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July 10, 2006

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Cogs

Welcome back! I thought you'd maybe gone to fight against the Americans in Iraq.

Anyhow, on the subject of football, my two kids (a girl of 14 and a boy of 9) have both played for the past few years with the Makati Football Club (MFC). Played is maybe not the right word. Kids of all ages gather on a multi-pitch site in the army base area in Makati, divided up into several groups, all kitted out immaculately.

There's some skills training, but mainly lots of excited running around, with the players in most age groups following the ball around like shoals of fish.

Most of the kids are local (from the best schools) and some of them are terrific. But what happens when they reach the age that they should be starting to play in league tournaments? Nothing. Zilch. Because there are no leagues. Why? Because, the MFC coach tells me, corporations won't put up the money, apart from Alaska, which sponsors some pretty good knock-out tournaments.

It's a pity, because football is a natural game for Filipinos. It demands speed and dexterity, with none of the stupid height requirements for basketball, where, despite all the enthusiasm here, the Philippines will never prosper internationally.

Part of the problem is the leading newspapers, who, mystifyingly, are unable to see that football in the Philippines is a middle-class activity. If they increased and animated their football coverage, they would draw in more A and B readers and, consequently, provide a market for the high-end-goods advertisers. Dollars in the bank.

Instead, we get pages of basketball and nothing but bottom-dredging cellphone ads pitching the cheapest possible deal to readers with no spending power.

Now, if I were Max Soliven . . . But who would want to be?

torn

YOU want to be, I can tell.

I agree about the middle class “soccer mom” side to football and the potential that offers to advertisers. I wonder whether there is scope for a Philippine football magazine …

Still, if the national side is to prosper, the best players will come from the lowest economic groups, as in all countries. Most people in Tondo or Tawi-Tawi have probably never heard of football, that’s the problem. It seems to be a chicken and egg thing — there will not be widespread adoption of football unless a Philippine team manages to do well and inspire the rest of the nation, yet no Philippine team will do well unless the sport is widely played.

In the end, as many people have pointed out, the lack of interest in football is another side-effect of the Philippines’ cultural affinity with the increasingly isolated America. The majority of Pinoys are no more likely to take up football than they are to drop their obsession with Hollywood and hamburgers.

Blameless Caterpillar

I've been tutoring a young Solomon Islander who is attending school here in Manila. Soccer, as it's referred to by us Yanks, is the national sport there. The Solomons beat New Zealand and gave Oceania's representative in the World Cup, Australia, all they could handle. Scholarships for Solomon Island football stars could quickly raise the local standard.

eevilmidget

I read this blog and the many comments from those who want to see change in the Philippines. Surely if the will is strong enough, the few can still do something? Let's start with football. If many pinoys are geared towards celebrity, why don't we use the media via certain celebrities to promote football? Just a thought. Will think more on this matter, write some notes, and make a more informed comment...

torn

Blameless: Anyone who gives the Australians a hard time is OK by me. I checked out a report of the Solomons v Australia match -- wow! What a shame Solomons didn't make it to Germany, that would have been such a boost for a country with so many problems.

Eevil: I discovered a site called Pinoy soccer the other day, it's not bad (https://www.pinoysoccer.com/). Perhaps you could volunteer to be their Europe correspondent? You could go around the continent checking out the football skills of kids with one or more Pinoy parents, like the Younghusbands -- sounds a decent sort of a job...

Carla

Yeah, if the Philippines is to excel in football, it has to introduce the game to the most number of players. Law of averages: the more people play it, the more likely we are to find our Pele or Zisou. We won't if we confine the game to the pitches of Ateneo and the International School.

Princess

guys youare right!!!!!!!!1 we are good in football but it so happened that we do not prioritized it or shall i say, people do not consider it as a good sport....

one of the resons why football is not popular in the Philippines because Pinoy are all tied up to basketball and we do not have enough support from mass media!!!!!!

hopefully, Pinoy will see football and treat it like the way we treat Pacquio!!!!!!1

torn

I just noticed that Howie Severino's blog has a very similar post on Pinoy football, with some nice pics of Paulino Alcántara:

https://www.gmapinoytv.com/sidetrip/blog/index.php?/archives/92-One-of-the-greatest-footballers-ever-was-a-Filipino.html

shoboola adeshina

i have a foot ball team in nigeria and some orther part of west africa i need a foring agent or scout that can help my plyers get foot ball club contract in asia or europ
i want some that be inviting my plyer for tryer in asia or europ i want to market my plyers i need agent scout and am also but i need a foringpertnner

shoboola adeshina

i have a foot ball team in nigeria and some orther part of west africa i need a foring agent or scout that can help my plyers get foot ball club contract in asia or europ
i want some that be inviting my plyer for tryer in asia or europ i want to market my plyers i need agent scout and am also but i need a foringpertnner

Jaydee

I watching local TV game show (Wowowee) and one of the questions is something about Filipino Football player scoring 357 goals in 357 and the answer is Paulino Alcantara. So I Google the name and I found this site. I just want to comment regarding team sports in Philippines. Why don’t we promote football and baseball in professional level? I know we have in high school and college? So that kids in the Philippines have a chance to become Paulino Alcantara. Like the kids who won the little league baseball I know they cheated on there age but you can not denied that they are good. We need big companies support like in basketball. Example in Europe, Latin America and Japan the professional football and baseball is sponsor by big companies. We know there is no chance a Pilipino basketball player play in NBA or recruited by other country…THAT IS THE FACT… the only chance we have is football (Soccer) and baseball.

We are talking about team sports here. Looked at the countries that have the same body frame and high like Pilipino? Mexico, Dominican Republic and some other Latin America they produce good football players who play in Europe and in the United States and the Japanese and Korean who produce good baseball players who play in the Major League in United States. We need the support of the government (the department of education and local government) and big or small companies to donate gear. We need to promote this in local government like Summer League, Kabataan Barangay League, Inter-City, Inter-Province, Elementary School, High School and College from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

If these games became popular and successful we will do it in professional level and produce good athlete to compete in Summer Olympics (Baseball) and World Cup. Even the Philippines will not win, the Pilipino players will expose in international arena. There are always one or two players that standout in a team. These standouts players are the SCOUT is looking for. Scout is a person who hire by Major league team to observe on game and evaluate if a player has a potential to play in the Major league.

If the big company think there is NO money in baseball and football… you are wrong. In baseball if a Japan baseball player recruited by a Major League Baseball in United States, they will pay the company who own the player and if the player is very good… you talking about MILLION DOLARS.

I hope someday there is a Pilipino plays in Major League Baseball in the United States and also European Football like Paulino Alcantara.

Jaydee

I hope sport writter and TV can feature Paulino Alcantara what he accomplish in football. He is also a HERO.

jaydee

I found a video footage for Paulino Alcantara in YouTube check it out… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHnNAo4oiOc courtesy by: rpalcantara

torn

Thanks jaydee. I posted the video on the site.

john

any of this sports like basketball,baseball or football.pinoys' has the natural abilities and skills to excel. The best solution is support from the government and various sectors of our society.gaya sa mga first world country balance ang sports lahat may professional league unlike dito ang fave sports nating mga pinoy asian drama,teleseryes,pbb at wowowee.

annaden

hey,i'm a futbol fanatic as well..& the younghusband brothers avid fan! gotta see them playn' on SEA GAMES & ASEAN CUP!they're good lookin' & they really play sooo nice! i missed them played in the pitch.. hop they'll come back again here(Philippines) for another tour of duty... keep kickn' Yuonghusband 4 lyf!!lol

Seph

OMG! This maybe out of the topic.

I think the Philippine government and the parents should encourage the Pilipino children to excel in various sports. I read an article regarding the Pilipino children today are sucked-in with video games and the government was worried about it.

I believe the Philippine government should invest more in education and sports to the Pilipino children instead of corrupting the money. Besides, the children are the future of this world.

Lazolounge

My son plays for an all-boys' school football team. They have been NCAA champs for 4 consecutive years, and even represented the Philippines in the Manchester United Premier Cup in Bangkok. Imagine, not even one newspaper covered this. All you read about is basketball. I so hate that Celis column with all the PBA gossip.

sam

Dear Sir.....

My name is samuel edu..i am 21years old....i live in the country of nigeria..lagos state...I
am a football player...i play both side of wing..Sir i am seeking for your sponsorship in
me...and i will be very grateful if you can kindly assist me......i wait to hear from you sir..

Regard...........................

Rob Syrett

Hello Football player,

Am Rob syrett am into football agent/management here in London Uk.i wish to inform you that i am working with premiership clubs and coca cola championship which is 1st Division here in England so i would want you to send to me your CV and your international passport copy to enable me secure an invitation letter for you so you can come down for trails/transfer come january when fifa window will re-open.

Apart from England i can fix you in order european club REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN, CYPRUS,First you have to start your trails here in England.

Meanwhile, i can as well get you a team in QATAR if you love to play in QATAR league.

I wait to hear from you so we can start working immediately on your trails/transfer.

Thank You.
Best Sporting Regards

Rob Syrett
Football Player's Agent
London England.
Mobile: +447045758327
E-mail: robsyrett_agentfootball@yahoo.com
E-mail: rs_agentfootball01@yahoo.com
Good Luck.


Rob Syrett

Hello Football player,

Am Rob syrett am into football agent/management here in London Uk.i wish to inform you that i am working with premiership clubs and coca cola championship which is 1st Division here in England so i would want you to send to me your CV and your international passport copy to enable me secure an invitation letter for you so you can come down for trails/transfer come january when fifa window will re-open.

Apart from England i can fix you in order european club REPUBLIC OF TAJIKISTAN, CYPRUS,First you have to start your trails here in England.

Meanwhile, i can as well get you a team in QATAR if you love to play in QATAR league.

I wait to hear from you so we can start working immediately on your trails/transfer.

Thank You.
Best Sporting Regards

Rob Syrett
Football Player's Agent
London England.
Mobile: +447045758327
E-mail: robsyrett_agentfootball@yahoo.com
E-mail: rs_agentfootball01@yahoo.com
Good Luck.


ALIU RILWAN WALE

AM a player looking club in europe and asian am adependeble player

arnique

I think this national "breast-beating over exclusion from the World Cup" is pathetic. We weren't excluded, we didn't qualify. Because we sucked, because the manager chooses to field Chelsea rejects etc. The lack of focus on football on the grassroots level in the Philippines is disheartening.

Annaden, I seriously doubt you are as much a fan of football as a fan of the Younghusbands' facial physique. I did watch the ASEAN cup and couldn't stand seeing us get creamed.

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