David Beckham is set to return to Old Trafford on Saturday the 14th of November in order to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s charity organisation. Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for ten years and has been aiding in changing young children’s lives in under developed countries throughout this time. This year Beckham launched The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, which concentrates on helping children in danger.
Beckham will captain a Great Britain and Ireland team who will play against a Rest of the World team led by French maestro Zinedine Zidane. The teams are yet to be announced but the event promises to present a star-studded line up as Beckham and Zidane have had their say in the recruitment of the players. Former Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, who is partly recognised by his bulging eyes, will officiate the match that has been named ‘The Match for Children’.
The Great Britain and Ireland team will be managed by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson whilst former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will manage the Rest of the World team. David Beckham recently hailed his former Manchester United boss as the ‘greatest ever manager’ following their long running professional relationship. Beckham said “To have Sir Alex Ferguson in this is something that I could only dream of”. It will be the first time that Ferguson has returned to the dugout since his retirement in 2013.
England footballing sensation David Beckham has revealed what he hopes the charity event will help to achieve, he stated, “I want a world where children can grow up safe from violence, free from poverty, and protected from preventable diseases. This match gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to help reach the children who need it most”. Tickets for the charity game are currently available from Manchester United’s website.