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The Filipinas are on the brink of an early FIFA Women's World Cup exit after conceding two goals from Sophie Roman Haug and one sensational strike from Caroline Graham Hansen. #FIFAWWC | @jonasterradoINQ pic.twitter.com/aJDUvIppbj
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WATCH: Coach Alen Stajcic on the Philippines’ quest to win its Group A match against Norway and the increased number of viewing parties back home #FIFAWWC | @jonasterradoINQ pic.twitter.com/ncIc2Mvb79
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LOOK: The ambassadors of Norway donate football kits to local football club Tondo FC. This, before the match between two countries in the #FIFAWomensWorldCup. | @MeloFuertesINQ pic.twitter.com/z1Jz8DUR7a
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Here's the Philippines' starting lineup for today's Group A match against Norway:
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WATCH: Festive atmosphere as Filipino fans based here in Auckland and back home march around Eden Park before the crunch Group A match between the Philippines and Norway. #FIFAWWC | @jonasterradoINQ pic.twitter.com/HDbBZhwhdr
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Filipinas eye takedown of fancied Norwegians for place in KO stage
The position coach Alen Stajcic and the Philippines are at in this upset-filled Fifa (International Association Football Federation) Women’s World Cup is something they are not only appreciating but one they would not like to waste.
“I’m really proud of the whole group that we’ve got at this point in the tournament,” Stajcic said as the Filipinas hope to defy the odds in their crunch Group A encounter with a Norway side that will miss one of its best players but is nonetheless determined to produce a result amid a turmoil-filled campaign. FULL STORY
Higher-ranked foes don’t awe courageous Filipinas anymore
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The experience of playing high-level matches before and during the course of what has been a dream Fifa (International Association Football Federation) Women’s World Cup campaign has made the Filipinas get used to what others see as an overwhelming occasion.
“Whether it’s against Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway star) or someone from Westside California, I’m excited to play football,” Jessika Cowart said as the Filipinas face Norway on Sunday at Eden Park here with a chance to go to a place no expert had penciled them capable of achieving. FULL STORY
Norway coach praises her former player Meryll Serrano ahead of Philippines match
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Norway coach Hege Riise on Saturday recalled having a current member of the Filipinas as one of her former players.
Riise was talking about midfielder Meryll Serrano, who played for her during the latter’s spell at LSK Kvinner of Norway’s top-tier league Toppserien in 2019. FULL STORY
Alen Stajcic, Filipinas hyperfocused on winning vs Norway in Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Coach Alen Stajcic and the Philippines on winning and winning alone as they shoot for a round-of-16 berth in the Fifa Women’s World Cup against fancied but embattled Norway on Sunday.
The Filipinas need a win over the winners of the 1995 edition at Eden Park here to progress further in the tournament, a thought that was seen as unreachable before the World Cup started. FULL STORY
Filipinas to face a shorthanded Norway side in key Women’s World Cup match
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The Philippines will have one less player to worry about after Norway ruled out striker Ada Hegerberg for Sunday’s massive Group A match in the Fifa Women’s World Cup at Eden Park here.
Coach Hege Riise confirmed that the former Ballon d’Or winner will not be fit enough for the encounter after suffering an injury before Norway settled for a goalless draw against Switzerland last Tuesday in Hamilton. FULL STORY
Alen Stajcic welcomes Filipinos’ heightened interest in football at Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—There’ll be plenty of shoppers and passers-by back home who’ll probably get an introduction and interest in how football is played once a big screen showing the Filipinas go for a historic round-of-16 berth in the Fifa Women’s World Cup against Norway on Sunday here.
And that is something coach Alen Stajcic and the rest of the team see as a welcome development for football to possibly grow in the Philippines.
“Welcome to the football party, welcome to the football family,” Stajcic said when asked about the increased number of viewing parties that will be set up at different malls, bars or restaurants for the game set at 3 p.m. Philippine time. FULL STORY
Women’s World Cup: Norway sans injured Hegerberg in must-win clash with Philippines
AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Norway will be without star striker Ada Hegerberg for their must-win Women’s World Cup clash with the Philippines on Sunday because of injury, coach Hege Riise said.
The former Ballon d’Or winner has not recovered from the groin injury that forced her to pull out of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Switzerland just before kick-off.
“She is not ready for this game,” Riise told reporters at Eden Park on Saturday. FULL STORY
Alen Stajcic confirms Philippines’ pre-Women’s World Cup friendly vs US
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Coach Alen Stajcic acknowledged on Saturday that the Philippines took on the United States in an undisclosed friendly before the Fifa Women’s World Cup began.
Stajcic somehow confirmed that the exhibition took place in passing during Saturday’s pre-match press conference at Eden Park where he was asked about having Sara Eggesvik and Meryll Soriano, two players with Norwegian links. FULL STORY
Philippines vows to go all out in crucial match vs Norway in Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Jessika Cowart and the Philippines vowed to give everything they could to ensure that they get a favorable result against Norway in order to secure a dream round-of-16 berth in the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
The Filipinas need a win over the Norwegians on Sunday at Eden Park here or settle for a draw while also seeing co-host New Zealand lose to Switzerland to confirm their place in the knockout stage of women’s football’s ultimate stage. FULL STORY
Stajcic making sure his Filipinas remain grounded, focused on next task
As flattering as the recognition and attention garnered by the Filipinas in defeating the cohost for a landmark first win in the Fifa (International Association Football Federation) Women’s World Cup is, coach Alen Stajcic would rather want his players to stay grounded.
“At this point in time, we [will] reflect on what the world thinks of us later on,” Stajcic said Friday before Manila-based reporters who were allowed to attend the team’s training session at Olympic Park here. FULL STORY
Angela Beard is a silent worker doing the intangibles for Team PH
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—While the attention has mostly been on the heroics of striker Sarina Bolden and goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel in giving the Philippines a historic first win in the Fifa Women’s World Cup, an unheralded defender did a lot of the silent work and is ready to do it again.
That momentous 1-0 victory over New Zealand in group play last Tuesday in Wellington was also aided by stellar work on the back, particularly of Angie Beard, who in her second game for the Philippines was vital in making sure that the Filipinas fended off the Football Ferns in the stretch. FULL STORY
Alen Stajcic, Philippines brace for ‘wounded animal’ Norway in Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Coach Alen Stajcic warned that Norway could still show its true billing despite a conflict-marred campaign when the Philippines face the Scandinavian nation on Sunday for a spot in the round-of-16 of the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Stajcic said the Filipinas remain at a disadvantage going into the crucial Group A match at Eden Park here, even if Norway has produced just one point in two matches.
“I think every team has their issues and because they’re maybe publicized and we knew that stuff is a little bit exaggerated,” Stajcic said after Friday’s training at Olympic Park. FULL STORY
Philippines’ Women’s World Cup merchandise becomes a hot commodity
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Philippine-related merchandise has been selling like hotcakes amid the ecstasy of the Filipinas’ maiden appearance in the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Filipinos who are based here and those who flew in to watch women’s football’s ultimate stage have found it challenging to score items, namely shirts, scarves, bonnets, key chains and ref magnets either in this city’s Fifa Fan Festival or at venues where the games are taking place. FULL STORY
Viewing parties nationwide set up for Filipinas’ crucial match vs Norway
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—More viewing parties have been placed back home when the Philippines goes for a shock Fifa Women’s World Cup round-of-16 berth against Norway on Sunday here.
A total of 48 SM malls from different parts of the country will set up a large screen for the crunch 3 p.m. Philippine time match where the Filipinas aim to score an upset over the troubled Norwegian side. FULL STORY
Philippines holds closed-door training ahead of Norway Women’s World Cup match
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The Filipinas held a closed-door training session Thursday to begin preparations for the big Group A match against Norway in the Fifa Women’s World Cup this weekend here.
Filipinas battle heavily favored Norwegians for slot in KO stages
Olivia McDaniel and the Philippines still consider Norway as having the advantage ahead of their crunch Group A tussle, this despite cracks showing within the camp of the former winner of the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
“It will be a tough game and they are a tough team,” McDaniel said as the Filipinas began preparations in this city for a monumental chance at securing a round-of-16 spot in the ultimate showcase of women’s football. FULL STORY
Sara Eggesvik has one thing in mind: Beat Norway
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Sara Eggesvik let her emotions come out before a throng of reporters from different continents after playing a very critical role in the Philippines’ breakthrough win over New Zealand.
Deeper Women’s World Cup run would ‘mean a lot’ for PH football growth–Sara Eggesvik
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Sara Eggesvik sees the possibility of sending the Philippines to the knockout stage of the Fifa Women’s World Cup as a chance to further the growth of the beautiful game back home.
“That would mean a lot from being like a small football country and this can mean growth,” Eggesvik said as the Filipinas prepare for their crunch Group A match against Norway on Sunday at Eden Park in this city. FULL STORY
Olivia McDaniel credits hardworking teammates, boisterous 12th man for brilliant rescue job
Olivia McDaniel isn’t new to saving the day for the Philippines.
Her performance that secured the Philippines’ historic first win in the FifaWomen’s World Cup, however, dwarfs her previous rescue act, the one that helped the team seal a spot in the grandest stage of women’s football.
“I think this means just a bit more,” McDaniel said on Tuesday after her work between the sticks in the tense moments of a 1-0 win over tournament cohost New Zealand here at Wellington Regional Stadium prompted Fifa to award her the Player of the Match trophy. FULL STORY
For emboldened Filipinas, anything is possible at the Women’s World Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Sarina Bolden and the Philippines have given themselves more belief that they can do magical things in a Fifa (International Association Football Federation) Women’s World Cup that has produced many surprises.
And that’s even if they need an even more stunning victory on Sunday to secure their spot in the knockout stages.
To extend the dream ride as debutants in women’s football’s biggest stage, the Filipinas will need to beat former champion Norway, the consensus favorites to top Group A which is groping for form and facing the prospect of an early exit. FULL STORY
Goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel hopes Filipinas can continue historic run
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Olivia McDaniel is hoping that the Philippines can continue its string of historic achievements even after producing the country’s first-ever win in the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
The Filipinas goalkeeper supported Sarina Bolden’s first-half goal by making key stops in the latter moments that sealed a historic result before 32,000 fans at this city’s Wellington Regional Stadium. FULL STORY
Fans give Philippines a home game atmosphere in New Zealand against co-hosts
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—The Philippine women’s football team felt like it played a virtual home game at the Fifa Women’s World Cup as a heavy presence of its supporters came out to witness the historic 1-0 win over co-host New Zealand here.
The earlier notion of the Filipinas having to deal with a partisan quickly died down as chants of “Go Pilipinas!” and “Isa pa!” reverberate Wellington Regional Stadium, especially after Sarina Bolden scored the only goal of the match in the 24th minute. FULL STORY
Philippines ready for ‘monumental’ last-16 bid at Women’s World Cup
Philippines head coach Alen Stajcic said the Women’s World Cup debutants faced a “monumental” task to beat Norway and squeeze into the tournament’s knock-out stages.
Ranked 46th in the world, the Philippines blew Group A wide open with a shock 1-0 win over co-hosts New Zealand on Tuesday.
Sarina Bolden scored the winning header in Wellington to claim her country’s first goal at a Women’s World Cup — which also sealed the Philippines’ maiden victory at either a men’s or women’s finals. FULL STORY
Philippines all-business after upset win over New Zealand in Women’s World Cup, says coach
WELLINGTON–The Philippines gatecrashed New Zealand’s party on Tuesday with a stunning 1-0 upset of the Women’s World Cup co-hosts but coach Alen Stajcic said the celebrations will have to be cut short as they have to prepare for their final group game against Norway.
The World Cup debutants lost their opener against Switzerland and faced long odds against a New Zealand side ranked 20 rungs above them, playing in front of a packed house of loyal home fans in Wellington. FULL STORY
Fans celebrate historic Philippines’ Women’s World Cup win: ‘Dream come true’
Hundreds of Philippine football fans celebrated wildly and some cried after the country’s historic first Women’s World Cup win on Tuesday.
The unfancied Filipinas stunned co-host New Zealand 1-0 in Wellington, triggering celebrations more than 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) away.
Elated supporters watching the match live on a big screen in the UP Town Center shopping mall in the capital Manila erupted in screams and song. Some cried tears of joy. FULL STORY
Philippines beats New Zealand in historic Women’s World Cup first win
WELLINGTON–The Philippines claimed a historic first World Cup win on Tuesday as it stunned co-host New Zealand 1-0 thanks to a first-half Sarina Bolden header.
New Zealand created a string of second-half chances and had a goal disallowed but the Philippines held on for a famous win in front of 32,357 in Wellington, New Zealand. FULL STORY
FULL TIME: Philippines vs New Zealand
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Sarina Bolden delivers Philippines’ first ever goal in Women’s World Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Sarina Bolden scored the Philippines’ first-ever goal in the Fifa Women’s World Cup which came halfway in the first half of the match against New Zealand here.
The landmark moment happened in the 24th minute when Sara Eggesvik sent a pass towards a rushing Bolden, who headed the ball initially deflected by goalkeeper Victoria Esson before hitting the net, sparking incredible scenes at Wellington Regional Stadium. FULL STORY
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HALFTIME: Philippines vs New Zealand
Women’s World Cup: Philippines embracing challenge against New Zealand
WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Coach Alen Stajcic said the Philippines is ready to relish the environment of playing before a partisan crowd as they try to get a stunning result over a rejuvenated co-host New Zealand in Tuesday’s Fifa Women’s World Cup match here.
The experience of having faced the Football Ferns in a friendly last year may give the Filipinas a strong chance to produce a landmark point, or better yet, a win at Wellington Regional Stadium. FULL STORY
Philippines vows to ‘crash the party’ against New Zealand at Women’s World Cup
Philippines coach Alen Stajcic is backing his Women’s World Cup debutants to “crash the party” when they play co-hosts New Zealand on Tuesday.
New Zealand is on a high after beating Norway 1-0 in the tournament opener to end a 15-game winless streak at Women’s World Cups dating back to 1991.
The Philippines lost 2-0 to Switzerland in its first game at the finals in New Zealand and Australia but proved to be no pushovers. FULL STORY
Wherever born, Filipinas team members ‘all play for the [PH] flag’ – Stajcic
The Philippine team playing in the Fifa (International Association Football Federation) Women’s World Cup for the first time is, hands-down, the biggest two weeks of the Filipinas’ lives.
But as finally revealed Saturday, they got plenty more than that prior to their landmark debut against Switzerland when they faced the defending two-time champion United States in a closed-door friendly in Auckland. FULL STORY
Filipinas ‘hungrier’ to get real taste of first goal in Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Sarina Bolden and the Filipinas are hungrier as ever to make landmark feats in the next two games of the Fifa Women’s World Cup after the moments, or near-moments they experienced in its debut match against Switzerland.
“That little taste of what it might feel like when we do score our first goal make it even more hungrier [for us] to get it,” Bolden said following Sunday’s training session at Olympic Park here, referring to the offside call that negated a spectacular goal by fellow striker Katrina Guillou in the first 15 minutes of the maiden appearance held in Dunedin. FULL STORY
Philippines eager to get different outcome vs New Zealand in Women’s World Cup
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Coach Alen Stajcic believes it will be a whole different game when the Philippines face co-host New Zealand in a key Fifa Women’s World Cup match for both teams after facing off in a friendly 10 months earlier.
The contest set Tuesday in Wellington is seen as the Filipinas’ best chance of getting a result in their debut appearance in women’s football’s biggest stage, given the way they performed despite a 2-1 defeat to the Football Ferns last September in California. FULL STORY
Olivia McDaniel sets focus on Filipinas’ next matches at Women’s World Cup after emotional first game
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Olivia McDaniel urged herself and the Philippine women’s football team to no longer get caught up too much on the emotions of finally having to play their first Fifa Women’s World Cup match.
“The first game was really exciting, a lot of emotion going on, but we have to move on to the next one,” McDaniel said after the Filipinas’ training session Sunday at Olympic Park here. FULL STORY
Filipinas fall to Switzerland in their Fifa Women’s World Cup debut
DUNEDIN, New Zealand–Switzerland made a winning start to its Fifa Women’s World Cup campaign with a 2-0 victory over debutant Philippines at Dunedin Stadium on Friday, thanks to Ramona Bachmann’s first-half penalty and a close-range effort from Seraina Piubel.
Inka Grings’ side was awarded a penalty by VAR after midfielder Coumba Sow was caught by a stray boot from Jessika Cowart in the box late in the first half, with forward Bachmann coolly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Olivia McDaniel. FULL STORY
FULLTIME: Philippines vs Switzerland
Filipinas at the Fifa Women’s World Cup: How they got there and what awaits them
The day 18 months in the making has finally come with the Philippine women’s football team hoping to make its mark in the Fifa Women’s World Cup not just as mere participants, but as a squad that could legitimately make a strong impression against some of women’s football’s best nations.
The results of the team will only be secondary for hardcore fans, who have been eager to see the Filipinas step onto the pitch for the expanded quadrennial meet that will make a lot of firsts.
But the team will still try to make an impression as they hope to use the country’s first appearance on football’s biggest stage to inspire young dreamers. FULL STORY
Storylines to watch as Filipinas embark on historic Fifa Women’s World Cup campaign
Plenty of storylines could come out during the course of the Philippine women’s football team’s maiden foray in the Fifa Women’s World Cup, namely its performance, possible breakthrough and questions once the campaign ends.
With their historic stint set to start Friday, the Inquirer came out with stories that could factor out during the course of the Filipinas’ stay in New Zealand—or if something magical happens—and Australia. FULL STORY
A breakdown of Filipinas’ opponents in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023 group stage
There’s no question that the Philippine women’s football team’s debut appearance in the Fifa Women’s World Cup won’t be a stroll in the park.
With the quality of opponents at hand, the Filipinas are surely trying to map out something to produce unlikely results against two tough European sides and the tournament co-host they already have an idea of how to approach.
Here’s some information about the teams coach Alen Stajcic and his squad will face in Group A of the biggest showpiece for women’s football. FULL STORY
Filipinas’ schedule at the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023 Group Stage
Filipinas ‘safe’ after deadly shooting near their hotel in New Zealand ahead of Fifa World Cup
The Philippine women’s football team said all of its members are safe following a shooting incident that rocked at the vicinity of the delegation’s hotel in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday.
The team said on social media that everyone—players, coaches, officials and staff—are all accounted for after a gunman and two others died during the incident at a construction site located in Auckland’s central business district.
“All members of the Philippine Women’s National Team delegation at the FIFA Women’s World Cup are safe,” the team said. FULL STORY
Top Filipinas’ players to watch at Fifa Women’s World Cup 2023
For the Philippine women’s football team to put up at least a commendable effort against favored opponents, it will need some of the familiar names to deliver the biggest performance of their football lives in the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Most of the names that will be mentioned in this piece are the prominent ones who were key before and after the Filipinas sealed a historic qualification to women’s football’s biggest showcase, their form to determine if they can get a satisfying result against Switzerland, co-host New Zealand and Norway in Group A. FULL STORY
Filipinas turn nostalgic, show fun side in Fifa Women’s World Cup photoshoot
Members of the Philippine women’s football team immediately took to social media showcasing themselves in full battle gear for its maiden campaign in the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
The Filipinas took part in a photoshoot Monday in New Zealand where they not only posed for posterities that will be used for various reasons during the course of the tournament but also use the chance to show their wacky side.
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Among the interesting posts was made by Carleigh Frilles, who uploaded her pre-tournament photo as well as an old picture of herself while wearing what appeared to be a replica version of the Philippine Azkals kit. FULL STORY
Anticipation, pressure build for Filipinas as Fifa Women’s World Cup nears
With just a few days away from the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup, the Filipinas’ excitement is at an all-time high as they await their turn in history.
The excitement, however, did not just come overnight but has actually stuck with the Philippine women’s football team since that fateful night in January last year.
“We’re super excited. Ever since we got qualified for the world cup we’ve been thinking about the preparation and what we’re up against in joining such a prestigious tournament,” goalkeeper Inna Palacios told Inquirer Sports. FULL STORY
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