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Global Cebu
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Full nameGlobal Cebu Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sugbu Warriors, The People's Club
Founded2000; 18 years ago (2000)
GroundCebu City Sports Complex
Coordinates10°18′1.35″N 123°53′43.01″E / 10.3003750°N 123.8952806°E / 10.3003750; 123.8952806Coordinates: 10°18′1.35″N 123°53′43.01″E / 10.3003750°N 123.8952806°E / 10.3003750; 123.8952806
OwnerMark Jarvis
Head coachDragutin Stević-Ranković
LeaguePhilippines Football League
Current season

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.


Dan Palami, the former owner and chief executive of the club, from its foundation until December 2017.[1]

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[edit]

The club was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity.[2] 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.[2][3] Dan Palami, the chief executive officer of the railway company, was hired as the owner of Global.[4]

Eventually, they joined the 2009 UFL Cup, with Smartmatic as their corporate sponsor.[5][6] Global competed in Group B and finished third at the group stages, advancing them to the plate cup single-elimination tournament.[7][8][9] 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.[6]

United Football League (2010–2016)[edit]

Members and officials of the Global FC squad that competed at the 2013 Singapore Cup.
Global FC vs Australian sides Perth Glory FC. 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.[6] They were also victorious in the league cup after defeating Philippine Air Force in the finals.[10] Franklin Muescan, the current head coach of that time[11] then led his team to a second-place finish in their first appearance in the top-tier 2011 United Football League.[12] 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.[13] Global would be later eliminated by the Philippine Air Force in the semi-finals.[14] 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][15]

Global then finished the 2012 league season tied with Kaya but claimed their first Division I title in goal difference.[16] 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,[17][18] but they were eliminated early in the group stages.[19] Global began to compete at the 2012 UFL Cup in the second group and finished unbeaten.[20] Global survived the knockout stages and Stallion won the trophy over an "upset" against them.[21]

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.[22][23] 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.[24][25] In the fourth season of the UFL, Global finished second, three points beneath the top, resulting in Stallion winning the championship trophy.[26] The team began to compete at the 2012–13 National Men's Club Championship, where they lost in the quarter-finals to Ceres.[27] Eventually, Global was invited to play in the 2013 Singapore Cup as a guest club, together with fellow UFL side Loyola Meralco Sparks.[28] As a result, they became the second Philippine club to reach the semifinals of the tournament. However, Global would lose to Tanjong Pagar United.[29]

They won both the 2014 season and the FA Cup on the same year.[30]

Philippines Football League (2017–)[edit]

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.[31] 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.[32]

Global was confirmed in November 2016 to be one of the teams to participate in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League.[33] 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.[34] The club changed its name to Global Cebu FC.[citation needed]

On July 5, 2017, Global Cebu played their first home match at their designated home venue, the Cebu City Sports Complex.[35] 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.[36][37][1]

Financial crisis and overhaul[edit]

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.[38] 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.[39] 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.[1]

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.[38]

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.[38]

Crest history[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[40] 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.[41][42][43]


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.[44][45] AtletA Sportswear, a local manufacturer of activewear, is the club's official supplier of match kits, training kits, and casual wear.[46] 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.[47] Melmac Sports Management is the official marketing agency of the team.[48]

Current club officials[edit]

As of 4 August 2018
Position Name Nationality
Owner Mark Jarvis[49]  Philippines
Head coach Stević Ranković  Serbia

Head coaches[edit]

Since the appointment of Global head coach Filipino Franklin Muescan,[11] there have been ten other recognized head coaches. The first head coach from outside the Philippines was Australian coach Graeme Mackinnon.[13] The current head coach is Singaporean Akbar Nawas, who replaced Filipino interim coach Marjo Allado.[50]

Head coaching history
Name Year(s)
Philippines Franklin Muescan 2001–11[11]
Australia Graeme Mackinnon 2011–12[13]
Philippines Edwin Cabalida 2012[24]
Philippines Dan Palami (caretaker) 2013[24]
Scotland Brian Reid 2013–14[25]
Scotland Leigh Manson 2014–16[30]
England John Burridge[51] 2016
Japan Kenichi Yatsuhashi[52] 2016
Japan Toshiaki Imai[52] 2017
Philippines Marjo Allado (interim)[β][52] 2017
Singapore Akbar Nawas[50] 2017
Philippines Marjo Allado (interim)[54] 2018
Serbia Dragutin Stević-Ranković 2018–


First team squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2018[55]

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

No. Position Player
2 Philippines GK Jun Badelic
4 South Korea DF Lee Jeong-min
6 Philippines MF Fritz Brigoli
7 Philippines DF Alvin Sarmiento
8 Philippines MF Charlie Beaton
11 Philippines DF Dominic del Rosario
12 Philippines DF Jordan Jarvis
14 Trinidad and Tobago FW Darryl Roberts
16 Philippines MF John Roy Melgo
18 Philippines FW Gerardo Valmayor III
23 Philippines DF Darryl Regala
No. Position Player
24 Philippines MF Angelo Marasigan
25 Philippines MF Marvin Angeles
26 Philippines GK Paul Reyes
28 Philippines MF Daniel Gadia
30 Philippines MF Christian Villegas
Serbia DF Milan Nikolić
England DF Adam Mitter
Philippines MF Marvin Bricenio
Philippines FW Joshua Beloya
Philippines FW Levi Fernandez
Philippines GK Louie Casas

Foreign players[edit]

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.

Former players[edit]

For a list of former Global players with Wikipedia articles, see Category:Global F.C. players.





Continental record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Score Group Stage
Home Away Aggregate
2013 AFC President's Cup Group Stage
(Group B)
Bhutan Yeedzin 5–0 3rd
Pakistan KRL 0–2
Kyrgyzstan Dordoi Bishkek 1–6
2015 AFC Cup Group Stage
(Group G)
Hong Kong South China 1–6 0–3 3rd
Malaysia Pahang FA 0–0 0–0
Myanmar Yadanarbon 4–1 0–2
2017 AFC Champions League Preliminary Round 1 Singapore Tampines Rovers 2–0
Preliminary Round 2 Australia Brisbane Roar 0–6
AFC Cup Group Stage
(Group F)
Myanmar Magwe FC 1–0 4–2 1st
Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor 3–1 2–0
Malaysia Johor Darul Ta'zim 3–2 0–4
ASEAN Zonal Semifinal Singapore Home United 2–2 2–3 4–5
2018 AFC Cup Group Stage
(Group G)
Vietnam FLC Thanh Hóa 3–3 0–1 2nd
Indonesia Bali United 1–1 3–1
Myanmar Yangon United 2–1 0–3

Singapore Cup[edit]

Season Round Club Venue Score
2013 Preliminary Round Singapore Warriors FC Away 2–0
Quarterfinal Brunei DPMM FC Neutral 1–0
Neutral 4–4
Semifinal Singapore Tanjong Pagar United Away 2–2
Away 1–2
Battle for Third Singapore Balestier Khalsa Away 0–1
2014 Preliminary Round Brunei DPMM FC Home 0–7
2015 Preliminary Round Singapore Hougang United Away 2–1 (a.e.t)
Quarterfinal Singapore Geylang Int'l. Away 0–1
Away 4–1 (a.e.t)
Semifinal Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Neutral 0–1
Neutral 1–2
Battle for Third Brunei DPMM FC Neutral 1–3
2016 Preliminary Round Cambodia Nagaworld Neutral 5–0
Quarterfinal Singapore Tampines Rovers Away 1–3
Away 1–2
2017 Preliminary Round Singapore Geylang International Away 4–4 (a.e.t)
3–2 (pen.)
Quarterfinal Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor Neutral 3–1
Neutral 1–2
Semifinal Singapore Hougang United Away 2–2
Away 2–1
Final Japan Albirex Niigata (S) Neutral 2–2 (a.e.t)
1–3 (pen.)

AFC Club Ranking[edit]

As of 01 December 2017.[56]
Current Rank Country Team
81 Singapore Home United
82 Maldives Maziya S&RC
83 Philippines Global Cebu F.C.
84 Bahrain Al-Riffa
85 Iraq Al-Shorta


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
2009 Group Stage
2010 2 (P) 8 1st Champion
2011 1 7 2nd Champion 3rd Place
2012 1 10 1st Runner-up
2013 1 10 2nd Quarterfinal Quarterfinal 4th Place Group Stage
2014 1 9 1st Runner-up Champion Runner-up Preliminary Round
2015 1 10 2nd Runner-up Group Stagea 4th Place Group Stage
2016 1 12 1st Champion Quarterfinal
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.[57] Last placers, Manila Nomads qualifies for the next round as a result.



  1. ^ Global was competing under the name Teknika F.C. due to sponsorship reasons.[3]
  2. ^ Allado took over as head coach from Imai in an interim basis before Global's 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semifinal against Home United. Imai flew to Japan to attend to family matters.[53]


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