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European stars play friendly in Eindhoven (PSV.nl)

30 Apr 2006 - Source: PSV.nl

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A friendly between a team of European stars and a team of former Dutch professional players is scheduled in the FC Eindhoven stadium on Tuesday 9 May. The idea is to make it an annual event. EFPAThis game is set to be the first of an annual friendly to be played ahead of the UEFA tournament final, in one of the participating cities. The goal is to reunite big football stars from the past and to try and get EFPA’s mission known in Europe. The EFPA (European Former Football Players Associations), the first European Association of former professional football players, has presented Terry Venables and Josep Maria Fuste as coaches of the European team. They have called up a large number of great players to represent Europe.Gica PopescuFernando Hierro, Jean-Pierre Papin, Enzo Scifo, Mario Basler, Zvonimir Boban and former PSV star Gica Popescu are just a few of the former players that make appearances for the EFPA team. They will face a side of former Dutch professional players, with, among other players, the PSV Van de Kerkhof brothers and coach Jan Reker. The EFPA are backed by Barcelona head coach Frank Rijkaard and his club. That’s why super star Ronaldinho posed for a picture, showing the shirt that the EFPA team players are going to wear. The town of Eindhoven, co-host of the UEFA Cup final, is involved in the organization of the friendly between the EFPA and the team of former Dutch professional players. The friendly is under the auspices of the UEFA. The European Football Association are very enthusiastic about this new initiative.Admission freeThe friendly fixture is scheduled for 9 May, probably at 19.00 pm or 19.30 pm. More information will be presented at a press conference, staged in the Philips Stadium next Tuesday. The game itself is one of the activities in the build-up to the UEFA Cup final. More games will be played in the FC Eindhoven stadium on 9 May and more events will be organized, so that we may look forward to a great day. The admission for all events on that day is free.PSV.nl will regularly present updates on the friendly scheduled for 9 May.