|Full name||Global Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The People's Club|
|Chief Executive||Dan Palami|
|Head Coach||Leigh Manson|
|League||UFL Division I|
|Website||Club home page|
Global Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club, nicknamed "The People's Club". The team regularly competes in Division I of the United Football League (UFL), the main football league of the Philippines. The current head coach of the team is Leigh Manson, who replaced Brian Reid. Global is affiliated with Leyte F.A., headed by the chief executive of the club Dan Palami.
Based in Tacloban, Leyte, it was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity and participated in local tournaments around Manila. The founders hired players from employees at the company Autre Porte Technique Global, then joined the 2009 UFL Cup, which was created to determine the composition of teams that would play in the league. Global concluded their campaign by finishing in the plate cup knockout stages, sending them to Division II. During the following years, Global began to compete in national and international competitions, including the AFC President's Cup and National Men's Club Championship.
The team started in the 2010 United Football League, which they won and remained undefeated over the entire season. Their victories led to promotion into Division I for the first time. In 2012, Global captured their first Division I title on goal difference. Their victory meant that they automatically qualified for the 2013 AFC President's Cup, making them the first Filipino club to do so. However, they were eliminated in the group stages. They also played in the United Football League Cup, which they have won once (in 2010). Global has also won the National Men's Club Championship once (in 2011).
- 1 History
- 2 Crest history
- 3 Grounds
- 4 Sponsors
- 5 Players
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Current club officials
- 8 Honours
- 9 Notes
Foundation and early years
The club was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity. The group played their first weekly football games behind Quezon City hall, later moving to the Sunken Garden football field inside the University of the Philippines Diliman. They began to participate in local tournaments around Manila, including the Alaska Cup, the Kia Cup, and Ang Liga, under the name "Laos F.C." After hiring football players from employees at railway company Autre Porte Technique Global, they decided in 2009 that the club would be renamed to Global Football Club. Dan Palami, the chief executive officer of the company, was hired as the owner of Global.
Eventually, they joined the 2009 UFL Cup, with Smartmatic as their corporate sponsor. Global competed in Group B and finished third at the group stages, advancing them to the plate cup single-elimination tournament. As a result, they would play at Division II in the UFL.
In 2010, Global made its debut in the inaugural season of the United Football League (UFL) as a Division II team. They went undefeated throughout the season to secure promotion to Division I, and also victorious in the league cup after defeating Philippine Air Force in the finals. After an opening match against Stallion in the 2011 UFL Cup, the owner of the team, Dan Palami, hired Australian Graeme Mackinnon as head coach. Global would be later eliminated by the Philippine Air Force in the semi-finals. Global also made their first appearance at the 2011 National Men's Club Championship after it was established in the same year. They won over San Beda FC in the finals making the first champion of the tournament.[α]
Global then finished the 2012 league season tied with Kaya but claimed their first Division I title in goal difference. Because of their victory in the league, Global advanced to the 2013 AFC President's Cup and was the first Filipino football club to qualify for the tournament since its inception in 2005, but they were eliminated early in the group stages. Global began to compete at the 2012 UFL Cup in the second group and finished unbeaten. Global survived the knockout stages and Stallion won the trophy over an "upset" against them.
Graeme Mackinnon resigned as the coach for Global at the end of the 2012 UFL season because of family concerns about the destruction of Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao where his family lived. After a month-long search for a replacement, former Ayr United manager Brian Reid was signed for the position. He was in charge of the club's campaign in the President's Cup. In the fourth season of the UFL, Global finished second, three points beneath the top, resulting in Stallion winning title. The team began to compete at the 2012–13 National Men's Club Championship, where they lost in the quarter-finals to Ceres. Eventually, Global was invited to play in the 2013 Singapore Cup as a guest club, together with fellow UFL side Loyola Meralco Sparks. As a result, they became the first Philippine club to reach the semifinals of the tournament. However, Global would lose to Tanjong Pagar United.
Manson years (2014–present)
The first team emblem was used from 2000 to 2011, during which time the club was known as Global-Smartmatic F.C. The logo was a simple crest with the words "Global F.C." in front of a wireframe globe. The second logo, the revamped club logo, was used for a year during the latter portion of the 2011 UFL season. The crest was blue with yellow borders, displaying "Global F.C." on top and the year "2000" at the bottom. In the middle was a yellow gold globe. The third crest, the current logo of the team, removed the foundation date and replaced it with the text "Global Football Club" around the globe.
Global does not have its own football ground. Instead, they play in neutral venues across the Philippines, such as the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, which is the national football stadium of the country. The club and other members of the UFL used it for three years. The United Football League would make a four-year deal with real estate company Megaworld Corporation to build a new venue for all of its matches. The result was the Emperador Stadium in Taguig, where the pitch is made out of artificial turf. Since they were qualified in the 2013 AFC President's Cup, the Iloilo Sports Complex was given the hosting rights in the qualifying stages of the competition. As a result, Global played all of their matches in Cebu.
On 29 August 2013, the Colombian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, held a contract-signing event with Dan Palami to renew their partnership for another year. Kia Motors is the club's major sponsor and transportation provider of the team. On 7 March 2014, Global announced that AtletA Sportswear, a local manufacturer of activewear, would be the club's official supplier of match kits, training kits, and casual wear.
First team squad
- As of 15 April 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- For a list of former Global players with Wikipedia articles, see Category:Global F.C. players.
Since the appointment of Global head coach Filipino Franklin Muescan, there have been five other recognized head coaches. The first head coach from outside the Philippines was Australian coach Graeme Mackinnon. The current head coach is Leigh Manson, who replaced Brian Reid.
Head coaching history
Current club officials