I Guess Pinoys Consider Themselves A Football Nation Now

Like I said in a previous entry, pinoys are overjoyed over what they perceive as world football relevance. First appearance in the World Cup , first goal and first win.

To quote my favorite singer/ songwriter.

If I might intrude
Just for a moment
If only to inject a note of reality
On this festive occasion

All those “milestones” were singular. They got 1 win in their group, scoring one goal while allowing 8. Only team in the group with a negative goal differential. Finished last. I feel I have to say that because pinoys by nature do not follow football enough to understand the standings.

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Well as we love to ask here in GRP ” What is next?” Don’t look now but in less than 2 weeks the ladies have 3 matches in the Asian games (Sept 22 -28 Asian Games,). As I write this there is now a new boss to guide the ladies as they have something they did not have before: expectations. Did Alen  Stajcic get out because this job was merely a stepping stone? That’s the beauty of a culture with low expectations. You score one goal and get one win and you are a “miracle worker.” Even if he did think this is as far as you can go , he would never say it pubicly. You may have witnessed the zenith of relevance of so called pinoy football.


It was Stajcic who told you :

“I don’t really care where they’re born, if they have Philippines in their heart and in their blood, and they’re good at football, then they’re eligible for our team. They all play for their flag, they all play for their country, they all play for the people in the Philippines, wherever they reside. I just know this team has Filipino heart, and blood, and courage, and spirit.”

I love how an Australian whose team shuns local players that were born and raised here is telling a local audience what playing for the flag is all about. Telling all of you who know the national anthem and crave lechon what constitutes “Filipino heart, blood , courage and spirit.” Where was that courage and spirit when he left the team before the World Cup was even over? So much for him defining what Filipino spirit is. Oh wait he jumped on another bandwagon so quickly. He might be more pinoy that I thought. You are so quick to believe a fly by night mercinary on what it is to be Filipino.


I was happy with the response of the GRP entry I released shortly after that sole World Cup win. Some people got my point and two others were very vocally against my views. The detractors thought they were attacking me hoping to shut me up , they just gave me more fuel for another volume. The people who argued with me just proved my point that  I was making. They are OK with: 1) no work locally regarding soccer 2) locals being excluded 3) Enjoying the fruits of the labor of the American institutions.


I wrote my last piece asking the key question: why do pinoys relate to this team so much? I did my best to back up any claims I had with research that was available to me. The local federation was not a good source of information as I detailed in my entry. One major red flag for those so attached to this ” team from the Philippines” : headlines screaming that 18 of the 23 women on the final roster were out of a Bruce Springsteen song. That should have been their entrance music when they played in New Zealand.


Allow me to shed some light on the other five who did not escape the womb only to be initially cared for in one of the 50 US states ( mostly California):

Let’s get the one real product of the Philippines out of the way. Anicka Castaneda born in Mandaluyong and played as a young adult for DLSU. Anicka never stepped between the lines during gametime .  If you watched every minute of the World Cup , you would have seen as much of her as someone who didn’t have access to a TV or the Internet. It only goes downhill from there.

What makes Ms. Castaneda the anomally in her group is she actually spent time in a classroom in the Philippines. She was the only one out of a team of 24. She is the exception not the rule .  She only left the Philippines to represent it as opposed to coming here for the first time as an adult. The woman on the team with the second strongest ties is Maria Meryll Krysteen Rosales Serrano. She was born in Pangasinan but she learned about life and sports in Norway. She was first officially in the Philippines in a soccer capacity at age 25. Angela Beard was born in Australia and played almost all her soccer there including their national team. She was persuaded to switch to the Philippines quite recently. Sara Kristine Bantan Eggesvik was born in Norway and spent her entire football career in Norway , except for her time on the Philippine national team. Jaclyn Katrina Sawicki born in Canada , educated in Canada, pro career in Sweden , Japan , Australia .

How Southeast Asian are they really??? 18 American born and bred plus Canada , Norway and Australia.


I learned a lot interacting with my detractors. They insist ” we are the same blood”. What good is that? Do I have to spell it out? We already know that 18 of the 23 women were American born . I found no cases where both parents were Filipino immigrants. Most of the cases it was the mother who was of Philippine descent. They were not even necessarily born in the Philippines. Why that is important is let’s break down the importance of Filipino blood. In 18 of the 23 cases on the ” Philippine ” women’s team : the sperm is American, the egg is of Filipino descent, the hospital is American, the elementary school is American, the playmates are American, the coaches are American, the fields are American, the soccer ball bought in an American mall, the diet is American, the high schools are American and the universities are American. Where is the “pinoy” input?  Most people are OK with this since the pinoy values pansin more than doing the work to getting the pansin.

We are all unified in the sense that the Philippines as a whole had nothing to do with our soccer skills.

Anyone who remembers anything about high school physics will remember the equation:

work = force x distance

The word “work” as used in physics has a narrower meaning than it does in everyday life. First, it only refers to physical work, of course, and second, something has to be accomplished. If you lift up a box of books from the floor and put it on a shelf, you’ve done work, as defined in physics, if the box is too heavy and you tug at it until you’re worn out but it doesn’t move, that doesn’t count as work.  If we use the framework of physics then , how much work did the Philippines do to get these women in shape to go on the world stage?

Now that you have a better idea how little the Philippines has to do with ” their team in the World Cup”, I just want to dig a bit deeper into their roster selection:

Kaiya Jota was born in California and first got to the Philippines age 16. She is now 17 . She will go to Stanford not La Salle not Ateneo . Malea Cesar ( 19 years old) born in California and has been part of the Philippine team for only a year and she is a semi professional player in Australia. Isabella Victoria Sola Flanigan is only 18 and played high school football in Florida and she is going or will go to West Virginia University in the US. Isabella Pasion is the youngest of this group who was 16 at the time of the World Cup She is still in high school and was listed as a reserve. I am not telling you this because these ladies are not even old enough to drink in a bar in the US. I am telling you this because stock piling all these youth imports shows you the PFF has no intention of developing anybody born and developed locally. They seem to looking everywhere except the Philippines for their talent.

It is all about empowerment until you are shown the door for a 16 year old who was not even born and educated in the Philippines.


Kaiya Jota as mentioned earlier is only 17. I talked about Filipino football ignoring the people actually born here and looking at them as sub human when it comes to women representing this country. There is also discarding the ones you already had under your tent. Inna Palacos born in Manila and played for CSA Makati and DLSU. She was good enough to be in a local VISA commercial but not good enough to keep a 16 year old off the roster. She is the poster child of this wave of casting aside  the locals for the imports. This wave born out of the thirst for pansin.


Another paradox I love to hammer home whenever Gilas or the Azkals inevitably come up short is the “leftover ” theory. Other teams that beat the snot out of Gilas are not playing their country’s favorite sport. Gilas brings in an import because it is already an admission that homegrown Filipinos are not enough. Any import on the roster will close the opportunity for a Filipino who actually cared about representing his country his whole life. Any import who cares enough to represent the Philippines I guarantee you was not close to making the team of the country he or she really belongs to. This applies to both Gilas and the Azkals. You are taking the court / field with players who are not in demand by the best in the world. So being competitive with the best in the world is just a fantasy. I still have no idea why pinoys really expect relevance abroad with soccer when almost none of them make the sport relevant locally.

There was one woman on the World Cup team who was born in Mandaluyong. The rest only came here to play soccer. They did not come here because they love Edsa. They didn’t come here because they thought it was an honor to be on noontime shows. They came here because every athlete faces sports mortality. There will come a time they will not be relevant as an athlete. Lot of high school players experience that. The roster of women that qualified for the World Cup only became citizens of this country not because of love of this country or even residency in this country. They became citizens to prolong their relevance in their sport. They did not qualify for the US team where they rather be so why not the consolation prize? They are playing for the Philippines because they had no choice. Actually there was a choice. Not play in the World Cup. I know you are all proud to be pinoy. The jury is still out if you are proud of work pinoys actually did.


I was talking to a Chinese man who is in China via video chat and talking about his favorite subject- football . He was so proud that his team qualified for the World Cup and did not have one American. He laughed that Filipinos were so quick to accept a Filipino team with no Filipinos who were born and raised there . I did find out later there was one but only after a lot of digging. There are some countries that rather succeed or fail with their own players they developed and would never put up exploiting a loophole to have a roster of foreigners. Then I remembered that Filipinos spent so many years bending over to colonial masters. See the difference? Filipinos hate China being aggressive but lack the means to do anything on their own and have to run crying elsewhere for help .One country is the intimidator and the other can not do anything about it on their own. Do you see a relation?

Look at the local culture. Look at local values. None of it screams world class soccer. I will tell you what it does scream: credit grabbing, chest beating, false pride and jumping on the bandwagon. Local media screams baduy. Baduy is something that the local audience  wants  to aspire to. If that was not true then Vice Ganda would not reach as many households as he does. No way on God’s green earth are  world class soccer players are coming out of this culture. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You are not good at soccer locally and yet you embrace soccer glory in the form of the Philippine flag in a woman’s jersey even if the wearer of that jersey has so little in common with you. Representing a country in an international compeition among countries  is supposed to be an honor and a privelege reserved for those who toiled all their lives inside that country wanting to represent that same country. Instead we have mercenaries  and leftovers getting by on technicalities.  Is morale in this country too dismal to produce our own representatives? You have to import people who did not grow up in the Filipino environment with the constant messages the streets and noontime TV bombard them with. You have to go to countries that support and encourage more than one team sport. If our environment is such a handicap , do we deserve to play to play with the big boys/ girls? They seem to get their environment together.


One of the biggest selling albums of all time is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. Dreams was the only single off the album to reach #1. Of course a few generations later some people believe that Dreams is a Coors song. The signature line of that song I believe is ” And have you any dreams you’d like to sell?” . When the curtain went up in NZ/ Australia the Philippine flag was there. Yes the dream of pansin was achieved at the cost any semblance of pinoyness. The dream of pansin achieved while selling away any hope of any local women representing the country they were born and raised in. Pinoy culture that celebrates “our girls” without questioning the lack of our girls in the program are complicit in the selling of that dream. Hope they are happy setting up a club so exclusive that locals are not allowed in.


Like I said earlier , there was only one win and one goal scored in the World Cup and at what cost? What true hope does a local athlete have when pinoys are so intoxicated with this pansin without any real work from the locals?? Maybe somebody in the local press is asking this question but I doubt it. Nobody in local sports media wants to be a fly in the ointment of pansin. I have to quote Angola’s coach in the recently concluded FIBA tournament.

“We can sign an import like most of the national teams and maybe we’re gonna score more 3s,” Canals said. “But I don’t believe this is correct, and I really think that FIBA must stop this as soon as possible.

“Otherwise, in some years, there will be no local product. Each country needs to develop their own players. This is what I think.

“There are players that don’t even speak the language of the country that they represent. There are countries which have seven, eight player that were born outside that country.”


That same article considered Jordan Clarkson as naturalized. The same Clarkson who pinoy fans treated like he was another man with the initials of J.C. He was the NBA talent surrounded by PBA talent. What message are you sending local athletes that they are not welcome or will be treated as inferior tokens? Can it be more obvious than that? Locals are not welcome. The Philippines has zero interest in developing their own players when it comes to soccer and I am not sure that is something to be proud of.

For me there is a disconnect. This country did not learn how to play soccer well overnight. The country can not produce soccer players. They recently turned a blind eye to anyone born here. Which is discrimination no matter how you slice it. To wear the Philippines kit in New Zealand and step between the lines  you can’t be born in the Philippines? You get a local born goal keeper good enough to be in a VISA commercial only to replace her with a 16 year old? That makes sense only in the Philippines. I am the pinoy sports conscience.  I am the defacto national sports honesty broker.  I am not blinded by KSP . I have spent decades on this earth enjoying sports where pinoys have no impact. Sports will go on without homegrown pinoy involvement and ironically the local soccer federation by not even considering local talent is seeing to that.

30 Replies to “I Guess Pinoys Consider Themselves A Football Nation Now”

  1. The piece is too long for a gripe but just the same I summarized and assumed it’s all about allegedly not being a true Filipino representing the country.

    It focuses on the physical aspect of who and why these people are representing us. Regardless of how the players feel, how they discern their mission, how they understand the meaning of their participation and how their hearts feel towards the country they identify with and treat as their own by blood or by some other connections.

    The article was too critical as to where these players were coming from, in terms of location, education, life, etc. regardless if they passed the qualification requisites to be a member of the national team or not. Really? If they checked all the boxes to qualify to play in the national team what’s the point in antagonizing or criticizing them? To just deal a low blow to our sense of nationalism?

    Do we really have to be critical of people who have shown love, respect and adoration to the motherland in representing her in international competitions? The least we can do, I think, is to appreciate and congratulate them for their sacrifices.

    This is 2023, we are no longer living in the era where the idea of an Aryan race in Olympics was promoted not too long ago. Imagine, the most racist country in the world, Germany, has a black player (Dennis Schroder) today in their national basketball team. Did it degrade or cheapen or even lower the status of them winning the FIBA championship? NO. The world admires them for their competitive spirits and basketball mastery. That is all that matters.

    How ‘bout China, the land of the giants? Didn’t they parade Kyle Anderson, an American NBA player in their team? I see nothing wrong in there. Like the Filipino players having foreign blood playing in our team, I’m sure Schroeder and Anderson feels the same way to the country they are representing. Perfect.

    Do we want pure local Filipinos who have no international exposure and experience composed of natives which may include pygmies, mangyans and other indigenous people that are pure blooded Filipinos who doesn’t have the capability to adapt to the physical demands of the sports? Yes, why not, we pride on our nationalism and patriotism, etc., but we’ll not only lose embarrassingly for sure but we’ll also be a butt of jokes in the whole sporting world for doing so. Dumb.

    This is not the moment to question why people plays for the country. This is the moment to be appreciative and happy that there are people from far away places that took time and effort to declare their affinity, connection and readiness to play for the country they treat as their own. Nothing can be great and noble than that. Godly.

    This is not the time to spread and allow the crab mentality to prevail No, please no. Evil.

    1. Isn’t crab mentality about one crab pulling a crab seatmate back into the pot ? That crab can not leave the pot. This piece is exactly about crabs in a different pot not considered the Philippines representing the Philippines pot . This piece is exactly about the crabs in the Philippine pot having nowhere to go. If you are part of the Philippines pot then you can not represent the Philippines pot. Born In The USA pa more. 18/23 of the women in the roster in the World Cup in New Zealand were born in California or some other US state and stayed there in that “pot” (US) till they were an adult. I got what I understood to be the paradigm of crab mentality and applied it to the central points of my essay.

      Do we want pure local Filipinos who have no international exposure and experience composed of natives which may include pygmies, mangyans and other indigenous people that are pure blooded Filipinos who doesn’t have the capability to adapt to the physical demands of the sports?”

      If we can’t adapt to international sports with players born and trained here then why do we belong there?? Stop playing the genetic victim card. The point here is competing has always about work and not about genes. Pinoys are just lousy at team sports and even individual sports. There is the one exception the proves the rule. Take one look at Curry or Iverson and neither will tower over any pinoy guard playing internationally. Only a certain Dean will still argue that pinoys are in the same class of athlete just less gifted physically.

      If they checked all the boxes to qualify to play in the national team what’s the point in antagonizing or criticizing them? To just deal a low blow to our sense of nationalism?

      Already addressed in the blog. What does Juan Dela Cruz have in common with them? What did Juan Dela Cruz do make them competitive enough to be on the world stage? The women who played for the Philippines. Their services were not in demand in Canada, America and Australia. I don’t understand why playing for the Philippines is a sacrifice since that was their one way in to the tournament. It is not about showing love, respect and adoration to the motherland . 22 out of 23 women on this team had nothing to with Philippines sports until they were invited to be on the national team. They did not apply to the Motherland as you put it, they were recruited. “Low blow to our sense of nationalism?? “- if you are born here and raised in the Philippine educational system you are excluded from the World Cup. That is a low blow to our sense of nationalism. Barking up the wrong tree there.

      ” This is 2023, we are no longer living in the era where the idea of an Aryan race in Olympics was promoted not too long ago. ”

      2023 – 1936 not too long ago. I guess not too long ago is a matter of opinion. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? Since you brought up the victim card and World War II aggressors , both Japan and Germany did not spend the last 78 years playing the victim card. They didn’t use that as an excuse to sulk their way into third world status. Pearl Harbor did not work so Japan got back at the US with tape decks.

      My blog discussed internal racism, sports mortality , lack of diversity in sports and local apathy to our own athletes. Until then let’s join hands with the Malditas and sing !!!!!!

      1. “If we can’t adapt to international sports with players born and trained here then why do we belong there?” – Dogs

        It is not an issue of being belonged or not it is the participation in the family of nations as the ultimate goal of why we join periodic sports tournaments around the world.

        Like I said, you are looking on the issue with a biased – racially biased lens to accommodate your one-sided view that sports should be a racial thing.

        Well, I’m sorry there is nothing about skins or where you come from that is required in sports competition. All you have to be is be prepared, represent the country that sent you and spread brotherhood and peace in the process.

        What you are doing is expressing not your frustration for what should be right but your anger, resentment and fear of what should be done regardless of the absence of common sense.

        Get off your moral high horse and see things as they are rightfully meant to be. Our athletes, wherever they come from, whatever schools they studies from or language they speak has only one thing in their hearts and minds and that is to proudly represent their country as competently as they can in the highest order and bring honor to her.

        That is all what counts.

        1. They’re Not Filipino. Ancestrally yes, but Not Filipino. They are USAians. Are “African-Americans” Afrikan? Nope. They’re black Americans Po

  2. “I am the pinoy sports conscience.” – Dogs

    No, you categorically are not. You are a national denigrator dedicated to forever examine with your bias lenses the country’s effort to uplift and develop the Philippine sports in general.

    A conscientious observer, which you are not, examines and find ways to contribute, improve, rehabilitate or make better a situation for everybody’s benefit.

    1. There are posters who agree with me and posters who do not agree with me. Guess which group calls me names since they can’t argue with the premise of ” I guess pinoys consider themselves a football nation now.” .

      Why should I “uplift” Philippine sports when this piece merely exposes that something not produced and developed in the Philippines is considered a team representing the Philippines? Call me another name since that is your idea of uplifting. You had enough time & space to disagree with me. I didn’t shove this blog your throat but you are exactly the person I want to annoy.

      1. “There are posters who agree with me and posters who do not agree with me.” – gogs

        Doesn’t make sense. I’m not here to take note of who agrees/disagrees with me. I’m too secure for that.

        “…can’t argue with the premise of ” I guess pinoys consider themselves a football nation now.” – Gogs

        The problem with your premise is you assumed that we consider ourselves a football nation now. Nobody was saying that. Where did you get that idea?

        “Why should I “uplift” Philippine sports…” – Gogs

        Nobody told you that. Again, where did you get that idea? For the most part those who disagrees with you was just saying go slow on attack on our team. You may feel that it is not your team, fine, but you don’t have to disparage and belittle those people who are just trying to represent the country internationally and at the same time help improve sports in the country. What’s wrong with that? Or what’s wrong with you?

        “…you are exactly the person I want to annoy.” – Gogs

        If that is what your interest is, be my guest.

      2. Most pinoys cannot nor will not understand that the severe with their us colony (“Philippines”) is one of false pride, low mean IQs, laziness, and inability to think critically.
        This stolen valor sporty nonsense is yet case study in failipinology

  3. “Stop playing the genetic victim card.” – Dogs

    Genetic victims card? I was the one who says those who want to play for the country, regardless of whatever, are welcome. Where is the victim card regarding genetics there?

    You on the other hand expressed abhorrence to those you suspect that are not real Filipinos because of shallow reasons like they are not from here, they do not speak the language, they studied abroad, etc. All skin deep alibis just to give way to hate.

    1. As aptly stated earlier, these foreigners were recruited bc no other country wanted them.
      Then of course they pull the Pinoy power marketing thing etc etc even though they’re whiter than white bread and are Anglo raised. But all of sudden they’re spouting Pinoy power?! More nonsense to appeal to low average IQ pinoys and Americans who have Filipino ancestry—then chest thump their Pinoyness yet know nothing about the Philippines other than adobo and Salamat. Good night Irene.

      1. “As aptly stated earlier, these foreigners were recruited bc no other country wanted them.” – Alba

        I don’t know who stated that and I don’t believe your alibi.

        “…even though they’re whiter than white bread and are Anglo raised. ” – Alba

        So, you’re into color now? Can we just stick to football?

        1. It’s analogy. A metaphor. They are white, Anglo minded. Like “fil-ams”at heure Anglo Saxon -waspy raised. They are Not pinoys.

        2. “They are Not pinoys.” – Alba

          Sure, but what’s your point? Was there a violation in the FIBA eligibility rules? Was that raised by an opposing team? Tell me, where are you on this discussion?

          Look, Gogs, by his silence, could have finally realized that his allegations against players from other countries playing for our team may have been a misunderstanding on his part hence he no longer wants to push his agenda.

          I suggest you confer with Gogs so he could advise you to either to go on or just give up your cause because it is a losing one.

    2. Shallow reasons it is you who said:

      “Do we want pure local Filipinos who have no international exposure and experience composed of natives which may include pygmies, mangyans and other indigenous people that are pure blooded Filipinos who doesn’t have the capability to adapt to the physical demands of the sports?”

      I said this midway through my blog and if you totally fit the bill fine. Just say you are 1-2-3.

      The people who argued with me just proved my point that I was making. They are OK with: 1) no work locally regarding soccer 2) locals being excluded 3) Enjoying the fruits of the labor of the American institutions.

      How simple can I make it ? We don’t produce anybody born here and yet we feel entitled to be on that stage. Yet I am whatever you call me. I am not the one shunning players who were born here and went to school here. The PFF is. Yet they dress it up and you comply with the smoke and mirrors.

      1. I don’t know if anybody still remembers a team by the name of Northern Cement Basketball team in the ’80s. It was a program under former Pres. Marcos tasked to set up, finance, and develop the national basketball team to represent the country internationally.

        During that time all the best Filipino basketball players were playing in the PBA, the first professional basketball league in Asia. And with the decision by the International Basketball Federation allowing only amateur players to play in the tournament, the likes of Jaworski, Adornado, Paner, Webb, etc. were not allowed to play.

        In his desire to find a way to keep the Philippine basketball competitive on the international stage, without the country’s best players, Danding Cojuangco, the country’s project director for basketball decided to recruit American coaches one of which was Ron Jacobs.

        To fast-track the goal and success of the program, the first team formed in 1981 has eight American players that were eventually naturalized Filipinos.

        To his credit, Jacobs revolutionized the way basketball was played in the Philippines. He raised the level of technology in playing the game and turned every contest into a learning experience by showing how to win with science, hard work, team play and discipline.

        From that daring experiment the Philippines has garnered success which has benefitted basketball in general up to this day in terms of keeping in steps of how the game should be played.

        Naturally, like today, there were also detractors back then who rejects foreign players playing under the national color. That’s life. There are people who look at things on different angle than the people. There are people who sees the long term positive effect of acquiring technology in terms of coaching experience, techniques, game strategies and other factors that were available outside the country.

        And sadly, there are people who, for some reason, feels resentment and bad feelings looking at imports donning the national uniform. Imports that they feel were not part of who they are. I understand the feeling however I don’t look and think about just at the moment. I look at the steps being made to develop and improve the quality of sports in the country in terms of enabling us to be competitive in the near future. And that is the most important.

        1. I simply said the PFF in 2023 treats locally born and educated players as dirt. You have to go back 40 years ago. All the venom you spew towards me . You accused me of not appreciating the players. My blog is about why is the Philippine team has little to do with the country they represent. That is up to the PFF. All I ask is work for what you get. If you don’t work hard enough to get a team that qualifies then enjoy watching other teams play. I forgot you are all for a Philippines team that is .

    3. Who one doesn’t speak the language/s , was not born or naturalized n Ph, does not know the history, culture intimately, then how are they Filipino? Are they Ph immigrants hold visa status in Ph?!

      Or are They are USAian, Australian, Kiwi etc.?
      Then, They are not Filipinos. Ancestrally yes however —they are not Filipinos. Are 4th generation USAians in the Bronx New York Italians?! Mamma Mia! Krotch grab Getta da pizza …are they “Italian”? Of course not. Yes Ancestrally but they are not Italian.
      The failipines is bad comedy show.
      A very budget show about nothing. Failipinology-Case Studies

  4. No venom spewed on you just facts and common sense.

    ” You accused me of not appreciating the players. ” – Dogs

    I agree with you on that because that’s what you’re doing. You forgot that those people who came to play for us has to qualify, had to satisfy certain requirements. If you do not agree with them representing us, question the process of how they ended up as our representative.

    They did not barged in, forced us under duress saying that whether we like it or not they’re going to wear the country’s uniform and play for the us. No such thing.

    In other words, you are barking on the wrong tree. I’m not sure of your purpose, all I can see is you’re tying to present your self as nationalistic or patriotic but in a cheap way.

  5. I thought PH sports is largely about basketball? What happened? PH is a football nation now because of Pinoy Pride virus? That pride is just cringe.

  6. Matalino, Gogs!

    Now if I can replace all these sports-labeling with engineering, it would also serve the same sense.

    Keep it up!

    1. Or inorganic chemistry or physics. Naaah. Rapper musak, sports. And tushy shaking for a sexpats—don’t forget the great statesman ex boxer who used to punch people in heads for a living .
      Pinoy prides-get in that American war mongering jeepney and smell those fumey ride for the colonial imperialists

  7. All those “milestones” were singular. They got 1 win in their group, scoring one goal while allowing 8. Only team in the group with a negative goal differential. Finished last.

    I feel I have to say that because pinoys by nature do not follow football enough to understand the standings. – Gogs
    Really, you have to say that to cast aspersions and embarrass more every Pinoy who reads your article?

    You alleged we do not follow enough to understand football standings. Practically accusing us of ignorance on a game we have been playing since 1981.

    Congrats Gogs for a beautiful “objective” analysis on the status of football in the Philippines.

    1. Why should they be embarassed? I don’t believe pinoys follow Seria A or the Premier League or the league is Germany or even leagues in Asia. I mention in this piece the league “high” in attendance. No idea why they would be embarassed . There are pockets of fans of Real Madrid, Man U etc but all that will not add up to 1% of pinoy Lakers fans.

      1. “I don’t believe pinoys follow Seria A or the Premier League or the league is Germany or even leagues in Asia.” – Gogs

        See the holier than thou attitude there? You believe or not is irrelevant, Pinoy plays football and participate in international competition.

        “No idea why they would be embarassed.” – Gogs

        Of course, you have no idea why Pinoys, who you think are beneath you, are embarrassed. The empathy-free manner you treat them has completely made you blind to their relevance. Your disdain to them has made you not only critical of who and what they are, you simply hate the fact that they actually exists.

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