MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Spanish Juan Luis Guirado Aldeguer, a midfielder who plays in the Spanish Division III team Lermeno of Burgos, may join the Philippine Azkals in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Juan, 31, is the older brother of Angel, an attacking midfielder who helped the Filipino booters advanced in the finals of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup last month in Yangon, Myanmar.
Azkals coordinator Patrick Ace Bright said team manager Dan Palami is hoping to get the elder Guirado, who could be a big boost for the national football team seeking a huge victory in their World Cup qualifying first-round match against Sri Lanka on June 29.
“We’re hoping that he (Juan) could process his Filipino passport in time for the qualifier,” Bright said Monday.
Rafael Garcia, cousin of the Guirado brothers who worked as interpreter for Angel when he was in the country, said Juan has not yet declared himself available for team because of his commitments in Spain.
Juan works as freight handler for Pepsi Cola Spain in the morning and plays for his team in the afternoon.
“There’s a 50-50 chance he would make himself available for the Azkals tryouts,” said Garcia who coordinates with the Azkals officials. “We have given him (Juan) until the end of April to process his passport in Madrid. But if he couldn’t do it, then that means he could not join.”
Garcia said Juan would be a huge help for the Azkals’ bid the same way Angel had helped the team in the Challenge Cup.
Angel, who impressed Azkals coach Michael Weiss no end, scored two goals in the Filipino booters’ 3-0 demolition of Bangladesh in the last of the three Challenge Cup group elimination round matches in Yangon, Myanmar. Source