GENEVA / MATCH FOR SOLIDARITY

13-Feb-2018 00:02:11
Geneva will host a charity all-star football (soccer) match to benefit children with disabilities on 21 April of this year, it was announced today. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / MATCH FOR SOLIDARITY
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 FEBRUARY 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT
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RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations

13 FEBRUARY 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Pan right, arrival of Luis Figo, UN Director-General, UEFA President and City of Geneva Chief of Sports
3. Wide shot, briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President:
“The power of sports is huge, but the power of football is even bigger. It is more to football than just A-teams, Champions League matches, World Cups, and Euros. Football can be a force for good, it is a force for good and it will be even more a force for good in the future.”
5. Close up, Match for Solidarity sign
6. SOUNDBITE (French) Sybille Bonvin, Chief of Sports Services, City of Geneva:
“Sport carries a lot of values that the city of Geneva defends, and it helps to combat economic, social and racial discrimination.“
7.Close up, journalist recording with her phone
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Michael Møller, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva:
“This football game is our local way to show our solidarity for those who need our care, our attention. And raise public awareness of the goals of sustainable development. These objectives, as you know in 2015, are a real global roadmap for the world to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and ensure prosperity for all.”
9. Med shot, Luis Figo holding a giant ticket
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Luis Figo, Former Player, UEFA Football Advisor:
“This match is a great opportunity to enhance public awareness and raise funds for humanitarian and development projects. It great that as players we can give something back to society, and help to create a better world.”
11. Wide shot, photographers
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Luis Figo, Former Player, UEFA Football Advisor:
“UEFA is committed to being a social fair play organization. It is our duty to help support humanitarian initiatives through football. Through this cooperation with the United Nations and UEFA Foundation for children we can raise significant funds for good causes around the world,”
13. Zoom out, Luis Figo, Michael Møller, Aleksander Ceferin and Sybille Bonvin holding the ticket
STORYLINE
Geneva will host a charity all-star football (soccer) match to benefit children with disabilities on 21 April of this year, it was announced today (13 Feb.)

It will be the first-ever such collaboration between the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the United Nations in Geneva, and the Swiss host city and canton for the match.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, said “the power of sports is huge, but the power of football is even bigger,” adding that there is “more to football than just A-teams, Champions League matches, World Cups, and Euros. Football can be a force for good, it is a force for good and it will be even more a force for good in the future.”

The chief of sports services for the city of Geneva, Sybille Bonvin, announced at the press conference that it would make 4,000 free tickets available to local children, because the match reflects the humanitarian values that the city wants to promote.

Bonvin said “sport carries a lot of values that the city of Geneva defends, and it helps to combat economic, social and racial discrimination.”

The proceeds from the Match for Solidarity will be disbursed as funding to organizations working to improve the lives of children with disabilities. UEFA and the UN will form a panel of experts to decide which organizations should receive the funding.

The Director-General of the United Nations in Geneva, Michael Møller, said “this match is our local way to show our solidarity for those who need our care, our attention,” and added that it was the UN’s way to “raise public awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

These objectives, adopted in 2015, he said “are a real global roadmap for the world to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and ensure prosperity for all."

The star spokesperson for the match is Portuguese soccer icon Luís Figo, who won the UEFA Champions League in 2002 with Real Madrid CF, as well as the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup on two occasions.

Figo was awarded the Ballon d’Or, football’s highest recognition for individual players, in 2000. He has been an advisor to UEFA since 2017.

Figo said “this match is a great opportunity to enhance public awareness and raise funds for humanitarian and development projects. It great that as players we can give something back to society, and help to create a better world.”

He said “UEFA is committed to being a social fair play organization. It is our duty to help support humanitarian initiatives through football. Through this cooperation with the United Nations and UEFA Foundation for children we can raise significant funds for good causes around the world.”

The benefit event will take place in Stade de Genève and will feature famous retired stars such as David Trezeguet, Cafu, Eric Abidal, Nuno Gomes, Juri Yourkaeff and others, in a match where the two teams will be captained by Portuguese footballing legend Luis Figo and Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho.

Carlo Ancellotti and Didier Deschamps will be the managers of the two opposing teams in a match that will be presided by the iconic Italian referee Luigi Collina. UEFA will announce more celebrity players in the days leading up to the match.
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