While at the Press Conference of the Copa Paulino Alcantara, Anton del Rosario spent a minute talking to FOX Sports Philippines about his return to professional football after a one-year break and the league which he spearheaded – The 7s Football League.
He has been a long-time play maker for Kaya FC in the now-defunct United Football League. He also featured in the FC Meralco jersey and has had a stint with Ilocos United FC prior to the team’s folding, not to mention that he was part of the Azkals team that achieved the epic “Miracle in Hanoi” that broke boundaries in Philippine football. Suffice to say that, Anton del Rosario has established his name well in the country’s footballing history.
But now, after a year of not seeing action at the professional football level, Anton is back and is suiting up for Global FC – a decision, which he says, is not difficult to do because he is doing this for his son, Myles.
“It feels good [to be back]. Actually, I had the [break] last year to be able to clear my head and do other stuff and get back to just enjoying the game and loving the game again. It makes me feel young and it feels great because it gives my kid something to look forward to, which is the main reason why I came back.”
Anton’s first game with the newly revamped Global-Cebu FC came on August 18th, when the Cebuano club took on Davao Aguilas at the Rizal Memorial Stadium that ended up with a 1-0 defeat – the club’s closest loss since they underwent a major overhaul.
“I am happy to be playing for Global, it’s a team that has done a lot for football in the country, done a lot in the UFL and now in the PFL so, hopefully, everything works out for the team. Hopefully we start getting our team together and start working together and get ready for the cup.”
While he was on a year break from professional football, Anton del Rosario became the proponent of the 7s Football League – a first in the country, on which its games are played at the McKinley Hill Stadium every Monday beginning at 7:30pm.
“Now that I have signed with Global, I’ll be more focused for my 7s league for organizing and coaching. It’s actually better for me because now I don’t have to worry about playing and now I could concentrate on marketing, growing the 7s football league and making sure that everything runs well. Hopefully, it all transitions from PFL and the 7s FL, we could share the media and be able to push and help football go on the right direction.”
Anton del Rosario is undoubtedly one of the names who has done so much to help develop and promote football in the Philippines, not only through playing the game, but also in putting up other avenues on which Filipinos can appreciate and support the sport all the more.
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