The Philippine is regarded as a basketball country because of the fondness of Filipinos to the sport. However, with the emergence of the Philippine national football team, another sport made a way to the hearts of Filipinos.
Also known as Azkals, the national football team became popular in the 2010s. Under the coach Simon McMenemy, Azkals made a history after qualifying in the AFF Suzuki World Championship for the first time. They defeated the defending champions from Vietnam which was helmed as one the biggest upsets in the sports history.
Aside from this achievement, Azkals also entered the semifinals of the AFC Challenge Cup and made the very first triumph in the FIFA World Cup qualification round against Sri Lanka, 4-0. However, the team from Kuwait ended the Philippine’s campaign after beating twice in the second round of the qualification games.
Some of the notable Azkals personalities who also made a name in the showbiz industry are Phil Younghusband, who has several TV projects and endorsements, James Younghusband, Chieffy Caligdong, and Stephan Schorck.
The latest campaign of Azkals in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup was a major upset after not winning any game against South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, and China.