Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from UCFC


Bienvenido Marañon becomes a Filipino citizen

One of the most esteemed foreigners to grace Philippine football can finally suit up for the country in the international arena.

Bienvenido Marañon is the Spanish-born forward who currently plays for four-time Philippine champions United City Football Club. And he is now a Filipino citizen by virtue of Republic Act no. 11570.

Ako ay Pilipino,” posted the newly-minted kababayan on the social media platform Twitter with the hashtags ‘#labanpilipinas’ and ‘#puso’. He also added a photo of himself in a United City training kit with the Philippine flag as the background.

The 5-foot-8 winger has taken the Oath of Allegiance alongside the submission of documents that prove his fulfillment of the aforementioned requirement. Now, the Philippine Football Federation can now start the process of notifying FIFA, the world governing body of football, of his change of allegiance from Spain to the Philippines.

It has been a long wait for Maranon to finally achieve this moment. The original expected time for his naturalization was before the Philippine Azkals’ final three joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying matches, which were held in Sharjah, UAE, last month. Unforeseen circumstances, though, delayed the inevitable.

The former Cadiz player first started making his name in Philippine football when he signed for Ceres-Negros Football Club in the defunct United Football league under the advice of his good friend, Carli De Murga. He then won three straight Philippines Football league crowns from 2017 to 2019; one Copa Paulino Alcantara championship in 2019; and the distinction of being the ASEAN Zonal Champions in the 2017 AFC Cup.

#ReadMore  Brother-in-arms: How the bond between Kouame and Marañon was formed

Marañon is also the top scorer of the prestigious AFC Cup with 35 goals.

In the immediate future, Azkals coach Scott Cooper can call up Marañon for the upcoming Suzuki Cup. He can also participate in the final qualifying round of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Marañon hopes to build on this positive development with a goal tomorrow evening. United City faces Chinese side Beijing Guoan in their rubber match in the 2021 AFC Champions League in Uzbekistan.

Written By

Lorenzo's a frustrated author who knows a thing or two about Football and Basketball. Went all green from Ortigas to Taft. Supports Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and the Alaska Aces

Tiebreaker Times Logo

You May Also Like


Amidst the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country, the Philippines Football League announced a new provisional day, which it hopes shall be when the...


One of the country’s top football players is making his way home to the team and the league that has made him into one...


Filipino football fans will have to wait longer for the Philippines Football League presented by Qatar Airways to resume its operations after the re-imposition...


The country’s premier football competition, the Philippines Football League, looks set to be the latest local sports league to commence operations this year amidst...


Coming from its maiden win against China’s Beijing Guoan in the 2021 AFC Champions League, United City was brought back to earth with a...


When United City fell to a two-goal deficit against China’s Beijing Guoan, it looked like the four-time Philippines Football League title-holder was set to...


If there’s one person who has seen the struggle of Bienvenido Marañon in getting his Filipino citizenship, it has to be Angelo Kouame. Both...


For the past two days, United City forward Bienvenido Marañon must have been one of the happiest men on the planet. The 35-year-old winger...