Soccer Aid 2012-  England vs Rest of the World



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor




Soccer Aid is back after a two-year absence for its fourth charity match as England take on the Rest of The World at Manchester United's Old Trafford this Sunday, 27th May, 2012 in aid of UNICEF.

Take That singer and UNICEF ambassador Robbie Williams, who founded the event back in 2006, will once again captain the England team with Welsh movie star Michael Sheen skippering the Rest of the World XI.

Joining them on the pitch are Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from Britain’s biggest boy band JLS, world-famous michelin chef Gordon Ramsay, presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston alongside footballing heroes and legends such as Teddy Sheringham, Edwin Van Der Sar and Martin Keown. The usual suspects involved include Sky Sports presenter Ben Shephard and Jonathan Wilkes.

This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event and the third to be hosted at Old Trafford. To date, Soccer Aid has raised a total of £6.5 million through ticket sales and donations, with all profits going to UNICEF's invaluable work helping children across the globe to survive in poverty-ridden conditions helping with life-saving supplies of food and clean water. In addition, the funds raised go towards health, education and protection of vulnerable children against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

This year, the match will be overseen by professional Premier League and FIFA referees Howard Webb MBE (World Cup Final Referee 2010) and Mark Clattenburg who will be keeping the celebrities firmly in check with the hope of keeping their notebooks firmly in their pockets. West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce, who clinched promotion to the Premier League last weekend with the Hammers, will be in charge of England's team while the recently sacked Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish takes the role of boss for the Rest of the World.

Each squad contains twelve celebrities and six legends- including one goalkeeper- and a professional manager. In the first half, each team will play with their professional goalkeeper while in the second their celebrity goalkeeper will take to the pitch. There are no rolling substitutions therefore once a player comes off they cannot return to the field unless the match goes to a penalty shoot out. If the game is tied at 90 minutes, there will be no extra-time with the match going straight to a penalty shoot out involving the celebrity players only.

The match will be broadcasted live on ITV1 and ITV1HD on Sunday evening kicking off at 8pm will the build-up starting at 6pm with presenters Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Gallacher. There are three preview shows during the week on 23rd, 24th & 25th May where you can see for yourself the work of UNICEF and what the impact that donations have on youngster's lives while exclusive behind the scenes pictures will be shown of the players in training and of the stadium. Dave Berry will host a special Soccer Aid: Extra Time programme immediately after the game on ITV4 where he will dissect the action from the night and interview players. 


Premier League referees Mark Clattenburg (pictured above top) and Howard Webb (above right) will be officiating the event which raises money for UNICEF 




The celebrities

Robbie Williams (C)
Olly Murs
Jamie Theakston
Marvin Humes (JLS)
Aston Merrygold (JLS)
Ben Shephard
Jonathan Wilkes
John Bishop
Jason Isaacs
Paddy McGuinness
Mark Owen


The legends

Martin Keown
Teddy Sheringham
Des Walker
Kevin Phillips
David Seaman

Manager: Sam Allardyce
Assistant Manager: Peter Reid
Coach: Bradley Walsh

of the World

The celebrities

Michael Sheen (C)
Will Ferrell
Gerard Butler
Mike Myers
Gordon Ramsay
Patrick Kielty
James McAvoy
Sergio Pizzorno (Kasabian)
Woody Harrelson
Edward Norton
Joe Calzaghe

The legends

Edwin van der Sar
Jaap Stam
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Roy Keane
Hernan Crespo
Clarence Seedorf

Manager: Kenny Dalglish
Assistant Manager: Ian Rush


Past matches

England managed to win the first two Soccer Aid matches although in 2010 they couldn't repeat their heroics with the Rest of the World team narrowly winning on penalties.


Final Score: England 2 – 2 Rest of the World (Rest of the World win 7-6 on penalties)
Total raised: More than £2.75 million
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)


Final Score: England 4 – 3 Rest of the World
Total raised: More than £1.1 million
Venue: Wembley Stadium (North London)


Final score: England 2 – 1 Rest of the World
Total raised: £2.5 million
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)


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