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Paolo Di Canio to return to east London as latest Italian 'Star Sixes' signing

Filed: Thursday, 29th June 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United legend Paolo Di Canio is heading back to east London as he joins a star-studded Italy squad to take part in the inaugural Star Sixes tournament at The O2 between 13-16 July.

The Hammers hero is returning to a place where he was adored by Irons supporters, and admired by football fans in general, for his entertaining – and sometimes controversial – style.

Di Canio scored some spectacular goals just a corner-kick away from The O2, when West Ham played down the road at the Boleyn Ground, and he is aiming to reproduce that form as Italy try to lift the first Star Sixes trophy.

Italy's opening fixture at the six-a-side World Cup for legends is a glamorous clash with Brazil (13 July), whose side include Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo and Juninho.

But Italy are led by the great Alessandro Del Piero, and with Fabrizio Ravanelli alongside Di Canio, they have also confirmed Champions League winners Angelo Di Livio and Massimo Oddo, World Cup winner Marco Amelia, Stefano Fiore and Marco Delvecchio in their line-up.

After their Brazil encounter, Italy face a Nigeria squad led by Jay-Jay Okocha, and the Super Eagles have also just added new faces to their exciting team. Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo, Inter Milan icon Taribo West and Monaco striker Victor Ikpeba will be in their squad for the four-day tournament.

West is best remembered for his flamboyant hairstyles and rampaging style when he played for Derby County, while Yobo, who won 101 caps, was a firm favourite with both the Goodison faithful and Nigeria fans.

England, meanwhile, have also bolstered their ranks with former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie – the ninth addition to skipper Steven Gerrard’s squad.

Hendrie joins Phil Neville, Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy Paul Merson and ex-Hammers David James and Rio Ferdinand in the Three Lions set-up.

Star Sixes promises spectacular action at London’s O2 Arena, with other world-class stars including Robert Pires of France, Germany's Michael Ballack, Spain’s Carles Puyol and Portugal’s Deco among a galaxy of stars on show.

Tickets for the inaugural Star Sixes, starting at £30 adults and £10 U16s, are on sale at www.starsixes.com.

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