Azkals host Indonesia in ‘friendly’


STEPPING up its buildup for the Suzuki Cup late this year, the Philippines will host Indonesia in an international friendly on June 5 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said Indonesia has already confirmed the match even as the PFF awaits confirmation from Thailand for a clash on June 12, also in Manila.

“It’s a good chance for us to test our strength against a strong team in Southeast Asia,” Araneta said of the clash against Indonesia, which will mark the first time the two sides will meet since the semifinals of the 2010 Suzuki Cup.

The Azkals could have the best lineup possible for the match against the 2010 Suzuki Cup losing finalists as the date falls on the Fifa calendar when clubs are inclined to release players for national team duty.

The Indonesians beat the Azkals via 1-0 scorelines in the two-leg semifinals that were played at the cauldron-like Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. The Philippines did not have a suitable venue for the Azkals’ home leg.

Two matches have already been confirmed for the Philippines in June with the Azkals also facing Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur on June 1.

The PFF has also slated a schedule for the Azkals on June 8 possibly against Hong Kong in Bacolod City.

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  • Pete

    defeat the Indonesians, put the best available Azkals !  i still remember the 100,000 fanatical indonesian fans deafening roar and their harassment /intimidation by pushing and rocking the bus that transport the azkals ! no mercy !

  • Pred

    i dont think they should rest the starters. in fact they need to play more as a team because these are the only times that they can play together. what they can do is to use more subs so as to give their bench some exposure as well as jive them to the rest of the team.

  • Jao Romero

    please rest the starters in this friendly and let the bench get exposure. we don’t need a win honestly. our team is just coming off a successful campaign and they have nothing to prove.

    but they have a lot of things they can learn in this friendly. so use this match to bolster our bench strength.

    • HRK1

      Jao Romero, 

      I understand what you are saying. In most cases, friendlies are used to give the bench and other reserve players a chance to play against other teams (hence, they get experience).

      However, I also agree with Pete. Indonesia have a point to prove and so do we. Indonesia would like to know how good we’ve become (so they can prepare themselves for the 2012 Suzuki Cup). Also, we also need to prove to ourselves that we’ve grown since 2010 semi.

      • Jao Romero

        we need to prove nothing because it’s a friendly. it’s being stupid if you don’t use the match to give bench players more exposure and to experiment with your rotations. that’s the whole point of playing friendlies. to experiment with your team and find new tactics. not to win so “we can prove ourselves.” winning in a friendly and bragging about it is an idiot’s consolation. you use the friendly to strengthen your team, not to reveal to your opponent your strengths. and you will reveal it if you play with your starters for the whole match. you can basically just give the win to Indonesia the next time they play us in a non-friendly competition if you will showcase all the Azkal’s strength. that’s like giving free scouting to Indonesia. Indonesia wanted to play a friendly with us because they want to scout us.

        so if you’re the coach, you’re stupidly falling for the trap because you’re willing to reveal to Indonesia all our strengths just so you can “prove something.”

      • Pred

        You do have a point definitely.. but not playing the regular starters is a stupid strategy as well.. we should understand that they do not play together as often as it should be.. this is the time where they can gel.. this is the time where they can build cohesiveness.  of course you will not play them the entire match.. you have to use your bench as well and try to blend them with the regular starters..

        and even if we try to hide our true strength,, scouts are everywhere.. we cannot prevent them to scout us if they wanted to.. it is more important for our team to jive, to play as one, to play together as often as we can.. that will give the team more benefits than our opponents.

  • Pred

    Neil Etheridge – GK
    P. Younghusband – FW
    A. Guirado – FW
    Denis Wolf – MF
    Stephan Shrock – MF
    Paul Mulders – MF
    J. Younghusband – MF
    Denis Cagara – DF
    J. Guirado – DF
    Jason Sabio – DF
    Carli de Murga – DF

    De Jong

    What can you say?? Azkals rock!!!

    Azkals We Believe!!!

  • Lando

    Are the european based players available?

  • Martin

    Yes, the Azkals need more international friendly games.  But they must have a complete team.

  • Pete

    This game is not at all friendly, it is grudge match.  The revenge of the Azkals !

    • HRK1

      I agree.

      That is why there are quotation marks in the title on the word “friendly”.

      It is a grudge match and the indonesians know it. 

      We want to prove that our loss back in 2010 was because we were still a developing team and we will make sure it will not happen agains, this time we are prepared.

      Also, the indonesian would also like to make sure that their win was meant to be and they are still intent in “teaching” us how to play football.

  • Lando

    Go Azkals !

  • HRK1

    Yes, about time.

    I think both sides will have vested interests in this match.]

    Indonesia would like to find out what is the difference between the 2010 Azkals and the current 2012 Azkals, and prepare themselves against us in the December 2012 Suzuki Cup.

    From our perspective, we would also want to know what how much we’ve grown this past two years (including areas where further development is required – of course there would be more more that need to be done and it will be nice to iron them out before the next suzuki cup).

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