WORDS: Javi Moreno
Every four years, the world tunes in to the battle of the best footballers around the globe: the FIFA World Cup. This year’s host: Germany.
Prestigious teams built from players of the highest caliber, gather to slug it out on the football field with one goal—to win the World Cup.
This year the powerhouses still remain as forces to be reckoned with. Teams like Italy, Spain, Argentina, Netherlands, England, Germany, France, and of course, the reigning champions Brazil. Now however, teams relatively new to the international football scene, are emerging as threats to the classic titans. Teams such as Korea, who’s appearance in the last World Cup surprised the globe as they defeated the Spanish and Italians, Saudi Arabia who took first seed as the top Asian qualifiers, and even first timers, Ghana who are playing remarkably well in their World Cup debut.
Germany plays host not just to a tournament wherein footballers compete to win a championship, they play host to a great event, where nations are united as the world watches the teams that represent them battle for glory.
As an Asian, I feel proud watching Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia competing in this prestigious tournament. And the thought never goes away: that maybe someday, the Philippines will take part in the World Cup just like the Asian countries competing now. And maybe someday, we Filipinos will achieve worldwide honor and respect as one of the world’s greatest football nations. It’s not impossible.