0 Buriram United – March 1, Friday at 8:00PM

Michael Falkesgaard, GK – Bangkok United [Thai League 1]

Bangkok United vs Muangthong United – March 2, Saturday at 8:00PM

Iain Ramsay, MF – Sukhothai [Thai League 1]

Chiangmai vs Sukhothai – March 2, Saturday at 9:00PM

Marco Casambre, DF & Adam Reed, MF – Chainat Hornbill [Thai League 1]

Trat vs Chainat Hornbill – March 3, Sunday at 7:00PM

Amin Nazari, MF & Manuel Ott, MF – Ratchaburi Mitr Phol [Thai League 1]

Port FC vs Ratchaburi Mitr Phol – March 3, Sunday at 8:00PM

Photo credits: Buriram United Facebook, Suphanburi Facebook, Sukhothai Facebook, Melaka United Facebook, Neil Etheridge Instagram,

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Azkals overseas: February 2019 weekend 4 fixtures

There’s a bit of a shakeup in the Azkals overseas lineup as Amani Aguinaldo and Luke Woodland join PKNP and Kuala Lumpur FA respectively in the Malaysia Super League.

Also, with the Thai League 1 beginning this weekend, it is going to be a pretty busy set of fixtures with the list of matches coming this week [all kickoff schedules are in Philippine Standard Time]:

Neil Etheridge [GK, Cardiff City FC – Premier League]

Cardiff City vs Watford – February 23 [Saturday], 3:45 AM

Daisuke Sato [DF, Sepsi OSK – Romanian Liga I Playoff]

Sepsi OSK vs Viitorul – Feburary 23 [Saturday], 1:00AM

Kevin Ray Mendoza [GK, AC Horsens – Danish Superliga]

AC Horsens vs Odense Boldklub – February 24 [Sunday], 9:00PM

John-Patrick Strauß [MF, FC Erzgebirge Aue – 2. Bundesliga]

Erzgebirge Aue vs FC Duisburg – February 24 [Sunday], 9:30PM

Hikaru Minegishi [MF, JL Chiangmai United – Thai League 2]

Sisaket FC vs JL Chiangmai United – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

MALAYSIA SUPER LEAGUE

Joshua Grommen [DF, PJ City FC]: PJ City FC vs Kedah FA [Home] – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Patrick Reichelt [MF/FW, Melaka United]: Johor Darul Ta’zim vs Melaka United – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

Luke Woodland [DF/MF, Kuala Lumpur FA]: Kuala Lumpur vs Terengganu – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Amani Aguinaldo [DF, PKNP FC]: PKNS vs PKNP – February 23 [Saturday], 9:00PM

THAI LEAGUE 1

Amin Nazari [MF], Manuel Ott [MF] – Ratchaburi Mitr Phol: Ratchaburi Mitr Phol vs Trat FC – February 22 [Friday], 9:00PM

Marco Casambre [DF], Adam Reed [MF] – Chainat Hornbill vs Mark Hartmann [FW, Suphanburi FC]: Chainat Hornbill vs Suphanburi – February 23 [Saturday], 7:45PM

Stephan Palla [DF], Javier Patino [FW] – Buriram United: Buriram United vs Chonburi – February 23 [Saturday], 8:00PM

Iain Ramsay [MF, Sukhothai FC] vs Michael Falkesgaard [GK, Bangkok United]: Sukhothai vs Bangkok United – Feburary 24 [Sunday], 7:00PM

Photo credits: PKNP FC Instagram, Kuala Lumpur FA Instagram

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Azkals in Malaysia: Reichelt and Melaka United snatch a draw; Grommen and PJ City get first win.

Massive results for both Azkals Patrick Reichelt and Joshua Grommen in their respective Malaysia Super League teams last February 16 as Melaka United get a draw in a pulsating encounter against top team Pahang while Petaling Jaya City get first win in a pulsating thriller against PKNP.

Melaka United 1 – 1 Pahang

Hosts Melaka United had to dig deep to get an equalizer via a Safiq Rahim penalty kick late in the 89th minute to cancel out Pahang’s 5th minute opener as both previously perfect teams shared spoils at the final whistle.

Visitors Pahang got the breakthrough in just the 5th minute as Herold Goulon converted a spilled ball by Melaka United goalkeeper Khairul Fami.

Filipino winger Patrick Reichelt’s first half header could have been an equalizer but his attempt was saved by the opposing goalkeeper Helmi Eliza.

Most of the match have been a battle of the goalkeepers, thwarting both squads’ attacking attempts.

But an uncharacteristic foul by Eliza in the box late in the match has given the hosts a chance to level things through a penalty kick which Safiq Rahim was able to convert.

PKNP 2 – 3 Petaling Jaya City FC

Visiting side Petaling Jaya City FC [also known as PJ City FC] got their first three points in the table after edging out hosts PKNP after going a goal down twice with the visiting side’s midfielder Barathkumar scoring the winning goal in the 81st minute.

Filipino defender for PJ City, Joshua Grommen, has been in the thick of things as a starter and part of the backline in the thrilling fixture.

PJ City FC will next face current league leaders Kedah FA in a home fixture on Friday, February 22, at 9:00PM while Melaka United will visit Johor Darul Ta’zim in a match between undefeated sides on Saturday, February 23, at 9:00PM

Photo credits: Melaka United, PKNPMalaysian Football League