Tag Archive: trophymanager


The Archers showed little fight in them as they fell to the reigning UFL Champions, Scape United, 1-4 at the Stadio L’Arciere. The 4 goals are the most that the side has conceded this season and are left licking their wounds as they try to bounce back against Sticky Feet Alliance this Friday afternoon.

“I thought we were mentally weak!” The Archers owner told media after the game

“We stopped playing after Šime Vučko was sent off. We lacked passion to keep up with them. I hope to get back to winning on Friday. It’s a must win game for us. Every team in the top 5-8 are very strong and each point is valuable.”

When asked if there will be any more first team additions to the club this season, the Verdeneri boss plainly said that it would depend on the situation in a few weeks.

“If there are good players for sale and in our budget then why not? But if I feel we have to buy a player then most probably we will. But right now, no. I am happy with the squad and I feel we have a good chance to qualify for the RoW next season.”

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

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.

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

Just in case you guys are wondering what’s it like in the green and black side of the fence. Here is a peek at what’s going on on Tuesdays in the Stadio L’Arciere. 

The senior team:

The reserves:

 

pics c/o Jimbo 

 

19-year-old Gaspar Alonso starts his day driving to the Stadio L’Arcier’s training facility at 5:00 AM.

He starts jogging 10 kilometers around the main oval at about 6:00. He usually finishes the jog at around 7:00.

He then starts to do tackling and marking drills, weights training, and ball control drills with defense coaches for three hours.

He then takes a break and heads to the player’s lounge.

After lunch he heads straight to the video room to watch past matches and his training recordings and works with coaches to look for deficiencies in his game. 

At 2:00 He starts to train in the team’s special pool to do low impact training and improve muscle strength and stamina. 

At 4:00 he goes home. 

He does this at least 3 times a week except on match days and special holidays. 

“I work hard to make it to the starting eleven someday. I want to be strong and fast like (Edu) Iglesias. I pattern my game from his game. He teaches me regularly when he’s done training. When I train in the Campo Verde I often train together with César Agudo because we both want to improve a lot. Our goal is to man the central defense once our time has come. It’s really exciting when I think about it.” the 19-year-old said

 

 

 

The Green Archers have recently signed 15-year-old defensive prodigy Tomás Matías. The teen defender hails from Kalibo Aklan and has signed for the UFL side. Team youth manager Alfredo Valera was very happy with his addition and says he will be very helpful to the team when the time arrives when he dons the green and black.

Tomás is a very versatile player who can play in the center and right flank. He says he can also play in the left flank but we have to evaluate him further. We welcome him with open arms and we will be working with him and improved his defensive skills” Alfredo told media

Tomás Matías was discovered when he attended a Verdeneri tryouts in his hometown and was highly touted to be a future starter. Still at a tender age, he will be trained well by the club’s coaches and will be evaluated by Jimbo himself. 

“I am glad to be part of the ‘Green and Black’. I have a chance to develop with other gifted children like me. It’s fun and at the same time I know I can contribute to the team when the time comes. ” the 15-year-old said

Matias will join César AgudoEnrique José LargoGaspar AlonsoCelestino Heredia, and Ismael Maroto as the Verdeneri’s “Green Wall” and will someday defend the goal in the senior team in which young attackers from other teams should fear when their time comes in the senior level.   

Archers boss, Jimbo, talked to AP about his team’s title run demise at the hands of local rivals and father time. The vocal owner, further told AP that he does not plan to give and says that one last title push is possible even with a lot of aging squad members.

“This season shows all aspiring teams that it is possible to reach 2nd, 3rd, or 4th by buying some good players. But it takes a lot of heavy investing to win a championship. I have told people before, that I would shock the world, and I may have come short on a few occasions but I think we are poised for a strong push in the next season. Changes? I would sell a few and but one or two good players to help out in the effort, but I won’t guarantee this. We need to spend wisely this time unlike past spending ventures.” The 28 year old manager/owner told AP.

“We are not a young team. I’m almost certain that we will lose some people to retirement in about two to three seasons. I’m not that worried, though. We have a lot of talented young players waiting in the reserves. They are not as strong as the old guard but they are definitely capable. We are working to get a great midfielder or defender in our lineup next season, but it’s not a guarantee. We ask the fans to be patient. We will win this someday, may it be next season or in twenty seasons.”

The team was also disappointed at how the team crumbled towards the later half of the campaign ruing lost games to weaker opposition. AP spoke to Archer Captain Alfredo Varela about the team’s reaction to a possible 2nd place finish.

“No one is happy to be honest. We were, at one point, shaking our heads and wondering what happened. We started so strong and we crumbled. We had bad games, a lot of decisions didn’t go our way. It’s sad, I don’t know if all of us can every recover from this. We tried so hard. But I guess trying is not enough. Some teams are more lucky than you, stronger than you, hungrier than you. We were not that team, and it showed in the end.”

The Archers will face, now crowned UFL champions, Blue Wave FC.

Image

Green Archers captain, Alfredo Varela, was devastated that his squad lost due to questionable decisions by the referee. The 34 year old captain was angered and saddened by the Archers loss to mid table squad Lex Talionis with a 3-4 final score. 

“The fans were obviously disappointed and so are we. I saw the tackle and it didn’t look bad! I didn’t know what the ref was thinking. It was a bad call” Varela told AP

“We are still believing but if crazy decisions like that hinder us from closing the gap on Blue Wave FC, then what can we do? We play hard as we can but it seems a greater power is denying us of a title.” he added

The Archers are currently 5 points behind local powerhouse Blue Wave FC and Jimbo believes that they put themselves in a tough spot with missed chances and bad games. 

“We played poorly in the Lex game. I told the players if you are going to foul them that hard why not just play American football? Results like this one is unacceptable and championship teams rarely play this poor.” Jimbo told AP

With only 9 games to go, it will be tough for the Archers to win all of the 9 remaining games to remain in the hunt for that elusive title but if they do it will be one of the best come from behind victories of the tournament. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Archers’ iconic captain told AP that the team has not played to its fullest capacity as of late and has dwindled its lead against local rivals Blue Wave FC to just a point after not being able to put away lions of munich FC last Wednesday. The game ended in a 3-3 stalemate where both Verala and Chica have made incredible individual efforts each scoring a hat-trick.

“We are simply not putting the title out of the reach of Blue Wave (FC)” the Philippine Eagle told AP

“We need to play near perfect in the coming weeks. A loss or a draw would be very devastating, both for the team and the fans. It’s war from now on, and we plan to take things one game at a time. We will do better and with the backing from the fans, we can do the impossible”

The thought of winning the title a few seasons ago was indeed a dream but now with an addition of key players like Verhassel, Al-Harthi, and Sheng, the Verdeneri can dream once again of a title that has long eluded the team since it’s founding in 2007.

AP