Ãngel Guirado makes history with Philippines national squad. C.D. Ronda player scored twice against Bangladesh and helps his country to qualify into AFC Challenge Cup for the first time. After, it talks about Guirado's story. How he was called by Hans Michael Weiss to represent Philippines, a summary about the matches against Myanmar, Palestine and Bangladesh and also about Philipinnes: the country, the national squad... Finally it says that if Guirado could score for the Azkals and contribute to make history, why can't he do the same for C.D. Ronda? C.D. Ronda, is right now 7th and needs to finish between first four teams to go through 2nd Division play offs.
MANILA, Philippines -- The newest Philippine Azkals team member, Filipino-Spanish Angel Aldeguer, is waiting for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) approval for him to suit up for the Nationals should they barge into the Challenge Cup Group Stage.
But even without the approval, Aldeguer said he feels like an Azkal already.
“Yes I am already an official member of the Azkals,” said the 6’2” Spanish-speaking striker through his cousin Rafael Garcia, who acted as his translator.
Aldeguer already has a Philippine passport and is raring to represent the country in the Challenge Cup Group Stage.
The Azkals will face Myanmar should they get past the Mongolia Blue Wolves in the second leg of the Challenge Cup qualifiers.
“We're just waiting for the go signal of the AFC if he could play against the Myanmar,” said Garcia who is incidentally, a brother of former Rain or Shine head coach, Caloy Garcia.
The Fil-Spanish is planning to take English lessons so he can communicate better with his team, composed mainly of Filipino-British and full-blooded Pinoy players.
The 26-year-old Aldeguer arrived in Manila last Tuesday and has been training with the Azkals since.
“He trained with the team already… He's happy about the team, the team really welcomed him. It's a very
competitive play,” said Garcia.
Born with ball on the foot
Angel Aldeguer during practice.
Aldeguer was born in Malaga, southern Spain to a Filipina mother, who hails from Ilagan, Isabela.
He’s been playing football since he was 6. “He was born with a ball on the foot already,” quipped Garcia.
He suited as a forward for Spanish third division Club Deportivo Ronda and also trained with Spain’s first division team.
Aldeguer said he has long dreamed of playing for the National team.
“When the opportunity came along, I took the opportunity… It's an honor to represent the country,” he said.
When asked about his team mates' chances versus Mongolia this coming March 15, Aldeguer said the only thing the Azkals should worry about is the Mongolian weather.
“He's hoping that the team would be able to adjust with the weather. But he has good vibes that the team will win,” said Garcia.
Free agent Guirado eyed by foreign clubs By Joaquin Henson The Philippine Star Updated July 07, 2011 12:00 AM 0 comment to this post
MANILA, Philippines - Fil-Spanish striker Angel Guirado said yesterday heâ€™s not renewing his contract with Spanish league Third Division club Ronda, opening the door to set up base in Manila and play in Asia where at least five countries, including the Philippines, are showing interest to sign him up.
Guirado, 26, has played five games so far for the Philippine football team, scoring three goals. The 6-2 forward is unbeaten as an Azkal. He suited up for the Philippines in wins over Bangladesh (3-0) and Sri Lanka (4-0) and draws with Palestine (0-0), Myanmar (1-1) and Sri Lanka (1-1).
Last Sunday, Guirado booted in the Azkalsâ€™ third goal over Sri Lanka after outmaneuvering the defense and eluding the goalkeeper in a display of ball wizardry. Teammate Chieffy Caligdong celebrated the marker by simulating a bull with two forefingers pointed up like horns on his temples and dancing around Guirado. At the end of the match, Caligdong rode Guiradoâ€™s back to start the victory parade â€“ a display of camaraderie between a homegrown Filipino and one of several Fil-foreigners in coach Michael Weissâ€™ squad.
Guirado leaves for Spain tomorrow and will be back here Monday with his Spanish girlfriend Rocio. The Azkals are scheduled to leave for Bahrain to open training camp on July 13 and will play Kuwait in a two-game World Cup qualifying series on July 23 in the Kuwaiti suburb of Hawalli and 28 in Manila.
Guiradoâ€™s cousin Rafa Garcia, who acts as his agent and interpreter, said he has received reports that scouts from Indonesia, Japan, China and the United Arab Emirates are closely monitoring the strikerâ€™s progress with the Azkals. There are offers to play for United Football League clubs in Manila but at the moment, Guirado is keeping his options open.
â€œItâ€™s not just the money that Iâ€™m looking at,â€ said Guirado whose mother Angela Aldeguer traces her roots to Isabela. â€œMy priority is to play in a high-level league where I can improve my game. Iâ€™m open to the idea of relocating to Manila where I have many relatives. Iâ€™ve always loved the Philippines and Iâ€™m looking forward to visit Boracay, Palawan and Isabela where my grandfather (Adolfo Aldeguer) lives.â€
Guirado said itâ€™s special to play for the Azkals. â€œYou canâ€™t imagine the feeling when I play for the Azkals,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m motivated to play harder because Iâ€™m playing for the Philippines. Thatâ€™s why at the end of our game last Sunday, I kept kissing the Philippine flag on my shirt.â€
Guirado said the Azkalsâ€™ hard work in a recent two-week camp in Germany to prepare for the Sri Lanka series paid off. â€œWeâ€™re a team and thatâ€™s how we win â€“ as a team,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s important for our team to be cohesive, for the players to know and trust each other. I know itâ€™s difficult to expect instant chemistry with players coming and going because of international commitments. But little by little, weâ€™re getting to where we want to be. Weâ€™re jelling. Our team is becoming firmer and more compact as a unit.â€
Guirado said the Azkalsâ€™ latest recruits have raised the level of talent in the team. He singled out Stephan Schrock, Manuel Ott, Nate Burkey and Paul Mulders as key contributors in the recent Sri Lanka series.
Against Kuwait, Guirado said the Azkals must be prepared to play a tough, physical series. Aly Borromeo and Schrock are barred from playing in the first match because of drawing two yellow cards each in the Sri Lanka series but Guirado said the Azkals will adjust.
â€œWeâ€™ll miss Aly and Stephan but weâ€™ve got to compensate,â€ said Guirado. â€œStephan has commitments in Germany so I donâ€™t think he couldâ€™ve played anyway. But I remember Rob Gier couldnâ€™t play a few games before and even if heâ€™s an important player for us, we adjusted. Weâ€™re getting Ray Jonsson and Jerry Lucena back for Kuwait so I think weâ€™ve got enough players to fill in.â€
Guirado shrugged off reports that Kuwait will try to use physicality to overpower the Azkals. Kuwaitâ€™s players are strong and muscular. Last Saturday, Kuwait crushed Lebanon, 6-0, in a friendly in Beirut and after the match, players from both teams engaged in a free-for-all that was stopped only after security forces fired gunshots into the air. â€œWe wonâ€™t back down,â€ promised Guirado.
With over 30 relatives in the gallery and a huge Fil-Spanish community cheering, Guirado played hurt and dished out a no-relief job last Sunday. Heâ€™s been quietly nursing injuries. His right eye took a direct hit from the ball at camp in Germany and for a while, his vision was blurry. His inner right thigh has a black-and-blue bruise the size of a small plate and his left knee is banged up. The pain and discomfort didnâ€™t stop Guirado from scoring one of the most memorable goals in his career.
â€œBefore Sundayâ€™s match, coach Weiss reminded us to work together in defense, to play as a team,â€ he said. â€œCoach motivated us to play hard for the fans. I am overwhelmed by the fansâ€™ show of support. I truly appreciate their faith and confidence.â€
Guirado said while he often jokes with Caligdong, he has no best buddy on the team because everyone is a close friend. After Sundayâ€™s match, the Azkals celebrated with friends, relatives and fans at the Manila Diamond Hotel then partied until 4 a.m. at the Robot Bar near the Manila Peninsula Hotel.
Guirado said heâ€™s slowly learning words in Pilipino and English. Some of his favorites are â€œI donâ€™t knowâ€ â€œmagandaâ€ â€œsaan ka pupuntaâ€ â€œmabutiâ€ and â€œsalamat.â€ Of course, he has also been taught the naughty words.
Guiradoâ€™s older brother Juan Luis, 31, may join the Azkals for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup Finals in Myanmar next March. He lives in Spain and is unable to take a long vacation from work. Juan Luis is still under contract with a Spanish league club. Next year, he hopes to accumulate enough days off to play for the Azkals.
Garcia said heâ€™s negotiating endorsement contracts for Guirado and Caligdong so theyâ€™re able to put money in the bank for the future.
It looks like we will be seeing Angel in Asia very soon. I am surprised he didn't try to get into a second division team in Spain. At least it will be easier for him to join the national team if he plays in Asia.
We might also be finally seeing his brother next year in March at the AFC Challenge Cup. By then, we would have an abundance of left backs with Ray Jonsson, Dennis Cagara, and Juan Luis Guirado.
"It’s good to have Filipino-foreigners in the team so that football in the country will create noise,” said Filipino-Spanish Angel Guirado as he responded to criticisms on the Philippine national team for having more half-Filipino players.
Born to a Filipina mother and Spanish father, Guirado admitted to having hard time finding a place to play football during his visit in the Philippines five years ago. His older brother is a professional footballer in Spain.
With the growing popularity of the Philippine Azkals, the 26-year-old footballer said the national team could recruit more local players once the sport is established.
The 6’3’’ striker who formerly played for Spanish league Third Division club CD Ronda said he wanted to inspire the Filipino youth and is willing to do anything to help develop football in the Philippines.
"It is a dream come true," Guirado said describing how he felt playing for the national team. He has so far played five winning games and scored three goals for the Philippine Azkals.
Guirado is still keeping his options open with scouts from Indonesia, Japan, United Arab Emirates and China, according to Guirado’s manager Rafael Garcia.
Aside from playing football, the Fil-Spanish player is eyeing endorsement deals and other commercial projects following the footsteps of the most popular Azkal Phil Younghusband.
Guirado said he is not interested in entering the entertainment industry. His teen star niece Coleen Garcia is currently making waves in the local showbiz industry.
The 18-year-old actress who arrived during his uncle’s press conference said that they are “very close” despite the language barrier.
She said she is trying to teach her "Tito Angel" who has visited her in the set of Showtime how to speak Tagalog and English.
Guirado is now learning Filipino. His favorites include “kamusta ka,” “saan ka pupunta,” “maganda” and “salamat.”
He will visit first his grandfather in Isabela before going to Bahrain on July 14 to train with the Azkals for the team's two-game World Cup qualifying series on July 23 against Kuwait.
"The rules of football are very simple, basically it is this: if it moves, kick it. If it doesn't move, kick it until it does."
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