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On Tuesday afternoon a press conference was organized in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium, during which all details on the friendly, scheduled for 9 May, between a team of European football stars and a side of Dutch former professional players were revealed. The UEFA, have launched this new initiative and want to make it an annual event in a town where the final of a prestigious European tournament is staged. Michel Platini himself will kick off the friendly in the Eindhoven Jan Louwers Stadium on Tuesday 9 May. Josep Maria Fusté represented the team of European football legend on Tuesday afternoon. Fusté made over 1, 5000 appearances for FC Barcelona between 1959 and 1972. At the moment he is a member of the board of the Catalonian club and the driving force and coach of the team of former players. He named his preliminary squad at the press conference. Thomas Ravelli, Gica Popesu, Fernando Hierro, Valery Karpin, Enzo Scifo, Zvonimir Boban, Peter Beardsley en Mario Basler, among other players, will show their skills in the Jan Louwers Stadium. Guus Hulshof , representative of the town of Eindhoven, who are co-hosts of the event, announced he was delighted to be involved in organizing such an event ahead of the UEFA Cup final. "We want to turn this event into a great football party. The final itself will be watched by some 4 or 5 million viewers. When we were informed how many former football stars would make an appearance, we were obviously quite willing to organize this event together with PSV."René van de Kerkhof, spokesman of the Dutch former professional players, said a few words in conclusion. He announced the names of the players that have received an invitation for the friendly. Coach Jan Reker and the players Hans van Breukelen, Simon Tahamata, Berry van Aerle, Peter Houtman, Bennie Wijnstekers, Adri van Tiggelen, Michel van de Korput, Jan Poortvliet, Stan Valckx, Gerald Vanenburg, Ernest Faber, Johan Neeskens, Juul Ellerman, Twan Scheepers, Jan Heintze, Willy and René, the Van de Kerkhof brothers, have meanwhile promised they will be present. Ruud Gullit may also make an appearance. The friendly will be kicked off at 19.00 pm, but all sorts of events take place in the FC Eindhoven stadium as from 15.00 pm. Admission to all events is free.