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Mika Palileo

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  • Hopes and Expectations

    I started the early morning of December 10 feeling tragically optimistic that Liverpool would somehow cinch a home win over Basel to proceed to the knockout stages of the Champions League. I ended up feeling sorrier for Steven Gerrard than for myself over a crummy 1-1 draw that saw Liverpool largely uninspired and lacking ideas. I started the evening of December 10 hoping against all hope that the Azkals would break their s...

  • Ending January with a Bang

    The last week of January was quite hectic, with two major announcements any football fan should look forward to. It started on a Monday, with shampoo brand Clear announcing its partnership with Manchester United. The two entities will be conducting the Clear-Manchester United Football Camp, essentially bringing the philosophy espoused by the Manchester United Soccer Schools to 32 promising young players culled from a nation...

  • Dreams and Realities

    My last vivid memory of Fabio Cannavaro was during the final of the World Cup 2010, right before the kick-off between Spain and Netherlands. There he was, beaming in a smart suit as he proudly paraded the trophy that he hoisted four years earlier as captain of the Italian national team.  (Well, it was either that or the Dolce & Gabbana underwear ads—can’t blame a girl for that. That’s the stuff of dre...

  • Of High Potentials and Legends

    If there’s one thing the public must know about the PHI U23s, it’s that these boys could put up a valiant fight and a great show. It’s a pity that the match last Sunday between these youngsters and the UFL All-Stars wasn’t televised—after all, the PHI U23s had a point to prove that they be allowed to compete in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December. They might be missing some more ...

  • The Men in the Arena

    Philippine National Team captain and veteran defender Rob Gier summed up the match versus Turkmenistan quite succinctly during the post-match press conference. “It was a tough game, it was totally, totally different from the Cambodia game,” he says, adding that the match versus Cambodia placed the limelight on the Philippines’ attackers.“(The Turkmenistan game) was all about the defenders. It just go...

  • Wet, Wild, and Everything in Between

    “I didn’t know this game was on my bucket list until it happened,” my friend Ron enthuses, as we were cheering on a group of ball boys and girls scooping excess water from the sides of the pitch at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Indeed, who would have thought that the Philippines-Cambodia match was one for the books? Hubris aside, an easy victory was expected, but the style and manner by which the Azkals had ...

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