Did you know… ?
… we DO actually have a football team.
The team is based in Bacolod City and is managed by the Philippine Football Federation.
… Pinoy football is not what you think it is.
It’s not a Peyton Manning -
But a David Beckham -
Soccer, more popularly known outside the U.S. as the football, is what Filipinos are more into. At least that’s what our Phys Ed introduced it to its students. Outside of following the annual National Football League championship games on satellite, football was never as followed as closely as football-soccer.
… our team name is Azkals.
Or, askal which is really short for ‘asong kalye’. In English, it’s translated “street dog”. And don’t ask me why that is.
…. We are the oldest football team in Asia!
Yep. The team was founded in 1907 and had its first game in February 1913 against China, on our home soil. There’s no record of who won, though.
… But we’re not ranking well these days.
Unfortunately, the team hasn’t been playing well of late. As of August 22, 2007 our FIFA ranking is way down at #169, but we actually improved since October 2006 when we hit lowest at #195.
.. the team still needs our support!
More power to pinoy soccer!