England celebrate their win in Soccer Aid 2016

In 2016, Soccer Aid raised
£5.4 million for children

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It was a match worthy of Soccer Aid’s tenth anniversary with 70,000 watching as England triumphed 3-2 over the Rest of the World. The trophy is now back into the hands of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, who came up with the idea for the charity football match in the first place.

Not only was some seriously exciting football played, but thanks to your amazing support, we’ve raised a staggering £5.4 million for children so far. All public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef and will be matched pound for pound by the UK government. 

Soccer Aid 2016: Match Report

England dominated the first half, with Olly Murs and Mark Wright proving to be an amazing asset. Murs came close to scoring several times – at the 29th minute he picked up the ball from Marvin Humes but Murs couldn’t complete. Despite the goal being open, he hit the ball wide from 12 yards out. Another opportunity five minutes later saw Murs lob the ball over Dida – but no goal!

Ben Shephard took a yellow card 30 minutes in after a cheeky tackle on Edgar Davids. “It’s not the way you treat someone,” commented Peter Schmeichel. “He’s done it before. He did it 10 years ago against Maradona and now he’s done it again!”

Shephard got another card early in the second half for a foul against Dimitar Berbatov and became the first player ever to be sent off during Soccer Aid.

Moments earlier we saw the first goal of the match as Mark Wright became only the sixth celebrity to score during the game (excluding 2010’s penalty shoot-out). A powerful kick from 35-yards gave us one of Soccer Aid’s most impressive goals ever!

Berbatov equalled things at 54 minutes, with a 12-yard shot picked up from Ronaldinho, following a corner from Davids. Less than three minutes later, he did it again, with a confident and unassuming penalty kick into the bottom-left of the net.

England weren’t beaten though and made it 2-2 within minutes – Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe processing an efficient curled through ball from Jack Whitehall (following two earlier disallowed goals).

After a one-two with Kieron Dyer at 75′, Defoe smashed another at 10 yards making it 3-2. He almost made it a hat-trick at 81 minutes but it was not to be.

There was a moment of joy for One Direction fans before the match was over as Rest of the World Assistant Manager Niall Horan took to the pitch opposite his 1D bandmate Louis Tomlinson.

With the score at 3-2, England took the cup back. What a match to celebrate 10 years of Soccer Aid!

Soccer Aid celebrities

During the game we saw appeal films from Nicole Scherzinger, Tinie Tempah, Eddie Izzard, Olivia Coleman and Keeley Hawes.

When the whistle blew, a mammoth £5.4 million had been raised, smashing all previous on-the-night totals. The money will continue to help Unicef provide children with life-saving food, vaccines and clean water, as well as protecting them from violence, exploitation and abuse.

“Tonight, Soccer Aid has been a real example of what can be achieved when people come together to support children in danger around the world,” said Mike Penrose, Unicef’s Executive Director.

100% of all public donations will go towards supporting the vital work of Unicef. All public donations to Soccer Aid were matched by the UK government.

Soccer Aid 2016: The teams


Jose Mourinho, Sam Allardyce

Assistant Manager
Robbie Williams

Bradley Walsh, Rui Faria, Vic Bettenelli

Jonathan Wilkes (Captain), Louis Tomlinson, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Marvin Humes, Paddy McGuinness, Jack Whitehall, John Bishop, Ben Shephard, Jamie Theakston, Danny Jones, Damian Lewis

David Seaman, Jamie Carragher, Sol Campbell, Phil Neville, Kieron Dyer, Robbie Fowler, Jermaine Defoe, Danny Murphy

Man of the Match
Mark Wright

Rest of the World

Claudio Ranieri

Assistant Managers
Niall Horan, Craig Shakespeare

Mike Stowell

Michael Sheen (Captain), Nicky Byrne, Sergio Pizzorno, AP McCoy, Matthew Morrison, Shayne Ward, Iwan Rheon, Sean Fletcher, Thom Evans, Gareth Thomas, Rickie Haywood-Williams, Patrick Kielty

Dida, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Jaap Stam, Dimitar Berbatov, Edgar Davids, Samuel Eto’o, Ronaldinho