I’m really excited on July 23, 2011 because this is the day when the national  football teams of Kuwait and the Philippines will battle it out for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. This is the first time  for the Philippine team to be able to reach this stage. Football was not a sport that most of the Filipinos take notice or even play for Philippines is a basketball-crazed country until the national football team made a remarkable success last year at the  Suzuki Cup (2010) when they won against the reigning champions Vietnam with a 2-0 score. That success was the one who opened the eyes of some of the Filipinos to take notice of the sport and the players and that is including me. From that time, Filipinos now bother to watch any games of the Philippine football team more popularly known as the Azkals. They are even willing to pay to watch the Azkals play. Interviews regarding any Azkals are always a hit. Too bad some of  members are already involved—allegedly involved in a sex scandal, but hey that’s the price of fame.

I’ve been reading and watching the videos of the Kuwaiti football team and yes they are a great and strong team. They are ranked way higher than the Philippines in the FIFA  Men’s World Ranking. Bader Al Mutwa (Mootawaa), Fahad Al Enezi, Yousef Naser and Waleed Ali are the guys to watch  for and of course their goal keeper is a good one. Although the Azkals are deemed as the underdogs, they should (must :D) be able to play well against the Kuwaitis. Phil Younghusband, Angel  Guirado and Chieffy Caligdong should find ways to goal :D.  With the other Azkals, I hope they will be able to defend well.

I’m really hoping that they will win against Kuwait—that may be asking too much, but I really hope so. I want this win for the Philippine team and for all the Filipinos. If things will not come our way after this two game, then it will not be the end for the football team. Let’s make a small step at a time. Who knows the Philippine national football team will become a powerhouse in the coming years.  To all the Azkal believers and all the Filipinos, let us unite this July 23 and 28 to pray and believe for our boys to win. Go Azkals! We believe!

Kuwait National Football Team Kuwait National Football Team “The Al Azraq”

These are the only Kuwaiti players that I’m familiar:

#17 Bader Al Mutwa

#22 Nawaf Al Khaldi

#15 Waleed Ali

#7  Fahad Al Enezi

The Philippine National Football Team “The Azkals” (Chris Greatwich #18 will not be able to play in the Kuwait match due to some other commitments)

Azkals:

#11 Alexander Borromeo (captain)
#7 James Younghusband
#1 Neil Etheridge (Goalkeeper)
#23 Ian Araneta
#4 Anton del Rosario
#2 Rob Gier
#17 Jason de Jong
#10 Phil Younghusband
#13 Chieffy Caligdong
#18 Chris Greatwich
#27 Ray Johnson

 

 

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The Game resulted with Kuwait winning 3-0 against the Philippines. The next game will be on July 28 in Manila.

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