Laos F.C.

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Laos
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Full name Laos Football Club
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009)
Head coach Jovanie Villagracia[1]
League United Football League
2016 10th

Laos Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club based in Tacloban, Leyte. The team played in the United Football League, the highest level of club football in the Philippines at the time the league was extant.

History[edit]

The club's roots can be traced back in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban organized a weekly football practice as their leisure activity.[2] The group which included Dan Palami and some of his employees at his company 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.[3] Then they began to participate in minor tournaments around Manila, under the name "Laos F.C."

With the renaming of the club to " Global Football Club" in 2009, club owner Dan Palami chose to form a separate team which carried the "Laos Football Club" name. The team shares its history with Global, and is considered its sister team.

Laos had their first major success in the United Football League in the 2015 season, when they won the United Football League Division 2 Championship with an unbeaten record. The championship earned them promotion to the first division, allowing them to play in the Philippines' top flight for the first time in their history. But promotion and relegation system was discontinued for the 2016 season which meant that Laos competed in the only division of the 2016 season.

First team squad[edit]

As of 7 May 2016[1]

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 Jose Adolfo
5 Sudan DF Badreldin El Habib
6 Philippines MF Ryan Buenaflor
8 Philippines MF Vincent Gambana
14 Philippines FW Finn Gumela
19 Philippines DF Raymond Leigh
22 Philippines DF Moreno Oliver
23 Philippines MF Ben Tolete
25 Philippines GK John Lloyd Bastasa
27 Philippines MF Eugene Cablay
29 Philippines DF Michael Atienza
50 Sudan FW Baeheldin El Habib
No. Position Player
55 Ghana DF Alhassan Mohammedu
77 Iran MF Shayan Jafary Dastjerdi
81 Philippines DF Jhomar Almento
82 Philippines DF Niño Ochotorena
88 Philippines MF Mike Riconalla
99 Iran FW Hamed Haji Mahdi
-- Philippines MF Jose Dimaano
-- Sudan FW Izzeldin El Habib
-- Philippines DF Juan Pique
-- Iran MF Shahin Shahrood
-- Philippines DF Lanz Silverio
-- Philippines MF Lorenz Silverio

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Line ups for @GlobalFC_PH and @LaosFC_ph #UFL2016". Twitter. United Football League Philippines. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "About Global F.C. (new)". Global Football Club (new website). Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Smit, f Hans; Jamlang, Jing; Dan, Palami (31 October 2013). "What Dan Palami Has Done for Philippine Football". Hans On (Podcast). Season 1. Episode 2 (in English and Filipino). New Media Factory TV. Event occurs at 5:15–6:25. Retrieved 17 June 2016.