Former Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will join a host of other football greats to participate in the Match for Solidarity scheduled to take place at the Stade de Genève, Switzerland on April 21.
Match for Solidarity is a joint UEFA-United Nations charity game which is aimed at raising funds for charities.
Several legendary players including Luis Figo, Ronaldinho, Cafu and Andrea Pirlo will be coached by Didier Deschamps and Carlo Ancelotti.
Two teams namely; Figo & Friends, managed by France coach Deschamps and Ronaldinho & Friends, coached by former Bayern Munich gaffer Ancelotti will trade tackles in an encounter officiated by renowned former Italian referee Pierluigi Collina to raise money for charity.
Essien will join former Chelsea teammate Juliano Belletti, Patrick Kluivert and a host of others former football stars in Ronaldinho’s team. While Figo’s setup also brims with players such as Rio Ferdinand, Pirlo and Raúl.
The list in full:
Figo & Friends team: Luís Figo [captain], Dida, Vítor Baía, Míchel Salgado, Frank de Boer, Rio Ferdinand, Cristian Chivu, Dejan Stanković, Robert Pirès, Jari Litmanen, Christian Karembeu, Andrea Pirlo, Raúl, Robbie Keane, Kelly Smith and Nuno Gomes.
Coach: Didier Deschamps
Ronaldinho & Friends team: Ronaldinho [captain], David James, Antonis Nikopolidis, Juliano Belletti, Cafu, Edmílson, Casey Stoney, Éric Abidal, Michael Essien, Youri Djorkaeff, Gaizka Mendieta, Ronald de Boer, Henrik Larsson, Alexander Frei, Patrick Kluivert and Célia Šašić.
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
The match is aimed at promoting peace, human rights and well-being in the world and proceeds from the encounter will go to UEFA Foundation for Children.