Team James and Team Phil slated
This August 24th, The University of Makati, will be brimming with excitement as world-class talents battle for Clear Supremacy. Powered by Clear, the number one men’s shampoo brand, the biggest football all-star game in the nation shines brighter in its second year as World Cup champion Fabio Cannavaro and football legend Dennis Wise join James Youngusband, Phil Younghusband and the country’s top football talents.
After more than four weeks of voting Team James and Team Phil was decided last August 10th at the SM Megamall Events Center. With thousands of votes casted on the Clear Facebook page, the voting pool of 50 – consisting of Philippine Azkals, top United Football League players, University superstars and some local footballing celebrities – was trimmed down to 34, each one to be drafted by captains James and Phil Younghusband.
Clear Brand Manager, Drew Copuyoc said, “the rivalry this year is so intense. Throughout the four weeks both brothers were really gunning for that first pick.”
One unique facet of this year’s competition, however, is that it would be the fans that determined the first pick. Since July 3 fans have tirelessly supported their favorite team through digital participation – the reward being that the number one digitally active fan will get the chance to fly to Brazil with the Younghusband brothers in 2014.
Garnering more than 100 thousand online points, Team Phil was awarded the first draft pick. The Clear Dream Math draft consisted of three rounds. The first round saw James and Phil take turns in selecting their top five picks, Phil was given an extra pick for having won the matchup last year. In the second round, the brothers drew lots to complete their roster. Then in the last round, the brothers were each given one wild card pick. The wildcard pick could be any player either within the voting pool, or outside the voting pool.
The biggest headline, however, was that it would be football legends’ Cannavaro and Wise to select which team they would play for.
Vowing to help Team James gain revenge on younger brother Phil, Cannavaro chose to play on Team James. “Last year’s match was one sided, this year I want to help James even the score,” Cannavaro said regarding his selection.
Team James Players for the Round 1 are Yves Ashime, Jason De Jong, Misagh Bahadoran, Saba Garmaoudi and Oussenyou Diop.
For the Round 2- Roxy Dorlas, Chieffy Caligdong, Tony Toni, Nicolas Bolzico, Jonah Romero, Ian Araneta, Simon Greatwich, Andrew Santiago, Daniel Matsunaga, Slick Rick, Fabio Ide, Ref Cuaresma and Izzo.
Wise on the other hand selected Team Phil because of his desire to win. “Like Phil I love to win and I always love to score goals, and that’s the type of team I want to be associated with,” Wise said.
With the teams set, the battle for Clear Supremacy inches closer to completion.
Joining Team Phil for Round 1 are Carlie De Murga, Jeff Christaens, Park, OJ Porteria, Patrick Deyto, Chad Gould.
For Round 2- Masanari Omura, Jinggoy Valmayor, Chris Greatwich, Byeong Yeol Jeong, Anton Del Rosario, Boyet Canedo, Sam YG, Nick O Donnel, Armand Del Rosario, Mikko Mabanag, Ronald Batisla Ong and Rufo Sanchez
“I’m so excited for the game, I think I have made the right selection and look forward to defending my title as the better Younghusband,” said Phil.
James said, “It’s going to be a lot of fun, it’s going to be such an honor to share the playing field with legends such as Cannavaro and Wise.”
The Clear Dream Match will be on August 24th at the University of Makati football grounds. Tickets are sold in all SM ticket outlets.
The Clear Dream Match is sponsored by Smart, Greenwich, Seda Hotels, Adidas, Gatorade, Rappler and TechnoMarine.
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