Sunday, July 24, 2011

Soccer in the Philippines

Whenever I watched a soccer game, I can't help but still feel the same old feeling during the old days I used to play the game. The excitement, the urge to goal at least one and a strong defense strategy right after. For us, players, soccer is not like basketball. Having one single goal is a big hope for every team that we will won. That we already lead the game. Because it is so hard to have a single score, bring the ball in a 78 feet long by 36 feet wide court with 11 opponents that will strive to get the ball out of one person. A soccer player runs five to eight miles a game. Stamina, determination and presence of mind despite of the very tiring game  were essentials. Soccer is passion. Not just a game. You really need to love, hug and endure the training. That why when a player scores, it's like heaven. It's like end of the game. 
  Unfortunately the game was just became famous here in the country just because of the appearance of Team Azkals. As I was introduced in that particular sport year 2002, there were already lots of best players of this game. Who haven't received enough support either from the universities or the government. I even played with kids ages 7 to 10, who plays at ASCOM in Fort Bonifacio, without shoes nor sheen guards but knew the mechanics and rules of the game. Amazingly in their age they plays best than us or even to army's who played soccer as hobbies.. In Rizal Park, there were group of street children whom supported by foreigners for the equipments just to play the game.They practiced everyday.  Probably foreigners saw the Filipino street children's potentials. There were a lot of players did best in this game maybe others already been pirated by other country's coaches.

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