The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is a new project created by the children's charity to celebrate the England and Manchester United legend's decade of service to the organization. To help raise money for it, the man himself has organized a charity match for this Saturday at Old Trafford and invited an intriguing collection of English and World stars.
The match itself is sold out already, but for some strange reason, there won't be any live TV coverage of it. Certainly not in England. So we will not get to see the two teams, England XI led by Sir Alex Ferguson and the World XI led by Carlo Ancelotti, show off their skills and entertain the crowd.
Here are the currently confirmed participants, including the Chelsea trio of John Terry, Ashley Cole, and Michael Ballack (plus Ancelotti). Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole was set to take part as well, but he had to pull out due to a medical issue. Four others, Rio Ferdinand, Fabio Cannavaro, Alessandro Nesta, and Massimo Ambrosio have all opted out since the original participants were announced.
ENGLAND XI (head coach: Sir Alex Ferguson):
David Beckham (c), David Seaman, David James, Sol Campbell, John Terry, Jamie Carragher, Ashley Cole, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Owen
WORLD XI (head coach: Carlo Ancelotti):
Zinedine Zidane (c), Edwin van der Sar, Cafu, Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Patrick Vieira, Michael Ballack, Robert Pires, Dwight Yorke, Patrick Kluivert, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, Landon Donovan
REFEREE: Pierluigi Collina