Six-a-side football matches don’t always get the attention that regular Football does. However, from January 4-6, fans in the British Isles and all around the world have a chance to watch their favourite all-time greats in the Star Sixes competition. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will host the short duration matches, broadcast live around the world.
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Star Sixes: The Participating Nations
The current crop of International stars will be busy with FA-Cup third round matches this weekend, however, some huge ex-stars will play live football again. The Nationalities participating in the Glasgow event are:
- Northern Ireland
- Republic of Ireland
- Rest of the World
As you can see, it’s mostly the British Isles participating in the Event. Though players from other European and African powerhouses are expected to represent France, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria and some other countries. If you are not exceptionally young, chances are you’ll find a piece of nostalgia watching one of these games. The reason is in the names of players representing the above countries.
Star Sixes: Great Players to watch
Some of football’s biggest names in the recent past will line-up in front of fans to play these six-a-side games. The following players are highlights and will bring the crowd out to cheer for them. They may not play competitive games anymore, but they certainly still carry star power.
England: Captained by none other than Michael Owen, England will feel they have a great team assembled for the short event. Some of the English squad are managers, coaches or pundits, but they will all bring their footy boots out of the closet. Emile Heskey, Darren Bent and Joe Cole are amongst the English squad.
Northern Ireland: Maik Taylor captains the Northern Irish contingent. Steve Jones, Stephen Craigan, Tony Capaldi and Michael Hughes are some of the players representing the country.
Republic of Ireland: The remaining part of Ireland which isn’t the UK will also have its stars shining in Scotland. Jason McAteer will captain the team that also includes Ian Harte, Lee Carsley. There is also John Aldridge in the squad, so Liverpool fans will be glad to see him play again.
Rest of the World: A misnomer for European team with a Nigerian import. They have some big names appearing and should go deep into the short tournament. Robert Pires, the French midfielder captains the likes of Marco Negri(Italy), Stiliyan Petrov (Bulgaria), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Vitor Baia (Portugal), De Boer (Dutch) and Martin Jorgensen (Denmark).
Scotland: The Scots are being captained by Barry Ferguson. The Team also includes Stephen McManus, Charlie Miller, Lee McCulloch, James McFadden and Jackie McNamara among others. The SSE Hydro should see a big home-crowd cheering on their lads.
Wales: Welshmen round out the teams performing at the Star Sixes in Glasgow. Danny Gabbidon who played as a defender captains the team. Notable names include Craig Bellamy, Jack Collison, David Cotterill, Jermain Easter and Dean Saunders among others. Giggs withdrew in late December but he should make at least a fan appearance as well.
Format of the Tournament:
The Matches will not last more than 30 minutes each, and it’s okay given some of the players are a bit on the older side of age. Teams will try to get as many points in 3 days of group stage matches before approaching the Knock-out rounds. The top two teams in the group stage directly compete in the final to make the tournament simple. There will be playoffs for other positions.
More than a competitive setting, this game will be about nostalgia and tributes for former players and favourites. Winning it will earn nothing more than bragging rights. However, its a nice break of pace from the hustle of the Premier League. So don’t miss out. All the games will be live on the Potato Streams. So watch your favourite International stars from anywhere.