Football for Hope

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Football for Hope was a FIFA-sponsored football match played between the Ronaldinho XI team and the Shevchenko XI team on 15 February 2005 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona in support of the relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.

Organised by FIFA and UEFA in consultation with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and with support from FC Barcelona who provided their stadium and staff free of charge, this benefit match for the victims of the tsunami saw an XI led by Ronaldinho, the 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year, beat a team captained by Andriy Shevchenko, the 2004 European Footballer of the Year, by six goals to three.

FIFA hoped to raise £7 million in support of the tsunami victims, around a third through the game itself. All proceeds from the Football For Hope match went to the FIFA/Asian Football Confederation Tsunami Solidarity Fund.

In 2011 they won the Sport for Health Award at the Beyond Sport Awards ceremony.[1]

The match[edit]

The game itself, which was watched by some 35,000 spectators, was a typical charity affair with a predictable pace, although the fans were entertained by a feast of goals.

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o and Senegal's Henri Camara both hit two goals, which along with strikes from Ronaldinho and the South Korean Cha Du-Ri helped the FIFA World Player of the Year's team to victory, with Alessandro Del Piero, Gianfranco Zola, and David Suazo scoring for Andriy Shevchenko's side.

Shevchenko XI[edit]

*Coaches:

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Iker Casillas
2 Belgium DF Vincent Kompany
3 Uruguay DF Paolo Montero
4 Georgia (country) DF Kakha Kaladze
5 Ghana DF Samuel Kuffour
6 England MF Steven Gerrard
7 Ukraine FW Andriy Shevchenko
8 France MF Ludovic Giuly
9 Italy MF Alessandro Del Piero
10 France MF Zinedine Zidane
11 Spain MF Raúl
12 Italy GK Francesco Toldo
13 Germany MF Sebastian Deisler
14 Switzerland MF Johann Vogel
15 Turkey FW Hakan Şükür
16 Finland MF Jari Litmanen
No. Position Player
18 Italy MF Gianfranco Zola
20 Honduras FW David Suazo
21 France DF Lilian Thuram
22 France FW Thierry Henry
23 England MF David Beckham
Italy GK Gianluigi Buffon
France DF Christian Karembeu
Spain DF Carles Puyol
Italy DF Paolo Maldini
Netherlands DF Jaap Stam
Italy FW Roberto Baggio
Germany MF Michael Ballack
Italy FW Francesco Totti
Czech Republic FW Pavel Nedvěd
France MF Patrick Vieira
Russia MF Sergei Semak

Ronaldinho XI[edit]

Coaches:


Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Dida
2 Brazil DF Cafu
3 Colombia DF Iván Córdoba
4 Mexico DF Rafael Márquez
5 South Africa DF Lucas Radebe
7 Japan MF Hidetoshi Nakata
8 Iran MF Mehdi Mahdavikia
9 Cameroon FW Samuel Eto'o
10 Brazil FW Ronaldinho
11 South Korea MF Park Ji-Sung
12 Cameroon GK Idriss Kameni
13 Nigeria FW Obafemi Martins
14 Senegal FW Henri Camara
15 Tunisia DF Radhi Jaïdi
16 South Africa MF Delron Buckley
No. Position Player
17 Cameroon DF Rigobert Song
18 United States MF DaMarcus Beasley
19 South Korea MF Cha Du-Ri
20 Portugal MF Deco
22 Brazil MF Kaká
Brazil DF Cris
Argentina DF Gabriel Heinze
Brazil DF Lúcio
Argentina DF Javier Zanetti
Brazil FW Adriano
Argentina MF Esteban Cambiasso
Ivory Coast FW Didier Drogba
Australia MF Brett Emerton
Ghana MF Michael Essien
Brazil MF Juninho
China MF Li Tie
Brazil FW Ronaldo

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond Sport Community Awards". Beyond Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 

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