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Friday, October 28, 2011

It's Official! -- David Beckham, LA Galaxy to play against Team Azkals in Manila this coming December


It is official!  Two-time Major League Soccer (MLS) champion LA Galaxy spearheaded by David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keanne is coming to Manila to play against our very own Team Azkals (Philippine National Football Team) this coming December 3 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium!

David Beckham (photo courtesy of David Beckham's official page)

Yes, you got it right!  This was confirmed earlier in a press conference in Shangri-La Makati by no less than by LA Galaxy President Thomas Payne, Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, Fuelcels Inc. Head Jinx Macabenta and Philippine Football Federation President Mariano Nonong Araneta.  The event is organized by US based producer Fuelcels, Inc. and is organized locally by Magic Fields Communication, Inc.

In photo are (from left to right)  Fuelcels Inc. Head Jinx Macabenta, Philippine Football Federation President Mariano Nonong Araneta, LA Galaxy President Thomas Payne, and Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami.

Jinx Macabenta explained that they think this is the perfect time to hold the match as the Azkals are very hot right now and the football is gaining popularity in the country.  Thomas Payne is glad that the match is finally pushing through.  He said that this is part of the charter of the club, to travel and have these kinds of matches but they chose Philippines as part of their 3-part game tour (the first is not identified yet while the third will be in Australia).  "They (LA Galaxy) really wanted it.  We want to go to a market that doesn't have these kind of matches," said Payne.  Payne added this is their way of helping promote football.

Payne shared that his digital team shared that the mention of LA Galaxy and David Beckham having a match against Philippine Azkals created so much buzz that it became trending topics in the Philippines over the weekend.

Dan Palami shared that they thought the match against Nepal was already a good way to end the year but here comes this friendly match against LA Galaxy with David Beckham.  "This is ending the year with a bang!  Playing with the LA Galaxy is an early Christmas bonus for the team!"

Mariano Nonong Araneta on the other hand mentioned that the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium is ready for this big event but if ever there are still things needed to do with the facility, they will be more than ready to prepare for it.

The LA Galaxy which are sponsored by Herbalife will also do a football clinic before the event.  The friendly match will be on December 3 at 7:30 pm.  Purchase and prices of tickets will be announced by first week of November. 

Formalizing the agreement

Now, Filipino football crazy fans have something to look forward to before the year ends!  This will yet be another exciting and monumental sporting event in the Philippines which is now considered as a newly transformed football country!  =)

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