Archive for December, 2014


Green Archers owner/manager, Jimbo, took time from his busy schedule to sit down with AP and talk about the team’s chances for next season and which teams will most probably surprise, falter, and win the league.

AP: Good day boss, I’m pretty sure the team is still at a high following the team’s wonderful performance at the Philippine Cup. You’ve already made your first crucial addition to the team in Chus Calvillo, will there be any more signings to come before the start of season 40?

Jimbo: The club is always reading the transfer market and looking out for good players to bring in. The only issue there will be is the club is more responsible financially. No more splashing big sums of cash for just one player. We are now looking for players who can play more than one position and more flexible on the attack. We need better attacking players since we’re not that strong individually.

AP: There are some pretty strong teams entering season 40, and some of them have even bolstered their lineup as soon as this preseason. What is your take on the team’s chances for next season and are you still aiming for a top 5 finish?

Jimbo: Blue Wave FC is a scary team. They certainly added one or two great players and I think they are the ones to watch next term. Then there’s lions of munich who is always threatening the top 2. Their midfield are full of great players; some of the strongest in the league. Then there is the three-peat winners, Scape United. Their manager claim that they will be weaker next season but I highly doubt that they are as weak next season as he claims. They have a bunch of really experienced guys and most teams need to be at their best to beat them.

All of these teams are very good and talented. Our team is one in transition. We have been very bad recruiting talented youngsters in the past few seasons and we are now paying for it. But with the new players coming into the first team, who knows how we’ll perform next season. We will have rough games for sure, but we will fight through every one of them. That’s just who we are, and we have our fans behind us.

AP: Who do you think will get relegated?

Jimbo: This is a tricky one since we’ve seen some teams looking good at the start of the season only to falter at the end and lose gas. I think Azkals will get relegated. The team simply does not have the personnel to stay in the UFL. Sige FCSandigan, and  Local Brewery SC are all returning former UFL teams and I think at least one of them will replace Azkals.

AP: What position will Chus Calvillo be playing?

Jimbo: I just spoke to him about this and he said he can play almost all positions from midfield to defense. I’m confident that he will do well in defense and midfield but I’m counting on him more in helping out defense. Edu Iglesias is not getting any younger and some of our defenders may get suspended so he can fill in for them at defense.

AP: Will we be expecting any more player movements, boss?

Jimbo: Most certainly. We are looking to raise more money for next season and to do that we need to sell some more players. We are already in talks with one or two clubs and they already committed to make some deals happen. We can expect some movement this week or the next. Next season when the transfer window opens, we’ll see a lot of activity from the lower teams as well. We’ll see what happens.

There you have it. Some thoughts from the brilliant mind behind the Green Archers.

AP

   Iconic Archers defender, Miguel Marzo, played his last match for the Verdeneri last Thursday afternoon in what was a goal-fest which ended 7-3 in favor of the Archers and giving the team its first ever major top league trophy. Marzo, 36, will be retiring at the end of the season and will Join Alfredo Varela in the youth development sector of the Archers as a coach. Marzo was in tears when he lifted the trophy above his head for the first time in his career.

“It was a truly great feeling! Was very happy when I was chosen to sub in for Vigil. I thanked Jimbo and I’m proud to wear this shirt for so long. Now we have a trophy that we can be proud of and I was part of the team who did it. It’s an amazing feeling, I can’t describe it in few words. Magical.”  the defender told media

“We are very lucky to have a player and friend like him. He is close to all the players especially the young ones. He is a professional on and off the pitch. We will miss him. He makes us calm and think positively.” Manager Jimbo said

   Marzo played 627 matches for the Green and Black and is the most experienced player in the current roster of the team. He came from the youth ranks of the Archers becoming one of the best players to come out of the team’s academy.

“To all the supporters and all my family members who believed in me and pushed me to do my best at the highest level. This cup championship is for you. Now this chapter of my career is over, it’s time for me to start a new one. It will be a new challenge and I will be a rookie again. But this club is my love, my passion. I will never leave it.”

                                                                                                                                                                         —Miguel Marzo

AP

Injured Archers Captain Sebastián Ocio shed tears of joy and let out a primal scream as he lifted the Philippine Cup above his head after his team’s masterclass performance at the Stadio L’Arciere Thursday afternoon. The Archers won against local upcoming team FC EKARNA, 7-3, in what would be a wonderful ending for what would have been a normal season for the Verdeneri.

Englishman, Gareth Ross, scored a hat-trick while crafty veteran Lucio Prieto added a brace. Home fans thought the score would hold to 2-1 up to the break but then Jesús Ángel Díaz scored an equalizer at the 31st minute. The home support erupted again, though, after Iranian Shahin Afand scored for the home side to take the lead 8 minutes after. EKARNA’s new signing, Dags Stepanovs, was able to get a consolation goal in the 89th minute.

This cup is the first in club history and the first major trophy the club has had in its entire existence.

“The club, the team, and the fans all deserve this moment!” Archers boss owner, Jimbo, told media right after the match.

“At times we thought we were lucky and the result could have been different in another day. But today I am proud of my boys and what we have achieved this day. We have come out empty handed too many times and to be finally standing on top of the podium feels like a blessing from God. I thank God, the players, and the fans who have supported us through thick and thin.”

When asked whether the club would undergo some changes in the coming season his simple reply was “I see we changing a few players in some positions. The rest of the team, I am happy with.”