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Storylines to look at as Filipinas embark on historic Fifa Ladies’s World Cup marketing campaign

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Filipinas start their Fifa Ladies’s World Cup marketing campaign in New Zealand. –MARLO CUETO

Loads of storylines may come out throughout the course of the Philippine ladies’s soccer group’s maiden foray within the Fifa Ladies’s World Cup, specifically its efficiency, attainable breakthrough and questions as soon as the marketing campaign ends.

With their historic stint set to begin Friday, the Inquirer got here out with tales that might issue out throughout the course of the Filipinas’ keep in New Zealand—or if one thing magical occurs—and Australia.

FIRST GOAL

Philippine players celebrate a goal against Vietnam during the Women's Asian Football Federation (AFF) semi-final match at the Rizal memorial colliseum in Manila on July 15, 2022.

The Philippines’ Sarina Bolden celebrates a aim in opposition to Vietnam throughout the Ladies’s Asian Soccer Federation (AFF) semifinal match on the Rizal memorial colliseum in Manila on July 15, 2022. (Picture by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

It will likely be probably the most anticipated moments as soon as the opening whistle has been blown for the debut match in opposition to Switzerland in Dunedin on Friday. It might come from a Sarina Bolden strike, a Hali Lengthy header, or from unlikely sources.

However the high quality of opponents they’ll face Down Beneath might make the seek for that elusive aim a problem for the Filipinas throughout these three historic matches. These supporting the gallant women are hoping that gained’t be the case.

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BEST CHANCE OF WINNING

Switzerland and Norway are large favorites to roll previous the Filipinas when the latter faces the 2 European sides on Friday and July 30, thus the notion that New Zealand could also be the most effective alternative for coach Alen Stajcic’s squad to safe a consequence.

The Philippines took on New Zealand in September, with the Soccer Ferns taking a 2-1 win, however not earlier than the Filipinas led on the half on Bolden’s opener earlier than a penalty led to the equalizer and Ali Riley scoring the go-ahead aim late within the match.

Leaning on what transpired in Fullerton, California may very well be a difficult thought, since New Zealand not solely will play earlier than hundreds of supporters, nevertheless it opened the World Cup on a excessive by claiming a shock 1-0 victory over Norway on Hannah Wilkinson’s second-half aim.

However as they are saying, the ball is spherical.

SARA EGGESVIK FACES NORWAY

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Sara Eggesvik had a powerful debut for the Filipinas. —AFF PHOTO

The ultimate Group A match will probably be a novel scenario for the Filipinas midfielder. Eggesvik was born in Bodo to a Norwegian father and a Filipino mom who hails from Davao and had stints with Norway’s youth groups prior to creating her senior debut for the Philippines in 2022.

Eggesvik most likely had goals of probably going through a few of Norway’s finest gamers, just like the famend Ada Hegerberg. Now she will get the possibility to do this when the 2 squads play in Auckland.

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER/S

Regardless if it’s a storybook run or a string of lopsided defeats, no less than one or two will come out and get seen for no matter positives they’ll present throughout the World Cup run. Which will lead to alternatives any of the gamers, given the stage the Filipinas are in.

STAJCIC’S LAST DANCE?

Philippine women's football team coach Alen Stajcic

Philippine ladies’s soccer group coach Alen Stajcic. AFC PHOTO

The World Cup would be the tailend of the Australian-born coach’s contract which he signed in March 2022 after steering the Filipinas to a spot in historical past. There’s no query that retaining Stajcic will assist proceed no matter beneficial properties the nationwide group has made since accepting the position in late-2021.

A narrative from an Aussie outlet, nevertheless, steered that the Perth Glory, a males’s home membership within the A-League, is entertaining the prospect of tapping Stajcic as soon as his contract is up. Shedding Stajcic will probably be a giant blow to the Filipinas program, particularly with the Asian Video games and the second spherical of the Olympic qualifiers on faucet.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

Philippine soccer has been on a rollercoaster trip since 2010, when the Azkals shocked Vietnam within the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup. It triggered a renaissance, in addition to the eventual rise of the Filipinas on the ladies’s facet.

Moments just like the aforementioned “Miracle in Hanoi,” the World Cup clincher within the 2022 Asian Cup and the triumph within the 2022 AFF Ladies’s Championship are ready for an additional to hitch them on the unique listing. Will that occur within the World Cup?

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