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Saviola, Edmilson and Sabrosa to be part of Barcelona legends side: Football Next

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

City-based Friday claimed that former star forward Javier Saviola, Brazilian and Portugal Sabrosa will be part of the Legends side that is slated to take on Mohun Bagan here on September 28.

However, there is an air of uncertainty over the match as an Football Federation said the organisers are yet to take permission from the governing bodies.

"For any match like this one needs to take permission from FIFA, AIFF and the state body (IFA) so as to facilitate Visa process. But they have not yet informed us," the said.

The match is also slated on the eve of the opener but that would not be an issue as the Development Limited have given the go-ahead.

"We had a meeting with Football Next Organisation's Koushik Moulik a month back and given a green signal. Our only concern was to get a ready pitch so that the ISL can get underway, to which they have agreed," an said.

Meanwhile, Moulik at a at the Mohun Bagan released an 18-member squad which also includes the likes of Roger Garcia, and

Mohun Bagan, on the other hand, have already declared a 51-man initial squad. A final list of 30 players will be revealed soon.

The current squad consists of several current and former internationals like IM Vijayan, Bhaichung Bhutia, Deepak Mondal, Surkumar Singh, and many others.

The Barca legends side are scheduled to visit the academies in and as its part of a project that aims to contribute to the globalisation of the Barca brand and its values through the yesteryear legends, as well as to help the players earn money after retirement.

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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 22:35 IST