This weekend saw the 4th instalment of Soccer Aid. Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes’ brainchild is a charity football match between teams made up of celebrities and World Cup legends, to raise money for the UNICEF foundation. As usual it was England vs. The Rest of the World with some big names featuring this year. The game was played at Old Trafford in front of 67,000 fans and saw some familiar faces return to the Theatre of Dreams as ex-United star such as Edwin van der Sar, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam and Teddy Sheringham made appearances. Here is a look at some of the boots that featured.
The standout performer for the Rest of the World , despite a host of star players such as Fredrik Ljungberg and Clarence Seedorf alongside him, was Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno. Pizzorno showed his Italian flair wearing a pair of Pearl Pantofola d’Oro Lazzarini boots. He also scored the goal of the game with a deft chip over David Seaman.
The Rest of the World relied on some star Hollywood power. Gerard Butler wore one of our favourite boots – Adidas’ White/Blue/Black AdiPower Predator colourway. The ‘300’ star spent most of the evening on the right wing locked in a tough battle with comedian Paddy McGuinness.
We were really hoping to see funny man Will Ferrell hit the back of the net so that we could see his celebration – which he said would get him immediately deported. Ferrell’s evening came to end when he limped off with a leg injury but still found the time to sign a few autographs on the his way down the tunnel. Ferrell wore the St George collection Umbro Speciali III.
With Umbro being the kit supplier to the two teams most of the celebrities wore St George collection boots. Rest of the World captain and ‘The Damned United’ star Michael Sheen opted for the GT II Pro along with JLS member Aston Merrygold.
Woody Harrelson was the unlikely hero for the Rest of the World in 2010 when he slotted home his penalty to give the ROW their first Soccer Aid victory during the penalty shoot-out. Harrelson won it for his side in Umbro Stealth Pro boots but couldn’t help his side this team wearing GT II Pro boots.
Robbie Williams almost missed playing due to a back injury but the England skipper played through the pain and came off the bench to inspire his team to victory. Williams looked good at left back whipping in a few dangerous crosses wearing Speciali III boots.
It was a return to Old Trafford for Edwin van der Sar. The Dutch legend only retired at the end of the 2011 season so it was no surprise that he looked sharp and kept a clean sheet. Van der sar wore Adidas AdiPower boots and gloves while playing for Manchester United and returned in the Black/Warning colourway.
Teddy Sheringham was another ex-United player on the pitch. Sheringham showed good fitness leading England’s attack. Sheringham, wear Nike Tiempo Legend III boots did clatter into Gordan Ramsey which resulted in the celebrity chef being taken off in a stretcher.
A few players didn’t make it through the whole game with one of the first to fall being pop star Olly Murs. Murs had the better of Gordan Ramsey, beating him for pace a few times, before pulling up with a hamstring injury. Olly went for a rather unflashy pair of Adidas Copa Mundial boots.
England ran out 3-1 winners on the night despite going down 0-1 early on. It isn’t the European Championship trophy but it is a piece of silverware. Perhaps Roy Hodgson needs to add a bit of pop power to his England squad if he wants to be successful in Poland and Ukraine.
June 6th saw the third UNICEF Soccer Aid event take place. Soccer Aid is the brainchild of Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes and aims to raise funds for UNICEF UK through football matches between celebrities and football legends. Two teams compete; England vs The Rest of the World. England, lead by inspirational captain Robbie Williams, have won the event twice but failed to make it three from three as they went down in true England fashion – on penalties.
During the game – which was played at Old Trafford – viewers were shown short films with UNICEF Ambassadors detailing how the money that was raised will benefit children around the world. Soccer Aid has helped improve the lives of more than one million children since its inception in 2006.
This year’s teams consisted of many recognizable names from Hollywood to Manchester United itself. One of the most noticeable pairings was between ex -Real Madrid teammates Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane.
Captain: Robbie Williams
Legends: David Seaman, Martin Keown, Alan Shearer, Jamie Redknapp, Teddy Sheringham and Nicky Butt
Stars: Jamie Theakston, Jonathan Wilkes, Ben Shephard, Bradley Walsh, Damian Lewis, Ricky Hatton, Danny Cipriani and Paddy McGuiness
Staff: Harry Redknapp (Manager), James Corden (Assistant Manager) and Bryan Robson (Coach)
REST OF THE WORLD
Captain: Michael Sheen
Legends: Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Jens Lehmann, Ryan Giggs, Sami Hypia and Henrik Larsson
Stars: Mike Myers, Woody Harrelson, Simon Baker, Patrick Kielty, Nicky Byrne, Joe Calzaghe, Gordon Ramsay, Ronan Keating, Shane Filan, James Kyson Lee, Brian Lara and Gethin Jones
Staff:Kenny Dalglish (Manager), Ian Rush (Assistant Manager) and Eric Harrison (Coach)
Jamie Redknapp opened the scoring for England before Teddy Sheringham proved he still has a bit to offer. It looked smooth sailing for England before a quick comeback from The Rest of the World thanks to Joe Calzaghe and Sami Hypia. It ended 2-2 and the dreaded penalties loomed. It proved too much for England again as Woody Harrelson slotted home the decisive winner. 6-7 it finished with the spoils going to The Rest of the World for the first time.
Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson grabs the winner.
Two of the greatest: Alan Shearer pops one over Hendrik Larson.
Three Amigos. Ex-Real Madrid stars Zidane and Figo with Soccer Aid founder Robbie Williams.
See Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson slot home from the spot to give The Rest of the World their first Soccer Aid win.