The best players of the Legends Cup: Totti, Stoichkov, Pletikosa, Pavlyuchenko
12 players for whom it is worth to go to the cup of Legends-2018

12 players for whom it is worth to go to the cup of Legends-2018

Roman Pavlyuchenko

In the upcoming cup of Legends will be attended by many famous players. Roman Pavlyuchenko has done a lot for our football, and although he has not officially completed a career, he is allowed to participate in the tournament by age. Whether he continues to play is a big question. In autumn, the ex-striker “Spartak” and “Lokomotiv” had a conflict with the leadership of the Moscow “Ararat”, and the player left the team. Now Pavlyuchenko is in the free agent status. In 2008, Roman became the top scorer of the Russian national team at the European Championship and helped her to win bronze. And after 10 years the forward has a chance to win the tournament together with the national team, even for players over 35 years old.

Roman Pavlyuchenko
Roman Pavlyuchenko

Francesco Totti

Gladiator, captain, Emperor of Rome — as soon as he was not called Francesco Totti during his career. His piggy bank has a huge number of personal and team titles. He won the Championship, Cup and Supercup of Italy, was recognized as the best young player of the continent, raised the trophy of the Youth Championship of Europe, and in 2006 Totti won the World Cup. In the summer of 2017 Francesco completed his career as a player. At the stadium in Rome the emperor off standing and with tears in his eyes. He himself could not restrain his emotions during the Circle of Honor. Certainly, on the cup of Legends Totti will be a favorite in the struggle for audience sympathy, because in the memory of the emotions that the player gave to the fans very recently.

Seeing off Francesco Totti
Wires of Francesco Totti

Stipe Pletikosa

The goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa will take part in the tournament for the first time. The player, known in Russia for “Spartak” and “Rostov”, will fight for the victory in the squad of football stars. Stipe since 2007 played in our country and left RFPL only in 2015. Pletikosa is a unique player. He caught the Croatian national team Davora Šuker, played with Pavlyuchenko in Spartak and Tottenham, took the cup with Rostov, and held a farewell match against Real Madrid. We are waiting for the beginning of the tournament to see the Croats again in the game.

Farewell Match Stipe Pletikosa
Farewell match Stipe Pletikosy

Hristo Stoichkov

“If a bomb falls on the real stadium, everyone will be much better,” said Hristo Stoichkov in one of his interviews. Bulgarian often said what he thinks, sometimes not thinking about the possible consequences. But it did not prevent the forward to build an outstanding career. Stoichkov will be the only player in the Legends Cup to receive the Golden Ball. In 1994 Bulgarian won the Spanish championship with Barcelona and took his team to the semifinals of the World Cup, becoming together with Oleg Salenko the top scorer of that tournament. The team of football stars is going to a good composition: Pletikosa, Stoichkov, Litmanen, Duff.

Another interesting fact about Stoichkove. Bulgarian is not a stranger to Russia: from July to December 2011, Stoichkov was an advisor to the president of the football club Rostov. Unfortunately, the team did not have enough money for his innovative offers, and the new contract with him was not signed.

Hristo Stoichkov
Hristo Stoichkov

Roman Wide

Sports director of “Dynamo” (Moscow) will play for the veterans for the second time in a row. Last year he managed to distinguish three times, how many chances to find a novel at the foreign Gate this time, we will see very soon. One thing is certain: the presence of Shirokova will attract young fans to the stands, because he is probably one of the most media players in Russia and completed his professional career in 2016, that is, just recently. And many young football fans have caught this moment. The more interesting this tournament will be for them.

Roman Shirokov
Roman Wide

Kevin Kuranyi

Another person, also connected with Dynamo, will become a participant of the tournament for the second time. Last year, Kevin Kuranyi for the first time after his return to his homeland reminded the Russian fans. In 2016 Kuranyi tore the contract with “Hoffenhajmom”, but the desire to play with the German did not disappear. Before the last cup of legends of striker matched in Dynamo Moscow, Dynamo (Brest), in whose form he had time to shine, as well as in Tula Arsenal, the base of which Kevin visited. He obviously did not want to end his career, but he had to. Kuranyi still without a command. But it is unlikely that because of this his arrival will become less significant for fans of the player who come again to look at the idol.

Kevin Kuranyi
Kevin Kuranyi

Maniche

Maniche fans of Dynamo also remember well. He will come to the Legends ‘ Cup for the sixth time. Probably, after his first visit to Russia in 2005, Maniche could not think that he would be happy to come to our country for several years in a row, starting from 2012. The Champions League Maniche won, the UEFA Cup is also. Suddenly this year it will be possible to replenish this collection with a cup of legends?

Maniche
Maniche

Jari Litmanen

If there is an emperor in Rome, Finland has a king, and he will come again to Moscow. Jari Litmanen could not become a football player, because since his childhood he was more passionate hockey. For a Scandinavian child This is not surprising, and Suomi always been famous for his love of this sport. Despite this, football has always been there. And hardly Finn was very upset, making the final choice in favor of the latter. Thanks to this decision we saw Litmanen-the winner of the Champions League, the UEFA Cup, the best player in the history of Finland. Now we will see him again in Moscow, and hopefully not for the last time.

Jari Litmanen
Jari Litmanen

Gaizka Mendieta

Valencia at the turn of the century became a club that was afraid of everything not only in Spain, but throughout Europe. The first violin of that team was Gaizka Mendieta. In many respects thanks to it Spaniards have come to the final of Champions League two years in a row: in 2000 and in 2001. Yes, both times they lost, but it does not cancel the coolness of this achievement. Mendetoj interested in big clubs, including FC Barcelona, where he even managed to spend one season. However, after leaving Valencia, the player could not reach his previous level. He graduated from the Spanish career in Middlesbrough in 2008, and then just enjoyed life. Mendieta managed to train children’s teams, to be a football commentator and actively to travel around the world.

Gajka Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta

Alenichev, Titov, Filimonov

The Russian national team at the Legends Cup, as usual, represents a whole scattering of stars of the 90s – the beginning of the zero. Among them you can identify the permanent participants of the tournament, leaders of “golden” Spartak Dmitry Alenicheva, Yegor Titov and Alexander Filimonov. The first is the only Russian player to win both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. The second six times became the champion of Russia and, even in spite of the offer from Bayern Munich, remained in “Spartak” until the unpleasant incident with Stanislav Cherchesovym. The surname Filimonov still in some fans causes anger. The missed ball in the famous game with Ukrainians will always remember, but do not forget about the merits of the goalkeeper. And there are a lot of them. In addition, Alexander was able to become the world champion in beach football, the owner of the Intercontinental Cup and the winner of the Euroleague. Add to this six championships with Spartak, and the annoying mistake no longer looks such an important point in the biography of the goalkeeper.

Yegor Titov and Dmitry Alenichev
Yegor Titov and Dmitry Alenichev

“Legends Cup-2018”

Where: “Luzhniki”.
When: 3-4 February.
Group membership:

Group A: Russia, Italy, football stars.

Group B: Germany, Portugal, France.

Day 1, February 3

12:00-Russia-national team of stars
13:00-France-Portugal
14:00 – Opening Ceremony
15:00-Italy-Russia
16:00-Portugal-Germany
17:00-national team of stars-Italy
18:00-Germany-France,

Day 2, February 4

14:00 – Fifth place match
15:00 – Third place match
16:00 – Final match and awarding ceremony.


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