13.11.2015 14:54

Footballing superstars to unite at #MatchForChildren at Old Trafford

The latest line-up of legendary footballers to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF has been announced today.

Adding to the list of players is former England forward Peter Crouch, along with Clarence Seedorf and Fernando Hierro, among some of the most decorated footballers of all time. The GB and Ireland side, captained by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and managed by fellow UNICEF Ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson, will go up against the Rest of the World Team captained by Zinedine Zidane and managed by Carlo Ancelotti.

The two teams of footballing greats will come together for the one-off match on Saturday 14 November to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF’s work for vulnerable children around the world. 

David commented: “It’s so exciting that the match for children is almost upon us. This will be the final leg of what has been an incredible journey over the last few weeks playing football matches across the globe. The match on Saturday will bring together fantastic friends and team mates to raise awareness and vital funds for UNICEF‘s work helping children in danger all over the world.”

The current list of players* is: 

GB and Ireland:

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson   
Captain: David Beckham  
David Seaman  
David James  
Jamie Carragher  
Sol Campbell  
Phil Neville  
John Terry  
Ashley Cole  
Darren Fletcher  
Nicky Butt  
Trevor Sinclair  
Paul Scholes  
Gary McAllister  
Ryan Giggs  
Michael Owen  
Peter Crouch  
Alan Smith 

Rest of the World:

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti   
Captain: Zinedine Zidane  
Edwin van der Saar  
Raimond Van der Gouw  
Fernando Hierro  
Fernando Couto  
Mikael Silvestre  
Luis Figo  
Robert Pires  
Christian Karembeu  
Park Ji-sung  
Clarence Seedorf  
Patrick Vieira  
Michael Ballack  
Ronaldinho Gaucho
Dwight Yorke  
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer  
Patrick Kluivert  
Landon Donovan 

In anticipation of Saturday’s game a number of the players commented:

Carlo Ancelotti: “I am very excited to be part of this occasion and feel honoured in supporting UNICEF for a great cause. Old Trafford evokes great memories and is always very special for me, as it was the site of my first Champions League victory in 2003 against Juventus.”  

Ronaldinho: "David is a role model when it comes to protect the most vulnerable ones. I’m proud to be a part of this unique event that will help our children across the world. I hope to see football fans together for this cause!"

Luis Figo: “David and UNICEF have been doing incredible work providing life quality to children in need and I’m honoured to be playing with my friends for this noble cause. As aware and concerned citizens, I believe we should have an important role helping others, mainly when it comes to children. I hope to see a stadium full of people who loves the game and who are willing to help.” 

Michael Owen: “Two great teams have been assembled for the match on Saturday at Old Trafford and it was a privilege to be asked to take part.  I am very much looking forward to the game and seeing old friends but more importantly, helping to raise awareness and vital funds for UNICEF which will help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world.” 

The match will also see world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli performing before kick-off. He commented: “Together with Muhammad Ali, David Beckham is by far the most admired sports idol for me, personally, and for the whole Bocelli family. We are all enthusiastic fans: we have always been rooting for him and we have followed and applauded his sporting triumphs.”

Pre-match entertainment will also be on hand from comedian Jack Whitehall.

Beckham’s return to Old Trafford will complete his epic journey playing 7 football matches across multiple continents while filming for an upcoming BBC documentary. During his world tour over the last week Beckham has visited UNICEF’s work in Papa New Guinea, Nepal and Djibouti to see for himself how money from his 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping to keep vulnerable children safe.    

Earlier this year, David marked his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with the launch of his fund and made a personal commitment to use his voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds, fight inequality and rally for lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children across every region of the world. 

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made on match day will go to UNICEF’s work providing lifesaving care including protection, health and nutrition for children in danger. If you would like to find out more or donate towards 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund visit or text SEVEN to 70111 to donate £3*.

The Match for Children will kick off at 15:00GMT on 14 November 2015. Tickets are sold out. Highlights of the match will be shown on BBC1 Match of the Day, in the evening of the 14th November.

*Players who were originally scheduled to play including Rio Ferdinand, Andy Cole, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta and Massimo Ambrosini can no longer attend Saturday’s match.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.