Who is playing in the UNICEF charity match? All you need to know about the … – Mirror.co.uk
David Beckham’s UNICEF charity match is upon us and the game’s biggest names will return to the pitch.
Stars past and present will convene at Old Trafford in Manchester for one of the most charitable football events in history, all hosted by the former England captain.
From Zinedine Zidane to John Terry and Luis Figo to, erm, Peter Crouch, this match will be an entertaining tribute to the game for the most charitable of causes.
But when does the match actually take place? And where can you watch the action?
Here is everything that you need to know…
1. When is the match and where can I see it?
Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 14 November.
Unfortunately, tickets have all been sold for the encounter.
However, live streaming app MyEye will offer exclusive pictures, as well as stadium tours and interviews with players before, during and after the match.
Highlights from the match will be shown on Match of the Day (BBC One) at 22:20 on Saturday night.
GB and Ireland: David Seaman, David James, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell, Phil Neville, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Darren Fletcher, Nicky Butt, Trevor Sinclair, Paul Scholes, Gary McAllister, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham (captain), Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Alan Smith.
World: Edwin van der Sar, Raimond van der Gouw, Cafu, Fernando Hierro, Fernando Couto, Mikael Silvestre, Maxwell, Luis Figo, Robert Pires, Christian Karembeu, Park Ji-sung, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane (captain), Dwight Yorke, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Patrick Kluivert, Landon Donovan.
3. Reasons why GB and Ireland XI could win
Chemistry. A number of the team played together for England… not that it made much of a difference back then anyway.
Sir Alex Ferguson is returning the dugout to manage the side. He was pretty good, wasn’t he?
Home advantage. Eight former Manchester United players are in the squad and they’ll all be used to playing at a rainy Old Trafford.
4. Reasons why World XI could win
5. GB and Ireland XI’s key man
It’s got to be Becks.
While he’s obviously not going to be the most gifted player on show at Old Trafford, he’s responsible for driving the entire event.
The former England captain remains one of the most marketable men in football and he draws audiences like no one else, apart from maybe Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.
Quite something for a 40-year-old who retired two-and-a-half years ago.
Should there be any dead balls in dangerous positions – specifically free-kicks – you can rest assured he’ll be standing over them.
6. World XI’s key man
Who else but Zizou?
The three-time World Player of the Year is one of the most beautiful players to have ever graced the game.
His touch, technique and passing ability was second to none between the late 90s and early 2000s.
Zidane’s £46m transfer fee to take him from Juventus to Real Madrid, which has since been dwarfed numerous times, was utterly ridiculous at the time the move took place – that’s how good he was.
The Frenchman won the World Cup, the Euros, the Champions League and countless other trophies in one of the most distinguished careers the sport has ever seen.
7. Quote corner
David Beckham: “It’s incredible that we’re going to be bringing so many of the world’s greatest footballers together under one roof for this match.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for Unicef to help improve the lives of children across the world.”