A Filipino Dynasty - Loyola Meralco Sparks F.C.

  1. A Filipino Dynasty - Loyola Meralco Sparks F.C.



    The team was founded by former Ateneo de Manila University and high school varsity football players and employees in 2006 who share a common passion for the sport.


    Loyola was one of the teams that joined the first season of the UFL which they finished 4th place. The team was then sponsored by ATR Kim-Eng by the 2011 season, which they finished 5th place under their team captain Patrick Ozaeta.

    Loyola Meralco Sparks Football Club (2011-present)

    Straight from the 2011 National Club Championships, the brothers Phil and James Younghusband led the new signed players of the Sparks in early September 2011, along with brothers Darren, Matthew and Mark Hartmann. The team was eventually taken over by Meralco and the MVP Sports Foundation which is owned by Manuel V. Pangilinan.


    The Loyola Sparks had a successful campaign in the 2011 UFL Cup, but eventually lost to the Philippine Air Force 2-0 in the finals. The Sparks started their 2012 United Football League campaign on a high note, topping all clubs at the end of the first round of competition. However, the club ended its league run in third place after a 1-all draw against eventual league champions Global FC.


    After securing first place in the first round, the club was invited to play in the 2012 Singapore Cup. In the preliminary round on 18 May 2012, they played Geylang United FC, where they won 2–1 in added extra time, advancing them to the two-legged quarter-finals. They faced Burmese club Kanbawza in early July wherein they defeated them 5–3 on aggregate after a 3–1 win and a 2–2 draw in both legs. They faced Tampines Rovers FC in a two-legged semi-finals and lost 5–0 on aggregate. They lost the third-place match 4–0 to Gombak United.


    The club also participated in the 2012 UFL Cup between September 15 to December 17, 2012. The club topped Group C, with Pachanga coming in a close second, to advance to the semi-finals of the cup. However, the team was eventually defeated by Global ending their run.

    2013 season

    The club qualified for the 2013 PFF National Men's Club Championship alongside other UFL clubs. The club played against Flame United FC in the knock-out stage. However, they were eliminated by fellow Division 1 UFL side Kaya in the quarterfinals. They've played with Harimau Muda B in the 2013 Singapore Cup opening match which ended in favor of the club. However, they only reach the quarterfinal round when they bowed out to Tanjong Pagar United in a 5–4 aggregate.


    After the elimination at the Singapore Cup, the team marked their fifth appearance at the 2013 UFL Cup. They started their campaign at the group stages by beating Dolphins United in double digits. They also faced Navy with a huge 9–0 victory.


    Last 30 October 2013, Loyola set a record with the most goals scored in the United Football League, they faced Blue Guards at the Emperador Stadium. Meralco defeated them by a margin of 33 points. It is regarded as the most lopsided win in the history of the United Football League (UFL) since it began a semi-professional league in 2009. Because of that Phil Younghusband currently leads the top scorer of the cup at 18 goals and the team advances to the knockout stages of the tournament.




    Loyola haven't won anything so it's a chance for me to build something great from the South East of Asia.





    Squad:




    Key Players:




    The Younghusband brothers are by far the highest earners at the club and they were members of the youth and reserve teams and Phil Younghusband is a record breaker in the Philippines and hopefully he will guide us to future successes.

    Aims:

    Win the UFL Division One
    Win the UFL Cup
    Qualify for Asian competition
    Get a capped youth product
    Make a Filipino legend
    Dominate the Philippines with 10 straight titles
    Get the club to be worth £1,000,000
    Get the club to be worth £10,000,000
    Win back-to-back continental competitions

    And any more that I happen to come across.



  2. Pre-Season 2014



    A good Pre-Season with just the 2 defeats, it should put us in a good position for the league campaign.

    Transfers:



    Made a few good transfers, here are the best three.








  3. The Halfway Point 2014



    A very good first half to the season, we've played some very unorthodox tactics and we're still getting results, Phil Younghusband has scored 5 in 3 but he got injured after the 3rd game, he should be back for selection in the next game.



    We have a narrow lead over Global in the league although they have the better goal difference, it looks like it's going to be a close call for the title.



    Sadly we're out of the cup in the quarter finals.



  4. End of Season 2014



    A good unbeaten end to the season, Phil came back and scored another 10, including 2 consecutive hattricks! It's a big shame that both him and his brother won't even enter contract talks, then again we are losing almost all of our players due to this problem...



    We held off Global as they slipped up in the final game to give us our first title!


    Key Players:







    The transfer problem....


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