Battle Of Europe – Singapore 2016

Date: 12th November, 2016
Location: Singapore National Stadium
Kick Off: 19:00
Winners: England Masters

The Battle of Europe was held in Singapore from the 9th to 13th November 2016.
Masters Football are very grateful for all the support from the sponsors of the event and are delighted it was such a success. Many notable companies were involved in the Battle of Europe including:

Official Hotel Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Official Airline – Qatar Airways
Official Apparel  Mafro
Official Broadcaster  Singtel TV
Official Time Keeper – Tag Heur
Others – BudweiserGreat Eastern, OPPO, Courts, NETS, 1-Altitude, Nuevo Vino, Marriott Vacation Club, Magners, Decathlon, Cafe Football Singapore, Polar Water, Four Four Two, The Exchange.


Masters Football put together two Masters teams for the much anticipated Battle of Europe tour to Singapore. Both England and Germany Masters boast some world class names including Lothar Matthaus, Mario Basler, Steve McManaman and Teddy Sheringham. With World Cup, Champions League and Ballon d’Or winners on show – it promised to be a real exhibition for the locals to enjoy, in what is still one of the biggest rivalries in international football!
The Battle of Europe is a unique event where fans and sponsors have an opportunity to mix closely with their footballing legends.
A packed, 4-day itinerary including kids soccer camps and visits to local schools was arranged in support of the big game! Giving locals lots of opportunities to mingle with their heroes and the Masters a chance to experience what Singapore has to offer, whilst also giving back to the local community.

Match Report

While the stakes weren’t “quite” as high as they were at Wembley 50 years ago, the England Masters took delight in getting one over their old foes, thanks to goals from Darren Anderton, Emile Heskey and a brace from skipper Teddy Sheringham securing a familiar sounding 4-2 victory for England over Germany! The first time this fierce footballing rivalry have come head to head on Asian soil and the players were in no mood to let down the 15,000 strong crowd that attended the Singapore National Stadium for this fascinating spectacle.

The two sides played out an 80-minute match, with Die Mannschaft greats Lothar Matthäus, Guido Buchwald and Dietmar Hamann all starting in the German XI. The English Masters came flying out the traps and started the game with much more intensity and got their rewards after only two minutes when Sheringham picked out his former Spurs team mate Darren Anderton’s late run in to the area, who was able to guide the ball past Brautigam with a brave header to give England a 1-0 lead. The early goal clearly dusted down any cobwebs the German Masters may have had who quickly realised they had a real battle on their hands, the German’s controlled large parts of the first half with lots of possession and pushed David James in to two fantastic saves, one from a Karl-Heinz Riedle header and the other an outstretched arm tipping over a Carsten Ramelow pile driver from all of 30 yards. England then struck on the counter after 25 minutes when an Emile Heskey flick found Teddy Sheringham on the edge of the area who rolled back the years with a silky first touch and side-footed finish in to the top corner giving England a 2-0 lead. Minutes later Germany struck back, Zickler found Fredi Bobic with a perfectly weighted through ball before the talisman beat David James with a delightful finish with the outside of his boot to make the score 2-1 to England at half time. The second half started with the German’s on top, sloppy defending let Zickler in again who squared the ball for Fredi Bobic who scored his and Germany’s second goal of the game to make it 2-2. Both sides had chances and Perry Brautigam pulled off an incredible save from a Vassell volley to keep the game at 2-2 before a last ditch tackle from Des Walker denied Oliver Neuville who found himself through on goal after a perfect pass from Didi Hamann. In the 54th minute, England got their reward when man of the match Steve McManaman perfectly weighted lay off found Teddy Sheringham on the edge of the area who stroked home his second of the game and gave England a 3-2 lead. As Germany pushed forward searching for an equaliser they were leaving more and more gaps at the back, with only a few minutes left on the clock Lee Hendrie collected the ball on the dge of the area and drilled in a low cross to Emile Heskey who buried England’s fourth and made sure the score was a repeat of the 1966 World Cup Final!

Itinerary

9/11/2016

  • Players and staff land at Changi airport Singapore and taken to Marriott Tang Plaza
  • Official Press conference and “meet the media”
  • Welcome party

10/11/2016

  • LCCS soccer clinic and autograph session
  • Meet and Greet with Qatar Airways at Kidzania
  • Tag Heur appearance
  • Great Eastern private dinner and games with players followed by photos and autographs

11/11/2016

  • OPPO appearance – Q&A, lucky draws and lots of selfies!
  • Cafe Football Singapore kids soccer clinic
  • Standard Chartered Bank private dinner
  • 1-Altitude private dinner

12/11/2016

  • Pre-match lunch with sponsors and VIP’s
  • Coach to the stadium
  • Great Eastern soccer clinic at the Singapore National Stadium
  • Battle Of Europe – England Masters V Germany Masters
  • After party @ The Exchange

Final

England Masters

Anderton
Sheringham 2
Heskey

4 -

Germany Masters

Bobic 2

2

Awards

Man of the Match:
Steve McManaman

Golden Boot:
Teddy Sheringham, Fredi Bobic

Team Squads

England Masters

1 David James goalkeeper
6 Luke Young defender
3 Michael Gray defender
4 Steve Howey defender
5 Des Walker defender
2 Paul Parker defender
11 Darren Anderton midfield
7 Steve McManaman midfield
17 Carlton Palmer midfield
14 Michael Thomas midfield
12 Lee Hendrie midfield
13 Danny Murphy midfield
23 Darius Vassell forward
10 Teddy Sheringham forward
9 Emile Heskey forward

Germany Masters

1 Perry Brautigam goalkeeper
33 Marko Rehmer defender
16 Jens Nowotny defender
6 Guido Buchwald defender
22 Patrick Owomoyela defender
3 Jorg Albertz defender
13 Jorg Heinrich defender
10 Lothar Matthaus midfield
28 Carsten Ramelow midfield
8 Didi Hamann midfield
13 Karl-Heinz Riedle forward
30 Mario Basler midfield
11 Oliver Neuville midfield
21 Alexander Zickler forward
9 Fredi Bobic forward