Global Cebu F.C.
|Full name||Global Cebu Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Sugbu Warriors, The People's Club|
|Ground||Cebu City Sports Complex|
|Head coach||Dragutin Stević-Ranković|
|League||Philippines Football League|
Global Cebu Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club based in Cebu City. The team plays in the Philippines Football League (PFL), the highest level of Philippine club football. Before the league's creation, the club played in the United Football League, the de facto top-tier football league of the country. The current head coach of the team is Stević Ranković.
- 1 History
- 2 Crest history
- 3 Stadiums
- 4 Sponsors
- 5 Current club officials
- 6 Head coaches
- 7 Players
- 8 Honors
- 9 Continental record
- 10 Records
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
It was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity. They then started participating in minor tournaments around Manila. The founders hired the team's 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 football 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). In 2017, Global Cebu became the first association football club from the Philippines with 50,000 followers on Facebook but in 2018 experienced a financial crisis amidst an ownership change.
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 the Quezon City hall, and later moving to the Sunken Garden football field inside the University of the Philippines Diliman. Then they began to participate in minor 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 a 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 railway 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. Because of this, they would play at Division II in the United Football League. Global is one of the founding club members in the competition.
United Football League (2010–2016)
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 a promotion to Division I. They were also victorious in the league cup after defeating Philippine Air Force in the finals. Franklin Muescan, the current head coach of that time then led his team to a second-place finish in their first appearance in the top-tier 2011 United Football League. 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 the championship trophy. 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 second Philippine club to reach the semifinals of the tournament. However, Global would lose to Tanjong Pagar United.
Philippines Football League (2017–)
A slot was allocated for the Philippines in the preliminary stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League. Global as winners of the 2016 UFL season represented the country in the tournament. Global fails to qualify for the group stage after losing to Brisbane Roar by 6–0 in the second round of the qualification phase, and was relegated to the group stage of the 2017 AFC Cup.
Global was confirmed in November 2016 to be one of the teams to participate in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League. On December 30, 2016 it was reported that Global planned to adopt the name "Global Queen City FC" as a nod to the defunct Cebu-based team that participated in the UFL, the Cebu Queen City United F.C.. Global owner, Dan Palami also expressed openness to investments from Cebuanos in the same report. The club changed its name to Global Cebu FC.
On July 5, 2017, Global Cebu played their first home match at their designated home venue, the Cebu City Sports Complex. The club went on to finish second to champions Ceres-Negros in the overall standings of the PFL inaugural season. In December 2017 after the PFL season concluded, the football club reportedly had a new owner. Alvin Carranza, founder and owner of MacGraphics Carranz International Corp and managing director of the Teen Azkals Foundation, and replaced Dan Palami as the club's owner.
Financial crisis and overhaul
The transfer of ownership of Global Cebu caused financial uncertainty of the club with funding coming into halt and the club was rumored to be under the threat of becoming defunct. In the 2018 season, Global was playing its home matches in the Rizal Memorial Stadium. In May 2018, Global was forced to request the league to postponed an away match against Kaya F.C.–Iloilo which led to the cancellation of the match. The club later announced in May 2018 that financial issues was the reason they could not play the match. The club also released an official statement that in January 2018, Global Cebu owner Alvin Carranza requested the PFL for the club not to participate in the league but the whole management of the club decided against withdrawing from the league. This is because the PFL would only be left with five clubs after the departure of Ilocos United and Manila Meralco. If the withdrawal pushed through, the Philippines would lose eligibility to have its clubs participate in the AFC Cup. This development would later be officially announced to the public by the club in May 2018.
Some other away matches of Global Cebu were either cancelled or delayed and key players of the club left. At one point of the league season, Global Cebu suffered at 1–11 lost to JPV Marikina on August 1, 2018 due to being unable to field a natural goalkeeper due to injury of their only keeper in their squad at that time. From being among the top clubs in the previous PFL season, Global Cebu fell to the bottom of the 2018 PFL table.
The club later secured sponsorship from Puma and in August 2018, it was confirmed that by this time Mark Jarvis was now the owner of the club. Jarvis, the father of Global defender Jordan Jarvis, had previous indirect ownership of the club. Under his watch, the club had a major overhaul, signing numerous players to play for Global Cebu in the July 2018 transfer window. The club under Jarvis plans to focus on the club's survival for the rest of 2018.
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. The club released its fourth logo on April 26, 2017 through its social media accounts. The new logo is derived from the third logo, with the word "Cebu" placed in the center of the crest. Three stars are also added to the top of the crest, which symbolizes the three national championships won by the club in the UFL.
The club's home ground since 2017, when they joined the PFL, is the Cebu City Sports Complex. Global actually has played in the stadium in 2013, when they played their group stage matches there during the 2013 AFC President's Cup. Before the club joined the Philippines Football League, Global did not have its own football ground. Instead, they played in neutral venues across the Philippines, such as the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila (considered as the national stadium of the country) when they were still in the UFL.
On 29 August 2013, the Colombian Autocar Corporation, 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. AtletA Sportswear, a local manufacturer of activewear, is the club's official supplier of match kits, training kits, and casual wear. LGR Athletic Wears was the former creator of the match kits; as they were responsible in selling the kits in the mainstream market for the first time. Melmac Sports Management is the official marketing agency of the team.
Current club officials
- As of 4 August 2018
|Head coach||Stević Ranković||Serbia|
Since the appointment of Global head coach Filipino Franklin Muescan, there have been ten other recognized head coaches. The first head coach from outside the Philippines was Australian coach Graeme Mackinnon. The current head coach is Singaporean Akbar Nawas, who replaced Filipino interim coach Marjo Allado.
|Dan Palami (caretaker)||2013|
|Marjo Allado (interim)[β]||2017|
|Marjo Allado (interim)||2018|
First team squad
- As of 19 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 least 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.
- Darryl Roberts
- Milan Nikolić
- Adam Mitter
- Lee Jeong-min (AFC)
- For a list of former Global players with Wikipedia articles, see Category:Global F.C. players.
- Izzeldin El Habib
- Shu Sasaki
- Philippines Football League:
- Runners-up: 2017
- United Football League Division 1:
- United Football League Division 2:
- Winners: 2010
- PFF National Men's Club Championship:
- UFL Cup:
- UFL FA League Cup:
- Runners-up: 2014
- UFL FA Cup:
- Winners: 2014
|2013||AFC President's Cup||Group Stage
|2015||AFC Cup||Group Stage
|2017||AFC Champions League||Preliminary Round 1||Tampines Rovers||2–0|
|Preliminary Round 2||Brisbane Roar||0–6|
|AFC Cup||Group Stage
|Boeung Ket Angkor||3–1||2–0|
|Johor Darul Ta'zim||3–2||0–4|
|ASEAN Zonal Semifinal||Home United||2–2||2–3||4–5|
|2018||AFC Cup||Group Stage
|FLC Thanh Hóa||3–3||0–1||2nd|
|2013||Preliminary Round||Warriors FC||Away||2–0|
|Semifinal||Tanjong Pagar United||Away||2–2|
|Battle for Third||Balestier Khalsa||Away||0–1|
|2014||Preliminary Round||DPMM FC||Home||0–7|
|2015||Preliminary Round||Hougang United||Away||2–1 (a.e.t)|
|Semifinal||Albirex Niigata (S)||Neutral||0–1|
|Battle for Third||DPMM FC||Neutral||1–3|
|2017||Preliminary Round||Geylang International||Away||4–4 (a.e.t)|
|Quarterfinal||Boeung Ket Angkor||Neutral||3–1|
|Final||Albirex Niigata (S)||Neutral||2–2 (a.e.t)|
AFC Club Ranking
- As of 01 December 2017.
|83||Global Cebu F.C.|
|Season||Division||Teams||League Position||PFL Cup||PFF NMCC||UFL Cup||FA Cup||League Cup||Singapore Cup||AFC President's Cup||AFC Cup||AFC Champions League|
|2013||1||10||2nd||—||Quarterfinal||Quarterfinal||—||—||4th Place||Group Stage||—||—|
|2015||1||10||2nd||—||Runner-up||Group Stagea||—||—||4th Place||—||Group Stage||—|
|2017||1||8||4th (Regular Season)||—||—||—||—||—||Runner-up||—||Zonal Semifinal||Preliminary 2|
|2nd (Final Series)|
|2018||1||6||6th||Group Stage||—||—||—||—||—||—||Group Stage||—|
|Updated as of 9 August 2018|
- a Global FC tops the group but disqualified from the UFL Cup for fielding Satoshi Ōtomo as a Filipino player and ruled the club has violated the UFL's five-foreigner-rule. Matches of Global were originally decided to be forfeited after complaints from Ceres La-Salle FC, Kaya FC, Stallion FC, and Pachanga Diliman FC but the decision was overturn after the Appeals Committee ruled that the complainants did not follow proper procedure for reversing match outcomes. Last placers, Manila Nomads qualifies for the next round as a result.
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