(November 2012) Staged at the remarkable Kensington Oval, Barbados, the British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament 2013 will once again give football fans and sun-seekers alike the opportunity to witness legends of eight teams battle it out in a two-day event against the backdrop of the lush Caribbean island, from 7-8 June.
Since the launch of BA Football Legends in 2011, Manchester United have firmly positioned themselves as the success story of the event. In 2012, Dwight Yorke and Andrew Cole dazzled spectators as they overcame Premiership teams representing Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United. New for 2012, a Caribbean All-Stars team joined the event and were a close contender for the winning trophy.
“The Beautiful Game returns to Barbados for its third year, 7-8 June”
Next year’s event will again comprise of eight, six-a-side teams including a talented PFA All-Stars team and a Caribbean All-Stars team along with representation for select Premiership teams.
The past two events have seen the likes of the Champion League winners’ manager Roberto Di Matteo, Alan Shearer, Gianfranco Zola, Gus Poyet and Gaizka Mendieta pack their boots for sunnier climes and 2013 is set for another stellar line-up of football talent. The tournament will once again attract a huge crowd of both British football fans visiting the country and local Bajans, who are just as avid in their support of the game.
Christian Smith, Commercial Director of the Professional Footballers’ Association comments on the partnership: “Thanks to the support of the Barbados Tourism Authority, we have now implemented, and are building upon, a concept that we had been developing for several years. We’re thrilled that the success of the inaugural Barbados Football Legends in 2011 was followed by another successful event in 2012, and we’re developing plans to ensure that 2013’s event attracts an even bigger crowd, further publicity and legendary players.
The profile that we’ve managed to achieve for veterans’ football is fantastic.”
Petra Roach, Vice President of the Barbados Tourism Authority UK added: “Attracting some of the greatest football players ever to have graced the English stage to our beautiful island is testimony to the warm reception and wonderful hospitality afforded by the people of Barbados. Football is huge in Barbados and to welcome such a fantastic line-up of Premiership heroes for a third year is an honour. ”
Player Gaizka Mendieta commented, “I’m really excited to be heading back to Barbados for the Legends tournament next year. It’s great to get everyone back on the pitch and renew old rivalries. Add to that the fantastic weather and welcoming, generous people and you have an event that I wouldn’t want to miss.”
Holiday packages and tickets will be available in early 2013.
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