International football legend visits Abu Dhabi store
Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2015 – UAE lovers of the ‘Beautiful Game’ had the chance to meet one of its greatest proponents today, when Marcel Desailly visited the UEFA Champions League Experience in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. The international soccer legend and former star of the French national team that won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the UEFA EURO 2000, paid a visit to the emirate to mark the opening of the UEFA Champions League Experience, the first ever UEFA Champions League-themed retail and casual dining concept in the region.
“We are honoured to be hosting Marcel Desailly at the opening of the UEFA Champions League Experience. He is one of the most highly regarded players ever to don a shirt and embodies the essence of the UEFA Champion’s League; its excitement, its skill, its passion and its glory. We look forward to giving visitors to the store the chance to meet one of soccer’s undisputed greats,” said Nick Peel, CEO of Marka, operators of the UEFA Champions League Experience.
The appearance of Marcel at the launch of the UEFA Champions League Experience was fitting. As a player with Olympique de Marseille, he won the UEFA Champions League in 1993. The following year, while playing for AC Milan, he won it again, scoring in the final and becoming the first player to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in consecutive seasons with different clubs.
Marcel was on hand at the event signing autographs for visitors and giving them the chance to have their photo taken with him. His presence gave a taste of what can be expected at the UEFA Champions League Experience 2015/16 season kick-off event, which will take place in September of this year.
The 17,000-square-foot outlet provides high quality casual dining, and merchandise from the top European football teams participating in the UEFA Champions League. Memorabilia signed by football legends such as Lionel Messi, Steven Gerrard and Cristiano Ronaldo is on display and available for purchase.
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