Kolkata is set to organise another big football event involving “Football Legends”, on the 8th of December, when yesteryears’ greats from Brazil and other powerhouses clash at the Salt Lake Stadium, the organisers announced on Monday.
The match involving Brazilian Masters and Sports Ministers Legends would see in action soccer celebrities from the Latin American nation like Carlos Dunga, Robeto Carlos, Bebeto, Cafu, Juninho Paulista, Mario Silva and Zetti.
Among those who have confirmed their participation for the Sports Ministers Legends are the Colbian duo of goalkeeper Rene Higuieta and Carlos Valderamma, the promoters Omnibus – an event management and management consultancy company – said. Among other players who are being tapped for the Sports Ministers Legends are David Beckham, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane, but none has confirmed so far.
“We will announce some big names phase by phase in the coming days,” Jimmy Olsson of Omnibus told mediapersons. To ensure exposure to young talents, both teams will include some under-19 players chosen from across the country. “The Sports Ministers Legends may also have some players from Bengal,” the organisers said.
As per the schedule drawn up, the two sides will hold open practice sessions Dec 7, besides taking part in a charity dinner, and visiting schools and organisations like the Missionaries of Charity. However, Olsson admitted they were yet to get the final nod from the union sports ministry, which is mandatory for arranging games involving foreign players. The promoters said if the venture was successful, more such matches would be held in future, and even an academy could come up with assistance from the Brazilian masters.
Dunga, who was present at the media meet, said he was eagerly waiting for the match.
The tickets would be priced between Rs.300 and Rs.1500.
The organisers plan to sell broadcast rights of the match across the globe, but were circumspect about live coverage, due to bandwidth problem and with the game clashing with the India-England Test match at the Eden Gardens.