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Soccer Aid – the World wins….

Last night (Sunday 16th June) the World’s biggest football charity match took place at Chelsea’s ground in London. The World won in more ways than one, with the World XI getting revenge for last year by beating England on penalties with over £6.7 million being raised for UNICEF. This was the thirteenth year that Soccer Aid has taken place and this year was a first with two female players Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey taking to the pitch. Since Soccer Aid started over £30 million pounds has been raised for UNICEF.

Soccer Aid brings together many football legends and celebrities who play to raise money so that children around the world can grow up happy and healthy. Managers on the night were Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid who had help from professional Managers Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp.

England took a 2-1 lead at half time thanks to two goals from Jeremy Lynch for England followed by a Usain Bolt response for the World XI. In the final ten minutes Kem Cetinay scored a fantastic equaliser to take the game to penalties. Nicky Byrne was the penalty shoot out hero saving two of the England penalties.

Rita Ora provided the half time entertainment whilst the celebrities playing included Usain Bolt, Niall Horan, Lee Mack, Michael Owen, David Seaman, Ben Shephard and Sir Mo Farah.

As man of the match Jeremy Lynch said in his post match interview, “it’s not the result, it’s the cause”.

A fantastic achievement from all involved, long may this fixture continue.

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Soccer Aid – a game with some classy football on show and some not so!!

On Sunday 11th June, we saw England take on the Rest of the World for Soccer Aid. A host of famous faces and football legends played throughout the game with some classy football on show and some not so!!

The biggest roar of the evening came from the Manchester crowd, when Manager Eric Cantona stripped off to play the last 20 minutes of the game. He truly is a Manchester United legend.

Celebrities ranged from Olympians such as Sir Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, Cricketers Freddie Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen and TV Stars Mark Wright and Olly Murs.

The game really could not have been scripted better with lots of goals and Michael Owen scoring late to bring England back on terms. At the final whistle the score ended level at 3-3. Penalties were next with England winning 4-3 to lift the trophy.

A really entertaining game to watch, which raised large amounts of money for Soccer Aid, who were themselves raising funds for UNICEF. The events was originally the brainchild of Robbie Williams back in 2006 and he was there to present the trophy and also to tell the crowd that over 5.5 million pounds had been raised. It just shows you that having fun can help raise lots of money. For some of the people, and probably most of the people taking part and pulling on the England shirt and playing football at Old Trafford it must have been a dream come true. Nothing makes you prouder than having an England kit on!