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8 YEARS !
Congratulations on a strong finish. The Malditas have clearly left AFF countries such as Indonesia, Singapore, and Laos behind. It is good to be the hammer instead of the nail. It was only last year that Laos was ranked ahead of us. A young team can often rise to the occasion and score goals. Unfortunately, they are prone to defensive lapses. More experience will fix that so the future looks promising for the WNT.
"Left behind" is a bit over the top. The WNT are now just like the MNT, heavily reliant on foreign born and raised players. Without them we're nothing!!
The last games against Indonesia, Singapore, and Laos? 6-0, 7-2, and 7-2 victories. When you beat a team by 5 or 6 goals in football, you are clearly a higher class of team. Yes, the Malditas rely on proud Filipina citizens who were born abroad. It may be true that without foreign trained Filipinas we may be "nothing". But we do have them so we obviously are "something". Just ask 55 ranked Iran who were on the losing end of a 6-0 beating. The Malditas are now capable of thrashing weaker teams. They used to be the team who endured those beatings. They still have to prove themselves with victories against Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, but they are no longer in the same class as Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia etc.
"When you beat a team by 5 or 6 goals in football, you are clearly a higher class of team."Point still stands... heavy reliance on foreign born and raised players!! Without them, they wouldn't be beating teams by such margins!For the record though, I'm not against it at all. In fact, scouring the US and Canada for talent should have been done years ago! But again, point still stands. The WNT has now needed to rely on foreign born and raised talent to raise their standards (or even just to maintain any sort of standards). The fact that Nierras went on record saying that this team, composed of a bunch of Fil-Am teenagers (as young as 15!) is better than the squad from 2012 says A LOT about the TRUE LEVEL of Philippine women's football. Therefore saying that the Philippines have "clearly left such AFF countries behind" is over the top!!
i think with a better goal keeper, a better strategy and defense system we even had made it closer to Myanmar (in don't say we might have won or so but at least to keep the game more open....)nothing against getting players for the WNT from US or Canada...they are all Filipinas.......and to improve the level in the Philippines they should finally invest some money in women football (starting a league etc. ).
You're kidding, right? That's a pretty sad way to measure success in a tournament. You dont measure it by how much you beat teams you should be beating anyway! Its like stealing candy from a baby! A win is a win and a loss is a loss. I highly doubt this team joined this tournament only to beat weaker teams. In fact, this can even be considered a failure if you judge it by how big the coach often talk everytime they head into a tournament, only to fall short each of those times. Until this team gets to the point where it can CONSISTENTLY beat teams they always lose to, it would be better if the coach just clamp it down...by a LOT!! He's already a large part of this team's failures.
Pretty much this!
Why is it so difficult to acknowledge that the WNT has taken a big step forward? They used to be the baby that got its candy stolen. Laos used to be ranked ahead of them. Now the test is that they have to consistently win the AFF and SEA Games before we can be proud of this team? The whole nation erupted when the Azkals beat the odds and defeated Vietnam. Apparently that would not be good enough for some people to support the Malditas. Sad.
@Anonymous 19 September 2013 00:38Who says people aren't acknowledging the WNT?! The thing is, you and a lot of other people like you have hyped them up way too much, before AND after a campaign!!Having said that though, it is kinda hard to acknowledge the WNT when they have such a stupid ass monicker!! I don't know what's more idiotic, street dogs for the men or bitches for the women. Now that's sad!!
I salute u malditas for giving yore best even if most of u dont born here yet u embrace the filipina inside you.... mabuhay po kayo..
They have taken forward steps, but accolades like those are typically reserved for teams that make significant breakthrough, like the time when the MNT beat Vietnam to advance. Otherwise I actually find it insulting to these women that they are being praised for failing to meet their objectives yet again. These players did not come to beat weak teams. They came to advance, and when a coach talks his mouth off making cocky predictions, it becomes a detriment to the team and generates dislike. A dislike, mind you, that is not fair to the these players since he is speaking on their behalf. Here is where you may be confused.....most people do not dislike the team, most people dislike what the coach is doing to the team.Here is how I see it. If a team cant win with weak players, cant win with average players, cant win good player, cant win with young players, cant win with old players.....guess what...ITS NOT THE PLAYERS!!!
Here's an interesting fact, by the way. In the world of sports, its all about winning and advancing. The Azkals did not have to win a tournaments to gain their praise, they won and advanced. And they did so without their coach making bold and cocky predictions. I think the worst thing that can happen to the Malditas is actually win a tournament, or even advance, because if the coach can mouth off that much without even winning, just imagine how much more it would be if he actually won. Such is the great paradox of this team, because these players deserve so much to win and advance.
Malditas. 2013 Viking Cup champions
And what a great win that was since he was in no position to make cocky predictions. No fool would make bold predictions whenever you play any club team in the US, especially one that has the stars of the football-crazy Mexican National Team and the GK of the Colombian National Team in it. In fact, it was that win that generated much of the recent popularity that the team now enjoys, from both local and foreign fans. Ironically, its also the win that inflated his ego even more to make such outlandish predictions heading into both the AFC and AFF tournaments.Here is the interesting part, he couldnt really stake much claim to that victory since the girls were already at the top of their games going into that tournament, having just come out of their respective college programs. His "system" hardly had anything to do with it. Cant brag about that, can you?The bottom line is, we are all Filipinos who want nothing more than to to see our national team win. Yes, even the so-called "haters" want that. They dont hate the team. What most people here hate is the cockiness unbecoming of our humble race. That, sadly is predominant with this coach. Do me a favor and look around some more. Most blogs and forums you will find that talks about the Malditas do not talk about their dislike towards the team and its players, its all directed towards their dislike towards the coach's oversized ego.If you notice, I never refer to him by name, because that would imply I dislike him as a person. I dont know Ernie enough to dislike him as a person. That wouldnt be fair. I have, however seen and heard enough to form my own opinion of him as a coach.I am a fan and a Filipino. If he is going to represent my flag, then criticism becomes my prerogative. If he is going to hold his players to a certain level of demeanor because they represent the flag, then we too should hold him to an even higher level of demeanor for carrying the same flag. Just because he is the coach and a major source of funding for the team, doesnt mean I cannot point to him as the elephant in the room. We all should expect more from our national team.Nice try though!
He's doing everything that he can, trust me, to get this team to a higher level. I'm sure he reads the comments here and I'm pretty sure he knows what's going on. Guy's been around and knows what he's doing. The way he does things is the way he does things. That's what makes him unique. Too bad you don't really know him.
Is it really that difficult to put a clamp on it and let the results generate the hype? If he truly believes in the team, then let the results generate the much deserved hype instead of him building it up only to come up short. The antics are getting too old and too predictable. It makes him look like he doesnt know what he's talking about, let alone foolish! It really simple..tama na yung yabang!! Let me remind you again that I speak of him solely as a coach, not as a person. Im sure he has a lot of redeeming qualities as a person, but thats not what this is about.Im glad to find that he reads the comments here. Because he need to know what it is about him that rub people the wrong way. And he should care, because these arent just people, these are people who would like to be bigger fans of the team but just cant get over his inflated ego.Whats truly sad is that he is interested in proving his critics wrong more than he is in leading this team towards great results. Just read or listen, after most wins, he never fails to mention how he is glad to prove his critics or his haters wrong. When they beat Iran, he talked much more about his 3-6-1 than the outstanding contribution his foreign players brought. Its all about proving himself more than the team itself. As a fan, I am dismayed. As a Filipino, I am deeply saddened that this is the state of our national team.
U guys should stop with ur skepticisms and criticisms cause it bothers us football fans. We are all winners everytime a nationall team succeeds. Win or lose, a true fan would keep loving football.
Ooooohhhhhh sorry!!! LOL!!!! It "bothers" you?!? I didn't know that in order to be a football fan you had to be a goodie-two-shoes! Whatever man....