July 13, 2017 11:09 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Star Sixes Q&A: Rivaldo among legends playing at the O2

Star Sixes Q&A: Rivaldo among legends playing at the O2

The 12-team Star Sixes event takes place over four days at the O2 Arena, with England facing Spain in the first game on Thursday. Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know ahead of kick-off.

Rio Ferdinand, Carles Puyol and Robert Pires are just three of the legends who will descend on London for the inaugural Star Sixes tournament this week.

The 12-team event takes place over four days at the O2 Arena, with England kicking things off against Spain on Thursday evening.

Here, Sportsmail tells you everything you need to know about Star Sixes, including who's playing, how it works and why it's not too late to be there in person.

(Back row, left to right) Julio Baptista, Gilberto Silva, Rivaldo, Djalminha, Juliano Belletti and Dida stand behind fellow Brazil squad members Juninho, Amaral, Elano and Roberto Carlos

(Back row, left to right) Julio Baptista, Gilberto Silva, Rivaldo, Djalminha, Juliano Belletti and Dida stand behind fellow Brazil squad members Juninho, Amaral, Elano and Roberto Carlos

 

WHAT IS STAR SIXES?

Billed as 'the first ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players', Star Sixes brings together a host of big names in London.

The tournament will see 12 international teams do battle across four days, with the winners crowned as Star Sixes champions on Sunday night.

England, Spain and Brazil are just three of the countries involved in the group stage, which will be played across Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime.

Squads of 10 will compete, although, as the name suggests, the event will be a six-a-side format with rolling substitutes. 

France captain Robert Pires poses in front of the artificial pitch at London's O2 Arena

France captain Robert Pires poses in front of the artificial pitch at London's O2 Arena

Each team will have a captain who also acts as the manager, deciding who starts each game and who goes off and comes on.

Group stage matches will be played over 20 minutes, with each of the knockout games consisting of two 15-minute halves with a short break. 

Star Sixes is already scheduled to return to the O2 in the summer of 2019, with six-team regional tournaments also set to take place before then. 

WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE?

Star Sixes takes place at London's O2 Arena. 

The inaugural Star Sixes tournament will be held over four days at London's O2 Arena

WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?

The tournament kicks off on Thursday night (July 13) with six group stage games. Doors open at 6pm, with England vs Spain getting things underway at 7.30pm.

There will be three group stage sessions spread across Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Each one consists of six matches.

On Saturday evening, all four quarter-finals will be played with the first kicking off at 7.30pm and the last at 9.50pm.

Sunday's session will include both semi-finals, a third-place play-off and the final. The first semi gets underway at 7pm, with the battle for the Star Sixes trophy scheduled for a 9.20pm start. 

Paolo Di Canio takes a selfie with the rest of the Italy squad, including Alessandro Del Piero

Paolo Di Canio takes a selfie with the rest of the Italy squad, including Alessandro Del Piero

WHO IS TAKING PART? 

Although we've known many of the squads for a while, the final five players had their attendance confirmed on Thursday morning.

World Cup winner Joan Capdevilla will pull on Spain's colours again, while Vincent Candela has been added to France's squad for the tournament.

Timo Hildebrand, Maurizio Gaudino and Dariusz Wosz complete Germany's 10-man contingent as they prepare to face Les Bleus in Group C. 

Brazil: Roberto Carlos, Juliano Belletti, Gilberto Silva, Rivaldo, Elano, Dida, Juninho, Djalminha, Amaral, Julio Baptista

China: Peng Weiguo, Peng Weijun, Xia Yao, Liang Jianfeng, Jiang Feng, Wei Qun, Liu Cheng, Chen Yongqiang, Hu Zhijun, Li Wei

Denmark: Martin Jorgensen, Stig Tofting, John Sivebaek, Daniel Jensen, Mikkel Beckmann, Mads Junker, Chris Sorensen, Per Kroldrup, Hjalte Bo Norregaard, Jan Hoffman

Brazil legend Carlos gets used to the pitch as he poses for a photo ahead of Thursday's kick-off

Brazil legend Carlos gets used to the pitch as he poses for a photo ahead of Thursday's kick-off

England: Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen, David James, Emile Heskey, Phil Neville, Danny Murphy, Paul Merson, Lee Hendrie, Wes Brown

France: Robert Pires, Olivier Dacourt, William Gallas, Eric Abidal, Ludovic Giuly, Marcel Desailly, Sebastien Frey, Youri Djorkaeff, Bruno Cheyrou, Vincent Candela

Germany: Michael Ballack, Timo Hildebrand, Dietmar Hamann, Simon Rolfes, Marco Reich, Kevin Kuranyi, Jens Nowotny, Jorg Albertz, Maurizio Gaudino, Dariusz Wosz

Italy: Alessandro Del Piero, Simone Barone, Fabrizio Ravanelli, Paolo Di Canio, Angelo Di Livio, Massimo Oddo, Marco Amelia, Stefano Fiore, Marco Delvecchio, Luciano Zauri

Mexico: Jared Borgetti, Luis Hernandez, Garcia Aspe, Joaquin Reyes, Braulio Luna, Mario Mendez, Miguel Zepeda, Alberto Rodriguez, Hector Altamirano, Erubey Cabuto

Nigeria: Jay-Jay Okocha, Celestine Babayaro, Daniel Amokachi, Julius Aghahowa, Garba Lawal, Joseph Yobo, Taribo West, Victor Ikpeba, Peter Rufai, Uche Okechukwu

Portugal: Deco, Vitor Baia, Fernando Couto, Maniche, Jose Bosingwa, Raul Meireles, Nuno Gomes, Paulo Ferreira, Helder Postiga, Luis Boa Morte

Scotland: Dominic Matteo, Don Hutchison, Christian Dailly, Simon Donnelly, Rab Douglas, Paul Dickov, Barry Ferguson, Jackie McNamara, Mark Burchill, Richard Hughes

Spain: Carles Puyol, Gaizka Mendieta, Fernando Morientes, Michel Salgado, Luis Garcia, David Albelda, Pedro Contreras, Alfonso Perez, Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila

HOW DOES THE TOURNAMENT WORK?

The 12 teams have been drawn into three groups of four. Each side will play every team in their group, with the top two progressing to the quarter-finals.

The other two quarter-final spots will be filled by the two best third-placed teams, meaning four teams will be heading home after the group stage.

The last eight will clash on Saturday evening, with four teams progressing to Sunday's semi-finals. The losers in each of these games will take part in a third-place play-off, with the winners going on to compete for the Star Sixes trophy.

Group stage matches will be 20 minutes long, with all knockout games played over 30 minutes with a short break.

Games are six-a-side with rolling substitutions and there is no head-height rule. There is also no restriction on player movement, while drawn knockout games will be decided by a penalty shootout. 

WHAT FIXTURES ARE BEING PLAYED? 

Thursday evening session (Doors open 6pm)

Group A: England v Spain (7.30pm), Mexico v Scotland (8pm)

Group B: Nigeria v China (9.45pm), Brazil v Italy (10.15pm)

Group C: Portugal v Denmark (8.30pm), Germany v France (9.15pm)

Friday evening session (Doors open 6pm)

Group A: Spain v Mexico (9.45pm), Scotland v England (10.15pm)

Group B: China v Brazil (8.30pm), Italy v Nigeria (9.15pm)

Group C: France v Portugal (7.30pm), Denmark v Germany (8pm)

Saturday afternoon session (Doors open 11.30am)

Group A: Spain v Scotland (2pm), England v Mexico (2.45pm)

Group B: Brazil v Nigeria (1pm), Italy v China (1.30pm)

Group C: France v Denmark (3.15pm), Germany v Portugal (3.45pm)

Saturday evening session (Doors open 6pm)

Quarter-final 1 (7.30pm)

Quarter-final 2 (8.15pm)

Quarter-final 3 (9.05pm)

Quarter-final 4 (9.50pm)

Sunday evening session (Doors open 5.30pm)

Semi-final 1 (7pm)

Semi-final 2 (7.45pm)

Third place play-off (8.35pm)

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?

Yes. There are still tickets available for all five sessions at the O2, with prices starting at £30 for adults and £10 for children.

For more details and to buy, visit www.theo2.co.uk/events/detail/starsixes 

CAN I WATCH ON TV?

You're in luck. If you can't make it along in person, Sky Sports are showing every Star Sixes session so you won't miss a kick.

Coverage starts on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm on Thursday, with Friday's show beginning at 7.15pm on the same channel.

Saturday afternoon's session starts on Sky Sports 1 at 12.45pm and they return for the quarter-finals at 7.15pm.

Coverage of Sunday's semi-finals, third-place play-off and final gets underway at 6.30pm, again on Sky Sports 1. 

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