Zidane and Ronaldo to play for Yolanda Victims
The biggest names in football are coming together today to play the world’s favourite game for the benefit of Filipinos.
The United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP) is holding its star-studded 11th Match Against Poverty today at the Stade de Suisse National Stadium in Bern, Switzerland. Part of the profits from the match will be donated to rehabilitation efforts in Visayas. The headliners of the match are UN ambassadors and retired icons Brazilian Ronaldo and French Zinedine Zidane. The legendary Pierluigi Collina of Italy will be the referee.
Retired French footballer Patrick Vieira said ‘football speaks a universal language to be seized to make a call for the reconstruction of the Philippines.’
Many of his colleagues said they were honoured to play alongside football’s greats for a noble cause and found the match an opportunity to mobilise the Philippines. Collina said ‘It always inspires me when a game is more than a game.’ Portuguese Luis Figo added ‘I love to see the grandstands full so we could enjoy football together fighting poverty. Let’s help the Philippines.’
Other footballers who are joining the line-up include: Czech Pavel Nedved, Italian Fabio Cannavaro, Spanish Gaizka Mendieta, Fernando Hierro and Michel Salgado, Brazilian Marta Vieira da Silva, Dutch Ronald de Boer and Phillip Cocu, British Steve McManaman and many more.
The Match Against Poverty is supported by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Match Against Poverty was started in 2003 has already held games in behalf of Haiti, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, Cuba, and parts of Africa.
Ticket information can be found here.