At the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Philippines fell into a fairly easy group with rivals China, Syria, Maldives and Guam.
China and Syria are rivals with not too superior qualifications, and Maldives and Guam are underestimated compared to the representative of Southeast Asia.
Before the great opportunity to pass the second qualifying round to win tickets to the next round and also a ticket to the 2023 Asian Cup, the Philippine football federation is determined to play big.
Accordingly, coach Scott Cooper and the Philippine football federation are planning to summon five players who are playing in Europe, including Michael Kempter, Jesse Curran, Elias Mordal, Raphael Obernair and Amin Nazari. They are all Filipino players.
These are all very prominent stars. Kempter is 24 years old, born in Switzerland and has a Filipino mother. He is playing for FC Zurich and plays as a central defender.
While Curran is 23 years old playing as a defender, was born in Austria and played for Dundee FC. The 21-year-old young talent Mordal, is a player with two Norwegian and Filipino blood, playing as a right-back for Brattvag IL club.
Obernair was born in Germany, played for SK Sturm Graz in the Swiss national championship and played as a midfielder. And the last star is Nazari, whose father is Iranian and mother is Filipino. He used to play for Sweden U21 and played for Thai-League 1’s Ratchaburi FC.
And for the above 5 players to wear the national team shirt, this country’s football federation is rushing to complete naturalization procedures. If the legal presidents are favorable, the above 5 stars will join the Philippine team in the opening match against Syria on September 5.