March 17, 2014
A glittering collection of football stars are to play in the first ever Laureus All Stars Unity Cup as part of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two managers - Fabio Capello and Michael Laudrup - are currently recruiting their players for the match, which will take place at the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, at 17.00hrs on Tuesday, March 25, on the eve of the Laureus Awards Ceremony.
The Laureus All Stars Unity Cup will feature some of the most celebrated football names in the world as players and coaches. Already confirmed are:
- Vítor Baía (Portugal) Goalkeeper: played over 400 times for Porto between 1988 and 2007.
- Played in the Jose Mourinho Porto team which beat Monaco in the 2004 Champions League final
- Ronald de Boer (Netherlands) Midfield: played 67 times for Holland, including 1994 and
- 1998 World Cups. Won Champions League with Ajax in 1995.
- Fabio Capello (Italy) Coach: one of the game’s great managers, he is currently in charge of
- Russia and has managed AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma, Juventus and England
- Paulo Ferreira (Portugal) Defender: played 62 times for Portugal and was in two Champions
- League winning squads for FC Porto and Chelsea
- Michael Laudrup (Denmark) Coach: won league titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Real Madrid
- and Juventus. Played 104 times for Denmark. Managed Swansea in the English Premier League
- Steve McManaman (England) Winger: played 274 times for Liverpool and 94 times for Real
- Madrid. Played 37 times for England
- Gaizka Mendieta (Spain) Midfield: Played 230 times for Valencia, finishing his career
- with Middlesbrough in England. Won 40 caps for the Spanish national team
- Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan) Midfield: Played for Japan in three World Cups and two Olympic
- Games. Played mainly in Italy with Perugia, Roma, Parma, Bologna and Fiorentina
- Antonios Nikopolidis (Greece) Goalkeeper. Played 90 times in goal for Greece and was in
- the side that won the 2004 European Championship
There will also be an Under-19 game earlier in the day and Luis Milla, current coach of Al Jazira, who played for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and who was in charge of Spain’s youth team for several years, will be conducting coaching sessions with young footballers.
The names of more players taking part will be announced shortly so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to find out!