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Transfer helps ’keeper Falkesgaard fulfill Azkals stint

first_imgFilipino-Danish goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard started setting his sights on representing his mother’s country as early as six years ago.But club commitments in Denmark denied the former Denmark Under-20 standout the chance of coming over to Manila as he fought to keep his spot in the squad.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Who’s on top in the Pacquiao-Arum tussle? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And while his family made it a point to take vacations in the Philippines every year, Falkesgaard, now 26, stayed behind for preseason training.“The timing wasn’t always the best with regards to coming to the Philippines,” said the 6-foot-3 Falkesgaard, who learned of his eligibility to represent the Philippines through Dennis Cagara and Jerry Lucena, two Filipino internationals with Danish lineage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAt that time, the Azkals were also enjoying depth in the goalkeeping position with Neil Etheridge, Roland Muller and Patrick Deyto alternating at the spot. But with Muller retiring last year, Falkesgaard, who traces his roots in Roxas City, emerged as another strong option for the position.The stars finally aligned for Falkesgaard this year as he completed a transfer from Danish club FC Midtjylland to Thai Premier League side Bangkok United in January. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Falkesgaard was signed to fill the Southeast Asian player quota, which the Thai and Malaysian leagues implemented this year.What was a long flight from Europe is now a three and a half hour journey from Bangkok to Manila—something that Falkesgaard welcomed.“I’m just glad I made the move to Thailand because it’s easier for me to come and play for the Azkals,” said Falkesgaard, who could play a big role for the Azkals in the AFF Suzuki Cup late this year in the event that Etheridge won’t be released by his club.Falkesgaard is determined to make an impact on the Azkals, although he would have to battle for that starting position with Etheridge and Deyto. Etheridge is in the form of his life, as he has been instrumental in Cardiff City’s push for promotion to the English Premier League, while Deyto has been reliable when needed.“My expectation is to win every game,” said Falkesgaard, who was expected to start against Fiji in a friendly Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more