In April 2012, I published my feature on Juan Luis “Juani” Guirado. Albeit in his 30s, he was one of the newest additions to the Philippine national football team (Azkals) worthy of recognition and admiration. It was a great way to introduce him to the public as someone on the road to becoming a Philippine football legend, and four years and 38 caps later, he has inevitably become one in his own right.
I want to share the top three things I learned from Ben Bowra. I’ve written tributes in the past, and here I am again, back with another one. My best one yet!
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.
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.