Football in the Philippines
Replies: 45 - Last Post: May 3, 2012 2:46 AM Last Post By: mrsteve38
Apr 21, 2012 7:59 AM
Football in the PhilippinesMore and more I see young men kicking a football around in the Philippines rather than a basketball, then I hear that Chelsea FC are planning to launch Chelsea FC Soccer School in partnership with the Younghusband Football Academy here, could we one day see Philippines vs Brazil in a World Cup Final?
Apr 21, 2012 8:17 AM
1Yes, could well be. Maybe in 2022. Football (soccer) is becoming more and more popular in Asian countries that haven't played much of it so far.
Apr 21, 2012 8:38 AM
2Football is not popular in the Philippines (except parts of Panay and Negros).
Still now it's becoming more and more popular.
People there have natural predisposition to do well in this sport.
Training conditions, founds (!) are needed ... it will take sometime to reach the level of the BIGGESTO HERO of BARCELONA:
PAULINO ALCANTARA (Ilongo by mother, born in the Philippines). youngest player to score -ever- for Barcelona. He is the highest (much more official games now than before) goalscorer for Barcelona in all history (counting all games official and friendly):369 goals in 357 matches. He retired at the age of 31 and he become a doctor. Old times (1896-1964), he played 5 times for Spain scoring 6 times and he played for Philippines too ... because he put his studies as a top priority ... at that time football stars can't earn and live lavishly as now.
Great talent and great brain!
Edited by: tanabata_hikoboshi2
Apr 21, 2012 8:45 AM
3He scored scored 369 goals in 357 matches! wow thats more than one a match! Think Chelsea could do with someone like that!
Apr 21, 2012 1:22 PM
Apr 21, 2012 10:18 PM
5One of the things that I love about Philippines is the total insulation from English Premier League matches and all the related spin off. With the recent visit of David Beckham and the high profile of the Younghusband brothers,football is bound to become more popular eventually.
Apr 22, 2012 1:53 AM
6soccer is still very much a minority sport. Philippines is basically the worst performing of all the ASEAN countries at this game, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia are much better. They did manage to reach the semi-finals of the ASEAN cup in 2010 which was the best they have ever done, and it did get the game to the top of the news bulletins at the time, generating as considerable amount of interest. What they did was mine the seam of Fili-Ams not good enough to play for the USA, but could qualify for the Philippines.
as long as only two east Asian teams can reach the last 32 of the World Cup, there is very little chance any of the south east Asian sides will ever make it. The Koreas, Japan, and China are miles ahead and there is no sign of the gap closing.
Apr 22, 2012 2:35 AM
7What they did was mine the seam of Fili-Ams not good enough to play for the USA
Aren't they mostly Fil-Brits and Fil-Germans?
Apr 22, 2012 2:48 AM
8A World Cup Final contested between Brasil and Philippines??? Haha no way!
Football is growing in the Philippines, so the popularity and increase of people playing soccer in the Philippines will grow over the years. But they are not even able to compete with Japan, the Korea's even China, and the other ASEAN nations.
I've always thought Filipinos were more suited to play soccer then basketball. They are shorter and can run quick which is valuable in soccer, was as in basketball you need to be tall.
Fil-Ams, Fil-Brits, Fil-Germs, Fil-Aussies will make up the majority of the Philippine national team for as long foreigners keep marrying filipinos.
Apr 22, 2012 5:14 AM
9I'm pretty sure if you go back far enough you will find the Philippines have been in 1 or 2 World Cup tournaments, not sure how far they progressed though.
A few years back, in Bacolod, I saw a lot of football being played. I even coached some younger guys while I was there (mind you, I could run in those days).
Apr 22, 2012 6:57 AM
10Always surprised there was no football on TV in the PI, other Asian countries like Vietnam even Myanmar, seem to have more TV coverage than the UK. I think it is better game for the PI than basketball, too short, first time I went there I could not believe it was their national sport, thought they were joking.
Apr 22, 2012 11:14 AM
11#10 I watched tons of EPL football on the TV in the Philippines. Every weekend had at least 3 games on.
Apr 22, 2012 12:33 PM
12the Philippines have never gone to any soccer world cup, even in the days when you didn't have to qualify. The only south east Asian country to go ever was Indonesia, then playing as Dutch East Indies, who lost their solitary match to Hungary in the 1938 tournament held in France 6-0.
compared to the neighboring countries, where it's an obsession, there is no soccer profile at all in the Philippines. In Thailand and Malaysia it seems just about every bar has it on. I don't think I've ever walked into any bar or resto where there's been soccer on ever in the Philippines. Never not once. The only sports you are likely to see on normal Filipino tv as opposed to cable, are cockfighting, basketball, and the perv's choice, women's college netball. Say Manchester United to the average Filipino kid and they'll wonder what you're going on about. A Thai kid will probably be able to name half a dozen current players even when they can't speak English.
Apr 22, 2012 1:04 PM
Apr 22, 2012 1:45 PM
14the American influence is there for all to see. Baseball never took off in the Philippines, though it did, interestingly, in Japan. The Spanish influence also didn't make their truly national sport, bullfighting go in the Philippines. But bullfighting took off in many of the Latin American places. Why is this? Just take a look at the demeanor of the average Filipino cow and you realise there would no sport in it.
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