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13.12.2014Belgium: International Christmas Truce football *** ARCHIVE


This weekend marks the beginning of Football Remembers Week, when the spirit of the Christmas Truce football matches that took place in 1914 is celebrated.

Chelsea and Liverpool Academy players are preparing to take on sides from across Europe as they compete in the Premier League Christmas Truce International Tournament in Belgium for the first time.

Chelsea and Liverpool Under-12 players, who made it through from last month's Premier League qualifying tournament, will line-up with teams from Hearts (Scotland) Rapid Vienna (Austria), Paris St Germain, Valenciennes (both France), Anderlecht, Club Brugge (both Belgium), Borussia Moenchengladbach and Schalke (both Germany) in the city of Ypres.

The Christmas Truce tournament will take place from 12-14 December at KVK Westhoek, on a new 3G pitch donated to the city by the Premier League, and will involve competition on the pitch as well as a cultural and educational experience off it.

To honour the sacrifices of Commonwealth soldiers in the war there will also be a community tournament made up of Under-16 male and Under-18 female players from Premier League Kicks projects at home and abroad. Four Indian players from the Premier League's Kolkata Goalz project will be there, as well as players from Millwall, Newcastle United, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

The inclusion of Hearts in the 2014 Christmas Truce International Tournament is poignant because 16 of their first-team players volunteered to fight in the First World War and seven made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

On the morning of 12 December the academy players from Hearts will pay their respects to one of those who died. They will visit Dud Corner Cemetery in Loos-en-Gohelle, where the name of James Speedie is remembered. James was the first Hearts player to join the front line after learning of the battles raging around Ypres. He was killed at Loos in September 1915 aged 21. His body was never found.

"It will be an absolute honour to become the first Scottish team to play in the Christmas Truce Tournament," Arnott said. "The Heart of Midlothian players will wear their strips with pride at such a prestigious event, which not only focuses on football but more importantly incorporates the historical and cultural significance of what happened 100 year ago.

Our audiovisual and editorial production company will be on site on Friday 12th December, Saturday 13th December and Sunday 14th December.

We offer:

- Camera crew recording in HD or SD, upon request
- Tailor-made packages on request
- On site editing
- Mobile upload

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