Monday, February 7, 2011

Soccer and Star Wars: May the Footie be with You

Toronto FC fans call on Yoda to guide their team to victory  (image from
I'm a football fan and like millions of Filipinos, I'm eagerly anticipating the February 9 match of the Azkals (Philippine Football Team) vs Mongolia at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Never has football been this popular in the Philippines, after the underdog Azkals beat defending champs Vietnam 2-0 in their our turf in the recent AFC Suzuki Cup. That historic feat not only allowed the Philippines to secure a semifinals berth for the first time in the Cup, it also merited recognition from Sports Illustrated as one of the top 10 football stories of 2010.

I saw this cool photo on the net and ala Spidey's spider-sense, the Force in my veins tingled and told me to share this immediately with all you Carinderia patrons out there.

The connection between football and Star Wars have seen many incarnations through the years. Last year, in time for the World Cup, Adidas came up with a fantastic commercial starring football stud David Beckham, German legend Franz Beckenbauer, and rapper Snoop Dogg among others, recreating the famous Mos Eisley Cantina, scene.

One clever scene at 1:38 shows Greedo asking Becks at laserpoint: "So how long till you can play again? Jabba wants to make you an offer to play for his team. He saw you play a long time ago...for a Galaxy far far away..." Touche!

On February 9, May the Force be with the Azkals!

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