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Malaysia vs Indonesia


Happy Christmas from the Azkals credit

I wish it is the Azkals that will play in this two-legged finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010. But alas, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee. Though I’m not discounting their historic run, there is really a lot to work on. I hope next year we will see something more from them and of course Philippine football in general.

You will not read here heart-wrenching analysis about the game (which will start tonight), the rivalry between the two nations or its history. I honestly don’t know anything much just that it will be an electric first leg in Bukit Jalil Stadium. The young Tigers have some scores to settle with the Garudas. 

I just really want to have an excuse to insert Anggun’s song Snow on the Sahara which is absolutely one of my favorites. I first heard it in highschool and I still love it. And she’s Indonesian.


So I guess this would mean I’m rooting for Indonesia? It will further increase the Azkals stock especially if Indonesia beats Malaysia by more than two goals. It meant the Azkals were the only ones who challenged them. Anyway, whoever wins wins. For livestream, you can check it here.

Chelsea FC and the Azkals


I don’t know much about football before November 2006 and I don’t pretend I know a lot now. Though I saw a few games back in college, I was never interested. I know some of the famous teams but that is how far my knowledge goes.

In November 2006, the Philippines hosted the qualifying games for the Tiger Cup which is now officially known as AFF Suzuki Cup. The team made a good run and I followed their games in Solar Sports. It was a wonder that they actually featured it. But of course, why wouldn’t they? We were the host country.

Two of the players that caught my attention were Phil Younghusband and his brother James. I saw Phil score some of the goals. There was one goal where he bend it like Beckham and James’s crosses were good. I followed the coverage and I was ecstatic that they actually qualified. When they got to the group stages, the team captain Ali Borromeo got injured. A pundit said that it was a big blow and I guess it was. They managed to nick a point out of Myanmar with a tie nil-nil. The tournament ended and I shamefully did not check what happened to them afterwards. There were no news coming from Pinoyexchange about their progress until this year where they surprised everyone.

Both the Younghusbands were still Chelsea reserves at that time. They were my first introduction to the English Premier League. I visited the website, watched a few games, read articles and forums to get to know the club. The biggest draw for me was Jose Mourinho. my labs (let me dream lol) I have collected wonderful quotations from him during his time at Chelsea. My most favorite which I text-messaged to my friends was “You have to try. If you fail, you fail but you have to try.” He had countless other memorable quotes like “park the bus”, “omelettes and eggs”, etc. You can read more here. http://soccerlens.com/jose-mourinho/ I was always on fangirl mode whenever he was interviewed.

I can safely say that I am a follower of Chelsea FC. I checked their standings, watched their games (if I have the time and the tv hehe). Supporter would be a big word to me because that would mean I go to their match games, buy their products, really watched their games live and all the other stuff supporters do. Some people might say I joined the bandwagon. Perhaps. But it wasn’t the golden peak of the club under Mourinho. I wasn’t there during their back-to-back Premier League titles.

In that 2006-2007 season, they won the double, FA and Carling Cup but they lost the league to Manchester United. I still think it was a good season but most of the spoiled brats out there think it wasn’t. The club or rather Jose Mourinho was under a lot of pressure from internal politics and eventually got replaced. But my heart belongs to Chelsea already. I even downloaded all their Podcast before, sent a letter and they even read it live in one of their episodes. haha. I was so happy. I couldn’t believe my ears. Sadly, I don’t have a copy of it anymore. I can’t find my back-up cd after all those years of moving around.

As for the Azkals, they certainly surprised a lot of people including myself. I didn’t expect that they would make it this far but they did. They got through the semis of the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup and will be playing against Indonesia tomorrow Dec 16 as their “home” game. I hope this will open the doors for football to take hold in this country. It’s going to take a while and a long time but I think the Azkals’ effort in this tournament will boost that. Cheers to them for playing in the football national team. Win or lose, it’s the Azkals we choose. 😀 I hope the livestream I’ll find tomorrow will be better compared when I watched the Myanmar game.

Rafa’s Career Golden Slam


Congratulations Rafa. Finally you have completed a Career Golden Slam. Vamos! I wasn’t able to watch your match because I was at work but I did check the Livescores. Happy to see you lift that trophy after doggedly fought for it in the last 3 years. Vamos!

Rafael Nadal’s Career Golden Slam


I am so happy for Rafa. He is absolutely on fire in this tournament. Everyone was looking forward for a Rafa-Federer Final. It would have been the first time they’ll meet in Flushing Meadows. But Novak Djokovic crushed all hopes of those fans. Not me though. All I care was for Rafa to be in the Finals. But credit to Novak, he really did well in this tournament especially during the electric semifinal match between him and Federer.

I was a bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to watch this game. It was originally scheduled on a Sunday but was delayed because of rain. I wasn’t all too happy with that. I would surely miss it because of work which I did. Hmmp. I only got to see the first set this morning but suprise another rain delay kept me from fully enjoying this match. Anyway, I went to work. Good thing is that I can access the US Open website or I would surely go insane. Haha.

When he was at match point, I literally stopped working. I wasn’t able to concentrate. It was a bit of a rally and I had to look over my shoulder a couple of times (managers might be looking) until it said 6-4 and Rafa was pronounced the winner. It would have been nice to see Rafa celebrate his win live.  I’m sure he would immediately lay on the floor as he has always done. I also wanted to jump for joy but no jumping and shouting allowed in the office so I just whispered Vamos and a fist pump to celebrate the moment.

The pictures from the match were awesome. Besides, I know there will be someone who’ll upload a copy somewhere. I only have to wait for it like this Trophy ceremony celebration in Youtube. I’ll settle for this for now. 🙂

There were also quite a few number of articles such as By the numbers: Nadal’s Career Slam, The Modest King, among others.

And of course, the ceremony wouldn’t be without Rafa’s trophy-biting tradition.

Australian Open + French Open + Wimbledon + US Open + Beijing’s Olympic Gold = Career Golden Slam.

Vamos Rafael Nadal.

Double Fault Pova


One word: Frustration.


It was really a painful match to see. She was plagued with 36 unforced errors and 9 double faults. Some of it on crucial moments of the match like on the 2nd set 3-3. Just as I was about to say that her service game had improved, she ruined it with a double fault which eventually gave Caro a 4-3 lead. That was one expensive free point. Oh well…

There are a few positives that I would take from this match. As usual, as much as she can manage it, she doesn’t want the opponent to win the match on her serve. So fiercely Pova. She really fought for it and won the game to make Caro serve it out for her win. Another was that Maria was willing to change things up a bit. She had a good net game. A statistic of 16/18 which is not what you usually see from a Sharapova game. She used whatever she got to get the points instead of just stubbornly slug it out from the baseline. She knew it will only tire her out. But the UE’s and DFs cost her the match really. 😦

That was the end of Maria’s run for the US Open 2010. I wouldn’t want to say that this was a very terrible year for her. You can say that she didn’t even reach QF on Grand Slam events but was able to win and also a finalist on other tournaments. Kinda counts as a terrible year. But I’m just happy she’s back playing coming back from that shoulder injury. She now had finished a full year so I guess they will work on her fitness and serve. Hopefully the shoulder will hold for more years to come.

Till next year. Vamos!

Chelsea FC: Barclay’s Premier League Champions 2009/2010


I’m glad we have cable connection this week. I’m able to watch the final game for the Barclay’s Premier League Championship 2009/2010. I’m a bit nervous about this match. Sometimes things could go wrong in any football match but I know Chelsea has the uber talented squad to win this. It was truly a fantastic game to watch. I enjoyed it a lot.

It was such a relief when Anelka scored early, around 4 minutes, coz it got rid of the jitters. Everyone was able to relax and not afraid anymore of messing it up. I didn’t expect that they would score 7 more and a hat-trick for Drogba, no less. Chelsea started a bit slow. In the first half, Wigan had a higher percentage of possession. Chelsea became serious and dominated the 2nd half. The team scored 6 more goals. What an outstanding, emphatic finish to the league. The team also set a new record of scoring 103 goals, the highest since the 1960’s I guess. Finally, the trophy went back to Stamford Bridge. Cech and Drogba won the Golden Gloves and Golden Boots, respectively.

I was glad to see the owner, Roman Abramovich, smiling and seemingly enjoying the game. It was fun to see his reaction when goals were missed or hit. He even joined in a Chelsea cheer. Carlo Ancelotti, the team coach won a big event in his first year in an English league. He was brought in because of the owner’s alleged desire to win the European championship in style. Chelsea wasn’t successful in that front but I am more than happy that Chelsea won the Premier League instead. Looking forward to the next season. I know that elusive Champions League Cup will come one day. I hope Lampsy, JT, Drogba, Ballack, Carvalho, Mikel, Essien, Cech will win it while playing for Chelsea. They deserve it.

There is still another game to look forward to before this season ends, the FA cup final against Portsmouth on May 15 at the New Wembley. I hope we get a double this time.

So congratulations Chelsea FC. Up the chels.

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion


Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion

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I’m just so elated. Rafa won his first Wimbledon crown after such a fantastic display of the best tennis final you’ll ever see. It was really pure madness. It was such a crazy, time-to-bite-the nails kinda match. My heart really took a damn good beating during the 5-set thriller. I thought it would end at 3rd set with Rafa’s momentum up and two sets already in the bag. But stupid rain delay. When play resumed, Federer claimed the 3rd and 4th set. He had to fight for it though. Each set went into a tiebreak and Roger has a very good record with these situations. I was feeling kinda down during the 4th set where he wasted championship points. But I was hoping it will not keep him from playing well. So on to the deciding set full of hope that everything will go right. I believe Rafa has the mental strength to bring himself back up and be interested in the play. And he did. Albeit keeping me at the edge of my seat. Fed was really firing aces, he didn’t just give up the crown like that. Quite unbelievable actually. The win could either be one of them. Damn those serves. But I was amazed at Rafa’s spirit and determination to keep coming back from a set down. Finally, he was able to broke Fed’s serve (no more of those) and had the chance to serve for the championship. That was his moment, his chance and he took it. 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7  Vamos!!! I’m so happy.

Nadal had matched the Bjorn Borg fantastic feat of winning the Grand Slams of Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back and had also prevented Federer surpassing the five titles in a row he collected between 1976 and 1980.

Congratulations Rafa! Well done!

Congratulations! Rafael Nadal, 2008 Wimbledon Champion



I’m just so elated today. Rafa has won his first Wimbledon crown after such a fantastic display of the best tennis final you’ll ever see. It was really pure madness. It was such a crazy, time-to-bite-the nails kinda match. My heart really took a damn good beating during the 5-set thriller. I thought it would end at 3rd set with Rafa’s momentum up and two sets already in the bag. But stupid rain delay. When play resumed, Federer claimed the 3rd and 4th set. He had to fight for it though. Each set went into a tiebreak and Roger has a very good record with these situations. I was feeling kinda down during the 4th set where he wasted championship points. But I was hoping it will not keep him from playing well. So on to the deciding set full of hope that everything will go right. I believe Rafa has the mental strength to bring himself back up and be interested in the play. And he did. Albeit keeping me at the edge of my seat. Fed was really firing aces, I guess that’s what really made him last that long. Quite unbelievable actually. Damn those serves. But I was amazed at Rafa’s spirit and determination to keep coming back from a set down. Finally, he was able to broke Fed’s serve (no more of those) and had the chance to serve for the championship. That was his moment, his chance and he took it. 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-7 9-7 Vamos!!! I’m so happy.

Nadal had matched the Bjorn Borg fantastic feat of winning the Grand Slams of Roland Garros and Wimbledon back-to-back and had also prevented Federer surpassing the five titles in a row he collected between 1976 and 1980.

Congratulations Rafa! Well done!


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I am so happy she did it on Finals day. She had so many injuries last year and wasn’t playing at her best. But she was on fire in this tournament. She beat Lindsay Davenport, Justin Henin and Jelena Jankovic in a convincing, emphatic fashion of superb tennis from her. Eventhough she didn’t play quite the way against Ana Ivanovic like the other three but she still did beautifully with her groundstrokes that stormed like rockets and forced 30+ unforced errors from Anna.

Road to Champion:

1R: W vs Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-4 6-3
2R: W vs Lindsay Davenport 6-1 6-3
3R: W vs Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-0
4R: W vs (11) Elena Dementieva 6-2 6-0
QF: W vs (1) Justine Henin 6-4 6-0
SF: W vs (3) Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1
F: W vs (4) Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-3

Sound Bites:
Q. You seemed really driven to win this title. You’ve done that. What now? Obviously you want to win other titles. Justine has been the dominant force the last six months. Would you like to achieve that sort of domination?
MARIA SHARAPOVA: Definitely. But I don’t think that I’ll — I don’t think that I’m quite physically and experienced enough to do that. I know I’ve already won three Grand Slams. I know I keep saying this, but I don’t think I’m at the peak of my career yet. I don’t think my body has 100% developed into its own. I’ve got many more things to learn, you know, in my tennis, and many things to build and improve.
That takes time. It’s not an overnight process. It’s something that I look forward to. No matter how many tough times or bad days I’m going to have, as long as I walk up in the morning and can’t wait to get that tennis racquet out of my bag, I’ll always be looking forward to improving.

“Champions take chances, and pressure is a privilege,” Billy Jean King had written in a text message that Sharapova saw when she woke up.

Congratulations Maria. You just officially inducted yourself in the “The-French-Open-title-is-now-the-only-grand-slam-championship-that-has-continued-to-
elude-me” club!