Match Against Poverty

Football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Zinédine Zidane and Ronaldo helped kick-off 11 international Matches Against Poverty since 2003 that raised over 4 million US dollars to help boot out poverty worldwide.

Previous matches

  • 2014: Bern, Switzerland - The XI Match Against Poverty raised $ 190,000 for recovery efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • 2012: Porto Alegre, Brazil - The 10th Match Against Poverty raises US $360,000 to support UNDP projects in Brazil and Cape Verde
  • 2011: Hamburg, Germany - The 9th Match against Poverty raised more than US$100,000 for humanitarian and relief operations in the Horn of Africa.
  • 2010: Athens, Greece - Match against Poverty raises $ 540,000 for recovery efforts in Haiti and Pakistan
  • 2010: Lisbon, Portugal - Match Against Poverty raises $ 760 000 for Haiti
  • 2008: Fes, Morocco - $ 180,000 collected to finance projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 2008: Malaga, Spain - Fifth Match against Poverty brings together 30 000 fans
  • 2007: Marseille, France - Zidane and friends prevail in 2007 Match Against Poverty
  • 2005: Dusseldorf, Germany - $ 450,000 are raised for projects in Ethiopia, Maldives, Burkina Faso, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cuba
  • 2004: Madrid, Spain - $ 200,000 for projects in Haiti
  • 2003: Basel, Switzerland - The first match against poverty raised approx. $ 1 million

This year’s footballing fest, against an All-Star team from top French club Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne (ASSE), is set for 8pm local time (7pm GMT) on Monday 20 April at St-Etienne’s Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in France. Ticket prices range from 8 to 12 Euros and are on sale now, here.

The proceeds will go towards helping the countries that have been hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic build back better.

“We are delighted to play a part in helping people, communities and countries get back on their feet after the damage that Ebola has caused,” said Ronaldo, one of football’s best known Brazilian strikers.

“Ebola isn’t over until the last case is treated, and we must stand by these countries for their long term,” said France’s celebrated attacking midfielder, Zinédine Zidane.

The Ebola epidemic is hurting millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people’s efforts to make a living, in countries that only recently emerged from conflict or political instability.

The socio-economic impact of Ebola will last long after the disease has been brought under control, especially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

UNDP is leading the UN’s actions on Ebola recovery and is coordinating early recovery actions in the three countries.

Roland Romeyer, Chairman of AS St Etienne, hailed the people of Saint Etienne’s commitment to ending poverty and their love of the beautiful game: “Saint-Etienne’s population is characterized by its solidarity and solid passion for football,” he said.

“The Match against Poverty has all the assets to attract spectators to an event that binds football and solidarity.”

AS Saint Etienne is the most successful national club in French football history, having won ten Ligue one titles, six Coupe de France titles and a Coupe de la Ligue title.

The Match will be televised globally and is supported by football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It is organised in partnership with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Tickets are on sale now at: and ticket counters of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, 14, rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, 42000 Saint-Etienne.

Proceeds from the annual, star-fuelled friendly have gone to boosting earthquake reconstruction in Haiti and Pakistan, bolstering Typhoon recovery efforts in the Philippines, getting post-famine relief to the Horn of Africa and backing anti-poverty projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Proceeds from the 11th Match in Bern, Switzerland raised US$190,000 for recovery efforts in the Philippines, where more than 5,000 people lost their lives to Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.

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