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Football: Ex-US captain Dooley is new Philippine coach

Published on Feb 7, 2014 5:13 PM
Former US skipper Thomas Dooley's immediate task as new head coach of the Philippines' national team is winning the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives in May. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANILA (AFP) - Former US skipper Thomas Dooley was named head coach of the Philippines' national team Friday, vowing to boost the profile of football in a nation that much prefers basketball.

His predecessor, the German Michael Weiss, was sacked last month after a three-year stint in which he took Asia's former whipping boys up 25 places to an all-time high of 127th in the Fifa rankings.

"The potential that this country has in developing (soccer) players is huge," Dooley told reporters at a Philippine Football Federation press conference.

The 52-year-old has secured a one-year contract as head coach of the men's team - known as "Azkals", local slang for "feral dogs".

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