Ceres-Negros and Philippine Azkals team captain Stephan Schrock received the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Mr.Football award for his exploits in the year 2019.
Schrock received the award during the awardee ceremony last March 6th at the Manila Hotel, thus becoming a two-time Mr. Football awardee that he first got in 2014.
In an interview with CNN Philippines Sports Desk, a few weeks before he received the award, the Fil- German midfielder said, he is expected to get the award again.
‘’It makes me feel older [but] I expected it. I expected it from myself and the award speaks for itself. I expected to win the PSA [Mr. Football award],’’ said Schrock in the interview.
‘’The first time came unexpected but it feels familiar and very excited and looking forward to March 6th to get the award,’’ Schrock added.
Schrock joins Neil Etheridge, Misagh Bahadoran, Phil Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong and Ed Sacapano as past awardees of Mr. Football recognition from the oldest media association in the Philippines, composed of sports editors and reporters from print and online news organizations.
The year 2019 was a productive year for Schrock after being part of the Philippine Azkals squad that competed for the first time in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup. He scored the maiden goal for the Philippines in the Asian Cup during its Group C match against Kyrgyzstan.
Schrock was also part of the Azkals campaign for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which the squad is currently third in Group A with seven points.
He was also part of the U-22 squad as one of the underage players together with Amani Aguinaldo that competed in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
On the club side, Schrock was part of Ceres- Negros FC that lorded over the 2019 season of the Philippines Football League (PFL) and Copa Paulino Alcantara.
Ceres-Negros also competed in the qualifying round of the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup, which the club fought its way to the ASEAN Zonal semifinals but lost to Vietnamese club Hanoi FC.
He was named Best XI by ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) for his exploits in the past year.
‘’It’s tremendous, it starts very early, we have the Asian Cup, right back into Ceres with Champions League qualifiers, AFC Cup then the World Cup qualifiers for the Azkals again, [PFL] league, [Copa Paulino Alcantara] cup, right after the cup is Under- 22 in SEA Games. So I had 50 plus games last year,’’ Schrock reflects on his 2019.
Despite the busy 2019, Schrock is not thinking of taking time off from football.
‘’Not really a break, I took a break for three weeks, this is around Christmas. I am enjoying the competition [since] it keeps me sharp and fresh,’’ Schrock answered.
Schrock, already 33 years old, shared also that his family motivated him to continue his exploits in football.
‘’I have an amazing family, I had two sons – they are cute. They inspired me every day in keeping me focused and committed to what I am doing. I want to secure my family’s future with what I am doing and looking into two kids. I am very proud to have them [and] for my wife, she is doing a tremendous job in caring for us,’’ Schrock said in the same interview.