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Gerrard, Aboutrika to play at Kuwait Champions Challenge – Deco, James join Football Champions Tour team

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 6: Kuwait Champions Challenge today announced three new international football players who will be playing in the Football Champions Tour team against a Kuwaiti all-star team. Deco, David James, Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Aboutrika will face their opponents on Friday, Dec 18, 2015 at Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in the State of Kuwait.

Ronaldinho, Scholes, Pires, Puyol, Zambrotta, Del Piero, Figo, Salgado, Shevchenko, and Nesta were already announced as part of the Football Champions Tour team. The rest of the players of the team will be announced on Dec 6, in the evening.

The Football Champions Tour team will be managed by Carlo Ancelotti, the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four finals, regarded as one the best most successful managers of all time.

The Football Champions Tour team will play against a team of Kuwaiti all-star players who will be chosen by the people in Kuwait themselves.

Votes for players joining the Kuwaiti all-star team opened on Dec 1, 2015 and will continue until Dec 7, 2015, at midnight. The Kuwaiti all-star team will be announced on Dec 8, 2015. The team will be managed by renowned Kuwaiti coach, Mohammed Ibrahim.

The referee of the Kuwait Champions Challenge will be Pierluigi Collina, the Italian football referee widely considered the best referee of his generation, having been named FIFA’s “Best Referee of the Year” six consecutive times.

The football challenge will be preceded by an opening ceremony, including a concert bringing Kuwaiti and Arab singers together to perform for over 60 thousand spectators at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium. The ceremony will also include a fireworks show.

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