Manila Nomads Sports Club
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|Founded||1914Manila, Philippine Islandsin|
|Ground||San Lazaro Leisure Park|
|Owner||Manila Nomads Sports Club|
|Head coach||Ronaldo Luis Bernardo|
|League||United Football League|
The Manila Nomads Sports Club, or simply the Nomads Sports Club or the Manila Nomads, is a sports club based in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines. For much of its history its grounds was situated within Metro Manila with its last ground within the metropolis located at the Merville area in Parañaque from 1969 to 2017.
The sports club primarily focuses on its association football team which played in the now-defunct United Football League, which was the highest level of Philippine club football. In 2011, the Nomads football team won the UFL Division 2 title after being runner-up in 2010. Formed in 1914, it is the oldest active football club in the Philippines. The club is also known for its activities in rugby.
Manila Nomads F.C. was founded in 1914 by members of the Manila Club which primarily is a club for Britons and the oldest existing club in the country. James Walker Cairns, who was born in Scotland in 1870 was the first president of the sports club. Cairns served the position from 1914 to 1934. The FIFA Book of Record, lists the football team of Manila Nomads as the first Philippine Football Champion, winning the local league in 1914. The initial site of the club was built near the Manila Club on the corner of Marquins de Comillas and Padre Faura next to the Paco Cemetery. World War II interrupted the activities of the club.
The facilities of the Manila Club were destroyed during the Liberation of Manila. After the war the Nomads used the grounds for their activities and were involved with the rebuilding of the Manila Club which is now occupied by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. It was proposed for the Manila Club and Manila Nomads to be merged but did not push through with the plan after members decided on the matter during a general meeting of the Manila Club.
On January 14, 1949, the Nomads Sports Club was registered as a non-profit corporation in accordance to Philippine law. In 1949/50, a new ground and clubhouse of the Nomads was constructed in Makati, near the corner of current Pasay Road and EDSA. In the 1960s, the club looked for another location after an offer to sell the property to the club was declined by the Board of Directors of the Nomads. The sports club moved to Merville in 1969. The facility was improved upon with the addition of two tennis courts in 1977, a junior Olympic size swimming pool and changing room was added in 1981 as a result of a joint venture with the British School, the first and only lawn bowls green in the Philippines was added in 1988.
In 2016, the forced closure of the Nomad's grounds was announced. The last rugby match held in the venue was the 2016 SPI 15s league grand final between the Nomads and the Alabang Eagles Rugby Club where the latter won over the former, 24–16. By early 2017, the club has moved to the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite.
The men's football team of the Manila Nomads is the oldest section of the sports club having won the Philippine National Championships in 1924.
United Football League
Manila Nomads was one of the founding members of the United Football League and played in both divisions since the league started as a semi-professional football league in 2009.
However, before the start of the 2014 season, Manila Nomads chose to self-relegate to the second division due to a new 5-foreign player cap rule, being a team that consists mainly of expats. They decided not to participate of the league tournament of the 2015 season to build a roster that would comply with the newly imposed regulation. They participated in the 2015 UFL Cup finishing at the bottom 16 but advanced to the play-offs following Global's disqualification.
They returned to the 2016 season and participated at the 2016 UFL Cup. For the 2016 edition it was mandated that there would be no guest teams at the UFL Cup, and all participants are to enter the league competition.
Manila Nomads played its home games at Nomads Field in Parañaque, which has a capacity of 3,000 spectators.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|2013–Present||AtletA||PLDT Home Fibr|
- 1Major shirt sponsor (names located at the front of the shirt).
- 2Secondary sponsor (names mostly located at the back of the shirt).
Current Technical Staff and Management
|General Manager||Eric Antoine||American|
|Team Manager||Marlon Hwang||South Korean|
|Head Coach||Ronaldo Luis Bernardo||Brazilian|
|Assistant Coach||Aber John Luzgal||Filipino|
First Team Squad
- As of 7 May 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
In the United Football League, there can be more than five non-Filipino nationals in a team as long as they are registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.
- Madi Taniform Nji
- Isaac Acheapong
- Stephen Appiah
- Lassana Fofana
- Alu Kigbu
- Fidelis Nnabuife
- Michael Okeagu
- Ubiam Okoro
- Ifeanyi Elias Ugwu
- Hwang Jong-won
|Season||Division||Tms.||Pos.||PFF NMCC||UFL Cup||FA LC||FA Cup||UFL PSC|
|2013||1||10||8th||Round of 16||Group Stage||4th|
|2015||Do Not Participated||—||Round of 16||—|
- Tms. = Number of teams
- Pos. = Position in league
- TBD = To be determined
- DNQ = Did not qualify
Note: Performances of the club indicated here was after the UFL created (as a semi-pro league) in 2009.
- Philippines Football Championship
- Winners: 1914
The Manila Nomads also organizes a women's football team which is also known as the Nomads StretchMarks. The "StretchMarks" name was coined from the name of Mark Hartmann, the first coach of the team and the fact that the team composes mostly of mothers. They have participated in at least 15 competitions and has joined the Weekend Football League in 2011.
Cricket has been played in the Nomads since the club's inception. The Manila Nomads hosts the only grassed cricket-playing arena in Manila. The Philippines Cricket Association has its official base within the sports club's grounds.
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