BA Football Legends Tournament Returns

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An acclaimed selection of football’s greatest champions will prove that they’re yet to hang up their boots as they make for Barbados’ sunny climes and the Kensington Oval’s grassy pitch for the third annual British Airways Football Legends Invitational this June, 7-8.

Fans of the game can expect to witness their favourite football heroes engaging in some seriously competitive sport as they battle it out for the winning trophy. Over the past two years, players have demonstrated that winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing. With old team rivalries being reignited, the British Airways Football Legends Invitational is now known for its legendary players, high quality games and lush Caribbean backdrop.

This year’s tournament features eight, six-a-side teams representing Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur from the English Premiership, plus a PFA all-star team and an all-star team representing the Caribbean.

As manager of Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo steered the club to European and Domestic Cup success. Unfortunately such success did not translate onto the Barbados pitch in 2012, as for a second year running Manchester United scooped the winning trophy. The fierce competition and fantastic weather have drawn Di Matteo back to Barbados for a third year, and his team will attempt to knock Manchester United from the top spot.

Di Matteo will be joined by some of the greatest names in Chelsea’s history, including Dennis Wise, Gus Poyet and Gianfranco Zola. Other stars include Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole for Manchester United, Stephane Henchoz for Liverpool, Kevin Kilbane for Everton and Gaizka Mendieta for the PFA all-star team.

“We’re looking forward to giving visitors to Barbados and locals a great tournament.”

Ex-Chelsea and former England international player Dennis Wise is looking forward to returning to Barbados for a second year:

“We had a lot of fun last year – I loved the matches, the beaches and the restaurants on the island. We were of course disappointed to lose 4 – 3 in the final to Manchester United, so we’ve really got our eyes on the trophy this year! When you sign up for things like this, obviously you want to enjoy yourself, but when you get on the pitch you want to win, so we’re looking forward to giving visitors to Barbados and locals a great tournament.”

Join the legends on the trip and experience all that Barbados has to offer, from seemingly endless stretches of sandy beach joined by clear turquoise waters, to the island’s rich cultural heritage and warm Bajan hospitality.

Four Star All Inclusive Accommodation
British Airways are offering a seven night package to Barbados from just £1,129 per person. This price includes accommodation at the four star Casuarina Beach Resort on an all-inclusive basis, plus return flights from London Gatwick. This package is based on two adults sharing a room, with departures on 3 June 2013.

Three Star Room Only Accomodation
British Airways are offering a seven night package to All Seasons Resort Europa, Barbados from just £529 per person. This price is based on two adults sharing a room on a room-only basis and includes return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways. Availability at this price is limited, and is valid for travel between 07/05/13 – 30/06/13.

Ticket Information
Tickets to the matches can be purchased from selected vendors on the island: CS Pharmacy, Texaco Wildey, Kensington Oval, Sports & Games, Itickets Barbados and Super Centre. Tickets will be priced at approximately £9.48 each (BBD$30) for a one day pass, and £15.80 (BBD$50) for a two day pass.

News & Updates
Website: www.visitbarbados.org
Twitter: @BarbadosLegends

For More Information Contact:
Sam Hooper
Emma Liasides
Lalla Dutt
or call 0870 626 9000

Images and footage available on request

Notes to Editors:
The country has also hosted numerous athletic championships, including the 2006 PGA World Golf Championships-Barbados World Cup, the ICC Cricket World Cup Finals in 2007, the Sentebale Charity Polo match with Prince Harry of Wales in 2010, and the ICC Twenty20 Cricket Finals for 2010. Accommodation options range from picturesque plantation houses and villas, to quaint bed and breakfasts and award-winning, five-star resorts. Barbados was voted eighth in the World by Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travellers Choice Destination Awards’ in its Top 100 Destinations category.