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LA Galaxy Punishes the Azkals with 6-1 Goals

Last night was the night of all my football night. I never imagined that the Philippine National Team (Azkals) will win against the MLS champions LA Galaxy but I was hoping of a more decent scoreline :D. Nonetheless, it was a good night for the Philippine football that after a nice run a year ago in the Suzuki Cup, football in the Philippines is being noticed by the Filipinos.

David Beckham is David Beckham! He is one if not the reason why the Rizal Stadium is almost 70 to 80% filled of shrieking fans despite the prices of the tickets. The “bend it like Beckham” was witnessed by the fans in the stadium as well as the millions of the Filipinos watching the game. You could see that these champions are really good compared to the Azkals. At first, they were not that serious in playing, but later on they showed that they are not champions for nothing and defeated the Azkals. They have shown great ball passing and just great team play. And when David Beckham gave his shirt to the boxing champ Manny Pacquiao on the stadium watching—that was just a freaking moment (even Manny’s wife was happy seeing Beck’s too close). Everyone was a fan girl or fan boy last night.

It was really a nice game even though the Azkals did not win. The first half was a better game, the Azkals threatened the LA Galaxy more. But sad to say, they always run out of gas after¬† 60 minutes or even after half time. They really need a good conditioning coach. The Azkals are missing a lot of its team players because of club commitments. Neil Etheridge (the 2nd GK for Fulham) was not around because Fulham has its game on Monday with Liverpool as well the Azkals 2nd GK Roland Muller who has also club commitments and the Azkals was left with no other choice but to use its 3rd GK Ed Sacapano. I’m quite happy for Ed because he was able to play against superstars. He was always left to be 2nd choice if Neil or Roland was the GK for Azkals. He must be totally happy even with the bad results. It’s not all his fault although his height mattered, if it is Neil, some of the goals will not happen because of Neil’s huge size and intelligence :D. The Azkals lack better defenders. The team Captain, Aly Borromeo did not play also because of his injury. Imagine that the Captain and the GK not around! Surely the team suffered. Also, Stephan Schrock, Paul Mulders, Jerry Lucena and Dennis Cagara, these Azkals Europe-based players were not around to play against LA Galaxy because of club commitments.

When Phil Younghusband scored the lone goal for the Azkals last night before the first half, the Filipinos were rejuvenated. After the 2nd half, the Azkals just got owned. Most of the first XI of the Azkals were substituted to give chances for other players to experienced that game ūüėÄ and that just gave the LA Galaxy a massive win. Chieffy Caligdong, James Younghusband, Ray Johnsson, Manny Ott and Angel Guirado played a good game, and surprisingly even Jason Sabio played a better one on the first half. I just can’t¬† help but smile when Jason de Jong came for Manny Ott. Really, Jason is a bad boy :D, it will not be a game of his if he is not given a yellow card or will give his opponent a tackle. However, I like his bad boy passionate attitude on the pitch.

I slept very late last night because the game was always on my mind and when I woke up that LA Galaxy vs Azkals was still on my mind. And I know a lot of football fans have this kind of feeling. Even the Azkals were fan boys last night :D, starstruck and just couldn’t believe that they were able to play with a superstar in football and in the Philippines just after the sport was just rejuvenated for just a year. The scoreline might be shameful compared to LA Galaxy vs Indonesia 1-0, but I’m just happy about what Landon Donovan and the Coach said, that there are more talents in the Philippines and they were threatened more by the Azkals compared to the Indonesians—-and that just made my night! ūüėÄ And I think he was just honest lol.

I hope with this event, some of those premiere leagues will play a friendly with the Philippines or even a powerhouse in ASIA (hello Japan, Australia and South Korea!).

What a great game and a great feeling. Mabuhay Azkals! Mabuhay LA Galaxy! And mabuhay tayong mga Pinoy!


Wanted: Who Wrote this Poem

I’m looking for the the person who wrote this poem. He sent this poem to my friend and sadly my friend can’t remember the friend who sent this to her.

Endless Road

As I walk through this lazy road
These heartaches, pains become my load
Didn’t even care where I pass by
Or if I live, or if I die.

I strode along not knowing when
I’ll reach the road’s farthest end
I walk so fast, not knowing what I’m seeking
Or if I’d still cure this lonely feeling

Those were the first two stanza of the poem. All I know that the person who sent that poem is a Civil Engineering Student from Davao, Philippines. This poem was sent to my friend on her birthday more than seven or eight years ago. As we were searching my friend’s stuff, we stumbled upon this stationery where the poem was handwritten. How sweet, a guy writing that to a girl :).

Since my friend’s birthday is near, we wanna find out if we can still find the owner of this poem just to know that the one who wrote this is doing okay.

We may not be able to find the writer of this poem, but my friend just want to let him know that she appreciated his letter and the lecture notes he sent.

If you are the writer of this letter, please keep in touch.

Azkals Rising up over Win against Nepal

This is already too late but I was under a rock since Sunday and I was not able to hold a decent Internet connection. But before it’s very late, I just want to congratulate the Philippine National Football team “The Azkals” for winning last Tuesday¬† against the Himalayan Warriors, the Nepal National Football team. A team with a higher¬† FIFA ranking than¬† the Azkals and the Singapore (which won against the Azkals in 2-0 ), I was already expecting the Philippine team to not win again, but the result was different. The Azkals won with 4 goals and nil to the visiting team.

It was a good night since Phil’s shots at the goals were fruitful as well as that of his brother James and their close friend Matthew Hartmann. Of course, Dennis Cagara really played well and also Paul Mulders, Jerry Lucena and the rest of the Philippine team. The Nepalese were just outclassed that night by the Azkals. Well, sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t. It is just a game, it’s¬† what football is.

The next game for the Azkals will be next year, and Coach Weiss after a break will handle the U-23 who will be playing on the SEA games. And with this win, those young “azkals” will have the inspiration to groove with the other SEA teams and hoping that they will give better results this November. Seeing a positive growth for Philippine football and I hope it will continue with the commitment of the Azkals player, the management, the government and the fans. More success for Azkals!

Azkals Versus Nepal National Football Team Tonight

It should be Philippines and not Azkals on the title right,¬† right? Yes, it should be. But the national football team of the Philippines is more known to be called Azkals than “Philippine team.”¬† I mean if you go search the Internet and the Youtube, the results will be more like “Azkals vs Kuwait,” “Azkals¬† vs *country,”¬† sometimes I wonder if the new name of the Philippines is already Azkals :).

On a serious note (hehehe), the Azkals, well the Philippine National Football team will be having a friendly game sanctioned by FIFA against the Nepal National Football team, a team way above the Philippines and a notch higher than Singapore in which the Philippines recently  lost in a 2-0 score. I am hoping for a better result this time for the Azkals. It would be better if they win and if they will give a better fight. The game will be held in Rizal Memorial Stadium at 7pm later tonight Manila time.

GO Azkals!

Singapore Dominates Philippines with 2 Goals to Nil

It was a very frustrating night for the Philippine National Football Team more known as the Azkals when they lost to the higher ranked Singaporean team in their game at Jalan Besar. I could just imagine their frustrations after the game and I’m pretty sure that more Azkal fans were devastated at the results. I was one of them. As a fan, I was expecting them to win. I believe in them, if not who will? But sadly, the Lions show more experience working as a team. Azkals may have great individual talent but sadly they don’t work really well as a team.

Some fans were ranting that the Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge should be replaced by Roland Muller, the Azkals second GK based from Neil’s performance last night. Neil did a great job but it is not just enough. There were some fans also who wanted Coach Weiss to be replaced, that according to them with Azkals talent compared to the one who played during the Suzuki Cup, they could win against the Lions.¬† Simon Mcnemeny’s name was always mentioned for according to some he is better in coaching than Weiss.

What happened to the Azkals dream team? Chieffy was not able to produce a goal. Phil Younghusband was not able to convert that opportunity to a goal. Angel Guirado was subbed after a minutes of the game because of the injury. The midfield and the back four were solid. Sad. There were lapses. Dennis Cagara’s¬† debut was not a better one. Jerry Lucena and Paul Mulders were great last night. But the strikers really were just not able to do their job very well.

So the Azkals draw with the Singapore at the Suzuki Cup was a fluke then based from the results last¬† night? Maybe yes and maybe not. Chris Greatwich the one who scored in that game was not part of the Azkal for he is busy with his work. And yes, I missed Stephan Schrock last night and Muller’s yelling :). But the Azkals did a good job. Maybe what they should do is play more often together but that is just not possible.¬† Maybe they should choose guys who will be able to be there to practice and play for better cohesion.

When that first goal was made by the Lion, I knew that Singapore will win. I¬† just knew and I was right. Although my frustration for that game was lesser compared to what I felt when Azkals lost to Kuwait. Yes, I know Kuwait is wayyyyy above the Azkals but I’m a fan and I hoped for my team :). And yes, I will still support the Azkals. They changed the football in the Philippines. Now, I just don’t watch boxing and basketball, I follow and watch football too because of the Azkals. And I hope that one day,¬† Azkals will be able to command what Manny Pacquiao’s game¬† does to the Filipinos all over the world, where every Filipinos stop in what they do just to watch Manny—from the police force to the rebels, from the masses and to the elite, and a number of Filipinos that goes to Vegas just to watch Manny.

Azkals, you’re doing fine and we thank you. Hoping to see a better performance against Nepal next week. #We believe.