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Liverpool, Everton and International Legends Support Soccer Aid The UK’s Biggest Charity Football Match



Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2014, call 0845 456 2014 or visit socceraid

As the nation prepares for a summer of World Cup football, Liverpool and Everton FC legends, Merseyside MPs and Liverpool comedian John Bishop come together to support Soccer Aid and urge the region’s football fans to back the campaign.

The epic sporting event will take place on Sunday 8th June at Manchester’s legendary Old Trafford Stadium and will be broadcast live on ITV hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher.

soccer-aid-001Two squads comprising of football legends, Hollywood A-listers and some of the UK’s most famous faces will go head-to-head in an electrifying match in aid of UNICEF – the world’s leading children’s charity.

The event is the brainchild of UNICEF UK and Robbie Williams, who will take on the Assistant Manager role for “England”, coaching players like Jack Whitehall, True Blood star Stephen Moyer, Dominic Cooper, Marvin Humes, Olly Murs, Jonathan Wilkes, Mark Owen, Jamie Theakston and TV presenters Paddy McGuinness and Ben Shephard.

They’ll also be joined by English football legends Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham, Des Walker and Matt Le Tissier. The team will be managed by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce with Everton legend Peter Reid and presenter Bradley Walsh on the coaching team.

Merseyside comedian John Bishop will also feature in the “England” team and said he is excited about the prospect of having a week in the life of a professional footballer.

He said: “Soccer Aid gives you a window to the world. You get a week training, a week coaching so it’s good.”

The staunch Liverpool fan added: “The only downside is having Peter Reid as our coach. But, having said that, he’s probably the best player in the training.”

Former Everton and England player Peter said he was honoured to be involved in “such an important cause”, adding that “it’s always a great day”.

Former LFC International legends are lending support to Soccer Aid this year include John Aldridge, Phil Neal, Jan Molby, Alan Kennedy and Phil Thompson. Cheering team England and former Red Jamie Carragher on, they have urged Reds fans to do the same.

Former Liverpool and England International Phil Neal said he was looking forward to the event, adding: “Old Trafford will be a great arena for Soccer Aid. Children need help and support all the way through their lives and the work UNICEF does to help save children’s lives is crucial – together we can make a difference.”

Former Liverpool and England player Phil Thompson added: “Soccer Aid is getting so big now for all of the right reasons, all for children, it’s absolutely fantastic. With Robbie Williams at the forefront and having England versus the Rest Of The World, it’s going to be a great combination of legends and celebrities getting involved in a great game.”

Ex- Ireland international John Aldridge said: “We are calling for football fans to get along to support and help save a child’s life – it’s so important.”

Danish international and former Red Jan Molby added: “It connects with people doesn’t it? Everyone wants to do something for charity and this is a great way to do it.”

Commenting upon Jamie Carragher’s return to the pitch, Alan Kennedy said: “It will be great to see Jamie Carragher back on the pitch for England, I’m sure the fans will enjoy a great performance by him, and I can bring my boots with me to the game just in case there might be a little space for me, after my performances recently for the former players.”

Merseyside MPs Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham shared their enthusiasm for uniting football fans together in the name of charity.

Andy said: “Football beats everything else, bringing people together and getting important causes to the fore and Soccer Aid has proved that.”

Steve added: “For anyone who’s thinking of going: do. Go and support it, raise a few bob and have a great time.”

Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returns this year to captain the “Rest Of The World” team, with The Special One himself – Chelsea boss José Mourinho – as manager.

The team will also welcome the return of Scottish X-Men star James McAvoy and world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay, alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, actor Santiago Cabrera and comedian Patrick Kielty.

Joining the event for the first time are comedian Kevin Bridges, Avatar star Sam Worthington and American new boys Man vs Food presenter Adam Richman, Glee actor Mark Salling and Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner.

They will also be joined by football legends Andriy Shevchenko, Edwin van der Saar, Alessandro Del Piero, Edgar Davids and Jaap Stam.

The event will be opened by singer Katherine Jenkins and presenter Caroline Flack will keep viewers updated on UNICEF donations live from the BT Tower in London. 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 and so far the event has raised over £12 million for UNICEF’s work for children.

David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director, said: “Soccer Aid 2014 will raise vital money to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get life- saving food, medicine and clean water. Every day, children are in serious danger and thousands die needlessly in the struggle against poverty, hunger and disease. It’s time for us all to act.

“Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match on ITV and help us change children’s lives.

Soccer Aid 2014 has been commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment, and Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment.

Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2014, call 0845 456 2014 or visit socceraid. Calls to this number will be charged at local rates.

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