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Football (EU/UK)/Soccer (Australia/US) Fever

What a pity the Philippines doesn't have a national football team. Every municipality and barrio in this country of more than 7,000 islands has a basketball court, but a football/soccer field is a rare sight. Its national sport is basketball, which requires a formidable height, i.e. average 6ft 7in (200 cm) for international players - that the majority of its citizens don't have). Whereas, Filipinos are resourceful, creative, hard-working, goal oriented and have a strong family/community/team spirit - qualities that make a football/soccer champion.

This coming Saturday (the 16th), 3rd day of the World Cup, it will be Australia - France; and there's going to be a party at home irrespective of the outcome of the match as we are both Australian and French citizens living in France. One of my family members, however, seems to favour France as he believes it'll fare better at the final stages. On the contrary, I will definitely cheer for the Socceroos because the Aussies occupy a special place in my heart.

I haven't met someone in France and Luxembourg (where I work) who thinks that the green and gold team will be the "vainqueur". Well, I always applaud and rally for the so called “underdog” and believe in the “David and Goliath" story. (With incredible support and financial rewards, France is definitely the latter. According to ''Soccer Laduma'', Paul Pogba is said to be earning £290,000 (328,892.95 EUR) a week at United, Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Kylian Mbappe on £262,000, and Ousmane Dembele on £220,000 a week. About 17,000 tickets have already been sold to the French fans on their way to Russia).

Nevertheless, go, go, go SOCCEROOS! We won’t be there but our thoughts and shouts of hurray and bravo will be with you.

Last week, the Socceroos won against Hungary (2-1) while France had a draw against the USA. As well, one dramatic aspect of the World Cup is that "One Never Knows (You Never Know)"...

Of the 23 Socceroos players, 9 are 30 years old and above; and this is very encouraging with the increasing global life expectancy and amazing. Thirty-eight-year-old Cahill is the most veteran and likely the oldest World Cup 2018 player; 36-year-old Jones is stunning; and the rest of them are simply gorgeous.

I look forward to wearing my gold and green (colours of a wattle plant native to Australia that has golden inflorescences and green foliage) outfit this Saturday.

Last but not least, having qualified for the World Cup is already a memorable achievement.
Socceroos, you rock and get to the top!


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