Football is loved all over the world except here in the Philippines. We all know that basketball is the main sport here but now things are starting to change.
Introducing, the AZKALS!!!
Why Azkals? (got this form their FB page)
An askal is a Filipino term for any dog with no pedigree, no breed, no class. The askal is usually astray, unsupported and survives by feeding on whatever provision it can find. The Filipino national football team can relate to this mongrel, they have almost no support from a government thats suppose to support them, they are underdogs not just only to the world but even in their own region, South East Asia. But despite these odds, just like an askal the National Team is a survivor. No matter how many 5-0s or 7-0s it suffers, it keeps on fighting. Despite no funding, it continues to strive to become better. And in a country where basketball is the main sport, even if they don't have a whole lot of support from their own kababayans they still manage to pull out results and try their very best to inspire a nation marred by corruption, violence and civil war.
So yes, they are underdogs, but they never surrender our fight!
Finally, a sport that suites my taste.
Last week up to now, our Azkals is making a history and putting back our country to the Football leagues in Asia and in the world. For those who don't know and not a fan of football at all. Here's some news that maybe, just maybe will change your perception about this sport.
Azkals beat Vietnam, the defending champion with a score of 2-0.
Azkals won against Singapore, 5-0.
Azkals tied with Myanmar at 0-0.
And now, for the first time in history we're on the semis. Last night we were defeated by Indonesia, with all those 88,000 fans I can feel the pressure to our players not being able to play on our home game. Our team did great last night, it was just a lucky goal!
Some exciting news again:
-#azkals and Younghusband are included to top 10 trending topics last night on Twitter
-Philippines will host the AFF Suzuki Cup on 2012
-Philippines will join the qualifying round for 2014 FIFA next year
-Philippines will join the 2011 SEA Games
A lot of improvements needed to be done, especially support from our government. All in all, I can say that AZKALS brought a new fever in our country and to all your present and future achievements, I salute you guys!
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!