Some of the Premier League’s greatest names will contest the Football Legends Invitational Tournament in Barbados in June. Taking place at the world famous Kensington Oval from June 10-11, iconic names such as Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer and Gianfranco Zola will be in action as eight teams do battle.
The two day football extravaganza is the idea of the Barbados Tourism Authority’s Vice President for Marketing and Sales UK, Petra Roach, who told the Voice of Sport:
"Attracting some of the greatest football players 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."
The six-a-side tournament was created in conjunction with the Professional Football Association. The event is also sponsored by British Airways and co-sponsored by Almond Beach Resorts and Kensington Oval. Matches will be 20 minutes each. Day one will see first round matches while the second day will see the semifinals and final played. The aim is to create an annual cycle of events to help promote the game along with raising money for local charities involved in the development of football in the Caribbean.
Football is huge in Barbados, so the island is excited to welcome the impressive line-up of some of the great Premier League players of the past decade. Barbados is used to being a sports host and successfully boasts a number of world class events including several athletic championships, the ICC cricket World Cup finals and also the thrilling Twenty20 World Cup final staged last year.
Former Newcastle United and England captain Shearer is ecstatic to have been invited to take part in the tournament. “When I got asked I said ‘yes’ straight away. I said put me first on the list please! “I love Barbados. I have been going there for the past fifteen to twenty years. I love the place, I love the people, I was there only a few months ago.”
“It should be very entertaining, not saying we will be running around like we did ten years ago, but we will do our best!” The Premier League’s all-time top goal scorer has obviously not lost any of his winning instincts, when he added “Yes I do hope to win. If I don’t then so be it, because the people out there are so happy and relaxed, as long as we do our best and entertain, that’s what matters.” The legends teams will be: Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and the PFA All-Stars.
Written by,Karyn Bascombe