The Philippines, once again, proved supreme in the international scene as they emerged champions in the 2024 Real Madrid Foundation Clinics World Challenge held recently at the Valdebebas Training Ground in Madrid, Spain.

Represented by Filipinas San Carlos U-12 football team, the Negros Occidental-based booters clinched the crown in the U-12 category (silver group) after a 3-1 beating of United States of America-Blue team in the finals.

The Philippine representatives were composed of Under-12 players who are beneficiaries of the Escuela Socio Deportiva Sining at Pag-asa (SIPA) Program in San Carlos City.

Prior to their much-deserved title, the Pinoy booters also defeated USA-Blue, 3-2, before suffering a close 3-2 defeat to Canada-Blue, and was forced to a 1-1 draw by USA-White.

In the quarterfinals, the team scored a dominant 10-0 win over United Arab Emirates and a close 3-2 triumph over Turkey, while pulling off a 1-0 escape over USA-Purple in the semifinals.

Led by captain ball Christian Paul Limpio, the team is thankful for the opportunity to play abroad and won the title. 

“I am thankful to be part of this team and I am also grateful to those who made our participation in this tournament possible,” Limpio added. 

Also included in the delegation are SIPA Program Head Coach Jose Dennis Peñalosa, football coaches Jae Marie Abuan and Francis Roy Barcuma and San Carlos Development Board Executive Director Jose Miguel Valmayor.

Fundacion Santiago Executive Director Chaco Molina said they were delighted to have invited the Filipinas San Carlos U-12 team as they definitely displayed a good performance in the three-day competition.

The 2024 Real Madrid Foundation Clinics World Challenge is the third edition of the tournament which featured powerhouse teams from around the world to demonstrate football’s most prominent winning methodology and Real Madrid Foundation values.IMT Sports