Ian Rush to feature at The Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters in Singapore
A team of Liverpool FC Legends will take on ex-Singapore internationals in a full-field match at Jalan Besar Stadium on November 15, 2014.
Representatives from The Castlewood Group and Masters Football Asia were joined by star names Fandi Ahmad, Aleksandar Duric and Patrik Berger at a press conference at Westin Singapore this morning.
"It is obvious that The Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before," said Chris Comer, Chief Executive Officer and Property Developer, Castlewood Group.
"We are absolutely delighted that Liverpool icon, Ian Rush has signed up as a player manager."
Liverpool's all-time record goal scorer will be teaming up with some stellar names, including the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann and Patrik Berger.
"Ian is one of my top footballing heroes and I’m excited to be playing alongside him for the first time ever," Berger said.
"Many in the Legends team have played Singaporean opponents in previous years' 6-a-side tournaments so it will be thrilling to see how we fare against Singapore’s legends in a full-field match!"
It was also announced that the game would serve as a testimonial match for the retiring Aleksandar Duric, as he bids a fond farewell to professional football after 16 years in the S.League.
The 44-year-old Tampines Rovers forward is set to finally hang up his boots in November when the current season ends.
"I feel sad that I won’t be playing professionally anymore," said the S.League's all-time record goal scorer.
"It’s been a great journey and Singapore has been so kind to me.
"I am looking forward to closing this chapter of my life and embarking on new adventures.
"I know I will be very emotional as I walk onto the field for the very last time."
The stage is set for a grand occasion next month, as the organisers also revealed that they were expecting a full house with less than 30% of tickets still available.
The Castlewood Group Liverpool Masters will be held at Jalan Besar Stadium on November 15, 2014. Tickets start from $10 and are on sale at www.ticketbooth.com.sg.
Liverpool Legends: Jerzy Dudek, Stephane Henchoz, Steve Harkness, Markus Babbel, Phil Babb, Bjorne Tore Kvarme, Patrik Berger, Dietmar Hamann, Vladimir Smicer, Steve McManaman, David Thompson, Michael Thomas, Jari Litmanen, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush
Singapore Legends: Fandi Ahmad, V. Sundramoorthy, Malek Awab, Shahri Rahim, Lim Tong Hai, S. Subramani, Aide Iskandar, Nahar Daud, Steven Tan, Nazri Nasir, Rafi Ali, Rezal Hassan, Dalis Supait, Zulkarnaen Zainal, Aleksandar Duric, Syed Faruk
Photo: Weixiang Lim