Philippines first entered FIFA World Cup™ qualifying ahead of France 1998, when they lost all three of their matches, while in the ensuing campaign they collected just one point, due to a 1-1 draw at home to Laos, from a possible 18. They did not attempt to qualify for Germany 2006 or South Africa 2010. Under German Michael Weiss, the Azkals got their campaign for Brazil 2014 off to a promising start, thrashing Sri Lanka 5-1 on aggregate to storm into the second round. However, they proved to be of little match to Kuwait, losing both legs to crash out by the identical aggregate scoreline.
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Paulino Alcantara, Freddy Gonzalez