Charity sporting event Soccer Aid 2014 is to be broadcast live on ITV.
The event takes place on Sunday 8th June at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium with two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars competing in a football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
An array of Hollywood A-Listers, football legends and some of the UK’s most famous faces will battle it out to win the Soccer Aid trophy. – ITV
UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams will once again lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World. The brainchild of Williams, this year’s event will once again be hosted by Dermot O’Leary with Kirsty Gallacher pitchside, reporting on all the action as it happens.
Joining Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Olly Murs, John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and Mark Owen in this year’s England squad will be comedian Jack Whitehall, True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and ex-Doctor Who actor Matt Smith. Alongside the familiar faces of TV presenters Paddy McGuinness, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh and Heart FM’s Jamie Theakston.
Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World squad welcomes the return of Scottish actor James McAvoy and foul mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, and American new boy Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.
English football legends signed so far include Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, Paul Ince, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham. Edwin van der Sar and Jaap Stam are confirmed to appear for The Rest of the World, with many more high-profile names to be announced shortly.
In the lead up to the big event, UNICEF UK Ambassador Cat Deeley will present a one-off show from the player’s lounge on ITV.
This hour long programme will feature hot off the press moments from the squad’s training sessions, the latest news and gossip, plus unprecedented access to the big names as they prepare to battle it out for the Soccer Aid crown. – ITV
Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s work helping children around the world. This will be the fifth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006, 2010 and 2012, raising over £12 million in total thus far.
Soccer Aid returns for the fifth time in June and I admit there are scores to settle. Leading the England team, I will be making sure we defend that trophy against Rest of the World. There’s never been a better time for us to show our support for UNICEF so please dig deep and buy your tickets now! – Robbie Williams