Bohemian SC U10 concludes prestigious campaign against European giants

Despite being on the receiving end of lopsided results, academy representatives of Filipino football club Bohemian SC gained invaluable experience, exposure, and learnings after being pitted against youth counterparts from the world’s biggest clubs.

The under-10 tournament held in the Netherlands from June 1 to 2 put Bohemian SC in a group where they battled against very tough teams of the most storied clubs in Europe.

Bohemian’s first assignment in the first stage of the group phase came against Belgian club KAA Gent which ended in 5-0 loss. This was followed by a match against Dutch amateur club SAB Breda which could have been the Filipinos’ best chance to get a result but the fixture ended in a narrow 1-0 loss.

What followed are probably the toughest challenges yet for the young academy as they faced a massive series of humps against the U-10 teams of Europe’s giant clubs, first against Ajax Amsterdam which ended 5-0. Inter Milan followed where the Nerazzurri won 4-0. The first group phase ended for Bohemian facing West Ham United where the London club emerged with a convincing 6-0 result.

The second stage of the group phase followed with a rematch against KAA Gent. This time, the Pinoys were able to get a monumental 0-0 draw against their much fancied opponents. However, the momentum cannot be maintained as a 2-0 loss followed at the hands of Dutch club BSV Boeimeer.

Another closely contested match that ended in a narrow 1-0 loss has been dealt by Total Soccer Cayman before rounding Group Stage 2 with a 4-0 loss against another Belgian giant KRC Genk.

Bohemian SC, coached by former Azkals Jason De Jong, ended its campaign on a high note with a sole win during the classification match against Dutch side and tournament hosts Rood-Wit, scoring two unanswered goals.

The final was eventually contested by Ajax and West Ham with the former winning by a 4-1 scoreline. Both finalists were faced by Bohemian in the group phase.

The complete and official tournament results can be found in this link.

Photo credit: Bohemian SC Facebook Page

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Bohemian SC U10 team to compete against European giants

In a post via Bohemain Sporting Club chairman and Azkal Jason De Jong’s Instagram account that the club’s U10 academy will send a squad to compete in the Rood-Wit U10 tournament to be held in the Netherlands from May 31 to June 3, 2019.

The club have been drawn in Group 4 where they will battle it out against storied clubs such as Ajax Amsterdam [Netherlands], FC Internazionale [Italy], KAA Gent [Belgium], West Ham United [England] and a still yet to be confirmed amateur club.

Bohemian SC is currently experiencing a revival as a club. Founded in 1910, its football team have become the first to establish dominance in the Philippines’ early footballing history, garnering ten championship seasons from the 1910’s until the late 1920’s before folding in the late 1930s, just right before the second world war.

During its heydays, Bohemian SC featured two of the best players the country has produced – FC Barcelona’s Iloilo-born legend Paulino Alcantara, who played for the club during his stay in the Philippines [1916-18], and Virgilio Lobregat, considered as the Philippines’ best player next to the blaugrana great.

Around 2017 a plan to revive the club started which came into fruition in 2018 when Bohemian returned once again in the Philippines’ footballing landscape as an academy and a football school.

In a statement by current Bohemian SC chairman Jason de Jong (who has 48 competitive appearances for the Azkals) in a conversation early in the second half of 2018, the club aim to form a senior squad to compete professionally by the year 2020.

Currently Bohemian SC’s academy squads ranging from kids as young as U9, to teens such as U14 have taken part in different competitions both locally and within the Southeast Asian region.

As of late some of their academy teams have won the recently concluded Aboitiz Cup and the Agila Cup last December 2018.

But in 2019, the biggest milestone and challenge of the club from a competitive viewpoint is about to unfold as they compete in one of the best U10 events in the world, the Rood-Wit.

The Rood-Wit U10 football tournament will be held on May 31 to June 3, 2019 in St. Willebrord, The Netherlands.

Photo credit: Bohemian Football School Instagram account