Sometimes things occur in the world that simply put football into perspective. The events in the Philippines this week for instance spring immediately to the mind.
The devastating effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan have left the archipelago suffering with a severe humanitarian crisis, as well as a rapidly growing death toll.
Obviously our thoughts at HITC are with those affected by the disaster.
But despite the incidents back home the Philippines actually had an international friendly today against India away from home.
The subject of calling the game off, out of respect for the fallen victims was obviously entertained, but in the end it was decided by all parties that the game should go on and that they would try lift the nation with victory - and held a poignant minutes silence before kick-off.
‘’We are taking this match as part of our preparation for the Challenge Cup and also to pay tribute to all who died in the Typhoon.’’
Unfortunately they couldn’t win the game, but they did not lose, because another former Chelsea player scored what would have been surely a very emotional goal.
In fact it was Phil Younghusband, younger brother of James, who bagged the goal after Sunil Chetri had given India the lead.
The striker, who has now scored 35 goals in 54 caps for his country, was born in Ashford, Surrey, and played for Chelsea from 1997 to 2008 before leaving and returning to the Philippines.
Now he is a regular in the national team whilst playing for Loyola Meralco Sparks, for whom he has scored 40 goals in 33 appearances.
Before flying out he sent these Tweets in response to the disaster:
Praying for the Philippines!— Philip Younghusband (@PhilYHusband) November 8, 2013
Leaving for India in a bit. Feeling helpless at the moment with everything going on back home :(— Philip Younghusband (@PhilYHusband) November 12, 2013
And while of course absolutely nothing can help ease the pain and suffering in the stricken nation right now - perhaps just for one minute, when Younghusband scored, there was a brief moment of respite.
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