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Azkals forward Mark Hartmann ends Ceres sojourn; joins PJ City

After a brief stay with Filipino champions Ceres-Negros FC, Philippine Azkals forward Mark Hartmann has completed another move, reportedly joining Malaysia Super League club Petaling Jaya City FC.

The development regarding his departure from Ceres has been confirmed yesterday by Hartmann himself via a social media post.

Although official confirmation has yet to be released, it is believed that his destination club is Petaling Jaya City FC, which in effect, completes its foreign quota in time for Malaysia Super League 2020 season.

Once the move is complete, 28-year old Hartmann is already no stranger to Malaysian club football as he already had previous stints with Sarawak FA and Penang FA respectively.

With the Filipino forward’s move away from Ceres, his short tenure as part of the busmen will be remembered for his contributions in the AFC Champions League 2020 qualification campaign where he featured as a substitute in the historic win over Thai club Port FC follow by the defeat against J1 League side FC Tokyo.

Before joining Ceres, Mark Hartmann played for Thai club Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Azkals veteran Angel Guirado signs for Chonburi FC

After a stint with Malaysian club Negeri Sembilan, Filipino forward Angel Guirado completed a move to Thai League 1 club Chonburi FC in the midseason transfer window.

34-year-old Guirado’s deal was confirmed late Friday, July 19, which will serve as a frontline reinforcement for the remainder of the domestic season in Thailand and where he will join compatriot Curt Dizon.

A journeyman with an extensive list of tenures with different clubs from different parts of the globe, his experience will serve to be one of his best contributions to the club which is aiming to improve on their current mid-table position.

Before his stint with Negeri Sembilan, he was with Filipino club Davao Aguilas which last competed in the 2018 season of the Philippines Football League.

Guirado also has been with the Philippine National Football Team’s senior squad, The Azkals, where he was able to score nine goals in 34 appearances.

Chonburi FC is schedule to play a match tonight, July 20, against Suphanburi FC. Kickoff is at 8:00PM (9:00PM Philippine Time).

Photo credit: Thai League

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Thai club Chonburi confirms acquisition of Azkals forward Curt Dizon

Top Filipino football talents’ moves to Thai League 1 continue with Curt Dizon’s transfer to Chonburi FC from Ceres-Negros being the latest development.

The deal was completed and confirmed as of July 17 via official sources making Dizon the fifth player from the same Filipino club to make the jump to the Southeast Asian neighbor along with Kevin Ingreso, Alvaro Silva, and Martin Steuble.

With Chonburi, under manager Sasom Pobprasert, currently in mid-table at ninth place in the on-going League 1, the club will expect 25-year-old Dizon to provide the necessary impetus with the hopes of further improving their place in the table and avoid a possible relegation battle in what seems to be a tightly contested season.

Curt Dizon is a pacy forward-winger who operates on the left with Ceres and has the capability to either create chances for his teammates or score goals. His strengths lie mainly in his pace and dribbling ability – tools that could help him succeed in his new club.

Aside from a successful tenure with Ceres-Negros, where he helped the club win the 2018 domestic league, Curt also played for Philippine-based clubs Global FC and FC Meralco Manila.

Dizon also has been a regular mainstay in the Azkals squad amassing 16 competitive appearances for his country including the AFF Suzuki Cup and the historic 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaigns.

Dizon and Chonburi are scheduled to face up against Suphanburi which has fellow Azkals Alvaro Silva and Patrick Deyto on Saturday, July 20, at 9:00PM local time (10:00PM Philippine Standard Time).

Photo credit: Chonburi FC Facebook page

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Filipino international Josh Grommen officially unveiled by Thai club Sukhothai FC

After a brief sojourn with Malaysia Super League club PJ City FC, defender Josh Grommen completes a move to Thai League 1 outfit Sukhothai FC as confirmed by both the player and the club last Tuesday, July 17, 2019.

Grommen’s addition makes him the second Filipino player in the squad as he joins Azkals winger Iain Ramsay who joined in the previous transfer window.

High level details regarding his length of stay with the club is for the remainder of the current 2019 season with an option for an extension for another year.

Prior to his tenure in Malaysia, Grommen also played for Ceres-Negros from 2017-18 in which he was part of the champion squad that won the inaugural PFL season followed by a season-long stay with Davao Aguilas in 2019.

In his formative years as a footballer, he also played for the youth teams of Loyola, Brisbane Roar and Stallion Laguna. He also was part of the Western Pride squad for 2016-17.

From an international football perspective, the 22-year-old defender whose main role is the centerback position had earned caps for the Philippine U-22 and U-23 squads.

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If given a chance to step onto the pitch, Grommen will be tasked to help his team finish strong and climb up the standings away from the dangers of relegation (Sukhothai currently stands in 13th place out of the 16-club league which is just one spot above the drop-zone).

Sukhothai FC will next face Samut Prakhan City FC at home on Sunday June 21 at 8:00PM local time (9:00PM Philippine Standard Time).

Photo credit: Sukhothai FC Facebook page

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Azkals goalkeeper Patrick Deyto officially joins Thai League 1 club Suphanburi FC

After posting via social media that his brief tenure with Stallion Laguna FC has come to end, Philippine international goalkeeper Patrick Deyto has joined Suphanburi FC as one of the club’s latest acquisitions for the second half of the season.

Initial details on the transfer have been provided by Stallion’s head coach Ernest Nierras last July 8, 2019. Further details point that the move is on a free transfer with a duration of stay until the remainder of the 2019 season, at the very least, with the possibility to extend for the 2020 campaign.

29-year-old Deyto joins compatriot Alvaro Silva who completed a move to the same club days before, while becoming the second active homegrown Filipino talent in Thai League 1 along with Chainat Hornbill defender Marco Casambre.

A product of De La Salle University’s football program under Coach Hans Smit, Patrick began his post-varsity football career with Pachanga Diliman before having stints with Filipino clubs such as Green Archers United, Global Cebu, Davao Aguilas, and Stallion Laguna.

His exploits between the posts made him one of the top keepers in the Philippines in which he earned caps for the senior national squad for several high profile competitions with the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup as his last participation before undergoing a corrective surgery for an injured finger.

Deyto also has an experience playing in the AFC Cup and AFC Champions League qualification campaigns in multiple seasons, being the first choice custodian for his then former club, Global.

Considered a high probability to be the starting keeper under Head Coach Adebayo, Patrick Deyto will have quite a task to fulfill as he helps his new club, which is currently in the midst of a relegation battle, remain in Thailand’s topflight.

Suphanburi will next face Sukhothai, which has Filipino winger Iain Ramsay in its ranks, on Sunday July 14, 2019.

Photo credit: Patrick Deyto Instagram page

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Azkals defender Alvaro Silva unveiled by Thai club Suphanburi

After formally confirming his departure from Ceres-Negros FC last week, Filipino international Alvaro Silva joins Thai League 1 club Suphanburi FC as posted by the club through its official social media channel.

Silva fills in an ASEAN quota for the club, with two more slots available. It is to note that fellow Filipino footballer, forward Mark Hartmann, has transferred out of the club to join Nakhon Ratchasima last week.

35-year-old Silva comes into the club as a vastly experienced veteran with stints in Spain, particularly in Spanish clubs Malaga, Cadiz, and Xerez before having extensive tenures overseas, especially in Asia, where Philippine league champions Ceres-Negros has been his last stop before moving to Thai League for the first time in his career.

The Filipino colossus will have a tough task of helping his new club for the second half of the 2019 season as the War Elephants fight out of the League 1’s relegation zone which, currently, is precariously placed at 15th place out of the 16-team league.

On the international front, Silva has played as a starting defender for the Philippine Azkals in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Silva can suit up competitively in the Thai League 1 as soon as Sunday, July 7, in an away fixture against top team Buriram United.

Photo credit: Suphanburi FC

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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Filipino footballer Sato officially unveiled by Thai club Muangthong United

After spending two seasons in Romania’s top flight, Azkals left-back Daisuke Sato has been officially presented by Thai League 1 giants Muangthong United as their latest transfer window acquisition.

Unveiling of the club’s new players happened on Monday early afternoon (local time), June 24, 2019 in SCG Stadium.

The Filipino international returns to Southeast Asian Football as he joins his new club from Romanian Liga I’s Sepsi OSK and he is assigned with the number 22.

His inclusion in the squad fills up the Thai outfit’s third, and final, ASEAN foreign player quota in addition to Vietnamese goalkeeper Dang Van Lam and forward Aung Thu of Myanmar. He will be playing under new Brazilian manager Alexandre Gama and will also join Thai stars such as Teerasil Dangda, Adisak Kraisorn, Korrawit Tasa, and Charyl Chappuis.

Sato has been in Thailand since late last week. He was even seen in Muangthong United’s home ground, the SCG Stadium, as he watched his then prospective new club get a win against Trat FC last Saturday.

With Thailand’s transfer window set to begin this June 24, the club has unveiled their early swoops with Sato alongside Brazilian forward Derley.

Muangthong United is currently in a struggle to find form as it sees itself, as of this writing, in 14th place out of the 16-team league with the Filipino’s arrival being expected to reinforce the defense and boost their chances to turn their fortunes and avoid relegation in the league campaign.

Also, the confirmation of his joining with the Muang Thong Thani-based club makes Sato available for a competitive appearance as early as Sunday’s away fixture (June 30) against Prachuap.

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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: 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,