World’s football legends play at the 11th Annual Match against Poverty in show of solidarity with the Philippines
UNDP and its Goodwill Ambassadors, football legends Ronaldo and
Zinédine Zidane, with the support of football’s governing body, the
Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union
of European Football Associations (UEFA) held the 11th Annual Football
Match against Poverty, dedicated to the victims of typhoon Haiyan, at
the Stade De Suisse National Stadium in Berne on 04 March 2014. Around
21,000 people attended the event and showed solidarity with the
Philippines. The event was televised worldwide.
UNDP team lead by football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane and BSC
Young Boys and Friends hold the streamer expressing their support for
UNDP team led by Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane played against Bern
professional football club, BSC Young Boys and Friends. The match,
which ended at 8:6 in favor of the UNDP team, also saw other football
legends such as Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira, Deco,
Pavel Nedvěd, and Roberto Carlos, played for the UNDP team.
football legend and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva also
joined the all-male UNDP team to call attention to the plight of women
and in support of the celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th
March. Ms. Silva, who is a five-time winner of the FIFA Female World
Player of the Year, recently launched a video appeal to assist Haiyan
Manager and Organizer of the Annual Match against Poverty, Aziyade
Poltier, said it was really the Philippines that won the match as both
sides played for the country.
Two-thirds of the
match proceeds would go to UNDP projects for the victims of typhoon
Haiyan such as the ongoing cash-for-work project cleaning debris in
Tacloban and other projects supporting rehabilitation efforts.
Officials of the Philippine Embassy in Berne
and the Philippine Mission in Geneva joined 21,000 people who watched the
match. A sizeable number of the Filipino community in Switzerland, including
second-generation Swiss-Filipinos, was also present.
Photo: The crowd of 21,000
people cheers the two teams as they play in support of the victims of typhoon
Match against Poverty is an annual event designed to raise awareness on
poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and
support specific projects and various countries. The first match
was held in Basel, Switzerland in 2003, and from there has been held in
various cities including Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Malaga, Fes,
Lisbon, Athens, Hamburg, and Porto Alegre (Brazil).
Ronaldo, Zidane and de Silva, at a press conference held before the
match expressed their solidarity with the victims of typhoon Haiyan.
In a separate
interview by Geneva-based Swiss radio World Radio Switzerland (WRS),
Philippine Ambassador Leslie Baja said, “We are very appreciative of
this initiative by the UNDP and the football legends as well as the
overwhelming support of the people who watched the game. We know that
they went there not just to watch the match. They were also one in
spirit with the Filipino people.”
The UNDP has uploaded a press release and a collection of photos taken during then event on its website at www.undp.org. END