Azkals gear up for World Cup Qualifiers

Here’s the 26-Man Lineup for the Azkals’ World Cup Qualifiers at Home

The Azkals have a big assignment up ahead with the World Cup Qualifiers this month, and these 26 men will be up for the job.

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has just announced the 26-man roster that will represent the country in the first two matches of the FIFA World Cup 2026/AFC Asian Cup 2027 Preliminary Joint Qualifiers Round 2 against Vietnam on 16 November and Indonesia on 21 November at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. 

Men’s National Team coach Michael Weiss said he based his selection on player availability as well as the last five FIFA International Friendly matches against Nepal, Chinese Taipei, Afghanistan, and Bahrain from June to October 2023. 

Goalkeeper and captain Neil Etheridge leads the squad along with veterans Manny Ott, Patrick Reichelt, Mike Ott, Kenshiro Daniels, OJ Porteria, and Daisuke Sato. 

“It’s a good mixture of experienced mainstays for a long time and young well-developing talents brought on by the recent performances of Philippine clubs in AFC competitions,” said Weiss. “It gives us reason to be optimistic for our first World Cup qualifier matches against Vietnam and Indonesia.

“While a few players are missing out due to different reasons, Weiss said: “We focus on the ones, who are with us for the qualifiers.” 

With two Southeast Asian rivals arriving for the two matches, Weiss hopes that the home support will help propel his squad to important results. 

The PFF also launched the campaign #StandYourGround #10KStrong to encourage support for the Azkals in the first two matches of the World Cup Qualifiers. 

“A very important factor is the enthusiasm and support of the 12th man,” said Weiss. “We hope the fans come in numbers to the stadium, and be part of history.” 

Azkals gear up for World Cup Qualifiers

1. ETHERIDGE, Neil Leonard 
2. HANSEN, Kevin Ray 
3. DEYTO, Patrick Phillip 
4. ROTA, Simone 
5. MARTINEZ DE MURGA, Carlos Alberto 
6. TABINAS, Jefferson David 
7. RONTINI, Christian 
8. CURRAN, Jesse Thomas 
9. SATO, Daisuke 
10. RUBLICO, Santiago 
11. VILLANUEVA, Dennis 
12. LYNGBO, Simen Alexander 
13. BUGAS, Pocholo 
14. PORTERIA, Jose Elmer 
15. OTT, Manuel 
16. OTT, Mike Rigoberto 
17. KEKKONEN, Oskari 
18. INGRESO, Kevin 
19. BAAS, Mikel Justin 
20. REICHELT, Patrick 
21. MARAÑON, Bienvenido 
22. MENZI, Audie 
23. ANGELES, Marwin Janver 
24. MELLIZA, Jesus Joaquin 
25. DANIELS, Kenshiro Michael 
26. SCHRÖCK, Stephan Markus

Image from Philippine Football Federation.

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