O Rei

May 3rd, 2006

It’s now 36 days before the FIFA World Cup 2006 kicks off in Germany. After four years, the whole world will once again focus its attention to the world’s most beautiful game where 32 National Teams compete in 64 Games for only One Prize.

Unfortunately unlike the rest of world, football is not much appreciated in the Philippines. While everyone around the globe is already struck with the World Cup fever, the Philippines is still stuck to developments in Pinoy Big Brother. Perhaps we can easily put the blame to our Yankee Legacy. I can only think of one reason why football is not popular in the Philippines – because it’s not Uncle Sam’s favorite game. Most pinoys adore Uncle Sam’s favorite games – throwing balls in the basket and invading other countries.

The only consolation we can get is that while almost everyone is not unfamiliar with the NBA, when it comes to football at least there’s still a few who knows about Pele no matter how trifle. This is the only thing that we share in common with planet football, the recognition of Pele as the undisputed and still reigning O Rei – the King of Football.

Here’s a video clip reliving the greatness of Pele playing the “Beautiful Game”.

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  1. May 4th, 2006 at 01:09 | #1

    I am really excited about this Sam and I can’t believe it’s so near. The last time World Cup was happening, I was in Manila revieweing for the bar exams and haven’t got time to watch. Now I ain’t gonna miss it for the world.

    That’s quite true about Pele. When I was very young, us kids didn’t really know what soccer is all about but we sure did adore Pele, and got some posters of him in our bedrooms.

  2. May 4th, 2006 at 03:38 | #2

    Thanks for posting that fantastic Pele clip .. soccer doesn’t get much attention here in the U.S. either, with the announcement of our World Cup squad barely getting any mention in the media

  3. May 4th, 2006 at 04:46 | #3

    actually, mas sikat ang soccer sa mindanao at visayas kesa luzon.:)

    go france! go japan! go brazil!:) iisang group pa man din ang japan at brazil. gawsh!

  4. Samuel Bilibit
    May 4th, 2006 at 11:32 | #4

    @Major Tom: Ilang tulog na lang Major Tom, World Cup na ulit! Yehey! Lets all sing together, Ole, ole, ole….

    During the last World Cup Bambit and I used to go to Makati Bars, mostly owned by Europeans, just to watch a live match. I hope this time World Cup matches will be shown live on TV, ESPN or STAR Sports.

    @Keith: Yeah, football in the US is treated like it’s a sport only for the kids.

    @BabyPink: I agree BabyPink, when it comes to Football in the Philippines, Mindanao and Visayas rules!

  5. May 13th, 2006 at 20:10 | #5

    Salamat sa pag-post ani! I can’t get enough of this!

  6. May 13th, 2006 at 20:16 | #6

    I was in Thailand recently and I’m amazed at how they can get crazy about football. It’s everywhere! Almost everyone plays it too. Instead of basketball jerseys worn at the malls, it football jerseys. I think I could pass as a Thai in my next life. :-)

  7. May 15th, 2006 at 01:17 | #7

    Rene, I bought from Bangkok all the football jerseys in my collection. Bangkok make fine and almost authentic replicas at a cheaper price. Indeed, football is very popular in Thailand. I once attended a conference in Bangkok where one of our afternoon session was postponed because a football final match is to be shown live on TV.

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