Ok, it's 2014 and the AFC Challenge Cup is about to start. Sure I've been gone but that doesn't mean Azkal madness has deserted me! Keep checking here I'll be back with more stuff soon! And go Simone Rota!!
That's the first thing I asked myself as I initially heard the news a few days back. Then a troubling retraction of the event by an "official" Azkal website(who initially broke the news), saying: "We just wanted to check if people do read the website. And they do! You do! Sorry for the riot, let the real stories begin." Not exactly a fan winning move. Fortunately the team is once again scheduled to come to the Philippines, unfortunately it's because of a tragedy in the form of Typhoon Sendong.
There's a lot of things to be proud and excited about if your are an Azkal/Filipino soccer fan nowadays. When fans first heard that our national team member, best goal keeper and EPL player was about to begin his first starting stint with Fulham in a Europa Cup match, fans were in delirious ecstasy as if we ourselves were in Neil's shoes. Social media were abuzz about Neil's impending milestone. The first Filipino starting for an EPL club and first Azkal to play in a UEFA Europa Cup match.