Azkals up close: James Younghusband

by Shiela, Reyes,

Posted at Jun 26 2011 12:12 AM | Updated as of Jun 27 2011 08:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – As one of the most popular members of the Philippine Azkals, James Younghusband still cannot believe that more Filipinos appreciate football now more than ever.

In an interview with, Younghusband said he started playing football back when he was 4 years old.

"My dad, he brought us to a local football club, we (he and his brother Phil) played there every weekend," he said.

Younghusband revealed that he decided to join the Azkals because it is his pride to represent his mother’s homeland in international competitions.

The Azkals midfielder revealed that his mom is from Malabon City while his dad is from England.

In the interview, Younghusband revealed that he also has a creative side.

"[Without football] I think I’d probably be a graphics designer," the 24-year-old midfielder said.

Get to know more of this football heartthrob as tells you more about who he is.


Personal information

Name: James Joseph Placer Younghusband
Nickname: James
Age: 24
Birthday: September 4, 1986
Birthplace: Ashford, Middlesex, England
Position in the Azkals team: Midfielder
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family or watching the playstation and hanging out with my girlfriend.
Start of football career: Started playing since he was 4



What leagues have you played in?
Just in the Reserve League of England, most leagues are in England eh.

If you weren't a football player what would you like to have been?
Hmm, I think I’d probably be a graphics designer or maybe a graphics designer.

What was you're most memorable game?
Most memorable game? It has to be the one in Vietnam (AFF Suzuki Cup) when we beat them 2-0.

What’s one thing that you hate the most?
Traffic. I hate traffic!

What’s the best thing that you like about football?
If you have any problems, you can play football and forget about them.