Filipino teen representatives Juan Miguel Basmayor and Catherine Bradborn snared silver and bronze medal, respectively, in the 10th Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) recently held in Munich, Germany.
Basmayor and Bradborn were part of the teams that notched podium finishes in the concluding tournament at the Sabener Strasse.
Basmayor is a national juniors football team mainstay and currently plays for De La Salle Zobel while Bradborn is a rookie in the Pampanga-based squad Luenthai FC.
“The kids at the camp were competitive. They all played to make their country proud,” said Basmayor.
“But I had to make sure that despite our cultural differences and the language barrier we understand each other. We speak the same language when it comes to football,” he added.
Bradborn, admittedly a greenhorn in the sport, was inspired to push through a career in football especially to become a goalkeeper.
“I am only new in the game unlike Basma but my advantage as a goalkeeper is my height. I have not seen girls who play football with the same height,” said the 16-year old 5-foot-9 female footballer.
The two joined 54 other young booters aged 14 to 16 years old in the five-day camp that provided the kids with world-class training.
According to Allianz PNB Life official Bernadette Pantoja, who guided the Filipino youngsters, the participants attended three training sessions led by World Cup winner and seven-time Bundesliga champion Klaus Augenthaler.
The kids also met the club stars in Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Oliver Kahn, and went to the Allianz Arena to watch a live match of Bayern versus Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire, which features former Munich backline stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Ivy Tapiz, a third representative from the Philippines, won in the camp’s robotics activity Tapiz’s robot was chosen to be launched in the stratosphere by accomplished Italian robotics teacher Valeria Cagnani.