Friday, March 07, 2014


Stars: An all-star cast of former players played in the 11th Match against Poverty - how many can you name?
Days ago, Football legends and former Real Madrid stars, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo once again invited an all-star cast of former footballers to take part in their annual Match against Poverty.

Zidane and Ronaldo were joined by the likes of Fernando Hierro, Paolo Maldini, Pavel Nedved and Luis Figo amongst other football legend in the event in its 11th year.
Taking on Young Boys in Bern, the former France star's side eventually went on to win 8-6, thanks to a double from the man himself.

In the opening stages, however, it was not one of the superstars that stole the limelight, but former Borussia Dortmund and Switzerland striker Stephane Chapuisat.

The striker, who was captaining a Young Boys team containing Hakan and Murat Yakin, scored a first-half hat-trick, capped by a beautiful chip over Antonios Nikopolidis.

The manager for Zidane's side, UEFA president Michel Platini, must have given his team a blast of the hairdryer at half time, as he rang the changes leading to a much-improved performance.

Five-time FIFA women's World Player of the Year Marta was an influential change, as she laid on an assist for Zidane and then another for Christian Vieri in no time.  

Vieri then added his second, before a rush of goals came at both ends - at one point the legends were down 5-3.

But they again picked up their pace and former Bolton attacking midfielder Youri Djorkaeff added a brace - one of which left the Young Boys defence befuddled as he and Zidane played a series of one-touch passes.

Hakan Sukur, briefly of Blackburn Rovers, also scored before Zidane added his second of the night from the penalty spot.

Another former Rovers star, Nuno Gomes, rounded off the scoring as the match ended 8-6 to the legends.

Other big name players included former Arsenal striker Davor Suker, ex-Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso and former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman.

Funds raised from the match were split between the UNDP and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. 

Check out pictures

Stars: An all-star cast of former players played in the 11th Match against Poverty - how many can you name?
                                            The football legends
                                  Master: Zidane scored twice in an 8-6 victory over a Young Boys Bern XI
                                                 Zindane with the dribbles
Skipper: Ronaldo has a strike at goal
                                   Ronaldo with a shot on target
In the dugout: Michel Platini took charge of Zidane and Ronaldo's team

                     Coach Michel Platini looking comfortable in the dug out in charge of Zindane and Ronaldo team

Brace: Former Bolton midfielder Youri Djorkaeff scored twice 
Djorkaeff celebrates with Zidane after he scored a goal
Impact: Five-time Women's World Player of the Year Marta set up two goals
                             Five-time Women's World Player of the Year Marta set up two goals for Zindane and Vieri
Zinedine Zidane
                                  Man of the match, Zindane scores twice and made an assist
On the run: Ronaldo seems to be puffing as he looks to take the ball past opponent Alain Rochat
                   Ronaldo's weight not a barrier as he takes the ball past  opponent Alain Rochat



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