December 29, 2018 / 9:03 AM / 6 months ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Philippines at the Asian Cup

    Dec 29 (Reuters) - Factbox on the Philippines ahead of the
Asian Cup, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates from
Jan 5 to Feb 1:
    
    FIFA world ranking: 116 
    Ranking in Asia: 21
    Previous Asian Cups: 0
    
    Nickname: Azkals 
    Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson
    Regular captain: Phil Younghusband
    Player to watch: Stephan Schrock
    
    Recent form:  
    Nov 17     East Timor 2-3 Philippines     Kuala Lumpur
    Nov 21     Philippines 1-1 Thailand       Bacolod City
    Nov 25     Indonesia 0-0 Philippines      Jakarta
    Dec 2     Philippines 1-2 Vietnam        Bacolod City
    Dec 6     Vietnam 2-1 Philippines        Hanoi
    
    Fixtures: 
    Group C
    Jan 7    South Korea v Philippines     Dubai
    Jan 11   Philippines v China           Abu Dhabi
    Jan 16   Kyrgyzstan v Philippines      Dubai
    
    Sven-Goran Eriksson's surprise appointment as coach made
headlines around the world and now the basketball-mad nation is
hoping the impact of the Swede's arrival can last beyond the
Asian Cup finals.
    The Azkals will play in the continental championship for the
first time but it was the appointment of the former England
manager on a short-term contract in October that grabbed global
attention for Philippine football.             

 (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John
O'Brien)
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