Masters Football Asia has announced the return of the Battle Of The Reds, featuring age-old rivals Liverpool Reds and Manchester Reds, together with our very own Singapore Reds. Taking place at the National Stadium on 16th November 2019, Saturday, all three differing reds will feature in three round-robin format matches spanning 40 minutes each.
While all three teams have been featured in Singapore before over the years, the line-up of each team will see new additions, such as Jason McAteer of the Liverpool Reds, making his Singapore debut this year. The midfielder played with the Anfield side from 1995 to 1999, and is fondly remembered for his control over the park during his time. McAteer made a total of 139 appearances for the club before leaving for Blackburn Rovers. McAteer will join Emile Heskey, Jerzy Dudek, Jari Litmanan, John Arne Riise, Dietmar Hamann and Danny Murphy.
Says McAteer of the upcoming Battle of the Reds in Singapore, “It’ll be my first time playing at the Singapore National Stadium representing the Liverpool Reds. Singapore is an amazing place with fantastic fans and I am looking forward to meet them all.”
At the Stretford End, favourites such as Teddy Sheringham will return to Singapore and play alongside Singapore veterans Ronny Johnsen, Mikael Silvestre, Clayton Blackmore and Keith Gillespie. Sheringham last played in Singapore in 2017, scoring a stunner against the Germany Masters during the Battle Of The Masters at the National Stadium. This time, he will be joined by his club team mates which include debutantes Ben Thornley, Paul Rachukah, Eric Djemba Djemba and Wes Brown. Brown, who was here in Singapore with the Manchester United contingent during the 2019 International Champions Cup, shares his excitement to play at the National Stadium, saying: “I’ve just been to Singapore and seen the National Stadium, and it looks like a great place to play. The fans in Singapore really love football so we want to put up a good match for them.”
Not to be outdone by the visitors, the Singapore Reds will be fielding some of the biggest names in local football such as Fandi Ahmad, Aleksandar Duric, Malek Awab, Alam Shah, Indra Shadan, Lionel Lewis and Nazri Nasir. The Singapore Masters have played Liverpool Masters twice before – in a sold-out match serving as Duric’s testimonial match back in 2014, and with the Arsenal Masters in 2017. Says Duric: “We may not be as fast as we used to be, but we still have competitive spirit in us. It’s going to be really exciting especially since we’re going against Liverpool again after two years. We always have the desire to win so this time we hope to perform even better.”
Says Ian Holahan, Director of Masters Football Asia: “We are delighted to bring Battle of the Reds back to Singapore. Football is a sport enjoyed by the community, and an event like this presents a great opportunity for families to come together to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful game. I hope the fans, old and young alike, will continue showing their support.”
The Battle of the Reds 2019 takes place on 16th November, with a 7pm kick-off at the Singapore Sports Hub. Tickets available from SportshubTix For more information, visit their website at www.battleofthereds.com
There will also be a special meet and greet session for ticket holders, who should leave a comment indicating who their favourite Liverpool, Manchester or Singapore Red is on Masters Football Asia’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Invitees will be contacted via direct messaging on Facebook or Instagram and will be required to submit identification and proof of purchase.