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July 21, 2008

Soccer Aid 2008 Announced & Tickets On Sale

Soccer Aid was the brainchild of Robbie Williams, a UNICEF ambassador, and Jonathan Wilkes and the all star match raised an impressive £2.6 million for UNICEF's work with partners for children around the world.

It last held at Old Trafford in 2006 and attracted a host of world class players and celebrities including Diego Maradona, David Ginola, Angus Deayton, Patrick Kielty, Gianfranco Zola, Alastair Campbell, Paul Gascoigne and Jamie Redknapp.

Now Soccer Aid is back and set to take place at Wembley Stadium with Ant and Dec hosting the match where the crowd will be treated to a unique opportunity to see football legends take to the pitch alongside their celebrity counterparts. The event will also be broadcast on ITV1.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is stepping up to manage England and his squad includes football legends Jamie Redknapp and Alan Shearer, as well as celebrities Kyran Bracken, Ben Shephard, Gareth Gates, Jamie Theakston, and Jonathan Wilkes. Meanwhile, legendary Scot Kenny Dalglish will take charge of the Rest of the World and players hoping to make it into his starting line up include Westlife's Nicky Byrne, Alastair Campbell, Patrick Kielty, Brian Lara, Jesse Metcalfe and Peter Schmeichel. Gordon Ramsay returns to captain Rest of the World, but team England have a new skipper.

Robbie Williams is passing on his captain's armband, and the responsibility of deciding who will take his place is in the capable hands of manager Harry Redknapp.

Robbie is confident that again the match will be of huge benefit to UNICEF's work around the world. "Being able to help so many people through Soccer Aid was one of the true highlights of my life," he said. "I'm gutted that this time round my knee isn't up to it so unfortunately I'm out of the game. But I hope that everyone involved has the time of their life like I did, raises loads of money for UNICEF and that the best side wins."

Tim Lovejoy and Louise Redknapp will bring all the action from the sidelines while pundits and special studio guests will deliver their live analysis of the beautiful game. Each squad comprises eleven celebrities and five world cup greats. With less than a week for the players to train and bond before the big game, the pressure is on to get match fit and performance ready.

Tickets to Soccer Aid are available now. To book yours call the ticket line on 0871 230 7148* or go to Show your support for UNICEF and don't miss out on what is sure to be a day to remember at the new Wembley Stadium.

*(Calls are charged 10p a minute from a BT landline. Costs from other networks may be higher. And calls from mobiles will be considerably higher).