Golden feet the ball against poverty

23 Dec 2005

UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zidane were among 40 international players who were on the pitch for the third 'Match Against Poverty' on 22 December 2005 at the LTU Arena, Düsseldorf.

Among those in the 40-player line-up were teenage striker Freddy Adu (D.C. United), Patrick Kluivert (Valencia), Rui Costa (AC Milan), Phillip Cocu (PSV), Júlio Baptista (Real Madrid), Sergio Conceição (Standard Liege) and Rivaldo (Olympiakos) and famous comedian Oliver Pocher. Other sporting celebrities that took part included European Ryder Cup hero Sérgio Garcia who swapped his golf clubs for a pair of football boots.

Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator praised all those who took part in the game. "These talented athletes have inspired thousands of football fans like me to join our fight against poverty and we are lucky to have them on our team. Whatever the outcome of this game, we will all be winners," he said.
 
Zidane's team won the match 4-2
 
Ronaldo and Zidane each captained an international side for this friendly match aimed at mobilizing the public in the fight against poverty. Zidane's team won the match with a score of 4 - 2. Tristan scored 2 goals while Berbatov and comedian Pocher scored one each. Ronaldo-led team's goals came from Cocu and Aboutarika.

It was also intended to focus attention on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. The goals were re-affirmed by the leaders of 191 countries at the UN Summit in New York last September. They seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by setting targets for rolling back hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

PSV Eindhoven manager Guus Hiddink and Rudi Völler, former head coach of the German national team and current Technical Director of Bayer Leverkusen coached Ronaldo's side. Mircea Lucescu of Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and German world football champion Lothar Matthäus coached Zidane's team. Italian Perluigi Colina came out of retirement to referee the game for a third consecutive year. More than 20 TV channels around the world broadcast the match live.

Proceeds from the previous games have gone to anti-poverty projects in Brazil, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Morocco, Namibia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. This year again, net profits of ticket sales will also finance projects selected by UNDP in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The full player list was as follows:

Milan Baros (Aston Villa); Rui Costa (AC Milan); Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen); Dimitar Berbatov (Bayer Leverkusen); Gilberto Herta (Berlin); Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund); Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund); Micoud Werder (Bremen); Freddy Adu (D.C. United); Jorge Andrade (Deportivo); Diego Tristan (Deportivo); Sunday Oliseh (Genk); Daniel van Buyten (Hamburg); Khalid Boulahrouz (Hamburg);Raphael Van der Vaart (Hamburg); Thomas Brdaric (Hannover 96); Rivaldo (Olympiakos); Gomes (PSV); Jefferson Farfan (PSV); Phillip Cocu (PSV); Alex (PSV); Anatoliy Tymoschuk (Shakhtar Donetsk); Kevin Kuranyi (Schalke 04); Niko Kranjcar (Hajduk Split); Ricardo (Sporting); João Moutinho (Sporting); Sergio Conceição (Standard Liege); Fernando Meira (Stuttgart); Andreas Hinkel (Stuttgart); Edgar Davids (Tottenham); Santiago Canizares (Valencia); Miguel (Valencia); Patrick Kluivert (Valencia); Vicente (Valencia); Hugo Viana (Valencia); Júlio Baptista; (Real Madrid), Zetterberg (Anderlecht); Aboutarika (Al-Ahly); Vugdalic (AEL Limassol) Mahamadou Diarra (Lyon) and Lukas Podolski (Köln).