New Delhi: Brazilian football great Ronaldinho and Mancheter United legend Ryan Giggs will kick off Premier Futsal, world's first multi-national tournament, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on July 15, it was confirmed by the franchisee on Tuesday. The 42-year-old, who left the Red Devils earlier this month after 29 years, will link up with his former United teammate Paul Scholes in the tournament which begins on Friday.
Brazilian legend Ronaldinho and former Inter Milan striker Hernan Crespo will also be part of the inagural edition. With former Portuguese international Deco having to drop out last minute because of injury, Brazilian Falcao will replace him as the sixth marquee player for the league.
Speaking at the event, Premier Futsal Co-Founder Nithyashree Subban said, "Amidst all the false allegations and attempts to tarnish the image of Premier Futsal, we are proud to kick-start our inaugural edition as scheduled on July 15 here in Chennai.
"It was a strategic decision to host the league in just 2 cities; Chennai and Goa, and with 6 franchises. We have managed to secure signatures of players who are the legends of the game and will be seen playing in India in a few days. As Premier Futsal Management, we are committed to grow Futsal here in India and we will expand the league to other cities in the future editions," he told reporters.
The tournament will take place in eight cities in India and is sceduled to start from July 15 to July 24. Futsal is five-a-side, with 20-minute halves, and is played on a hard-court surface.