Soccer Aid 2008

Posted on: 04 September 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

World Cup legends and celebrities go head-to-head at Wembley in aid of UNICEF.

Soccer Aid 2008 comes to the hallowed turf Wembley Stadium with an England versus The Rest of the World football match.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is stepping up from club duties to manage the England team with former Three Lions hero Bryan Robson as his number two.

England have included former Premier League stars Alan Shearer, Teddy Sheringham, David Seaman, Jamie Redknapp and Graham Le Saux in their line up whilst TV presenter Angus Deayton, Heart 1062 radio presenter Jamie Theakston and GMTV’s Ben Shephard have also been included.

Angus Deyton playing in Soccer Aid 2006Meanwhile, legendary Scot Kenny Dalglish will be ably assisted by Liverpool scoring sensation Ian Rush in charge of The Rest of the World players.

Football idols Romario, Franco Baresi, Peter Schmeichel, Jaap Stam and Paulo Di Canio will all feature for Dalglish with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell, comedian Patrick Kielty and cricketer Brian Lara make up some of the numbers.

Gordon Ramsay returns to captain The Rest of the World, but team England have a new skipper. Pop star Robbie Williams is passing on his captain’s armband, and the responsibility of deciding who will take his place is in the capable hands of manager Harry Redknapp.

As the originator of the Soccer Aid concept, Robbie is confident that again the match will be of huge benefit to UNICEF’s work around the world.

"Being able to help so many people through Soccer Aid was one of the true highlights of my life. I’m gutted that this time round my knee isn’t up to it so unfortunately I’m out of the game. But I hope that everyone involved has the time of their life like I did, raises loads of money for UNICEF and that the best side wins,” says Robbie.

Romario with the World CupTim Lovejoy and Louise Redknapp will bring all the action from the sidelines while pundits and special studio guests will deliver their live analysis of the beautiful game.

Each squad comprises eleven celebrities and five World Cup greats.  With less than a week for the players to train and bond before the big game, the pressure is on to get match fit and performance ready.

Soccer Aid is raising funds for UNICEF’s health, education and protection work with vulnerable children all over the world. UNICEF helps children to survive and thrive in more than 190 countries worldwide, working with partners to provide emergency support and long-term development solutions. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.


Manager: Harry Redknapp (Portsmouth manager)
Assistant Manager: Bryan Robson (Former Manchester United captain and England midfielder)
Celebrities: Kyran Bracken (Former England rugby union player), Craig David (pop star), Angus Deayton (actor, writer, musician, comedian and television presenter), Tom Felton (actor in Harry Potter), Chris Fountain (Hollyoaks actor), Gareth Gates (pop star), Danny Jones (pop star in band McFly), Ben Shephard (GMTV presenter), Hugo Speer (Full Monty and Echo Beach actor), Jamie Theakston (television and radio presenter), Jonathan Wilkes (television presenter).
Legends: Jamie Redknapp (former England and Liverpool midfielder), David Seaman (former England and Arsenal goalkeeper), Alan Shearer (former England and Newcastle striker), Teddy Sheringham (former England and Manchester United striker), Graham Le Saux (former England and Chelsea defender) and Des Walker (former England and Nottingham Forest defender).

Rest Of The World

Manager: Kenny Dalglish (Scottish manager who won championship titles in charge of Celtic, Blackburn and Liverpool)
Assistant Manager: Ian Rush (One of Liverpool and Wales’ finest ever strikers)
Celebrities: Nicky Byrne (Westlife pop star), Alastair Campbell (former Labour spin doctor), Patrick Kielty (television presenter and comedian), Brian Lara (world record cricketer), Gilles Marini (Sex and the City actor), Gordon Ramsay (celebrity chef), Kenny Logan (former Scotland rugby union player), Gethin Jones (former Blue Peter television presenter), Santiago Cabrera (Heroes actor), Rodrigo Santoro (Love Actually filmstar)
Legends: Jaap Stam (former Manchester United and Holland defender), Franco Baresi (former AC Milan and Italy defender), Peter Schmeichel (former Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeper), Romario (former Barcelona and Brazil striker), Paulo Di Canio (former West Ham and Italy striker) and Luis Figo (former Real Madrid and Portugal midfielder).

Soccer Aid takes place on Sunday 7th September at Wembley Stadium. Tickets are still available from or by calling 0871 230 7148.

The match will be screened live on ITV1 AT 7.30pm.

Web Links

For more information on how Soccer Aid will benefit UNICEF and its partners and how the public can get involved in football fundraising, visit

For more information about Wembley Stadium please visit

Wembley Stadium is easy to reach by public transport. For information about getting to Wembley please visit

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