PHOTOGRAPHY: S. KIERON TAN
5 March 2007, Philippines – England-based football stars James and Philip Younghusband, recently clinched a representation and management deal with regional publicity and artiste network, PR Asia Worldwide. Both brothers are members of the Men's National Team of the Philippine Football Federation. Offshore, James, 20, is a reserve with semi-professional league AFC Wimbledon, while Philip, 19, is contracted to Chelsea Football Club, considered the world’s most prestigious and expensively-assembled football league.
Now, the Younghusbands – whose mother is a Filipina based in Ashford, Middlesex – have the chance to lead the local football club into mainstream action and boost funding support and national enthusiasm for the sport. The younger Philip was recently in Manila to headline the Men's Under-21 Team vying for the Bolkiah Cup scheduled in Brunei, March 3. James, on the other hand, is expected to be in Manila sometime in April. They are also expected to appear in this year’s SEA Games scheduled in Thailand this December.
Discovered thanks to PS
Desperate to make a good showing at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games, Philippine soccer officials sent scouts and coaches all over the world to seek out talent ahead of the SEA Games. But none of them were able to pull off what one young soccer fan did while sitting in front of his PlayStation game console - bring in two English-born brothers contracted to Chelsea, the English Premier League champions.
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