The Fansbet Star Sixes boasts six-a-side squads made up of some of the game’s most illustrious former players, and no side is more resplendent with star power than the Rest of the World line-up.
The RoW team is captained by Arsenal and France legend Robert Pires. The former Marseille and Villarreal man is one of the greatest wingers the Premier League has ever seen and played a key role in the Gunners’ 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ title triumph.
Pires is joined by Spain international playmaker and former Lazio and Middlesbrough favourite Gaizka Mendieta, the jaw-droppingly skillful Bolton Wanderers cult hero Jay-Jay Okocha, ex-Dutch international Pierre van Hooijdonk and Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers star Ronald de Boer.
Signed from Marseille for £6million in 2000, Robert Pires was one of Europe’s most sought-after attackers when he joined Arsenal, but few would have predicted the seismic impact he’d have in the Premier League.
Directly involved in 92 goals in 198 Premier League games for the Gunners, Pires was named PFA Player of the Year in 2002 and was a central figure as Arsenal famously remained unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 season.
The Frenchman is a World Cup and European Championship winner at international level and also enjoyed spells with Villarreal and Aston Villa in a 22-year playing career.
Rest Of The World Captain Robert Pires Talks Star Sixes
Twice a Champions League finalist with Valencia, Mendieta was one of the most cultured playmakers in La Liga. Lazio forked out £30million to sign him in 2001, and he returned to Spain on loan with Barcelona before joining Middlesbrough in 2003.
Mendieta’s signing was a real coup for Boro and the midfielder was a firm fan favorite at the Riverside until his retirement in 2008.
Gaizka Mendieta Talks About His Star Studded Team
Outrageously talented, Okocha lit up the Premier League while with Bolton Wanderers, getting fans out of their seats with his array of mesmerising tricks and spectacular goals.
A star of three World Cups with Nigeria, Okocha made his name in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt and played for Fenerbahce and Paris Saint-Germain before moving to England, where he is still remembered as one of the Premier League’s great entertainers.
Pierre van Hooijdonk
From the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s, Van Hooidonk was one of the most prolific strikers in Europe. The Dutchman boasted better than a goal-every-other-game ratio in spells with Celtic, Nottingham Forest, Benfica and Feyenoord among others.
A World Cup semi-finalist in 1998, Van Hooijdonk was named Dutch footballer of the Year in 2002 after helping Feyenoord lift the UEFA Cup.
Ronald de Boer
A Champions League winner in 1995, De Boer is one of Dutch football’s most decorated players of the last two decades, having won league titles in three different countries.
Capped 67 times for Holland, the versatile midfielder turned out for Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers in an illustrious career.
Famous for his powerful left foot, midfielder Albertz was one of the stars of three title-winning campaigns during five seasons with Rangers in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Capped three times for Germany, Albertz is best remembered in his homeland for two spells with Hamburg.
Best known for his two spells with Porto in his native Portugal and capped 80 times at international level, Baia also starred for Barcelona.
With more than 500 career appearances, Baia won the Champions League with Porto in 2004 under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho.
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Adored by fans of Celtic and Aston Villa, Petrov was as skilled as he was committed during a stellar 18-year career as a central midfielder.
Capped 105 times for Bulgaria, Petrov is an inspiration to millions for his positivity throughout a successful battle with Leukemia.
Italian striker Negri remains a cult hero at Ibrox thanks to a prolific 1997/98 season with Rangers.
Signed from Perugia for £3.5million in the summer of 1997, Negri scored an incredible 23 goals in his first ten game with the Gers, finishing the season as the Scottish top flight’s highest scorer with 33 goals.
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