Let me give you a few reasons, from my perspective, why everyone should look forward to the 2013 AFC President’s Cup:
Global FC: The People’s Club
This is the first time a local team will represent the country in the AFC President’s Cup, a football competition for clubs for “emerging countries” in Asia. Not only is this a good indication that we’re taking football to the next level, but we’re also showing that we can already compete internationally. I believe that Global FC’s participation in the President’s Cup can significantly contribute to the promotion and success of the UFL as well, an opportunity that the league needs to get attention and recognition worldwide.
With only two foreign players allowed, Global FC will showcase its Filipino players and their potential. True, most of them are part of the national team, but that happens to be the case for the AFC President’s Cup teams as well, which makes this tournament a very tough and exhilarating one. This is not just about Global FC, but the Philippine football community too.
Travel Series: Global FC in Cebu
Cebu is always a welcoming place to play football. And it’s nice to see everyone working hard together to make the President’s Cup happen in Cebu. Kudos to everyone! The Queen City of the South is not new to having football games, and with the Cebuanos’ genuine love for the sport, the atmosphere will be perfect. Global Force Cebu, the floor is all yours!
Have No Fear, Juani is Here
Of course, Jason de Jong, Joshua Beloya, and Eduard Sacapaño are all great additions to the team, but Juani Guirado’s comeback is always going to have a special place in my heart. A true friend, my big brother, and an awesome defender, Juani left his extremely busy life in Spain to reinforce Global FC. The act itself shows how much he loves the sport, the team, and the Philippines. His quest to promote Philippine football is undeniable. You don’t become a great player like Juani without making sacrifices. Try talking to him while you’re in Cebu, and you will see what I mean. I think Cebuanos should take the opportunity to see him in action.
Big Ben in the House
This is the kind of guy you want to be friends with but never want to mess with on the pitch. Ben Starosta, a self-proclaimed pop star, is my weapon of choice on the pitch. One of the two foreign players chosen to play in the President’s Cup, Big Ben is someone you should watch out for. With his winning mentality and reliable play, our big mate will show you what it means to be bold and have balls.
Get Reid-y to Rumble
For the first time in Philippine football history, a local team tapped a highly experienced coach to train and prepare the team for the President’s Cup. Former Ayr United manager Brian Reid is definitely a legend in the making. With his vast experience and commendable skills, Coach Brian has improved the team in many ways than one. I cannot stress his value and importance; I can only admire it every day. I always enjoy his company; I always learn something new. Like Sir Alex Ferguson, he’s got a great eye for a player, and when he says something, it’s always worth listening to. He never fails to surprise me, and I hope he surprises everyone with his brilliant coaching skills.
Follow @GlobalFC_PHL for pre-match updates and match tweetcast. The matches, however, will not be shown live. Delayed telecast will be on May 15, 16, and 17 at 4 p.m. on Studio 23.
Tickets are still available at SM Tickets and at the Cebu FA office.
Kickoff is at 7:30pm at the Cebu City Sports Complex.
Pink, Yellow and Green area: P100
Red, Blue and White area: P500
VIP area: P1000