Two French World Cup champions could soon participate in the upcoming Legends World Cup, potentially set for next spring. This new tournament is expected to be launched in the coming months and is specifically designed for retired players, addressing the issue of the grueling schedules current players face.
According to the Daily Mail, this Legends World Cup is slated to debut in early June in England. It will feature the eight nations that have won the World Cup: France, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, and England.
The matches in this tournament will be 70 minutes long, a deviation from the traditional 90-minute format. This modification is seen as sufficient to captivate fans while considering the veterans' fitness levels.
The tournament, organized by the Elite Players Group (EPG), promises an exciting lineup for fans of the beautiful game. Expected participants include Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Rio Ferdinand, David James, Frank Lampard, Robbie Fowler from England; Esteban Cambiasso, Hernan Crespo from Argentina; Emerson, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo from Brazil; Christian Karembeu, Thierry Henry, Marcel Desailly from France; Kevin Kuranyi, Mesut Özil from Germany; Marco Materazzi, Francesco Totti from Italy; Michel Salgado, David Silva, Carles Puyol from Spain; and Diego Lugano, Diego Forlan from Uruguay.
This event is designed to provide a nostalgic experience for football enthusiasts, rekindling memories of past glories with some of the game's most celebrated names.