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United greats Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville have teamed up with a
Singaporean billionaire to open football-themed cafes and hotels in
Asia, a spokesperson for the tycoon said on Wednesday.
The two sportsmen and Peter Lim, owner of Spain's Valencia football
club and Singapore-based property developer Rowsley Ltd, are looking at
opening the first Cafe Football outlet in Asia in 2017, the spokesperson
Neville told Bloomberg News the outlet will be in Singapore.
"We've had fantastic reviews in Manchester, and we are looking for a
U.K., Europe and Asian expansion over the next 12 to 18 months to add
multiple properties," he said.
Neville told Singapore's Straits Times that the trio would also look at expanding Hotel Football across Asia.
"We have an aggressive roll-out plan for Hotel Football, looking to
over 5 000 new rooms over the next five to 10 years. We already have
discussions in India, China, Thailand, and Malaysia, as well as other
parts of the UK," he said.
Rowsley announced in September that the company will open its third
Cafe Football at the National Football Museum in Manchester later this
The first Cafe Football opened in London in 2013, followed by a
second near Manchester United's home ground Old Trafford in 2015.
In July, Neville and Giggs unveiled plans for a multimillion-pound
development in Manchester city centre, including a 200-bed hotel, two
skyscrapers and a synagogue.
Neville, a former England full-back, said the project would create
1,300 jobs and regenerate a historic part of the northwestern English
Welsh football legend Giggs recently left his assistant manager's
role at Manchester United following the arrival of former Chelsea boss