Barcelona, Spain hosts Football for Hope match

Barcelona played host to an all-stars football match yesterday as the world’s best football players and trainers of some of the world’s biggest teams participated in the Football for Hope match.

Barcelona donated use of the stadium and facilities, teams donated their players who, in turn, donated their time, and all proceeds from the match (tickets, television rights, memorabilia etc.) will be donated to the victims of the tsunami disaster.

The stars were divided into two teams, “the World”, led by Brasil and Barcelona player Ronaldinho, and “Europe” led by Shevchenko. Fans inside the Nou Camp stadium and television spectators all around the world watched the footballers enjoy themselves as they played some spectacular football. The game was also unique in that the referee only blew one foul during the whole 90 minutes of play. “The World” won by 6 goals to 3.

The Football for Hope game was organised by FIFA, UEFA and the Asiatic Football Federation and all proceeds will go to reconstructing football stadiums and football activity in the areas most affected by the tsunami disaster.

About 10 million dollars were raised by yesterday’s event.