Sibling rivalry is not something new in the world of sports.
We have NBA’s Marc and Pau Gasol, NFL’s Peyton and ELi Manning, Tennis’ Serena and Venus Williams and more than a dozen more.
In the Philippines, when you think of siblings who excel in a game they play, the clear top of mind are the Younghusbands— James and Phil.
On August 24, the two brothers will collide once again at Clear Dream Match 2013, a rematch from last year’s conquest of Phil’s team over his former’s crew.
Everyone are invited to enter the Clear Stadium, where the iconic football players of the country, the best of the United Football League, the countries’ top collegiate football superstars, and celebrities come together to battle for clear supremacy—all in the name of football glory and charity.
In its second year, the biggest football all-star game in the Philippines, the Clear Dream Match, returns with more football talent and a more intense rivalry between the Younghusbands. Following last year’s 5-1 defeat to younger brother Phil, James vows to even the score, while Phil fights to maintain his reign as Clear Dream Match champion.
But this year also brings one rather remarkable twist. With the best of Filipino football, comes for the first time ever, the addition of two football legends: Chelsea F.C. Legend, Dennis Wise, and 2006 FIFA World Cup champion, Fabio Cannavaro.
“We wanted to shake things up this year by bringing in two international football legends to compete with our country’s best,” says CLEAR Philippines Brand Manager, Drew Copuyoc.
This year CLEAR Philippines will donate a percentage of ticket sales to the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation, as well as Unilever Personal Care products for all children in the foundation.
International Football Legends. Both seasoned professionals, Wise and Cannavaro have garnered several individual and team accolades in their time. Cannavaro, a former Real Madrid player has won two La Liga titles, but perhaps his greatest achievement was captaining Italy to the FIFA World Cup victory in 2006 and bagging the FIFA World Player of the Year award in the same year.
Wise on the other hand is one of the most successful players to captain Chelsea. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Wise won two FA Cups, a League Cup and a UEFA Cup Winners’ cup. The addition of Wise to the Clear Dream Match is actually a dream of sorts for James and Phil.
“When we were still training with Chelsea, we used to watch Wise play all the time. He is like a legend to us,” James says.
“During the 2006 FIFA World Cup, I was watching on T.V. and cheering with the rest of the world as Cannavaro led Italy to the championship,” Phil adds.
Join the Rivalry. Another significant addition to this year’s Clear Dream Match is the role of the fans. Copuyoc says, “The first draft pick will be dependent on the team with the most fan interactions on Facebook.” From the onset fans will get to join the rivalry by going to Facebook.com/ClearPH or by downloading the Clear Stadium app on the Play Store or the App Store. They can vote for their favorite football players starting July 10, play interactive games and share their support for their favorite team to get more points.
And to show how confident Phil and James are, the most digitally active fan of the winning team will join the Younghusbands for a trip to Brazil in 2014.
Road to Clear Dream Match 2013. The road to the Dream Match begins with football fans voting for their favorite players into the Dream Teams. CLEAR has recruited a pool of 50 players which includes the likes of United Football League stars Anton Del Rosario, Simon Greatwich, and Carli De Murga among others; College stars like last year’s Clear Dream Match MVP, Miko Mabanag (Ateneo), Brazilian models Daniel Matsunaga and Fabio Ide; the Boys Night Out trio, and other outstanding players in the local Football scene.
Who will be on Team James, who will be on Team Phil? What team will Cannavaro and Wise play on? Who will be this year’s Clear Dream Match champion? The Top 30 players will be drafted by James and Phil on August 10. All will be settled in a month’s time, but the story of this year’s Clear Dream Match has just begun, and it can very much be decided by you. Join the rivalry, go to www.facebook.com/ClearPH.