Pitch International (London) is thrilled to present Star Sixes, the first ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players which is due to take place at The O2.
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In partnership with Football Champions Tour, a leading sports management agency, Star Sixes will reunite the World’s greatest players in their National team colours, to renew old rivalries and contest a gripping six-a-side tournament, in front of packed arenas and global audiences.
Legends Steven Gerrard, Carlos Puyol, Michael Ballack, Deco, Robert Pires and Jay Jay Okocha will be among the many stars unleashed on the global competitive stage once again.
Brazil, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Italy, Holland, France, England, Portugal, Australia, Nigeria and China will compete in the inaugural 12-team event, which takes place at The O2, London in July 2017.
The first regionalised edition, consisting of six teams is scheduled to take place in Asia in 2017. Arenas in Berlin, Istanbul, Beijing, Sydney, Miami and Seattle are also set to host future editions. Star Sixes is scheduled to return to The O2 in Summer 2019.
Tournaments will be played in a group format through to knock out stages - including penalty shootouts. Every Star Sixes player will be a recently retired fully capped international.
Pitch International Managing Director Jonathan Rogers said: “The long-term objective of Star Sixes is simple. We intend it to become ingrained within the global football calendar as the premier event for retired international footballers, in effect, the World Cup for Legends.
“We envisage Star Sixes establishing its place in The O2 calendar in a similar way to the fantastic box office events the ATP World Tour Finals and NBA also hosted at the venue.
“Star Sixes presents unique and compelling opportunities for broadcasters, sponsors and a wide variety of other potential stakeholders.”
“Our players are craving to reignite that competitive spirit and compete against old rivals in an exciting format in front of patriotic fans” said Jamie Jarvis, joint Managing Partner of Football Champions Tour.
“All of us at AEG are proud and excited to host the inaugural Star Sixes at The O2 with Pitch International” said Richard Krezwick, Senior Vice President of AEG Facilities Europe. “With hundreds of legendary memories in its 10-year history, The O2 is the perfect venue to showcase this exciting new format for football fans. We look forward to welcoming some of the world’s most recognizable footballers to London and hosting fans from throughout Europe for a fantastic experience.”
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