Written By: Bill Christian Pacatang
Mr. Stephan Shrock, the German Football sensation and a proud member of the Philippine Azkals was voted as the InterAKTV Awards Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
Shrock's position is right back, but he also plays right wing in his club, Greuther Furth in Germany.
When you look at his performance for the Azkals, you can't help but to nod and say, "Yeah he deserves the award. No wonder he was hailed as the Athlete of the year."
He debuted for the Azkals vs. Sri Lanka, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. He didn't score, but he dominated the possession of the ball. His aggressive and persistence in making advance outlet kicks to James, Chieffy and Phil led to several goal opportunities for the Azkals. His tenacity and strong will to score a goal impressed the millions of Filipino Fans around the world.
Though the result of the first leg match between the Azkals and Sri Lanka was a draw, the Philippines still advanced to the 2nd round of the qualifiers because of their big win in th 2nd leg. They won against Sri Lanka, 4-0, but stephan recieved a total of 2 yellow cards, one from the first leg and one from the 2nd leg. But still, Shrock was a big part of that win. He was able to cement his name as one of the great players of the Azkals because of his fine performance in the 2nd leg or home leg against Sri Lanka.
Stephan is an example of a true Filipino athlete because he plays with his heart and he thinks of his fellow countrymen and the die hard supporters of the Philippine Azkals. For sure, he will be a vital part of the team in the years to come.
Cheers Shrock! Congrats!