[UPDATE]: As per the organizer’s website, the new tentative date for the event in Dubai is yet to be disclosed or confirmed.
Global Legends Series (GLS) is coming to Dubai – UAE, on Friday, 25 March, 2016.
For those who do not know what GLS is, the GLOBAL LEGENDS are a team of invited legendary soccer players from around the world, who have won the biggest competitions and are followed by the loyalist fans. The legends play a number of exhibition games in select cities around the world. The player criteria to qualify for the Global Legends Series is to have: Won the World Cup – Won the European Championships – Won the Champions League – or Played 50+ times for their country.
The Global Legends major objective is to raise awareness and more importantly donations for charity. The structure of the Global Legends charities initiatives are:
- Global Legends charities of choice
- Regional charities where the Global Legends can add considerable awareness to local initiatives and donations to a local cause
- Players nominated charities where they donate their playing fee to their chosen charity
- Charity auction – signed memorabilia
The lineup for the GLS currently includes:
Fabio Cannavaro – Luis Figo – Andriy Shevchenko – Paul Scholes – Cafu – Michael Owen – Juliano Belletti – Patrick Berger – Ronald de Boer – Deco – Youri Djorkaeff – Jerzy Dudek – Robbie Fowler – Christian Karembeu – Patrick Kluivert – Jens Lehmann – Jari Litmanen – Marco Materazzi – Steve McManaman – Hidetoshi Nakata – Alessandro Nesta – Rai – Karl-Heinz Riedle – Michel Salgado – Clarence Seedorf – Vladimir Smicer – Davor Suker – Dwight Yorke – Gianluca Zambrotta – Javier Zanetti – and Howard Webb (the referee). [In some matches, there were or will be: Jared Borgetti, Landon Donovan, Oswaldo Sanchez, Datsakorn Thonglao, Alessandro Del Piero, and some other players to reflect the culture of the country hosting the match and to involve local footballers]
Details about the match, tickets, meet and greet, etc. are yet to be disclosed or even announced.
This is the best lineup you will see in one place, and the biggest in Dubai since the 2011 charity match for supporting the children of Libya.