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March 08, 2012

Football Heroes And Celebrities Lined Up For Soccer Aid 2012

Soccer Aid is returning to Old Trafford on Sunday, 27th May, after a two year break and promises to be even bigger and better than last time!

Robbie himself returns to captain the England team and Welsh film star Michael Sheen will lead the Rest of the Word team.

"Soccer Aid returns for the fourth time," said Robbie, "and with it a renewed sense of passion for this remarkable event that can help vulnerable children all around the world. I make no bones about it, we lost, The Rest of The World managed to scrape together a jammy victory. Soccer Aid this year will be bigger and better than ever because this time it's personal. Michael Sheen, I'm gunning for you son.”

The two captains will be joined by an array of Hollywood stars, footballing heroes and some of the UK's most famous faces as they battle it on on the pitch to raise money for UNICEF UK.

Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from JLS, world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay, presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston and footballing heroes Teddy Sheringham and Edwin van der Sar are just some of the names confirmed for the big day… stay tuned as we'll be announcing more soon!

This year's match will once again be hosted by Dermot O'Leary and broadcast Iive on ITV1, with Dave Berry getting all the reaction from the game on Soccer Aid: Extra Time on ITV4 afterwards.

Let's not forget what lies at the heart of this fantastic day though… raising money for UNICEF UK.

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will go to to the charity's invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2010, raising over £7 million in total for UNICEF’s work.

"Soccer Aid 2012 will raise vital money to change children's lives around the world," said David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director. "Every minute of every day, children die from easily preventable diseases like diarrhoea and malaria. Right now, children are suffering because they don't have enough to eat. It shouldn't be like this. Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match and help us make a change for children."

If you want to be a part of this fun-filled day out, tickets go on sale on Thursday 8th March at 08:00 GMT. Click here for more info on how to get yours.

If you can't make it you can still show your support for UNICEF by making a donation, no matter how big or small.