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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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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

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Azkals in overseas leagues fixtures for February 2019: Weekend 3

It’s the third weekend of February as the Philippine Azkals in Europe, Malaysia and Thai League 2 continue with their respective campaigns.

Here are the schedules for this upcoming matchdays for the week [All schedules are in Philippine Standard Time, GMT +8]:

Hikaru Minegishi [JL Chaingmai United – Thai League 2]

JL Chiangmai vs Khon Kaen [Home] – February 16 [Saturday]. Kickoff: 8:00PM

After opening their league campaign with a 1-0 loss away from home against Udonthani last February 10, JL Chiangmai United with Filipino midfielder Hikaru Minegishi are about to have their first home match against Khon Kaen which also lost their first assignment as both teams try to get their first win of the season.

Joshua Grommen [Petaling Jaya City – Malaysia Super League]

PKNP vs Petaling Jaya City [Away] – February 16, 2019 [Saturday]. Kickoff: 9:00PM

A 1-1 draw against Selangor last February 9, earned Filipino defender Joshua Grommen’s PJ City FC their first point in the standings after two matches.

But the next fixture in their bid to get their first three points could be a challenging one as they are on an away mission against PKNP, which share an identical record of one loss and a draw.

Patrick Reichelt [Melaka United – Malaysia Super League]

Melaka United vs Pahang [Home] – February 16, 2019 [Saturday]. Kickoff at 9:00PM

After getting their second win in as many matches in the Super League from a 1-0 win against hosts PKNS – with Filipino midfielder Patrick Reichelt even getting Man of the Match honors, Melaka United aim to keep their perfect start to the season in their third fixture.

It will be easier said than done though as they host current leaders Pahang who are on a goalscoring spree with six goals scored and only one conceded in just two matches.

Daisuke Sato [Sepsi OSK – Romania Liga I]

Gaz Metan vs Sepsi OSK [Away]- February 17, 2019 [Sunday]. Kickoff 11:30PM

Azkals defender Daisuke Sato’s club Sepsi OSK have had a rough start after the winter break, dropping their previous two fixtures.

Although the results did not affect their standing in the table as they proceed for the championship playoff round, they would need to get a win away against Gaz Metan in the hopes of kicking off their campaign back to winning ways.

John-Patrick Strauss [FC Erzgebirge Aue – 2. Bundesliga]

FC St. Pauli vs Erzgebirge Aue [Away] – February 16, 2019 [Saturday]. Kickoff at 8:00PM

Erzgebirge Aue and Filipino midfielder John-Patrick Strauss hope to get the breakthrough win after getting back to back losses in their return from winter break.

Kevin Ray Mendoza Hansen [AC Horsens – Danish Superliga]

Horsens vs Vendsyssel FF [Home] – February 17, 2019 [Sunday]. Kickoff at 7:00PM.

After getting a point in a goalless away fixture against Hobro, AC Horsens and Azkals goalkeeper Kevin Ray Mendoza host Vendsyssel to get full three points after the winter break.

Photo credits: Sepsi OSK, Melaka United, JL Chiangmai United,

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Reichelt’s Melaka United edge out Grommen’s Petaling Jaya City as Azkals clash in Malaysia Super League

Two goals first-half goals were enough as Patrick Reichelt’s Melaka United prevail over Joshua Grommen’s Petaling Jaya as it ended 2-1 in a match that pitted both Philippine Azkals in both clubs’ Malaysia Super League opener in Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca.

Hosts Melaka United got mounted a comfortable advantage with two unanswered goals in the first half as Kosovo Albanian Liridon Krasniqi produced a spectacular opener in the 35th minute while Brazilian striker Casagrande added the second goal off a header two minutes before halftime.

Petaling Jaya tried to claw and give it a fight in the second-half as they pulled a goal back with Barathkumar Ramaloo scoring three minutes before the hour mark, but an equalizer wasn’t meant to be with the home team kicking off its campaign with a win.

The Azkals of both opposing teams, Patrick Reichelt [formerly of Ceres-Negros] and Joshua Grommen [formerly of Davao Aguilas], suited up as starters during the match.

However, a sad news for neutral Filipino fans following both players in this fixture as Josh Grommen dislocated his shoulder in the 65th minute, but was able to soldier on for the whole match. He will undergo further assessment by the team doctor if he can suit up for the next game.

Melaka United will next face PKNS FC in an away fixture next Saturday, February 9 at 9:00 PM, while Petaling Jaya City will have their first home match against Selangor which kicks off on the same date and time [Malaysia has no time difference with the Philippines].

Photo credit: Melaka United Facebook Page

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Azkals in overseas clubs: 1st weekend of February 2019 fixtures

With club football starting to be back [with the exception of the Premier League] for several countries as the winter break comes to a close while the football season slowly begins in Asia, here is the list of games this weekend in different leagues where several Philippine Azkals are playing.

Note: All kick-off times are in Philippine Standard Time [GMT +8]

Azkals clash in Malaysia Super League: Patrick Reichelt [Winger/Forward, Melaka United] vs Joshua Grommen [Defender, Petaling Jaya City FC]

Melaka United begin their Super League season at home against Petaling Jaya City on February 2, 2019. Kickoff time is at 9:00 PM.

Neil Etheridge [Goalkeeper, Cardiff City FC; Premier League]

Away fixture vs Bournemouth on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Kickoff time is at 1:30 AM.

Daisuke Sato [Defender, Sepsi OSK; Romanian Liga I]

Away fixture vs Voluntari on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Kickoff time is 11:30 PM.

John-Patrick Strauß [Midfielder, FC Erzgebirge Aue; 2. Bundesliga]

Home fixture vs FC Köln on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Kickoff Time is 8:30 PM.

Photo credits: Rudolf Holland, FC Erzgebirge Aue, Melaka United SA, Daisuke Sato, Neil Etheridge

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Azkals’ mercurial winger Patrick Reichelt #11 officially unveiled by Melaka United

The Philippine Azkals and former Ceres-Negros FC winger Patrick Reichelt has been formally introduced by his new club, Melaka United as an ASEAN import player during the kit and squad launch this afternoon of January 26, 2019.

Patrick Reichelt is assigned the number 11 in his kit as he joins Malaysian internationals, midfielder Safiq Rahim and goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi.

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After his duty with the Philippines in their historic first ever AFC Asian Cup campaign, Patrick Reichelt only passed by Manila for a brief stop-over before immediately heading to Malacca in southwestern Malaysia for his transfer.

His brief on-pitch appearance in a preseason friendly last January 21 served as his “unofficial introduction” to the Melaka United faithfuls while awaiting for his formal presentation.

Patrick Reichelt has been one of the brightest performers during the Philippine Azkals’ run to the semifinals stage in the recently concluded 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup where he was able to score two goals in crucial matches. He was also a starter under head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson during the whole of the Azkals’ 2019 Asian Cup participation.

More importantly, Reichelt has been one of coach Risto Vidakovic’s main cogs in Ceres-Negros’ “Machine of 2017-18” which ushered the club’s meteoric rise not only through its dominance in the domestic front [back to back PFL titles] but also in being a recognised Filipino club in the Asian continent through its competitive showings in the AFC Cup [2017 ASEAN Champions] and the qualifiers of the 2018 AFC Champions League.

As of the moment, the Filipino international is in the middle of trainings and preparations with his new club teammates for the 2019 Malaysia Super League season which begins on February 2, 2019 in a home fixture against Petaling Jaya City FC that kicks-off at 9:00 PM [Malaysia and the Philippines have no time difference].

The main purpose of the event was to unveil Melaka United’s kits for the 2019 season in which all players that comprise the squad ahead of the campaign were introduced.

Photo credit: Screengrab of Melaka United’s Facebook Live event