Say it ain't so. Masters Football will be back on our television screens in 2022.
Only a few weeks ago, we were reminiscing on the nostalgia of the 'Euro Sixes' indoor competition back in 1997 and how it made us long for Masters Football.
Well, the footballing gods have spoken, and the golden oldies of football's past are congregating at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow in a few months.
A few names have been announced for the competition on June 8th. Former Manchester United players Paul Scholes and Wes Brown will be turning back the clock for the event.
Former Liverpool man Steve McManaman will also be taking part. Any retired players over the age of 35 will be eligible to represent their side in the summer.
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It'll be broadcast on streaming site 360 Sports TV which is the brainchild of former Nottingham Forest teammates Tony Woodcock and Martin O'Neill, as well as Brighton's Adam Lallana.
Masters Football Comeback
Sky Sports televised Masters Football between 2000 and 2011. We were treated to the likes of Roy Keane, Ally McCoist, Matt Le Tissier, and Andy Cole over the years.
Rangers won the last Masters Football tournament back in 2011 besting Leeds United in the final. Darren Huckerby won the golden boot that year.
Woodcock spoke about the relaunch. "It just feels fantastic to bring Masters Football back to life," he said. "It has real history and there's been a tremendous buzz over social media recently with petitions to revive the tournament."
"I played in the first-ever series of Masters Football which immediately caught the attention of fans up and down the country who delighted in watching their heroes from the past showing off their skills once again."
The format will involve four teams taking part in a group stage of sorts, with each game comprising of two eight-minute halves to find a winner.
The top two from the group will then go on to compete in the Masters Football final. We look forward to finding out who will be taking their talents to Glasgow in June.
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