BARBADOS BOUND: Andrew Cole, Gianfranco Zola, Petra Roach, the Barbados Tourism Authority's vice-president marketing and sales UK, and Alan Shearer (right)
THE SECOND Barbados British Airways Football Legends Invitational tournament was launched in central London today.
Some of the Premier League’s greatest names will contest the event in May.
The tournament will ironically take place at the 'Mecca' of cricket; the world famous Kensington Oval from May 26-27.
Legendary names such as Andrew Cole, Alan Shearer and Gianfranco Zola will be in action as eight teams do battle.
The six-a-side tournament was created in conjunction with the Professional Football Association (PFA). Matches will be 20 minutes each. Day one will see first round matches while the second day will see the semi-finals and final played.
Football is huge in Barbados, and the island is said to be 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 was 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 proposed legends teams will be: Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and the PFA All-Stars.
For more information visit: www.visitbarbados.org