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World stage for UEFA's European soccer exhibition.

Byline: Philip Key

FOOTBAll fans have had to look to Europe this summer to seethe best of the beautiful game, and there's more European action in store this autumn.

This time, UEFA is bringing the talent to Liverpool with a major exhibition of European football, its star players and its fans from the 50s to the present day.

Only A Game?, at the World Museum from October 11, will feature rare objects from legendary matches, top European trophies and testimonies and memorabilia from star players.

It celebrates the link between mass culture and football in Europe, and nowhere is the link more prominent than in Liverpool. LFC star Steven Gerrard agrees: "There is no city in Europe where football means more than it does to the people of Liverpool. So I think it is great that we are having a European football exhibition as part of Liverpool 08."

Michel Platini, President of UEFA and three times European Footballer of the Year, adds: "I am delighted that UEFA is bringing this exciting exhibition to Liverpool during its Capital of Culture celebrations, a city that loves its football and plays such a big role in Europe's fascination with the game," he said.

Shirts, medals and trophies from players including Phil Neal, George Best, Ferenc Puskas, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Stanley Matthews and Petr Cech are to go on display, along with a clutch of UEFA trophies, including the Champions League trophy and UEFA Cup.

Meanwhile, Kevin Keegan, Bert Trautmann and Johan Cruyff will have evocative personal stories retold by a set of giant football figures.

Only A Game? covers both football's positive aspects - like participation, integration and celebration, andt he negative, such as racism.

ONLY A Game? is at the World Museum Liverpool from October 11 until March 1, 2009, and admission is free. Tel 0151 478 4393 for information.
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Date:Jul 22, 2008
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