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Piers & Susanna in the dugouts for Soccer Aid 2019!

Photo: Soccer Aid

Soccer Aid is back and better than ever before with the star-studded football match of super celebs and football legends, taking place at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge in London on Sunday 16th June.

Leading the line-up for the Soccer Aid World XI is Chelsea FC legend Didier Drogba, who will be returning to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2015. Drogba will be managed by I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here winner Harry Redknapp who will be joined on the touchline by co-manager Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.

Usain Bolt has confirmed his return to the Soccer Aid World XI team alongside Drogba.

Usain Bolt returns to Soccer Aid Credit: Soccer Aid

Managing England will be ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, looking to repeat his penalty-kick inspired triumph of 2018, and Susanna Reid, the first female manager of Soccer Aid for Unicef, who will be going head-to-head with her Good Morning Britain co-host Piers. Their team will consist of football legends and celebrities including Jamie Redknapp, Mark Wright, Ben Shephard andJoe Wicks.

A 60-second film featuring the game’s host Dermot O’Leary and pitch side reporter Kirsty Gallacher was released today featuring some of the nation’s favourite ITV television personalities, as well as the players confirmed so far.

Tickets for Soccer Aid for Unicef 2019 match on Sunday 16th June 2019 at Stamford Bridge are available now at www.socceraid.org.uk/tickets/or by calling 020 7386 2019. Tickets are priced at £10 for under-16s and adults from £20 meaning a family of four can attend for just £60.

The match will be broadcast live on ITV and STV on Sunday 16th June and the money raised will go towards Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world and will help every child grow up happy, healthy and safe to play. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.

This year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match falls on Father’s Day, meaning father-son duo Harry and Jamie Redknapp will spend this special day on opposing teams with Jamie reprising his role playing for England and Harry returning to co-manage the Soccer Aid World XI.

Harry and Jamie through the years Credit: Soccer Aid

I’m delighted to have finally got the call to manage the World XI in Soccer Aid - though given my renowned football expertise, it is a bit surprising that ITV took so long to ask me. I'm also thrilled Harry Redknapp will be my co-manager on the touchline. Despite the fact he once managed Spurs, he is one of the greatest managers in the game and I know that between us we will drive the World XI to a magnificent victory and give me bragging rights over Susanna for at least a year. In all seriousness, this is a great way to raise a lot of money and awareness for Unicef and I’m looking forward to a cracking game. I just hope Gareth Southgate is watching so that he can pick up a few tips on how it’s really done!

– Piers Morgan

The ability to play is one of the most important things in any child’s life. It’s how they make friends, how they learn who they are and about the world around them, it’s so vital. I’ve seen first-hand the important work Unicef does around the world helping to make sure every child can have a happy, healthy and safe childhood, to be able to play like all children should. I dread to think what my children would be like without play, they’re so bright and happy and its absolutely everything to them. I hope everyone gets involved this summer with Soccer Aid for Unicef, we can all play our part to help kids around the world just be kids.

– Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has been a stalwart of Soccer Aid Credit: Soccer Aid