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!
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.
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.