MANILA, Philippines – British football superstar David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy will visit Manila for a friendly match against the Philippine Azkals on December 4.
Azkals team coordinator Ace Bright made the announcement on his Twitter account on Saturday night.
“LA Galaxy and Azkals, dec 4 rizal stadium ,” Bright wrote.
Bright’s announcement immediately sparked reactions from fans and Azkals team members.
“Is it really true?! Becks in Manila?” tweeted Azkals player Simon Greatwich.
“I’ll tell you now, this doesn’t happen often so better take your chance on Dec 4th. Some things happen once in a lifetime,” said Azkals fan Jaron Genota.
“What a difference 12 months makes. Dec 5th 2010 Philippines 2 Vietnam 0. Dec 4th 2011 David Beckham and LA Galaxy arrive to play in Manila,” said former Azkals coach Simon McMenemy.
The visit to Manila and other Southeast Asian countries in December is part of the LA Galaxy’s promotional tour, a report said.
“We’re just sorting out sponsors. It’s about 80% (confirmed),” the promoter of the tour was quoted in a report posted on Goal.com.
“We are very close in the negotiations. It’s at quite an advanced stage. We’re negotiating for the whole team, including Beckham,” she added.
Beckham, one of the world’s highest-paid footballers, helped the Manchester United win the Premier League title six times, the Football Association Cup twice, and the UEFA Champions League in 1999.
He also played for Preston North End, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan before signing up with the LA Galaxy in 2007.