Latest Stories

Clear Dream Match II ‘big push’ for football


It’s a match which they hope will not just settle a sibling rivalry but leave a lasting impact on Philippine football.

With a couple of legends adding prestige and glamor to a star-studded cast, the Clear Dream Match II tomorrow pitting teams formed by celebrated brothers Phil and James Younghusband seeks to sustain the rise of the Beautiful Game in the country.

Former Italy skipper and 2006 World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro and ex-England international and Chelsea legend Dennis Wise are beefing up Team James and Team Phil, respectively, for Philippine football’s virtual all-star game at University of Makati pitch.

“I know that football is not the No. 1 sport in the Philippines,” said Cannavaro in yesterday’s well-attended press conference at Makati Shangri-La. “That’s why we’re here to also help give football in this country a big push.”

“The decision to come here was easy,” said Wise. “I’m glad to have been given this kind of opportunity, to be part of something that will help promote football in the Philippines.”

“We hope to inspire a new breed of football players,” said Clear executive Drew Copuyoc.

Copuyoc said half of the match proceeds will go to relief efforts for Tropical Storm “Maring” with the other half benefiting the Tuloy sa Don Bosco Foundation.

Team Phil scored a 5-1 romp over Team James in the first edition of the Clear Dream Match last year. James is pulling out all the stops to avenge the loss and with a team built around Cannavaro, the older Younghusband is optimistic of his chances.

“He will bring professionalism and experience to my team,” said James of Cannavaro, who in 2006, became the only defender in recent memory to have won World Player of the Year.

Seven years after lifting the World Cup in Berlin, Cannavaro has kept himself in shape, working as assistant coach of Dubai club Al-Ahli.

With Wise in the fold, Phil Younghusband believes he has a team capable of repeating last year’s win.

“His experience and his skills are perfect for my team,” said Phil of Wise, a dynamic midfielder, who was first-team skipper when the Younghusbands joined Chelsea Academy.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Football , James Younghusband , Phil Younghusband

  • styx

    mga kamaganak,kaibigan manonood neto….

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • 16 suffer burns in Batangas sugar factory accident
  • Angat level drops; cloud seeding set
  • Indigenous aspiration in Bangsamoro
  • Banahaw continues to lure pilgrims, trekkers
  • Passion of Christ moves survivors
  • Sports

  • Tottenham beats Fulham 3-1 in Premier League
  • Martino defends Messi, takes blame for Barca fail
  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child
  • Business

  • A workplace of new possibilities
  • Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith
  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Cesar Chavez movie sparks memories of Fil-Am labor leaders
  • Filipinos in US poised for success
  • Visas for priests and other faith leaders
  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • Marketplace