Stallion F.C.

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Stallion FC
Emblem of stallion football club.png
Full name Stallion Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stallions
Founded 2001; 13 years ago (2001)
Owner Ricardo Penson
Head coach Ernest Nierras
League UFL Division 1
2014 UFL Division 1, 4th

Stallion Football Club, formerly known as Stallion Sta. Lucia Football Club, is a Filipino association football club based in Iloilo and a member of Iloilo Football Association. The club plays in the first division of the United Football League.[1]

History[edit]

In 2001, a group of enthusiasts from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo thought of putting up a club that would compete in football tournaments regularly. The name of the club was conceptualized during a drinking session where most of the group members were drinking Red Horse Beer. [2]

Stallion FC has since been recognized as an affiliate member of Iloilo FA, a provincial football association based in Iloilo City that works under the Philippine Football Federation. It has also been competing in major football tournaments in the country, most recently in the 2011 PFF-Smart Club Championships.[3] In this tournament, the club lost to San Beda FC in the quarterfinals, 2–1.[4][5]

2010–11: Promotion to UFL Division 1[edit]

Stallion FC finished as one of the top three teams in the UFL Division 2 during the 2011 United Football League season. This automatically earned the club a promotion to the UFL Division 1 along with Manila Nomads and Pasargad.[6]

2011–12: Debut in first division[edit]

At the start of the 2012 United Football League season, in the club's first match in the UFL Division 1, Stallion defeated Philippine Navy, 6–0. In their next match, the team defeated the 2011 UFL Cup and then current league champions Philippine Air Force, 4–1. In addition, the club also scored a 3–2 win against eventual 2012 season champions Global FC.[7]

To close the season, Stallion defeated Philippine Army in their last couple of games. With these two wins, the club secured the fourth spot of the top division.[8]

2012–13: New signings and affiliate team[edit]

In preparation for the 2013 season, aside from sharing its coaching staff with an affiliate Sta. Lucia-owned club, Stallion signed footballers Rhante Bayquin and Won Hyung Lee to beef up their lineup for the 2012 UFL Cup.[9] In addition, the club also got the services of Spanish midfielder Rufino Familiar Sanchez and defender Joaquin Canas Garcia from Internacional de Madrid CF, an association football club from Moraleja de Enmedio in Community of Madrid, Spain that plays in the Tercera División.[10]

In August 2012, Stallion announced that it has signed Filipino international player and Philippines national under-23 football team captain Jason de Jong for the upcoming season.[11] De Jong, who also represents the Philippines national football team in the international level, was initially offered to play for Stallion in March 2012, but the he was offered a trial with Ayr United. Eventually, due to financial constraints, the Scottish First Division side was forced to let De Jong go, which enabled Stallion to finally sign him to a contract.[12][13]

UFL Cup champions[edit]

2012 UFL Cup final starting lineup

The club started in the group stages and topped Group D with 9 points (3 wins, 1 loss) to qualify in the knockout stage. In the quarterfinals of the cup's knockout stage, Stallion defeated General Trias FC on penalty shoot out with 5–4 result. In the semi-finals, the club edged Green Archers United with a scoreline of 3–1, booking them for the finals.[14]

On 17 December 2012, Stallion FC defeated Global FC on the finals of the UFL Cup in the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila with a score of 2–1, getting the cup title and its first UFL crown. Team captain Ruben Doctora and Spanish striker Rufo Sánchez scored one goal apiece to upset previous league champions Global.[15] Doctora won the Golden Ball award, the tournament’s equivalent to the Most Valuable Player award, while Wilson Muñoz bagged the Golden Glove trophy as the best goalkeeper in the competition.[16]

PFF Championship early exit[edit]

To prepare for the second season of the PFF National Men's Club Championship, Stallion enlisted the services of American soccer midfielder Jeremy Taylor Hohn and Goalkeeper Cyrus Andre Mohseni, who was part of the under-18 team of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.[17][18]

On 13 January 2013, Negros Occidental-based club Ceres FC pulled a stunning 1–0 upset over Stallion FC, eliminating the 2012 UFL Cup champions from the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship.[19]

UFL Division 1 campaign[edit]

After a disappointing run in the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship, Stallion signed several foreign football players to bolster its lineup including Colombian-born American forward Diego Barrera, Argentinian midfielder Matthias Bonvehi, Japanese midfielder Yuuri Ishizuka, Brazilian-Japanese midfielder Daniel Matsunaga, and Australian defender Jesse Martindale.[20][21][22][23] In addition, several players from local clubs transferred to Stallion such as Brazilian goalkeeper Guilherme Hasegawa from Team Socceroo FC and midfielder Shirmar Felongco from Ceres FC.[24][25]

On 13 June 2013, Stallion clinched the Division 1 championship of the 2013 United Football League after Kaya came away with a 3–2 victory against Global at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill, Taguig City.[26]

Sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2011–12 Nike Giligan's Restaurant
2013 Nike Sta.Lucia Land Inc.1
Gatorade, Giligan's Restaurant, 2
2014 Mizuno Giligan's Restaurant, 1
  • 1Major shirt sponsor (names located at the front of the shirt).
  • 2Secondary sponsor (names mostly located at the back of the shirt).

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 April 2014[27]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Philippines GK Wilson Muñoz
2 Philippines DF Bervic Italia
3 Philippines MF Matthew Nierras
4 Trinidad and Tobago DF Sean Bateau
5 Philippines DF Christian Thomert
6 Philippines DF Nathaniel Alquiros
7 Philippines DF Eke Mbah
8 Philippines FW Meliton Pelayo
9 Philippines FW Ruben Doctora Jr. (captain)
10 Philippines DF Jose Luis Lozano
11 Philippines FW Mario Javier Clarino
12 Iran MF Hamed Hajimahdi
13 Ghana MF Mohammed Camara
14 Spain DF Rafael Gomez
15 Senegal MF Dame Junior Gaye
16 Philippines DF Simone Rota
No. Position Player
17 Philippines DF Shirmar Felongco
18 Philippines MF David Basa
20 Iran DF Milad Behrozi
21 Philippines MF Mohamed Camara
22 South Korea GK Dong Hyeon Kim
23 South Korea MF Hong Bo Sim
24 Philippines FW Joevic Albino
25 Philippines MF Belinga Blanchard
26 Senegal FW Ousseynou Diop
27 Philippines MF Fitch Arboleda
28 Philippines MF Jordan Mintah
29 Philippines FW Angel Carrascosa
33 Philippines MF Andrew Tan
35 Philippines FW Milan Arends

Board and staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman: Ricardo Penson Philippines Filipino
General manager: Eduardo Robles JR Philippines Filipino
President: Filiberto Alquiros Philippines Filipino
Vice president: Ernest Thomas Nierras Philippines Filipino
Team manager: Ernest Thomas Nierras Philippines Filipino
Head coach: Ernest Thomas Nierras Philippines Filipino

Managers[edit]

Name Nat Period Honours
Ernest Nierras Philippines 2012–present UFL Cup Winner 2012
UFL Division 1 Champion 2013

Records[edit]

Season UFL League UFL Cup PFF National MCC
Division Teams Position Round Round
2010 Not part of the league yet Quarter-finals
2011 2 8 2nd (prom) Quarter-finals Semi-finals
2012 1 10 4th Winners
2013 1 10 1st Quarter-finals Round of 16
2014 1 10 4th TBD TBD
Key
  • Prom = Promoted
  • TBD = To be determined
  • DNQ = Did not qualify

Note: Performances of the club indicated here was after the UFL created (as a semi-pro league) in 2009.

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Runners-up (1): 2011

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Leyba, Olmin (12 March 2012). "De Jong signs up with Scottish League club". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
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  16. ^ Decena, Karl (17 December 2012). "Stallion players notch top UFL Cup awards". InterAKTV.ph (Associated Broadcasting Company (TV5)). 
  17. ^ Galunan, Jerome (12 January 2013). "PFF-SMART CLUB TILT Azkals booters to boost Ceres-Stallion faceoff". The Watchmen Daily Journal. 
  18. ^ "Player profile: Cyrus Andre Mohseni". U.S. Soccer Development Academy (Demosphere International, Inc.). 
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  20. ^ Guerrero, Bob (10 April 2013). "UFL: Stallion drops Sparks, Archers overcome Nomads with late Chieffy goal". Yahoo! Sports Philippines. 
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  24. ^ Guerrero, Bob (15 March 2013). "UFL: Stallion, Global win, Pachanga boss alleges assistant ref is racist". Yahoo! Sports Philippines. 
  25. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (9 April 2013). "Rampaging Stallion's four-star performance sends Loyola reeling". Sports Interactive Network Philippines. 
  26. ^ Karl Decena (13 June 2013). "Global falters against Kaya, hands Stallion UFL title". http://www.interaksyon.com/ (http://www.interaksyon.com/). Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  27. ^ UFL Philippines. "Stallion FC Line-UP". 

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