One of the greatest managers of all time and current Chelsea F.C. manager José Mourinho joins latest signings, Hollywood star Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy, The Hurt Locker), Italian footballing legend Alessandro Del Piero and Santiago Cabrera (The Musketeers, Heroes), as the Rest of the World take on England in Soccer Aid 2014 at Manchester's legendary Old Trafford stadium.
The epic sporting event takes place on Sunday 8th June and will broadcast live on ITV. As the nation prepares for a summer of football, the two star-studded squads of football legends and the world’s biggest stars will compete in an electrifying football match all in aid of UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
As winner of the Champions League, the Uefa Cup, the Premier League, the Primeira Liga, La Liga, Seria A, the FA Cup, the Copa del Rey, the Coppa Italia and the Taça de Portugal, Mourinho will no doubt be keen to add Soccer Aid to his impressive list of successes.
José Mourinho added: "Thanks to UNICEF for asking me to manage The Rest of the World at Soccer Aid on Sunday June 8th at Old Trafford. I'm looking forward to beating Robbie Williams' and Big Sam’s England team and raising money for UNICEF. Buy your tickets at manutd.com/socceraid or call 0845 456 2014. See you there, it will be a special night!”
The brainchild of Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, this year’s event will once again be hosted by Dermot O’Leary with Kirsty Gallacher pitch side, reporting on all the action as it happens.
UNICEF UK Ambassador Robbie Williams will lead the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen returning to captain The Rest of the World.
Joining Olly Murs, John Bishop, Jonathan Wilkes and Mark Owen in this year’s England squad will be Jack Whitehall, True Blood’s Stephen Moyer and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. Alongside the familiar faces of TV presenters Paddy McGuinness, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh and Heart FM’s Jamie Theakston. The team will be managed by Sam Allardyce and coached by Bradley Walsh.
Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World squad welcomes the return of Scottish actor James McAvoy and world famous chef Gordon Ramsay alongside Westlife’s Nicky Byrne, comedian Patrick Kielty, and American new boy Man v Food presenter Adam Richman.
Edwin van der Sar, Jaap Stam and Edgar Davids are confirmed to appear for José Mourinho’s The Rest of the World, with many more high-profile names to be announced shortly. English football legends signed so far include Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, David Seaman and Teddy Sheringham.
In the lead up to the big event, UNICEF UK Ambassador Cat Deeley will present a 1x60 minute show from the player’s lounge on ITV. This 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.
Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to UNICEF’s invaluable 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 for UNICEF’s work for children.
Soccer Aid 2014 has been commissioned by Elaine Bedell, ITV's Director of Comedy and Entertainment and Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment. The Executive Producers for Initial, an Endemol company are Nic McNeilis and David Staite.
Tickets now on sale for Soccer Aid 2014, call 0845 456 2014 or visit manutd.com/socceraid Calls to this number will be charged at local rates. Go to www.unicef.org.uk/socceraid to find out more
For further information:
Jess Ord, UNICEF UK Press Office, 0207 375 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Jones, UNICEF UK Press Office, 020 7375 6117 / email@example.com
Nick Dear, ndear press and pr, 07753 811 918/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Greenaway, Endemol Press Office, 0208 222 4994 / email@example.com
Rae Langford, Endemol Press Office, 0208 222 4176 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Hassall, Endemol Press Office, 0202 222 4322 / email@example.com
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work and advocates for lasting change for children everywhere. We are a UK registered charity, supported entirely by voluntary donations. We do not receive any money from the UN. For more information, please visit unicef.org.uk
Score for Soccer Aid
This year we'll be encouraging anyone who is part of a local sports team to be part of the campaign by 'Scoring for Soccer Aid'. We want everyone to make the last match of the season really count, whether it’s a league, friendly or kick around, and help raise awareness and donations for UNICEF.
Score for Soccer Aid is all about getting together with people in your local area, your workplace or your school and using the power of football to raise money for UNICEF's work for children around the world.More information on how teams and clubs can get involved can be found at http://www.unicef.org.uk/Score