McDonalds Battle of the Reds Tour – Bangkok 2015

Date: 18th November, 2015
Location: Suphachalasai National Stadium
Kick Off: 19:00
Winners: Manchester United Masters

The McDonalds Battle of the Reds was held in Bangkok from the 15th to 20th November 2015.
McDonalds were the title sponsor for the event along with many other notable names such as:

Official Hotel The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok
Official Car – Chevrolet
Official Alchohol provider nil
Official Apparel Football Thai Factory Sporting Goods Co, Ltd. (FBT)
Official Media Partner – True Visions
Others: Thai Union Frozen Products PCL. (Sealect Tuna), Coca-cola, European Food Public Company Limited (Euro Cake), Ayudhya Capital Service Co., Ltd (Krungsri First Choice), Bangkok Smartcard System Company Limited, Ping’s Group of Restaurants, Champions Sports Bar.
Masters Football put together two Masters teams for the much anticipated McDonalds Battle of the Reds tour to Bangkok. Both Liverpool and Man Utd Masters boast some world class names including Robbie Fowler, Steve Mcmanaman, Louis Saha and Ronny Johnsen. With boast squads evenly matched – it promised to be a real exhibition of world class legends going head to head in what is still the biggest rivalry in football!
The McDonalds Battle of the Reds is a unique event where fans and sponsors have an opportunity to mix closely with their footballing legends.
A packed, 4-day itinerary was arranged in support of the big game! Giving locals lots of opportunities to mingle with their heroes all over Bangkok!

Match Report

Manchester United Masters turned up in Bangkok with a point to prove, following on from their loss a few days earlier in Singapore! The Utd legends were determined to level the series!
Supachalasai stadium was filled with die hard fans determined to support their respective Masters teams, and the players were not in any mood to let anyone down!
The game started at a high tempo with some feisty challenges on both sides – it was clear for all to see that the rivalry between these two sides had not slowed down since the players hung up their professional boots!
Man Utd Masters were out the blocks first, Quinton Fortune was dictating the game from central midfield and when he found Russell Beardsmore roaming forward, a delightful cross from the full back found Karel Poborsky lurking on the penalty spot and his bullet header beat Dudek and nestled in the top corner – just the start the Utd Masters were looking for. It wasn’t long before they doubled their lead, Clayton Blackmore’s 30-yard disguised pass was beautifully controlled by Louis Saha before turning and rocketing the ball in to the top corner. Jerzy Dudek kept Liverpool in the game with a couple of outstanding saves from Fortune and Saha before Liverpool fought back. Luis Garcia found Vladi Smicer in the penalty area before the Czech winger’s left foot drive past Culkin and in to the corner. Liverpool were in the ascendancy and some neat passing between Patrik Berger and Jari Litmanen opened the door for Kop hero Steve Mcmanaman to equalise on the stroke of half time.
As Liverpool poured forward in search of a winner, Utd broke early on in the second half and Keith Gillespie beat the offside trap to find himself one on one with Dudek. Gillespie kept his composure by rounding the Polish keeper before passing the ball in to an empty net! Liverpool continued to push forward in an attempt to equalize but a mixture of Nick Culkin and the goal post managed to hold Liverpool out. The Kop’s favourite son, Robbie Fowler came closest when he hit the cross bar in the dying moments. But Man Utd Masters managed to hold their nerve and win 3-2 – leveling the series 1-1 after Liverpool’s victory in Singapore.

Itinerary

16/11/2015

• Players and staff fly in to Bangkok, collected from airport and taken to Westin Hotel.
• Meet and greet with hotel guests and staff
• Welcome dinner and “meet the media” at Champions Restaurant and Bar and

17/11/2015

• Official Press conference
• Activities and interviews at True Visions
• Autograph and photo session with fans

18/11/2015

• Coca-cola “meet and greet”
• Sealact visit – kids coaching and a cooking lesson for the players
• Activities with KrungSri First Choice (autographs and photos)
• Sponsors Charity Gala dinner @ Suan Lim Night Ratchada

19/11/2015

• Match highlights – McDonalds Battle of the Reds – Liverpool Masters v Man Utd Masters

Final

Liverpool Masters

Smicer
McManaman

2 -

Manchester United Masters

Poborsky
Saha
Gillespie

3

Awards

Man of the Match:
Louis Saha

Golden Boot:
Karel Poborsky

Team Squads

Liverpool Masters

1 Jerzy Dudek goalkeeper
2 Stephane Henchoz defender
4 Steve Harkness defender
6 Jan Kromkamp defender
5 Phil Babb defender
3 Bjorn Kvarme defender
15 Patrik Berger midfield
25 David Thompson midfield
9 Robbie Fowler forward
7 Steve McManaman goalkeeper
11 Vladimir Smicer goalkeeper
8 Michael Thomas goalkeeper
37 Jari Litmanen goalkeeper
14 Ian Rush forward
16 Didi Hamann midfield
10 Luis Garcia forward

Manchester United Masters

1 Nick Culkin goalkeeper
2 George Switzer defender
8 Russell Beardsmore defender
3 Lee Martin defender
4 Paul Parker defender
6 Ronny Johnsen defender
32 Bojan Djordjic midfield
5 Lee Sharpe midfield
7 Keith Gillespie midfield
11 Jesper Blomqvist midfield
16 Ben Thornley midfield
23 Clayton Blackmore midfield
37 Quinton Fortune midfield
15 Karel Poborsky midfield
9 Louis Saha forward
14 Andrei Kanchelskis forward