Class knows no age limits, and Paulo Sousa has always had it in an abundance that will light up the Bianconeri side once again when he returns to Turin for Monday 2 June’s UNESCO Cup.
The Portuguese ex-midfielder will be a member of the Juventus Legends side taking on their Real Madrid counterparts at Juventus Stadium in a match-up that promises much excitement, and he has expressed his pride at being able to do so in an interview with UEFA.com.
The current Maccabi Tel Aviv manager began: “I’m honoured to be taking part alongside all the Bianconeri legends, it means the memory of me at this club is unforgettable.”
The mark Sousa left on the club with four trophies won in two seasons is indeed unforgettable, just like the mark it left on him.
“In Turin I learnt what it means to win, a mentality that very few teams in the world share with Juve.
“I was happy that in my first season we won the Scudetto straight away after a nine-year wait and repeated that success in Europe. My regret is that I then left and won the 1997 Champions League with Borussia Dortmund against none other than the team I’d departed. But that’s football.”
With Sousa’s departure came another master, however: Zinedine Zidane.
“He was an unbelievable footballer, blessed with a class and elegance that I’ve never seen in anyone else. He was absolutely world class, the most impossible opponent to mark that I’ve played against. Luckily we’re no longer at the levels of 10 years ago as far as him being my UNESCO Cup opponent is concerned!”
Though their legs may no longer have the same energy, the legends who will be meeting again for 2 June’s big event at Juventus Stadium are still more than capable of putting on a spectacular show.
And the fact that all proceeds will go towards two projects supporting child soldiers in Mali and the Central Africa Republic means it really is an evening not to be missed.
For all the information on how to guarantee your spot in the Juventus Stadium stands for the UNESCO Cup 2014, please visit the Ticket Office.