Retired International football superstar David Beckham once again visited the Philippines last October 13th to conduct a football clinic for kids.

Beckham held a football clinic at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City with the lucky kids as he was accompanied Philippine Azkals stalwarts Phil and James Younghusband, Misagh Bahadoran, Aly Borromeo, Armand del Rosario, Simon Greatwich, Jason de Jong and Roland Muller.

The clinic was organized by another Azkals stalwart Anton del Rosario, who is the founder of the Philam Life 7 Football League and was part of Beckham’s promotion for insurance company AIA Philam Insurance as a global ambassador.

“A lot of these kids are too young to remember me as a footballer, but I am sure their moms and dads have told them things about me as a player,”  said Beckham via ESPN 5 that was quoted in an article of the Manila Bulletin.

“It’s about setting the right example. It’s something that I really enjoy,” Beckham added.

This is the third time the retired English football superstar visited the country. He first visited the country back in December 2011 to be part of the Los Angeles Galaxy friendly against the Philippine  Azkals and scored one of the goals in a 6-1 win by the Galaxy against the Azkals at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

Beckham’s second visit to the country was back in February 2014 as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) goodwill ambassador to visit the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda(Haiyan) in Tacloban City.

“Embracing sports at an early age is a great way to build positive habits for a lifetime of health,” Beckham quoted in an article of CNN Philippines about being involved in sports at an early age.

“The most important thing for me is devices: put the gadgets down. [This is the] difficult part. You need to prepare yourself to sleep. I have to set the right time for my kids,” Beckham quoted in another article of ABS-CBN News as he shared a wellness tip that begins in having a proper sleep to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

Beckham played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Paris Saint-Germain in his 19-year professional football career, winning six Premier League crowns, two MLS Cup titles, a UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and French Ligue 1 plum.

He is still currently connected to football as one of the principal owners of MLS expansion team Inter Miami CF, which is set to play in the 2020 MLS season and has a 10-percent stake in English club Salford City FC that competing in League Two, the fourth tier of English Football system.

 

Azkals hold China into a goalless draw to share a point in World Cup/Asian Cup qualifiers

 

The Philippine Azkals put an exceptional performance to hold World number 68th China into a goalless draw and share a point in the resumption of the join FIFA World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers last October 15th at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

Returning goalkeeper Neil Etheridge put a superb performance at the backline to prevent the Chinese goals to found the back of the net with the Cardiff City goalkeeper put a clamp on the goals of striker, Wu Lei, who scored two goals in China’s 3-0 win over the Azkals in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group Stage in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Fil-British goalkeeper also foiled the attempt China’s team captain Hao Junmin to end the scoreless drought in the first minute of stoppage time as the shot went to the bar.

Mark Hartmann and Angel Guirado attempted to put the Azkals onboard during the second half prior to the attempt of Hao but their shots went for naught.

“I think it wasn’t just myself, but everyone on the team did extremely well today,” said Etheridge via Inquirer.net on the performance of the Azkals.

 “I think it was in my benefit,” Etheridge added referring to his experience playing for the Azkals and different clubs including Cardiff City.

“Some of the players looked up to me on how I was going to deal with situations. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to play at the highest level in the world. But the game today was proving to the supporters and the coach that I deserve to be in the starting eleven.”

“We are satisfied with the draw, we are pleased with the performance but we wanted to win. We felt at the end of the game, there were chances by both teams to win,” Azkals head coach Scott Cooper quoted in the article of the Manila Bulletin about the national team performance against the visitors as the Azkals recorded a second-best result between the two countries as the Philippines last defeated China, 2-1 back in 1919 Far Eastern Games.

The Azkals hold the solo third place in Group A with four points with China occupied the second spot with seven points and Syria is now solo leader of the group with nine points.

Up next for the Azkals is two away games as they take the Maldives on November 14th at the National Football Stadium in Male, Maldives then they will battlegroup leader Syria, five days later at the Rashid Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Quote sources:

https://sports.inquirer.net/369891/fit-again-neil-etheridge-delivers-epic-performance-vs-china

https://sports.mb.com.ph/2019/10/15/fifa-qualifier-azkals-hold-china-to-scoreless-draw/

https://sports.mb.com.ph/2019/10/14/david-beckham-returns-to-manila/

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/sports/2019/10/13/David-Beckham-football-clinic.html

https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/10/14/19/put-gadgets-away-david-beckham-shares-health-tips-in-wellness-summit