Figo, Nedved and Referee Collina to join football stars in match against poverty

01 Dec 2011


Football stars will meet at the 9th Annual Match to support Horn of Africa famine relief.

New Horizons - The “Ronaldo, Zidane & Friends vs. HSV All Stars” match, which kicks off at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany, at 19:05 local time, will channel funds into bolstering recovery efforts for the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa.

Luís Figo and Pavel Nedved have also answered the call, thus confirming their participation in this year’s edition of the match.

Both of them have already played the 7th Match Against Poverty which was held in Lisbon, Portugal, in January 2010.

UNDP will receive two thirds of the match proceeds which will be used to support humanitarian and recovery activities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.

The UN is working in these countries to provide emergency food aid, water, shelter, and health services, while working on longer term development plans.

Hamburger SV, which hosts the event, will donate the remaining 33 percent of the event’s profits to the club’s initiative, Der Hamburger Weg (The Hamburg Way), to support diverse community development projects focused on sports, youth, education and protection of the environment.

Information on ticket sales is available at: