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21 April 2018

UEFA and the United Nations Office in Geneva have announced that they will join forces to organise a solidarity football match, with the support of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the City of Geneva and the Geneva Stadium Foundation.
This charity football match, involving two teams led by renowned football icons and featuring former star players, will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 16.00CET at the Stade de Genève.
Legendary former football star and current UEFA football advisor, Luís Figo, said about the upcoming match:
“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good."

The two teams will be captained by Luís Figo and Ronaldinho, while Carlo Ancelotti and Didier Deschamps have been announced as the two coaches. The match will be refereed by Pierluigi Collina. A glittering roster of players has been assembled so far for this event. Those who have confirmed their participation include: Éric Abidal, Cafu, Deco, Dida, Youri Djorkaeff, Alexander Frei, Luis García, Nuno Gomes, Christian Karembeu, Fernando Hierro, Robbie Keane, Henrik Larsson, Jari Litmanen, Gaizka Mendieta, Antonios Nikopolidis, Robert Pirès, Andrea Pirlo, Célia Šašić, Dejan Stanković and David Trezeguet. The full line-ups of the two teams will be announced about a week prior to when the match is due to take place.

Media representatives wishing to attend this joint UEFA-United Nations charity football match are requested to send an email to, stating “Match for Solidarity” in the subject header, no later than 13 April 2018 at 12:00CET. A confirmation email will be sent a couple of days after the deadline.


EUROVISION Special Events will offer the following facilities onsite:


  • Standup position for Live programme inserts with a backdrop of the Stadium
  • Playout
  • Connectivity to the Eurovision Global Network


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