Playing an inch-perfect pass or hitting a powerful shot on the same, slick surface which graces Wembley Stadium? Lining up alongside a top ex-player or having a former star of the game as your manager?
Well now you can, thanks to the Copa Del Cure Leukaemia, a six-a-side football tournament taking place at St George’s Park on Tuesday 22 October. Players can take advantage of the opportunity to live like professionals for a day, featuring in matches on the FIFA approved 3G pitch and then enjoying an evening dinner with guest speakers at the on-site Hilton Hotel. There will be a Champions league theme to this year’s event and two of that day’s live UEFA Champions League matches will be screened during the evening dinner. Ex-players will be on hand to share their punditry on both games!
As well as the football there will be plenty of additional elements to the event to add to the fun, including the addition of footballing legends to be involved on the day, with Matt Le Tissier already confirmed to join Cure Leukaemia patron Geoff Thomas. In 2018 we saw Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Stiliyan Petrov, Ian Taylor, Lee Hendrie, Maik Taylor, Matt Murray and many more all taking part.
Johnny Phillips, from Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, will be the man on the microphone for all the post-match interviews as well as hosting the evening event. All the proceeds from the Copa Del Cure Leukaemia will be donated to Cure Leukaemia, and the ongoing battle to eradicate all forms of blood cancer, a disease which has affected many players and their families within football in recent years.