Didier Drogba to join Ronaldo and Zidane in 12th annual Match Against Poverty

Apr 10, 2015

Drogba, Ronaldo and Zidane at the Match Against Poverty in 2012


Proceeds to support Ebola recovery efforts

Geneva / St-Etienne – Football superstar and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined a star-studded array of international active and retired players for the 12th Annual Match Against Poverty which will take place on 20 April at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium in Saint-Etienne, France. Didier Drogba, who like Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane is also a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, will team up with the other football stars for a match against an AS St-Etienne All Stars team to help boost Ebola recovery efforts. 

Two thirds of the match proceeds will support UNDP’s work in the hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, helping them to build back better from the epidemic. The remaining third will go to the Club’s Association “ASSE Coeur-Vert”, asd which supports social projects in Saint-Etienne. 

“I am honoured to support the people of the three countries who are trying to get through the devastation caused by the Ebola epidemic”, said Drogba, “and I encourage everyone to pull together to end this crisis, and to prevent it ever happening again.” The Ivorian football legend joins the friendly match for the second time. “I am also thrilled to be with Ronaldo, Zidane and all the other players to make a difference in the fight against Ebola.” 

The players confirmed up to now in the “Drogba, Ronaldo, Zidane, & Friends” team are: Cafu, Clarence Seedorf, Edwin van der Sar, Éric Abidal, Christian Karembeu, Youri Djorkaeff and Fabien Barthez. Former and current St. Etienne players will comprise the St Etienne All Stars team. Thirteen players have confirmed up to now: Alex, Jérémie Janot, Pascal Feindouno, Dominique Rocheteau, Lionel Potillon, Ľubomír Moravčík, Laurent Paganelli, Bjorn Kvarme, Efstathios Tavlaridis, Sébastien Perez, Stéphane Pédron, Julien Sablé and Laurent Batlles. AS St Etienne’s coach Christophe Galtier will coach the team. Pierluigi Collina, the legendary six-time World Referee winner, will referee the Match. More top international and AS Saint-Etienne names are expected to confirm their participation in the coming days. 

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

The 12th Match Against Poverty in St. Etienne will start at 20:00 local time. Ticket prices range from 8 to 12 Euros and are on sale at: http://www.asse.fr and ticket counters of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard,14, rue Paul et Pierre Guichard, 42000 Saint-Etienne.

Contact information

Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal, UNDP in Geneva: aziyade.poltier@undp.org ; tel: +41 917 83 68, cell: +41 79 349 16 10 

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