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Soccer circus for Albert and Adans

January 19, 2004
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Princess Stephanie of Monaco had two reasons to cheer on Monday, when she watched both her brother Prince Albert and her husband Adans take to the soccer field to represent her homeland.

The match wasn't a particularly serious one, however, as it was all part of the principality's legendary circus festival. The "Monaco Allstars" went head to head with the "Circus Allstars" at the event, with Monte Carlo's soccer maestros facing off against some of the world's most celebrated circus performers.

And despite the visitors' undoubted physical prowess, they couldn't withstand the challenge of Albert and his team-mates, who won the match 3-1. The acrobats and lion tamers weren't too disappointed, because the real winners will be announced on Tuesday night, when the festival's gala prizegiving will take place at the Espace Fontevieille big top in Monte Carlo.

Monaco's famous circus festival, which attracts the best performers from all over the world, has been taking place since 1974. It was first established by Prince Rainier himself, who was a huge fan of the circus as a child.

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Stephanie with her brother, whose team won against the visiting circus performers squad Photo: © PA
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The princess' husband of four months, Adans (right), was clearly enjoying the fun as he and his team-mates readied themselves for the matchPhoto: © PA

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