Italian legend Fabrizio Ravanelli will be heading to London in July after becoming the latest former international to confirm their place at the inaugural Star Sixes tournament.
An icon in England following productive spells in front of goal with Middlesbrough and Derby County, Ravanelli will be linking up with his ex-Juventus teammate Alessandro Del Piero for the 12-team six-a-side competition at The O2, from 13 to 16 July.
Ravanelli will return to action for Italy, having made 22 international appearances for the Azzurri during a 19-year career, that also included spells with Marseille, Lazio and hometown club Perugia.
‘The White Feather’, as he was fondly known, is yet another Champions League winner who will be playing at Star Sixes. He won the European Cup with Juve in 1996, alongside Del Piero, and scored in their victory over Ajax.
He becomes the fourth member of the Italy squad, which also includes ex-AC Milan keeper Christian Abbiati and former Palermo midfielder Simone Barone, who was in the successful 2006 World Cup winning squad with Del Piero.
The Azzurri’s opening game at The O2 will be a huge match-up with Brazil, who will have Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Gilberto Silva in their side, on Thursday 13 July. China and Nigeria make up their Group B fixtures.
To be at Star Sixes to see all 12 nations in action and a galaxy of stars such as Steven Gerrard (England), Michael Ballack (Germany), Deco (Portugal), Carles Puyol (Spain) and Robert Pirès (France), you can purchase tickets, starting at just £30 adults and £10 children, at Ticketmaster or AXS.