Soccer Aid 2019 is coming to Stamford Bridge this June — its previous editions had been held at Old Trafford and once at Wembley — and with it will come all the usual stars and celebrities who usually take part in this charity event, which is apparently moving to an annual event rather than the biennial schedule it’s been on since its inception in 2006.
The match itself was announced back in late October, but now the official launch video and announcement has arrived as well, and it’s carrying a big Didier Drogba-sized bow on top.
“I am very excited to be coming back to Stamford Bridge to play in Soccer Aid for Unicef. I am passionate about all children having access to healthcare and education, which is key to Unicef’s work around the world. I’m delighted that my foundation and UNICEF are planning a project together in Cote D’Ivoire. Together we can help make a real difference to so many children’s lives, and have a greater impact than ever before.”
-Didier Drogba; source: Chelsea FC
Drogba last played at the Bridge in 2015 as Chelsea wrapped up a League and League Cup-double. A few months after he left, Mourinho’s new dynasty lay in ruins and we’re still trying to recover from that cycle. Didier then went to MLS, then bought into a team in Phoenix, and now roams the Earth as a global ambassador and a force for good.
Maybe we’ll get José Mourinho back as well to “manage” one of the teams (England vs. Soccer Aid World XI) just like he did in 2014 and 2016?