UAAP Season 80 Menís Football: Ateneo begins title defense campaign against UP

UAAP 80 Menís Football: Ateneo begins title defense campaign
Jarvey Gayoso and the Ateneo Blue Eagles begin their title defense against Katipunan rivals University of the Philippines (FILE PHOTO)

Reigning and defending UAAP men’s football champions Ateneo de Manila University kick off their title defense campaign Sunday when they take on Katipunan rivals and Season 79 semifinalists University of the Philippines in the opening day of the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Led by reigning MVP Jarvey Gayoso, the Blue Eagles will try to get an early win over perennial contenders, while the Maroons, led by striker King Miyagi, begin life after the Daniel Gadia-era and look to make a statement by taking down the reigning kings of UAAP football.

The Katipunan Derby kicks off at 4:00 PM.

In the first match of the day, runners-up Far Eastern University also begin a new chapter in their journey as they march onto Season 80 sans former MVP Paolo Bugas. Striker Rico Andes and captain Val Jurao try to steer the Tamaraws as they open the season against Season 79 semifinalists University of Santo Tomas.

FEU and UST kick off at 9:00 am.

Also seeing action on opening day will be a young and hungry University of the East squad, who look to carry over their momentum from the end of last season. The Red Warriors take the National University Bulldogs, who just narrowly missed last season’s semifinals.

UE and NU kick off at 2:00 PM

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