For the first time in recent history, the men’s Philippine football team made it to the playoffs of an international tournament. On Monday, March 19, the Azkals brought home a bronze medal after it bested Palestine 4-3 in the 2012 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup playoffs. The 3rd placers entered the tournament as underdogs but battled their way through the group stage and qualified for the semis. The Azkals’ victory is expected to further fuel interest in a sport considered to be ideal for Filipinos. Basketball, a tall man’s game, has been the one of the most popular sports in the country.