Soccer Aid

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Soccer Aid
Format Reality show
Presented by Ant & Dec (2006–08)
Dermot O'Leary (2010—)
Kirsty Gallacher (2010—)
Starring Backstage host:
Cat Deeley (2012—)
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 12
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
TV3
Original run 22 May 2006 (2006-05-22) – present
Soccer Aid
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Founded 2006
Number of teams 2
Current champions England (3rd title)
Most successful club(s) England (3 titles)
Television broadcasters ITV
TV3

Soccer Aid is a biennial British charity event that has raised £12 million in aid of UNICEF UK through ticket sales and donations. The event is a football match between two teams of celebrities and former professional players, representing England and the Rest of the World.

Television coverage began on ITV on 22 May 2006 in a show presented by Ant & Dec. Dermot O'Leary took over as presenter in 2010. Soccer Aid was initiated by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. The event returned on 7 September 2008 and again on 6 June 2010. England beat Rest of the World in 2012.

2006: Series 1[edit]

2006 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 22 May – 27 May
Venue(s) 2
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up Rest of the World
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 14 (3.5 per match)
Attendance 71,960 (17,990 per match)
2008

ITV, 22–27 May 2006

Event schedule[edit]

  • 22 May 2006 – Start of the television coverage, presented by Ant and Dec. Rest of the World defeats England in a penalty shoot-out
  • 23 May 2006 – Practice match: England 1–0 England Legends (Craven Cottage, London)
  • 24 May 2006 – Practice match: Rest of the World 3–7 Scotland Legends (Craven Cottage, London)
  • 25 May 2006 – Rest of the World defeats England in a Football Quiz
  • 26 May 2006 – Coaches name starting line-ups for the match
  • 27 May 2006 – Soccer Aid Match: England 2–1 Rest of the World (Old Trafford, Manchester), attendance 71,960

The practice matches were over 60 minutes, with the Soccer Aid match over 90 minutes.

There are currently no plans for the tournament to become an annual event; however there has been a recent increase in the number of charity/legends games, and a more formalised system of fixture, similar to that of the Masters indoor soccer, may be introduced.

The competition was organised on behalf of UNICEF UK, with profits from the matches along with donations and sponsorship donated to UNICEF programs in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

England beat the Rest Of The World 2–1 with the goals coming from Les Ferdinand and Jonathan Wilkes, which put England into a two goal lead but a handball inside the area from David Gray resulted in a penalty converted by Diego Maradona. Wilkes won the Man of the Match award.

England squad[edit]

The England squad was managed by former England national football team manager Terry Venables, assisted by David Geddis and Ted Buxton. The original squad comprised 16 players, with Bryan Robson added later. A handful of the players, notably Angus Deayton, had previous celebrity international experience from the previous month's England v Germany: The Legends match in Reading, which Germany won 4–2. The England squad went into the match with no major injury worries. Their victory over a squad of ex-England internationals from the 1960s to 1990s on Tuesday morning was tempered with defeats to the Rest of the World in a penalty shootout and football quiz.

Celebrities

Legends

Rest of the World squad[edit]

The Rest of the World squad was managed by Ruud Gullit, with Gus Poyet as his assistant. Captain Gordon Ramsay injured his leg in the early training sessions and was considered doubtful for the match. The original squad of 16 players, which later saw 2 changes, was supplemented by the addition of Diego Maradona during the build up to the competition. Lothar Matthäus had appeared in the England v Germany: The Legends match the previous month. The Rest of the World squad was wracked by injuries and withdrawals, and suffered from a lack of players. Desailly, Matthäus, Schmeichel and Ginola all arrived with only 2 or 3 days to spare before the match; Ginola arrived during half-time of their warm-up defeat to the Scotland Legends on Wednesday afternoon, and Diego Maradona only joined the squad on the day before the match. Also, Craig Doyle and Brian McFadden went into the match carrying knocks, which led to management members Ruud Gullit and Gus Poyet coming on as substitutes on Wednesday and in the match itself.

Celebrities

Legends

Other notable participants
The match was refereed by Pierluigi Collina, the Italian referee considered by many fans as the best referee of all time.[1]

The match[edit]

27 May 2006
19:45 BST
England 2 – 1 Rest of the World
Ferdinand Goal 14'
Wilkes Goal 20'
Maradona Goal 75' (pen)
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 71,960
Referee: Pierluigi Collina
England
ENGLAND:
GK David Seaman Substituted off 45'
David Gray
Tony Adams
Ben Shephard
Robbie Williams (c) Substituted off 85'
Damian Lewis
Paul Gascoigne Substituted off 55'
Jonathan Wilkes Goal 20'
Bradley Walsh Substituted off 55'
Les Ferdinand Goal 14' Substituted off 52'
Dean Lennox Kelly Substituted off 64'
Substitutes:
GK Jamie Theakston Substituted in 45'
John Barnes Substituted in 85'
Graeme Le Saux Substituted in 55'
Jamie Redknapp Substituted in 55'
Angus Deayton Substituted in 52'
Bryan Robson Substituted in 62'
Manager:
England Terry Venables
REST OF THE WORLD:
GK Denmark Peter Schmeichel Substituted off 45'
Republic of Ireland Craig Doyle Substituted off 45'
France Marcel Desailly
Germany Lothar Matthäus Substituted off 45'
Scotland Michael Greco
Republic of Ireland Bryan McFadden Substituted off 8'
Scotland Alastair Campbell Substituted off 45'
United States Alessandro Nivola
Russia Sergei Fedorov
Scotland Gordon Ramsay Substituted off 11'
Argentina Diego Maradona Goal 75' (pen)
Substitutes:
GK Republic of Ireland Patrick Kielty Substituted in 45'
Canada Ben Johnson Substituted in 45'
Brazil Dunga Substituted in 45' Substituted off 73'
Wales Gareth Thomas Substituted in 8'
France David Ginola Substituted in 45' Substituted off 55'
Netherlands Ruud Gullit Substituted in 55'
Italy Gianfranco Zola Substituted in 11'
Uruguay Gus Poyet Substituted in 73'
Manager:
Netherlands Ruud Gullit

2008: Series 2[edit]

2008 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 7 September
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (2nd title)
Runners-up Rest of the World
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored (7 per match)
Attendance 45,000 (45,000 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Alan Shearer (2 goals)
Italy Paolo Di Canio (2 goals)
Best player England Craig David
2006
2010

Event schedule[edit]

England v Rest of the World, at 19:30 just before kick-off Jonathan Ansell sang the footballing anthem Nessun Dorma whilst the players were introduced to Sir Geoff Hurst.

England squad[edit]

The England squad was coached by Harry Redknapp, with Bryan Robson as his assistant manager.

Celebrities

Legends

Rest of the World squad[edit]

The Rest Of The World squad was coached by Kenny Dalglish, with Ian Rush as player-assistant manager.

Celebrities

Legends

Other notable participants[edit]

The referee at the start of the match was Pierluigi Collina, who also refereed the previous match in 2006 and is regarded as the best referee of all time.[1] However, after Collina was injured in the first half he was replaced by Scottish referee Hugh Dallas.

The match[edit]

7 September 2008
19:30 BST
England 4 – 3 Rest of the World
Sheringham Goal 20'
Shearer Goal 45' (pen)
Wilkes Goal 67'
Di Canio Goal 13', Goal 46'
Marini Goal 42'
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Hugh Dallas 45)
England
ENGLAND:
GK David Seaman Substituted off 45'
DF Angus Deayton Substituted off 43'
DF Des Walker Substituted off 15'
DF Ben Shephard
DF Chris Fountain Substituted off 45'
MF Danny Jones
MF Jonathan Wilkes Goal 67'
MF Jamie Redknapp
MF Craig David Substituted off 45' Substituted in 74'
FW Alan Shearer Goal 45+1' (pen) Goal
FW Teddy Sheringham Goal 20'
Substitutes:
GK Jamie Theakston Substituted in 45'
DF Graeme Le Saux Substituted in 15'
Kyran Bracken Substituted in 43'
Gareth Gates Substituted in 45' Substituted off 81'
Hugo Speer Substituted in 45' Substituted off 74'
Tom Felton Substituted in 81'
Manager:
England Harry Redknapp
REST OF THE WORLD:
GK Brazil Cláudio Taffarel Substituted off 45'
DF Wales Gethin Jones
DF Netherlands Jaap Stam
DF Scotland Gordon Ramsay Substituted off 9'
DF Chile Santiago Cabrera
MF Italy Paolo Di Canio Goal 23' Goal 46'
MF Portugal Luis Figo Substituted off 45'
MF Scotland Kenny Logan Substituted off 65'
MF Republic of Ireland Nicky Byrne
FW France Gilles Marini Goal 26' Substituted off 60'
FW Brazil Romário Substituted off 81'
Substitutes:
GK Northern Ireland Patrick Kielty Substituted in 45'
Trinidad and Tobago Brian Lara Substituted in 9'
Italy Franco Baresi Substituted in 45' Substituted off 81'
Republic of Ireland Bryan McFadden Substituted in 65'
Brazil Rodrigo Santoro Substituted in 60'
Wales Ian Rush Substituted in 81'
Scotland Alistair Campbell Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish

Timeline[edit]

  • England 4–3 Rest of World
  • England Scorers: Sheringham, Shearer (2), Wilkes
  • Rest Of World Scorers: Di Canio (2), Marini
  • Man of the Match: Craig David

Order:

  • England 1–0 Rest of the World: Sheringham
  • England 1–1 Rest of the World: Di Canio
  • England 1–2 Rest of the World: Marini
  • England 2–2 Rest of the World: Shearer (Pen)
  • England 2–3 Rest of the World: Di Canio
  • England 3–3 Rest of the World: Shearer
  • England 4–3 Rest of the World: Wilkes

2010: Series 3[edit]

2010 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
Dates 6 June
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions Rest of the World (1st title)
Runners-up  England
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored (4 per match)
Attendance 65,493 (65,493 per match)
Top scorer(s) England Jamie Redknapp (2 goals)
2008
2012

Soccer Aid 2010 was played on 6 June 2010. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV and ITV1 HD. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary.

England squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends

Rest of World squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends

The Match[edit]

6 June 2010
19:45 BST
England 2 – 2 Rest of the World
Redknapp Goal 45+1'
Sheringham Goal 61'
Calzaghe Goal 64'
Hyypiä Goal 78'
  Penalties  
Wilkes Penalty scored
Little Penalty missed
McGuinness Penalty missed
Shephard Penalty scored
Williams Penalty missed
Lewis Penalty scored
Murs Penalty scored
Hatton Penalty scored
Walsh Penalty scored
Cooper Penalty missed
Theakston Penalty missed
6 – 7 Penalty scored Lara
Penalty missed Byrne
Penalty scored Filan
Penalty missed Ramsay
Penalty missed Jones
Penalty scored Calzaghe
Penalty scored Sheen
Penalty scored Kielty
Penalty scored Myers
Penalty missed Baker
Penalty scored Harrelson
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 65,493
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Mark Clattenburg 45)
England
ENGLAND:
GK 1 David Seaman Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Ben Shephard Substituted off 84'
CB 5 Martin Keown Substituted off 45'
CB 4 Jonathan Wilkes
LB 3 Robbie Williams (c) Substituted off 65'
RM 11 Olly Murs Substituted off 65'
CM 6 Jamie Redknapp
CM 8 Damian Lewis Substituted off 73'
LM 14 Ralf Little
CF 9 Alan Shearer
CF 10 Teddy Sheringham
Substitutes:
GK 13 Jamie Theakston Substituted in 45'
DF 12 Patrick McGuinness Substituted in 65'
MF 7 Nicky Butt Substituted in 45'
MF 16 Dominic Cooper Substituted in 84'
FW 17 Ricky Hatton Substituted in 65'
FW 50 Bradley Walsh Substituted in 73'
Manager:
England Harry Redknapp
REST OF THE WORLD:
GK 1 Germany Jens Lehmann Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Wales Gethin Jones
CB 9 Sweden Henrik Larsson
CB 4 Finland Sami Hyypiä
LB 3 Scotland Gordon Ramsay Substituted off 78'
RM 16 Republic of Ireland Nicky Byrne Substituted off 75'
CM 10 Wales Michael Sheen (c) Substituted off 45'
CM 11 Wales Ryan Giggs Substituted off 45'
LM 6 Wales Joe Calzaghe Substituted off 75'
SS 5 France Zinedine Zidane
CF 8 Canada Mike Myers Substituted off 45'
Substitutes:
GK 20 Northern Ireland Patrick Kielty Substituted in 45'
DF 17 Trinidad and Tobago Brian Lara Substituted in 45'
DF 18 United States Woody Harrelson Substituted in 78'
MF 7 Portugal Luís Figo Substituted in 45'
MF 12 Republic of Ireland Shane Filan Substituted in 45'
MF 14 Australia Simon Baker Substituted in 75'
MF 15 United States James Kyson Lee Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish

2012: Series 4[edit]

2012 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 27 May
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Final positions
Champions  England (3rd title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
Goals scored (4 per match)
Attendance 67,346 (67,346 per match)
2010
2014 →

Soccer Aid 2012 was played on 27 May 2012, as something of a precursor to the 2012 Summer Olympics and UEFA Euro 2012. It was broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV and ITV1 HD. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary.

England squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

Rest of World squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff

The Match[edit]

27 May 2012
20:00 BST
England 3 – 1 Rest of the World
Sheringham Goal 69'
Wilkes Goal 72'
Phillips Goal 89'
Report Pizzorno Goal 22'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 67,346
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Howard Webb 45)
England
ENGLAND:
GK 1 David Seaman Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Ben Shephard
CB 5 Martin Keown Substituted off 45'
CB 4 Des Walker
LB 12 Paddy McGuinness Booked 55' Substituted off 63'
RM 7 Olly Murs Substituted off 33'
CM 6 John Bishop
CM 8 Jonathan Wilkes (c)
LM 11 Aston Merrygold Substituted off 76'
CF 9 Kevin Phillips
CF 10 Teddy Sheringham
Substitutes:
GK 13 Jamie Theakston Substituted in 45'
DF 14 Graeme Le Saux Substituted in 45'
MF 15 Marvin Humes Substituted in 33' Substituted off 89'
MF 16 Mark Owen Substituted in 76'
DF 3 Robbie Williams Substituted in 63'
MF 17 Jason Isaacs Substituted in 89'
Manager:
England Sam Allardyce
REST OF THE WORLD:
GK 1 Netherlands Edwin van der Sar Substituted off 45'
RB 2 Wales Michael Sheen (c)
CB 5 Netherlands Jaap Stam
CB 16 Republic of Ireland Roy Keane Substituted off 23'
LB 3 Scotland Gordon Ramsay Substituted off 66'
RM 12 Scotland Gerard Butler Substituted off 82'
CM 10 Netherlands Clarence Seedorf
CM 8 Sweden Fredrik Ljungberg
LM 7 Italy Sergio Pizzorno
SS 4 United States Will Ferrell Substituted off 74'
CF 11 Canada Mike Myers Substituted off 52'
Substitutes:
GK 20 Northern Ireland Patrick Kielty Substituted in 45'
CF 9 Argentina Hernan Crespo Substituted in 23'
LM 14 Wales Joe Calzaghe Substituted in 52'
MF 6 United States Woody Harrelson Substituted in 82'
MF 15 United States Edward Norton Substituted in 74'
DF 17 Scotland James McAvoy Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Scotland Kenny Dalglish

2014: Series 5[edit]

2014 Soccer Aid
Tournament details
Host country England
City Manchester
Dates 8 June
Teams 2
Venue(s) 1
Tournament statistics
Matches played 1
2012
2016 →

It has been confirmed that the fifth Soccer Aid will take place on 8 June 2014.[2]

The main match will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary with reporter Kirsty Gallacher and Cat Deeley presenting the backstage show before the main event.

England squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff
  • Manager:
  • Assistant manager:
  • Coach:

Rest of World squad[edit]

Celebrities
Legends
Coaching Staff
  • Manager:
  • Assistant manager:
  • Coach:

The Match[edit]

8 June 2014
20:00 BST
England v Rest of the World

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IFFHS: "All-Time World Referee Ranking"
  2. ^ "Soccer Aid returns to ITV". ITV Press Centre. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

External links[edit]