EA SPORTS HOST THE FIFA 20 WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON
September 19th 2019
EA Sports rolled out the red carpet on Wednesday night as they hosted the FIFA 20 World Premiere In London. One of the most anticipated dates on the gaming calendar, with added hype this year in the form of the new Volta Football feature. A who's who of Premier League talent, the Volta global finals and Major Lazer wrapping things up.
Moving into a new decade of virtual football EA Sports put on an epic display on the banks of the River Thames as a star-studded guest list filled a strobe-lit playground of arcade football.
Legends of the game in Ian Wright and Kaka led a talented line-up of Premier League players through the red carpet and into an arena of electric hype.
MAKING OF A LEGEND: DIDIER DROGBA
September 14th 2019
A career packed full of goals, trophies and incredible moments but there is much more to the legendary Didier Drogba than just his on-field exploits. Kia caught up with the great man to discuss his journey, his foundation, Kia's work with the UEFA Foundation and how they're empowering fans through their UEFA
Europa League partnership.
Watch the full interview here
10BET ANNOUNCE DROGBA AS BRAND AMBASSADOR
September 13th 2019
10bet has announced former UEFA Champions League winner Didier Drogba as the betting firms global brand ambassador for the next two years.
The Ivorian, who made his name with Chelsea FC where he won four Premier League titles, announced the deal himself via a video posted to his personal social media page.
A spokesperson for 10bet commented: “Didier is one of the most successful and popular sports stars in the world. His career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals and winning 10 trophies at club level earned him the name ‘the ultimate big game player,’ making him a natural fit for our partnership. His passion for the game will be invaluable as he joins us at 10bet in a new challenge off the pitch.”
SOCCEREX SEES PORTUGAL AS 'MARKET LEADER'
September 4th 2019
Soccerex, an event that brings together former players, managers and other members to debate the football industry, is to make its debut in Portugal and the marketing director, David Wright, justified the country's choice as a market leader.
In an interview with Lusa, Wright particularly values one aspect of Portuguese football: the ability to detect and perfect young players, which, in his opinion, is crucial to making Portugal one of the references in the area of transfers, launching every year countless talents for the most powerful clubs in the world.
Between Thursday and Friday, Oeiras will host well-known names in the sport, such as the president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF), Fernando Gomes, the president of the Spanish League, Javier Tebas, the former French football selector Gerard Houllier, and the former footballers Christian Karembeu and Deco, among others, spread across different conferences and themes ranging from the form of leadership in European football to new areas, such as e-sports.
CHELSEA LEGEND DIDIER DROGBA NAMED AS FIFA 20 ICON - AND HIS ATTRIBUTES ARE INCREDIBLE
September 3rd 2019
The Ivorian will be playable on FIFA 20 Ultimate Team as a playable Icon.
Ahead of the launch of FIFA 20, there have been various announcements regarding proposed changes to the game, these include gameplay upgrades, game mode improvements, licencing news and a bunch of new FIFA Ultimate Team Icons.
EA SPORTS have announced 14 brand new FUT Icons that will be playable in FIFA 20, including the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, Ian Wright, Ronald Koeman, Carlos Alberto, Garrincha, Michael Essien, Gianluca Zambrotta, John Barnes, Ian Rush, Hugo Sanchez, Pep Guardiola and Kenny Dalglish.
TV : AVEC ROBERT PIRES, CANAL+ S’EST OFFERT DU LOURD
August 9th 2019
Comme pour les footballeurs, les consultants peuvent changer de chaîne durant l’intersaison. Avec l’acquisition des droits de la Premier League, Canal+ a recruté du lourd.
Dès ce vendredi soir, les abonnés de Canal+ pourront suivre la Premier League avec une affiche entre Liverpool et Norwich. Pour marquer le coup, la chaîne cryptée s’est offert les services de nouveaux consultants, dont certains ont joué dans le championnat anglais. C’est notamment le cas de Robert Pires, qui commentera certaines affiches de Premier League sur Canal+. Un choix plus qu’assumé.
“CHUNCHE” OPACA TRIUNFO DE LAS LEYENDAS DEL MUNDO CON AMOR RECIBIDO DESDE LAS GRADAS
August 2nd 2019
Las actividades del Centenario Liguista no dejan de encantar a los seguidores de Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, el partido entre las Leyendas del Mundo y las manudas fue el último bocadillo que recibieron.
Un espectáculo de principio a fin que maravilló. Entre tantas estrellas del mundo, el más aclamado fue Mauricio “Chunche” Montero.
Cada toque de balón o aproximación con él eran suficientes para generar una oleada de aplausos y éxtasis. En los minutos finales intentó, con una barrida, anotar y, aunque no lo consiguió, la reacción de las gradas fue como de celebración de gol.
Las Leyendas del Mundo afrontaron el compromiso con Faryd Mondragón en la portería, Michel Salgado, Claudio Caniggia, Fernando Hierro, Esteban Cambiasso, Rivaldo, Fernando Morientes, Marco Materazzi, Robert Pires y Havivi. Las órdenes las giró Jaime López.
LOCURA POR KAKÁ EN EL PARTIDO DE LEYENDAS EN EL CEMENTOS PROGRESO
July 28th 2019
Casi tres mil aficionados asistieron al estadio Cementos Progreso, para disfrutar del partido entre las leyendas internacionales y leyendas del futbol guatemalteco. El brasileño Kaká, fue quien provocó la euforia y derrochó talento.
Las leyendas internacionales golearon 7-3 al combinado de estrellas guatemaltecas, en un emocionante partido, que se realizó a beneficio del programa ‘Mejoremos viviendas’ de Cementos Progreso.
El equipo de exfutbolistas internacionales estuvo integrado por Kaká, Rivaldo, Clarence Seedorf, Farid Mondragón, Fernando Hierro, Michel Salgado, Marco Materazzi, Edmílson y Esteban Cambiasso.
PETER DRURY IS THE FACE OF SUPERSPORT’S NEW FOOTBALL SEASON
July 10th 2019
The versifier of the volley, the balled-monger of the beautiful game, the wordsmith of world football - Peter Drury is the face of SuperSport’s new football season campaign.
A commentator since 1998, Drury has commentated on football’s greatest stage, the Fifa World Cup final, as well as many a Champions League and English Premier League matches.
Renowned the world over for his iconic verses in some of football’s greatest moments, he will for the first time headline a marketing campaign.
JOSE MOURINHO, LUIS FIGO FEATURE ON TIME SPORTS CHANNEL
July 5th 2019
Egyptian channel, Time Sports, appointed Luis Figo, former Portugal & Real Madrid star, to analyze AFCON matches.
Luis Figo is not the first world class star who analyzes AFCON matches on Time Sports. Many starts featured on the Egyptian channel like Samuel Etoo, Hadji Diouf and Nwanko Kanu.
Time Sports previously announced that former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho, will feature on the screen as analyzer for the AFCON matches.
SHADES OF 2004 AS GREECE CONQUER PORTUGAL AGAIN
July 4th 2019
Fifteen years on from one of the greatest achievements in Greek sporting history - and one of world football’s most celebrated underdog stories - Greece’s Legends 2004 celebrated the 15th anniversary of their Euro 2004 triumph in style on Thursday with a 2-1 victory over Portugal Legends.
All proceeds from ticket sales from the match go to children's charity organisation Merimna.
Kostas Katsouranis’ emphatic finish after 17 minutes put Greece in front in the first half. And Angelos Charisteas, the hero of the 2004 final, prodded home from close-range to double the advantage just after half-time.
Helder Postiga pulled a goal back for the Portuguese with a stunning individual strike after 53 minutes, while Vasilis Tsiartas missed a penalty for Greece in a dramatic second half as the hosts held on for another famous victory in front of 10,000 fans at the Georgios Kamaras stadium in Athens.
Legends 2004: Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Kapsis, Dellas, Fyssas, Zagorakis, Katsouranis, Basinas, Karagounis, Giannakopoulos, Charisteas
Portugal Legends: Baia, Carvalho, Petit, Pauleta, Miguel, Nuno Valente, Pedro Mendes, Maniche, Deco, Helder Postiga, Jorge Andrade
VIETNAMESE FANS MEET FOOTBALL LEGENDS IN HCM CITY
June 24th 2019
Vietnamese fans had the chance to meet five football legends at Tiger Street Football 2019, the biggest street football tournament in Southeast Asia, which was held in Ho Chi Minh City on June 23.
The legends were international football star and former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand; Chelsea legend and former Ivory Coast national team captain Didier Drogba; Park Ji-sung of the Republic of Korean football fame and a former Manchester United midfielder; and Portuguese legend Luis Figo and Brazilian star Roberto Carlos, both former players of Real Madrid.
After that, the five football legends formed a team of six with Vietnamese national team goalkeeper Dang Van Lam and played against the champions of Tiger Street Football 2019, Dat Vinh Tien.
FOOTBALL AND ENTERTAINMENT STARS UNITE TO RAISE £425,000 AT FIRST EVER SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF GALA
June 12th 2019
Soccer Aid for Unicef players including Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Jamie Redknapp and Sir Mo Farah joined more than 250 guests for a star-studded gala tonight at the Science Museum in South Kensington, raising a staggering £425,000 to support Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.
The superstars and footballing legends descended on London’s Science Museum for the first ever Soccer Aid for Unicef Gala, hosted by Mark Wright. The evening featured an interactive football themed reception, complete with a real grass ‘green carpet’ and walkthrough player tunnel.
Names signed up for the England squad include legends Michael Owen, Joe Cole, and – for the first time ever – female players Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey, and celebrities Sir Mo Farah, Mark Wright, and Danny Jones, all under the watchful eye of co-managers Susanna Reid and Sam Allardyce. Taking them on are the Soccer Aid World XI, with players so far announced including legends Didier Drogba, Eric Cantona, and Robert Pires, and stars Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, and Martin Compston, taking their orders from Harry Redknapp and Piers Morgan.
HISENSE SHINES AS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE FINALS
June 5th 2019
On June 5th 2019, the UEFA Nations League Finals kick off in Portugal. As an Official Sponsor, Hisense, a leading television and appliance manufacturer, is proud to announce that Portuguese professional football star Bernardo Silva and footballing legend Deco will be invited to join its "Skills Brought to Life" campaign. As a truly global brand, Hisense has created a unique opportunity to engage with fans around the world during the tournament.
As two of the most skillfull players current and past, ambassadors Bernardo Silva and Deco were the perfect pair to lead the campaign. Both players have joined in Hisense's social media interactions with football fans around the world, bringing an unforgettable experience to many while building hype for the tournament finals.
THE NIGHT OF THE KINGS, FIGO: "THANKS TO FRANCESCO FOR THE EVENT", TOTTI: "SOON THE NEW COACH"
June 3rd 2019
Francesco Totti and Luis Figo speak at a press conference with journalists, after the spectacular match played at the Foro Italico in honor of 'The Night of the Kings' .
At Figo: exciting match, in the second half you came out …
"I think we showed that we were better physically, in the second half the team was better. The result is less important in this event, I want to thank Francesco for having invited us to his city, we must make the most of these events, the cause is the most important thing. I thank those who have worked in this event and make it possible that we are here today, including you ”.
Ask the event organizer: would you like to thank those who have been by your side?
" I thank all of you who gave voice to this project. I don't believe in Luis or Totti that the most important thing is the charity, there was a result in a field, this is a type of activity where not only a charity game is seen, if the dates are right. . Lately Francesco has done a magic in Kuwait, the victory is missing but it will come soon.
Totti interrupts him: "I'm used to it …"
"Great evening, the solidarity project is the most important thing and I think the audience be amused and approached the sport. We would like to promote a European or a world of these legends. "
#EQUALGAME CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTED IN MADRID
June 2nd 2019
UEFA's #EqualGame campaign, which promotes diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football, was a focal point for enthusiastic fans at the Champions Festival in the Spanish capital.
Football's wonderful diversity and power as a force for social good has been celebrated at the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid.
Under the banner of Respect, UEFA's #EqualGame campaign, which promotes diversity, inclusion and accessibility in football, was a focal point at the Champions Festival in the Spanish capital.
#EqualGame seeks to demonstrate that football is open to all, irrespective of ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, social background or religious beliefs – and a series of events in Madrid engaged fans and brought the campaign and its values into the spotlight.
Meanwhile, at the famous Plaza Mayor, three football legends – Brazil's Cafú and Roberto Carlos, and Portugal's Luís Figo – turned out to show their support for the Football for all Abilities match programme.The matches featured amputee football, blind football, cerebral palsy football, Special Olympics football, Homeless World Cup football and powerchair football. The aim was to emphasise that although people are different, everyone can find common ground in their love of the game.
WATCH THE ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS TOURNAMENT IN MADRID
May 29th 2019
Roberto Carlos, Luís Figo and Ian Rush are among those in Friday's free-to-watch Ultimate Champions Tournament at Plaza Mayor, Madrid.
Prior to 2018, Ultimate Champions games were a highlight in the build-up to past UEFA Champions League finals, but from last season even more big names became involved, with four teams competing rather than two. The tournament will be played at the Champions Festival on Plaza Mayor from 17:00 to 19:00 local time on Friday 31 May – the eve of the UEFA Champions League final.
The 48 players are split into teams identified by their colours: red, blue, yellow and grey. Most have lifted the European Cup in the past including former Madrid-based favourites Roberto Carlos, Luís Figo, Steve McManaman and Fernando Morientes.
Many of the players have have tasted final success in the Spanish capital such as Diego Milito, Esteban Cambiasso and Dejan Stanković as well as Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush and Jerzy Dudek. Also included are women's greats Célia Šašić and Laura Georges, and F2 freestylers Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove.
HEROES’ WELCOME FOR LUKA MODRIĆ IN KUWAIT
May 29th 2019
No matter where Croatia captain Luka Modrić goes he is a big star. The 2019 Ballon d’Or winner received a huge welcome in Kuwait this week where he took part in an exhibition match.
Modrić captained ‘Team Modrić’ against Luis Figo’s ‘Team Figo’ in an exhibition match as part of the ‘Al Roudan Futsal Tournament Kuwait 2019.’
Modrić was introduced to the crowd to loud chants of his name before he said a few words.
“This is my first time in Kuwait, thank you for your warm welcome. I feel very comfortable here and wish you enjoy the game,” Modrić said before the match.”
MO FARAH, ROBERTO CARLOS AND OTHER SPORTING LEGENDS ATTEND SKY NEWS ARABIA LEGENDS NIGHT
May 27th 2019
Mo Farah, the double Olympic gold medal winner in the 5,000m and 10,000m at both the 2012 and 2016 Games, was one of the star name in attendance at the Sky News Arabia Legends Night at their headquarters in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Farah was joined by football stars such as Luis Figo, the former Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Portugal winger, Roberto Carlos, Brazilian World Cup winners Roberto Carlos and Cafu, and former world champion boxer "Prince" Naseem Hamed.
2019 EUROPA LEAGUE: FAN FESTIVAL OPENS IN BAKU
May 25th 2019
A fan festival dedicated to the 2019 UEFA Europa League final opened in the Baku Boulevard on Saturday.
Former English strike Michael Owen and ex-Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo attended the opening ceremony of the festival as start guests, AzVision.az reports.
Azerbaijani First Deputy Prime Minister Yagub Eyyubov, who chairs the Organizing Committee of the Europa League final in Baku, as well as President of the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) Rovnag Abdullayev, AFFA First Vice-President Rauf Aliyev and other officials also took part in the event.
WATCH ROMA LEGEND TOTTI’S INCREDIBLE CHIP GOAL AFTER BEING SKINNED DURING FUTSAL CLASH
May 21st 2019
ROMA legend Francesco Totti stole the show at a recent futsal tournament moments after being rainbow flicked by an opponent.
The 2006 World Cup winner may have hung up his boots two years ago, but the Italian proved he is still capable of producing moments of magic.
Playing in the Al Roudan Futsal tournament in Kuwait, the 42-year-old showed why you should never try and embarrass the Giallorossi icon.
Totti - who is the current club director at Roma - was recently inducted into the Italian Hall of Fame.
KIA AND UEFA FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN TEAM UP TO DONATE FOOTBALL BOOTS TO YOUNG REFUGEES
May 15th 2019
Thousands of young children living at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan will benefit after Kia handed over hundreds of pairs of football boots in Baku to the UEFA Foundation for Children.
Thousands of young children living at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan will benefit after Kia handed over hundreds of pairs of football boots in Baku to the UEFA Foundation for Children.
The donation was made during the final leg of the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour Driven by Kia in Baku, with former UEFA Champions League winner Deco on hand to meet representatives from the Zaatari refugee camp.
"Everyone who has ever played the game – regardless of the level – remembers their first pair of football boots," said Deco. "In donating their boots, fans across Europe are not only giving people a chance to play in better conditions, but they are creating a memory for the recipients that will last a lifetime.
"To meet representatives from Zaatari and learn about the challenges faced by the young players has been very moving. For Kia and the UEFA Foundation for Children to provide the opportunity for fans to support the refugees is extremely positive."
HEINEKEN IN UEFA X F1 ACTIVATION
April 13th 2019
Heineken has brought together two of its global sporting partnerships in an activation celebrating both the 1000thFormula 1 Grand Prix and the visit of the UEFA Champions League Trophy to Shanghai.
UEFA Champions League stars Luis Figo, Xabi Alonso and Clarence Seedorf joined F1 legend Nico Rosberg and current F1 star Pierre Gasly to surprise fans at The House of Roosevelt in the Chinese city.
Both sets of stars took part in a showcase of Chinese sports, centred on the ancient Chinese football game of Cuju.
The UEFA Champions League Trophy arrives in Shanghai as part of a six-country UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour Presented by Heineken in 2019.
UEFA LAUNCHES UEFA EURO 2020 AMBASSADORS' SQUAD
March 21st 2019
Henri Delaunay Trophy balloon takes flight across Europe as qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020 begins.
UEFA has announced the initial line-up of UEFA EURO 2020 ambassadors tasked with promoting the final tournament, which will take place in 12 European cities from 12 June to 12 July 2020 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the competition.
Thirty-four legends who have marked the history of the UEFA European Football Championship were represented by UEFA EURO ’92 winner Peter Schmeichel, UEFA EURO 2000 winner David Trezeguet and UEFA EURO 2004 finalist Luís Figo at a kick-off event at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, after which the Henri Delaunay Trophy balloon took flight for a unique voyage across Europe.
“I am proud that EURO legends such as Peter Schmeichel, David Trezeguet and Luís Figo are actively involved in promoting 60 years of the UEFA European Football Championship,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “As EURO finalists, they have all contributed to creating many of the most iconic memories in the history of this great competition, and we look forward to their involvement in supporting UEFA EURO 2020 – an event that will be much closer to football fans than ever before.”
HARRY REDKNAPP LAUNCHES ROLY POLY BUSINESS IN NEW GODADDY CAMPAIGN
March 19th 2019
GoDaddy the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, announced the launch of its UK marketing campaign, the largest outside the US. King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp is launching a new venture to sell his beloved jam roly polys and wants to inspire people with an idea to take the plunge and start their own business online.
The campaign is the first created with VCCP since becoming GoDaddy’s lead creative agency following a competitive pitch in December and seeks to harness the British entrepreneurial spirit, encouraging people with a passion to think about starting their own business and taking it online.
Harry has been vocal for some time about his love for jam roly polys and the campaign takes this passion and shows how it can lead to starting a business.
LEGENDARY FOOTBALL STAR CARLES PUYOL ARRIVES IN KARACHI
March 16th 2019
Puyol, who has joined the list of global football stars to have visited Pakistan in the past year, will be featuring in the World Soccer Stars 2019 — a project of TouchSky Group. The event will comprise two exhibition matches that will be staged on April 27 and 28 in Karachi and Lahore respectively featuring some of the biggest names of world football. He will be joined by Portugal great Luis Figo, Brazilian superstar Kaka and mercurial Frenchman Nicolas Anelka.
‘LIONHEART’ CARLES PUYOL VISITS JAKARTA
March 11th 2019
Former FC Barcelona and Spain national football team captain Carles Puyol visited Jakarta on Monday (11/03) as part of the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour (UCL). Presented by Heineken, UCL's main sponsor, Puyol met with fans and journalists at Lotte Shopping Avenue in South Jakarta.
The Catalan legend delighted the crowd when he addressed them in Bahasa Indonesia. "Selamat siang. I feel honored to be here as ambassador for the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour."
UEFA TO BRING UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO NEW MARKETS
March 10th 2019
Luís Figo to attend UEFA Champions League global fan events in Mumbai, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro
UEFA is bringing the UEFA Champions League to new and emerging markets through a series of exclusive fan events taking place across the globe. UEFA Champions League ambassador Luís Figo will attend the events in Mumbai, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro.
Each event will be designed with a bespoke set-up, lending itself to local cultures and inviting fans to immerse themselves in the excitement of the competition.
KIA MOTORS TO EMBARK ON FIRST-EVER UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE TROPHY TOUR
February 28th 2019
The UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour Driven by Kia will visit eight cities with a goal of collecting football boots for refugees.
Kia Motors and UEFA are launching the inaugural UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour Driven by Kia. The tour will give football fans across Europe the opportunity to see the iconic UEFA Europa League trophy as the competition's 2018/19 knockout stage unfolds.
Throughout the duration of the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour, fans and players of all ages will be encouraged to donate used and unwanted boots. In partnership with the UEFA Foundation for children, the boots will be taken to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan to be given to Syrian refugees of all ages.
A stellar list of former players have signed up to take part; among those to have confirmed their participation in at least one tour leg are Lothar Matthäus, Deco, Andrés Palop and Eiður Guðjohnsen.
FIGO BRINGS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO MUMBAI
February 14th 2019
Fans in Mumbai experience the premier tournament between European Clubs through trophy, quiz and interactive sessions.
On Friday the 8th of March, Figo as UEFA brand ambassador curated a unique event for the fans to reach out to the passionate audience in India. This event was the commencement of a global fan initiative by the UEFA Champions League in bringing the premium experience to potential fan base in markets like India. It was a memorable night for the fans to have the legend amongst them interacting and sharing some of his most memorable instances from his career.
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SPONSORSHIP: LEGENDARY JOURNEYS - KANOUTÉ
February 10th 2019
Two-time UEFA Cup winner, Frédéric Kanouté returned to his former club, to experience a match day journey with the fans. He was also reunited with one of his former team mates…
Watch the video here
FIGO, THE LATEST FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR TO MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE ON JDT VIDEOS
January 14th 2019
Former World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner Luis Figo made a special appearance in the 2019 Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) jersey launch video, joining a list of some household names that have made appearances in previous videos produced by the club.
The marquee videos the club have produced over the years, all directed by owner HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim himself, have been something to look forward to yearly and it has brought about the inclusion of some of world football’s most recognisable faces for the past two years.
Robert Pires featured in the 2018 jersey launch video as he handed a ‘package’ to the JDT players at the airport upon the Frenchman’s arrival in a private jet. Part II of the video, which was the announcement of Gonzalo Cabrera’s return to JDT, saw Hernan Crespo, Alessandro Nesta and Rivaldo feature alongside JDT players and the Crown Prince of Johor.
The Southern Tigers also produced quality videos when introducing the 2016 and 2017 jerseys.
KAKA AND FIGO IN PAKISTAN TO LAUNCH WORLD SOCCER STARS EVENT
January 10th 2019
Soccer greats Luis Figo and Kaka arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to launch the World Soccer Stars event in a country more known for its cricket.
Figo, who like Kaka was visiting Pakistan for the first time, said the duo will bring with them 10 soccer greats for the event.
In a similar venture, another private group organized exhibition matches in 2017 and brought in many international stars like Ryan Giggs and Ronaldinho.
Pakistan, a country of more than 220 million people, is ranked No. 199 by FIFA. But soccer is gaining popularity, especially among the youngsters in big cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.
“We are here to launch this event ... and this is the opportunity to open some football schools here in the country to help the kids and football in general,” said Figo, who walked into the news conference with a cricket bat in his hand.
Kaka echoed Figo’s sentiments and advised youngsters to create opportunities.
“A little piece of the advice for these guys, if they really dream to play football, run after your dream, create your opportunity and probably you increase your chance to get a success,” Kaka said.
STAR SIXES: MICHAEL OWEN THE HERO AS ENGLAND WIN TOURNAMENT
January 6th 2019
Michael Owen scored the winner as England twice came from behind to beat Rest of the World 3-2 in the final of the Star Sixes tournament in Glasgow.
Martin Jorgensen gave Rest of the World an early lead, but Owen levelled and Emile Heskey then hit the post.
Gaizka Mendieta smashed a corner into the net off England goalkeeper David James to make it 2-1.
Joe Cole quickly replied for England with a deflected strike and Owen then netted the winner, having earlier been involved in a clash with Jason McAteer.
England reached the final with a last-gasp victory over Republic of Ireland.
Having seen Scotland lose to Rest of the World, England needed to beat Ireland to finish second.
Paul Konchesky then fired in the winner with 30 seconds remaining to give England a 1-0 win.
Wales and Northern Ireland drew 1-1 in the fifth-place play-off and Scotland and Republic of Ireland also finished level in the third-place play-off after Niall Quinn equalised for Ireland.
RANGERS AND CELTIC HEROES AMONG NINE NEW SIGNINGS FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF STAR SIXES, IN GLASGOW!
October 18th 2018
Nine iconic Old Firm and international football legends have been confirmed for the FansBet Star Sixes in January 2019, which yesterday held its official launch at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
Alongside a host of new stars being announced, FansBet was also confirmed as the Official Title Partner for the indoor six-a-side tournament. Additionally, Sky Sports was announced as the Official Broadcast Partner, bringing fans live coverage of all 18 matches across the three days!
Skipper Robert Pires added three additional names to his Rest of the World squad, while Scotland captain Barry Ferguson confirmed two signings while the first Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland representatives were also announced.
STAR SIXES COMING TO GLASGOW IN 2019
October 2nd 2018
The world’s greatest players will reunite in January at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro for the second edition of Star Sixes - an indoor 6-a-side football tournament featuring the legends of the game.
See a galaxy of stars – including Robert Pires, Barry Ferguson, Simon Donnelly and Michael Owen – under one roof as they once again pull on their national shirts to renew international rivalries.
Presented by Pitch International (London), in partnership with Football Champions Tour, the inaugural Star Sixes tournament was staged at The O2, London, in July 2017. The 12-nation competition was contested by teams from England, Scotland, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Nigeria, Portugal, China and Denmark. France, captained by Robert Pires, were victorious, beating Denmark 2-1 in the final.
Star Sixes 2019, to be held from January 4-6, is the first regional edition of the tournament. It will be contested by hosts Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Wales and a Rest of the World team over three days of intense competition.
The tournament will consist of a round robin group phase followed by play-offs and final, when the prized silverware will be at stake. As well as world-class football action, there will be a spectacular show built around the matches making this an unmissable occasion for the whole family.
NEW SIGNINGS FOR EA SPORTS - FIFA 19 ICONS
September 24th 2018
Rivaldo, Makelele, Trezeguet, Lampard, Gerrard, Ballack, Seedorf, Cruyff, Socrates, Eusebio and Baggio are the new names added to a list of 80 legends that Football Champions Tour signed last year with EA Sports. The new series of Icons will now take part in the FIFA 19.
ROBERT PIRES AT THE ARSENAL VS REAL MADRID LEGENDS MATCH
September 8th 2018
Robert Pires played for Arsenal team again this Saturday. The game took place at the Emirates Stadium in London and pitted former Real Madrid heroes against their Arsenal counterparts.
The charity game saw both sides spurn chances to score in normal time and the game finished goalless. It was decided by penalty kicks and, in the shootout, goalkeeper Jens Lehmann scored the winning spot kick.
Among the stars who joined the iconic number 7, were Davor Suker, Gilberto Silva, Arbeloa, Claude Makelele, Fernando Morientes, Raul, and many others.
PIRLO AND KAKA FOR AL ROUDAN TOURNAMENT 2018
July 12th 2018
Football Champions Tour was responsible again for sourcing players for the Al Roudan Tournament, in Kuwait. We have been collaborating with the Al Roudan family since 2012 sourcing different players for the competition which happens every year in Ramadan.
This year, Italian legend Andrea Pirlo and Brazilian star Kaka joined us for another season.
SEE THE INCREDIBLE BY HISENSE
June 25th 2018
Luís Figo, Robert Pires and Michael Owen were three of the Legends that Hisense chose to activate their brand for the World Cup.
The campaign “See the Incredible” was placed in Madrid, Paris and London where the three players joined Britain comedian Lloyd Griffith in the Hisense Room of Legends to watch their teams play.
More at seetheincredible.com
MY HERITAGE WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN
June 15th 2018
Within the goal to show people that rivalry in football is not always justified, My Heritage worked on a DNA campaign to show eight footballers from different countries what were their family routes. Lothar Matthaus, Clarence Seedorf and Robert Pires have found some interesting stories and a whole new perspective about how global and multicultural a person can be.
CESC FABREGAS FOR SUPERSPORT
June 14th 2018
In the day that marks the beginning of the FIFA World Cup, here’s the final result of our collaboration with SuperSport – official broadcaster in South Africa – with Cesc Fabregas.
Back in February, the Chelsea player surprised two African young men who were in London for the first time, after winning a SuperSport contest.
ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO AT THE G-EXPO GLOBAL FOOTBALL SUMMIT
June 6th 2018
The iconic number 10 was one of the guests to attend the G-Expo Summit, June 6, in Bengbu.
In the event, held in China, Alessandro got together with former players David Beckham and Ruud Gullit and coach Carlo Ancelotti. Together, they discussed the 2018 World Cup along with other football topics in a series of round-tables and conferences.
#SHARETHEDRAMA BY HEINEKEN WITH DROGBA
May 28th 2018
Football Legend Didier Drogba was the the big star of the Champions League Final weekend in South Africa. Heineken invited him to take part in then all-star line-up at the Nasrec House for the #ShareTheDrama campaign.
The event took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Ivorian legend was given a huge welcome in the packed venue in an amazing atmosphere.
ROBERT PIRES IN ICT SPRING FOR TEQBALL
May 16th 2018
Teqball was one of the guests of ICT Spring in Luxembourg. This event brings together the global tech community to showcase their innovations and thoughts that can shape the future. Robert Pires was invited by Teqball and Fiteq to take part in the event.
DECO AND ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO PLAY FOR AL-NASSR (SAUDI ARABIA) IN A FRIENDLY MATCH AGAINST VALENCIA
May 9th 2018
Football legends Deco and Alessandro del Piero were two of the players that played a friendly match tonight in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Playing in a crowded stadium, the players represented Al-Nassr along with Ronaldinho Gaúcho and Hernan Crespo.
CAFU FOR HYUNDAI WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN
April 19th 2018
Cafu is one of the new faces of the campaign “Hyundai World Football Heritage”.
In a shooting in March in Brazil, Cafu showed Hyundai and the world how important the fans cheering is for a player on the pitch.
The legendary Brazil captain also revealed some insights about the first time he played on the World Cup competition and what he felt lifting the cup in 2002.
JACOB & CO. EPIC X CHRONO LUIS FIGO LIMITED EDITION
April 9th 2018
Luxury watch brand Jacob & Co has teamed up with Luis Figo to launch a limited edition watch collection at Baslworld 2018.
“As one of the most celebrated names in football, Luis Figo demonstrates the highest level of mastery in his sport,” says Jacob Arabo. “It’s been a pleasure working with him to create a timepiece that speaks to sophistication, style and technical skill that is synonymous with his name.”
VÍTOR BAÍA FOR HUBLOT LEGENDS MATCH
March 22nd 2018
Hublot brought together friends of the brand and sporting legends to kick off the first day of Baselworld with a game of football.
The watchmaker’s friendly match, which boasted José Mourinho and Maradona as captains, featured a variety of sporting legends.
The match was refereed by Nicola Rizzoli and his Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia smart watch.
Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO Hublot, said: “This was the dream and Hublot has made it a reality! This match is everybody’s dream.
NEW PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN LUÍS FIGO AND HISENSE
February 26th 2018
Football Champions Tour are excited to announce our client Luís Figo has become the new brand ambassador for the technology brand Hisense.
Hisense are an official FIFA World Cup partner and will be working closely with Luís on their upcoming World Cup campaign based around their new Infinity H11 Pro phone.
LUÍS FIGO JOINS OTHER SPORTS STARS IN ABU DHABI
January 13th 2018
Martin Kaymer’s team of seasoned professional golfers were crowned winners of the 2018 Abu Dhabi GolfmInvitational after an enthralling day of golf at the award-winning Yas Links Golf Club.
The field was packed with household names and internationally renowned talent as footballing legend Luis Figo captained the Celebrity Team alongside returning players Peter Schmeichel, Ruud Gullit and Dwight Yorke.
ROBERT PIRES FOR ENTERPRISE
December 12th 2017
European football legends Robert Pires, Marcel Desailly, and Christian Ziege have joined forces with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a partner of the UEFA Europa League, to offer four fans a road trip during the knockout stages of the competition.
Launching in January, Enterprise’s ‘Backseat Pundit’ competition will give four winners - each with a friend - the opportunity to travel with Pires, Desailly or Ziege as their ‘backseat’ companion to a game, to provide some punditry and insight into the match ahead.
TEQBALL WITH LUIS FIGO IN MONACO
October 10th 2017
Luis Figo took part in the Teqball All Stars Show in Monaco last week. Joined by other stars such as Christian Karembeu, the legends showed they still had the skill to put on a great show for the huge crowds that came to watch.
Teqball is a new sport equipment and a new sport based on football. The equipment is a training tool for both professionals and amateurs to develop their technical, concentration skills, and stamina. The sport will bring real football to the home of the customers.
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY TOUR WITH UNICREDIT & CARLES PUYOL
October 23rd 2017
Carles Puyol dazzled fans this weekend as the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour, presented by UniCredit, drew to a close in Rome.
The Italian capital holds happy memories for Puyol, as it was there that he won the second of his three UEFA Champions League titles with Barcelona at the city's Stadio Olimpico in 2009. Crowds flocked to the Piazza del Popolo to meet him and get their picture taken with the trophy.
ROBERT PIRES RETURNS TO INDIA WITH ARSENAL
October 3rd 2017
Robert Pires is returning to India with the club next week to take part in the official Premier League Live (PL Live) event in Bengaluru.
Pires was in Mumbai last year for the club’s first official screening in India and always receives a fantastic reception, not just from Arsenal fans but football fans in general after his time playing for FC Goa in the Indian Super League for the 2014/15 season.
EA SPORTS - FIFA 18
June 3rd 2017
Football Champions Tour is once again exclusively mandated to negotiate the new Icons agreements of EA Sports FIFA 2018 Icon Edition. The Icons appear in EA’S FIFA 2018 title which will be launched on September 29.
There will be some changes coming to FIFA Ultimate Team in the new game. This time there’s going to be some new Icon Players with three different versions of themselves at different points in their careers, each with different ratings to reflect how they were performing at the time.
For example, a user be able to choose between a 1998, 2001, or 2005 Michael Owen. Other Icon Players include Ronaldinho, Pele, Ronaldo Nazario, Thierry Henry, Luis Figo, Carles Puyol and Diego Maradona among many others.