Capita Symonds backs Sheffield United in Malaysian Masters

17 November 2009

Sheffield United

On Sunday 22 November, the Sheffield United Masters squad, sponsored by Capita Symonds, will be competing in this year’s EPL Masters Football Malaysia Cup against Liverpool, Manchester United and a Premier League All-Stars team.

Blades legends such as Brian Deane and Tony Agana will once again pit their wits against the likes of Bryan Robson, Andrew Cole, John Barnes, Jan Molby, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The 2009 EPL Masters Football Malaysia Cup will be staged at the indoor facility of Stadium Putra, which is located in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Bukit Jalil.

The tournament will be attracting a global audience with coverage being shown in up to 140 million homes worldwide. British football fans can look forward to watching the tournament on Sky Sports.

Managed under the watchful eye of the Blades Academy Director Ron Reid, the Sheffield United legendary squad will include Brian Deane, Tony Agana, Carl Bradshaw, Alan Wright, Paul Wood, Tommy Mooney, Mark Todd, Georges Santos and goalkeeper Sasa Ilic. The line-up includes a total of six ex-Blades who have played at international level for their country.

Brian Deane commented: “Myself and the other lads will be itching to get out on the pitch and once again line-up against some familiar faces playing for Manchester United, Liverpool and the All Star team. The Blades Masters squad looks really strong. We are definitely not flying out to Malaysia for a holiday, we want to bring back the silverware for our fans!”

Sheffield United’s unique model in football has created club partnerships in China, Hungary and Australia. This has ultimately led to the Blades securing global sponsorship deals with Capita Symonds and GAC Group.

'Welcome to Yorkshire' will also sponsor the team and see the tournament as a great opportunity to promote Yorkshire to a worldwide audience.  This combined support package will include the production of a special one-off, retro red and white striped kit for the Masters Football tournament, provided by Tour Kit sponsors, Macron.

Mike Farnan, Executive Director at Sheffield United said: “We would like to thank all our sponsors, the GAC Group, Capita Symonds, Welcome to Yorkshire and Macron for the part they have both played in enabling the club to bring together our own all-star team that will travel to Malaysia.

“The worldwide interest in this Masters competition can help showcase our club’s international programme and help enhance our global credentials. However, the number one objective was assembling the strongest and most balanced squad possible. We will be going all out to win this high-profile tournament.”

As part of the trip to Asia, Ron Reid and the Blades legends will be supporting football coaching sessions for under-privileged and orphaned children in Kuala Lumpur and Vietnam, as well as staging special sessions for the Malaysian national youth squads.