With Zinedane Zidane on the staff and his son now playing in the youth side and training with the senior players, that alone would be an incentive to meet and greet the great Real Madrid travelling contingent. Throw in that Jose Mourinho is the reigning Manager of the Year and Christiano Ronaldo is a prodigy that can inspire the youth here to an amazing level, and this is a recipe for success.
I had suggested another team visit the Philippines to play the best teams here but realized that the Spanish connection was a definite plus, rather than an English squad, and with Angel Guirado blossoming, it fits well. The historical ties between the Philippines and Spain go without saying and I'm thrilled to hear about this development for the future of Football in the Philippines. That Barcelona was not first choice is fine with me!
Francis Santiago wrote Real Madrid to play Azkals? on the site PhilAzkals.com and here is a short excerpt from that article: “We have already talked to them about how much it’s going to cost and the arrangements. But I don’t know yet about the calendar. So it’s really very preliminary,” Pangilinan told reporters Wednesday night at the Meralco headquarters in Ortigas."
Manuel V Pangilinan, or MVP is the PLDT Chairman and a great supporter of sports in the Philippines. His impact is indisputable and bodes well for the development of futbol in the Philippines over the next decade!