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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Migrants score the goals that get the Philippines past Vietnam

And yet another reason why you need not live in the Philippines to contribute to your home country. Chris Greatwich and Phil Younghusband score the goals that secure our historic 2-0 win over defending champions Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup.



Wait a minute - Greatwich and Younghusband. Are those even filipino names, you say? Both are half filipino. Greatwich lives and coaches in the US while Younghusband lived in England all his life, and played with Chelsea, prior to moving back "home" recently. Wikipedia notes that "early in 2005, the Philippine Football Federation was alerted to Younghusband's eligibility by a mysterious gamer who allegedly found out about their lineage via playing Football Manager. He and his older brother, James, were eventually called up to the South-East Asian nation's football squad, amidst much fanfare."

We are increasingly getting more and more players into the national team who do not live and play in the Philippines. The same is true for our men's basketball team. It's probably the best strategy for winning. Our best players comprise of people who are abroad, lived abroad.

I will not go so far as to say that this means a good way to develop the Philippine economy is to let our best and brightest go abroad, but what I will do say is this: perhaps the most efficient way to make our Philippine team competitive is to let our brightest young stars go abroad, train there, and play there.

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