A glittering collection of football stars are to play in the first ever Laureus All Stars Unity Cup as part of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two managers – Fabio Capello and Michael Laudrup – are currently recruiting their players for the match, which will take place at the Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur, at 17:00 on Tuesday, March 25, on the eve of the Laureus Awards Ceremony. The Laureus All Stars Unity Cup will feature some of the most celebrated football names in the world.
Particiaping players already confirmed include 2004 Uefa Champions League winners, Vitor Baia and Paulo Ferreira; 1995 Champions League winner Ronald De Boer, Euro 2004 winning goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis, as well as former heroes like Liverpool and Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman, Spanish midfield maestro Gaizka Mendieta and Japanse midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata.
There will also be an Under-19 game earlier in the day and Luis Milla, current coach of Al Jazira, who played for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and who was in charge of Spain’s youth team for several years, will be conducting coaching sessions with young footballers. The Laureus All Stars Unity Cup will be played in front of an invited audience and is not open to the general public. Broadcast details will be announced in due course. It will feature two 30-minute halves, played between two squads selected from these outstanding world class footballers. The names of more players taking part will be announced shortly.
The following day, Wednesday, March 26, the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards, the premier honours on the international sporting calendar, will be unveiled at a televised Awards Ceremony at Istana Budaya in Kuala
Lumpur. The Awards, which honour the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of the year, are voted for by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of 46 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time. Proceeds from the Laureus World Sports Awards directly benefit and underpin the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports more than 140 community sports projects in 34 countries. Since its inception, Laureus has raised over €60 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of millions of young people.