Ceres FC clinches Pff Smart Club title


MANILA, Philippines — Ceres FC completed its “Cinderella’ run in the PFF Smart Club championship with a 1-0 title clincher over Pasargad Saturday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Byeong Jun Yoon scored the lone goal in the 56th minute for the Bacolod-based squad, who toppled down powerhouse United Football League (UFL) squads to get to the top.

Meanwhile, Kaya FC blanked Green Archers Globe, 2-0, in the battle for third place.

National team mainstay Chieffy Caligdong, who scored four goals in the tournament for the fourth placers, was awarded the Golden Boot award.

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  • peteryang47

    Yes i had heard of iloilo bacolod negro, but are these place in visayas? seems to me  these are soccer hotbed in the Philippines. If Im a scout, i will travel to these places and to even mindanao, to access and get first hand on these passionate soccer local talents, but unfortunately im not a Filipino.
    From what i had observed the local league , I think in due time more teams from these places will get  into the UFL and this will make football in Philippines more interesting and competitive. I think there are many good teams and talented players from those areas i mentioned, but forigve me if there are other places, which i dont know, Would be glad, if any of you gentlemen can reply me the names of other areas/places as well, Cos if i do have the opportunity to visit Philippines again, i would want to make trips to visit these places, where i called the soccer hotbeds. Excuse me if i use the terms “soccer hotbeds” a term which i used as refer to birhplace of soccer talents. Thank you sirs

    • Sebastian Amadeus Pachelbel

      Sir, if you go to negros island, go to the following schools in bacolod: university of st. la salle and west negros college. In victorias, go to don bosco technical institute. Then go to san Carlos City and Bago City as the local government have good programs. In Iloilo, go to barotac viejo and barotac nievo. These are the birth place of many national players. Thank you for being appreciative of filipino football even if you’re a foreigner.

      • peteryang47

        Thank You Sir

        I take note of these places, university college and institute I am a firm believer in producing Local talents and  junior development programme, as much as it is important to introduce quality foreign players into the local league which only benefit the game development overall.
        I, myself was once from the junior product development programme in my country. and as much as it is good your country to have these quality good Mixed Filipino professionals into your league and in your senior national team, Local young adults and juniors must not be left neglected.
        I noticed  the need to have better decent playing pitch is also taken into consideration and before long I think you may even find you team winning major trophies besides The Peace Cup that your team had won last year.

        All the best to Philippines football . Thank you once again Sir

  • Sebastian Amadeus Pachelbel

    i agree how this would be called a cinderella run? all the clubs in negros can compete in the ufl. and they always stress out that joshua beloya is a “former kaya player” when in fact he played semi-pro football in negros first. and that’s the other thing, negros clubs have semi pro players since most of them have day jobs, yet they can beat any ufl club. the ufl clubs are just lucky to get tv exposure, and as i’ve said before it’s easy to make the team in manila. i’ve played practice games with kaya before and they’re not as fast and physical compared with our negros play. yes they have skills but they’re soft. i’m proud to say that i could make it in any ufl team if i’m a serious player but in negros i would just be in the intramurals level, i could not get through varsity level

  • mico rei

    people say its a cinderella run, but they were the best contender in the country. how the hell naging cinderella yun. before na pansin ang football sa manila. sa bacolod and iloilo yan nag simula. stop saying its a cinderella or a giant slayer, sikat lng ang clubs in the ufl dahil nasa tv sila. other clubs here in bacolod (real negrense, dynamic builder fc, trimaxi agro) could beat them. ceres is not even the top club in bacolod. it is always beaten by its top rival dynamic builder fc.

  • Ronald

    wow truly a cinderella run !! galing ng bacolod/negros team

  • Alexander Matti

    Hail the Yanson Brothers of Bacolod and Negros. They are the instrument for a quality football club.

    The club try to match the great team in manila.

    This is the result of passion of football in Negros and as well the fully support of Yanson Group.

    I saw the greatness and triumph of training in North Point Talisay Pitch. 

    What a tremendous football dribbling and training there on.

    Hoping for continue support the sports of football in negros. You brought the name of Negros again in the world of sports.

    More Power!!! 

    Its a Dynamic! and Accomplishment!

  • peteryang47

     It is the dawning soccer season of the underdog teams. Congrats Ceres Fc I knew you might win this one  I think last season we saw another lesser team clinching the title or the cup as well, correct me if Im wrong.
    It is healthy and good sign, that lesser teams are closing in on the more fancied and stronger teams,  The more fancined teams should no longer underestimate nor overcnfident when they take on the lesser teams. This is a lesson here to learn that when a lesser team keep playing against the stronger team, they will only improve and eventually may beat the stronger team. What must the stronger teams do then? In professional soccer, the more fancied teams need to  recruit quality players who are able to fit into the team and promote juniors who are good enough  to play at senior level  in order to stay ahead of the rests,

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