Azkals and celebrities to play in United Football League's third season

PHOTO CAPTION: Paolo Bediones serves as team consultant for Team Socceroo FC, one of the 28 teams participating in the United Football League Cup that started last Saturday, October 8, at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.


"The United Football League Cup kicked off last October 8 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila with the UFL Cup. AKTV on IBC 13, the first free-to-air sports channel in the country, airs the UFL games this coming season, which is expected to be the biggest yet for the premier football league in the country. Games are aired every Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

"UFL lured a total of 28 teams for its Cup competition, including Azkals Phil and James Younghusband (Loyola Meralco Sparks), Angel Guirado and Misagh Bahadoran (Global FC), and Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta (Air Force).

"Celebrities such as Jake Cuenca, Daniel Matsunaga, Fabio Ide and Akihiro Sato also signed up with Team Socceroo while Derek Ramsay signed with Pachanga FC. TV5 news anchor Paolo Bediones serves team consultant for Team Socceroo FC.

"The UFL Cup is an open competition that serves as a gateway for teams seeking a place in the UFL top flight competition which opens in January 2012. The teams have been divided into seven groups with the top two squads from each group advancing to the Round of 16. The two No. 3 teams with the best records will claim the remaining two Round of 16 berths.

"A parade of all 28 teams started at 2:30 p.m., followed by a brief opening ceremony officially ushering in the league's third season.

"In the first game, defending champion Global FC battled rock-solid Stallions in a keenly-awaited opening-day clash. Another match followed wherein Kaya FC collided with Team Schwarz in a Group D duel at the University of Makati pitch at 7 p.m.

"On October 15, Team Socceroo will face Loyola Meralco Sparks in the first game, which airs live on AKTV at 2pm. Kaya FC goes up against Victory Line-Diliman FC in the second match at 4pm also at Rizal Memorial Stadium."


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