‘Stats and Awards’
The Azkals wins all of its three games in the tournament, in the process scoring nine goals in three games, averaging an impressive three goals per game. They also only conceded only one goal, and saved one penalty shot in the three games.
In terms of awards, the Azkals sweep all of the individual and team awards, with Jeff Christaens wins “Best Defender”; Matthew Uy wins “Best Midfielder”; Dennis Wolf winning the “Golden Boot” Award with four goals in the tournament, with his first Hat Trick for the Azkals. He also win the “Most Valuable Player” Award of the tournament. Even Ed Sacapano got in on the act and wins the “Best Goalkeeper” of the tournament, conceding only one goal in three games, saving a Penalty Shot and having a Clean Sheet in two of the three games he played in. The Azkals as a team also wins the “Fair Play” Award.
The Philippine National Football team wins its first title in 99 years, with our last title having been won in 1913.
This team does seem to play with much better chemistry than the other Azkals teams I have seen before. They sustain their passing game much longer, and can be creative in the final half of the pitch. They simply play with much better teamwork out there on the Pitch. I guess Weiss finally found the combination of players he wanted, meaning those who are technically gifted in various aspects of the game, specifically ballhandling and passing, and one who work well together as a team.
Testament to that teamwork is that different players shone the best each game, at least for me. In the first game, it was Demetrius Omphroy. In the second, it was Dennis Wolf, and finally Anto Gonzales and Matthew Uy in the last game. It seemed the players took turns in shining for the team, resulting in true team effort.