Soccer Aid 2016: meet the celebrity teams
The world’s biggest charity celebrity football match comes to our screens this evening. Soccer Aid 2016 is a huge event which takes place every two years to raise money for Unicef. Ambassadors of the charity, Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, originally organised the football match in 2006; since then, the event has raised over £17 million.
Two teams of celebrities and football legends take part in the match in teams representing “England” and the “Rest of the World”. The England team is being managed by incoming Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho alongside Robbie Williams and Sam Allardyce as assistant managers and, Bradley Walsh as coach.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson will be playing for the England team along with fellow singers Olly Murs, Danny Jones and Marvin Humes. Stars of the big and small screen Damian Lewis, Paddy McGuiness, Mark Wright, Jonathan Wilkes (Captain) and Jamie Theakston also join the team. Finally, comedians Jack Whitehall and John Bishop complete the celebrity side of the England team.
The football legends joining the England team are: Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Phil Neville, Sol Campbell, Jermaine Defoe, Danny Murphy, Kieron Dyer and, David Seaman.
The ROW team is headed by Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri who will be assisted by Niall Horan of global boyband fame.
Unicef UK Ambassador Michael Sheen will be captaining the ROW team with help from presenter Patrick Kielty in the goal, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and, Kasabian’s guitarist Sergio Pizzorno. From the acting world Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon and Coronation Street‘s Shayne Ward will join the team as well as presenters Rickie Haywood-Williams and Sean Fletcher. Bringing some sporting expertise to the international side will be jockey Sir AP McCoy and rugby players Gareth Jones and Thom Evans.
The international legends for the ROW side are Ronaldinho, Cafu, Jaap Stam, Dimitar Berbatov, Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto’o, Fabio Cannavaro and Dida.
Clive Tyldesley and Chris Kamara will be commentating on the night whilst Howard Webb will be officiating as referee at Old Trafford.
If you want to see the match live, tickets are still available to buy here. If you can’t make it up to Manchester, Soccer Aid 2016 will be shown on ITV1 at 6pm this evening (05.06.2016).