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Soccer Aid 2012 - Old Trafford

On 27 May England will take on the Rest of the World in a football match that will help save and change children’s lives. Two teams of celebrities and football legends, captained by Robbie Williams and Michael Sheen, will go head to head at Old Trafford, Manchester for a chance to lift the Soccer Aid trophy.

You can support UNICEF and help children around the world by buying tickets, watching the game live on ITV1 or making a donation. Thanks to the the UK Government all donations to Soccer Aid will now be matched pound for pound so we can help even more children around the world!

Robbie Williams set up the regular celebrity football event in 2006 to raise funds for UNICEF.

The fixture sees an English team of footballers and celebs compete vs a Rest of the World team…

And with less than a week to go some new sports stars have been added to the line-up, helping raise the profile of UNICEF children’s community projects around the world.

West Ham manager and former Bolton star Sam Allardyce, former world boxing champ Joe Calzaghe, and Everton and Man City legend Peter Reid join football heroes including Man United old boys Teddy Sheringham, Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane in the charity football match that raises money for UNICEF’s global children’s programmes…

Other football stars Martin Keown, Jamie Redknapp are also involved as well as celebs John Bishop, Olly Murs, Jamie Theakston, Marvin Humes (JLS), Sergio Pizzorno (Kasabian), Aston Merrygold (JLS), Ben Sheppard, Jonathan Wilkes, Jason Isaacs, Paddy McGuiness and Mark Owen (Take That).

Michael Sheen, Will Ferrell, Gerard Butler, Mike Myers, Gordon Ramsay, James McAvoy and Patrick Kielty are also taking part and last but not least Robbie Williams himself who will captain the England team…

Soccer Aid fundraising for UNICEF has already been taking place over recent weeks prior to the match in Manchester which is being shown live on ITV.

This includes football mad freestyler Dan McGuiness who became a world record holder on a record breaking ten-day keepy uppy challenge…

The new world record was set for travelling the longest distance whilst juggling a football with his feet… The keep uppy champ walked between London and Manchester with the freestyler juggling a football all the way, raising funds for Soccer Aid.

As well as fundraising activities from soccer bananas supporters, UNICEF has received another boost in the run up to the Soccer Aid 2012 game with the UK government promising to match funds raised from the public pound for pound…

UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams has also recently visited Mexico City with UNICEF to increase the profile of the event and its causes, making a short film about vulnerable children there that will be shown during the game’s TV coverage.

The charity football match will be broadcast live presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher.

It’s the fourth Soccer Aid event and returns after a year off in 2011. Previously Soccer Aid was held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010. The event has raised more than £7.5 million for UNICEF’s work helping the world’s poorest and in need children.

Money from ticket sales and donations is helping vulnerable children via UNICEF projects, including food, medical care and education. These projects include help for street kids … making them safe and getting them off the streets…

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