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SOCCER AID 2018 – STAR-STUDDED TEAM

SOCCER AID 2018 - STAR-STUDDED TEAM

SOCCER AID 2018 – STAR-STUDDED TEAM

Soccer Aid is a charity fundraiser which was first staged in 2006.

SOCCER AID 2018 - STAR-STUDDED TEAM

 

Over the last 12 years, £24million has been raised through Soccer Aid which has all been donated to Unicef.

The two sides are made of football stars and celebrities from the world of TV, film and sport.

Who will win?

Bookmaker Coral has odds on Usain Bolt’s World XI as the favourite for victory at odds of 4-6.

England are 9-4, while the draw is 9-2.

Harry Aitkenhead, of Coral, said: “As a Manchester United fan himself, Usain Bolt will be relishing the chance to run out at Old Trafford and we’re expecting the star studded Rest of the World team to be too strong for the England boys.

“It’s always great to see the celebrities running out alongside our legends and at the moment Lee Mack, Olly Murs and Mark Wright have all been popular bets by punters on who might score the first goal on the night.”

SOCCER Aid 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever thanks to a star-studded line-up.

Robbie Williams has once again enlisted the help of some serious A-listers to play in the match at Old Trafford. But who has signed up to participate?

Robbie Williams will head up the England Team and Olympian Usain Bolt will be captain of the World XI Team.

They will compete against each other with teams made up of A-list stars and footballing legends.

********** TEAM: ENGLAND **********

Robbie Williams – Captain

Robbie Williams is a singer famed for being part of Take That.

In 2006, Robbie – who is Unicef UK Ambassador – and his best mate Jonathan Wilkes – came up with the idea of Soccer Aid.

Robbie has captained the England team ever since.

Paddy McGuinness

This will be the fifth time Paddy has played in Soccer Aid and he will be on Robbie’s England squad.

Paddy is a well known TV presenter, and is famous for his show Take Me Out.

He said: “It’s always such a privilege to be asked back to play at Soccer Aid and represent England.

“I’ve stitched up and pranked a few players over the years – and let me tell you, this year nobody is safe! – but in all seriousness I’m here to help raise money for a great cause.

“Usain’s OK up to 9.58 seconds but the game is 90 minutes, let’s see what he’s got in the tank!”

Mo Farah

Olympic legend Mo Farah announced on Twitter that he would be taking part in Soccer Aid.

He tweeted: “Finally I can announce that I’ll be playing in @socceraid for @UNICEF_uk at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June.”

And he had a dig at opposing team captain and sprinter Bolt saying: “Remember @usainbolt, it’s a marathon not a sprint!”

Michael Owen

Michael Owen will be putting on the England shirt again as he joins Robbie’s team.

Soccer Aid will see the striker return to Old Trafford where he played towards the end of his career following spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to playing in Soccer Aid, helping raise money for Unicef.

“Pulling on the England shirt was always a huge honour for me and it will feel very special to do that again on June 10.

“The only problem is that we’re going to have Paddy McGuinness marking Yaya Touré and Usain Bolt – that alone has got to be worth buying a ticket for!”

Mark Wright

Mark Wright, former Towie star turned TV and radio presenter, shared his excitement on social media at being picked for Robbie’s England team for the second time.

He put on a man of the match performance in 2016, scoring a match-winning goal.

Mark said: “Topping my Man of the Match performance and worldie free-kick in Soccer Aid 2016 is going to be hard, but I’m sure I can pull something out the bag.

“Getting another chance to play alongside football legends is a childhood dream come true, and knowing I’m going to be on the same pitch as Usain Bolt this year is absolutely mind-blowing.

“What also makes this whole experience bigger and better than ever is that from today your donations to help children in danger around the world will be matched pound for pound.

“Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford really is going to be a day to remember!”

Joe Wicks

The Body Coach Joe Wicks has also confirmed he’s joining the England side.

Joe said: “Come on England. Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other.

“I’ll see you at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th of June.”

Olly Murs

Singer Olly Murs announced on Twitter that he’s taking part in Soccer Aid.

He wrote: “I’M BACK‼AND so is @socceraid Buy your tickets to this year’s #SoccerAid for @UNICEF_uk  or call 0161 444 2018 #TeamRobbie Vs #TeamUsain ⚽👊🏻🔥”

Damien Lewis

This won’t be the Homeland and Billions star’s first rodeo as he was one of the starting XI in the very first Soccer Aid back in 2006.

He’s played in several other tournaments, usually taking to the midfield position.

Jamie Redknapp

Jamie will be playing for England again and he couldn’t be more thrilled at the prospect.

He said: “Every former pro will tell you that they really miss playing, so I jump at any chance to pull my boots on again – especially for Soccer Aid for Unicef.

“I’ve not done too badly in these games over the years but I think both line-ups this year are stronger than ever.”

Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy is a steadfast professional and true master of the game.

He played the professional level for 20 years and spent some of his best with Fulhamand Tottenham Hotspur.

Phil Neville

The England and Manchester United star is putting the England shirt back on for Unicef.

He’s currently head of the England’s women’s team and is often seen as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Along with a few of his old Man U team-mates, he is a part owner of the team Salford City.

David Seaman

One of Arsenal’s greatest ever players, David Seaman is coming back out of retirement to help England win again.

The legendary goalkeeper might be best known for some flops and, indeed, gravity-defying saves, he’s also known for his dance moves on the ice.

In 2004, David joined BBC’s Dancing on Ice just eight days before the show started and then went on to win the thing with his partner Zoia Birmingham.

Wes Brown

Wes played for Manchester United between 1996 and 2011, making him one of the club’s longest running and brightest stars.

He might have retired from international football in 2010, but he’s making an exception for Robbie and Unicef!

Robbie Fowler

Robbie Fowler is a natural scorer and Robbie’s England XI will be glad to have someone with such a winning attitude on the field.

He’s best-known for his incredible career at Liverpool but the record-breaking goal-scorer has played for Leeds, Man City, Cardiff and even the Thai team Muangthong United.

Myles Stephenson

Myles shot to fame as a member of 2017’s X-Factor winning group Rak-Su.

Mentored by Simon Cowell, they comprise Myles, Rak-Su J, Ashley Rak-Su and Pharoahcious.

Lee Mack

The Merseyside-born comedian became a household name in the UK due to his sitcom Not Going Out and work on the comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?

Lee said he plans to bring “unrivalled physical prowess, unbelievable abilities, and movie star good looks” to proceedings.

Freddie Flintoff

Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is one of England’s greatest Test cricketers – and was instrumental in the unforgettable Ashes series back in 2005.

He’s now trying his hand at football, in his own words asking “How hard can it be?”

Who else is playing for the England XI?

Joining Robbie’s team is Homeland actor David Harewood, Good Morning presenter Ben Shephard, comedians John Bishop and Bradley Walsh, and footballer Emile Heskey.

Someone in charge of bringing the flair to the occasion will be football freestyler Billy Wingrove, who is a YouTube superstar thanks to his dazzling array of tricks and flicks.

STAR-STUDDED TEAM

********** TEAM: REST OF THE WORLD **********

Usain Bolt – Captain

Usain is one of the most famous athletes in the world – even though he announced his retirement from the sport last year.

The 31-year-old sprinter won eight Olympic gold medals, is an eleven-time World Champion. He broke both the 100m and 200m sprint world records multiple times

On February 27, 2018, Usain announced he would be playing for Soccer Aid. After weeks of teasing that he had signed to a team.

Yaya Touré

Yaya is a two-time Premier League winner with Manchester City and he will be part of Usain’s World XI team.

He has played more than 100 times for the Ivory Coast, as well as winning La Liga and the Uefa  Champions League following a three-year period at Barcelona.

He said: “I haven’t done too badly at Old Trafford over the years, so hopefully this match will be another victory.

“Both teams are looking strong, so it should be a great game. I know how much the people in this country love their football. And which is why I know you will come and support us and Unicef.

“Together we’ll put on a great show and help children around the world.”

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay has announced on social media that he will be joining Usain Bolt, Robbie Williams and more for Soccer Aid 2018.

The chef has previously played on the Soccer Aid pitch and hopes to reclaim his title.

He suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon when he tackled ex-footballer Teddy Sheringham back in 2012.

Brendan Cole

Brendan Cole is an ex-professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

This will be his first TV appearance since his contract wasn’t renewed in January.

Brendan will be joining Team Usain.

He said: “For years, I have been a massive fan of the match. To be able to finally announce I will be swapping my dancing shoes for football boots feels incredible.

“What’s bigger than the nation’s love of dancing? The nation’s love of the beautiful game. I’m aiming for tens across the board.”

Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is one of the greatest ever batsmen that’s ever played for the English cricket team.

But the England star was actually born in South Africa and he’s leapt at the opportunity to play for the Rest of the World team against Robbie’s England.

Kevin said: The loyalty I showed to the Three Lions throughout my cricket career was undeniable. But Soccer Aid for Unicef is a game like no other, so I’m prepared to play against England if it means I can raise money for Unicef.”

Dan Carter

The All-Blacks rugby star will be testing the strength of his boot against a ball that’s a little rounder than usual.

The New Zealand player announced he’ll join the World XI at Old Trafford. And can’t wait to play with captain Usain Bolt.

Martin Compston

Scottish actor Martin Compston will again be stepping into the Line of Duty but for Usain’s World XI.

The Greenock-born star was also a professional footballer before finding fame as DS Steve Arnott.

Eric Cantona

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is returning to the place he made his name.

On his return to Old Trafford, King Eric said: “There’s no place like home.

“Knowing I’m coming back to Old Trafford is a special feeling. And I’m looking forward to seeing the stands full of familiar faces.

When is Soccer Aid? And how do I get a ticket?

Soccer Aid is on June 10, 2018, and will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced between £10 and £50.

They are available at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018

The match will be screened on ITV – a time is yet to be confirmed.


 

Source: thesun.co.uk, express.co.uk

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Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

SOCCER AID 2018 takes place at Old Trafford – and Starsport brings you all the information you need to know ahead of the charity fundraiser

Celebrities, former professionals and legendary athletes join forces for the most popular charity match on the planet.

The ideal warm-up for this current summer’s World Cup is here, as the sensational Soccer Aid for UNICEF coordinate happens today around evening time.

Only four days before the world’s best footballers take to the field in Russia, a ritzy gathering of famous people, previous experts and unbelievable competitors participate in a diversion themselves.

Old Trafford is the area for this apparatus, which collects essential cash for philanthropy and engaging a huge number of individuals around the nation.

To the extent incredible footballers are concerned, David Seaman, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler are on the England group.

Soccer Aid is a charity event – first staged in 2006 – that has become a big part of the British sporting calendar.

Soccer Aid sees two teams – one representing England and one representing the rest of the world – go head to head in a football match at Old Trafford.

The squads are made up of former footballers and celebrities from the worlds of music, acting, television presenting and other sports.

England have won four of the previous games, with the Rest of the World triumphing twice.

The world XI incorporates Eric Cantona, Yaya Toure, Robert Pires and Clarence Seedorf among others.

Usain Bolt, Gordon Ramsey, Mo Farah and Robbie Williams are a portion of the big names on appear.

This tweet from Michael Owen gave us a chuckle at Mirror Football Towers.

The World XI’s superstars look relaxed… but you also feel like they mean business.

A team full of winners!

Here is some Info.

The conflict will be demonstrated live on ITV with commence booked for 8pm.

Time kick off – Soccer Aid 2018 kicks off at 8pm.

Where is being being played – At Old Trafford in Manchester.

Streaming 2018 on TV – Yes, you can.

Stream Aid 2018 online – Yes, you can.

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

ITV’s coverage means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the ITV app, which is available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.

The ITV app is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The ITV app is available to download on iOS and Android devices, and they will also be providing live text coverage and updates.

The Managers

Sam Allardyce will again take charge of the England side and will be assisted by Bradley Walsh, John Bishop, Ben Shephard and former Wolves keeper Mike Stowell.

Harry Redknapp takes charge of the Rest of the World XI with Vic Bettinelli and agent to the stars Ricky Simm.

Previous Soccer Aid results

2006: England 2-1 Rest of the World (Old Trafford, 71,960)

2008: England 4-3 Rest of the World (Wembley, 45,000)

2010: Rest of the World 2-2 England (7-6 on pens – Old Trafford, 65,493)

2012: England 3-1 Rest of the World (Old Trafford, 67,346)

2014: Rest of the World 4-2 England (Old Trafford, 65,574)

2016: England 3-2 Rest of the World (Old Trafford, 70,000)

Soccer Aid 2018 odds:

England 11/5

Draw 4/1

Rest of the World 4/6

(Odds sourced from William Hill)

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

Players in Soccer Aid 2018

England Squad

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

  • Robbie Williams (Captain): A famed singer and former member of Take That
  • Sir Mo Farah: Olympic hero in London and Rio over 10,000m and 5,000m
  • Olly Murs: Popular singer who has also hosted the X Factor
  • Paddy McGuinness: Comedian famous for Phoenix Nights and Take Me Out
  • Joe Wicks: Celebrity chef and fitness expert
  • Mark Wright: Star of TOWIE and now a famous DJ
  • Michael Owen: Former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid striker
  • Jamie Redknapp: Ex-Liverpool favourite now a Sky Sports pundit
  • Wes Brown: Former England and Manchester United defender
  • Lee Mack: Comedian famous for panel shows and ‘Not Going Out’
  • Robbie Fowler: Former Liverpool great who fans nicknamed ‘God’
  • Freddie Flintoff: Former England cricketer now star of ‘League of their Own’
  • Myles Stephenson: One fourth of the band Rak-Su with hits such as ‘Dimelo’
  • Phil Neville: Ex-Manchester United and now boss of England Ladies
  • Danny Murphy: Former Liverpool star and now a BBC pundit
  • Damian Lewis: Huge star of series like Homeland and Billions
  • David Seaman: Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper
  • Blake Harrison: Will always be known as Inbetweeners’ Neil
  • Jack O’Connell: Rising star actor who made his name in Skins
  • Jeremy Lynch: One half of the popular F2 Freestylers.

Rest of the World Squad

Soccer Aid 2018: Info Updates

  • Usain Bolt (Captain): Jamaican Olympic sprint hero who is a genuine world star
  • Clarence Seedorf: Dutchman seems to have played for just about every top club
  • Robert Pires: Former French star who really made his name at Arsenal
  • Gordon Ramsay: Scottish chef who is star of Kitchen Nightmare
  • Brendan Cole: Former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer
  • Yaya Touré: Ivory Coast international recently released by Manchester City
  • Kevin Pietersen: Former England batsman known for his forthright views
  • Juan Sebastian Veron: Another ex-Man United man also played for Sampdoria
  • Hayden Christensen: Played a young Darth Vader in the Star Wars prequels
  • Jaap Stam: Dutch defender used to play for Manchester United
  • Dan Carter: Famed All Black fly half will play in goal for World XI
  • Patrick Kluivert: Dutch legend played for Barcelona and Ajax
  • Edwin van der Sar: Keeper played 130 times for the Netherlands
  • Eric Cantona: Hasn’t played for 20 years but still a Manchester United legend
  • Robbie Keane: Long career at likes of Inter Milan, Spurs and Liverpool
  • Ashley Fongho: Rapper is another member of the X Factor band Rak Su
  • Martin Compston: Gritty Scottish actor famous for role in Line of Duty
  • Ioan Gruffudd: Welsh actor was Mr Fantastic in the Fantastic Four
  • Danny O’Carroll: Plays Buster Brady in hit TV show Mrs Browns Boys
  • Nicky Byrne: Former Westlife singer is now a TV and radio presenter

ERIC CANTONA TO PLAY UNICEF AID MATCH IN MANCHESTER

Old Trafford legend Eric Cantona is coming back – to play his first game since his shock retirement 21 years ago.

The fiery Frenchman, now a 51-year-old actor, is returning to appear in the Soccer Aid match for Unicef at the home of Manchester United tonight.

Cantona, who scored 82 goals for the club between 1992 and 1997, will turn out for the World XI side captained by sprinter Usain Bolt.

They face an England team skippered by Robbie Williams.

The United idol – lauded with chants of “Ooh, ah, Cantona!” as he played with upturned collar – said: “Knowing I am coming back to Old Trafford is a special feeling.

“Let’s make history together one more time.”


 

Source: mirror.co.uk, dailystar.co.uk

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