Stars line up for Unicef Soccer Aid

Hollywood actors, pop stars and football legends geared up yesterday for Soccer Aid match to raise money for Unicef.

Two teams of celebrities, including A-list Hollywood actors such as Will Ferrell, Ed Norton and Michael Sheen, were due to clash in last night’s game at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium.

The government has pledged to match all the cash raised through donations.

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Players for the UK side included comedians John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness, singers Olly Murs and Mark Owen, with Robbie Williams as team captain.

They were due to be joined by former footballers including Graeme Le Saux, Martin Keown, Kevin Phillips, David Seaman, and Teddy Sheringham. Sam Allardyce was the manager with Peter Reid as assistant manager.

Playing for the Rest of the World team were actor Gerard Butler, former boxer Joe Calzaghe and Hollywood superstars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, James McAvoy, Ed Norton and Mike Myers and chef Gordon Ramsay. They were due to be joined by football legends Hernan Crespo, Roy Keane, Clarence Seedorf, Jaap Stam, Edwin Van Der Sar and Freddie Ljungberg.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was manager.

It was the third Soccer Aid event hosted at Old Trafford.

Soccer Aid has so far raised a total of £6.5 million through ticket sales and donations, with all profits going to Unicef’s work helping children across the globe.