Club officials from Paris Saint-Germain, Red Star Belgrade and Legia Warsaw released the names of the players travelling to play in the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup presented by Best Buy. The Chicago Fire and Paris Saint-Germain will kick off the tournament on Wednesday, May 19 at 7:00 PM with Legia Warsaw playing Red Star Belgrade immediately following the first match. The Championship match will feature the winning clubs and will immediately follow the Consolation match at 6:00 PM CT on Saturday, May 22. The traveling roster for Legia Warsaw will be released shortly.
The Fire also released the open practice schedules for each team while they train in Chicago in preparation for the Wednesday and Saturday matches. Practices are open to both media and fans. Times and locations are outlined below.
Fans can purchase tickets to the first-ever Chicago Sister Cities International Cup through the Club’s official website at www.chicago-fire.com or by calling the Chicago Fire at 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473). Tickets are also available via Ticketmaster.
Paris Saint-Germain Roster by Position:
Coupet, Willy Grondin,
Edel Apoula Edima Bete
DEFENDERS (5): Marco Ceará, Sammy Traoré, Zoumana Camara, Sylvain Armand, Christophe Jallet
MIDFIELDERS (4): Claude Makelele, Stéphane Sessegnon, Clément Chantôme, Clément Jérémy,
FORWARDS (5): Ludovic Giuly, Peguy Luyindula, Guillaume Hoarau, Mateja Kezman, Jean-Eudes Maurice
Famed Parisian club Paris Saint-Germain is one of the most decorated outfits in French soccer and recently won the coveted Coupe de France. Les Parisiens have won two Ligue 1 titles, seven Coupes de France, a record three Coupes de la Ligue and two Trophées des Champions. Featured on PSG’s traveling roster is Les French World Cup finalist and Champions League winner (Real Madrid) Claude Makélélé along with former Barcelona striker Ludovic Giuly and former France national team goalkeeper Grégory Coupet.
Red Star Belgrade Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Boban Bajkovic, Sasa Stamenkovic
DEFENDERS (5): Slavoljub Dordevic, Nikola Ignjatijevic, Nikola Mikic, Vujadin Savic, Milan Vilotic
MIDFIELDERS (7): Vladimir Boganovic, Milan Jeremic, Darko Lazovic, Cadu, Namanja Nikolic, Marko Mugosa, Savio
FORWARDS (5): Aleksandar Jevtic, Slavko Perovic, Stevan Reljic, Milos Trifunovic, Branimir Subosic
Red Star Belgrade make their TOYOTA PARK debut in the inaugural edition of the Chicago Sister Cities International Cup. The popular Serbian side won the 1991 Champions League on penalty kicks to become only the second Eastern European club to take home the European Cup, after Steaua Bucharest of Romania. Red Star also just won the Serbian Cup two weeks ago. Red Star has reached 25 national championships in its 65-year history.
Legia Warsaw Roster by Position:
Makhnovskyy, Jakub Szumski
DEFENDERS(8): Woiciech Szala, Dickson Choto, Pance Kumbev, Tomasz Kiełbowicz, Inaki Astiz, Marcin Komorowski, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Jakub Rzeźniczak
MIDFIELDERS(9): Piotr Giza, Maciej Iwański, Sebastian Szałachowski, Adam Banasiak, Maciej Rybus, Miroslav Radović, Tomasz Jarzębowski, Michal Zyro, Adam Banasiak
FORWARDS(4): Bartłomiej Grzelak, Fangzhuo Dong, Jakub Kosecki, Maciej Gorski
One of the most successful club’s in Polish soccer history, Legia Warsaw has won a total of eight league championships and 13 Polish Cups. Legia just completed their 2009/2010 campaign, finishing fourth in the Polish Ekstraklasa with a 15-8-7 record on 52 points, one point shy of qualifying for the Europa League Tournament. The Polish side was founded in 1916 as the soccer club of the Polish Legions and after World War I became the main soccer team of the Polish Army. The Legioniści ("Legioniers") will return to Chicago for the fourth time, previously appearing in 1959, 1969 and 1999. The Fire defeated Legia 3-2 in June of 1999 with two former Legia players, Jerzy Podbrożny and Roman Kosecki, suiting up for the “Men in Red”.
CHICAGO SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL CUP TRAINING SCHEDULE
All of the below training times are open to fans and media.
NOTE: All times subject to change; Media should contact Chicago Fire Communications to confirm team-related events.
Monday, May 17
6:30 - 7:30 PM TRAINING: Legia Warsaw training session at University of Illinois – Chicago (Flames Field - 901 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608)
Tuesday, May 18
8:00 - 9:30 PM TRAINING: Red Star Belgrade training session at University of Illinois – Chicago (Flames Field - 901 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago IL 60608)
Friday, May 21
5:00 - 6:30 PM TRAINING: Paris Saint-Germain training session at TOYOTA PARK Practice Field (7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview, IL 60455)