Azkals’ Martin Steuble wins silverware in season debut with Thai club Port FC

An early second half goal by Sergio Suarez proved to be enough as Port FC edged Ratchaburi Mitr Phol to win the 2019 Chang FA Cup. The feat made Filipino international and Azkals defender Martin Steuble, who plays for Port, win a trophy in his first season in Thailand.

An evenly-matched first half unfolded in the FA Cup final with both clubs seeing chances to score only to fail in actually finding the back of the net in an encounter that could have gone either way within the first 45 minutes.

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol thought they have found the breakthrough just before halftime with Ivorian midfielder Lossemy Karaboue rattling the net off a rebound, but his effort was chalked off after verification using VAR that the goal was not valid.

Port FC provided the best response though in early in the second half as Spanish striker Sergio Suarez broke the deadlock in the 48th minute from a quick counterattacking play.

Ratchaburi came closest to equalising in the 88th minute of the match with a driven effort but Port’s goalkeeper Worawut was equal to it to maintain the precarious lead.

Martin Stueble was part of Port’s lineup as a substitute, while fellow Filipino international midfielder Amin Nazari started for Ratchaburi Mitr Phol in a losing effort.

It is to note that Steuble joined the Thai League 1 side last July 2019 from Philippine football’s powerhouse Ceres-Negros FC. And it seems his transfer may prove to be a rewarding decision winning a trophy in the first time of asking.

Photo credit: Port FC Official

Azkals striker Javier Patiño joins Ratchaburi on loan

Filipino forward Javier Patiño has been loaned out by Buriram United to Thai League 1 competitors Ratchaburi Mitr Phol for the second half of the season.

The move has been confirmed as of July 1 in the middle of Thailand’s mid-season transfer window.

Patiño joins fellow Philippine internationals Amin Nazari and Manny Ott as the club aims to come up with a massive push to improve their current standing of tenth out of the 16-team league.

It is to note that the forward has been re-acquired by Buriram United last April of 2018 after being released by Chinese Super League Henan Jianye and recovering from a lengthy injury.

He has yet to regain his scoring form in his second spell with the Thunder Castle, mostly coming on as a substitute, scoring only one goal in the campaign.

The move to Ratchaburi with The Dragons could serve as an opportunity for Patiño to get more regular playing time.

Ratchaburi’s next fixture is tomorrow, July 3, in an away match against Nongbua Pitchaya for the Thai League Cup, but Javier could feature more likely on Saturday, July 6, in a League 1 home match against Port FC.

Photo credit: Buriram United FC

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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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A full Azkals squad now playing in Thailand

With midfielder Adam Reed’s joining with Thai League 1 club Chainat Hornbill, Thailand now has a full squad of eleven Filipino internationals playing in its football leagues.

Here is the list of Filipino footballers now signed with Thai clubs:

  • Javier Patino – Forward, Buriram United
  • Mark Hartmann – Forward, Suphanburi FC
  • Iain Ramsay – Winger/Midfielder, Sukhothai FC
  • Manuel Ott – Midfielder, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
  • Amin Nazari – Midfielder, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol
  • Adam Reed – Midfielder, Chainat Hornbill
  • Hikaru Minegishi – Midfielder, JL Chiangmai United [Thai League 2]
  • Stephan Palla – Defender, Buriram United
  • Luke Woodland – Defender, Buriram United
  • Marco Casambre – Defender, Chainat Hornbill
  • Michael Falkesgaard – Goalkeeper, Bangkok United

Here’s how the Azkals 11 in Thailand would look like if lined up as one team [3-5-2 formation]:

Seeing the wealth of talent, it’s a pretty decent and competitive lineup that could very much stand to-to-toe against other clubs or teams.

Photo credits: Bangkok United, Buriram United, Ratchaburi Mitr Phol, Chainat Hornbill

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Azkals star Manny Ott out for 3 months due to injury

Philippine Azkals midfielder Manuel Ott incurred a major injury ahead of the Thai League 1 season with Thai club Ratchaburi Mitr Phol that will deem him out for around three months.

Initial report via Goal Thailand points to an injured shin that happened while in preseason training that will make him miss the early part of the domestic league campaign.

The club posted the confirmation regarding the injury without giving much details on the extent, but have sent their wishes for a speedy recovery for the creative Filipino midfielder.

Before joining Ratchaburi Mitr Phol, Manny Ott has been one of the biggest names in his former club, Ceres-Negros, helping the Bacolod-based Filipino outfit to back-to-back domestic league titles and a strong showing in the AFC Cup in the past two seasons’ campaigns, triumphing in the ASEAN Zone for 2017 and reaching the same zone finals in 2018.

For the national team, Manuel Ott has been always a major consideration in the starting lineup for head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson in both the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Manny Ott could have been set to start for his new club in February 22, 2019 as Ratchaburi Mitr Phol commence its 2019 season against Trat FC if the fitness mishap did not occur. Hence, only Amin Nazari has the chance to represent the Azkals for the Thai club come the league opener.

Photo Credit: Ratchabuti Mitr Phol FC Facebook Page

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Manny Ott begins training with Thai club ahead of 2019 season

Thai League 1 club Ratchaburi Mitr Phol has just released the images of their Monday [January 21, 2019] training session via their official social media channel with Azkals and former Ceres-Negros FC midfielder Manuel “Manny” Ott in the team, confirming his club transfer.

Posted by Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC on Monday, January 21, 2019

Manny Ott’s departure off that proverbial yellow bus of Bacolod – along with winger Patrick Reichelt [who, as of this writing, is already in Melaka, Malaysia and is believed to be set in joining Melaka United] – presents a significant void for Ceres in terms of playmaking and creativity from the middle of the park, prompting The Busmen to sign new key players to address the gap.

Ott’s arrival to Ratchaburi means that he joins fellow Azkal Amin Nazari [also a midfielder and younger brother of Ceres-Negros’ Omid Nazari] who was acquired from Finnish club IFK Mariehamn. Both Filipino internationals will play under current manager Manuel Márquez Roca of Spain.

Ratchaburi Mitr Phol finished the 2018 season in the lower half of the standings at 12th out of the 18-team League 1 and is definitely targeting a much better campaign for 2019.

The Thai League 1 season is scheduled to begin on February 22, 2019.

Photo credit: Ratchaburi Mitr Phol Facebook page