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The legacy of Claret football through the years


NOTHING prevents an aspiring football team from preserving a rich legacy they have carried on for many years – not even a pandemic.

As the clock strikes three in the afternoon and other students exit their lessons, the players of the Claret football team head to the artificial turf for their daily training.

But with an ongoing pandemic, school-level sporting events have come to a halt. Claret’s lawn, once filled with players, is now empty. But the legacy of the program lives on.

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The Claret football program was created by priests Fr. Luis Rey and Fr. Santiago Gonzales, – die-hard Real Madrid fans – in the mid to late 1970s. But it would be coach Bob Salvacion who would transform the team. Quezon City School, in the heart of UP Village, a breeding ground for some of the Philippines’ respected football athletes and coaches.

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It was in 1981 that Salvacion, who played for the Magnolia club team, created the Claret football center offered to aspiring students who wanted to play football and prepare them for college and even professional leagues.

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Bigger than football

Coach Bob is described by his players as a strict, disciplined coach who has marked them even after they’ve already moved on to college play.

Michal Anicete, who now plays for Enderun College, describes him as a perfectionist during training sessions.

“[S]a mga trainings or game pag may di sya gusto papaulit nya, magagalit talaga sya kasi… parang ano sya perfectionist kasi gusto nya laging nasa best yung team nya ”, declared Anicete Spin.ph.

Anicete also mentioned the punishments given by Coach Bob as a way to discipline his players, such as the dreaded “jackknives”, an exercise used to strengthen the abdominal muscles.

Another dreaded punishment? Run around the field.

Coach Bob Salvacion with the Claret football team.

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“[M]insan nga hindi ka nya papalaruin eh or papaupuin ka lang nya sa tabi tapos manonood ka lang hanggang sa matapos yung formation or yung game. But that’s his way of playing para matuto yung, ”said Anicete.

Francis Tacardon, who now plays for UP, is grateful to train with Coach Bob because his methods have helped him get mentally tough in games.

“[K]Ahit anong pression yan, kahit anong mind games ng kalaban or ng teammates ko, hindi ako na-overwhelm dahil na-train na ako ni coach Bob, ”said Francis.

Coach Bob Salvacion with the Claret football team.

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Coach Bob is not only a disciplinarian on the pitch, but also off the pitch. Besides being a soccer coach, many players also see him as a life coach, transforming them into the people they are today.

Anthony Christian Uy said: “He is not only good at coaching on the pitch, but he also deepens and bond with his players to make sure they are doing well in their studies, diet and lifestyle. off the field. “

For many like Uy, Coach Bob has been both disciplinary and a father figure.

Liam Evangelista recalls that coach Bob would take two to three hours after training to sit down and discuss with his players the values ​​they can apply even off the pitch. In many cases, Coach Bob would go to his house and then talk to him one-on-one over dinner. The mentor even taught him how to eat well.

Salvacion took Claret football to new heights

Salvacion’s passion for sport is unmatched, his dedication is immense. Even beyond Claret, Salvacion is a major contributor to the development of sport, even at the national level.

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As a former president and commissioner, he led the Rizal Football Association (RIFA), the inter-school football league made up of 20 member schools, of which Claret is a founding member. Along with Mario Guison and Sugar Gutierrez, Salvacion is one of the pillars that helped establish the country’s largest and oldest grassroots and youth league.

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In addition to managing PFF Kasibulan’s first grassroots program in the 1990s, Coach Salvacion has been a mentor to the National Youth Team on several occasions. As a PFF Coaching Instructor, he has helped train and develop coaches nationwide. He is often labeled as a coach of coaches.

Among his former players who have also taken the reins of training are Aris Caslib – mentor of the Philippine Azkals and the University of San Beda football team which has won eight consecutive championships – Anto Gonzales, Franco Bambico, Carlos Santiago, Locsin, DJ Buendia, Eric Galang, Kale Alvarez, Andrew Santiago, Andrei Mercader, Esjay Urquico and Simeon Dalisay.

For those who have followed the football scene, many of these names are already familiar. Several of these coaches switched from Claret to the UP football team after graduation, swapping their high school turf for training in the university’s Sunken Garden.

Some notable names:

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UAAP Season 63 MVP Ariel Zerrudo, Anto Gonzales and Andrew Santiago – the so-called ‘Triple A’ – were part of the UP football team which won two consecutive championships with the 2000 school to 2002.

At the wings of the “Triple A” were Franco Bambico and Kale Alvarez who played with the UP Championship team from 2000 to 2001.

Ray Sanciangco, Harel Dayan and John Abraham were the latest players from Claret football who played a crucial role in the UP 2018 championship campaign to reclaim the title against the UST.

Another player, Jed Rances, who was hailed UAAP’s MVP and best defenseman of Season 71, played for the UP Championship squad in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Non-UP notables include Dodjie Locsin – currently coach of the Ateneo junior football team – who played for the University of Santo Tomas and received the UAAP Season 50 Rookie of the Year award, as well as Raymond Abo who now plays for Kaya Iloilo in the Philippines. Football league.

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Alan Africa, who played for Claret in 1982, was part of the New Jersey Metrostars training squad for Major League Soccer in 1994. He currently coaches Bay Area United boys U12 and girls U15 clubs.

Claret Football Girls

In 2011, despite being in a boys-only school, the Claret program opened its doors to aspiring footballers for girls who were the sisters of male kickers.

Sisters Monica and Maridona Anicete, as well as Rachelle Sancianco and Heart Uy were the pioneers of the women’s team. They were first coached by Jessica Lagman, a former player for the UP women’s football team.

Glyness dela Cruz, Michaela Maligalig, Adrielle Lee, Katrina Magbitang, Lenlen Cristobal, Elise Bo-o, Tricia Morilla, Vanessa Estrada, Cara Cachero, Isabelle Mercader, Alyanna Yatco, Jeri Facturanan and Patricia Lim have also strengthened the ranks of Claret FC- girls.

The team won 14 championships for the school, including the RIFA Girls tournaments, the Goal for Glory Cup and the 6th Copa de San Lazaro.

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These pioneering boteuses also got scholarships to top universities after their stint at Claret, while Estrada, who played with the UP women’s football team, is now a proud graduate.

Their coach, Alyssa Ube, is a member of the Philippines Malditas who recently made the AFC Women’s Cup qualifiers in Uzbekistan.

Claret the giant slayers

Trophies line the shelves of Claret, testifying to its formidable reputation as contenders.

In 2016, local Claret players secured the spot to represent Quezon City for Palarong Pambansa 2017, after knocking out seven-time FEU champion Diliman in NCR, 3-2, in the playoffs.

Burgundy football team at Palarong Pambansa 2017.

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The following year, the team represented NCR at the 2017 Palarong Pambansa in Antique, passing the Western Visayas, 3-1, to claim the gold medal.

In 2018, Claret won the 2018 NCRFA U15 Championship. Players Florenz Tacardon and Lorenz Mateo were named MVP and Best Forward, respectively.

That same year, Claret beat a familiar rival, Ateneo de Manila University in the Private Schools Sports Association, which was also a qualifier for the Palarong Pambansa Quezon City division. The Blue Eagles lost to the Roosters, 8-7.

Last year, the Claret football team were scheduled to represent Quezon City in Palarong Pambansa NCR meeting, but that was called off due to the pandemic. Claret again defeated Ateneo at the Quezon City Private Schools Athletic Association Championships in November 2019 to secure the spot.

Even during a pandemic, the program continues

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m., adults and seniors alike train virtually while Tuesdays and Thursdays are reserved for children aged 11 and under.

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Coach Bob Salvacion with the Claret football team.

Coach Bob continues to forge with the team, despite the challenges of the pandemic, with his nine staff members for the Coach’s team. Alyssa Ube continues to take care of the women’s team.

Trainings are now marked by the Onward Football program. According to coach Anicete, his goal is to continue the development of their players while face-to-face practices are prohibited.

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“We don’t want the foundations that have been built over the years to be lost. For us coaches, it’s about finding creative ways to keep our schedule going while we’re [in] a very unusual situation, ”Anicete told Spin.ph.

Each session held online is a technical training of one hour (one and a half hours maximum) which includes warm-ups, ball control, then a main activity where they practice the reactions to the game scenarios. The booters end each session with a return to calm and stretching.

Even though Zoom has replaced the familiar artificial turf on school grounds, Claret Football preserves a legacy it has built for many years.

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