MANILA, Philippines – Balls Channel will give Filipino football fans a preview of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with a new 30-minute program, “Road to Rio,” beginning this Saturday, February 22.
“Road to Rio” is a football magazine program hosted by Philippine National football team captains Marielle Benitez and Aly Borromeo, along with football enthusiast and journalist Atom Araullo.
“Road to Rio” will take viewers through a history lesson of football’s biggest stage, including the legendary players that have delighted the crowd and their greatest plays and moments.
Benitez, Borromeo and Araullo will also give news and updates on the 32 teams that qualified to this year’s World Cup, their rosters, and the match-ups. They will also discuss the basic rules of football and the officials in charge of enforcing those rules on the field.
“I’m usually doing the news and it’s very serious and very stressful also,” said Araullo. “But I’m a big football fan, and I’m very excited for the World Cup. To be part of a show like this is a breath of fresh air.”
“We will cater to anyone who has an interest in football,” he added. “You don’t have to be a hardcore fan… If you have an interest in football, this show is for you. You’ll learn a lot about football and why it’s the biggest sport in the entire planet.”
Benitez, the team captain of the Philippine Malditas, said “Road to Rio” will help the Filipino football fans learn more about the teams competing in the tournament, so that by the time the World Cup rolls around, they can make their own predictions and form their own opinions about the squads.
“The shows bring interesting trivia, tidbits and teams to watch out for,” she said. “Pagdating ng World Cup, they know the teams, they know the players, and they can make their own predictions.”
Borromeo will serve as a match analyst in the show, something that he said he has dreamed of doing even as a child.
“I’ve always wanted to do this. When I was a kid watching games, I would be able to explain my point of view, but now I can voice it out to the audience… It’s nice to tell people about and explain about the sport,” he said.
“Road to Rio” will also explore the innovations in goal-line technology, the official mascot “Fuleco,” and the official match ball “Brazuca.”
“Road to Rio” will run for 16 episodes, and will premiere on February 22 at Balls Channel.