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Greats ready for Ultimate Champions Tournament in Kyiv

Davor Šuker, Steve McManaman, Predrag Mijatović, Andriy Shevchenko, Clarence Seedorf and Henrik Larsson are among a raft of big names preparing to return to action.

Vítor Baía and Clarence Seedorf are back for the Ultimate Champions Tournament
Vítor Baía and Clarence Seedorf are back for the Ultimate Champions Tournament ©Sportsfile

Four teams of continental greats are set to feature in the first Ultimate Champions Tournament, which will be contested at the Champions Festival on Khreschatyk in Kyiv from 16:00-20:00 local time on Friday 25 May – the eve of the UEFA Champions League final.

Ultimate Champions games have been a highlight in the build-up to past UEFA Champions League finals, but this season even more big names are involved, with four teams competing rather than two.

A host of players who have graced Europe's top club competition will feature in Real Madrid and Liverpool legends sides, a UEFA Champions League Legends team and a Shevchenko and Friends side, which features final ambassador Andriy Shevchenko and will be coached by Ukrainian boxing heroes Wladimir and Vitaliy Klitschko, the latter now the mayor of Kyiv.

The teams will play five-a-side matches on the Fan Zone pitch, 15 minutes each way, with the winners of the two semi-finals meeting in the Ultimate Champions Final.

Ultimate Champions Tournament teams

Real Madrid Legends
Jerzy Dudek
Míchel Salgado
Álvaro Arbeloa
Roberto Carlos
Luís Figo
Christian Karembeu
Claude Makélélé
Esteban Cambiasso
Predrag Mijatović
Davor Šuker
Coach: Emilio Butragueño

Liverpool Legends 
David James
Vladimír Šmicer
Patrik Berger
Steve McManaman
Jason McAteer
Luis García
Robbie Fowler
Coach: Ian Rush

Shevchenko: My perfect No10

Shevchenko & Friends
Olexandr Shovkovskiy
Yevhen Levchenko
Iya Andrushchak
Clarence Seedorf
Serhiy Rebrov
Andriy Shevchenko
Billy Wingrove (F2 Freestyler)
Jeremy Lynch (F2 Freestyler)
Coaches: Wladimir & Vitaliy Klitschko

Watch Henrik Larsson's goal against Italy at EURO 2000

UEFA Champions League Legends
Vítor Baía
José Bosingwa
Marcel Desailly
Marco Materazzi
Alex Scott
Gaizka Mendieta
Célia Šašić
Henrik Larsson
Adidas Young Champions player
Coach: Ruud Gullit

Media interested in attending the Ultimate Champions Tournament and the UEFA Champions Festival should email ChampionsFestival@be-it.com.ua