David Beckham and Manchester United legends reunite at Old Trafford for Unicef

david-beckhamUnicef Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham recently travelled to Cambodia to see how we’re working to protect vulnerable children from danger.

An all-star lineup of football legends has been announced to play at the Match for Children in aid of Unicef at Old Trafford on 14 November.

The Great Britain and Ireland team will be captained by Unicef Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham and managed by fellow ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson. Players include Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Phil Neville.

The Rest of the World XI, led by Zinedine Zidane and managed by Carlo Ancelotti, will include Cafu, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho.

Here’s our latest list of players, with more team members still to be named:

Great Britain and Ireland

Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Captain: David Beckham
David Seaman
David James
Sol Campbell
John Terry
Phil Neville
Rio Ferdinand
Jamie Carragher
Ashley Cole
Nicky Butt
Paul Scholes
Ryan Giggs
Michael Owen
Andy Cole

The Rest of the World

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti
Captain: Zinedine Zidane
Edwin van der Saar
Fabio Cannavaro
Alessandro Nesta
Luis Figo
Patrick Vieira
Michael Ballack
Massimo Ambrosini
Robert Pires
Dwight Yorke
Patrick Kluivert
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Landon Donovan

Italian legend Pierluigi Collina, who was named FIFA’s Best Referee of the Year for six consecutive years during a renowned career, will referee the match.

David Beckham told us: “It’s incredible that we’re going to be bringing so many of the world’s greatest footballers together under one roof for this match. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds for Unicef to help improve the lives of children across the world.”

Earlier this year, David marked his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with the launch of 7: The David Beckham Unicef Fund and made a personal commitment to use his powerful voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds, fight inequality and rally for lasting positive change for the world’s most vulnerable children across every region of the world.

Money raised through ticket sales and donations made on the match day will go to Unicef to help protect the world’s most vulnerable children.

Make a Donation to 7 and Unicef 

Photo: Unicef/2015/Caroline Irby


22 responses to “David Beckham and Manchester United legends reunite at Old Trafford for Unicef”

  1. Destruction EWA says:

    Will this be shown on UK TV?

    • Paul Isaacs UNICEF UK says:

      Thanks for your question. At this moment we can’t confirm if the game will be televised – but we’ll let you know as soon we know more!

      • DB1 says:

        UNICEF, you know there is a huge opportunity here for you from TV coverage, clearly there is a reason why it can’t be televised, could you please just post what this reason is, I am guessing it is because it is a 3pm Kick Off on a Saturday and that no TV live broadcasts of football matches are allowed at that time on a Saturday so not to affect the gate revenues at matches. Please post your views on this. Thank you. Many many thousands of people would pay a pay per view fee to watch this match live, you have got 2 weeks to sort this 🙂

        • We’ve had such a fantastic level of interest in the match and we
          are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support. As mentioned, the game isn’t
          going to televised live in the UK but we’re really excited that the best of the
          action will be shown on Match of the Day later that evening.

          • Matt says:

            Where and when will you post the details of the channels which will show the game outside of the UK?

    • Paul Isaacs UNICEF UK says:

      Update: Unfortunately the match won’t be televised in the UK, but highlights will be shown on BBC Match of the Day. If you live outside the UK, you may be able to watch the whole match, but broadcasters are still to be confirmed. Thanks!

    • Matt Smith says:

      This should definitely be on television!!! Could raise much more cash that way. Who wouldn’t want to see this set of players match up??

  2. Topfoot says:

    Yes I need to watch this game

  3. Kate Harper says:

    I am taking my 3 Grandsons and 2 nephews aged 11 – 15 to the match as they prefer this to a Christmas Pantomime! It is great to see so many legends giving their time to help protect children across the world. We are so excited.

  4. Matt Tice says:

    There are many people where I live who would be more than happy to donate £10 say to get this match on Pay Per View – it must be worth a look?

  5. Anna Shaw says:

    Bringing my football mad son to this for his tenth biirthday which just happens to be on the day. Will there be any opportunities to meet the players?? He knows nothing about it yet but will be beside himself with excitement!!

  6. Paula Shaw says:

    Any ideas when the tickets will be sent out? Thanks

  7. Unfortunately the match won’t be televised in the UK, but highlights will be shown on BBC Match of the Day. If you live outside the UK, you may be able to watch the whole match, but broadcasters are still to be confirmed. Thank you for your support!

  8. 61TheViper says:

    It’s my son’s 8th birthday the following day so I’m taking him to OT for the first time, although at the moment he knows nothing. I’m also bringing my Dad so it’s a proper Dad n Lad n Lad day out and a great opportunity to see so many great players whilst supporting such a great cause.

  9. bertie73 says:

    Seems crazy that as usual th UK miss out- I would gladly pledge 10 for pay per view watching – Seems crazy that I can sit in Cyprus or the US and watch this on tv without having to pay a penny- wasted opportunity to make a lot m,ore money for the charity- I will just have to stream it from elsewhere

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