Azkal fever is on the rise and is here to stay.
The Philippine national football team is the national 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.
Despite being the oldest national team in Asia, the Philippines has never had any significant success on the international stage and has never qualified for the AFC Asian Cup or the FIFA World Cup. However, they enjoyed some success in its early years between 1913 and 1934 in the Far Eastern Championship Games.
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. The team is also identified under the International Organization for Standardization country code for the Philippines as PHL. However the team is more commonly known as the RP, the acronym for the country’s official name, Republika ng Pilipinas, which the local press uses when they refer to the team as the “RP Booters” or the “RP XI”. They have also referred to the team as the “Azkals”. The name, derived from askal, a Filipino term for “street dog,” became a trending topic on Twitter during the semi-finals of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. The team is also known as the “Tri–Stars” derived from the three stars on the Philippine flag.
“The Azkals were able to do well, despite the lack of facilities and support from the government,” -Azkals fan