Basketball and Soccer in the Philippines

Azkals Face Off 2 tickets

Azkals Face Off 2 tickets

I’ve seen a post about the goal posts that can be found anywhere in Brazil. These goal posts are not located in a big area with a lot of space for playing but is situated in places where amateur (or it might be pro) players can train or play. It showed me a face that is not common in my country– the Philippines.

What we have here in the archipelago are basketball rings. Yes, you’ve read it right. The Filipinos loved basketball. Almost every able man in the country knows a trick or two in the sport. The youngster find friends and build the so-called friendship over a game of basketball. While grown up makes it a hobby, exercise or pure leisure to dribble and shoot that ball. The NBA, renowned world wide for its fantastic games and fans, is also famous in my home country. The Filipinos loved watching basketball and though I’m not following every game in the season, I was informed (by my friends on Facebook) that Spurs won over Miami Heat today.

Brazil has its random goal posts for anyone to enjoy soccer whenever they want to; the Philippines has its own version of this love for a certain sport and it’s basketball. The Philippines has its own share of random rings around the country– not the professional type basketball rings but if they found a small space to dribble and some tall post or a tree to put on the ring, then a basketball game can be born out of it. Almost every school, college or university in the country has a basketball court but not everyone has a soccer field.

This is a little sad for me because I’m a soccer enthusiast. I love soccer over basketball and I know for a fact that soccer or football is not that famous in my country. But, I am certain that we are progressing in making this sport known to everyone. The Philippine Azkals, the national  soccer team of my country, is becoming famous. And its making the ripple effect as children and grown ups starts to learn and play the game. It’s the start. Last April 27, 2014, I was given a chance to watch the Azkals versus Malaysia game here in Cebu. Though the game ended with a tie, the excitement and enjoyment is still overwhelming. The whole place is packed with Filipino supporters and this is really a great start for Soccer to become famous in my home country.

Azkals vs. Malaysia 2014 at Cebu

Azkals vs. Malaysia 2014 at Cebu

Soccer Game Azkals vs Malaysia

Soccer Game Azkals vs Malaysia

 

Soccer fans in the Philippines cheering for Azkals

Soccer fans in the Philippines cheering for Azkals

Thanks to this guy for taking me to the Azkals vs Malaysia soccer game.

Thanks to this guy for taking me to the Azkals vs Malaysia soccer game.

The soccer fanatic in me is starting to be excited as the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicks off the final leg this June 12. I’ll try to watch the games and maybe shout my heart out to whoever would make it to the final round. Or, if a fairy god mother would arrive, a ticket to Brazil and to the stadium would be great. 😛

I’m not saying that we should abandon basketball but I’m suggesting that we should give soccer a try. They’re almost the same, though instead of your hands you’ll use your feet to dribble and shoot the ball. Sounds fun, right?

Are you the basketball fan or soccer fan? Or, you prefer other sports? Share. Share.

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