An All Star team of Masters will be heading to Phuket in the summer for the first time to play in an exhibition football match to mark the start of the 2014/15 EPL season. The match is sponsored by Emerald Phuket Development, a leading construction firm and major builder of holiday homes and Villas on the popular holiday resort in southern Thailand.
The tour of the Masters ‘ All Star team will be a week before the new season begins and the highlight will be the exhibition match that puts the All Stars against the local Thailand Legends team to be played on Sunday 10th August at the Surakul Stadium, home of Phuket FC. The legends will be around town for almost a week and they will be involved in a number of community initiatives that will include soccer schools, coaching, meet and greet sessions and some corporate outings. With football ranked as the number one sport in Thailand and the EPL has such a strong following, the match is expected to prove highly popular and a large crowd expected for the match.
“Usually everything happens in Bangkok and little happens here. Also, I heard many English players know Phuket and like to come here, so it will be good,” said Sawit Ketroj, Managing Director of Emerald Phuket Development. The island is the latest location in a long line of Masters Football-organised events, which have taken place throughout the UK and Asia involving former EPL players, all of whom must be over 35-years-old. The teams will be announced shortly but a number of players are already confirmed for the All Stars including: Lee Sharpe and Robbie Fowler and two legends the locals are hoping to appear for the Thailand team are Zico and Piyapong (both played for the Thailand Masters team in Bangkok in 2012). More to follow….