On the 3-4 February in SSA Luzhniki, Moscow, will be hosted an international football tournament "Legends Cup" named after Konstantin Eremenko.
Format of "Legends Cup" will remain as previous years: all teams will have in their squads legends of over 35-years old, having played for their national teams of own countries.
The tournament will bring together six teams: Russia, Italy, Portugal, France, Germany and All Stars Team.
Legends Cup story
Project that was brought to life by Newsport Company all on its expanses has attracted interest of the fans and the Russian media.
Successful implementation of the first project allowed receiving support from the Moscow Government already in 2010. In 2014, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin approved the proposal to assign the project a traditional status in the list of sports events of capital of Russia.
Currently, the organization and holding of the «Legends Cup» are being carried out by the Moscow Government and the company «Newsport». The right to sell the commercial rights belongs to the company «Newsport».
The history of the «Legends Cup» includes dozens of bright and memorable matches presented to Russian fans by the legends of foreign football. Among them: Aldair, Serginho, Jari Litmanen, Fabio Cannavaro, Gaizka Mendieta, Gennaro Gattuso, Simão, Fredi Bobic, Jens Lehmann, Ronald de Boer, Pauleta, Ruud Gullit, Fernando Couto and many others.
Legendary Eusebio and Bebeto attended the tournament as guests of honor.
«Continuity of generations» is not a lesser in terms of importance tournament’s slogan. Not only we are aiming to preserve a link between the younger and the older generations but we also intent to popularize active and healthy way of living, impart passion for football. Apparently no-one can do it better than former football stars. During the Legends Cup tournament we honor Soviet football veterans, give away free tickets to young players from various football schools, hold master classes for kids representing social institutions.
Legends Cup history counts dozens of exiting and unforgettable matches played by legendary footballers such as Aldair (Brazil), Serginho (Brazil), Jari Litmanen (Finland), Luigi Di Biagio (Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy), Fredi Bobic (Germany), Oliver Neuville (Germany), Ronald de Boer (Holland), Aron Winter (Holland), Pauleta (Portugal), Fernando Couto (Portugal).
Eusebio (Portugal), Ruud Gullit (Holland) and Bebeto (Brazil) all visited Moscow as honorary guests.
Russian national team is always in the centre of attention of the local fans. Anticipations are traditionally high and fans await classy style wins with great team combinations, sharp goal passes.
Alexander Filimonov, Dimitry Alenichev, Egor Titov, Dimirty Loskov, Akhric Tsveiba, Valery Karpin, Sergey Kiriakov, Alexei Smertin, Victor Onopko – all these players were part of Russian national team in different years and made their best to fulfill the above-mentioned expectations.
All matches are played on artificial surface of a 48×24 indoor pitch with a pair of 5×2 goals. Each national team has to be composed out of at least 12 players and a pitch team includes 5 players and a goalkeeper. A single non-stoppage time game consists of two 20-minute halves and a 5 minute break. The ball never crosses sidelines since they simply do not exist. They are replaced by boards. This rule ensures dynamic and spectacular way of playing.
There are usually six teams competing throughout a given week-end. They are divided in two different preliminary stage groups by standard draw. Therefore, the first tournament day features six group matches and the second day three decisive matches including the final.
Various social institution pupils get a unique opportunity to meet legendary players and enhance their football skills during traditional master classes. Players from all national teams become their on-pitch tutors. The idea to hold such type of activity had initially found support from all team representatives and players themselves.
The last Legends Cup 2015 day saw a first ever orphans football tournament. Four teams each lead by a player competed for a newly created trophy. Alexander Shirko, Jari Litmanen, Vincent Candela and Francesco Colonnese teams all deserved to be awarded memorable prizes and cups.
The total number of participating kids is constantly growing. For example, there were only about 20 in 2009 whereas in 2017 there were more than a 1000 and represented 20 social care institutions.
The accumulated international event experience, established working ties with European federations, friendly partnership relations with numerous football stars all in combination create a solid background for launching a new project.
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