Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Angel Guirado signs with Spanish 2nd Div side Olimpic Xativa

Angel Guirado signs with Spanish 2nd Div side Olimpic Xativa
by rick olivares

Angel Guirado has just signed a contract with Spanish Segunda Division (Group Three) side Olimpic Xativa. Guirado had an acrimonious split with Indian club Salgaocar in the I League due to his playing with the Philippine National Team in the 2012 Suzuki Cup.

Guirado joins a Olimpic Xativa side that is currently in second place in the La Liga Second Division standings with a 16-9-5 record. The Group Three matches are all played in the Valencia area that is comprised of 21 teams. Huracan Valencia is ahead of Olimpic Xativa by two points 59-57 with a 15-14-1 record.

“The selection of playing for the Philippines was important to me,” explained Guirado who joins his 15th football club in a pro career that began in 2003. Prior to joining Salgaocar, Guirado played for UFL power Global during the 2011-12 season helping the team to a league title. For the Philippine National Team, he has scored eight goals. “We had an agreement with (Salgaocar) management for me to play with the national team. It is unfortunate when they change coaches they refused to honor the agreement.”

The Indian side was upset with Guirado’s absences and dropped him in favor of Brazilian striker Josimar Martins. Salgaocar dropped three of their strikers this past season due to varying differences that has seen the club drop to the bottom of the standings. Guirado scored two goals for the club in five matches.

“All that is past now,” added Guirado who will be arriving in the Philippines this Tuesday for a 15-day vacation. “I am looking forward to playing once more in Spain. I am waiting for the transfer window to make it official.”


  1. Thank you for this tidbit.

    This just shows how committed Angel is to the NT. Kudos mi amigo.

  2. Why doesn't he play in the Philippines instead? I am sure the pay will be better. Is it true that he doesn't like living here in the Philippines?

    1. his wife needed him in Spain. He's now married, remember?