Adios, United City

Originally published by Daily Tribune Online

Naturalized Filipino striker Bienvenido Marañon is bracing for a tougher challenge as he officially left United City FC (UCFC).

Marañon revealed to the Daily Tribune that he is now in talks with several clubs abroad before finally leaving and opening another chapter of his professional career overseas.

The 34-year old striker has decided to end his colorful six-year stint with UCFC in the Philippines Football League (PFL) as he aims to boost his experience in tougher leagues abroad.

“After I received a lot of offers, it’s the right time to choose the best team that I can reach my best performance,” Maranon said.

“In one week, we will know where I go. So it is just a matter of time. What I can say is that I will move to the best team which suits my style.”

The Spanish-born Marañon found so much success in the PFL in recent years.

Born in the province of Andalusia in Spain, he started playing in the Philippines in 2015 for the Ceres Negros FC, which was later renamed United City FC.

There, Marañon formed a lethal duo with Azkals skipper and UCFC midfielder Stephan Schrock and won four titles in the domestic league.

His offensive firepower was in full display when he anchored the Busmen to their AFC Cup Zonal Championship crown in 2017, the highest title that any professional Filipino club has ever achieved.

Marañon was also hailed as the AFC Cup’s all-time top scorer with 35 goals.

He, however, last saw action with the club when UCFC made its historic debut in the AFC Champions League in Uzbekistan last year.

Marañon’s glowing achievements and impressive resume made it very easy for the Philippine Football Federation to consider him as the top choice to become the country’s first-ever naturalized Filipino booter.

He also quickly made his presence felt with the Azkals and earned the top scorer honors after netting four goals in the AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore in December.

Despite packing his bags and flying abroad, Marañon said he is not closing his doors on the possibility of returning to the country soon.

“My time in the Philippines with Ceres Negros and United City couldn’t be better. I spent the best years of my career so far with them,” Marañon said.

“This is not a goodbye, I will see you later, so I will be back in the future.”

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