If you love watching a good kick-around, then Irish Village on October 23 is where you’ll want to be.

Why? Well because football legends from some of the UK’s most successful teams, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Rangers and Celtics, are heading to Dubai to take part in the Dubai Duty Free Football Legends Tournament.

Some of the confirmed visiting former players are John Barnes, 51, and Patrik Berger, 41, from Liverpool, Vladimir Smicer, 42, who last played for Liverpool as part of the UEFA Champion’s League final against AC Milan in 2005.

Other football stars such as veteran Viv Anderson, goalie Andy Goram and winger Regi Blinker will also be there, much to the delight of Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers fans.

John Barnes made over 300 appearances for Liverpool from 1987 to 1997 and won 79 caps for England.

“I can’t wait to step back on that pitch in Dubai,” he’s said of the trip. “Liverpool against Manchester United and Rangers against Celtic are some of the biggest rivalries in the world of football, and you can be sure that none of these players like to lose so the competitiveness will still be there for all to see! This is a great event to bring to Dubai as I know all of these four clubs are extremely popular over there, so it’s a great chance for football fans to get up close and personal with us.”

The event will be the first ever Dubai Duty Free Football Legends Tournament. Tickets start at Dhs150, and can be bought at the Virgin Tickets website, as well as the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium Box Office.

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All of the players coming to Dubai to battle it out on the day are: 


David Fairclough

Philip Andrew Babb

Vladimir Smicer

Patrik Berger

John Barnes

Anthony Randolph Warner

Manchester United

David May

Clayton Graham Blackmore

Nicholas James Culkin

Vivian Alexander Anderson

Lee Andrew Martin

Russel Peter Beardsmore


Neil Andrew Murray

Alexander Scott Rae

Michael Alexander Mols

Andrew Lewis Goram

Charles David Copeland Gilmour Miller

Marvin Anthony Andrews


Reginald Waldi Blinker

Bob Alfred Manuel Petta

Joseph Miller

Jan Johannes Vennegoor of Hesselink

Rudi Vata

David Elliot

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, Dubai. October 23, 7pm onwards. Tel: (04) 2395000. facebook.com/DDFFootball.