Charity work is one of the ways we can give back to the world and help those in need. The effects of such works do in fact increase the bigger the charity community gets. The world of football isn’t unfamiliar with doing charity either, with Soccer Aid being its biggest charity event for years.
Soccer Aid 2020 is held in partnership with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, located in Switzerland, which is a public–private global health partnership founded in 2000 and aims to increase access to immunization in poor countries.
It is time for Soccer Aid 2020. But some might not be familiar with this event, which is why we will give a short background on one of the biggest charity events of the year before going into the details of Soccer Aid 2020. As a British annual (formerly biannual) charity event, soccer aid has been able to raise £38 Million since its initiation in 2006 by Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes. The event used to take place every two years, but the new 2018 edition takes place each year, also involving female players in the squad.
Soccer Aid 2020 is in fact a football match between two teams, named ‘England XI’ and ‘Rest of the World XI’ which has been changed to ‘Soccer Aid World XI’ since its revision in 2018. The England team consists of some of English football’s legendary players alongside other celebrities, while the Soccer Aid World XI consists of legendary players and celebrities from other countries in the world.
Many legendary players of football and famous celebrities have taken part in this charity event, including the likes of Luis Figo, Peter Schmeichel, Diego Maradona, Gordon Ramsay, Jonathan Wilkes, Jamie Redknapp and many other counterparts as well. Now without further ado, let us have a look at the details about Soccer Aid 2020.
Here are some of the most important details you need to know about Soccer Aid 2020.
There have always been talks about Soccer Aid 2020 date as the charity event doesn’t seem to have a fixed schedule. The event has been held in September, May, June, you name it. The original Soccer Aid 2020 date was supposed to be set on June 6th, but was rescheduled to take place on Sunday, September 6th.
Unfortunately, the game will be played without the fans due to the global COVID-19 pandemic that has affected our daily lives, infecting millions of people all around the world, including many footballers as well. Soccer Aid 2020 will take place at Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’ Old Trafford, just like it has been every time except for two years.
With the time difference between countries of the world, planning a suitable Soccer Aid 2020 kick-off time is vital for attracting more viewers from around the globe. That is why the Soccer Aid 2020 kick-off time has been announced to be 6:30 pm BST. You might also ask about how to watch Soccer Aid 2020. The game will air live on ITV and STV, two of the most famous British free-to-air television channels. The game will be presented live by Dermot O’Leary, with the help of his colleague Kirsty Gallacher returning as pitch-side reporter.
Of course not all people will be able to watch Soccer Aid 2020 on their TVs, which is where the Internet comes to the rescue. You can also watch Soccer Aid 2020 online with the help of the 20th century’s greatest invention. If you are interested in Soccer Aid 2020 live stream, you can easily watch the match on ITV Hub and maybe other streaming websites as well.
Now let us have a look at the Soccer Aid 2020 line-ups and see which celebrities and legends will be playing for each side.
England has got quite a fine squad for Soccer Aid 2020 despite the ongoing global pandemic. The full squad-list includes Olly Murs as the captain, Liv Cooke, Joel Dommett, Marvin Humes, Danny Jones, Joe Wicks, Mark Wright, Wes Brown, Katie Chapman, Andy Cole, David James and Kelly Smith, with Wayne Rooney and Sam Allardyce co-managing the England XI side at Soccer Aid 2020.
You might also be curious about the Rest of the World’s Soccer aid 2020 line-ups. Then without further ado, let us introduce you to Soccer Aid 2020 players list of the World XI. The full squad-list includes Kem Cetinay, Santan Dave, Chelcee Grimes, Jason Manford, Iain Stirling, Patrice Evra, Julie Fleeting, Darren Fletcher, Robbie Keane, Claude Makelele, Lianne Sanderson, and Yaya Toure.
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Since we are currently living in a period of global pandemic, Soccer Aid 2020 aims to bring much more awareness to the seriousness of the disease and help support Generation COVID children by any means necessary. One of the most effective ways of spreading awareness and attracting donators is by using one of the world’s most played and famous video-games which is available on all gaming consoles.
The official FIFA franchise is created, developed and published by Electronic Arts on a yearly basis, with new improvements year in year out. Soccer Aid 2020 aims to take advantage of one of the game’s beloved features for its cause, which is the FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) part of the game.
FIFA Ultimate Team is the game’s online multiplayer section which allows players to interact, play, and have fun together with friends and other people from around the world. The game includes certain cards for each player, with different stats and ratings for each card type. It has been announced that Soccer Aid 2020 squads will be introduced to the game and players will be able to select this team and enjoy some good old football.
This was no surprise as EA Sports has been an official partner of the Premier League for years and has taken part in various charity events, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine period. Soccer Aid World XI is now playable on FIFA 20, featuring some of the best footballers the world has ever seen, including Pele, Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs, Alan Shearer, Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro and Peter Schmeichel. But the list doesn’t end with these great icons.
Here is the full list of players featuring in FIFA 20 for the Soccer Aid World XI:
Soccer Aid 2020 is yet to start, so we don’t know who might be able to bag a goal for themselves. So let us have a look at some of the former players and celebrities who have managed to get their names on the scoresheet through the years.
Ferdinand is considered to be an icon by everyone in the world of football. However, the English former professional footballer was not your typical one-club kind of player. He has played for over 10 clubs during his career as a player as he spent most of his time playing for Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur. The Striker made 443 appearances in club competitions, scoring 184 goals, while also earning 17 caps for his country and scoring 5 goals during his entire career.
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Undoubtedly one of the best players to ever grace the pitch, and considered by many to be THE best player of all time, Diego Maradona took part in the 2006 Soccer Aid match as he played and scored for the Rest of the World XI.
The former Napoli legend is always fondly remembered for his dribbling skills, agility, tactical awareness, speed and of course, his Hand of God. He was the first player in history to break the world record transfer fee twice, first by joining Barcelona for £5M, and second after moving to Napoli for £6.9M, which was a mind-blowing figure at the time. In the era of Soccer Aid 2020 however, such a transfer fee is laughable, considering the exorbitant amount of money spent to bring in young talents, let alone world-famous superstars.
Born to a well-known footballing family, you might expect Jamie Redknapp to have succeeded in the world of football, which to be honest, he has succeeded in more than expected. The English footballer used to play for Premier League’s top teams including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, playing a total of 314 games and scoring a total of 34 goals in the process.
Redknapp hung his boots in 2005, but that didn’t stop him from continuing his public appearance as he is now active as a pundit at Sky Sports and an editorial sports columnist at the Daily Mail. He also scored a goal in the 2010 Soccer Aid game, which in the end was to no avail as his team lost 6-7 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Edward (Teddy) Sheringham is one of the most iconic and legendary strikers of the 80s and 90s in England. This status earned him The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his outstanding performance and his selfless service to the British Empire.
The now 54-year-old has played a total of 755 league games, scoring 288 goals through the years, appearing for many English clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United Portsmouth and many more. He also has 51 international caps to his name, scoring 11 goals in the process. Sheringham was invited to play for the England XI in the Soccer Aid of 2010, at which he managed to put his name on the score sheet.
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Another footballer who has been awarded with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is the 37-year-old English football player Jermain Defoe, who currently plays for the Scottish Premiership side Rangers. Defoe has had a full and successful career for himself, notably playing for the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur on two spells from 2004-2008 and 2009-2014, making over 270 league appearances and scoring 90 goals for the club.
The striker has also made more than 50 appearances for his national team, which obviously makes him one of the most iconic players to ever grace the English football. That is why he was invited to take part in the 2016 Soccer Aid event, at which he scored two goals to win the match for his team and show the world that there is still good in people’s hearts by playing at this charity event.
Soccer Aid 2020 kick-off time has been announced to be 6:30 pm BST, and we are eagerly waiting to see how this friendly clash between two star-studded sides will go down. Let’s all hope that Soccer Aid 2020 can gather people from all around the world for an honorable cause to help Generation COVID have a better future.