As the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is about to kick off, we take a look at football aspirations in an unexpected corner.
Philippines football is experiencing a high on the international stage.
It is the first time the national team has qualified for the Asian Cup after a landmark win against Tajikistan.
But domestically, the game is still struggling to gain traction in a country where basketball is seen as a national sport and football ranks much lower in terms of government priority.
Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reports.