Defensive duo triumph at Star Sixes
news Mon 17 Jul 2017
There were plenty of former Chelsea players involved at the Star Sixes tournament in London over the past few days, as a France side including Marcel Desailly and William Gallas were crowned champions.
The competition, which took place at the O2 Arena in the capital, featured 12 teams made up of world-renowned former international players including the likes of Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos, Alessandro Del Piero and Carles Puyol.
For Chelsea supporters, there were a number of familiar faces to keep an eye out for with the Portugal side, which featured Paulo Ferreira, Deco, Jose Bosingwa and Maniche, particularly well represented.
Despite a brilliant Deco goal in their game against France, it proved to be a disappointing campaign for Portugal, who were knocked out at the group stage.
Italy, Nigeria and Germany fared slightly better and reached the quarter-finals, with Marco Amelia, Celestine Babayaro and Michael Ballack featuring for those three teams respectively.
Juliano Belletti was part of the Brazil side and scored the winning goal (below) as they beat Italy 2-1 in their opening group game, the defender crashing a powerful strike beyond Amelia, who was our third-choice goalkeeper during the 2015/16 season.
France booked their place in the final courtesy of a 5-2 win over Spain in the last four, with dark-horses Denmark getting the better of Brazil in the other semi-final.
Youri Djorkaeff fired home the tournament-winning goal for France as they edged out Denmark 2-1 in a tight final, with Desailly and Gallas taking to their personal Instagram pages to capture the celebratory scenes.