Wednesday, February 9, 2011
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Long swallowed in whole by its fast-paced cousin Basketball, Football has suddenly become the toast of the country, even creating a mania reminiscent to those experienced only by rockstars and here in the Philippines, by F4(Korea and Taiwan versions) and Super Junior (ewww!).
Few hours ago, the Azkals (Philippines Men's Football Team) defeated Mongolia 2-0 (it's nil NOT zero or none or love) on the first leg of its play-off match, which will be followed up on Ulaan Batar in Mongolia come March 15 (?).
The game was historical because it marked the first time the whole country actually supported the entire match with full-on media coverage, thanks largely to ABS-CBN. Chieffy Caligdong and Phil Younghusband both gave the Azkals its 2 goals with shots fired towards the end of the first and second halves respectively.
It was fun seeing everyone watching the game, with me surprised that my mom actually watched the tie instead of the usual telenovelas. It was a very meaningful win. Why? Because 1.) the Azkals won, 2.) Philippine Football won, and 3.) Football as a sport won.
Let's support the Azkals some more and learn how to shout in front of our TVs!
*Here are the YouTube videos of the 2 goals. Enjoy!
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