Emelio Caligdong

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Emelio Caligdong
Personal information
Full name Emelio Asada Caligdong[1]
Date of birth (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Pototan, Iloilo, Philippines
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Green Archers United
Number 13
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Union Manila
2004–2012 Philippine Air Force (23)
2013– Green Archers United 40 (34)
National team
2005 Philippines U-23 ? (2)
2004–2013 Philippines ? (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2013

Emelio Asada Caligdong (born 28 September 1982), nicknamed "Chieffy",[2] is a Filipino footballer who last played as a left winger for the Philippines. He is still playing actively for Green Archers United in the United Football League.[3] Formerly a player for the Air Force football club, he was an enlisted member of the Philippine Air Force.

International career[edit]

Caligdong made his debut in the 2004 Tiger Cup[4] , playing all four matches and scoring three goals. Two of those goals came in the 89th and 92nd minute in the 2–1 win over Timor-Leste,[5] making it the first ever victory of the Philippines in the ASEAN Football Championship.

He has also played for the Philippines U-23 at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games and in the pre-SEA Games tournament where he scored against Myanmar and Timor-Leste.[6]

On the first match of the Philippines in the Qualifying playoff round of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification against Mongolia, Caligdong scored a goal in the 43rd minute.

On September 30, 2011, Caligdong scored two goals in a draw against Hong Kong[7] and two more goals on October 4 against Macau in the 2011 Long Teng Cup. Caligdong, who shrugged off injuries to score both goals against Macau, emerged the top scorer for the tournament, earning the Golden Boot trophy.[8][9]

On September 29, 2012, Caligdong scored a goal on the 34th minute in the last match of the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup versus Chinese Taipei which ended in a 3–1 score line. The Philippines got the championship title with a 3 win, no draw and no loss record.[10]

On November 27, 2012, Caligdong who came in as a substitute in the 2nd half and scored an important goal for the Philippines in a 1–0 victory against Vietnam in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Philippines eventually finished second in the group stage and qualified for the semi finals with a 2 win, 1 loss record.

On November 2014, Caligdong announced his retirement from international football citing issues on maintaining fitness and plans to focus more on his club.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.

Club career[edit]

On January 2015, Cebu-based UC-ERCO Bro Nationals loaned Caligdong along with other players from the United Football League (UFL), from Green Archers for their stint at the2014–15 PFF National Men's Club Championship finals.[12] However the UFL blocked the loan moved and insisted that players from the UFL can't play for other clubs even in competitions hosted by the Philippine Football Federation. The UFL insists that if Caligdong and other loaned players by ERCO suited for the club they can't return to their mother club. This is after other UFL teams complained the loaning of players from Green Archers United.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

Caligdong obtained a "C" Coaching License sometime in 2014 and will coach the Green Archers United youth team. He is also aspiring to become an assistant coach for the national football teams.[14][11]



Philippine Air Force

National team[edit]


  • Philippine Sportswriters Association Mr. Football Title: 1
  • The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awards: 1


  1. ^ "Philippines roster – 2008 AFC Challenge Cup". The-AFC.com. Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Athletes – RP Men’s Football Team". Mizuno Philippines. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Decena, Karl (3 January 2013). "Azkals hero Chieffy Caligdong transfers to Green Archers". interaksyon.com. AKTV/TV5. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Bello, Omar (18 September 2013). "FITNESS No-nonsense Caligdong recalls how Barotac days shaped him as a player and person". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "ASEAN ("Tiger") Cup 2004 (Vietnam)". RSSSF. 1 December 2006. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Booters rip E. Timor" (REPRINT). Manila Times (Find Articles). 5 September 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Moore, Roy (30 September 2011). "Azkals hold reigning Long Teng Cup titlist Hong Kong to draw". GMAnews.tv (Global Media Arts). Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Cedelf P. Tupas (10:53 pm). "Under-23 PH Azkals prove worth; Caligdong earns Golden Boot". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved October 18, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ Rick Olivares (October 5, 2011). "His name is Caligdong, Chieffy Caligdong". InterAKTV. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ Decena, Karl (29 September 2012). "Azkals dispatch Chinese Taipei to win Peace Cup, book historic victory". interaksyon.com. AKTV/TV5. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Reyes, Jaelle Nevin (13 November 2014). "Chieffy Caligdong retires from Azkals". Rappler. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Aznar, Edri (18 January 2015). "Pascual, Caligdong join Erco". Sun Star Cebu. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Miravite, Myke (January 23, 2015). "UFL stops GAU booters from playing for Cebu side". Rivals.ph. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Guererro, Bob (13 November 2014). "It's over: Chieffy Caligdong retires from the Azkals". The Passionate Fan (Yahoo! Philippines). Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Phil, Chieffy share PSA football award". The Philippine Star. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  16. ^ http://philnews.ph/2012/12/12/chieffy-caligdong-awarded-with-toym-2012/

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