Sabaldan: In Austral-Asia football rim, we are a lowly 7th-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
WE WOULD not be surprised if at the end of the first 20 years of the 21st century, the Philippines will join China and the Dominican Republic in the top 100 football-playing countries of the world.
That is not impossible considering that China was nowhere near the 169th spot in the 20th century after the industrial revolution of the country that is acknowledged to be the biggest in the world in terms of humanity.
We may even be wrong. But that is for the whole team to prove in the continuing works for international recognition.
Number 169 was our last FIFA ranking before Filipino-Germans Dennis Wolf and Stephen Schrock came into the picture and Hans Michael Weiss as mentor of what is now known as the Philippine Azkals national football team.
In the Australia-Asia football rim, the Philippines is in 7th place.
Japan is number one with a world ranking of 32nd, South Korea 40th, Australia 47th, China 95th, Korea Democratic Peoples Republic 114th and Thailand 142nd in that order. Hong Kong at 147th world ranking is 8th in Austral-Asia.
The Philippines is second after Thailand in South East Asia with Myanmar in third at 155th world ranking, Malaysia 159, Singapore 165, Laos 168, Indonesia 170, Brunei Darussalam which shared the 185th spot with Timor Leste and Cambodia 189th consecutively. All the rankings with modifications and highlights focusing on Asia and Australia are based on the official FIFA listing released June 6 this year.
We are like shooting stars with our present international ranking of 144th or 25 marks higher than the previous one in a very short span of time. Short in the sense that we had only our first humble win after a century in what is deemed an international championship in the Peace Cup. Our last championship being the 1913 Far Eastern Games or 100 years ago.
It was time for Dennis Wolf to shine as the Most Valuable Player with an excellent tournament with four goals including two in the 3-1 championship win against Chinese Taipei. Edward Sacapaño was rediscovered as the Best Goalkeeper. Matthew Uy shared the limelight as the Best Midfielder while the entire team was honored with the tournament Fair Play award.
In the meantime, Kadayawan football was one of the most successful events in the multi-layered festivities held under the auspices of the Davao City government, the military, police and the different private and public sectors to sustain and promote the king of festivals in Mindanao.
Other activities in the support programs including a dozen sports events will continue this week in the extended festivities at the different venues.
In a scale of 1 to 10, we would put the rating at 9 as the main festival celebrations of Indak-Indak and Pamulak Saturday and Sunday went on under overcast cloudy skies and without the occurrence of any major problems in the pre and post festival preparations including the multi-tiered security cordon. Very successful, as the main sentinel himself, Police Sr. Superintendent Ronald "The Lover" dela Rosa, describes it.
Dela Rosa was recently hailed as the country's Best Police Commission Officer for the second time by no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
As residents themselves are the main stakeholders of progress, peace and security, Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte mobilized the entire Association of Barangay Captains and the barangay police personnel down to the purok level to compose the three-tiered peace and order component under the chairmanship of Councilor Edgar Ibuyan.
Davao Beat: We are grateful to God, our people and visitors. – Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 19, 2013.