AFTER its 4-6 upset against Slovenia during the opening day of the ongoing 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris, France, the Philippines bounced back with two straight victories.
The Rudy 'Aburudz' del Rosario-mentored Filipino squad survived close games against Ghana and the United States. The nationals defeated Ghana, 3-2, and humbled the Americans, 4-3.
The back-to-back victories of the Philippines landed the squad in second place with the US which sports a similar 2 wins and a loss record. Top spot goes to group leader Netherlands with an defeated record in two outings.
At press time, the Filipinos are scheduled to meet Netherlands and Switzerland as their last assignments in the elimination stage.
After the elimination stage, the top three teams from the group will progress to Section 1 (Groups A-D) while the remaining teams will be categorized under Section 2 (Groups E-H).
In the second group stage, the tournament continues with eight groups (A-H) of six teams each which will compete withing their respective groups in a round robin format.
Once all the group games have been completed, the team’s final positions for the last phase of the competition will be determined.
In the last stage, the Trophy stage, teams will be divided into six cups – Homeless World Cup, Dignity Cup, City Cup, Host Cup, Community Cup and the INSP Networking Trophy.
Determining the positions in these six cups will be based on the outcome of the second stage. The top two teams in Groups A-D will progress to Homeless World Cup while No.3 and No.4 in the same groups advance to the Dignity Cup. The No.5 and No. 6 teams will proceed to the City Cup.
On the other hand, teams from Groups E to H will battle Host Cup (top two teams), Community Cup (No.3 and No.4) and the INSP Networking Trophy (No.5 and No.6)
Last year, the Philippines won the Host Cup after beating Norway, 4-3./JSG
Philippines clinch victory over a hard working Croatian side
Croatia beaten by Philippines' clinical finishing
Photo by (C) Bethan Mobey
PHILIPINES 8 – 5 CROATIA
Philippines clinch victory over a hard working Croatian side.
A large crowd watched a pulsating match unfold in blazing Paris sunshine.
Croatia went close within seconds, a powerfully driven shot from Damir Balaban coming back out after hitting both posts.
The Philippines took the lead within 2 minutes when Janrick Soriano swept in the first goal of the match. Croatia almost hit back immediately but a great save maintained the lead.
Soriano made it 2 – 0 soon after when he calmly slotted in a penalty. The Croats pulled a goal back through Tzvetan Naydenov but Soriano completed his hat trick finishing a slick counter attack.
Naydenov made it 3 -2 after some excellent Croatian passing and the Europeans were level seconds later when Vinko Omerovic’s well struck shot hit the back of the net, Philippines promptly netted a fourth to make the half time score 4 – 3.
Philippines started the second half quickly and scored 3 unanswered goals in succession, Soriana bagging a brace and John Celiz also contributing.
A beleaguered Croatian side struggled to contain the Filipino side’s quick passing despite some heroic defending the match ended 8 – 5.
Victorious coach Rodolfo Vicente Del Rosario was delighted with the result:
“We’re very happy with the result, all our hard work in training is paying off, the boys are having the time of their lives at the tournament”
Guys I couldnt resist this feel good story. More power to these guys, BRAVO!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011 Fair Play: Let's all take a ride with Team Jeepney DID you catch the circus in the Senate two days ago? When the dirty laundry of Philippine sports was revealed in the Senate inquiry?
Yep, there is much to be desired in the way the NSAs, POC and the PSC are set up, but that doesn’t mean everything’s bad in Philippine sport.
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Take for example the Homeless World Cup team of the Philippines. Nicknamed Team Jeepney, the squad, coached by Rudy del Rosario, is making waves in Paris, earning three wins in five matches so far.
After losing to Slovenia, 6-4, the team beat Ghana, 3-2, USA, 4-3, Switzerland, 8-2, before losing to the Netherlands, 5-2.
Not bad, eh?
What is impressive, too, is that last year, before the Azkals hit the collective consciousness, the team won the Host Cup—one of six trophies in the tournament—over Norway, 4-3.
Sometimes, it’s a cliché to say teams are already winners just by joining a tournament, but for this team? That’s an apt description.
Consider this bit of news that was plastered in the Homeless World Cup page a few weeks ago.
Virginia Sienes, who has been looking for her son for nine years, finally found him, after a relative saw her son Bert getting interviewed on TV, wishing to meet his family before he leaves for Paris.
“Ikaw ba si Wenok?” the mom asked during that emotional reunion.
“Opo,” Bert answered.
From the report, “Like a password for a magical place to be opened and on cue, they embraced each other and tears flowed on their faces and all Bert could utter was ‘Mama,’ over and over.”
Yep, Bert, Jeffrey Guelas, Jeffrey de Castro, Janrick Sorinao, Michael Rojo, Aljhonn Loui Matulac, John Celiz and Ricardo Padilla are winners. So too are coach Rudy and the men and women behind the team—our national team that isn’t a national team because of the POC-PSC set-up.
But, definitions be damned, this is our Philippine team, our national team!
Dan Palami is in Paris, too, to support the squad and here’s what the man posted in his Facebook page.
“Tonight, God had a funny way of reminding me to be thankful for the blessings he has given me. I promised to take the Homeless World Cup team to dinner in a restaurant here in Paris. So, dressed smartly in their signature shirts and jackets, we went to the place they had all been wanting to go to.... KFC. Next stop... Starbucks.”
Yep, like Sir Dan, I thank God for small miracles.
Record participation as 72 teams are announced for the Mexico City 2012 Homeless World Cup.
The 10th anniversary of the Homeless World Cup annual tournament will take place at the historic Plaza de la Constitución, Zócalo, from 6- 14 October 2012.
Nations competing at the 2012 event include reigning champions Scotland, hosts Mexico, 2010 winners Brazil and teams from as far as Australia, Ghana and Japan. They will be joined by a number of debut teams including new Homeless World Cup partners Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Moldova; also Vietnam and Pakistan.
The Women’s Homeless World Cup held simultaneously with the main competition will feature home favourites Mexico, former champions Brazil and two tournament debutants in the form of Hungary and Nigeria.
Mexico City 2012 Homeless World Cup (56 nations):
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Wales, Zimbabwe.
Mexico City 2012 Women’s Homeless World Cup (16 nations):
Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Hungary, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Paraguay, Scotland, Uganda, USA.
Mel Young, President Homeless World Cup said: “We are delighted to build on the momentum of our first decade with a tournament that welcomes the highest number of players in our history. In these critical times, it is more important than ever that we continue to spread awareness to combat the global issue of homelessness.”
Team Philippines to the Homeless World Cup lacks funds, stint in danger Karl Decena, InterAKTV · Friday, July 13, 2012 · 5:22 pm
Qualifying for the biggest football spectacle, the World Cup, is a daunting task for the Philippine national men’s football team.
But for a bunch of homeless kids representing the Philippines, qualifying for the 2012 Homeless World Cup in Mexico in October is not a problem. Getting there, however, is a different story.
“Wala kaming single centavo to go to Mexico,” said coach Rudy del Rosario, also a former national team member. “Wala pa talaga kaming pondo.”
Money has always been a problem for the team, which always struggles to finance its trip to the annual tournament. After all, it is hard to lure sponsorships for teams participating in an event such as the Homeless World Cup. Unlike the regular World Cup. where football superstars around the world compete in globally televised matches, the Homeless World Cup features orphans, street dwellers and children without homes who struggle to survive everyday life.
In the past, this hasn’t prevented the team from competing — and even excelling in the tournament. After joining for the first time in 2008, the Philippines finished 26th out of the 69 nations in the 2012 tournament.
The results of the competition go beyond the pitch. A study conducted after the 2007 edition in Copenhagen, Denmark, found out that 93 percent out of the 381 homeless participants declared that they had a new motivation in life, 29 percent found regular jobs, and 38 percent improved their housing situations. Over 100 children also addressed their drug or alcohol dependencies.
Members of the Philippine team has not been spared of this kind of positive impact. Mark Maravilla, a member of the 2010 squad, will take over the coaching duties for del Rosario in October. His brother and fellow 2010 member Lexter Maravilla played with United Football League champion Global FC this season, while other former HWC participants like Janrick Soriano, Abdula and Hammid Pasion, Revect Lagarto, Leopoldo Aragon and Mark Rosales have also seen action in the United Football League.
Del Rosario has been busy trying to raise funds to help the team for this year’s campaign. Recently, Jeepney FC, the football club he organized for current and former members of the team as well as other street children, played in a friendly match at the Manila Polo Club two weeks ago as part of the Philippine Spanish-friendship day.
It was a way of trying to find sponsors and donors for the team. “I asked for a donation from the organizers but I still have not heard from them since the friendly,” he said.
Aside from the lack of funds, the team also faces another problem. Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation, Inc., the group the originally organized the team, elected a new set of officers this year, which delayed the squad’s process of picking its members. The Homeless World Cup decrees that new players represent each country this year, so del Rosario and his crew conducts multiple tryouts all over the nation annually to find new players.
“Dati three months before, meron na kaming team,” del Rosario said. “We have to start again from scratch.”
But the clock is ticking. As much as the team may want to participate in the prestigious event, things are not going their way. Del Rosario said the group will decide on July 31 if they would still pursue playing this year.
For del Rosario personally, he has no problems about skipping the tournament. After all, the team can still join next year, which could help them prepare better. But he feels sorry for homeless kids whose lives could have be changed this year.
“Sayang naman,” he said. “Opportunity rin ito that we must not waste.”
Team Philippines to the Homeless World Cup gets boost after friendly match Karl Decena, InterAKTV · Tuesday, July 17, 2012 · 9:21 pm
Members of the Philippine team to the Homeless World Cup are now optimistic about their chances of pursuing their stint in the global stage after playing in the Copa MAPFRE Insular friendly match as part of the Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day festivities last June 30.
Coach Rudy del Rosario said that MAPFRE Insular Insurance Corp. has already vowed to support the squad in the 2012 Homeless World Cup in Mexico in October.
“No concrete amount yet, pero andun na yung commitment,” del Rosario said, adding that they will be meeting with MAPFRE officials soon to finalize the details of the agreement.
Despite problems about funding their campaign for the upcoming 2012 Homeless World Cup, del Rosario and players of the Homeless World Cup team buoyed Real Jeepney FC in a charity match against La Roja de Manila, a team composed of members of the Spanish community, to a 6-5 victory at the Manila Polo Club.
The friendly match was organized by Fundacion Santiago and was sponsored by MAPFRE Insular, KIA Cars, and CeMex.
Since first joining in 2008, the Philippines has performed well in the Homeless World Cup, ranking 26th out of the 69 participating nations in 2012. Some members of the team also improved their lives after playing in the tournament, such as Mark Maravilla, who will be the coach of this year’s squad. Other former HWC players have also seen action in the United Football League, such as Janrick Soriano, Abdula and Hammid Pasion, Revect Lagarto, Leopoldo Aragon, Mark Rosales and Lexter Maravilla, who played with champions Global FC this season.
Established in 2003, the Homeless World Cup is an annual tournament that aims to change the lives of less fortunate children by gathering them in a football event.
Well they are lacking sponsors Missing out - The Philippine Homeless Team could skip this year's Homeless World Cup ROY MOORE July 30, 2012 11:37am
The Philippine Homeless World Cup may miss out on this year’s tournament. A lack of sponsors means they may well be forced to skip this year’s event in Mexico City and go to the 2013 tournament instead.
In an episode of For the Win, director of the Philippine Homeless World Cup Team, coach Rudy Del Rosario, told the show that the Philippine team is in trouble as they look to participate in the street football tournament later this year.
If Rudy’s name sounds familiar that’s because Del Rosario used to play for the Philippine National team and was part of the squad that shocked Malaysia back in 1991 with a 1-0 victory. Fast-forward twenty years and he’s scouting the country for the best local football talents – players who happened to live on the streets.
The Homeless World Cup
The tournament started over beers between the Scottish social entrepreneur Mel Young and Austrian Harald Schmied. Working with the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) the tournament started in 2004 as eighteen countries participated. The Philippines joined in 2008 with most of the players came from the Tuloy sa Don Bosco and Nayon ng Kabataan foundations. They finished thirty-seventh out of fifty-six teams.
The Homeless World Cup uses the street football format where teams are made of four players, a goalkeeper and three outfield players, and the small pitch – 18x22m – is surrounded by a wall which can be used by players. Games are fifteen minutes long but the small pitch makes the games very intense and scores often reach double figures.
As for eligibility, players who have already played cannot join the next year as the purpose is to give them a once in a lifetime opportunity and experience, as they then get scholarships and apprenticeships to find permanent work and find a new life off the streets.
In 2009 the Philippine side improved their ranking to twenty-ninth out of forty-eight teams. A year later in Rio De Janeiro, the Philippine side won the Host Cup, which meant they were the best team in the bottom half of the tournament.
Winning the Host Cup
Given a tough group with eventual winners and runners-up Brazil and Chile, as well as Italy, the Philippines were knocked out of the top half and into the second half of the sides. However that was the last time they lost as they won the next group stage with victories over South Korea, Sweden, Argentina and Norway. The team then defeated Germany in the quarterfinals and Finland in the semifinals. A 6-2 victory saw them reach the final of the bottom half, where they went up against groupmates Norway.
Rudy’s face still showed the emotion of the moment as he relayed the story of how the Philippine took a 3-1 lead but then faced a nervous last five minutes as Norway brought the game level at 3-3. With two minutes to go, the Philippines took the lead again and held on for the win.
Coach Del Rosario describes the game as “the longest fifteen minutes of my life” but beams with pride as he sits next to now the captain of the Rio side, Mark Maravilla. Maravilla has now taken over as Head Coach of the Homeless World Cup as they look to build up the next set of players to represent the Philippines from the previous group – paying it forward.
P1.5 million to reach Mexico City
Rudy told FTW that the latest incarnation of the team would need roughly P1.5 million to reach Mexico City to participate in this year’s Homeless World Cup. The year before, Global FC and Azkals manager Dan Palami stepped in to save the day, but this time around things are proving more difficult. In return for sponsorship, however, the Homeless World Cup does offer marketing opportunities and Rudy gave his email during the FTW episode for potential sponsors to get in contact.
One saving grace for the team may well be that the best finish for any Asian side was Indonesia, which placed sixth in 2010. Their team couldn’t finance the trip in 2009 so the team skipped that year and it gave their players another year to train together. All their players were also HIV positive, which gave a new angle to the story as they finished the best of any Asian side. The worst case scenario for Philippine team, then, could see the side skip a year and while it would give the team though it would mean eight other players couldn’t experience that once in a lifetime opportunity.
This leaves the Homeless World Cup team with a short time to reach their target, with the tournament to be held later this year. Time is running out, but the team is hopeful that there will be a last minute Samaritan to save the team and generate some brand opportunities in the process. - AMD, GMA News
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine team may not make it to this year's Homeless World Cup in Mexico City in October, as the team scrambles for funds and sponsors willing to support their campaign.
The Philippine squad is among the 54 teams who have confirmed their participation in the 2012 Homeless World Cup, but they may end up missing the tournament entirely as they still lack the funds needed to go to Mexico.
“The most immediate concern is the airfare,” said Team Philippines director and head coach Rudy del Rosario. “It’s the biggest bulk of the budget, so that’s what we need right now.”
"All we really need is to get the team there, and the host city, which is gonna be Mexico City, will take care of everything," Del Rosario added.
Del Rosario said anyone – individuals who want to help or even large corporations – can donate to the team’s cause through their website, emphasizing that the Homeless World Cup is a great program that can truly help poor Filipino children.
"It uses street soccer as a tool for change. Since getting in the program two years ago in 2010, I've seen it happen to our players – the change that takes place in them," said del Rosario.
One of the players who has seen his life change for the better thanks to the Homeless World Cup is Mark Maravilla, who was the team’s captain when they competed in Rio de Janeiro in 2010.
"Last year in Paris, he was our assistant coach," said Del Rosario, adding that Maravilla will be the team's head coach if they make it to Mexico City this year.
Del Rosario, as the program director, tours poor communities and orphanages around the country to look for children who show promise in the sport of football.
"We select 20 of the best players from all over, send them here for our final national try-outs, and in this case it's gonna be on August 11 in Alabang," he explained.
"From the 20, we cut them down to eight, and those eight players will be the ones representing the country in the Homeless World Cup," Del Rosario added.
Del Rosario said there have been "some interest" in helping the team get to Mexico City, but they still need more help once the competition itself is over.
"There's an after-care program, and that's the reason why we conceived putting up the Real Jeepney FC," he said.
Real Jeepney FC is a team that competes in the Weekend Futball League, with many of their players being "graduates" of the Philippine Homeless World Cup team.
"After they play in the Homeless World Cup, they can go play for Jeepney in the WFL," explained Mikee Carrion, Real Jeepney FC’s assistant coach.
"After they compete, these eight players, it's our responsibility to give them opportunities in employment, in continuing their education or in continuing their football career," added Del Rosario. "The Homeless World Cup is their stepping stone."
Since 2009, Team Philippines has been steadily climbing the rankings in the Homless World Cup. They are now ranked at 26, ahead of teams from Argentina, Croatia, Belgium and Greece.
Del Rosario and Carrion are hopeful that this year's squad will make it to the tournament in Mexico City, especially as both coaches have seen first-hand how determined the children were to compete.
"I was part of the panel last year, and you can just see the kids, the dedication they have, the devotion to being in the team," Carrion said. "It's a dream for them to make it to the World Cup... For them, it's a dream and they can apply those values to life as well."
KIA Cup to raise funds for Philippine Homeless World Cup team ROY MOORE August 3, 2012 3:04pm
The Philippine team for the Homeless World Cup saw a boost to their chances of joining the tournament this year as the KIA Cup, organized by Green Archers Coach Hans-Peter Smit, will give all their entry fees from teams to the Philippine Homeless squad in order for them to reach Mexico later this year.
On September 1 and 2, the return of the KIA Cup will see two days of action with the addition of a youth division to the competition. Held at the Ayala Alabang Country Club, the first day is reserved for the youth teams in a seven-per-side tournament, while the second day will see the adults male and female teams compete to win cash prizes in the competition.
With several UFL teams and their academies joining, the competition will be fierce as it allows the chance for teams to compete against some of the best in the Philippines in each age division.
Talking about the tournament, Coach Hans said that “this is a yearly event by Columbian AutoCars, makers of KIA with their commitment to the development of football. This year, since the Homeless World Cup are having problems raising funds, we decided what better way to assist [Coach] Rudy [del Rosario] and his team by making the KIA Cup a fund raiser for them? We will be donating all proceeds from the Entry Fee's to them!”
By “we,” Coach Hans speaks of himself, Avellana and Associates’ Joey Avellana, the PFF and Azkals’ Dan Palami, the Ayala Alabang Country Club, Columbian Autocar President Gina Dominga, and marketing head Boying Soriano, as the ones organizing the tournament.
Coach Hans, who is overseeing big change at the La Sallian-based Green Archers UFL side as the Technical Director, added that “The first year of the KIA Cup was only for the Open Divisions in the Men & Ladies but this year since we need to help the Homeless World Cup, we had to make it also for the youth. But then again I really wanted to open it up to as many divisions as we can to promote the sport even more!”
With the competition aiming to promote youth development and grassroots football it will provide a platform for many teams to showcase their skills. The tournament follows the rise in grassroots football across the country with the sport continuing to grow in popularity.
Youth Division September 1 (Saturday):
18-U: Boys born 1994 - 95 (16 teams) 17-U: Girls born 1995 - 96 (12 teams) 16-U: Boys born 1996 - 97 (16 teams) 15-U: Girls born 1997 - 98 (12 teams) 14-U: Boys born 1998 - 99 (16 teams) 12-U: Mixed born 2000 - 01 10-U: Mixed born 2002 - 03
Adult Division September 2 (Sunday):
Men's Open (48 teams) Ladies Open (38 teams)
All UFL teams are invited, with cash prizes for the Top 4 teams in the Open Division (12 players a team )
Youth Division - Php 2,500.00 Open Division - Php 3,500.00
For those interested in joining the competition they can reach Coach Hans at 0917-8034367; 0918-9071327 or 0922-4267 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE ARE THE PLAYERS AND COACHES OF TEAM PHILIPPINES TO THE 2012 MEXICO HOMELESS WORLD CUP:
TOP ROW: 1) ARTHURO "JAY-AR" ESTUARIA (LEVERIZA, MANILA) 2) RAYMOND INTENDEZ (MANILA BOYS TOWN) 3) EDDIE ALIVIO (DON BOSCO BOYS' HOME - LILOAN, CEBU 4) RALLY "JACKO" WAPSON (DAGUPAN, PANGASINAN)
SECOND ROW: 5) JERWIN PAPIONA (SAMAR-LEYTE CENTER FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION, TACLOBAN) 6) KALVIN PANARES (DON BOSCO BOYS' HOME, LILOAN, CEBU) 7) NICHOL JOHN JARDIN (TAYABAS, QUEZON) 8) JOHN PAUL CORDERO (SAMAR-LEYTE CENTER FOR CHANGE FOUNDATION, TACLOBAN)
LAST ROW: HEAD COACH: MARK MARAVILLA (LUCBAN, QUEZON) ASST. COACH: JOSELITO PIMENTEL (CAINTA, RIZAL)
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