Satadru Dutta, a key member of the organizing committee for the high-profile match, handed over the invitation letter and, a get-well-soon card addressed to Pele, from sports minister Madan Mitra to Edinho, who is the Technical Observer at Santos FC. Pele, who has just undergone hip replacement surgery, is unlikely to make the trip to Kolkata as he would not be in a position to undertake such a long journey.
Dutta confirmed to The Times of India that Dunga, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto, Viola, Juninho Paulista, Mauro Silva, Zinho, Zetti and Edmilson would be taking part in the match. Dutta had returned from a week-long trip to Brazil and was accompanied by Mohun Bagan's Brazilian legend Jose Ramirez Barreto.
During their Brazil trip, Barreto and Dutta called on Brazil star Bebeto at his residence in Rio de Janiero before paying a visit to Santos FC club, where they met Brazil's rising star Neymar. The Brazilian youngster signed a few balls and T-shirts, one especially for sports minister Mitra.Dutta said that efforts were being made to rope in World Cup winner Rivaldo for the game. The All Stars XI would feature two Brazilians who have been part of the Indian football scene for a long time in Barreto and Marcos.
The crowd-pullers in this team would no doubt me the Colombian duo of Carlos Valderrama and goalkeeper Rene Higuita, who is known for his spectacular 'Scorpion Save'. Attempts are being made to draft in former Newcastle and Leeds United striker Mark Viduka and Japanese star Hidetoshi Nakata.
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