Not long now until the legends of football gather at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow for the 2019 FansBet Star Sixes. If the success of last year’s event is anything to go by then strap yourselves and be entertained by some of the greatest retired players of their generation. For Lee Judges one player will be of particular interest, and that man is none other than World Cup winner, Arsenal legend and captain of the Rest of the World team Robert Pires.
I have to say I had a great time at the star sixes at the 02 London last year, it was great to see players like Steven Gerrard and Paul Merson playing for England. Also, nice to see The Merse showing some great touches just like he did in his Highbury days in front of a big crowd and a really good atmosphere. It was very competitive, and you could see the players had been training for this event.
The competition was of a high standard and the crowd really participated especially when the England team showed up, the Scottish team will obviously experience this when the tournament is played in Glasgow come January.
I personally love watching the old players play from back in the day, but this competition has a competitive edge which is nothing like a testimonial. The eventual winners were France led by one of the all-time greats of Arsenal Robert Pires looking no different to when he was a player of that great Arsenal side I am sure Robert Pires is a coach’s dream because not only is he technically brilliant he just seems to do everything right, passes when he should, dribbles and shoots when he should plays it simple and keeps the ball when he has to.
When Pires first come to Arsenal there were doubts as to whether he could cut it in the premier league because it was physical and to be honest it did take him about six months to adapt but after that he never looked back. I am sure he gets into most Arsenal fans greatest eleven.
In the 2002 double winning season he was simply sensational winning player of the year but was unfortunately cut short due to a cruciate ligament injury against Newcastle the knee injury made him miss France defending the world cup, but he did return to Arsenal to still be a very important player scoring the winner in the 2003 FA cup final against Southampton and also a valuable member of the 2004 invincible season.
So, if you get the chance to go to the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow to watch some players of yesteryear still doing their stuff then I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I did last year.
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