The Salt Lake Stadium is set to host another game featuring a host of Latin American legends and more...The City of Joy will witness yet another high profile football event as a charity match is set to be played between the Brazilian Masters and Sports Ministers Legends at the Salt Lake stadium on December 8th which would feature some legendary players like Dunga, Cafu, Bebeto, Juninho, Roberto Carlos, Mario Silva and Zetti.
Colombian duo keeper Rene Higuita and Carlos Valderamma have confirmed their participation for the Sports Minister's Legends so far. The promoters Omnibus have stated that players like David Beckham, Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane are also being looked at, althought there is no confirmation from them yet.
"We will announce some big names in a phased manner in the coming days," stated Jimmy Olsson of Omnibus. Both teams will also feature some under-19 players chosen from across the country.
Kolkata have hosted soccer legends in the past. Players of the calibre of Pele, Maradona, Lotthar Mathaus, Oliver Kahn, Karl-Heinz Rummenige, and 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner Diego Forlan to name a few. The Salt Lake Stadium even hosted a FIFA international friendly between Argentina and Venezuela last year. This latest venture would be another addition to this list.
The promoters have not yet received permits from the Union Sports ministry, which is mandatory in such cases where foreign players are involved.However a schedule has already been drawn up. According to this there will be open practice sessions on December 7th, besides which there will also be a charity dinner and visits to various organisations.
Dunga, who was in Kolkata for a felicitation by the West Bengal Sports Council, expressed his eagerness over the scheduled event. "There will be several players who have played together and will be playing together yet again after a long time," he said, "I am just waiting for 8th of December for the match and then we'll have a big party."
The West Bengal Sports Minister has stated that the ministry will whole-heartedly support this event. The tickets are said to be priced between Rs. 300 and Rs. 1500. The organisers may also sell broadcasting rights for the game, the only issue being that the match clashes with the India-England Test at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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