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With a 1-2 home loss to league underdog Azkals.com the Archers have now lost two of its first five matches of the season and now are behind 6 massive points behind league champions and title favorites, Blue Wave FC. Home fans were clearly disappointed with the result with the team seemingly unable to crack the Azkals defense who looked very inspired from the start.

“I’m very disappointed with our game a while ago. We looked like the underdogs to be honest.” Archers manager/owner Jimbo told AP

“I’m at a loss right now. With one less competitive team (Scape United) it’s only going to get tougher from here to get to the top spot. It means you will basically need to beat teams which you’re supposed to be beating. This is one of them and we failed ultimately. I’m frustrated because I know the top teams don’t make mistakes like this one. They only make about one or two but we’ve had two bad games already this early in the season. It’s a disgrace!” Jimbo added

The team will take on Local Brewery SC this Sunday in a must win match for the Verdeneri.

Fresh from the Green Archers’ second straight cup title at the expense of the Philippine powerhouse, Blue Wave FC, Archers Co-captain Edu Iglesias voiced out his frustrations on not being able to take the league trophy home to the Stadio L’Arciere and to its loyal fans. The Archers were leading by a point in the group table when they lost to up and coming local team FC EKARNA and with it the title. Blue Wave won its last game against underachieving side Sticky Feet Alliance 2-0 and the league title.

Though the Archers won its second league cup in a row the veteran defender could only shed tears of sadness that he was not able to bring the title home to Marikina and thought he could have done more in their loss to EKARNA.

“It’s always going to be in the back of the minds of the players and fans. We were so close and yet we broke down under the pressure. It’s not a good feeling. Sometimes I think about it before I go to sleep. Now that I am retiring and played my last game of my career, it’s going to stay with me as a chance that we didn’t take.” said the experienced defender.

The same feeling is shared by all players and even team owner, Jimbo, while having its best run of form was still not able to pry away the title from the Blue league powerhouse. The team won 18 straight matches at one point but was still not enough.

“It’s sad not to win the title. We were so close and yet one bad result could spell the end of the chase.” Jimbo told media

“We have to start the next season really well to have a chance to win it all. We are hoping that we can build on our current squad for next season. Edu is retiring and we are looking for replacements. It will not be easy replacing Edu. He is a very good player but we have to move forward”

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   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

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With the Archers’ fantastic start to its season and a recent win against perennial UFL powerhouse Blue Wave FC, can the Archers finally call itself a Philippine super power in football? Team owner and manager Jimbo certainly thinks so. In his recent press conference after the match, Jimbo spoke about his current squad and how different it was when the team spent buckets on big time players.

“What’s different with this squad from past seasons is that we are relying more on skill this time instead of splashing the cash on a few players who can do everything. Specialization is key.” Jimbo told media Friday after the game

“Are we a powerhouse? I think we are strong, so yes I think you can say that. But we are long ways from the teams of the past. We were a lot stronger 10 seasons ago. But then again, all the other teams were stronger 10 seasons ago too. We are not as rich as before and we need to be wiser in spending. Hence our current resurgence in our youth ranks. I like the direction of our club and its players.” the big boss added

The Archers go against Dumaguete Dynamos on Sunday afternoon.

Notes: Iranian newcomer Shahin Afand scored 2 goals in the match and 4 out of his last four matches for the Verdeneri. José Enrique Vigil was not available for the match due to suspension.

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The Archers are off to a great start with a 3-0 record and conceding only one goal so far while scoring seven. The Archers may have lost key players due to transfers but have found ways to improve their performances through a formation change and addition of more efficient players like forward Shahin Afand and defensive phenom Gaspar ‘The Shadow’ Alonso.

“I love our start. But if history is going to tell us anything is that good starts doesn’t mean anything unless you can keep it up for most of the season. But we’re lucky sometimes” Jimbo told AP

“It’s only going to get more difficult. We have to juggle players depending on injuries, suspensions, and international tournaments. We are elated that we were able to qualify for international tournaments again. The monetary benefits will be useful to our continued resurgence in the UFL.”

The Green Archers are sitting 2nd behind tiNabaL RepubLic in the UFL standings after 3 matches. The Verdeneri have beaten last season’s champs, Scape United, 0-3. The team goes against kloxz on Wednesday in what would be an entertaining match.

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Archers manager/owner Jimbo told media that the team will most probably have to win its match against Blue Wave FC to get the third spot in the UFL to avoid a more difficult qualifying road to the RoW League group stage. The Archers are currently tied in points with Blue Wave with kloxz and Victorious Secret not too far behind.

“Securing third will be our goal right now. But it is proven that it will not be an easy task with our current level of talent. We are not as big as we used to be with some of our guys getting older. But with have an interesting mix of young and not so young players. We’ll see what happens.” Jimbo told media

“We are lucky to have an opportunity to reach the RoW League. We were close before but we were not so lucky. I hope our luck changes this term.”

The Archers have four matches remaining facing kloxz on Wednesday, FC EKARNA on Friday, facing Blue Wave on Sunday, and ending the season with Inter Ormoc Athletico on Wednesday next week.

Archers winger, José Enrique Vigil, was quick to point out after their defeat away to UFL newcomers, Local Brewery SC, that the team wasn’t their selves and looked tired for much of the contest. The established UFL side was stunned away from the Stadio suffering one of its most lopsided loss of the season, losing 3-0.

“It was a disappointing display for us. We played poorly and I apologize to the fans that we lost focus and steam in the game. We lost our mental edge and I think that is one that cost us the game.” The experienced winger told AP after the game

“We were not so clinical with our shots and much of them were wasted. It was a sad sight, I must admit. We were making the chances but we didn’t score. We were frustrated and it led to more misses. We must do better if we are to qualify for the Rest of the World Cup or League (RoW)” he added

The Archers face kloxz, next, who are experiencing their best seasons in the UFL so far placing fifth after 30 games. With only 4 league games to play, the Archers need to focus and play smart if they are to be successful in securing a RoW Spot this term.

Verdeneri captain, Sebastián Ocio, pointed out that the team’s renaissance in season 38 can be attributed to team work and harmony. The 27-year-old midfielder and Philippine international spoke to Archer Pride on how the club was able to turn around a dismal showing last season and be in contention for a top 3 spot this term.

“Coach Jimbo told us in the beginning of the season that the team is strong if we believe it to be. He shared stories about the Archer legends and how they never gave up even without any silverware. We are a proud club and we believe that we are in the right direction to get our first championship. We have to keep developing our youngsters and be brave. We play as a team.” the Archers captain told AP

“We have to keep sharing the ball and play as a team. We know we don’t have very potent scorers, unlike previous seasons. What we have done is make our passes more intelligent and precise. “

Ocio pulls the strings and anchors the defense in midfield. This makes things much easier on the other players.

The Archers are one of the hottest teams in the UFL at the moment winning their last 6 matches including 2 local cup matches. The team looks to add to their winning streak when they take on former UFL team, RP 5, in a local cup match later this afternoon.

Notes: The Archers have won 8 of its last 10 matches and have scored 42 goals while only conceding 7. Victories against lions of munich and Scape United highlight the team’s amazing run. A 4-2 loss to newly promoted side Real Madrid CR7 was a disappointing result for the club during the same 10 match stretch.

The Green Archers have again bolstered their youth squad with the additions of 16-year-olds Agustín Escudero and Martín Benítez. Escudero is a a native of Bacolod while Benitez hails from Makati City.

Agustin will quickly join the team for training starting Monday next week and will be given a chance to don the Green and Black once he completes his medical. Martin is set to join a team already loaded with defensive talents. He will be given a chance to play in the team’s left flank which is his natural position.

Archer youth standout, César Agudo, finally had his chance to start for the senior team last Thursday in a league match against Local Brewery SC. “The Power” as he is called for his physical strength and tall and bulky build had a rating of 6 which impressed both youth team manager Alfredo Varela and team owner and senior team manager Jimbo.

“Cesar is playing beyond his years. I liked how he looked calm in the match and took care of every attack that came his way. He always finds a way to improve his game. With a guy that tall coming at you, I can’t blame some players not wanting to take him head on.” Varela said

“His time will come. I hope he won’t grow impatient and rush things. He must take all the advice the senior team is giving him. He loves the team which helps a lot in his development.”

In other news, long time youth scout Jon Fernandez celebrates his 73rd birthday today. Happy birthday sir! We wish you more scouting days to come.

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Miguel Marzo

Miguel Marzo

One time Archer captain, Miguel Marzo, is introduced as the newest assistant coach of the team’s youth system. The 35-year-old was approached by team owner, Jimbo, and immediately accepted the role. The player has played 619 games in total for the Verdeneri. According to fans, he is said to be the best player to not ever play for the national team. At 35 years of age he is among the oldest in team history to start a game. He has appeared in 14 matches this term and still going strong. 

“He is our father figure on and off the pitch. He teaches us how to work hard during training and think smart during matches. I am happy that he will stay in the Stadio L’Arcier and train the new breed star players for us.” midfielder José Enrique Vigil told AP

Marzo rose from the youth ranks and intends on playing out his career with the Archers. 

“I would not trade this experience for anything. I hope our efforts in attracting great young talent will bare fruit. I accept this wonderful opportunity. It’s not something that comes often. I already started getting to know some of the youth players. This will be my new challenge.” Miguel said 

“I promise the fans that I will never leave the club. My heart stays here.”

Miguel will start after the end of the season 38 and will be reunited with old Archer team mate, Alfredo Varela, who is currently managing the youth team. 

 

AP