World's top players in tsunami aid match

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15 February 2005, BARCELONA-More than 50 of the world's top football players will take part in a benefit match between a European team and a World XI for victims of the Asian tsunami.

15 February 2005

BARCELONA-More than 50 of the world's top football players will take part in a benefit match between a European team and a World XI for victims of the Asian tsunami.

Andriy Shevchenko leads the European side in the game at Barcelona's Nou Camp, while Ronaldinho will captain the World XI.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is joined by England team-mate David Beckham in Shevchenko's team, which will be jointly coached by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Italy's Marcello Lippi.

"They are two of the best coaches around at the moment." Gerrard added. "I'm looking forward to working with both of them.

"It will be a little bit strange because I have never worked with them before and it is just a one-off game, but I'm really looking forward to it."

Also in the Shevchenko line-up are AC Milan team-mate Paolo Maldini, Alessandro Del Piero of Juventus, Michael Ballack of Bayern Munich, Deco of Barcelona and Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane.

Ronaldinho's outfit will be coached by his Brazilian boss Carlos Alberto Parreira and Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard.

Joining Ronaldinho are Barcelona team-mate Samuel Eto'o, AC Milan's Kaka, and Bayern's Samuel Kuffour.

The game will be refereed by Italian Pierluigi Collina.

All proceeds from the match will be donated to the Fifa/Asian Football Confederation Tsunami Solidarity Fund.

Shevchenko was the European Footballer of the Year for 2004 while Barcelona's Ronaldinho won Fifa's World Player of the Year award.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta offered the services of the 98,000 seat Nou Camp for free.

"I was horrified when I saw the disaster on the television," said Laporta.

"The scale of it was so huge that it called upon each and every one of us to come together to help in any way we can.

"Football basically unites people against injustice, unfairness, and racism.

"Football is a union of players of all colours and creeds and brings people together at the same time, so it is very important to send out a positive message."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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