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Legends to play charity match for Philippines victims

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Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira are just a few of the high-profile names from yesteryear who will take part in this year's Match Against Poverty

The purpose of the match, organised by Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane is to raise money to aid victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

This will be the 11th time this match has been played. Last year's match raised around $360,000 for youth projects in Brazil and Cape Verde.

World Cup winner Vieira is pleased to be a part of the event: "I am very excited about this game. Football speaks a universal language and we need to take advantage of this to appeal for the reconstruction of the Philippines."

"It is a great honour to play alongside these talented players who have had such successful careers," said former FIFA World Player of the Year Cannavaro. "Unfortunately, natural disasters affect us every year. The fight against poverty must be constant and I'm very happy if I can contribute to it through football."

Players joining the Ronaldo, Zidane & friends team include the likes of Roberto Carlos, Pavel Nedved, and Figo, as well as British pair Jamie Carragher and Steve McManaman.

Here is the full list of players taking part:

Ronald de Boer (Netherlands), Steve McManaman and Jamie Carragher (England), Robert Pires, Claude Makéléle, Christian Karembeu and Patrick Vieira (France), Jens Lehmann (Germany), Gaizka Mendieta , Fernando Hierro and Michel Salgado (Spain), Paulo Ferreira, Fernando Couto, Luis Figo, Paulo Sousa and Deco (Portugal), Marta, Giovane Elber, Juliano Belletti and Roberto Carlos (Brasil), Pavel Nedvěd (Czech Republic), Gianluca Zambrotta, Gennaro Gattuso, Christian Vieri and Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Hakan Sukur (Turkey) Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan) and Freddie Ljungberg (Sweden).

They will face BSC Young Boys & Friends, featuring players past and present from the club.

Legendary referee Pierluigi Collina will take charge of the game, which will be played on the 4 March 2014.


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