Player Profile

Phil Younghusband


Hometown :Staines, England
Date Of Birth :August 4, 1987
Height :5'11"
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Joined Sparks: 2011 (Original roster)
Achievements: UFL Cup Champion, PFF National Club Championship Winner

Perhaps the most recognizable football player in the Philippines, Phil Younghusband is an icon of the sport. The 27-year-old former Chelsea reserve has called the Philippines home for the last six years, and in that time, he has managed to score an incredible total of goals for both club and country.

“We officially moved in 2009, but we were always going back and forth. I’ve been to the Philippines every year since I was born. Every summer vacation I would be here to see my family, so by the time I moved here it wasn’t a culture shock.”

In 2005, four years before his migration to the Philippines, a 17-year-old Phil Younghusband made his debut with the Philippine National Team, putting him on the course of a whirlwind decade that has seen him help Philippine football explode to its greatest ever heights, while reaching national celebrity status in the process.

And while his popularity reaches far beyond the fans of football, those who follow the forward’s contributions on the field know that Younghusband more than lives up to his hype. With an incredible 42 goals in 70 appearances for the national team, and 56 registered goals in 50 UFL League appearances, Phil is as deadly as they come in front of goal. As an original member of the Loyola Meralco Sparks, he has won the 2013 UFL Cup and the 2014-15 PFF Smart National Club Championship.

“After winning the PFF National Club Championship, we showed we can beat the top teams in the Philippines, and with that confidence we expect to battling for the title,” Younghusband said, before further reiterating the quality of the Sparks squad this season. “Football in the Philippines has changed in general. Over the last four years the investment in the game financially has been good, and we’ve been able to get some top top players – the quality of the team is very very high.”

After missing the first few games of the season due to an injury, Phil has returned to his scoring ways, netting a goal in each of his last five appearances for the Sparks. But despite his massive goalscoring contributions, Younghusband refused to revel in personal achievements.

“As long as the team is winning, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.”