Forty international football stars join UNDP’s 10th Annual Match Against Poverty

14 Dec 2012

Zidane and Ronaldo have chosen their teams as the event takes place in a sold-out Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre on 19 December

Geneva — Forty international football players will join UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane at the tenth annual Match Against Poverty, held this year in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The friendly football match on December 19 has been organized to raise awareness of global development challenges and funds through ticket sales, sponsorship and broadcast rights to support projects to help reduce poverty in Brazil and Africa.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up,” said UNDP Associated Administrator Rebeca Grynspan, who will represent UNDP at the event. “And evidently so are the Brazilians, as the game is already sold out.”

The annual match - which is televised globally - is supported by both football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

The full participants list is the following:

Ronaldo & Friends team

Danrlei, Brazil - Dida, Brazil - Cafú, Brazil - Serginho, Brazil - Réver, Brazil – Junior Baiano, Brazil - Roque Junior, Brazil - Roberto Carlos, Brazil - William, Brazil - Lucas, Brazil - Juninho Paulista, Brazil - Zinho, Brazil -  Djalminha, Brazil - Roger, Brazil - Zico, Brazil - Denilson, Brazil- Ronaldo, Brazil- Neymar, Brazil – Leandro Damião, Brazil - Bebeto, Brazil - CacáFerrari,Brazil - Romário,Brazil - Edmundo,Brazil -  Paulinho, Brazil.
Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira, Brazil

Zidane & Friends team

Vitor Baía, Portugal - Juliano Belletti, Brazil - Diego Cavalieri, Brazil - Emerson, Brazil- Fernando Hierro, Spain - Michel Salgado, Spain - Fernando Couto, Portugal - Juan Pablo Sorin, Argentina – Paolo Montero – Uruguay- Carlos Gamarra, Paraguay- Nakata, Japan – Zinedine Zidane, France - Deco, Portugal - Santiago Solari, Argentina- Fredrik Ljungberg, Sweden - Riquelme, Argentina - Christian Karembeu, France - Alexde Souza, Brazil - Pedro Pauleta, Portugal - Loco Abreu, Uruguay - Hulk, Brazil - Falcão, Brazil- Mário Jardel, Brazil
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil

Referee:  Pierluigi Collina (Italy).

Contact Information

Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal; Mobile: + 41 79 3491610  - Tel: + 41 22 917 83 68; aziyade.poltier@undp.org

10th Match Against Poverty

WHAT: 40 international football stars take to the field to stop poverty
WHO: Ronaldo, Zidane, Zico, Romario, Bebeto and many more
WITH: UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan
WHEN: 19 December 2012, 2100 Local time
WHERE: Gremio Arena, Porto Alegre, Brazil


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