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              SOCCER AID 2010
          SUNDAY 6 JUNE ITV1
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                                Sunday 6 June, ITV1
Soccer Aid is back! The epic sporting event kicks off on Sunday 6 June at Manchester's
legendary Old Trafford stadium and will be broadcast live on ITV1. Two star-studded squads of
footballing legends and celebrities from England and the Rest of the World will take on one
another in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world‟s leading children‟s

The brainchild of Robbie Williams, Jonathan Wilkes and UNICEF UK, this year‟s event will be
hosted by Dermot O’Leary, with Dave Berry getting all the reaction from the game on Soccer
Aid: Extra Time on ITV4 after the match. Kirsty Gallacher will be pitchside, reporting all the
action as it happens.

Dermot says: “I‟ve never worked with UNICEF before and it‟s a charity I feel privileged to be
working with for the day. They do such fantastic work around the world so I hope Soccer Aid
helps raise lots of cash.”

Harry Redknapp will be managing the England team, with comic genius James Corden
assistant managing. Coached by Bryan Robson, the impressive team sheet includes:

Captain Robbie Williams, GMTV presenter Ben Shephard, actor and TV presenter Bradley
Walsh, presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston, comedian Paddy McGuiness, actors Rupert
Penry-Jones, Damian Lewis, and Jonathan Wilkes, boxing hero Ricky Hatton and footballing
heroes Alan Shearer, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham, Martin Keown, Nicky Butt and
Jamie Redknapp.

The Rest of the World team will be managed by legendary Scot Kenny Dalglish, with Ian Rush
once again assistant managing. Former Manchester United youth coach Eric Harrision will
coach the squad which includes:

Captain Michael Sheen (The Queen, Twilight: New Moon), Hollywood superstars Mike Myers
and Woody Harrelson, TV presenter Gethin Jones, Westlife members Shane Filan and Nicky
Byrne, world famous chef Gordon Ramsay, The Mentalist actor Simon Baker, comedian
Patrick Kielty, cricket legend Brian Lara, undefeated boxing champion Joe Calzaghe and actor
James Kyson-Lee, who plays Ando in Heroes. Football legends Zinedine Zidane, Jens
Lehmann, Henrik Larsson, Luis Figo, Paolo Maldini and Ryan Giggs will complete the squad.

World famous referee Pierluigi Collina will oversee the Soccer Aid match.

Broadcasting live from Old Trafford, the ITV show will feature a host of studio guests including
UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams, plus Gary Barlow, Kelly Brook
and Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce. English tenor Russell Watson will be
performing 'Nessun Dorma' on the pitch.
England captain and UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams recently returned from a visit to
Haiti with UNICEF, where he witnessed first hand the devastation caused by the recent
earthquake and learnt how some of the money raised from this year‟s Soccer Aid will help the
children of Haiti to rebuild their lives after the quake.

Robbie‟s films from Haiti will be shown during Soccer Aid, along with short films from fellow
UNICEF Ambassadors Cat Deeley, James Nesbitt and Ewan McGregor who have all visited
UNICEF projects that will be helped by Soccer Aid to show viewers exactly where their money
will go and introduce some of the children who will be helped by viewers‟ donations.

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 third
Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held at Old Trafford in 2006 and Wembley in 2008,
raising almost £4 million in total for UNICEF‟s work.

Soccer Aid 2010 has been commissioned for ITV1 by Layla Smith, ITV Controller of
Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Initial, an Endemol company are David Staite and
Nic McNeilis.

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For further information:

Laura Wootton, ITV Press Office, 0207-157 3029, laura.wootton@itv.com

Nick Dear, ndear pr, 07753 811 918, nick@ndear.co.uk

Katie Morrison, UNICEF UK Press Office, 0207 336 8922, katiem@unicef.org.uk

Rae Langford, Endemol Press Office, 0208 222 4176, Rae.Langford@endemoluk.com

Michele Marsland, Endemol Press Office, 0208 222 4322, Michele.marsland@endemoluk.com

Dermot O’Leary – Soccer Aid 2010 (ITV 1)
This year Dermot will be presenting Soccer Aid for the very first time. The much-loved TV and
radio presenter currently hosts reality juggernaut The X Factor on ITV1 as well as his own
Saturday afternoon radio show on BBC Radio 2. His early career saw him establish the hugely
successful youth show T4 and host Big Brother‟s Little Brother on Channel 4/E4 for 6 years.

Dave Berry – Soccer Aid 2010: Extra Time (ITV4)
TV and radio presenter Dave Berry currently presents the breakfast show on XFM and the iTunes
Festival for ITV2. He can regularly be seen on ITV1‟s This Morning and hosts a number of shows
on T4 and 4 Music.

Kirsty Gallacher – Soccer Aid 2010 Touchline Reporter
Scottish-born TV presenter and model Kirsty Gallacher will be pitchside getting all the Soccer Aid
2010 action as it happens. She is best known for co-presenting Ant and Dec‟s Saturday Night
Takeaway and for hosting Gladiators, The Games and Only Fools on Horses.

                                      ENGLAND TEAM

Harry Redknapp (Manager)
One of England‟s best known managers, Harry Redknapp is currently working with Tottenham
Hotspur, recently leading them to Champions League qualification for the first time in the club‟s
history. He has previously managed Bournemouth, West Ham United, Southampton and
Portsmouth who he managed to an FA Cup victory in 2008.

James Corden (Assistant Manager)
BAFTA award winning James Corden is co-creator and star of the much loved TV series Gavin
and Stacey. James is acting as Harry Redknapp‟s assistant in this year‟s Soccer Aid and will also
be seen on ITV throughout the World Cup in James Corden‟s World Cup Live.

Bryan Robson (Coach)
England and Manchester United legend Bryan Robson was the longest serving captain in
United‟s history. He represented England on 90 occasions and captained his country 65 times. In
September 2009, Robson was appointed manager of the Thailand national team.

Robbie Williams (Captain)
UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and has won
more BRIT Awards than any other artist to date. Soccer Aid is Robbie‟s brainchild and he recently
returned from a visit to Haiti with UNICEF to see how money raised by Soccer Aid will help
children who survived the devastating earthquake to rebuild their lives.

Jamie Theakston
Radio and TV presenter Jamie Theakston currently hosts Heart 106.2‟s Breakfast Show with
Harriet Scott. His presenting career spans over two decades and he is best known for presenting
Live and Kicking, Top of the Pops and The Priory. This will be the third time that Jamie has
played in the England squad for Soccer Aid.

Jonathan Wilkes
TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes came up with the idea for Soccer Aid with Robbie Williams and
has played in both previous matches. As a teenager, Jonathan was part of the Everton youth
team but then was released and subsequently had trials for Chester and Crewe.
Ben Shephard
GMTV, The Krypton Factor and Dancing on Ice Friday presenter Ben played in Soccer Aid in both
2006 and 2008. His previous presenting credits include MTV, The Bigger Breakfast, T4 and The
Xtra Factor.

Bradley Walsh
Actor and comedian Bradley Walsh starred in Coronation Street as Danny Baldwin, and now
plays the role of DS Ronnie Brooks in Law and Order UK on ITV1. He will be seen later this year
on new ITV game show Odd One In.

Rupert Penry- Jones
Rupert Penry- Jones is a well established actor for British television, film and theatre. He began
his career on the stage taking on prestigious characters at the country‟s finest theatres; however
Rupert is probably best known for his role as Adam Carter in the BAFTA winning BBC drama

Damian Lewis
British actor Damian Lewis earned international acclaim as Major Richard Winters in Steven
Spielberg‟s Band of Brothers. His roles in the ITV drama The Forsyte Saga and the NBC series
Life have secured his reputation as a household name on both sides of the pond.

Ricky Hatton
Ricky „The Hitman‟ Hatton is one of Britain‟s most successful professional boxers. He has held
the Welterweight and Light Welterweight titles and won 45 out of 47 matches he fought in. He is
currently on a long hiatus from the sport and is making his debut on the Soccer Aid pitch this

Paddy McGuiness
Comedian and actor Paddy was first seen on screen in That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights,
which spawned a spin-off series, Max and Paddy's Road to Nowhere. Paddy completed his first
solo stand-up tour in 2005 and has most recently hosted ITV1 dating show Take Me Out.

David Seaman
Former England goal keeper David Seaman earned 75 caps for England competing in two World
Cups and European Championships. During his time as goal keeper at Arsenal he won three
league championships, four FA Cups, the League Cup, and the European Cup Winners Cup in

Martin Keown
Martin joined Arsenal on a schoolboy contract in 1980 and was an integral part of Arsene
Wenger‟s double winning sides of 1998 and 2002. Having also played for Leicester City and
Reading, he retired from the game in 2005 and is now a regular TV and radio pundit.

Alan Shearer
Former Blackburn and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer is the all-time top scorer in the
Premier League, having scored 260 goals. He earned 63 England caps, scoring 30 goals and
was the top scorer at Euro 1996. He briefly managed Newcastle United in the 2008 – 09 season
and now works as a pundit for BBC Sport.

Jamie Redknapp
Son of Soccer Aid England manager Harry Redknapp, Jamie played for Bournemouth, Liverpool,
Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton and earned 17 England caps. He is now a regular face on
TV screens as a football pundit and recently presented Sky One‟s Football‟s Next Star.
Teddy Sheringham
Soccer Aid 2010 sees the return of the famous England attacking partnership of Sheringham and
Alan Shearer. Teddy made his England debut in 1993 and went on to win 51 caps for his country.
He won the treble with Manchester United in 1999, and eventually retired from club football in
2008, aged 42.

Nicky Butt
Former Manchester United player Nicky Butt, called Old Trafford his home turf for 12 years while
playing for the club. Nicky moved to Newcastle United in 2004, where he still plays. The talented
footballer earned 39 caps for England between 1997 and 2004.

                                   REST OF THE WORLD

Kenny Dalglish (Manager)
Former Scottish international football player Dalglish was famous for his successes with Celtic in
the 1970s and with the English club Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s. In 2004, Kenny and his
wife Marina founded The Marina Dalglish Appeal to raise money for breast cancer funding.

Ian Rush (Assistant Manager)
One of Liverpool‟s finest strikers and former Captain of Wales, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish‟s
partnership at Liverpool is regarded as being one of the greatest and most successful in the
history of English and European football. The partnership was reunited in Soccer Aid 2008 and
will be once again this year.

Eric Harrison (Coach)
Eric Harrison is a former footballer and coach. He became the Manchester United youth team
manager in 1981 and his youth setup produced players including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs,
Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

Michael Sheen (Captain)
Welsh actor Michael Sheen is Captain for ROW in this year‟s match. He was offered a trial at
Arsenal, but chose acting instead of football and is best known for his roles in The Queen,
Frost/Nixon, and his portrayal of legendary manager Brian Clough in The Damned United.

Patrick Kielty
Manchester United fan Patrick Kielty is a well loved TV presenter and stand up comedian. Patrick
played in both the 2006 and 2008 Soccer Aid matches as Goal Keeper for the Rest of the World.

Nicky Byrne
Nicky is part of the hugely successful Irish band Westlife. Before joining the band, Nicky was a
professional football player, joining Leeds United as a goalkeeper in 1995. He was a squad
member of the FA Youth Cup winning team of 1997. After two years at Leeds he returned to
Ireland and played minor league football.

Joe Calzaghe
Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe was Britain's only undefeated boxing world champion before his
retirement in 2009. In 2007 he was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the first Welsh
winner since 1960.

Gordon Ramsay
Michelin starred, world renowned chef, Ramsay has fronted successful TV programmes including
Hell‟s Kitchen, Ramsay‟s Kitchen Nightmares and The F Word. Ramsay was chosen to play
football for Warwickshire at the age of 12. His football career was marked by a number of injuries
and due to this turned his attention onto cooking.
Shane Filan
Shane Filan is part of Irish super group Westlife who have sold over 44 million records worldwide
and hold the record for most consecutive number one singles in the UK.

James Kyson Lee
The Hollywood actor has a wealth of television credits under his belt, including CSI and The West
Wing. It is his role as Ando in the hit cult drama series Heroes that makes him most popular in
the UK. James will feature in the forthcoming films White on Rice, Hard Breakers, and How to
Make Love to a Woman.

Brian Lara
Brian is a legendary West Indian cricketer, and one of the sport's most renowned players in the
modern era. In 1994 he broke the two most coveted batting records in cricket, scoring 375 runs
against England (besting Sir Garfield Sobers's 36-year-old record) and 501 runs (not out) for
Warwickshire, his English county team.

Gethin Jones
Gethin is a television presenter best known for co-presenting Blue Peter and came third in the
2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He will co-host ITV1 show 71 Degrees North later in the

Mike Myers
Actor, screenwriter and comedian Mike Myers first came to prominence on American sketch show
Saturday Night Live in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. He is best known for his roles in the
films Wayne's World and Austin Powers, both of which he also wrote and as the title role in the
Shrek films.

Woody Harrelson
Academy Award nominated actor Woody Harrelson is widely known for his role in sitcom Cheers
playing Woody Boyd. He has appeared in numerous films including L.A. Story, Natural Born
Killers and The People vs. Larry Flint.

Simon Baker
Australian actor Simon Baker is currently starring in TV series The Mentalist, which has seen him
nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. He has also appeared in
LA Confidential and The Devil Wears Prada.

Zinedine Zidane
One of the all time greats of football, former French international Zidane won the 1998 World Cup
and Euro 2000, and also won the 2002 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. He was
named FIFA World Player of the Year three times and also won the Ballon d'Or in 1998

Jens Lehmann
Former Arsenal and Germany goal keeper Jens Lehmann has been in three World Cup squads
and earned 61 caps for his country. He was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the
1996–97 and 2005–06 seasons.

Ryan Giggs
UNICEF Ambassador, former Wales Captain and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is the
most decorated player in English football history. He has played for Manchester United
throughout his career and won 11 Premier League titles.

Henrik Larsson
Swedish former Celtic player Henrik Larsson won four league titles in seven years with the
Scottish side before moving to Barcelona where he won two league titles and the UEFA
Champions League.
Luis Figo
Luis is one of the best soccer players in the world, having played for FC Barcelona, Real Madrid,
Sporting Lisbon and Inter Milan before retiring in May last year. During his footballing career he
won the prestigious 2000 European Player of the Year Award, as Europe's top player as selected
by France Football. He also won the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Paolo Maldini
Inter Milan legend Paolo Maldini spent all 25 seasons of his career at the club, before retiring at
the age of 40. During that time, he won the UEFA Champions League a record five times, as well
as seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five European Super Cups,
two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup.

                                         James Corden

                                England (Assistant Manager)

                         “I hope Harry’s not relying on me too much!”

Funny man James Corden will be England‟s assistant manager for Soccer Aid 2010 and he says
that the thing he‟s most looking forward to is just “being with Harry Redknapp!”

But while his Gavin and Stacey character Smithy is renowned for his inspirational team talks,
James admits he‟s “no idea” yet how he‟ll motivate his England team to glory at Old Trafford: “I
hope Harry‟s not relying on me too much, I really do!” He jokes.

England have won the last two Soccer Aid matches, and James feels the pressure on his team to
go for a hat trick: “I‟ve never been involved in those games so it almost certainly means we‟ll

But while he knows the opposition will be tough, as assistant manager, he‟s still optimistic for his
team: “I think anyone would worry about a team with Zidane and those players in it but I fancy our

And he‟s equally optimistic about the celeb players he has on the England team saying;
“Hopefully the will and the spirit will match the ability.”

“There‟s a certain amount of taking a great opportunity and a lot of these guys are fulfilling a
boyhood dream running out on to Old Trafford and doing that, whereas a lot of the pros have
played there a lot.”

James says he doesn‟t currently have any pre-match rituals or superstitions that he‟ll be using but
imagines he‟ll rely on some luck. “I‟ve never done this before so I don‟t know. Who knows [what
I‟ll do]?”

As well as hoping to lead his team to victory James says he hopes to raise lots of money for
UNICEF; “It‟s an incredible charity that helps millions of people around the world who could never
even imagine what a luxury it is to even go and watch a football match and live a life like we do.”

And after Soccer Aid, James will be turning his attention to South Africa, Hosting James Corden‟s
World Cup Live on ITV. How does he think England will do? “I hope we win it!”
                                       Robbie Williams

                                   Team: England (captain)

                     “This year’s Soccer Aid is more important than ever”

Soccer Aid is UNICEF Ambassador Robbie‟s brainchild, and this year he‟s hoping to lead
England to their third victory!

"I am so excited that Soccer Aid is back, and at Old Trafford once again. I have such amazing
memories of my last game at Old Trafford.”

With Capello‟s men heading off to South Africa Robbie says: “It will be a great time for football,
with World Cup fever at boiling point, and there's never been a better time for us to show our
support for UNICEF given the recent tragedies affecting children around the world. I hope the
whole country will join me and support this fantastic event."

Having been on a recent trip to Haiti with UNICEF, Robbie has seen first hand the devastation
that the earthquake caused and how the money raised by Soccer Aid will help children and their
familes to rebuild their lives after surviving the quake.

“I met children who were injured, who had been separated from their parents and were living in
temporary shelters or on the streets in Haiti,‟ he says. „This earthquake hit children the hardest.
The children there are so vulnerable, they‟re living day to day without the basic things they need
and at risk of violence and abuse. I don‟t know about you, but I think this is wrong and we need to
put it right for those children.”

“In Haiti, UNICEF took immediate action and has already made an enormous difference to the
lives of the children affected by the earthquake. They have set up feeding centres, provided clean
water, and helped children to get back to school. But much more needs to be done in Haiti and in
many other countries of the world where children need our help. That‟s why this year‟s Soccer Aid
is more important than ever. “

And there‟s one player taking part that Robbie‟s particularly excited about facing on the Old
Trafford pitch; Zinedine Zidane.

“I can't believe he's playing, I'm over the moon. I won't know whether to shake his hand or lick his
face!" He jokes.
                                      Jamie Theakston

                                        Team: England

                         “I’m most looking forward to winning again!”

Radio and TV presenter Jamie Theakston is hoping to make it a hat trick of wins this year as he
takes to the Soccer Aid pitch for the third time.

He describes playing at Old Trafford as “very special” and jokes that few teams go there and
remain unbeaten like the English Soccer Aid side. “I‟m looking forward to winning again – three in
a row! It‟s always a joy to play alongside footballers, celebrities and Jonny Wilkes.”

Already thinking about tactics with former team mates, he says “(We‟ll) Get it to Bradley (Walsh),
who will put Damian (Lewis) through and set Ben Shephard on any of their players who dare
come into my box.”

Jamie doesn‟t seem at all phased by this year‟s Rest Of The World opposition, which includes
new captain Michael Sheen. “I‟ve not seen much of Michael Sheen apart from in the Damned
United - the Westlife boys and Ramsay tend to get injured within a few minutes of leaving the

He believes that the ex-professionals are under most pressure to perform. “Most of them have let
themselves go a bit, so they are considerably slower. If any of them try to get past Ricky Hatton
he might punch them!”

Jamie admits to not being match fit just yet saying “I expect to peak approximately 45 seconds
before kick off and if I‟m coming on for the second half, I‟ll try and avoid eating anything
throughout the first half.”

Ever the professional, he‟s ready to step up to the mark should the big game go to penalties “I
tend to scuff it low to the left if you‟re reading this Kielty.”

On a more serious note, Jamie reveals why raising money for UNICEF is so important “It‟s wrong
that in 2010 kids die every minute from illnesses such as measles and diarrhoea. This
programme will help make that a thing of the past.”
                                        Jonathan Wilkes

                                          Team: England

                            “All you’ve got to do is mention Zidane!”

Television presenter and actor Jonathan Wilkes is hoping a broken toe won‟t hamper his
performance on this year‟s Soccer Aid.

Having scored the winning goal for England in the 2008 final, Jonathan is confident he will match
fit on the day.

“I‟ve been playing [football] in LA and I‟ve just broke my toe. I will be OK but it‟s stopped my
preparation for a few weeks anyway.”

“I play in a league over there, so it‟s quite competitive actually. The last five minutes of the match
some guy just stamped on my toe and broke my toe, it was a bit of a mess but it will be alright,
I‟ve been assured it will be fine.”

Having played in the previous Soccer Aid tournaments, Jonathan admits that wearing the
captaincy armband and leading England onto the pitch at Wembley was something he will never

“There have been so many highlights, obviously scoring the winning goal of the first one was a
massive highlight and winning the match. Also the second one being captain and leading out the
England team is another massive highlight and also lifting the trophy.”

“If somebody said, you can score for England at Old Trafford past Peter Schmeichel and score a
good goal, that fills your fulfilment straight away. I have been very lucky, I‟ve done two amazing
things, I scored that goal and then led an England team out to Wembley and win both times, so
let‟s hope it‟s a third time.”

Jonathan reckons that The Rest of The World team will be more determined then ever to win this
year, but he‟s prepared for the battle as for him, it‟s all about winning.

“I would love it to be England but you just don‟t know now. They are going to really, really want to
win because they have lost twice now and they will be desperate to win, but likewise so are we.
When you look at the teams it‟s very easily balanced. Both games have been very close so I don‟t
know, but I‟ve got to say England, as we want to win, and like I say there is nothing better than
winning, I don‟t like losing.“

Having been closely involved with Soccer Aid since its inception, Jonathan reveals that he is in
awe of the professional footballers who are partaking in this year‟s game.

“I think all you‟ve got to do is mention Zinedine Zidane. We are so lucky he has agreed to come
and do it for us, very very lucky. When me and Rob sat down, six years ago with this idea, we
never thought in our wildest dreams that we would get Maradona and Luis Figo. It epitomises
and shows what a great global thing Soccer Aid has become, and it‟s one I‟m very proud of. From
a little idea that me and Rob had, it‟s turned into this massive thing, it‟s fantastic.”

Jonathan admits that UNICEF is a charity that is close to both his and Robbie‟s heart and is
thrilled that Soccer Aid has helped raise money and awareness for the incredible cause.

“This is what it is all about.It came from watching Ewan McGregor and his best mate go across on
their motorbikes. Me and Rob sat there and thought we‟ve got to do something, and then it just
came up, why don‟t we play a game of football, live out our boyhood fantasy and at the same time
raise an incredible amount of money for UNICEF. Rob has just come back from Haiti where the
destruction is quite incredible and I think when you see the likes of that you know what its about.
This is a little thing we are doing in the grand scheme of things, but what that little thing is doing is
trying to generate as much money and as much help as we can give them. It‟s like any charity, it
can only be a good thing.”
                                            Ricky Hatton

                                           Team: England

“I haven’t really thought about any celebrations – I might run and punch the corner flag or
                                   something like that”

Boxing champion Ricky Hatton is swapping his boxing gloves for football boots to take part in
Soccer Aid for the first time – and he‟s excited to say the least.

“I can‟t wait! When you look at the list of great players playing for both sides it makes me feel very
proud and realise how far I‟ve come from being a little kid on a council estate to playing with
some of the world‟s best ever footballers. I‟ve watched the last two Soccer Aid matches so it‟s
great to be involved in this one.”

An avid Manchester City fan, Ricky has mixed feelings about stepping out on to Old Trafford‟s
hallowed turf saying “I‟d loved it to have been played at Eastlands, but on the flipside I always get
a lot of support from Manchester United fans when I box, not just City fans. So it‟ll still be a great
day despite the fact it‟s at Old Trafford!”

Despite his allegiance, he‟s calling on some of Manchester United‟s finest for advice, namely
Wayne Rooney. “I‟ll probably have a chat with him before the game. I actually mentioned it to him
when I saw him at the PFA Awards in April.”

Not many people know that football is Ricky‟s blood. His grandfather played for Rochdale FC, the
same team that he trialed for as a youngster. “I used to play football years ago, but up until
recently I hadn‟t played regularly for quite a while. I‟ve been playing five-a-side every Thursday
with my mates to try and get my eye back in so hopefully I won‟t embarrass myself too much!”

He believes that his previous experience competing at such a high level will help him do well.
“I‟ve appeared in front of big crowds all over the world and when I boxed at Eastlands 55,000
people were there. So I‟m hoping that performing in front of a good few more at Old Trafford won‟t
bother me.”

Ricky doesn‟t have any pre-match rituals but says “When you think how big the crowd is going to
be and look at the list of great players involved I think there will be some nerves. I‟ll just have to
try and keep a lid on them.”

He names all of the legends which include Zidane, Giggs and Lehmann as the opposition
dangermen. “It‟s frightening when you look at the list” he comments. “I think I‟ll just go and mark
Patrick Kielty or someone like that and keep out the way of the legends!”

The boxer says that he hasn‟t really thought about any celebrations as he isn‟t overly optimistic
about scoring, but jokes “I might run and punch the corner flag or something like that!”

Of course, all the celebrities and legends are taking part in Soccer Aid to raise money for UNICEF
– a charity close to Ricky‟s heart. “It‟s fantastic. It‟s a chance to help children in different countries
all over the world and an opportunity to give a little bit back to people who need our support.”
                                      Paddy McGuinness

                                           Team: England

      “I’ll put a naked picture of James Corden up in the opposition’s dressing room”

Comedian and passionate Bolton fan Paddy McGuinness is nothing if not confident ahead of the
big match on June 6. “You can put your mortgage on an England win,” he insists.

Paddy, who presents ITV1‟s Take Me Out, is looking forward to the challenge but his pre match
superstition will include trying “not to see Bradley Walsh or Jonny Wilkes naked before the game.”
The two players he‟s most looking forward to playing alongside are “Shearer and Sheringham of

So, has he put himself through an intensive training regime ahead of the big match and does he
think he‟s match fit? “Depends what you class as match fit… I did a brisk walk to the paper shop
the other day.”

Paddy has a number of different tactics to ensure an England victory, revealing: “If we try and
stop them playing football we should be ok.” Even more worryingly for the Rest of The World
team, Paddy has another cunning plan up his sleeve to disrupt their pre-match plans, “I‟m going
to put a naked picture of James Corden up in the opposition‟s dressing room.”

Who does he see as the biggest threats in the Rest of the World Team? “I‟m not worried about
their celeb players…but Ryan Giggs? Bloody hell he‟s still playing top level football!”

Paddy‟s a competitive player, “I‟m firm but fair. 9 out of 10 times I‟ll win the challenge legally and
within the rules of the beautiful game.” And on the topic of taking penalties he says: “I‟ll be the
first one to stand up & be counted. “

Paddy is also very aware of the serious side of the Soccer Aid 2010 and acknowledges the great
work UNICEF does around the world;”I‟m fortunate enough to live in a developed country. By
doing things like this, it brings awareness and much needed funding to those places that are not
as fortunate.

And finally, asked how he thought England would fare in South Africa this summer he didn‟t
hesitate. “We‟re going to WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN!!!!!!!!!”
                                         David Seaman

                                          Team: England

  “I want more pictures of holding trophies, I’ve not had it for a while and I’m missing it!”

England goalkeeping legend David Seaman admits that he is thrilled to be playing alongside the
award winning pop star Robbie Williams again for this year‟s Soccer Aid.

The former Arsenal and England football hero revealed that one of his memorable moments was
from the first ever Soccer Aid event held in 2006 in which the singer, who has performed in front
of thousands of fans during his music career, admitted his nerves as they prepared to step onto
the pitch.

“I‟m looking forward to getting back on the pitch with Robbie. I can remember, it was the first
match we had for Soccer Aid and he was so nervous in the tunnel. He looked round at me but I
was calm, he asked if I was ok and I said, „of course I am I used to do this for a living and now
there‟s no pressure but you ask me to sing in front of people and I‟d be like you.‟ That‟s one of my
biggest memories from all Soccer Aids, a legend like Robbie Williams nervous because he was
going to go out and play football!

“I‟m also looking forward to seeing old friends, old team mates and always the crowd. I
remember the first crowd at Old Trafford was massive. It was brilliant to be out there representing
the country, but this time with no pressure!”

Whilst David prepares to face some of world‟s best players on the Rest of the World team, he
admits that he would feel more disappointed if a celebrity scores against him on the night.

He quips, “Its definitely more gutting if a celebrity scores, I hate it! During the last match Sex and
the City actor Gilles Marini scored against me but he miss hit it!”

“I‟ve played against Zidane when England played France, I‟m not nervous about facing him again
for Soccer Aid. Playing against the pros is good, it‟ like going back. It‟s more nervous playing with
the celebrities because I don‟t want them to score!”

With manager Harry Redknapp hoping to lead his side to victory for the third time, David‟s advice
for this year‟s celebrity players is not to over exert themselves in training.

“I‟m sure manager Harry Redknapp has a few tactics for the team and hopefully after his amazing
season with Tottenham this year – the good luck will rub off onto us as well!
“My tip for the celebrity players would be not to train too hard. During the last two games of
Soccer Aid, I‟ve seen celebrities training and kicking balls all over the place and by the time it
comes to the match they‟re tired or they‟ve got little muscle pulls. They should just pace
themselves through training and then you‟ll get to the game feeling ok. It‟s not easy for them but
they will have the backing from the professionals. I know they probably want to show us pros and
the managers how good they are but they need to remember its training it‟s not the game. But
my biggest tip is just to go out there and enjoy yourself.”

David admits he is looking forward to heading back to Old Trafford this year and is hoping that it
will be another triumph for England.

“We played at Old Trafford for the first Soccer Aid in 2006 and the crowd were amazing. I was
pleased to hear we were going back there again this year and hopefully we get another massive
crowd there and do what we‟re really aiming to do and raise lots of money for UNICEF.”
“I‟m hoping England can win for the third time.” He then joked, “I want more pictures of holding
trophies, I‟ve not had it for a while and I‟m missing it!”
                                          Alan Shearer

                                          Team: England

                         “It will be magic to see Zidane in action again”

Although England legend Alan Shearer has scored plenty of goals for his country, he says his
favourite memory of the last Soccer Aid match was “scoring a hat trick at Wembley of course!
The atmosphere for the game was great as well.”

Despite retiring from professional football, Alan thinks that the Soccer Aid match could put him on
track for South Africa, joking that he‟s looking forward to “hopefully scoring a couple of goals and
giving Fabio Capello something to think about!”

Alan says that he still keeps himself fit and that Soccer Aid has given him extra motivation. “I still
play a couple of times a week with mates. And there‟s no greater incentive than scoring goals at
Old Trafford!”

“I always enjoyed playing there for Newcastle United. You rarely came away from there with any
points but I‟m hoping we‟ll get the right result for the match!”

Like a lot of the celebrity and ex-professional players Alan Shearer says that the player he‟s most
looking forward to playing against is “without a doubt Zinedine Zidane. He was one of the best
players I ever played against for England so it will be magic to see him in action again.”

But Alan won‟t be letting Zidane‟s team score an easy victory over England. Asked if he‟d
volunteer to take a penalty he says: “Daft question! Too right I will. You should never have to ask
strikers if they want a free shot at goal!”

Alan describes UNICEF as “an incredibly important charity. The work they do around the world
protecting the rights of children can never be underestimated. A truly worthwhile cause.”

After the match, Alan is hopeful of success for Capello‟s men in South Africa. “I think we are
realistically one of three or four that could go on to win it including Brazil, Spain, Germany and
Argentina. We‟ve got a chance but we‟ll need Rooney fit and at his best and we‟ll need a bit of

                                         Kenny Dalglish

                              Team: Rest of the World (Manager)

     “Because it’s an evening kick off I’m looking forward to a sleep in the afternoon!”

Liverpool legend, and Rest of the World manager, Kenny Dalglish isn‟t a stranger to leading an
away team out onto the Old Trafford pitch. “Everytime I‟ve gone to Old Trafford I‟ve been in
opposition so it‟s just déjá vu for me. It‟s a fantastic stadium and a fantastic place to go either to
play football or be involved in football. It‟s a ground it‟s always good to go back to.”

Having previously been Rest of the World manager, Kenny has high hopes for his team. “Last
time when we did it at Wembley the quality of the celebrities was very impressive. I think they are
probably better at being a footballer than a footballer has ever been as a boxer or an actor.”

“Ryan Giggs is going to come and play which is a massive name and you‟ve got Nicky Byrne at
the left side, and you‟ve got Shane [Filan] at the left side. Brian Lara who is the cricketer is a good
player as well and Gethin Jones.”

But he‟s not willing to give away anything ahead of the game. “We will not be disclosing anything;
we will be keeping any tactics very close to us! I will be having serious discussions with Ian Rush
about the tactics.”

England won the last two Soccer Aid matches, and Kenny‟s happy to admit their previous talent.
“England were very good last time with Shearer and Sheringham up front. What was surprising
was Jamie Theakston in goal; he was brilliant! Him doing it again will make things a wee bit

 “I don‟t have any pre-match rituals or superstitions but the thing I‟m looking forward to, because
it‟s an evening kick off, is a sleep in the afternoon! I‟ve not done that for a few years!”

And on England‟s chances in South Africa Kenny says: “I think they‟ll do very well in the World
Cup and I think they have got a very good squad of players. I‟m not sure if they will actually win it
but they have certainly got the players to win it.”
                                          Michael Sheen

                              Team: Rest of the World (Captain)

 “I have a fantastic team, am playing with some of the greatest players ever at one of the
                    greatest stadiums in the world for a fantastic cause”

Rest of the World Captain, actor Michael Sheen, claims he knows why England have won the last
two Soccer Aid matches: “That's all been part of a long-term strategy to lull them into a false
sense of security. This year, we will be merciless.”

But his tactics to lead his team to victory are simple: “Put the ball in the opposition‟s goal as many
times as possible” he jokes.

Michael says he‟s excited by the team that he‟ll be leading: “Obviously my fellow countryman
Ryan Giggs is hugely loved and respected by every Welshman and to play alongside Zidane is a
huge thrill.”

And he‟s already confident about the team working together: “Like the Magnificent Seven, or the
Dirty Dozen, I think we will each bring a particular set of skills to the team, whether it be sporting,
pugilistic or indeed culinary.”

“I have a fantastic team, am playing with some of the greatest players ever at one of the greatest
stadiums in the world for a fantastic cause.”

Michael jokes that he‟s had to tone down his pre-match rituals: “I used to slaughter a few sheep
but the other players complained about the mess in the dressing room so now I just put my left
boot on first.”

“I am incredibly excited and overawed by the prospect [of playing at Old Trafford]. It has been the
arena for so many historic occasions and some of the greatest football players ever have either
had it as their home or have visited it over the years.”

But, amongst the excitement, Michael says: “One of the greatest perks of having a certain
amount of celebrity is that you get asked to take part in occasions of this type and to have the
opportunity to raise money and awareness for extremely important causes like UNICEF is a great
honour and privilege.”

While on 6 June he‟ll be hoping England lose, Michael admits that he‟ll be following Capello‟s
men in South Africa. “As a Welshman, I suppose I should be on the fence about it, but I always
support England in the World Cup, so I hope they do well. It's never outside the realm of
possibility that they could win it, which always makes it more exciting to watch, but the spectre of
penalties against Germany in the semi-final always looms large.”

And on the subject of penalties, if Soccer Aid goes to the wire, will he be volunteering to take
one? “I might stand behind Zidane with my hand slightly raised!”
                                           Nicky Byrne

                                    Team: Rest of the World

                         “I can’t wait to set foot on the hallowed turf!”

Westlife‟s Nicky Byrne is praying for „revenge‟ this year as he‟s hoping the Rest of The World
team will beat current champions, England.

Having captained the team in the 2008 tournament, the singer is confident that this time it will be
his side that lifts the trophy.

He said: “Losing 4-3 on the night was pretty hard to swallow. And this year, by all accounts
we've added some great talents to strengthen our squad. They (England) didn't deserve it last
time, we were robbed by a goal that was all Paddy Kielty's fault! It‟s time for the Rest of the
World to lift the trophy, full stop.

“The highlight last time was captaining the Rest of The World. Eight minutes into the game
(Captain) Gordon Ramsay got injured, he looked up and threw me the armband. To take the
armband at Wembley against England was sweet. And smashing Jonathan Wilkes wasn't half
bad either!”

With some of world‟s biggest football legends playing alongside the celebrities, how does the
singer rate his chances on the pitch?

“All the English ex-professionals are legends but none of the celebrities worry me at all! You're
always going to be second best to someone who was the best at their profession but, if we can
get in their faces that's when mistakes can happen and nobody likes that.

“There‟ll be lots of old school passing moves and no Hollywood passes as Kenny Dalglish would
say but I won't be shying out of any tackles though!

“If we can control (Alan) Shearer and (Teddy) Sheringham up front and make the England
defence deal with (Henrik) Larsson, I reckon we'll do alright.”

This year the teams will be playing at Old Trafford and as a Manchester United fan, Nicky admits
that it‟s a childhood dream to play at the legendary ground.

“I‟ve been a Manchester United fan since I was two, following in my late father's footsteps. I can‟t
wait to set foot on the hallowed turf. With Roy Keane as my footballing hero hopefully I'll have the
No 16 shirt again this time around.”

Currently on tour with Westlife, Nicky is hoping this will not affect his performance on the pitch.

“I‟ve been boxing for 18 months now and still play football quite regularly, but I‟m performing at
Croke Park with the band the night before (the match) though so hope that doesn't take too much
out of me.

“(Before the game) I psyche myself up my own way but Old Trafford... versus England... live on
TV... 5 million in Ireland, 3 million in Wales and 5 million in Scotland cheering us on... I won't
need any extra motivation!”

Nicky also admits he was „overwhelmed‟ to see the difference the money raised for UNICEF from
Soccer Aid can make to children‟s lives.
“UNICEF is a serious charity with a serious cause. Having watched the video footage in 2008, I
was overwhelmed by the difference people can make so I'm completely honoured to be a part of
something so incredible and raising money by playing football at Old Trafford is simply amazing.”
                                            Joe Calzaghe

                                     Team: Rest of the World

                          “I can’t wait to play on the Old Trafford pitch”

Undefeated boxing champion Joe Calzaghe CBE is pulling no punches over who he thinks will
win Soccer Aid 2010.

“I‟m playing for the Rest of the World so I‟ve got to say I think the Rest of the World will win
Soccer Aid! Obviously I‟m very competitive and I‟ll definitely be fit for the match.”

“I‟m just really excited to step out into the stadium. I‟ve always been a big football fan and it‟s a
great opportunity to play with some amazing players. I can‟t wait to play on the Old Trafford

“I don‟t think I‟m too bad at football. I played a lot until the age of about fifteen and, as I said, I‟m a
big football fan; I‟m always having a kick about.”

Joe says he‟s really excited by this year‟s line up and the Rest of the World team that he gets to
play with.

“Zinedine Zidane is an absolute legend so it‟s amazing to be on a team with him. I‟m not too
worried about the opposition. We‟ve got some fantastic players so I don‟t think there‟s a lot of
pressure on me!”

 Asked if he‟d be volunteering to take a penalty if his team needed him to Joe says: “Yeah I might
as well, why not? Actually it depends who‟s in goal for England, if it‟s Jamie Theakston then yes I
think I would, but I don‟t know if I‟d do it against David Seaman!”

Although an undefeated champion in his own sport, Joe doesn‟t expect the celebrity players to
measure up against the ex-professional players on the football pitch.

“I think everyone will give it a good go, but for anyone to play against someone like Zinedine
Zidane; he‟s a legend, it would be like putting someone in the ring with me and asking them to go
ten rounds, they‟d get their arse kicked! Not that I‟ll be suggesting that we do any boxing in

Although a proud Welshman, Joe still has high hopes for England in this year‟s World Cup.

“I think they‟ll get to the quarter finals, and then anything else is a bonus. There‟s always a lot of
pressure on them as expectation is really high, everyone wants them to recreate 1966. So much
depends on players keeping fit though, if Rooney‟s fit throughout then I think they‟ll do well.”
                                        Gordon Ramsay

                                    Team: Rest of the World

                          “England have had their glory, it’s our turn!”

World famous chef Gordon Ramsay is something of a Soccer Aid veteran, having played in both
the 2006 and 2008 games. He says: “They have all been brilliant - except for the game when I
was injured at the beginning, that was disappointing. It is an incredible feeling playing in front of
such of massive crowd and of course getting to play my favourite sport with some of the greatest
football legends.”

“I was lucky enough to play with Maradona in 2006 so it‟s absolutely brilliant to play with Zinedine
Zidane this year.”

Like all the players, Gordon‟s well aware of the serious message behind the match:
It‟s a great event which I‟m more than happy to support. It is a lot of fun out on pitch and I hope a
good match for supporter to watch, but we shouldn‟t forget the reason why we‟re all there and
that is to raise much needed funds for UNICEF, who do an amazing job all round the world.

“It‟s a privilege to participate in Soccer Aid and do my bit to help raise awareness and money for
a charity which does so much good. As a father myself, I can‟t imagine my kids going without
education, basic healthcare or even having a roof over their heads and I hope that everyone
supports the event and gives as generously as they can.”

Despite some recent problems Gordon is aiming to be match fit on June 6: “I‟ve had a niggling
knee injury which forced me to pull out of the marathon in April but I‟m confident I‟ll get out on the

Gordon believes it‟s the Rest of the World‟s turn to lift the trophy and that he can make the
difference: “England have had their glory, it‟s our turn this time! I‟m pretty competitive so there
might be a few tackles flying in!”

“[Old Trafford] is a fantastic venue and with lots of support from the crowd I‟m sure there will be a
great atmosphere as well.”

“The celebrity players always give it their all and there are some dark horses amongst them who
will give the professionals a run for their money! As in past years, there is a great line up and they
are all going to be wanting to put in their best performance.”

And after the match, Gordon says he‟ll be glued to the World Cup for the summer: “I‟m obviously
disappointed Scotland isn‟t in the line up but as a massive football fan I‟ll be rooting for England
and hope they will go far.”
                                            Shane Filan

                                     Team: Rest of the World

                           “We'll be keeping a close eye on Shearer!”

Westlife‟s Shane Filan is hoping his speed and competitiveness is going to help the Rest of The
World team beat England at this year‟s Soccer Aid.

The singer admits that is „fittest he‟s ever been‟ and has been playing in the football league back
in Ireland.

Shane said, “I've a decent left foot and people tell me I'm fast but, up against ex-pros we'll see
just how quick I really am! I love getting stuck in, I may even be a little too competitive but it's not
everyday you play against England at Old Trafford!

“Two years ago I wasn't anywhere near match fit. Since then though I've been playing Astro
League soccer with a team back home every week and am now probably the fittest I've ever been
so this couldn't be better timing for me.

“It's going to be close, but you have to be confident coming into a match like this if we are to take
the trophy.”

The self confessed Manchester United fan admits it‟s thrilled to be playing at Old Trafford for this
year‟s match. Shane also revealed that whilst he‟s worried about playing alongside the ex-
professional, he does not fear any of the celebrities on the England squad.

“I can‟t wait to have the chance to play at Old Trafford. I'm a huge Manchester United fan so,
given the choice I wouldn't choose anywhere else in the world.

“I‟m excited to be playing alongside all the ex-professionals, especially Giggsy - he‟s a legend.”

“The ex-professionals will be better obviously but the main thing the celebrities need to have is
the fitness to be able to compete. Besides the ex-pros, nobody worries me. I think the standard
of the other celebrities will be good but nothing we can't match. We'll be keeping a close eye on
Shearer though!”

Shane admits that whilst he is thrilled to be taking part in the match he is also keen to get behind
UNICEF and help raise money. “UNICEF is a worldwide charity and it's great to be able to be a
part of that and help raise money for such a worthy cause.”

With the World Cup looming, the Irish singer revealed he will be getting behind the England
squad and thinks they have a good chance of making it to the final. ” I believe the England have
their best chance of winning the World Cup for a long time, I'll be supporting them!”

But as he prepares to take on a very different England side, Shane admits that he will be saying a
little blessing and hoping this will bring him luck, he said, “I always bless myself before we start...
say a Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, Amen!”
                                       James Kyson Lee
                                    Team: Rest of the World

     “I’m hoping the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes and we go to penalties –
                                   I’d love to take one!”

Heroes actor James Kyson Lee will be making his first ever trip to Manchester and is thrilled that
Soccer Aid will be played on Old Trafford‟s hallowed turf: “We‟re going to be playing at a stadium
with a lot of history attached to it and it‟s one of the most famous grounds in the world. It‟ll be an
honour to play there and a great pleasure to be involved with an event which is helping such a
great cause.”

Of all the team mates and opposition James is most eager to meet is the Rest of the World
captain; “I‟m excited that Michael Sheen is our captain – I‟m a big fan of his work and am looking
forward to meeting him. It‟ll be great to meet everyone and it seems like there‟s a really good mix
of celebrities and legends.”

Of course all profits from ticket sales and donations go directly to UNICEF, and James is a big
supporter of the charity: “That‟s the best thing about being involved. To be part of something so
fun and exciting will be fantastic, but the fact that we‟re all doing it for such a great cause is

James adds; “It‟s a global event - some of the players involved are coming from all over the world
to participate so that will help raise awareness about the charity as well. And it‟s a great time to
put the event on just before the World Cup.”

If James had to compare himself to a football icon, he says he would love to play like the Brazilian
star Ronaldo. “He was agile, quick and very direct and he had a great eye for goal. Do I have
those skills? Er, no! But I will continue to aspire to be like him.”

The Heroes actor could have a special trick up his sleeve for the big match. In the cult series,
James‟ character Ando has a superpower which allows him to amplify the ability of others. “It
would be great if I could use the laser lightning although I‟d like to be able to supercharge myself
and make a few goals for our team!”

The night before the match, James plans to get a good night sleep and have a hot bath with
Epsom salts. “I listen to a lot of music to get myself going too… hip-hop, rock and roll… I always
enjoy listening to the likes of U2, The Rolling Stones, Jay-Z, anything that gives you good
                                          Gethin Jones

                                    Team: Rest of the World

                              “I want to nutmeg Jamie Redknapp!”

Presenter Gethin Jones is confident that the Rest of The World team will be lifting the trophy at
this year‟s Soccer Aid match.

With England leading two wins to zero, an unperturbed Gethin insists that his fellow team mates
will be the „Barbarians‟ on the football pitch.

“What would be nice as a sportsman is beating England, we lost last time. I had a shot at the
very last minute from about 30 yards which just went over the cross bar which probably would
have immortalised me in Rest of the World v England history!

“It would be amazing to beat England at Old Trafford, it‟s about time we turned the tables a little
bit. We are underdogs going into it - for us we‟re like the Barbarians of the rugby world, you
never know which team‟s going to turn up whereas England are quite consistent (but) I‟m sure
we‟ll put up a good fight.”

Having played in the 2008 Soccer Aid tournament, Gethin admits that his highlights included
receiving a good luck message from Tony Blair and playing alongside international superstar Luis

“We all got the bus to Wembley, and (fellow player) Alistair Campbell phoned Tony Blair and he
gave us a team speech as we drove to Wembley. He said, „Best of luck guys, I know as an
English man I‟ll be supporting the other team but I wish you the very best of luck!‟

“And the other oddest part for me, which all sports fan will appreciate is Luis Figo saying to me
„Jonesy pass the ball Jonesy‟. Luis Figo just played the San Siro the week before for Inter Milan
against AC Milan was saying to me, a rugby boy from Cardiff „Jonesy flick it inside, one two‟ I‟ll
never forget that, it was brilliant!”

Gethin admits that being involved in Soccer Aid allowed him to live out his childhood dreams, but
his friends keep his feet firmly on the ground.

He jokes, “I can always measure how amazing these experiences are by the way I tell my mates,
who all react with expletives. Honestly they‟re my best friends (but) they can not be nice to me
about it. Even if I wasn‟t aware of it myself I‟d be reminded very quickly about how special and
what an incredible thing it is to do, so very lucky to be asked.”

“Zinedine Zidane, to get the chance to train with him is just amazing he was the world‟s best
player at his time.”

“I got injured just before the start of the last game but there was no way I was coming off. So
when Kenny Dalglish turned to me and said „look Gordon Ramsay‟s come off you‟re marking
Shearer‟ I thought „Oh God this is going to be embarrassing‟ but fortunately Shearer didn‟t make
too much of a fool of me!”

Playing alongside some of the world‟s best players doesn‟t faze the presenter, instead he‟s
hoping to „nutmeg‟ England legend Jamie Redknapp.

“Its interesting because I thought it would be that case of the professionals being dead calm on
the ball and spray it around and all the celebrities would be running around like mad, running out
of puff after twenty minutes but it kind of wasn‟t like that! You just know the pros are going to have
a great touch you don‟t disrespect that, just do your best and see what happens and if you get to
nutmeg one of them you‟ll remember it for the rest of your life. That‟s what I want to do, I want to
nutmeg Jamie Redknapp!”
                                          Ryan Giggs

                                   Team: Rest of the World

‘Soccer Aid might be just a football match, but this 90 minutes has the power to transform
                       the lives of millions of children worldwide’

Former Wales Captain and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs is joining the Rest of the
World squad for the first time in 2010.

He is however, a long standing UNICEF Ambassador and over the years, Giggs - the most
decorated player in English football history - has taken time out to visit UNICEF projects in China,
Malaysia and South Africa, seeing at first hand the issues affecting children and young people
across the world and the impact of UNICEF's work.

“Over the years with UNICEF I‟ve seen the huge challenges facing children and young people
right across the world. I‟ve visited children being affected by HIV and AIDS in Sierra Leone and
learnt about the difficulties faced by children in accessing their basic rights, like the right to an
education or basic healthcare. But I‟ve also seen how, with commitment and support from the
public, UNICEF is making a real difference.”

Last September Giggs, an 11 time Premier League winner with Manchester United, undertook his
first individual Ambassadorial visit, this time to Sierra Leone, West Africa, where he saw the
impact of poverty and diseases like HIV and AIDS on young people and communities. Reflecting
on his experience in Sierra Leone, Giggs said:

“It is hard as a parent to two young children to see the poverty that children in many parts of the
world live in, and the facilities that just aren‟t there. I mean £5 could save a life, could buy a
mosquito net to protect a child from malaria”

And that experience has stuck with father of two, Giggs. He said of Soccer Aid;

“People are there to have fun, and to enjoy themselves, to see their heroes and celebrities, but
also we need to raise awareness and ultimately raise money. Soccer Aid might be just a football
match, but this 90 minutes has the power to transform the lives of millions of children worldwide,
with your help. Come down and watch the match, make a donation and help Soccer Aid 2010
extra special”
                                Soccer Aid and UNICEF
Soccer Aid is raising money for UNICEF to help children around the world.

Every minute of every day, children die from common causes like measles, diarrhoea
and malaria. Millions of children don‟t go to school, have food, shelter or clean water.
Children all over the world suffer from violence, abuse and discrimination, are forced to
work in dangerous conditions and denied the chance to play.

This is wrong. We need your help to put it right.

UNICEF is the world‟s leading children‟s organisation, working for children and their
rights in more than 190 countries. They don‟t receive any money from the UN budget so
we rely entirely on voluntary donations to support our vital work for children.

Amongst the children benefiting from Soccer Aid money this year will be children
affected by the earthquake in Haiti; families who are at severe risk from malaria in
Guinea; children living on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya; newborn babies requiring
immunizations in Madagascar and children living in the slums of Lima, Peru.

UNICEF Ambassadors Robbie Williams, Cat Deeley, James Nesbitt and Ewan
McGregor have each made a short appeal film which will be shown during Soccer Aid,
to show viewers exactly where their money will go and introduce some of the children
who will be helped by viewers‟ donations.

Keep it Up for Soccer Aid!
In the run up to Soccer Aid UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams is setting a challenge
which will inspire people from all walks of life to help the world‟s poorest children and
‘Keep it up for Soccer Aid’.

He is calling on people across the UK to find a football and get sponsored to do as many
keepy uppys as they can. All of the money raised through sponsorship will help
UNICEF‟s work for children around the world.

Why not give it a go yourself and join Robbie, Messi and Kanu in UNICEF‟s online Hall
of Fame?
For more information on Keep it Up for Soccer Aid please visit www.socceraid.org.uk.

Soccer Aid money in action: Guinea, West Africa:
For Soccer Aid 2010, UNICEF Ambassador James Nesbitt has visited Guinea, where
Soccer Aid money will help prevent needless deaths from malaria.

Malaria is one of the world‟s biggest killers and kills a child somewhere in the world
every 30 seconds.1

In Guinea, malaria is the number one killer of children under five years old.

But it doesn‟t have to be this way. Malaria is easily preventable, through something as
simple and as cheap as a Malaria Net.

A Malaria Net, which costs as little as £5 and lasts up to 5 years, could literally save a
child‟s life.

The funds raised by Soccer Aid will help UNICEF buy and distribute these simple yet
lifesaving malaria nets in Guinea, as well as working with local communities to inform
them about malaria and how to best use the nets.

Background on UNICEF and Soccer Aid:
Soccer Aid began in 2006 as a brainwave from UNICEF Ambassador, Robbie Williams.
The events in 2006 and 2008 events have already helped to improve the lives of more
than one million children. Previous money raised by Soccer Aid has helped children all
over the world, including:

    o   Providing clean water in Nepal
    o   Protecting children living on the streets in the Philippines
    o   Building safe parks for vulnerable children in South Africa
    o   Children affected by conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    o   Improving care for children with disabilities in Georgia
    o   Helping to reduce child mortality in Sierra Leone
Donations can be made to UNICEF at www.itv.com/socceraid

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