The Philippines in general may not be a very big soccer nation but there are some soccer enthusiasts in the country who are willing to participate in tournaments for a good cause. Take the Homeless World Cup for instance, a global event that sees more than 60 nations gathered in a series of street soccer tournaments. Unlike the actual World Cup, where countries are only in it for national pride, The Homeless World Cup was initiated to bring awareness and opportunity to marginalized people from all over the world. Homeless men and women get a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent their country and become national heroes.
This year’s Homeless World Cup will be taking place at Capacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 19th-26th September 2010. And yes, the Philippines will be sending a team! Representing the Philippines are twins Hammid and Abdula Pasion (Laguna), brothers Mark and Lexter Maravilla (Quezon), best friends Michael Quinlat and Tonie Mark Arinal (Talisay City), Revect Lagardo (Manila), and Leopoldo â€œJun Junâ€ Aragon (Bacolod). To further inspire the players, the Team Philippines coach wrote a song called Bayani, whose lyrics talk of the change within the group and the courage and pride the team will take to the international tournament.
Team Philippines 2010 builds on the success of Philippine teams who took part in Homeless World Cup competitions in 2008 and 2009. The 2008 Philippine team finished 37th out of 48 nations in Melbourne, Australia, beating teams such as Rwanda, India, Namibia and Sweden. In 2009, the Philippine squad played to a respectable 29th place finish. This also landed the team the recognition as the best in Asia.
The Homeless World Cup project in the Philippines is initiated by Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation. Find out how you can be part of this unique and powerful opportunity to bring change in the communities and lives of people by visiting http://www.streetsoccerphilippines.com.