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OUR HISTORY

The Bohemian Sporting Club was established in 1910, making it one of the oldest clubs in the Philippines. The club had its best success in 1910's, winning 6 League titles. It won another 4 League titles in the 1920’s. The great Paulino Alcantara played for Bohemian Sporting Club between 1916-1918, he was FC Barcelona’s All Time Top Scorer for almost a century until only recently being over taken by Lionel Messi in 2014. After World War II, many of the clubs in manila ceased to exist, however, a club with this much history deserves more recognition.

Paulino Alcantara

Paulino Alcántara Riestrá (7 October 1896 – 13 February 1964) was a Filipino-Spanish football player who played as a striker for the Bohemian Sporting Club. He spent most of his playing career at FC Barcelona and also represented the Philippines, Spain and Catalonia. Alcántara made his debut for Barcelona at the age of 15 and remains the youngest player to play and score for the club. He also scored 357 goals in 357 matches, making him the club’s highest goal scorer, a record that stood for 87 years.  A legendary striker, he ripped the goal net in a game against France and earned the nicknames “El Rompe Redes”, “Trencaxarxes” or “The Net Breaker.” 

In 1916, Alcántara's family returned to the Philippines where he continued his studies in medicine and joined the Bohemian Sporting Club. With Bohemian, he won two Philippine Championships; in 1917 and 1918. In 1917 he was selected by the Philippine National team and represented his country at the Far Eastern Championship Games in Tokyo, where they defeated Japan 15–2, which is still the Philippines' biggest win in international football. During this time, Barcelona had failed to win a major trophy in his absence.