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Stallion defender Simone Rota ready to continue living his Philippines dream

Presented by TCL, the story of Philippines' Simone Rota, who began life in an orphanage before achieving his dreams.
Sister May describes Philippines' Simone Rota and how much he's given back not only to the orphanage, but one child in particular.

In an era of flashy footballers and their extravagant lifestyles, the story of Stallion and Philippines' defender Simone Rota truly warms the heart.

Born to Filipino parents in 1984, baby Simone was left to the care of Buklod Kalinga orphanage in southern Manila, from where he would be adopted by an Italian couple when he was six months old.

He spent his formative years in Milan where, as a 17-year-old, he would get a first taste of professional football with Italian Serie C side, SSD Pro Sesto.

Then,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Philippines defender Simone Rota 'praying' to be fit for AFF Suzuki Cup

Presented by TCL, the story of Philippines' Simone Rota, who began life in an orphanage before achieving his dreams.
Sister May describes Philippines' Simone Rota and how much he's given back not only to the orphanage, but one child in particular.

Philippines defender Simone Rota says he is "praying about making the Suzuki Cup" after a knee injury though his AFF dreams into jeopardy.

The Italy-raised fullback, who's one of a core of Philippine national players with European roots like midfielders Stephan Schrock and Martin Steuble, should know in the next week if he will be able to make the biennial tournament. 

The 31-year-old, who helped the Azkals make the semifinals of the 2014 Suzuki Cup, hurt himself when playing for his UFL club...

 By Gabriel Tan

Tampines Rovers into Singapore Cup after edging Ceres in SF thriller

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard break down Tampines Rovers' 5-2 aggregate win over Ceres in the Singapore Cup.

Tampines Rovers moved through to the final of the 2016 Singapore Cup after a 3-2 extra-time win over Ceres La Salle in the second leg of their semifinal saw them progress 5-3 on aggregate.

The scores were level 3-3 overall at the end of 90 minutes before the Singaporean outfit scored twice in the additional period.

Philippines international Stephan Schrock had opened the scoring for Ceres on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot, only for Hafiz Abu Sujad to level the scores three minutes...

Stars align for Philippines to shine on home soil in 2016 Suzuki Cup

Ceres midfielder Stephan Schrock joins ESPN FC's Jason Dasey to discuss his club goals and his aspirations with the Philippines.

While finding themselves in the more difficult of the two groups, co-hosts the Philippines can still be optimistic about their draw for the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup as they look to improve on consecutive semifinal appearances in the last three editions.

The draw was made in the Myanmar capital city of Yangon on Tuesday night. Defending champions Thailand will be the favourites to top the group, but the Azkals would fancy their chances against regional powerhouses Singapore and Indonesia, who may not...