The Slovenia Times

Football greats in Ljubljana for charity match

Gianluigi Buffon, an Italian former professional footballer, to be on the pitch in Ljubljana for a charity match. Photo: Xinhua/STA

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin will host global football celebrities in Ljubljana on 15 September for a charity match to raise funds for the victims of the devastating early August floods.

The governing body of European football and its president, Slovenian lawyer Čeferin, first responded to the disaster on 8 August when UEFA approved a donation of €300,000.

The Slovenian Football Association contributed an additional €20,000 to the relief effort, joining a number of other athletes and associations who have made a donation. One the first to respond was the charity foundation of basketball superstar Luka Dončić.

At Čeferin's invitation, the teams of Slovenia's head football coach Matjaž Kek and of Fabio Capello, the celebrated Italian former professional football manager and player, will face off at Stožice Stadium on 15 September.

Čeferin announced that several former football stars have confirmed their attendance in Ljubljana, including Gianluigi Buffon, Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini, Luis Figo, Zvonimir Boban, Javier Zanetti, Eric Abidal, Predrag Mijatović, Vladimir Šmicer, Nemanja Vidić, David James, Giorgos Karagounis, Mario Mandžukić, Mikael Silvestre and others.

The match will also receive extensive media coverage, with backing from POP TV and BeIN Sport, one of the world's largest television networks, broadcasting the game in 27 countries.

According to the newspaper Delo, all the funds raised from ticket sales, sponsorship money and donations by individuals will go to One Heart, One Slovenia foundation spearheaded by Radio 1. The foundation will then distribute the funds to those affected by the floods.


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