Saturday, August 24, 2013

THE ROAD TO THE #CLEARDREAMMATCH 2013

Congratulations Team James! 4 - 1 to last year's Team Phil's victory of 5 - 1? Not bad.

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 joins James Younghusband, Phil Younghusband and the country's top football talents.

It was a long road we traveled before we got to this exciting conclusion to this year's Clear Dream Match. Here are some important stops:

July 10, 2013 - Clear Dream Match 2 formally launched to the media at K-PUB BBQ, BGC. (See my coverage HERE)

August 10, 2013 - Clear Dream Match 2 Player Draft at 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.

Garnering more than 100 thousand online points, Team Phil was awarded the first draft pick.

The Clear Dream Match 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 match-up 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.

Here are the complete lineups:

Team Phil and some of his players:



Team James:





The biggest headline, however, was that it would be football legends' Cannavaro and Wise to select which team they would play for.

August 22, 2013 - Clear Dream Match 2 Presscon with Dennis Wise and Fabio Cannavaro at Makati Shangri-La:
James Younghusband, Fabio Cannavaro, Clear Brand Manager - Drew Copuyoc, Dennis Wise and Phil Younghusband
with Unilever's Apples Aberin
Vowing to help 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.

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.

Now that the odds are even, next year's Clear Dream Match is gonna be even more exciting! I wonder who Clear are bringing in next year. Hmm...

The Clear Dream Match is sponsored by Smart, Greenwich, Seda Hotels, Adidas, Gatorade, Rappler and Technomarine.

Proceeds of the Clear Dream Match will benefit Tuloy Sa Don Bosco and the victims of Typhoon Maring.

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