Saturday 24 March 2018

These great six-a-side goals prove class is permanent for former international footballers

They’re not quite as fit as they used to be, but these guys would still embarrass amateur teams across the country.

Fans were treated to some terrific goals at the Star Sixes (Chris Radburn/PA)
Fans were treated to some terrific goals at the Star Sixes (Chris Radburn/PA)

By Max McLean

The inaugural Star Sixes tournament at the O2 Arena was so good that it might well have rendered professional 11-a-side football redundant.

Perhaps that’s the lack of Premier League football talking, but watching ex-international footballers play 6-a-side in a fast-paced competition is hard not to enjoy.

The first goal of the tournament was scored by none other than Michael Owen, and while England lost their group opener 4-1 to Spain, Owen’s goal was a welcome throwback.

Brazil were about, and brought some talent in the form of Rivaldo, Roberto Carlos and Gilberto Silva.

Of course, there was a bit of this…

… but more importantly, this. Hopefully the tournament organisers had net insurance.

For Spain, whether it’s at youth or veteran level, tiki-taka carries on.

But they weren’t the only ones – here’s Scotland putting their own spin on things.

And have you ever seen anything like this from England?

Of course, England exited at the quarter-final stage. The Danes were a very impressive team though, as is evidenced by this fine Chris Sorensen goal.

In the end it was France who won the thing, beating Denmark 2-1 in the final.

Now, time for a review of England’s quarter-final exit.

Everyone back to St George’s Park for a meeting. Now.

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