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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 afterĀ  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 šŸ˜€ 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’tĀ  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! šŸ˜€ 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!


Philippine National Football Team (The Azkals)

Yes, after almost a year the Azkals and the Lions will meet again but this time the Singaporeans will have better advantage, they are on their own den. I could say that the Azkals now is different from the Azkals that they met last Suzuki Cup. More new breed, more talents, more skills plus the undying love and support of fans from a basketball-boxing country. However, the Lions are in the mood to revenge their 1-1 draw last time they met and they are also in their preparation for their World Cup bid. Come this October 7, 2011, Singapore’s Jalan Besar will be a pool of reds and blues, with the Lion fans in reds and the Azkals mostly in blue.

Some of the PhilippineĀ  fans will be flying to Singapore and the rest who are residing and working in Singapore are expected to be there as what the sold-out tickets already stated. I just hope that there will be no rumbles, just pure fun and football—on the part of the fans and the players. Filipino fans are not into trouble making even when they are provoke, but if the heat is on, I just don’t know what will happen :D.

Most of the European players of the Philippines led by goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and Stephan SchrockĀ  will play and thus strengthen the Azkals line up. And after a lot of expectations, I hope we will be seeing Dennis Cagara in action for the Azkals. We want to see what he can deliver as an Azkal. As for Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado—hoping these three will provide the Azkals some goals. This isĀ  Coach Weiss’s “Dream Team” for the Azkals. But since they don’t play regularly together, team cohesion will play a crucial part. This will be a great game both for the Philippines and Singapore.

Europe-based Players: Jerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara, Stephan Schrock, and Paul Mulders

GO Azkals! Mabuhay Pinoy!

*As of last night news, Stephan Schrock, the one who scored against Kuwait for the 2nd round World Cup Qualifiers will not be available for the Philippine team because of injury. That is so sad, because personally I love him on the pitch. He is a great player and knows what to do :).

Philippine Azkals sweeps Sri Lanka Brave Reds 4-0


I just wanna congratulate the Azkals, the players, the coach, the staff and the Filipinos who all supported the Philippine National Football Team. Azkals you made us proud and happy today. Yes, we know it will be a long time before we reach the World Cup, but it is already a nice start :D. You didn’t disappoint us. A BIG CHEER for all of you for winning today in the jam packed Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! HAIL TO THE AZKALS!

Thanks to Chieffy Caligdong, Phil Younghusband and Angel Guirado for their awesome goals—pretty AWESOME! The Azkals just played a very nice game, the defenders were all great that’s why the Sri Lankans can’t make the goals :D. I hardly noticed Neil Etheridge there because there was less work for him today šŸ™‚ . You all deserve a pat in the back and a warm hug and kisses from all of your screaming fans, we love to do that :D.

This was a nice Sunday. I hope Azkals will be able to play well against Kuwait for their next game for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers. Go Pinoy! GO AZKALS!


The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifying Football Match in Asia has already started. Last June 29, 2011 in Colombo Sri Lanka, the Brave Reds the football players of Sri Lanka faced the Philippine Azkals resulting in 1-1 draw. It was a very physical game with most of the players going down, I pretty noticed that most of the Reds went down and kissing the ground (I’m not really sure if some of them just acted just to get fouls or advantages from their enemy :D).

What I like about the Brave Reds is that they are not afraid to play with the bigger Azkals which was usually composed of the Filipino-foreigners ( guys with Dutch, Spanish, British, German and American blood mixing with their Filipino genes). But the game I saw was just a bunch of amateurs playing on the field when compared to the levels of Iker, Cristiano, Messi and Kaka (of course these guys are not mere mortals :D). Although I was cheering for Azkals to win coz I’m pinoy ;). It was a very disappointing game for me. I was expecting that the Azkals will be more aggressive with their play, but it was crap! It was just a lucky moment when Nate Burkey (American-Filipino) made that goal giving the Azkals an advantage. Noticeable Azkals were Schrock who was like everywhere—-I mean everywhere. His play is different, but I think he still didn’t connect well with his team mates because some of his shots just went to dead air. There was no one to receive the balls he was kicking, but I still like his play though. The Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge just did a great crucial save, it could have been a goal if Neil did not make a “Shaolin Soccer” move :). The Strikers Angel Guirado and Phil Younghusband were not of help for it was said that they were not feeling well. I just hope that their injury will be okay so that they can play this Sunday when their next game will be held in Rizal Memorial Stadium Manila (July 3, 2011). It was also a nice play made by James Younghusband. I was still wondering if it was because of Rob Gier’s deflecting of the ball that caused the Sri Lankan’s to goal (it looked like that way to me).

Come this Sunday, I wanna see a more aggressive, more determined and more goals from the Azkals when they play against the Brave Reds with thousands of Filipinos cheering for them. I hope you guys win because we don’t want it to be the reason football will die again in the Philippines if you don’t. I’m cheering for you guys. I want you to be able to play with Kuwait because they are from different league (they are world cup qualifiers). Wouldn’t it be so sweet if you guys will win this Sunday? You guys can be the next Pacquaio that can unite Filipinos all over the world when there are fights/games. So, let us show the world that Filipinos (and half-Pinoys) know how to play football. Azkals we pray for you. God Bless.

A Football Fan, Thanks to Azkals


I was really thinking on what topic to write, but with all the football mania in the Philippines, I guess this will be it.

 

If you’reĀ  in the Philippines right now, you will be amazed on the media coverage of the Philippine National Football Team more popularly known as the Azkals. Philippines has always been a basketball or boxing country but never a football lover. There may be some Filipinos who are football players and fans but they are so few compared to those basketball or boxing fans.Ā  I used to follow basketball, from the players to their teams to their coaches when I was in high school. I have these magazines about my favorite players and I remembered writing a fan letter to my uber favorite player (that’s how I’m a super fan girl before).Ā  I used to be a Chicago Bulls fan especially during the era of Michael Jordan then I was converted into being a Dallas Mavericks thanks to Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash when they were still a team. I was never a Laker fan even when Shaq was still playing with them. But as the years go by,Ā  my love for basketball diminishes. I don’t follow religiously the conferences anymore and I don’t watch even championship matches. Then from a basketball, I became a boxing fan. My father was really a boxing fan. Before I just don’t get it when he watches boxing fights. I just know Mike Tyson and Mohammad Ali.Ā  But because of Manny Pacquaio, I became a sort of boxing fan. The whole Philippines stop when Manny Pacquaio (a boxing superstar) has a fight, even thoseĀ  rebels and soldiers :); that’s how big boxing is in the country and how Manny changes and affects people, because he fights for national pride and maybe that’s why the Azkals right now are being admired and revered by Filipinos.

As a national team, Azkals are carrying with them the Philippine pride. The national football teamĀ  didn’t really won a big win in any games they joined. But this was changed becauseĀ  of the new Azkals, the new football team. Even when the whole world is into football, the country was never into it. But last year, the boys changed the sports field in the Philippines by winning in some tournaments that the Philippine National Football teamĀ  never won or advances in any match. The inclusion of the Filipino-Foreigners, guys who was born with a Filipino mother or father paved the way for the football team’s success.Ā  It’s good to see some half-Pinoys/Brits/Dutch/American/Spanish playing for the national teamĀ  even though some of them have their own clubs. But I guess, it is a nice feeling when you a are member of a national team that is winning.

Azkals really introduced football to a greater number of Filipinos. I for one called it soccer (maybe influenced by the Americans) and never call it football until the Azkals came. I’m just an occasional sport fan, I got a little know how of some sports but not a die hard one. Sometimes I get jealous of those playing in world cup, when nationalities fight for their team and their country— singing, chanting and just doing anything. I have read about this athlete last year when he announced that he has a son, I just shrugged it off because I don’t know him and I don’t care if he has a son :D. But because I’ve been searching about football because of the Azkals influences, I found out that I just wanna jump of the bridge after learning the athlete who fathered a son was no other than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo CR7 (the highest paid football player in history)—my favorite football player now. After my short period ofĀ  researching anything about football, I stumbled upon CR7 and totally love him. His skills are great well plus his looks (hey I’m just a fan girl :D). And I also heard on the news about the world cup player who was distracted by his sportscaster girlfriend, I don’t know him before but now I know not just his name but his greatness and being a good goal keeper, I’m talking about Iker Casillas. In our dialect, his family name is equivalent to the toilet, oops. I was laughing before when I first heard his name. Thanks to Azkals, Filipino like me will know something about football and not justĀ  basketball and boxing.

 

 

I just hope that they will still improve as team, and if there are half-Pinoys and pure breed Pinoys who are willing to join the national team then let them do the try outs. The team needs all the help they can get.Ā  Even it’s wishful thinking that they can qualify for the World Cup, but at this moment, I think, this is a small step for the Azkals but already a giant leap for the football awareness in the Philippines.

To all the members of the Azkals, from the players, coach and managing staff CONGRATULATIONS and hope that you will win more in your upcoming matches. Mabuhay Azkals! Mabuhay Team Pilipinas! Ahoo! Ahoo!

The Philippine Azkals