England and Germany legends to clash in Singapore

A fearsome strikeforce featuring Teddy Sheringham, Emile Heskey, Lothar Matthaus, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann and Darren Anderton will be on display in Singapore later this year when the Battle of Europe – England Masters v German Masters takes place.

Renewing a footballing rivalry between the two nations that dates back generations, the sides will clash in an 80-minute match at the Singapore National Stadium on November 12.

Sheringham, McManaman and Anderton were all part of the England side that lost the Euro 1996 semi-final to the Germans on penalties, with Germany going on to lift the trophy.

Sheringham, who was a prolific goalscorer throughout his two-decade career and won a swag of titles during his time with Manchester United, can’t wait to pull on the England jersey once more.

“Representing England is always a great honour and my games with the team have all been so memorable,” he said.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for us to get together and play for England again, especially against such a great team like Germany.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

Matthaus, who captained Germany to victory in the 1990 World Cup and is a former winner of the FIFA world player of the year, is the most capped German of all time.

FourFourTwo had the great privilege of interviewing Matthaus at length on his last trip to Singapore, which you can read here.

Hamann (No.8) and Matthaus (front row, right) are former German teammates

Fellow World Cup victor Guido Buchwald and Euro 1996 squad member Thomas Häßle will also be part of the German line-up in Singapore at an event organised by Masters Football Asia.

Hamann, who made his name with Liverpool FC and scored from distance to help the Reds defeat Manchester United in last year’s Battle of the Reds in Singapore, is thrilled to be heading back.

“It’s always fantastic to come back here and hopefully I can be of even more advantage to the team given my previous experiences in Singapore,” he said.

“I can’t wait to be on the pitch again and face off against Steve (McManaman) instead of playing alongside him at the National Stadium!”

Nearly 30,000 fans turned out to see Liverpool overcome their old foes at the National Stadium in November last year.

Steve Black, CEO of Masters Football Asia, can’t wait to have these two great football nations face off in Singapore.

“We are very grateful to have achieved such success in Singapore and we’re always looking at ways to up the ante and to create exciting content for football fans,” he said.

“Inspired by the recently concluded European Championships, we thought we would bring an internationally renowned football rivalry to the Singapore National Stadium to thank the public for the great support they have given us over the years.”

Tickets for Battle Of Europe 2016 presented by Masters Football Asia are available from July 15 at www.mastersfootball.com and Sports Hub Tix www.sportshub.com.sg/sportshubtix/.

Organisers have released 25,000 tickets, which start from $19. Family packages and VIP Packages are also available at $100 and $200 respectively.