Football unites for #footballforfires
A couple of weeks ago, the Football Writers' Festival (which we convene along with the Johnny Warren Football Foundation) announced that it had changed its dates for the 2020 Festival to 30-31 May from its previously announced dates of 23-24 May.
The reason for the date change is for a big football event being organised to help rural aid and bushfire relief via Tribal Sports Group on Saturday 23 May in Sydney, known as #footballforfires.
The event is a football match comprised of Australian and international football stars who have come together for one purpose: to raise money for those so drastically affected by the shocking bushfires this summer. All funds raised will go to the Red Cross, the RSPCA and the FFA fundraising program to rebuild grassroots facilities. The money raised via the FFA fund will be shared amongst affected communities in the ACT, NSW, Queensland, SA and Victoria.
Today, some of the initial line-up for the match was announced which includes Australian players and a host of international players including some genuine superstars such as Didier Drogba, Stephen Appiah, Claudio Marchisio, Ji-Sung Park, Dario Simic and players well known to A-League fans such as Emile Heskey and Dwight Yorke.
Stephen Appiah – Juventus, Fenerbache, Udinese, Vojvodina
Michael Bridges – Sunderland, Leeds United, Newcastle Jets
Dwayne De Rosario – Toronto, San Jose, New York Red Bull
Didier Drogba– Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact
Alecko Eskandarian – DC United, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas
Tore Andre Flo – Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United
Geremi – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United
Emile Heskey – Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa
Claudio Marchisio – Juventus
Pedro Mendes – Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers
Ji-Sung Park – Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven
Dario Simic – Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dinamo Zagreb, Monaco
David Trezeguet – Monaco, Juventus, Riverplate
Le Cong Vinh - Song Lam Nghe An, Consadole Sapporo
Dwight Yorke – Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sydney FC
John Aloisi – Coventry City, Cremonese, Osasuna, Sydney FC
Mark Bosnich – Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea
Con Boutsianis – South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Perth Glory
Simon Colosimo – Carlton, Manchester City, Perth Glory, Sydney FC
Tickets will go on sale to those on Football Federation Australia's database from 12 noon Thursday 30 January and to the General Public from 12 noon, Friday 31 January. Adult tickets start from just $29 and family tickets from $59. More than 40,000 seats will be made available at these prices.
Congratulations to Tribal Sports Group, Lou Sticca, the management of ANZ Stadium and others for this wonderful initiative and opportunity to show how much the global football community cares.