Adlani Soccer Ltd.

Adlani Soccer Ltd.

June 23, 2009 00:37 ET

"I Am Very Excited to Be Here", Says Zidane.

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) -

Editors Note: There are five photos associated with this press release.

Zinedine Zidane met the media at a press conference today at the Hershey Sports Complex in Mississauga. Ahcene Adlani, the Tour promoter, announced that Zinedine Zidane & Friends will be appearing for an exhibition match at BMO Field on June 25th. Combined with stops in Montreal on June 28th and Vancouver on July 4th, the Zinedine Zidane & Friends Tour represents one of the most prolific events in Canadian sports history.

Zinedine Zidane is one of the greatest soccer players in modern times. He has led France to two World Cup appearances including a title in 1998. His club affiliations have been equally impressive including Real Madrid and Juventus FC. Zidane retired from professional soccer in 2006 following France's appearance in the World Cup final. As Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), he makes regular tour appearances at stadiums in Europe, Africa and Asia. Zidane's "Match Against Poverty" benefits many charities.

Tickets and information on the tour can be found at:

Venue Updates


Zidane & Friends will be playing at BMO Field against the Canadian All Star and Friend on June 25th. Zidane will be accompanied by other top European professionals in Toronto, including Prso Dado, Martin Palermo, Brandon Biebel, Sergio Rebrov, Savo Milosevic, Lakhdar Belloumi, Carlos Quiroga, Giuseppe Pallavicini, Paolo Beruatto, Antonio Asta, Giovanni Lorini and Francesco Vincenzi.

The Canadian All Star and Friends Team will include a number of top local players selected by team coaches Steve Hill and Patrick Tobo through scouting sessions and open tryouts held over the past few weeks. Coaching staff will be joined at game time by Mr. Ahcene Adlani. Players include Calum Hill, Jesse Mahal, John D'Amato, Julian Uccello, Linford Reid, Lorence Notaro, Marcel Debellis, Michael Uemura, Michael Rinzema, Richard West, Rick Titus, Steve Elias, Wu Yiu-Kwok and Yannick Lewis. This Canadian squad will be joined by Diego Fuser, Gianluigi Lentini and Roberto Maltagliati from Italy.

Tickets for the Toronto match are from $42.50 to $191.25, and are available at and at


Zinedine Zidane & Friends will be appearing for an exhibition match at Molson Stadium on June 28. Tickets for Montreal are from $21 to $180, and are available at and at


Zidane & Friends will play their final match at B.C. Place on July 4 against the Vancouver Allstars, a team of top amateur and former professional players from the Vancouver Metro Soccer League and the Fraser Valley Soccer League. Training is currently underway with player selections to be announced over the coming weeks.

Samuel Eto'o, Franco Baresi, Dwight York and Shaka Hislop will also join the Zidane and Friends team in the Vancouver match. They will be coached by Arrigo Sacchi, the former Italian national team coach who led Italy to a World Cup in 1994.

A gala dinner for Zidane & Friends is scheduled to be held at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver on July 3rd. Public tickets for this event are available directly from the Italian Cultural Centre at

Other events are being finalized including a youth camp and coaching clinic. Details will be announced as they become available.

Tickets for Vancouver are from $29 to $99, and are available through the tour website: and at

Ahcene Adlani Comments on the Tour

"Zidane is such an ambassador for the game and brings hope and happiness wherever he goes", said Ahcene Adlani, tour promoter. "In these difficult times, the beautiful game, played by one of the game's most beautiful players can only inspire others to achieve great things. That is one of my wishes for Canada with this tour."

Adlani also stated, "there have been many hurdles in bringing Zidane here. Despite all this, I felt that it was vitally important for the development of soccer in Canada to be able to bring such a great player to this country and so...I have."

Adlani finally added, "By seeing Zidane & Friends, it is our chance to show the world that Canada is as great a soccer nation as any other country in the world."

About Adlani Soccer Ltd. and Ahcene Adlani

Tour promoter, Adlani Soccer Ltd., based in Burnaby, B.C., is owned by Ahcene Adlani. Ahcene has played professional soccer in Algeria, France and Russia. He is a Canadian Soccer Association certified coach and has been playing and coaching for over 25 years. In addition to arranging soccer playing tours to Europe with Canadian youth players, Ahcene has brought professional teams from Brazil and Europe to Canada. He currently runs Adlani Football Academy,

This is a Canadian Soccer Association sanctioned event.

To view the first photo of Zinedine Zidane, please view the following link:

To view the second photo of Zinedine Zidane, please view the following link:

To view a photo of Ahcene Adlani, tour promoter, please view the following link:

To view a photo of Anthony Huie, Toronto event co-ordinator, please view the following link:

To view a photo of Jackie Jones, Ontario Regional Director, UNICEF, please view the following link:

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