Azkals Gulf Camp Dubai: Azkals vs Partizan Belgrade
As announced last January 9th through Cedelf Tupas’ Inquirer article, the Philippine National Football Team, popularly known as the Azkals, will be having a friendly football camp from February 5-17, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is in preparation for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup in Nepal from March 9-13.
The Azkals are scheduled to play 3 friendly matches in UAE. Their first friendly, which will see them pit their wits against reigning Serbian SuperLiga champions Partizan Belgrade, will be held in Abu Dhabi February 6 (7.30pm kick-off), while Dubai and possibly Sharjah or Al Ain will also play host to the ‘Azkals’.
Here’s a little research I made about the possible club/s that will host the Azkals.
Fudbalski klub Partizan (Partizan Beograd)
Date/Place: February 6 in Abu Dhabi, 730PM Kick-off time
Also known as Crno-beli (The Black and Whites) and/or Parni valjak (The Steamroller), this professional football club based in Belgrade, Serbia won as many as 37 trophies and the holder of 23 national championships, 12 national cups and 1 national super cup. They have also qualified twice in the UEFA Champion’s League Group Stages in 2003-04 and 2010-11 respectively. Their last match for this UEFA season was against Belgian club, Genk FC, with a draw (1-1) which caused their elimination on the third round of the competition.
Currently, they lead Serbia’s Jelen SuperLiga 10 points ahead of Crvena Zvezda. They’re top scorers for this SuperLiga’s season are Zvonimir Vukic with 8 goals, Nemanja Tomic with 6 and Lazar Markovic with 5 goals.
Current squad: GK – Nikola Petrović, Radiša Ilić, Vladimir Stojković; MF – Medo, Nemanja Tomić, Zvonimir Vukić, Nikola Ninković, Darko Brašanac, David Manga, Dejan Babić, Saša Marković, Saša Ilić (captain), Stefan Babovic (vice-captain), Milan Smiljanić; DF – Aleksandar Miljković, Vladimir Volkov, Vojislav Stanković, Aleksandar Rankovic, Nikola Aksentijević, Ivan Ivanov, Aleksandar Lazevski, Nemanja Rnić, Anderson Marques; FW – Eduardo, Lamine Diarra, Marko Šćepović, Lazar Marković; Head Coach – Aleksandar Stanojević
The other clubs to follow on the next article once confirmed.