December 29, 2018 / 9:33 AM / 18 days ago

Factbox - Philippines at the Asian Cup

(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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