Football For Hope

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 They played with smiles on their faces
And liberty in their laces
Ronaldinho & Shevchenko, each led a dream eleven
A charity match for all those sent, by tsunami to heaven

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 GOAL! And everyone smiled
GOAL! And nobody was riled
And the hope on the night –
Some reparation, ‘gainst the tsunami might



Last night’s charity match, billed as ‘Football For Hope’,
raised £5m.

Andriy Shevchenko led a European team
(including Steven Gerrard, David Beckham, Frank Lampard)
against Ronaldinho’s World XI,
in a match that saw lots of flicks ‘n tricks ‘n shots, but
not too many tackles!

For the record,
Ronaldinho’s XI beat Shevchenko’s XI, by 6 goals to 3.

The best goal on the night?
By Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.
A typical delicious, delicate, volleyed lob.

Everyone donated their services for free.
The attendance was a disappointing 40,000 – they were hoping for 100,000.

All proceeds from the match will be donated to the Fifa/Asian Football Confederation Tsunami Solidarity Fund.

I liked the following wise words from Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who offered the services of the 98,000 seat Nou Camp for free.

“I was horrified when I saw the disaster on the television,” said Laporta.

“The scale of it was so huge that it called upon each and every one of us to come together to help in any way we can.

“Football basically unites people against injustice, unfairness, and racism.

“Football is a union of players of all colours and creeds and brings people together at the same time, so it is very important to send out a positive message.”

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/football-for-hope/