This shirt was worn by Michael Laudrup during the FIFA Charity Game for Unicef between FIFA World Stars and The Americas (a selection of North and South American players) which took place in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Stadium on August 27th 1986. It was also the first chance to see Diego Armando Maradona playing after his Fifa World Cup 86 triumph in Mexico. The American team won 4-3 after penalties. It’s very curious that Fifa World Stars played with two different kind of names on the back. Some shirts had white numbers and some other had red numbers.
This shirt was worn by Claudio Taffarel during the friendly game between the selection of Brazilian Players playing in Europe and Internazionale F.C. which took place on April 16th 1991. The game was also Alessandro Altobelli farewell’s game.
FIFA All Stars vs Brazil World Cup Champions 1994
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Two years after the World Cup 1994 and in the middle of the inaugural season for Major League Soccer, FIFA organized a charity match between FIFA All Stars and Brazil World Champions 1994 to raise funds for the SOS Children’s Village. The game was played at the Giants Stadium on July 14th 1996. Brazil team defeated the All Stars 2-1 with Bebeto and Roberto Carlos’s goals.
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Football for Hope was a FIFA-sponsored football match played between the Ronaldinho XI team and the Shevchenko XI team on 15 February 2005 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona in support of the relief effort after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Organised by FIFA and UEFA in consultation with the Royal Spanish Football Federation, and with support from FC Barcelona, who provided their stadium and staff free of charge, this benefit match for the victims of the tsunami saw an XI led by Ronaldinho, the 2004 FIFA World Player of the Year, beat a team captained by Andriy Shevchenko, the 2004 European Footballer of the Year, by six goals to three. FIFA hoped to raise £7 million in support of the tsunami victims, around a third through the game itself. All proceeds from the Football For Hope match went to the FIFA/Asian Football Confederation Tsunami Solidarity Fund. In 2011, FIFA won the Sport for Health Award at the Beyond Sport Awards ceremony. The game itself, which was watched by some 35,000 spectators, was a typical charity affair with a predictable pace, although the fans were entertained by a feast of goals. Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Senegal’s Henri Camara both scored two goals, which, along with strikes from Ronaldinho and the South Korean Cha Du-ri, helped the FIFA World Player of the Year’s team to victory. Alessandro Del Piero, Gianfranco Zola and David Suazo scored for Andriy Shevchenko’s side.
This shirt was issued for Zinedine Zidane for the charity game “Match for Children” which took place in Manchester, Old Trafford Stadium, on November 14th 2015, organized by David Beckham to raise money for Unicef. The game was played between “Great Britain and Ireland XI” team, captained by David Beckham, who made his return in to his “home” stadium, and a “Rest of the World XI” team. The Beckham’s team included former legends as Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Liverpool’s hero Jamie Carragher and current Premier League players such as John Terry, Darren Fletcher and Peter Crouch, with former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson back in the Old Trafford technical area, leading the team. The “Rest of the World XI” boasted stellar names such as Cafu, Luis Figo, Clarence Seedorf and Ronaldinho, led by manager Carlo Ancelotti. “Great Britain and Ireland XI” defeated “Rest of the World XI” 3-1. A very touching moment was 15 minutes from the end, when David Beckham left the field and he was replaced by another Beckham…his 16-year-old Brooklyn, a surprise substitute not named on the team sheet, wearing his dad’s famous No.7 shirt. The “Rest of the World XI” supposed to be captained by Zinedine Zidane who, at the very last minute, decided not to join the game due the terroristic attacks that took place in Paris, the day before the match on November 13th 2014. His shirt was perhaps already prepared as was posted some days before the game by David Beckham on his official Instagram’s profile to promote the event.