Philippines national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Azkals[1] (Street Dogs)
AssociationPhilippine Football Federation
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationAFF (Southeast Asia)
Head coachGoran Milojević
CaptainStephan Schröck
Most capsPhil Younghusband (108)
Top scorerPhil Younghusband (52)
Home stadiumVarious
First colors
Second colors
FIFA ranking
Current 126 Increase 1 (24 October 2019)[2]
Highest111 (May 2018)
Lowest195 (September – October 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 172 Decrease 8 (19 November 2019)[3]
Highest136 (16 June 2015)
Lowest218 (January 2000, December 2002, November 2006)
First international
 Philippines 2–1 China 
(Manila, Philippines; 1 February 1913)
Biggest win
 Japan 2–15 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; 10 May 1917)[4]
Biggest defeat
 Japan 15–0 Philippines
(Tokyo, Japan; 28 September 1967)
Asian Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage, (2019)
AFC Challenge Cup
Appearances3 (first in 2006)
Best resultRunners-up (2014)

The Philippines national football team (Filipino: Pambansang koponan ng futbol ng Pilipinas) is the national association football team of the Philippines and represents the country in international football. The team is controlled by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), the governing body of football in the Philippines. Philippines' home grounds are Panaad Stadium in Bacolod, Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan, and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.

It is one of the oldest national teams in Asia[5] and has been playing at the international level as early as 1913. Prior to World War II, the Philippines has regularly competed with Japan and the Republic of China in the Far Eastern Championship Games.

So far, the national team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup[6] and has qualified for the AFC Asian Cup only once, in 2019. The national team's best finish in a major tournament was at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup where they finished second after losing to Palestine in the final.[7]


Early years[edit]

The national team squad at the 1930 Far Eastern Championship Games.

The Philippines participated at the Far Eastern Championship Games, which included football. The first edition was in 1913 and the last was in 1934. The games were the first regional football tournament for national teams outside the British Home Championship. The national team routinely faced Japan and China and at one edition the Dutch East Indies at the games. The Philippines won over China at the inaugural tournament with the scoreline of 2–1. During the 1917 edition, the national team achieved its biggest win in international football. Led by Filipino-Spanish icon Paulino Alcantara, the Philippines defeated Japan 15–2.[6][8][9]

After the dissolution of the Far Eastern Championship Games, the national squad participated at the 1940 East Asian Games organized to commemorate the 2600th anniversary of the foundation of the Empire of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. The team finished third behind champions Japan and second placers, Manchukuo and ahead of the Republic of China.[10][11]


In the 1950s the Philippines hosted friendlies with international-based sides, However the national team experienced lack of funding and barely received any coverage from the media. During that time talents from the national team were drawn from the Manila Football League which received substantial support from the Chinese-Filipino community. The national team's decent performance at the 1958 Asian Games, hosted in Tokyo, where they defeated Japan, 1–0 in a game which was labeled as an upset by the Japanese press.[12]

After 1958, saw the decline of Philippine football, several key players resigned from the national team due to financial challenges for playing for the national team. National team players Ed Ocampo and Eduardo Pacheco switched to basketball, and went on playing for commercial basketball clubs where players are paid.[12] The Philippine Congress passed Republic Act 3135 that revised the charter of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation which had a provision or a 60-40 rule that mandates teams to not have more than 40 percent Chinese and other players with foreign blood.[13] Sponsors withdrew and leagues, which were mostly funded by the Chinese-Filipino community started to decline. The 60–40 rule was lifted much later during the tenure of president Johnny Romualdez of the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), after 1982 when the PFA has reorganized itself as the PFF.[12][14]

The national team suffered defeats with big margins at the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.[12] This includes the national team's record 15–1 defeat to Malaysia, which became the worst defeat of the national team at that time. The record was later broken by the 15–0 loss to Japan in 1967 at the qualifiers for the 1968 Summer Olympics. Foreigners were hired to serve as head coaches for the national team in an attempt to reduce big margin loses. Englishman, Allan Rogers was hired following the record defeat to Malaysia and Spaniard Juan Cutillas was likewise tasked to lead the national team following the record defeat to Japan.[15]

In the early sixties, the Philippine Football Association partnered with the San Miguel Corporation to seek foreign assistance to train local football players and coaches and to develop the sport in the country. Coaches from the United Kingdom, Alan Rogers and Brian Birch. After the two were relieved, Danny McClellan and Graham Adams continued their task. In 1961, San Miguel through the national football association bought in four medical students from Spain who were expert in football — Francisco Escarte, Enrique dela Mata, Claudio Sanchez and Juan Cutillas. Escarte and dela Mata left the country after one year.[16]

In 1971, head coach Juan Cutillas recruited five foreign players to play for the national team; four Spaniards and one Chinese. The national team joined several international competitions such as the Merdeka Tournament, Jakarta Anniversary Tournament and the President Park Tournament. The team caused some upset results against the national teams of Thailand, Singapore and South Korea. The national team saw another decline after the four Spanish players left the team due to financial reasons and basketball gains more foothold over football in the country.[16]

The national team under German head coach, Eckhard Krautzun finished fourth overall at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games, its best ever finish at the tournament. The Philippines dealt a 1–0 defeat to defending champions Malaysia at the tournament which knocked out the latter out of the tournament at just the group stage. Norman Fegidero scored the sole goal for the Philippines.[15][17][18]


In September 2006, the country fell to 195th on the FIFA World Rankings, its lowest ever.[19] By the end of the year, the Philippines moved back up to 171st overall, after a good run in the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship qualification.[20] They were able to win three games in a row which was a first for the Philippines and thus qualifying for the 2007 ASEAN Football Championship.[21] Coach at that time Aris Caslib, aimed to reach the semifinals with two wins at the group stage.[22] The decision came despite Philippine Football Federation president Juan Miguel Romualdez stating that they would still be underdogs in the tournament and that they mustn't raise their expectations too high,[20] as the Philippines have only won their first ever win of the tournament during the 2004 edition.[23]

The Philippines eventually failed to reach their target, only getting a draw in three matches. Their poor performances led to Caslib's resignation,[24] as well as the refusal of the PFF to register and enter the qualification stages for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[25] They would be one of four nations, all from Southeast Asia not to enter after a record number of entries.[26] However it was revealed that the decision not to enter the 2010 as well as the 2006 World Cup qualification was made during the PFF presidency of Rene Adad, whose term ended in 2003.[25] Instead, the PFF wanted to focus on domestic and regional competitions.[27]

The Philippines failed to qualify for any major competition in 2008. They missed out on the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup only on goal difference,[28] and the 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup with an inferior goals scored record.[29]

Dan Palami, businessman and sports patron, was appointed as team manager of the national team in 2009 by the Philippine Football Federation. The national team still receive minimal support from the government. Palami made financial investments to the team using his own personal money. Since taking responsibility over the national team, he has envisioned a plan named Project 100, which plans to make the team among the top 100 national teams in the world in terms of FIFA rankings. More foreign-born Filipinos were called up to play for the national squad.[30]


The national team (in blue) playing against North Korea (in red) at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang. The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match held in 8 October 2015 ended in a goalless draw
Parading Philippine national team players celebrating their win and thanking fans in attendance
Players of the national team celebrating their first qualification ever for the AFC Asian Cup following their 2-1 win over Tajikistan in 27 March 2018

The Philippine national team's campaign at the 2010 AFF Championship under head coach Simon McMenemy was seen as a success and played an important role in football in the country. The national team along with Laos had to qualify for the tournament. The Philippines advanced from the group stage for the first time in the history of the tournament. They did not concede a single defeat and their win against defending champions Vietnam in the group stage in particular was considered as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament.[31] The match, which would later be referred by local Filipino fans as the "Miracle of Hanoi", is also considered as the match that started a football renaissance in the country where basketball is the more popular sport.[32][33] In the knockout stage, they had to play both their designated home and away games against Indonesia in Jakarta due to the unavailability of a stadium that passes AFF standards. The Philippines lost both games to end their campaign.

The following year, the Michael Weiß became the Philippines head coach. The national team managed to qualify for the 2012 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup, the first time since qualifiers were introduced and also recorded their first ever victory in the FIFA World Cup qualification, beating Sri Lanka 4–0 in the second leg of the first preliminary round.[34] Kuwait finished the Philippines' World Cup qualification campaign after winning over them twice in the second round.

In 2012, the Philippines qualified for the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup for the first time winning over defending champions India and Tajikistan though they lost 2–1 against Turkmenistan in the semifinal.[35] In the third place-playoff the Philippines won 4–3 over Palestine.[36] Within the same year the Philippines won the 2012 Philippine Peace Cup, a friendly tournament hosted at home, by winning all of the three matches. It was also their first title since the 1913 Far Eastern Games. At the 2012 AFF Championship, the Philippines replicated their performance in 2010 by advancing to the semifinal. They loss to Singapore on aggregate by a single goal in the two-legged semifinal.

The Philippines reached the final of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. With a berth to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup on the line, the Philippines lost to Palestine 1–0 on 30 May. The Philippines once again advance from the group stage at the 2014 AFF Championship by winning over Indonesia, the first time since the 1934 Far Eastern Games,[37] and Laos despite their loss to Vietnam.[38] The Philippines faced Thailand in the two-legged semifinal, coming up with a goalless draw against their opponents at home in Manila but losing the away match at Bangkok.[39]

Thomas Dooley became the head coach of the national team. In October 2015 their 2–0 victory Yemen in Doha, Qatar in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers was their first-ever World Cup qualifier away from home, a victory over Yemen in Doha, Qatar.[40] They campaign to qualify for the FIFA World Cup ended in the second round though they advance to the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers.

In late 2016 the Philippines jointly hosted the group stage of the AFF Championship with Myanmar though they fail to progress from the group stage like they did in the past three editions.

Though the national team failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they secured qualification for 2019 AFC Asian Cup after defeating Tajikistan, 2–1 at home in their final qualifier match.[41][42]

2019 AFC Asian Cup[edit]

The Philippine national team at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

The Philippines made its historic debut in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, their first ever major football tournament the Philippines took part in. Being considered as a dark-horse, the Philippines surprised by an outstanding performance against South Korea, the champions of two beginning editions of 1956 and 1960, only to be defeated 0–1 by a goal from Hwang Ui-jo.[43] The Philippines, however, could not repeat the same feat when they lost 0–3 to China[44] and was edged 1–3 by Kyrgyzstan, with Stephan Schröck scored historic goal for the Azkals in the tournament.[45]

Team image[edit]


Fans of the national team during a friendly against SV Darmstadt 98 in Germany.
24 June 2011

Some fans have organized themselves to support the national team, one of them is the Ultras Filipinas, which formed in 2011.[46][47] The Kaholeros started out as a gathering of friends using Twitter calling for fans to watch games of the AFC Challenge Cup at the National Sports Grill in Greenbelt. The Ultras Filipinas was established when fans of Philippine Air Force F.C. and Ultras Kayas decided to form a support group for the national teams of the Philippines not necessarily just for the football team. The first outing of Ultras Filipinas was not for the national football team but for the national rugby union team. The two fan groups take alternative turns in cheering and chanting for the national team during games.[47]


Kit Suppliers of the Philippine national team
Outfitter Usage
From Until
Germany Puma 1996
Germany Adidas 1996
Japan Mizuno 2008 2012
Philippines LGR 2012
Germany Puma 2012 2015
Philippines LGR 2015 present

The traditional home kit is similar to the France national team; blue jersey, white shorts, and red socks.[48] However, in recent times, the home and away kit has either been all-blue, all-red or all-white.[49] The current kit supplier of the national team is local firm, LGR Sportswear. German companies Adidas and Puma, as well as Japanese company Mizuno, has provided kits for the team in the past

Puma was the official outfitter of the national team during the 1996 AFC Asian Cup qualification.[50] Later that year, Adidas assumed that role and outfitted the team that participated at the 1996 Tiger Cup.[51]

For three years from March 2008, Mizuno served as the official outfitter and equipment supplier of the team. It also helped the national federation in its grassroots development program.[52][53] In 4 June 2012, Puma supplanted Mizuno's role with the national team.[54]

Local firm LGR Sportswear became the official kit provider of the national team in 2015 and a new set of kits made by LGR were unveiled to the public in on 5 June which was later used by the team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The home and away kits were white and blue respectively. Filipino weave design and the three stars and the sun are present at the back of the home and away kits. The goalkeeper's kit is black and has a yellow trim on the chest area and a weave pattern with the three stars and the sun and azkals logo incorporated in the design, in front around the shoulder area. Adidas was also announced as the footwear sponsor of the team for the qualifiers[55] The current kits of the national team were introduced in latter part of 2016. The home kit is white, the away kit is red while a third kit which is blue was also used.[56]


The wordmark for Azkals Philippines featuring a dog's head, a football, and the official colors of the Philippine flag
Logo of Azkals Philippines
A blue, red, white, and gold crest featuring a dog's head, a football, and the nickname of the national team, The Azkals
The monicker Azkals is only used in broadcasts and not used in an official capacity

Under the official FIFA Trigramme the team's name is abbreviated as PHI; this acronym is used by FIFA, the AFC and the AFF to identify the team in official competitions.[57] The team is also identified under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code for the Philippines as PHL.[58] However the team was more commonly known as the RP, the acronym for the country's official name, Republika ng Pilipinas,[57] which the local press used when they referred to the team as the "RP Booters"[59] or the "RP XI".[60] This was until late October 2010 when the Department of Foreign Affairs decided to change the official abbreviation of the country from "RP" to "PH" or "PHL", to be in line with ISO standards.[61] The local press have since referred to the team as either "PH/PHL Booters"[62][63] or "PH/PHL XI".[64][65]

The national team is referred to as the "Azkals".[66] The name was coined when an online Philippine football community proposed the nickname Calle Azul (Spanish for Streets of Blue, referring to the color of their kit) which was modified to Azul Calle, shortened to AzCal, and finally became Azkal – a word that is similar to Filipino term Askal meaning street dog.[67] "Azkals" became a trending topic on Twitter during the semifinals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup.[68]

They are also known as the "Tri–Stars" which is derived from the three stars on the Philippine flag, although this nickname is not frequently used.[69]

Home stadium[edit]

During the early years of the Philippine national team, they played their home matches at the Manila Carnival Grounds. By 1934 it became the site of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.[70] One of the facilities within the complex is the 12,000 capacity national stadium, known as the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium or simply the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Since its opening, it has been the home venue of the Philippine national team until May 2015 where they declared the 25,000 seater and Philippine Sports Stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan as their new home. However, due to disappointing attendance numbers in PSS and RMS and an impressive crowd for Ceres–Negros F.C.'s run to the 2017 AFC Cup, the Philippine Football Federation decided to make Panaad Stadium as the national team's home again for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.[71]

The RMS has also become a hub for track and field. The continued use for athletics along with poor maintenance has deteriorated the stadium and the 1991 Southeast Asian Games was the last time it was used for international football matches. In early 2009, the Philippine Sports Commission planned to transform it to a modern football stadium which would make it usable by the national team for international matches.[72]

The national team also held official international matches at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu City,[73] and at the Barotac Nuevo Plaza Field in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.[74]

Philippines national football team home stadiums
Image Stadium Capacity Location Last match
JfCiudadINC29PhilArenaStadiumfvf.JPG Philippine Sports Stadium 20,000 Ciudad de Victoria, Santa Maria, Bulacan v   Thailand
(25 November 2016; 2016 AFF Championship)
RizalMemorialStadiumjf9861 04.JPG Rizal Memorial Stadium 12,873 Manila v   Tajikistan
(27 March 2018; AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualification)
Negrense wears Yellow for Ceres Negros.jpg Panaad Stadium 9,825 Bacolod v   China PR
(15 October 2019; FIFA World Cup qualification)
Cebu City Sports Complex.jpg Cebu City Sports Complex Cebu City v   Malaysia
(27 April 2014; Friendly)
Quirino Stadium Facade.jpg Quirino Stadium 5,000 Bantay v  Australia Perth Glory FC
(26 June 2016; Friendly)

Competitive records[edit]


Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Maldives and Syria in November 2019.[75]
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Syria.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Patrick Deyto (1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 (age 29) 17 0 Thailand Suphanburi
1GK Neil Etheridge (1990-02-07) 7 February 1990 (age 29) 65 0 Wales Cardiff City
1GK Michael Falkesgaard (1991-04-09) 9 April 1991 (age 28) 12 0 Thailand Bangkok United

2DF Daisuke Sato (1994-09-20) 20 September 1994 (age 25) 49 3 Thailand Muangthong United
2DF Carli de Murga (1988-11-30) 30 November 1988 (age 30) 44 4 Philippines Ceres–Negros
2DF Martin Steuble (1988-06-09) 9 June 1988 (age 31) 43 3 Thailand Port
2DF Amani Aguinaldo (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 24) 38 0 Malaysia PKNP
2DF Luke Woodland (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 24) 21 0 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
2DF Álvaro Silva (1984-03-30) 30 March 1984 (age 35) 17 0 Thailand BG Pathum United
2DF Justin Baas (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 19) 4 0 Netherlands Jong AZ
2DF Elias Mordal (1998-01-20) 20 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Norway Brattvåg
2DF Marco Casambre (1998-12-18) 18 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill
2DF Sean Patrick Kane (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 28) 1 0 Philippines Ceres–Negros

3MF Stephan Schröck (1986-08-21) 21 August 1986 (age 33) 44 6 Philippines Ceres–Negros
3MF Iain Ramsay (1988-02-27) 27 February 1988 (age 31) 33 5 Thailand Sukhothai
3MF Mike Ott (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 24) 21 3 Philippines Ceres–Negros
3MF John-Patrick Strauß (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 23) 12 2 Germany Erzgebirge Aue
3MF Yrick Gallantes (2001-01-14) 14 January 2001 (age 18) 1 0 Scotland Gala Fairydean Rovers

4FW Patrick Reichelt (1988-06-05) 5 June 1988 (age 31) 61 10 Malaysia Melaka United
4FW Ángel Guirado (1984-12-09) 9 December 1984 (age 34) 39 10 Thailand Chonburi
4FW Mark Hartmann (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 27) 26 7 Thailand Nakhon Ratchasima
4FW OJ Porteria (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 25) 22 2 Philippines Ceres-Negros
4FW Curt Dizon (1994-02-04) 4 February 1994 (age 25) 18 1 Thailand Chonburi

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the Philippines within the past 12 months.[76]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kevin Ray Hansen (1994-09-29) 29 September 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Denmark HB Køge v.  China PR, 15 October 2019
GK Bernd Schipmann (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Germany Rot Weiss Ahlen v.  China PR, 7 June 2019 PRE
GK Nathanael Villanueva (1995-10-25) 25 October 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Philippines Kaya FC-Iloilo 2019 AFC Asian Cup

DF Niko de Vera (1996-07-23) 23 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0 United States Portland Timbers 2 v.  China PR, 15 October 2019
DF Michael Kempter (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Switzerland Zürich II v.  China PR, 15 October 2019 PRE
DF Stephan Palla (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 30) 14 0 Thailand Buriram United v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
DF Diego Bardanca (1993-03-22) 22 March 1993 (age 26) 0 0 Serbia Inđija v.  China PR, 7 June 2019

MF Kevin Ingreso (1993-02-10) 10 February 1993 (age 26) 29 3 Thailand Buriram United v. China PR, 15 October 2019
MF Jesse Curran (1996-07-16) 16 July 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Republic of Ireland Dundee United v.  China PR, 15 October 2019 PRE
MF Manuel Ott (1992-05-06) 6 May 1992 (age 27) 50 4 Thailand Ratchaburi Mitr Phol v.  Guam, 10 September 2019
MF Christian Rontini (1999-07-20) 20 July 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Italy Sangiovannese v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
MF Kainoa Bailey (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 24) 0 0 United States Des Moines Menace v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
MF Kevin Guerra (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Germany ATSV Erlangen v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
MF Kristofer Strickler (1998-08-05) 5 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0 United States Virginia Tech Hokies v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
MF James Younghusband (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 33) 101 12 Philippines Ceres-Negros 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Adam Reed (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 9 0 Thailand Chainat Hornbill 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Miguel Tanton (1989-07-05) 5 July 1989 (age 30) 1 0 Philippines Ceres–Negros 2019 AFC Asian Cup
MF Paul Mulders (1981-01-16) 16 January 1981 (age 38) 43 2 Free agent 2019 AFC Asian Cup PRE
MF Dennis Villanueva (1992-04-28) 28 April 1992 (age 27) 15 0 Philippines Ceres–Negros 2018 AFF Championship PRE

FW Jovin Bedic (1990-06-08) 8 June 1990 (age 29) 10 2 Philippines Kaya FC-Iloilo v.  China PR, 15 October 2019
FW Javier PatiñoINJ (1988-02-14) 14 February 1988 (age 31) 20 7 Thailand Ratchaburi Mitr Phol v.  Guam, 10 September 2019
FW Pancho Fernández (1998-01-03) 3 January 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Chile Deportes La Serena v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
FW Kike Gómez (1994-05-04) 4 May 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps v.  China PR, 7 June 2019
FW Phil Younghusband (1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 32) 108 52 Free agent 2019 AFC Asian Cup

INJ Withdrew from the squad due to an injury
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Omitted from the squad due to suspension
PRE Included in the preliminary squad

Previous squads[edit]

Previous squads of the Philippines
Tournament Edition
AFC Asian Cup
AFF Championship
AFC Challenge Cup
Asian Games
SEA Games

Fixtures and results[edit]



Head coaches[edit]

Dionisio Calvo
Dionisio Calvo, one of the earliest head coach for the national team

One of the earlier head coaches of the national team was Dionisio Calvo. Foreign coaches of American, Argentinean, English, German, Scottish, Spanish, and Swedish nationality has managed the national team. Juan Cutillas has managed the team in at least four non-consecutive tenures (1969–1978, 1981–1984, 1996–2000 and 2008–09).

Thomas Dooley led the national team to its best finish in a tournament sanctioned by the Asian Football Confederation and FIFA by leading the team to second place at the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup. The past three coaches, Simon McMenemy, Michael Weiß and Thomas Dooley, also made some strides at the regional level leading the team to the semifinals at the AFF Suzuki Cup (2010, 2012 and 2014 editions respectively), the top football tournament in Southeast Asia. Eckhard Krautzun also led the national team to the semifinals, its best finish at the 1991 Southeast Asian Games, before football became an under-23 tournament at said multi-sporting event.

List of head coaches of the Philippines
Nationality Name Period References/Notes
Philippines Philippines Dionisio Calvo (1930, 1934, 1954)
Philippines Philippines Ramon Echevarria Sr. (1958) [78]
Philippines Philippines Fernando Giménez Álvarez (1962)
England England Alan Rogers (1962–63)
Scotland Scotland Danny McLennan (1963)
Philippines Philippines Emilio Pacheco (1967)
Spain Spain Juan Cutillas (1967–72)
Philippines Philippines Florentino Broce (1973–74) [16]
Spain Spain Juan Cutillas (1975–78)
West Germany West Germany Bernhard Zgoll (1980)
Spain Spain Juan Cutillas (1981–84)
Philippines Philippines Alberto Honasan (1987) [79]
Argentina Argentina Carlos Cavagnaro (1989)
Germany Germany Eckhard Krautzun (1991–92)
Philippines Philippines Mariano Araneta (1993) [80]
Philippines Philippines Noel Casilao (1993–96)
Spain Spain Juan Cutillas (1996–2000)
Philippines Philippines Rodolfo Alicante (2000)
Japan Japan Masataka Imai (2001)
Japan Japan Sugao Kambe (2002–03)
Philippines Philippines Aris Caslib (2004–07) [81]
Philippines Philippines Norman Fegidero (2008)
Spain Spain Juan Cutillas (2008–09)
Philippines Philippines Aris Caslib (2009)
Scotland Scotland Des Bulpin (2009–10) [82]
Scotland Scotland Simon McMenemy (2010) [83]
Germany Germany Michael Weiß (2011–14) [84]
United States United States Thomas Dooley (2014–18) [85]
Philippines Philippines Marlon Maro (2017) [note 1]
England England Terry Butcher (2018) [88]
Republic of Ireland Ireland Scott Cooper (2018, interim) [89][90]
Philippines Philippines Anto Gonzales (2018) [note 2]
Sweden Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson (2018–19) [92]
Republic of Ireland Ireland Scott Cooper (2019) [93]
Serbia Serbia Goran Milojević (2019–) [94]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Head coach on a temporary basis. Maro only coached the team that took part at the 2017 CTFA International Tournament in Taiwan which was held in December 2017. Dooley remained the head coach.[86] Maro was supposed to lead a U22 side, but the matches of the CTFA International Tournament were recognized as Tier 1 "A" international matches hence the Philippine Football Federation sent a senior side with Maro as its coach in lieu of Thomas Dooley.[87]
  2. ^ Head coach on a temporary basis. Gonzales only coached the team that took part at the 2018 Bangabandhu Cup in Bangladesh which was held in October 2018. Cooper remained the head coach.[91]


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