British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament 2011 Launched

By British Airways, PRNE
Monday, January 24, 2011

CRAWLEY, England, January 25, 2011 - The British Airways Football Legends Invitational Tournament 2011
has been officially launched by the Barbados Tourism Authority.

This will excite Brits and Bajans in the run up to a spectacular
clash of the Titans. The six-a-side tournament will be held at the Kensington
Oval, Barbados, on 10-11 June 2011. Teams representing England's top clubs
will battle for top honours in the inaugural British Airways Football Legends
Invitational Tournament, raising money for local charities involved in the
development of football in the Caribbean.

Chelsea legends such as Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and
Gus Poyet will once more take to the field alongside the likes of Manchester
United's Andrew Cole, Steve McManaman and Jason McAteer of Liverpool, Ray
Parlour and Paul Merson of Arsenal and Newcastle and England hero Rob Lee.

Former Chelsea favourite and current West Brom boss Di Matteo is looking
forward to recommencing battle against some of his old adversaries:

"The opportunity to renew some old rivalries and to play in such a high
profile and prestigious competition was simply too good to refuse. It's
absolutely fantastic to think that we will be lining up with and against some
of the great players from our own era and in such a wonderful location as

Ex-Newcastle and England captain Alan Shearer also anticipates an
entertaining few days in the West Indies:

"The emphasis on this event will be on exhibition as well as competition
and whilst you can never take that competitive edge away from a footballer,
the respect and friendship amongst all the lads will no doubt produce some
great entertainment for the crowd too."

Christian Smith, commercial director of the Professional Football
Association explained:

"Our aim is to establish an annual series of events featuring some of the
great players of the last decade but this is only possible with the help and
support of our members and the invaluable contribution of partners like the
Barbados Tourism Authority and British Airways."

Almond Resorts is the official hotel partner for the football legends
tournament. Package holidays in Barbados ( and
tickets will be available with sponsors Almond Resorts and British Airways.

Notes to editors:

About the Football Legends Tournament:

Barbados Tourism Authority has developed the Barbados Football
Legends Tournament in conjunction with the Professional Football Association.
The tournament is sponsored by British Airways and co-sponsored by Almond
Beach Resorts and Kensington Oval.

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