Ronaldo of Brazil and Zinedine Zidane of France, both World Cup winners, announced that the 8th Annual Match against Poverty will raise funds for around 25 million people affected by earthquake in Haiti and floods in Pakistan.
The two footballers are United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors and will use their high profile status to promote the anti-poverty work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Their all star team will face Greek side Olympiacos in a friendly on 15 December.The match which will be played at Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece
“With five years left to accomplish the set of eight goals,” said Zidane, “I hope this 8th Annual Match Against Poverty will help communicate a sense of urgency that we all need to join the team to end poverty now.”
“Our goal with this 8th Match Against Poverty is to support the people and Governments of Pakistan and Haiti to recover from the devastating natural disasters which affected them so terribly in 2010,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.
Olympiacos Football Club owner Evangelos Marinakis talked about the importance of this match. He said:
“Using football’s magic driving force, Olympiacos F.C. is on the pitch to raise an appeal against poverty and mobilize action towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”