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Azkals keen on keeping Weiss


All signs seem to point to German coach Michael Weiss staying on at the helm of the national side.

The only question that remains is for how long.

Azkals manager Dan Palami told the Inquirer that the German, whose two-year contract expires Jan. 15, will be asked to continue his work with the national team.

But Palami said the length of Weiss’ extension will depend on the Philippine Football Federation, which will discuss the matter on the first week of January.

“It will not only be my decision but also the PFF’s,” said Palami, referring to the contract that will be extended to Weiss.

“What’s important is we make the decision so we can start preparations for the (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifiers as soon as possible.”

The Challenge Cup qualifiers where the Azkals are grouped with Turkmenistan, Brunei and Cambodia are slated in March at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Weiss, who is on vacation in Japan, is actually setting his sights on taking the Azkals to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia, using the Challenge Cup as a stepping stone to qualify for the prestigious quadrennial tournament.

“We have to look at the bigger picture and that is the Asian Cup,” said Weiss.

Palami had expressed satisfaction on the Azkals’ results under Weiss, who succeeded British coach Simon McMenemy.

With a lineup boosted by several Europe-based professionals, Weiss took the Azkals from pre-qualifying in the AFC Challenge Cup all the way to the semifinals and an eventual third place finish—the highest ranking the country has achieved in the tournament for emerging Asian football nations.

The Azkals also captured the first international football title of the country in 99 years with their triumph in the Philippine Football Peace Cup.

Early this month, Weiss steered the souped-up Azkals to another semifinal finish in the AFF Suzuki Cup, barely missing out on a shot at the title after bowing to eventual champion Singapore in the last four.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/angelito.santos3 Angelito Santos


  • http://twitter.com/incostirva Jeff Plazo

    dapat i-retain si Weiss. Marami p cya maga2wa pra s, hindi lng s Azkals, but 2 Phl football in general

  • rgf_md

    Correction: not being paid by PFF. Apologies.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

      Our football programs need lots of funding to survive.  Since the government is not doing enough, private companies and funds should come in.

  • rgf_md

    So if PFF is not paying Weiss (only allowances and other perks) it is wise to retain him. After learning that loaned foreign players with clubs are being paid by PFF, we should be thankful with our half brothers for playing for our country. Go Askalz!….

  • CmdrAdobo

    Weiss? No. After seeing his stupid behavior during thailand matach, i dont thinik he’s a good coach.

    I dont like his boring tactics as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Palami failed to mention that another question is if we could still afford paying Weiss.

    • http://twitter.com/HRK1_06 HRK1


      As part of the FIFA goal funding for the phils, the German Bundesliga is a co-partner, and as such, the Bundesliga is the employer of Weiss, they pay his salary…at no cost to phils.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        Really?  Thanks.  What about the foreign players?  How much do they get paid?  I’m sure the pay depends on the caliber of the players.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tata-Alsado-Naganhon/1207160238 Tata Alsado Naganhon

        foreign players don’t get paid, only there mother clubs ( upon request from PFF ) they only get allowances and bonuses ( just n case they advance every stages of the tournament. so were also greetful to them coz they play for our country.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

        But some of them like the Younghusbands, Jason Sabio, Del Rosario decided to remain in Manila.  How much does PFF pay them?

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