Under the shadow of Asian Cup stint, Azkals taking Suzuki Cup seriously

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The AFC Asian Cup is the bigger, more prestigious tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Philippines won’t be taking the AFF Suzuki Cup just as seriously.Azkals manager Dan Palami said the Suzuki Cup carries plenty of significance for the team since it is the tournament that sparked the country’s rise in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT F2 Logistics dominates Cignal to open PSL All-Filipino campaign Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Azkals rose to prominence eight years ago when they beat Vietnam, 2-0, in Hanoi and advanced to the semifinals for the first time. That win remains one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.The Philippines failed to get past the group stage in 2016 tournament.Eriksson, who coached England in the 2006 World Cup and has also handled the national teams of Mexico and Ivory Coast, is arriving on Friday as he and Scott Cooper supervise the Azkals’ 10-day preparation for the Suzuki Cup opener against Singapore on Nov. 13 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Aside from the Philippine Football Federation, Palami said the team’s partnership with new marketing arm, M Sports, led by advertising executive Melchor Miras, proved key in Eriksson’s acquisition.“We needed the courage and the guts to sell the idea to Sven of leaving a legacy in the Philippines and of course, the partnership with M Sports somehow assured me of the proper resources of going after a high caliber coach like Sven,” Palami said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college And that’s why the Azkals are pulling out all the stops to ensure that they will be in fine form heading into the biennial tournament, where Thailand is the defending champion.“For me this is where it all started for the Azkals, that’s why the importance of winning the Suzuki Cup is paramount,” said Palami during the PSA Forum at Tapa King Cubao on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s about time we show ourselves as champions of Southeast Asia. I think it is complementary that a good performance in the Suzuki Cup gives us momentum heading into the Asian Cup.”Palami is confident that with the entry of a high caliber coach in Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson, a stronger lineup and a better system of play will lead the Azkals to glory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img

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