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Soccer Aid

Monday 22nd May 2006 

Soccer Aid launches a summer of football on ITV with World Cup legends and top celebrities teaming up to go head-to-head in England versus The Rest of The World, all in aid of charity UNICEF.

Daily shows presented by Ant and Dec from Monday May 22nd to Friday May 26th will give all the behind-the-scenes gossips, updates, exclusive footage and interviews ahead of the big match itself on Saturday, May 27th.

Celebrity guests will also give their take on the breaking news and latest developments as the two teams train in front of their managers Terry Venables (England) and Ruud Gullit (Rest of The World) desperate to prove they’ve got what it tales to secure a place in the starting line-up at Old Trafford.

In addition to their Superstar captains - Robbie Williams and Gordon Ramsay - the two managers have already started signing up some of the world’s best football legends. Paul Gascoigne, Les Ferdinand, Tony Adams and John Barnes have been recruited by Terry Venables, with Gianfranco Zola, Marcel Desailly, Peter Schmeichel and Dunga playing under Ruud Gullit.

England captain Robbie Williams said "I have been an Ambassador for UNICEF since 2000, and some of the best moments of my life have been those spent with children in Mozambique and Sri Lanka. During my last UNICEF trip I met so many kids who gave me reason to smile. Now, through UNICEF and Soccer Aid, I want to be able to give them something to smile about too."

Both squads contain eleven international celebrities and five world cup greats. Daily programmes on ITV1 and ITV2 follow them as they spend the week training, bonding, socialising, and competing for a coveted place in the starting line-ups. Stars from the world of showbiz and sport, as well as experienced football pundits will also give their view on who should – or shouldn’t - make the starting XI.

The big match – to be played on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford in front of a capacity crowd on May 27th – sees the culmination of all their hard work.

Soccer Aid is in aid of UNICEF’s work for children throughout the world. UNICEF works jointly with partners to help children reach their full potential through long-term and emergency work on health, education and protection for children at risk. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and funds raised by Soccer Aid will enable UNICEF and partners to help more children worldwide.

Article Credit: Sam Hodge/James Macleod at ITV

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