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A Match to remember… – UEFA.com

Football legends came out to play and help children in Geneva on Saturday ─ and made the UEFA/United Nations Match for Solidarity a fantastic success.

On a gorgeous spring day, the Stade de Genève welcomed 23,654 fans young and old for a hugely entertaining game that saw a galaxy of stars parading their skills and, at the same time, showing their crucial support for children with disabilities.

Proceeds from the match will go to the UEFA Foundation for Children. Funds will be used to finance humanitarian and development projects to help children with disabilities at local and global levels.

Luís Figo’s team©UEFA

The team captained by Portuguese superstar Luís Figo eventually overcame the side led by Brazilian ace Ronaldinho 4-3 in an encounter that served to demonstrate emphatically why the stellar names who came to the Swiss city for the match had all enjoyed such brilliant careers. 

Ronaldinho's team

Ronaldinho’s team©UEFA

Raúl González, Robert Pires, Nuno Gomes and Míchel Salgado were the goalscorers for Figo’s team, with Célia Šašić, Alexander Frei and Cafu replying for Ronaldinho’s team. 

Autisme Genève will be the local beneficiary from Saturday’s game. The non-profit organisation was formed on the initiative of parents whose children live with autism spectrum disorders.

Elsewhere, the funds raised will help support projects in Africa, Asia and South America. The projects will be chosen by a committee of representatives from UEFA, the United Nations Office in Geneva and the Fondation du Stade de Genève.

“We’ve enjoyed the match,” said Figo after the final whistle. “We feel that we’re reflecting the values of sport and that we have had the chance to help people.”

“It’s been nice to see some great friends and play together for this important cause.” 

Funds have also been raised by a special digital auction featuring a wealth of football memorabilia and other items, including signed jerseys, balls and unique experiences offered by clubs and national associations.

Fans around the globe still have the possibility to show their support for charities that benefit children with disabilities. The auction is still open and ends tonight at 24.00CET.

Click here to go to the auction website

A charity dinner in Geneva after the match added to the funds generated by the occasion.

The fun aspect of the day was enhanced by a children’s match ahead of the Match for Solidarity. The game saw 11 youngsters from 11 different countries meeting for the first time and forming a team to play against a team of children from the Geneva area.



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