|Full name||Ceres–Negros Football Club|
Panaad Park and Stadium|
|Owner||Ricky and Leo Rey Yanson|
|Chairman||Leo Rey Yanson|
|Head coach||Risto Vidaković|
|League||Philippines Football League|
Ceres–Negros Football Club, commonly referred to as Ceres–Negros or just Ceres, is a Filipino football club based in the city of Bacolod, Negros Occidental that plays in the Philippines Football League. The club is a member of the Negros Occidental Football Association. It was previously known as the Ceres–La Salle Football Club.
The name Ceres came from the Ceres Liner bus line owned by brothers Ricky and Leo Rey Yanson and operated by Vallacar Transit Inc., the largest public land transportation company in the Negros Region of the Philippines. La Salle came from the club's close ties with the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. The club's home ground is the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
Ceres had their first major success in the United Football League in the 2014 season, when onthey won the United Football League Division 2 Championship, earning them promotion to the first division. Since then, they have won the UFL FA League Cup (2014) and the United Football League Division 1 Championship (2014) and (2015).
- 1 History
- 2 Crest and colors
- 3 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 4 Personnel
- 5 Head coaches
- 6 Players
- 7 Honors
- 8 Continental record
- 9 Invitational tournament
- 10 Records
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Ceres was founded by Leo Rey Yanson. Initially the club was composed of collegiate players reinforced by Koreans, but eventually it managed to recruit members of the Philippine national team.
Negros Men's Open Football Championships
In January 2012, Ceres FC emerged as champions of the 1st Negros Men's Open Football Championships after they defeated Bacolod United F.C. (11–0). Louie Michael Casas was adjudged Best Goalkeeper; Jason Cordova as Best Defender; Aldrin Dolino as Best Midfielder and Ali Go as Most Valuable Player.
PFF National Men's Club Championship
Ceres FC qualified in the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship Round of 16 after they swept all their games in the Visayas regional elimination in San Carlos City. They battled UFL Cup Champions Stallion in the Round of 16 and won 1–0. They battled 2012 UFL Champions Global in the quarter-finals and also won 1–0. In the semi-finals, Ceres FC topped Kaya with a 3–1 scoreline to enter the finals of the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship. Ceres FC eventually won the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship trophy after they beat the other finalist PSG with a 1–0 score. Byeong Jeong Yoon was adjudged the Most Valuable Player while his teammates Joshua Beloya (Best Midfielder), Jae Hun Hyeon (best goalkeeper) and Keon Hyeong Park (best defender) shared individual honors with him.
After they won the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship, Team Manager Ali Go said that they would not join the UFL 2013 season and hinted that the soonest Ceres could join the tournament is in the next UFL Cup set within the last quarter of the year.
Following years of successful stints in local football tournaments, the Ceres-La Salle Football Club took another step into competitive football. Ramon Janeo, one of the team’s assistant coaches, confirmed the club's next step to joining the country’s premier football league – the United Football League (UFL).
Ceres dominated the 2014 UFL Division 2 as debutante and was promoted to Division 1 the following season. The two-time national club champions were keen on putting their mark on the history of Philippine football as they started their new campaign as one of the new additions to the top division of the country’s premier football league.
Ceres was anticipated as serious contenders for the 2015 UFL Division 1 title in their first year, with Martin Steuble joining an already loaded line-up composed of Manny Ott, Adrian Gallardo, Patrick Reichelt and Paul Mulders among others. They completed a highly successful first foray by claiming the championship with a number of games still left in the season. And for one local football observer, considering how the club was very active in recruitment and showed firm commitment to what it wanted to achieve, what it has done, all told, rendered itself not totally surprising. “At the start of the season, I didn’t think they would win it immediately, but I guess they proved me and most people wrong,” added Mr. Fenix, who also calls UFL games on TV for Sports5.
He said that seeing how Ceres has proven itself as a “game-changer,” it puts pressure on the rest of the field to look at their respective teams and assess their competitiveness relative to what Ceres has done and others who may follow suit.
Philippines Football League(PFL)
The Philippines Football League was officially announced on September 7, 2016 and will replace the UFL as the Philippines' top tier football league.The official launching of the PFL happened on April 21, 2017 at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig. Ceres is the 2017 and 2018 PFL Champion.
The 2015 UFL Division 1 champions made a sophomore appearance at the 2016 AFC Cup. They topped Group E with an undefeated record 3–3–0, chalking up two of their three wins on their own turf. Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC made history by being the first Filipino squad to advance into the AFC Cup knockout stages. Together with Kaya FC, it was a big moment for Philippine football as the first time ever Philippine club football teams were advancing to the Round of 16 of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup, which was something big and to bask in, said one local football analyst.
Ceres saw its 2016 AFC Cup campaign end with a 0–1 defeat to South China of Hong Kong in extra time in their Round of 16 clash at Panaad Stadium. Still, it was a respectable finish for a side that started playing in the United Football League just a couple of years ago. After earning an outright berth to the group stage for winning the UFL first division last season, the Bacolod side boosted its stock by going unbeaten in Group E that included wins over the Tampines Rovers of Singapore and Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh.
Ceres Negros beats Home United FC of Singapore to become the AFC Cup ASEAN Zone Champion in 2017.
Crest and colors
The club crest was derived from the main emblem of Ceres Bus Lines. It was encircled in green to represent the colors of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod, which is known for its football team in the university school levels. The center is the oval logo of the Yanson Company – Vallacar Transit Incorporated which owns and manages the club.
The club colors are blue with white trim. This is in consonance with other sports clubs like Ceres Crius FC and teams under the Yanson Group of Companies in Negros Occidental, Philippines.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
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|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
Current technical staff and management
First team squad
- As of 27 July 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
In the Philippines Football League, there can be at up to four non-Filipino nationals in a team as long as they are registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.
- Philippines Football League
- United Football League Division 1
- United Football League Division 2
- Winners: 2014
- PFF National Men's Club Championship
- UFL Cup
- UFL FA League Cup
|2016||Singapore Cup||Preliminary Round||Young Lions||3–1 (a.e.t)|
|Third Place||Balestier Khalsa||2–1|
|2017||Singapore Cup||Preliminary Round||Hougang United||0–1|
AFC Club Ranking
- As of 01 December 2017.
|77||Becamex Bình Dương F.C.|
|Season||Division||Teams||League Position||Copa Paulino Alcantara||PFF NMCC||UFL Cup||League Cup||Singapore Cup||AFC President's Cup||AFC Cup||AFC Champions League|
|2014||2 (P)||12||1st||—||Champion||—||Champion||—||Group Stage||—||—|
|2015||1||10||1st||—||3rd Place||Runners-up||—||—||—||Play-off Round||—|
|2016||1||12||2nd||—||—||Runners-up||—||3rd Place||—||Round of 16||—|
|2017||1||8||2nd (Regular Season)||—||—||—||—||Preliminary Round||—||Inter Zone Semifinal||—|
|1st (Final Series)|
|2018||1||6||1st||Group Stage||—||—||—||—||—||ASEAN Zonal Final||Play-off round|
|Updated as of 08 August 2018|
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