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Wikipedia describes Coach Dooley as;

Thomas Dooley, born to a German mother and a U.S. Army father, started his professional career in 1984 with third division club FC Homburg. Prior to that, he had played as a forward with amateur team FK Pirmasens. He moved to midfield with Homburg and helped the team move steadily up the German leagues, until they finally reached the Bundesliga.
He moved to Kaiserslautern in 1988 and helped them to the German Cup in 1990 and the Bundesliga title in 1991. After the 1994 World Cup, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, and to Schalke 04 a year after that, helping them to the 1997 UEFA Cup title. At the end of the season, he made his move to Major League Soccer (MLS), signing with the Columbus Crew. Dooley would spend three seasons in Columbus, and was named to the MLS Best XI in both 1997 and 1998.

In 2000, Thomas was traded to the MetroStars for Mike Duhaney, partially to help support Lothar Matthäus' adjustment to the United States. Dooley played one year for the Metros before retiring from soccer altogether.
As US Soccer started to look abroad for players eligible to play for its national team in advance of its hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Dooley was discovered; he assumed US citizenship in 1992, and made his first international appearance on May 30 against Ireland. Dooley became a regular for the US almost immediately, being named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1993 and then playing every minute at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. After John Harkes was dismissed from the U.S. national team, Dooley was named captain for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and started every game for the U.S.On February 21, 1999, Dooley was given a send-off match by the United States in a friendly against Chile. He would end his international career with 81 caps and seven goals.

Now that we have a backgrounder on him, we could say that he has undergone a lot to reach where he was.  Battling the odds, from the lower ranked leagues, going up three levels each time to reach the Nationals, and even with a back injury, this did not stop him from achieving his dream of playing for a national team.

Now that he has coached the Philippine National Team, the Azkals, he has broken 11 records under his reign.  What used to be an almost forgotten sport in the country dominated by basketball, he placed football back in the sports map in the Philippines.

Having done that, he now could say Anything is Possible, a lecture that he gave at the AIM conference Center in Makati. He mentioned a number of steps to success but what struck most to this writer is the word Believe.  No matter what one must do, unless you believe, nothing is achievable.

It made me think of my priorities in mid-life, made me realize that anything is possible and achievable.  thanks Coach Dooley for being a great coach to the Philippine National Football Team, of bringing the country in the world football map, and giving us a slot at the Asian Cup.  Hope to see more of you in the future.

Currently the Teen Azkals Foundation Inc. is on the look out for young and able individuals to become part of the pool of football players they need in preparing for the World Cup eight years from now.

For more about the Teen Azkals Foundation, please visit their facebook page here

 Background excerpt of Coach Dooley from Wikipedia