James Younghusband

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James Younghusband
James Younghusband Oct 2013.jpg
Younghusband in 2013
Personal information
Full name James Joseph Younghusband
Date of birth (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Ashford, Surrey, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right midfielder, Striker
Club information
Current team
Meralco Manila
Number 7
Youth career
1997–2003 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 AFC Wimbledon 2 (0)
2006–2007 Staines Town 16 (2)
2008–2009 Woking 20 (5)
2010 Farnborough 18 (3)
2011 San Beda FC 21 (7)
2012– Meralco Manila 43 (25)
National team
2005 Philippines U23 3 (1)
2006– Philippines 79 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:16, 6 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:52, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

James Joseph Younghusband (born 4 September 1986) is a British–Filipino footballer who plays as right midfielder or Striker for Meralco Manila and the Philippines national team. He was also called[by whom?] as the "David Beckham of the Philippines" due to his childhood idol David Beckham and also his playing style is similar to Beckham.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

James Younghusband's career began when he signed for Chelsea in 1997 and signed a scholarship with them at the age of 10. While with Chelsea, he made a number of appearances for the youth and reserve team. Subsequently, he also had brief stay with other English football teams in the past years. After his contract with Chelsea expired in 2008, he moved to the Philippines.

San Beda[edit]

On 15 April 2011, it was reported that Younghusband and his younger brother Phil, announced that they will join San Beda for the 2011 National Club Championships under former national coach Aris Caslib.[1] In the final, San Beda lost 3–0 to Teknika in the first leg. In the second leg, Younghusband scored from a free kick to make the score 2–0 to San Beda. San Beda, however, were not able to find a third a goal and Teknika won 3–2 on aggregate.[2]

Meralco Manila[edit]

Younghusband with the Loyola Meralco Sparks

After the conclusion of the 2011 National Club Championship, he and his younger brother would be joining Loyola Agila on three-year deals.[3]

In a round of 16 match in the 2011–12 United Football Cup match, Younghusband scored his first goal for Loyola in a 14–0 win over Sunken Garden United. He scored his second goal in the semi-finals in a 5–4 victory over Kaya after being 3–0 down at half-time.[4] Loyola lost the final 2–0 to Philippine Air Force.

Younghusband scored his first league goal for Loyola in a 2–1 victory over Philippine Army. He then scored a brace in a 4–3 win against Global before adding another against Kaya. He then scored a hat-trick in a 14–0 thrashing of Philippine Navy. Leading 3–1, Younghusband received his first red card in the United Football League after a row with Air Force player Herbert Bayona after which Younghusband shoved Bayona. The sending off inspired Air Force to score twice in one minute to draw the match 3–3.[5][6][7]

International career[edit]

Early in 2005, the Philippine Football Federation was alerted to Younghusband's eligibility by a mysterious gamer who allegedly found out about their lineage via the Football Manager series. He and his younger brother Phil were eventually called up to the Southeast Asian nation's football squad, amidst much fanfare. Younghusband participated in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines. He also ensured the advancement of the Philippine team to the group stage of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification by scoring in the 4th minute of the away match against Mongolia in the qualifying play-off.

James Younghusband missed the final cut of the Azkals' lineup ahead of the team's match against Bahrain, leaving Phil to carry the squad on June 11 at the Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan. Coach Thomas Dooley said his decision was nothing personal against the midfielder, and that he was only concerned about building the roster from his best-performing players.

"It's performance that counts. It's not who you are, it's not how old you are, how famous you are," said Coach Dooley in an interview. "You need to work hard in training to get your chance to play in the game."[8]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Philippines' goal tally first.[9][10]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 January 2007 Choa Chu Kang Stadium, Choa Chu Kang  Singapore
2. 12 October 2010 Kaohsiung National Stadium, Kaohsiung  Macau
2010 Long Teng Cup
3. 24 October 2010 New Laos National Stadium, Vientiane  Laos
2010 AFF Suzuki Cup qualifier
4. 15 March 2011 MFF Football Centre, Ulan Bator  Mongolia
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
5. 21 March 2011 Youth Training Centre, Yangon  Myanmar
2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifier
6. 11 October 2011 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila    Nepal
7. 5 June 2012 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Indonesia
8. 4 June 2013 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong  Hong Kong
9. 11 October 2013 Panaad Stadium, Bacolod  Chinese Taipei
2013 Philippine Peace Cup
10. 3 September 2014 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Chinese Taipei
2014 Philippine Peace Cup

Personal life[edit]

Younghusband was born in Ashford, Surrey, England to a British father and a Filipina mother (both deceased). He is the brother of Philippine team forward Phil Younghusband.


  1. ^ < "Phil, James set to play for San Beda FC". Malaya online. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "San Beda prevails but Teknika claims PFF-Smart crown". The Philippine Star. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Younghusbands join Loyola FC-Meralco". Inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Celest R. Flores (5 December 2011). "UFL Cup: Loyola Meralco, Air Force nail finals spot". Inquirer.net. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "AFP plays Meralco to 3-3 draw". ABS-CBN News. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Never-say-die Air Force makes epic comeback to draw Loyola". Interaskyon. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Cedelf P. Tupas (1 April 2012). "Airmen force draw with Loyola Meralco". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Why James Younghusband was cut from the Azkals, according to coach Dooley". gmanetwork.com. Retrieved 20 March 2017. 
  9. ^ James Younghusband at Soccerway
  10. ^ James Younghusband at National-Football-Teams.com

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