Saturday, April 26, 2014

PRESS Release: CLEAR Dream Match Top 6 Amateurs Chosen by Manchester United Coaches

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Last April 23-25 at the University of Makati, CLEAR, the world’s number one anti dandruff 

shampoo for men, brought in the Manchester United Soccer Schools to train the Philippines’ top 

32 amateur players in the first ever Clear Manchester United Football Camp.

Continuously paving the way for the development of Philippine Football, in the last few weeks 

CLEAR and the United Football league (UFL) held regional tryouts in search for the best 

amateur football players in the country. After four legs of rigorous tryouts in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo 

and Metro Manila; UFL and CLEAR singled out 32 standout amateur players—eight from each 

region—to participate in the camp powered by Clear. 

“I believe that the Philippines has the football talent, and it all starts with cultivating the youth. 

The top 32 amateurs will benefit greatly learning from world-class coaches from the Manchester 

United Soccer Schools.” 

“Growing football in the Philippines, which is the shampoo brand’s social advocacy, starts from 

the grassroots. The best six amateurs will also get a once-in-al-lifetime opportunity to learn and 

play alongside Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and Andrew Cole during the 

Clear Dream Match on June 7,” CLEAR Brand Manager Drew Copuyoc said. 

Ranging from current UAAP/NCAA players, junior UFL players, and several standout players 

from the country’s top local leagues, the 32 were taught the same training principals that 

cultivated world class players David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, and CLEAR Global endorser and 

2014 FIFA Ballon D’ Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches, Jamie Fitzpatrick and Kevin O’Connell conducted 

the three day camp. 

“All Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches are trained and developed within the 

Manchester United coaching philosophy and methodology and have also built up a wealth of 

experience from working with young players of all ages, abilities and nationalities all over the 

world during the past 15 years,” said Jamie Reigle, the Manchester United Managing Director 

for Asia Pacific. 

Both UEFA qualified and experienced Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches Fitzpatrick 

and O’Connell conducted coaching sessions designed to focus on exciting and attacking 

football. Each day consisted of practical sessions on the field and a classroom session where 

players were taught how to Live the United Way. Classroom sessions included lessons on 

nutrition, discipline and pre game rituals that the Manchester United first team was also taught. 

The three-day camp concluded with an awarding ceremony that gave recognition to the 

best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker. As part of the Manchester United Schools 

program, coaches Fitzpatrick and O’Connell gave out three awards – MVP, Skill Challenge 

Winner and Best Attitude. The Manchester United Soccer Schools coaches also chose the top 

six players that would be included in the biggest all star football game in the country, the CLEAR 

Dream Match. 

Slated on June 7, this year’s CLEAR Dream Match will finally decide the rivalry between James 

and Phil Younghusband and will feature Manchester United living legends Paul Scholes and 

Andy Cole. Team captains James and Phil Younghusband will draft the top six amateur players 

chosen on April 30. Tickets will be available at SM ticket outlets starting May 1.

Photo: Manchester United Soccer School Coaches Jaime Fitzpatrick and Kevin O'Connell
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Individual Awards:

Best Midfielder – Mario Lorenzo Ceniza (Cebu)

Best Defender – Cristituto Pino (Manila)

Best Goalkeeper - Nathaniel Ace Villanueva (Manila)

Best Striker - Yves Russel Caballero (Cebu)

MVP: Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)

Skills Challenge Winner - Michael Mabanag (Manila)

Best Attitude: Julian Miranda (Cebu)

Top 6 Players

Joseph Diamante (Davao)
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Yoshiharu Koizumi (Davao)
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Francisco Jose Primo Santos (Manila)
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Daniel Bernan Gadia (Manila)
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Javier Gayoso (Manila)
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Michael Mabanag (Manila)
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