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September 5, 2014 News

Rio’s All Star Team Sheet

Name: Kevin Guthrie

Age: 25-year-old

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Biography: Kevin was born and brought up in his hometown of Neilston, Glasgow in Scotland. He attended PACE Theatre Company as a youngster and decided at a relatively young age to try Acting.

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He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama.

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Kevin has continued to work in Stage, TV and Film and in 2013 was cast in the lead role as Ally in Dexter Fletcher’s Sunshine on Leith and most recently Ewan Tavendale in Terence Davies’ screen adaptation of the Classic Scottish novel Sunset Song (2014), alongside Agyness Deyn and Peter Mullan.

At just 25, the actor is one of Scotland’s brightest young stars but, if success is shining on him at the moment.

Maestrio facts: Kevin has once said that when he was younger football helped teach him about teamwork, commitment and focus which he says are crucial skills you need when you become an adult.

Follow him here: @kev_guthrie

Name: Jordan Bootsy Stephens

Age: 22-year-old

Current occupation: Actor and Singer

Biography: In 2006, Jordan began attending rap and performance workshops with the Brighton-based charity AudioActive, his career started to take off from here.

Jordan Stephens is a member of English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks together with Harley Sylvester Alexander-Sule.

The duo have had a hugely successful couple of years, topping the charts with Olly Murs and doing exceptionally well with singles Mama Do The Hump and Lost Generation and their debut album Stereo Typical was released on 31 October 2011.

The name stems from ‘Green Rizla’, an early nickname given to Stephens by a football teammate after a crew of the same name from the school that he attended at the time. That nickname evolved into ‘Rizzle’ and the duo decided on the suffix ‘kicks’ due to their shared love of football.

On 2 April 2014, it was revealed that Jordan had been cast to star in E4 drama series Glue.

Maestrio facts: In December 2012, it was announced that they will play the Royal Albert Hall in March with Labrinth as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust shows, a charity of which they have been long-time supporters

Follow him here: @RizzleKicks

Name: Douglas “Dougie” Freedman

Age: 40-year-old

Position: Striker

Current occupation: Manager at Bolton Wanderers

Former Clubs: Barnet (1994-1995), Crystal Palace (1995-1997), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1997-1998), Nottingham Forest (1998-200) Crystal Palace (2000-2008) & Southnend United (2008-2010)

Biography: Freedman began his career with top flight Queens Park Rangers in 1992, but never made their first team. He made his league debut for Barnet in August 1994 and quickly became the club’s leading player as he struck 24 goals in his debut season. 

Freedman played as a striker, primarily for Crystal Palace in the 2011-2012 season, his coaching career began when he was appointed as the reserve team manager of Crystal Palace in November 2005.

In October 2012, he took charge of Bolton Wanderers, where he still works.

Freedman had two caps for the Scottish national football team where he scored one goal in a 2002 World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

Name: Tomasz Mirosław Kuszczak

Age: 32-year-old

Position: Goalkeeper

Current occupation: Pro Football player

Former Clubs: Hertha BSC (2000-2004), West Bromwich Albion (2004-2007), Manchester United (2006-2007 loan) Manchester United (2007-2012) and Brighton & Hove Albion (2012-2014)

He has appeared 11 times for the Polish national team.

Biography: Born in Krosno Odrzańskie, Kuszczak has previously played for Śląsk Wrocław in Poland, 

On 2 July 2007, Manchester United announced that the permanent transfer had been completed, for a fee of £2.125 million. Due to Dutch keeper Edwin van der Sar’s continued good form and Ben Foster’s knee injury, Kuszczak was named Manchester United’s number 2 for the 2007–08 season.

Brighton & Hove Albion released Tomasz at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Maestrio facts: Rio has asked his former team-mate at Man U to be the goal keeper at the Maestrio match, taking place Sunday, 7, September 2014.

Follow him here:@TomKuszczak

Name: Joey Barton

Age: 32-year-old

Position: Midfielder

Current occupation: Pro football player for QPR

Former Clubs: Manchester City (2002-2007), Newcastle United (2007-2011) & Queens Park Rangers (2011-)

Biography: Joey Barton was born and raised in Huyton, Merseyside. 

He began his football career with Manchester City in 2002 after working his way through their youth system. His appearances in the senior side gradually increased over the following five years and he made more than 150 for the club.

The 32-year-old earned his first cap for the England national team in February 2007, despite his criticism of some of the team’s players.

Barton then joined Newcastle United for a fee of £5.8 million in July 2007. After four years with the club, he joined Queens Park Rangers in August 2011, from where he was loaned to Marseille in 2012 but returned in 2013.

Maestrio facts: Joey said on twitter that he was looking forward to playing at Celtic for a great cause against and with some legends.

Joey and Rio are team mates at London side QPR.

Follow him here:@Joey7Barton

Name: James Arthur

Age: 26-year-old

Position: Singer & songwriter

Current occupation: Plays guitar

Biography: Arthur was born in Middlesbrough, to parents from the United Kingdom ― an English mother, Shirley Ashworth, and a Scottish father, Neil Arthur.

The 26-year-old is a British singer and musician who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 with 53.7% of the final vote.

His debut single, “Impossible”, was released after the final and debuted at number one on theUK Singles Chart in its first week of release (the cover went on to sell over 1.25 million copies in the UK and 2.5 million copies worldwide).

He released his self-titled debut album in November 2013 which debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart.

Follow him here: @JamesArthur23

Name: Ralf Little

Age: 34-year-old

Current occupation: Actor, writer and footballer Former Clubs: Staines Town (2002-2003), Maidstone United (2003), Edgware Town (2004), Chertsey Town (2007-2008) & Stone Dominoes (2008).

He appeared three times for the Sealand national football team.

Biography: The football-mad Royle Family star was born in Bury, Greater Manchester and attended Bolton School and is a die-hard Manchester United fan.

Although he has done a lot of stuff, he is more known for 24 Hour Party People (2002), Monkey Life (2007) and his role of Antony Royle in the BBC sitcom, The Royle Family and Jonny Keogh in the first six series of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Maestrio facts: Little gave up a semi-pro career because an injury would have jeopardised his acting, but still plays in numerous charity matches.

Follow him here: @RalfLittle

Name: Harley Sylvester Alexander-Sule

Age: 22-year-old

Current occupation: Singer and Actor

Biography: Harley Sylvester is a member of English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks together with Jordan Stephens. Rizzle Kicks have sold over 1 million singles and over 600,000 albums in the UK in 2012.

Harley is quietly-spoken and is the one half of the band who’d like to brew a potion to make him “more confident in certain social situations”, and who handles all the singing on their catchy, bouncy pop anthems.

Harley is also a great actor and he is known for Last Vegas (2013), The Guvnors (2014) and Half Time and Down (2014).

Maestrio facts: Alexander-Sule and Stephens (Rizzle Kicks) were childhood friends in North London, but lost touch until their teens – when they met by chance at a football match in Brighton, where their respective families had moved.

Harley is known to be an arsenal fan.

Follow him here: @RizzleKicks

Name: Tom Cullen

Age: 29-year-old

Current occupation: Actor & Writer

Biography: The Welsh man was born in Aberystwyth, but he was brought up in Llandrindod Wells and Cardiff, he attended Llanishen High School.

Cullen’s parents were both writers and Cullen was involved in music before deciding to pursue a career in acting, since graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in Acting, Cullen has worked extensively in film, television and the stage.

Tom may be a familiar face to you from the 2011 indie film hitWeekend, or from the Ridley Scott directed miniseries World Without End.

The Welsh actor is a part of the cast on the hit ITV show Downton Abbey as Anthony Foyle/Lord Gillingham, he has been a part of the show since 2013.

Privately he is dating Orphan Black Star Tatiana Maslany.

Maestrio facts: Paul McStay’s Maestros take on Rio Ferdinand’s All-Stars in the MAESTRIO match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, at Celtic Park on Sunday, September 7 and tickets are on sale now – maximum of 10 per person – priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

Follow him here: @tomcullenactor

Name:Dwight Eversley Yorke

Age: 42-year-old

Position: Forward and midfielder

Current occupation:Working as a pundit for Sky Sports

Former Clubs: Aston Villa (1989-1998), Manchester United (1998-2002), Blackburn Rovers (2002-2004), Birmingham City (2004-2005), Sydney (2005-2006) & Sunderland (2006-2009)

He also made4 74 appearances for his national team; Trinidad and Tobago.

Biography:Dwight Yorke kicked off his football career at the youth clubs of the Signal Hill Comprehensive School in 1988. His talents were spotted by Aston Villa manager, Graham Taylor, who offered him trials with the club. Eventually he signed professional deals with Aston Villa in 1989 and made his debut in March 1990.

The Canaan-born football star has been nicknamed “The Smiling Assassin” in the football circuit because of his goal scoring abilities and his constant smile.

Yorke was the assistant manager of the Trinidad and Tobago national team until the completion of the qualifying matches for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He has a 12-year-old son, Harvey Price, with the former model Katie Price (Jordan).

Maestrio facts:  The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago, was named in his honour, and he was made a Sports Ambassador for his country owing to his great display in the 2006 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.

Name: Gianfranco Zola

Age: 48-year-old

Position: Forward

Former Clubs: Torres (1986-1989), Napoli (1989-1993), Parma (1993-1996), Chelsea (1996-2003) & Cagliari (2003-2005)

He capped 35 games for Italy between between1991-1997, scoring 10 goals and Zola appeared at the ‘94 FIFA World Cup and Euro ‘96.

Biography: Chelsea legend Zola spent the first decade of his playing career playing in Italy, most notably with Napoli, alongside Diego Maradona and Careca.

Zola then moved to the English side Chelsea, where he was voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year in the 1996–97 season and in 2003 Zola was voted Chelsea’s greatest player ever.

He began his managerial career with West Ham United in 2008 in the Premier League, after a stint with the Italian U-21s, Zola most recently became manager of Watford in July 2012 until he announced his resignation in 2013.

The Sardinia Born, now lives in Orpington, London, with his wife Franca and together they have three children. 

Maestrio facts: In his playing career, Zola played 628 games and scored 193 goals during a distinguished career before going into management.

The Chelsea legend was awarded an OBE in 2004.

Name: Jody MorrisnnAge: 35-year-oldnnPosition: Central MidfieldernFormer Clubs: Chelsea (1995-2003), Leeds United (2003-2004), Millwall (2004-2007), St. Johnstone (2008-2012) & Bristol City (2012-2013)nnBiography: Morris came through the youth ranks at Chelsea, alongside his close friend John Terry, the local boy, a dyed-in-the-wool Chelsea supporter from nearby North End Road, west London, was welcomed with open arms by the Stamford Bridge faithful after breaking into the first team at the tender age of 17.nnWhile at Chelsea, he made 124 league appearances and was a late substitute in the 2000 FA Cup Final, receiving a winner’s medal. Former manager Gianluca Vialli briefly made Morries the captain of the club. nnAfter several years at the Scottish side St. Johnstone, Morris has now moved back to London with his wife Louise and their two children.nnFollow him here: @morriskidnn

Name: Louis Tomlinson

Age: 22-year-old

Position: Defender

Current occupation:  Singer-songwriter for boyband One Direction

Former Clubs: Doncaster Rovers (reserves), Three Horseshoes Pub

Biography: After starting out as an extra in a variety of English TV dramas Louis became a founding member of globally popular boy band One Direction, who finished third in TV series The X Factor in 2010. Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Louis is a lifelong Doncaster Rovers and was signed professionally by them in the 2013-14 season on non-contract terms. Louis had actually worked in the hospitality suites at the club as a teenager.

Maestrio facts: Played right-back at Parkhead in the Stiliyan Petrov charity football match back on September 8, 2013 but exited the field early after getting injured following a tackle by Gabby Agbonlahor.

Follow him on Twitter here: @Louis_Tomlinson

Name: Phil Neville

Age: 37-year-old

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Current occupation: Manchester United First Team Coach, BBC pundit, co-owner of Salford City FC

Former Clubs: Manchester United (1995-2005) and Everton (2005-2013)

Neville also played for England 59 times (1996-2007)

Biography: Phil, the younger brother of fellow former Manchester United defender Gary, represented England at three European Championships but started his career with Manchester United in the 1994-1995 season as part of the young players coming through under then manager Alex Ferguson, stars including Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.

Phil won six Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League whilst at United before moving to Everton in 2005 where he made his debut against Manchester United facing his brother for the first time. He retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Neville is married to Julie (née Killilea); the couple have a daughter (Isabella) and a son (Harvey).

Maestrio facts: “The memories that I have of playing at Celtic Park are really special. People talk about the atmosphere and the support and you’re always reading about it in the media and I have been fortunate to play there myself.

“It’s such a fantastic cause to play for. I’m involved in the Manchester United Foundation and we do really good work in the community and for charity and I’m sure Celtic do the same with their foundation because at big clubs you have an affiliation to your local community and Celtic does a fantastic job to help people.” Said Phil to the official Celtic website:

Isabella, Phil’s daughter, has cerebral palsy, which has led Neville to becoming an ambassador for the charity Bliss.

Follow him on Twitter here: @fizzer18

Name: Andrew Cole 

Age: 42-year-old

Position: Striker

Current occupation: Columnist, coach and Manchester United ambassador.

Former Clubs: Arsenal (1989-1992), Bristol City (1992-1993), Newcastle United (1993-1995), Manchester United (1995-2001), Blackburn Rovers (2001-2004), Fulham (2004-2005), Manchester City (2005-2006), Portsmouth (2006-2007), Sunderland (2007-2008) & Nottingham Forest (2008)

He capped 15 times for England scoring one goal from 1995-2002.

Biography: Cole was an absolutely amazing striker, which the stats can confirm. He is the second-highest goal scorer in Premier League history; in his career, Cole has scored a total of 187 Premier League goals in 408 appearances.

Cole also has the distinction of being one of the few players in England to have swept all possible honours in the English game, including the PFA Young Player of the Year award, as well as the coveted UEFA Champions League title. 

He scored the winning goals in the 1999 Premiership and the 2002 League Cup.

Cole, who was born in Nottingham, married his long-time girlfriend Shirley Dewar in July 2002 and they have a son called Devante, who is in his Manchester City squad.

Maestrio facts: He is heavily involved with the Kick It Out campaign, which aims to stamp out racist abuse from the stands and in the dressing room.

Cole and Ferdinand were neighbours in Manchester, before Ferdinand moved back to London.

Follow him here:@vancole9 

Name: Jack Whitehall

Age: 26-year-old

Current occupation: Comedian, actor and presenter.

Biography: Whitehall was born and bred in London by his mother, actress Hilary Jane, and father Michael Whitehall, who was an agent for Richard Griffiths and Colin Firth.

The 26-year-old become famous for different parts, but more notable work has been his role in Fresh Meat, Bad Education, A League of their Own, Backchat. He is also famous for Stand-up, television & radio.

A successful and much sought-after stand up, actor, writer and presenter, he won the King of Comedy, British Comedy Awards 2013 & 2012.

Maestrio facts: Jack braves himself at times on the 5-a-side pitch with the lads and it is believed that Jack was very delighted to be asked to play for Rio’s All Star team for the good cause at Celtic Park.

Follow him here: @Jackwhitehall

Name: Paul Scholes

Age: 39

Position: Midfield

Current occupation:  Coach at Manchester United, co-owner of Salford City FC

Former Clubs:  Manchester United and England

Biography: You must have a rare and special football talent to impress the great Sir Bobby Charlton. The United legend summed up Paul Scholes perfectly: “He’s always so in control and pinpoint accurate with his passing – a beautiful player to watch.”

Part of the new wave of talent that ushered in Beckham, Giggs, Butt and the Neville brothers in the mid-1990s, Salford-born Scholes scored twice on his debut in the League Cup at Port Vale in 1994/95 – and on his first league outing against Ipswich – and never looked back.

A host of golden seasons at Old Trafford include 1995/96’s Double-winning campaign, in which he covered admirably during Eric Cantona’s suspension, finishing second behind the Frenchman in the scoring charts with 14 goals; he was a cornerstone of 1999’s Treble-winners, although suspension ruled him out of the UEFA Champions League final, and in United’s Premier League success in 2003, his 20-goal haul was vital.

Neat and compact, a misplaced Scholes pass was one of the rarest sights in football. His superb eye for goal and late runs from midfield also served his country superbly on 66 occasions.

His last United appearance came as a substitute in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley. He signed off with an incredible 676 matches under his belt, leaving only three legends ahead of him on the all-time list – namely Bill Foulkes (688), Sir Bobby Charlton (758) and Ryan Giggs (876 at end of 2010/11).

Scholes announced his retirement three days after the Wembley final in a typically low-key manner – no interview, no fuss, just a statement on ManUtd.com confirming his decision to stop playing and start coaching with United. He made a shock return to the United fold, however, on 8 January, 2012 and came on as a substitute in the FA Cup third round victory at Manchester City. He admitted: “I’ve been pretty clear since I stopped playing that I miss it.” He went on to play one more season before retiring again in May 2013.

Maestrio facts: Scholes scored twice in a pre-season friendly for Manchester United at Parkhead against Celtic in 2006 and returned a few months later playing both games in the sides’ Champions League two-legged clash in the 2006/07 season.

Scholes scored in Rio Ferdinand’s Manchester United debut, where they won 5-0 against Hungarian side Zalaegerszeg in August 2002.

Name: Rio Ferdinand

Age: 35-year-old

Position: Centre-back

Current occupation:  BBC pundit at the World Cup 2014, Rio owns a restaurant, fashion label, magazineand the Rio Ferdinand Foundation

Former Clubs: West ham (1996-2000), Leeds United (2000-2002) & Manchester United (2002-2014).

England National team (1997-2011) capped for the first time when he was 19 and holder of 81 England caps

Biography: Ferdinand grew up in the Friary council estate, Peckham, he divided his time between ballet and football between the ages of 11 to 13, before choosing a football career.

He is married to Rebecca Ellison, who he has three children with.

“Winning is like a drug. You just need to win!” Said Ferdinand.

Maestrio facts: Peckham-born Rio has a passion for social issues and young people something demonstrated when he established the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a charity which missing is to inspire and enable young people to reach their potential by providing education and employment pathways

Rio said about the Maestrio game: “I said I’d like to do it, but there was a stipulation that Paul McStay had to be involved and that was the line for me and my foundation to be a part of it, the game will be aligned to my charity and to the Celtic FC Foundation as well, which is a good marriage really.”

Follow him here: @rioferdy5

The MAESTRIO charity match, sponsored by Flip and Magners, takes place at Celtic Park on Sunday, September 7.

Net proceeds will be split between Celtic FC Foundation and the Rio Ferdinand Foundation and donations will be made to main beneficiaries UNICEF and War Child, to help their humanitarian work in a number of Middle East countries.

Tickets for the Maestrio Charity Match are now on general sale, priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (maximum of 10 per person).  

They are available to purchase ONLINE, by calling 0871 226 1888, by visiting the Celtic Ticket Office or the Club’s retail outlets at Argyle Street, Sauchiehall Street, Clydebank, Coatbridge or East Kilbride.

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