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It’s now ten years since the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes came to life on the football pitch. The two star-studded squads will once again go head to head in what promises to be another electrifying match on Sunday 5th June, broadcast live on ITV from Manchester United’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium, all in aid of Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
Joining the England team this year will be pop star Olly Murs, TV and Heart FM presenter Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes; plus comedian Paddy McGuinness, Jonathan Wilkes, and GMB’s Ben Shephard. Dusting off their boots once again will be comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV and Heart FM presenter Jamie Theakston in goal.
Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams will be Assistant Manager for the England team.
Tickets are now on sale for fans to see their favourite superstars take each other on at Old Trafford, announcing the match Robbie Williams said: “It’s not often you get the chance to do something so worthwhile on a scale like this and for Soccer Aid to be celebrating its 10th anniversary is just incredible. Every time it gets bigger and better and with a star line up set to play for England, I think I’ve landed the best job. I can’t wait to feel the atmosphere at Old Trafford again, hearing the crowd roar as we take on the Rest of the World. This year we’re going to try and smash our fundraising record for Unicef to help keep even more children around the world safe.”
England are taking on The Rest of the World squad which will be led once again by Unicef UK Ambassador and Captain Michael Sheen. He will be backed up on the pitch by Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, pop star and presenter Nicky Byrne and Kiss FM and ITV presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams.
The football legends who will be participating are still to be announced.
The tenth anniversary match promises to be bigger, better and bolder than ever before as the world’s biggest stars from sport, music, television and film play in a jaw-dropping game to raise money and vital support for Unicef’s work for children in danger. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will add to the incredible £17 million that has already been raised for Unicef to help provide children with nutritious food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse. The biennial live event will be hosted by Soccer Aid veteran Dermot O’Leary with Sky Sports News presenter Kirsty Gallacher once again pitch side to report on all the red and yellow action as it happens.
This will be the sixth Soccer Aid event, with previous matches held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014 raising over £17 million in total for Unicef.
Joining the England team this year will be One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, popstar Olly Murs, TV personality and Heart FM radio host Mark Wright, pop star and presenter Marvin Humes plus television presenters Paddy McGuinness and Ben Shephard. Dusting off their boots once again will be comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop with TV Presenter and Heart FM DJ Jamie Theakston in goal.
Jose Mourinho will manage the team, assisted by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce. Bradley Walsh returns as the moral boosting England coach.
The Soccer Aid line-up for England so far includes:
|Louis Tomlinson||Olly Murs||Damian Lewis||Paddy McGuinness|
|Ben Shephard||Jack Whitehall||John Bishop||Mark Wright||Marvin Humes|
|Danny Jones||Jamie Theakston
|Jamie Carragher||Robbie Fowler||Phil Neville||Sol Campbell||Jermain Defoe|
|Danny Murphy||Kieron Dyer||David Seaman (Goalkeeper)|
REST OF THE WORLD
England is taking on The Rest of the World squad which will be managed by Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri. Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen is team captain and he will be backed up on the pitch by Michelin-starred Chef Gordon Ramsay, popstar and presenter Nicky Byrne and Kiss FM host Rickie Haywood-Williams.
REST OF THE WORLD MANAGEMENT
REST OF THE WORLD CELEBRITIES
|Nicky Byrne||Sergio Pizzorno||Sir AP McCoy||Matthew Morrison|
|Shayne Ward||Iwan Rheon||Sean Fletcher||Thom Evans||Gareth Thomas|
|Rickie Haywood-Williams||Patrick Kielty
REST OF THE WORLD LEGENDS
|Ronaldinho||Cafu||Jaap Stam||Fabio Cannavaro||Dimitar Berbatov|
|Edgar Davids||Samuel Eto’o||Dida
Each squad has 12 celebrities, six legends – including one goalkeeper – and a professional manager. In the first half each team plays with their professional goalie and in the second their celebrity goalkeeper takes to the pitch (so expect goals!)
There are no rolling substitutions so once a player comes off they can’t come back on unless the match goes to a penalty shoot out.
If the game is tied at 90 minutes the match goes straight to a penalty shoot out between the celebrity players only.
One of the greatest managers of all time and current Chelsea F.C. manager José Mourinho joins latest signings, Hollywood star Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, The Hurt Locker), Italian footballing legend Alessandro Del Piero and Santiago Cabrera (The Musketeers, Heroes), as the Rest of the World take on England in Soccer Aid 2014 at Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford stadium.
The epic sporting event takes place on Sunday 8th June and will broadcast live on ITV. As the nation prepares for a summer of football, the two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars will compete in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
As winner of the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, the Premier League, the Primeira Liga, La Liga, Seria A, the FA Cup, the Copa del Rey, the Coppa Italia and the Taça de Portugal, Mourinho will no doubt be keen to add Soccer Aid to his impressive list of successes.
José Mourinho added: “Thanks to UNICEF for asking me to manage The Rest of the World at Soccer Aid on Sunday June 8th at Old Trafford. I’m looking forward to beating Robbie Williams’ and Big Sam’s England team and raising money for UNICEF. Buy your tickets at manutd.com/socceraid or call 0845 456 2014. See you there, it will be a special night!”
The brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, this year’s event will once again be hosted by Dermot O’Leary with Kirsty Gallacher pitch side, reporting on all the action as it happens.
UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams will lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World.
Joining Olly Murs, John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and Mark Owen in this year’s England squad will be Jack Whitehall and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer. Alongside the familiar faces of TV presenters Paddy McGuinness, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh and Heart FM’s Jamie Theakston. The team will be managed by Sam Allardyce and coached by Bradley Walsh.
Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World squad welcomes the return of Scottish actor James McAvoy and world famous chef Gordon Ramsay alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, and American new boy Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.
Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Edgar Davids are confirmed to appear for José Mourinho’s The Rest of the World, with many more high-profile names to be announced shortly. English football legends signed so far include Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham.
In the lead up to the big event, UNICEF UK Ambassador Cat Deeley will present a 1×60 minute show from the player’s lounge on ITV. This programme will feature hot off the press moments from the squad’s training sessions, the latest news and gossip, plus unprecedented access to the big names as they prepare to battle it out for the Soccer Aid crown.
Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fifth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010 and 2012, raising over £12 million in total for UNICEF’s work for children.
Soccer Aid 2014 has been commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment and Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Initial, an Endemol company are Nic McNeilis and David Staite.