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Global Cebu Football Club is a professional Filipino association football club based in Cebu City. The team plays in the Philippines Football League (PFL), the highest level of Philippine club football. Before the league's creation, the club played in the United Football League, the de facto top-tier football league of the country. The current head coach of the team is Marjo Allado.

Global Cebu
Global Cebu F.C.png
Full name Global Cebu Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sugbu Warriors, The People's Club
Founded 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Ground Cebu City Sports Complex
Ground Capacity 5,500
Ground Coordinates 10°18′1.35″N 123°53′43.01″E / 10.3003750°N 123.8952806°E / 10.3003750; 123.8952806Coordinates: 10°18′1.35″N 123°53′43.01″E / 10.3003750°N 123.8952806°E / 10.3003750; 123.8952806
Owner Alvin Carranza
Head coach Marjo Allado
League Philippines Football League
2017 2nd
Current season



It was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity. They then started participating in minor tournaments around Manila. The founders hired the team's players from employees at the company Autre Porte Technique Global, then joined the 2009 UFL Cup, which was created to determine the composition of teams that would play in the league. Global concluded their campaign by finishing in the plate cup knockout stages, sending them to Division II. During the following years, Global began to compete in national and international competitions, including the AFC President's Cup and National Men's Club Championship.

The football team started in the 2010 United Football League, which they won and remained undefeated over the entire season. Their victories led to promotion into Division I for the first time. In 2012, Global captured their first Division I title on goal difference. Their victory meant that they automatically qualified for the 2013 AFC President's Cup, making them the first Filipino club to do so. However, they were eliminated in the group stages. They also played in the United Football League Cup, which they have won once (in 2010). Global has also won the National Men's Club Championship once (in 2011). In 2017, Global Cebu became the first association football club from the Philippines with 50,000 followers on Facebook.

Foundation and early yearsEdit

Dan Palami, the former owner and chief executive of the club, from its foundation until 2017.

The club was founded in March 2000 when a group of football enthusiasts from Tacloban formed a weekly football practice as their leisure activity.[1] The group played their first weekly football games behind the Quezon City hall, and later moving to the Sunken Garden football field inside the University of the Philippines Diliman. Then they began to participate in minor tournaments around Manila, including the Alaska Cup, the Kia Cup, and Ang Liga, under the name "Laos F.C." After hiring football players from employees at a railway company Autre Porte Technique Global, they decided in 2009 that the club would be renamed to Global Football Club.[1][2] Dan Palami, the chief executive officer of the railway company, was hired as the owner of Global.[3]

Eventually, they joined the 2009 UFL Cup, with Smartmatic as their corporate sponsor.[4][5] Global competed in Group B and finished third at the group stages, advancing them to the plate cup single-elimination tournament.[6][7][8] Because of this, they would play at Division II in the United Football League. Global is one of the founding club members in the competition.[5]


Members and officials of the Global FC squad that competed at the 2013 Singapore Cup.

In 2010, Global made its debut in the inaugural season of the United Football League (UFL) as a Division II team. They went undefeated throughout the season to secure a promotion to Division I.[5] They were also victorious in the league cup after defeating Philippine Air Force in the finals.[9] Franklin Muescan, the current head coach of that time[10] then led his team to a second-place finish in their first appearance in the top-tier 2011 United Football League.[11] After an opening match against Stallion in the 2011 UFL Cup, the owner of the team, Dan Palami, hired Australian Graeme Mackinnon as head coach.[12] Global would be later eliminated by the Philippine Air Force in the semi-finals.[13] Global also made their first appearance at the 2011 National Men's Club Championship after it was established in the same year. They won over San Beda FC in the finals making the first champion of the tournament.[α][14]

Global then finished the 2012 league season tied with Kaya but claimed their first Division I title in goal difference.[15] Because of their victory in the league, Global advanced to the 2013 AFC President's Cup and was the first Filipino football club to qualify for the tournament since its inception in 2005,[16][17] but they were eliminated early in the group stages.[18] Global began to compete at the 2012 UFL Cup in the second group and finished unbeaten.[19] Global survived the knockout stages and Stallion won the trophy over an "upset" against them.[20]

Graeme Mackinnon resigned as the coach for Global at the end of the 2012 UFL season because of family concerns about the destruction of Tropical Storm Washi in Mindanao where his family lived.[21][22] After a month-long search for a replacement, former Ayr United manager Brian Reid was signed for the position. He was in charge of the club's campaign in the President's Cup.[23][24] In the fourth season of the UFL, Global finished second, three points beneath the top, resulting in Stallion winning the championship trophy.[25] The team began to compete at the 2012–13 National Men's Club Championship, where they lost in the quarter-finals to Ceres.[26] Eventually, Global was invited to play in the 2013 Singapore Cup as a guest club, together with fellow UFL side Loyola Meralco Sparks.[27] As a result, they became the second Philippine club to reach the semifinals of the tournament. However, Global would lose to Tanjong Pagar United.[28]

Manson years (2014–2016)Edit

Global FC vs Australian sides Perth Glory FC. 2016

They won both the 2014 season and the FA Cup on the same year.[29]

2017 onwardsEdit

A slot was allocated for the Philippines in the preliminary stage of the 2017 AFC Champions League. Global as winners of the 2016 UFL season represented the country in the tournament.[30] Global fails to qualify for the group stage after losing to Brisbane Roar by 6-0 in the second round of the qualification phase, and was relegated to the group stage of the 2017 AFC Cup.[31]

Global was confirmed in November 2016 to be one of the teams to participate in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League.[32] On December 30, 2016 it was reported that Global planned to adopt the name "Global Queen City FC" as a nod to the defunct Cebu-based team that participated in the UFL, the Cebu Queen City United F.C.. Global owner, Dan Palami also expressed openness to investments from Cebuanos in the same report.[33] The club changed its name to Global Cebu FC.[citation needed]

Global Cebu finished second to champions Ceres-Negros in the inaugural season of the Philippines Football League. In December 2017 after the PFL season concluded, the football club had a new owner. Alvin Carranza, founder and owner of MacGraphics Carranz International Corp and managing director of the Teen Azkals Foundation, replaced Dan Palami as the club's owner.[34]

Crest historyEdit

The first team emblem was used from 2000 to 2011, during which time the club was known as Global-Smartmatic F.C. The logo was a simple crest with the words "Global F.C." in front of a wireframe globe.[1] The second logo, the revamped club logo, was used for a year during the latter portion of the 2011 UFL season. The crest was blue with yellow borders, displaying "Global F.C." on top and the year "2000" at the bottom. In the middle was a yellow gold globe.[1] The third crest, the current logo of the team, removed the foundation date and replaced it with the text "Global Football Club" around the globe.[1] The club released its fourth logo on April 26, 2017 through its social media accounts. The new logo is derived from the third logo, with the word "Cebu" placed in the center of the crest. Three stars are also added to the top of the crest, which symbolizes the three national championships won by the club in the UFL.


The club's home ground since 2017, when they joined the PFL, is the Cebu City Sports Complex. Global actually has played in the stadium in 2013, when they played their group stage matches there during the 2013 AFC President's Cup.[35] Before the club joined the Philippines Football League, Global did not have its own football ground. Instead, they played in neutral venues across the Philippines, such as the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig and the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila (considered as the national stadium of the country) when they were still in the UFL.[36][37][38]


On 29 August 2013, the Colombian Autocar Corporation, the exclusive distributor of Kia Motors in the Philippines, held a contract signing event with Dan Palami to renew their partnership for another year. Kia Motors is the club's major sponsor and transportation provider of the team.[39][40] AtletA Sportswear, a local manufacturer of activewear, is the club's official supplier of match kits, training kits, and casual wear.[41] LGR Athletic Wears was the former creator of the match kits; as they were responsible in selling the kits in the mainstream market for the first time.[42] Melmac Sports Management is the official marketing agency of the team.[43]

Current club officialsEdit

As of 11 January 2018
Position Name Nationality
Owner Alvin Carranza[44]   Philippines
Head coach Marjo Allado   Philippines

Head coachesEdit

Since the appointment of Global head coach Filipino Franklin Muescan,[10] there have been ten other recognized head coaches. The first head coach from outside the Philippines was Australian coach Graeme Mackinnon.[12] The current head coach is Singaporean Akbar Nawas, who replaced Filipino interim coach Marjo Allado.[45]

Head coaching history
Name Year(s)
  Franklin Muescan 2001–11[10]
  Graeme Mackinnon 2011–12[12]
  Edwin Cabalida 2012[23]
  Dan Palami (caretaker) 2013[23]
  Brian Reid 2013–14[24]
  Leigh Manson 2014–16[29]
  John Burridge[46] 2016
  Kenichi Yatsuhashi[47] 2016
  Toshiaki Imai[47] 2017
  Marjo Allado (interim)[β][47] 2017
  Akbar Nawas[45] 2017
  Marjo Allado (interim)[49] 2018–


First team squadEdit

As of 15 August 2017[50]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Patrick Deyto
2   GK Jun Badelic
6   MF Fritz Brigoli
7   MF Paul Mulders
9   FW Rufo Sánchez
10   FW Darryl Roberts
11   MF Paolo Bugas
13   DF Jerry Barbaso
16   MF John Roy Melgo
17   MF OJ Clarino
19   MF Paolo Salenga
21   DF Dominic del Rosario
No. Position Player
24   DF Darryl Regala
27   DF Marco Casambre
28   MF Lanz Silverio
29   GK John Lloyd Bastasa
30   DF Wesley dos Santos
  GK Quincy Kammeraad
  MF Curt Dizon
  MF Daniel Gadia
  FW Jinggoy Valmayor
  DF Jordan Jarvis
  DF Lee Jeong-min
  FW Chima Uzoka

Foreign playersEdit

In the Philippines Football League, there can be at least four non-Filipino nationals in a team as long as they are registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Former playersEdit

For a list of former Global players with Wikipedia articles, see Category:Global F.C. players.


International competitionsEdit

Season Round Club Venue Score
2013 Group Stage   Yeedzin Home 5–0
  KRL Home 0–2
  Dordoi Bishkek Home 1–6
2015 Group Stage   South China Home 1–6
  Pahang FA Away 0–0
  Yadanarbon Away 0–2
Home 4–1
  South China Away 0–3
  Pahang FA Home 0–0
2017 Preliminary Round 1   Tampines Rovers Home 2–0
Preliminary Round 2   Brisbane Roar Away 0–6
2017 Group Stage   Magwe FC Home 1–0
  Boeung Ket Angkor Away 2–0
  Johor Darul Ta'zim Away 0–4
Home 3–2
  Magwe FC Away 4–2
  Boeung Ket Angkor Home 3–1
ASEAN Zonal Semifinal   Home United Home 2–2
Away 2–3
2018 Group Stage   FLC Thanh Hóa Home
  Bali United Home
  Yangon United Away
  FLC Thanh Hóa Home
  Bali United Away

Singapore CupEdit

Season Round Club Venue Score
2013 Preliminary Round   Warriors FC Away 2–0
Quarterfinal   DPMM FC Neutral 1–0
Neutral 4–4
Semifinal   Tanjong Pagar United Away 2–2
Away 1–2
Battle for Third   Balestier Khalsa Away 0–1
2014 Preliminary Round   DPMM FC Home 0–7
2015 Preliminary Round   Hougang United Away 2–1 (a.e.t)
Quarterfinal   Geylang Int'l. Away 0–1
Away 4–1 (a.e.t)
Semifinal   Albirex Niigata (S) Neutral 0–1
Neutral 1–2
Battle for Third   DPMM FC Neutral 1–3
2016 Preliminary Round   Nagaworld Neutral 5–0
Quarterfinal   Tampines Rovers Away 1–3
Away 1–2
2017 Preliminary Round   Geylang International Away 4–4 (a.e.t)
3–2 (pen.)
Quarterfinal   Boeung Ket Angkor Neutral 3–1
Neutral 1–2
Semifinal   Hougang United Away 2–2
Away 2–1
Final   Albirex Niigata (S) Neutral 2–2 (a.e.t)
1–3 (pen.)

AFC Club RankingEdit

As of 01 December 2017.[51]
Current Rank Country Team
81   Home United
82   Maziya S&RC
83   Global Cebu F.C.
84   Al-Riffa
85   Al-Shorta


Season Division Teams League Position PFL Cup PFF NMCC UFL Cup FA Cup League Cup Singapore Cup AFC President's Cup AFC Cup AFC Champions League
2009 Group Stage
2010 2 (P) 8 1st Champion
2011 1 7 2nd Champion 3rd Place
2012 1 10 1st Runner-up
2013 1 10 2nd Quarterfinal Quarterfinal 4th Place Group Stage
2014 1 9 1st Runner-up Champion Runner-up Preliminary Round
2015 1 10 2nd Runner-up Group Stagea 4th Place Group Stage
2016 1 12 1st Champion Quarterfinal
2017 1 8 4th (Regular Season) Runner-up Zonal Semifinal Preliminary 2
2nd (Final Series)
2018 1 6 3rd Group Stage Group Stage
Updated as of 31 January 2018


  • a Global FC tops the group but disqualified from the UFL Cup for fielding Satoshi Ōtomo as a Filipino player and ruled the club has violated the UFL's five-foreigner-rule. Matches of Global were originally decided to be forfeited after complaints from Ceres La-Salle FC, Kaya FC, Stallion FC, and Pachanga Diliman FC but the decision was overturn after the Appeals Committee ruled that the complainants did not follow proper procedure for reversing match outcomes.[52] Last placers, Manila Nomads qualifies for the next round as a result.



  1. ^ Global was competing under the name Teknika F.C. due to sponsorship reasons.[2]
  2. ^ Allado took over as head coach from Imai in an interim basis before Global's 2017 AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semifinal against Home United. Imai flew to Japan to attend to family matters.[48]


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