|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 which was established in March 2000. It is based in Tacloban, Leyte and represented the Leyte Football Association, in their campaign at the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship. The team is nicknamed "The People's Club"; and regularly competes in Division I of the United Football League (UFL), the main football league of the Philippines.
The team made their debut in the 2010 season in Division II, in that the same year they won the tournament and went undefeated in the entire season. Their victory led to promotion into Division I. In 2012, Global won their first Division I title on goal difference. Their victory meant that they automatically qualified to the 2013 AFC President's Cup, but were eliminated early on in the competition.
Global also play in the UFL league cup, which they have won once (in 2010); they have also won the PFF National Men's Club Championship once which is a national cup (in 2011). The club was invited to play at the 2013 Singapore Cup, where they finished fourth.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest evolution
- 3 Grounds
- 4 Sponsors
- 5 Players
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Current club officials
- 8 Honours
- 9 Notes
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 then started to participate in local tournaments around Manila, such as the Alaska Cup, the Kia Cup and Ang Liga under the team name "Laos F.C.". After hiring football players from employees in the company Autre Porte Technique Global, it was decided in 2009 that the club would rename to Global Football Club.
In 2010, Global made their debut in the inuagaral season of the UFL as a Division II team. They went undefeated throughout the season finishing with 13 wins and a draw to secure promotion to Division I. They were also victorious in the 2010 United Football League Cup; they defeated Philippine Air Force in the finals 3–2, Izzeldin El Habbib scored twice in the game, while the other Global scorer was Misagh Bahadoran. El Habbib would become the top scorer of the cup.
At the group stages of the 2011 UFL Cup, they finished third, behind Stallion and Pachanga. After a 3–2 loss against Stallion in their opening group match, the chairman of Global, Dan Palami, hired Australian Graeme Mackinnon to coach the team. Mackinnon was a head coach since 1988; when he helped a local club to win the PFF National Championship. He made his debut as head coach against Cebu Queen City United, a match Global won 3–0. Global faced Philippine Air Force in the semi-finals, Air Force won 2–0. They later advanced to the third place playoff match; in which they defeated Kaya, 2–1 to acheive third place in the cup. In that season, Global placed second in the league table. Air Force both won the league and the league cup in that season. Global also made their first season at the 2011 PFF National Men's Club Championship. They advanced during the knockout stages and eventually won over San Beda in aggregate score 3–2.[α]
In the 2012 United Football League, Global finished the season tied with Kaya after 18 matches with 42 points each, but claimed their first Division I title with a 32-13 margin in goal difference. Global's final match was a draw against Loyola Meralco Sparks 1–1, enough to secure the championship. Global's midfielder Carli de Murga was awarded the Golden Ball trophy which is equivalent to the league's most valuable player. Since their victory in the league, Global was the first Filipino football club to qualify for the AFC President's Cup since its establishment in 2005. Before they participated, Global made an appearance at the 2012 UFL Cup, in which there were two groups. The first group contained Division II teams and guest teams, while the second group included Division I teams. Global was competed in the second group and finished unbeaten (3 wins and 1 draw). Global survived the knockout stages of the tournament, as they defeated Kaya in the quarter-finals and Loyola in the semi-finals to ensure they would compete in the final. The final was held in the Rizal Memorial Stadium, as Stallion defeated Global 2–1. Global were the favorites in the match as the majority of the team were from the national team.
At the end of the 2012 UFL season,[β] Graeme Mackinnon resigned as the coach for Global because of family concerns about the destruction of Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao where his family lived. After a month looking for a replacement, former Ayr United manager Brian Reid was signed as the new manager; his first game against Manila Nomads finished with a 2–1 win. He was also in charge with the club's competion in the President's Cup.
In the fourth season of the UFL, Global finished second, three points shy from the top. This resulted a Stallion championship title. The winner in Division I, should advance to the 2014 AFC President's Cup,[γ] but the Philippine Football Federation decided that the National Men's Club Championship will serve as the qualifiers to the tournament, because all teams from the UFL are held under the auspices of the National Capital Region Football Association (NCR F.A.). While the National Championship involves teams from all over the country. The team then begin to compete at the 2012–13 PFF National Men's Club Championship; where they lost in the quarter-finals to Ceres 1–0 with Peter Long scoring the only goal in the game.
Global started their campaign in the President's Cup group stages with a 5–0 win over Yeedzin; which led to their topping the standings after the first day. In their second game, Global experienced their first loss with a 2–0 defeat against KRL. In the final match, they lost 6–0 to Dordoi Bishkek, as Global were eliminated from the tournament with 1 win and 2 losses.
In April 2013, Global were invited to play in the 2013 Singapore Cup as a guest club, together with fellow UFL side Loyola. Their first match in the competition was against Warriors F.C. which resulted in a 2–0 win over the defending champions. Then they advanced to the quarterfinals, and defeated Brunei DPMM by an aggregrate score of 5–4. Because of that, they are the first Filipino club to reach the semifinals of the tournament. Global faced Tanjong Pagar United in the semis, but they lost 4–5 on aggregate score.
The 2014 season is the fifth time Global have competed in the UFL. This edition, the 2014 United Football League, introduces a longer format of competition, in that Division I teams will play their opponents three times during the season instead of two. This also marked the debut season of their new head coach Leigh Manson, replacing fellow Scot Brian Reid. Last February, Global had reached an agreement with Ceres for the transfer of Carli de Murga. On 7 March 2014, Global announced four new players to be added in the squad which are midfielders Curt Dizon, Daisuke Sato, Raul Martinez and defender Germán Rodríguez. In effect, Global would release three of their players, Marwin Angeles, Marvin Angeles and former Poland U-20 player Ben Starosta.
The first emblem was used from 2000 to 2011, during which time the club was known as Global-Smartmatic F.C.. The logo is a simple crest with the word "Global F.C." in front of a wireframe globe. The second logo was the revamped club logo. It was used for a year and during the latter parts of the 2011 UFL season. The crest is blue and has yellow borders, with "Global F.C." on top and the year "2000" on the bottom. In the middle is a yellow gold globe. The third crest is the current logo of the team, the logo removed the foundation date and replaced 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 stadium of the country, this was used by Global for three years. The United Football League then made a deal to build a new venue, the Emperador Stadium in Fort Bonifacio, where the football pitch is made out of artificial turf. Since they qualified in the 2013 AFC President's Cup, the Iloilo Sports Complex was given the hosting rights in the qualifying stages of the competition. Because of that, Global played all of their matches in Cebu.
On 29 August 2013, the Colombian Autocar Corporation (CAC) which is 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
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been 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 the inaugural head coach of Global, Filipino Franklin Muescan, there have been five other 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