Army FA v FA Legends
4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Tickets are on sale via www.ArmyFA125.com
As Roy Hodgson’s FA Legends team prepare to do battle with the Army FA this weekend, one former Premier League star has spoken of his excitement about being involved in what promises to be a memorable occasion.
Talking to TheFA.com ahead of Saturday’s charity game at the Madejski Stadium, former Chelsea striker Tore André Flo said he was looking forward dusting off his boots and playing again.
Flo commented: “It will be great fun. It’s a nice stadium and I look forward to it. I guess they will be more fit, those guys, I’m not so sure if we are, but I think it will be an exciting game.”
The game against the Army FA, managed by England Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce, will be played to honour the sacrifices made by those in the service of their country.
All money raised will go to the Team Army Sports Foundation and the Royal British Legion, and the event promises to be a great day out for all the family while raising valuable funds for two worthy causes.
Flo added: “It’s great that The FA and everybody can arrange such a nice thing. I like to be involved in these sorts of things; it’s for a really good cause and it’s great for everybody to get involved with.”
The 39-year-old ex-Norway international also revealed his excitement about linking up with a number of former teammates, from both his club and international days.
“All the guys that are playing on our side are really good,” he added. “It’s nice that [Jan Åge] Fjørtoft from Norway will be playing and I look forward to that, as well as all the previous Chelsea guys of course; it will be nice to see them all.”
Flo, who retired in 2012, had spells with Sunderland, Leeds United and Milton Keynes Dons during his career in England. He also scored 23 goals in his 78 appearances for Norway and represented his country at FIFA World Cup 1998 and UEFA Euro 2000 – most notably scoring the opening goal in Norway’s memorable 2-1 group stage victory against eventual runners-up Brazil in 1998.
Despite these memories now seeming somewhat distant, the affable Norwegian is clearly relishing Saturday’s game – and said he’s sure he and his fellow ex-professionals will put on a fine show.
“Obviously I believe in ourselves to have enough to beat them, even if some of them are a little bit more quick around the pitch than us these days, but let’s hope we have the experience that it takes to beat them.”
He urged everyone to come to the Madejski Stadium to enjoy a great day out and support the two charities.
“I really hope everybody can come,” he added. “We’re going to give everything so it’s going to be an enjoyable afternoon. It’s going to be good fun to watch and it will certainly be a fantastic event to bring the whole family to.”
Army FA v FA Legends