When Coach Graeme left Global back in February 2012, I felt abandoned. It didn’t help that I saw the news of his resignation on the Internet. I was relatively new to football then, and he was like the grandfather I never had. I was definitely upset, but I understood his reasons for leaving. I wasn’t sure if I would welcome any coach into my life after that, and then I met Coach Brian Reid.
This is the unabridged version of “Football legends in Manila: Fabio Cannavaro and Dennis Wise,” an article I wrote for Philippine Star Supreme last Saturday, August 24, 2013.
I read “Let the U23 Azkals Play: An Open Letter to the PSC and POC” by Bob Guerrero, and it made so much sense. So in the same fashion as Bob’s piece, I’m writing a letter, but this time, I’m pretending to be one of the U-23 players, and this is my “journal.”
Brian Reid delivers more than a decade’s worth of football experience as newly installed Coach for Global FC. He may have grown under rule by monarchy, but his multiclub chronicles and European discipline make him the “Awrite! Yer guid!” choice as local commander. Former defender and now a full-time coach, Reid is just about Reid-y for his next challenge, braving the local football storm with Global FC. Global Force, prepare the bagpipes!
My FIFA Futbol Mundial experience was amazing and unforgettable! Sometimes you meet new people that you’ll never see again, and the next thing you know, they show you how football can reflect the society we live in. I think they just changed my life.
We don’t really need characters, but real players in the United Football League (UFL). Players that our children can look up to and admire should they choose to become professional footballers or simply fans of the sport. We want kids to play proper football—no cheating, no flying kicks, no nonsense.
On January 9, 2013, I was boxing up all my stuff at the office for a scheduled renovation when I stumbled upon something that reminded me of why I called Chris Greatwich intelligent about two years ago when I was complaining about Manchester United’s lack of a proper midfielder.