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International football stars to play in bushfire relief match

28 January 2020
A star-studded lineup will play a #FootballForFires fundraiser match on 23 May 2020 at ANZ Stadium Sydney.
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The fundraiser match will honour volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel who will participate in a pre-match lap of honour.

All money raised, including profits from ticket sales and donations, will go directly to restoring football facilities damaged by the bushfires. The NSW Government will also waive the venue fee and donate all food and beverage profits.

Twenty-one football players from 16 nations will play, including:

  • Alecko Eskandarian – USA
  • Claudio Marchisio – Italy
  • Con Boutsianis – Australia
  • Dario Simic – Croatia
  • David Trezeguet – France
  • Didier Drogba – Ivory Coast
  • Dwayne De Rosario – Canada
  • Dwight Yorke – Trinidad & Tobago
  • Emile Heskey – England
  • Geremi – Cameroon
  • Ji-Sung Park – South Korea
  • John Aloisi – Australia
  • Le Cong Vinh – Vietnam
  • Mark Bosnich – Australia
  • Mark Milligan – Australia
  • Michael Bridges – England
  • Pedro Mendes – Portugal
  • Rustu Recber – Turkey
  • Simon Colosimo – Australia
  • Stephen Appiah – Ghana
  • Tore Andre Flo – Norway.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the world game is bringing the world’s best to Sydney to unite in this blockbuster bushfire relief match.

“The match is on the same day as England’s FA Cup Final, ensuring international interest and the chance for football fans in the UK and worldwide to donate,” Mr Lee said.

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 12pm on Friday 31 January 2020. Prices will start at $29 for singles and $59 for family tickets. More than 40,000 seats will be made available at these affordable prices.

Find out more about the #FootballForFires match

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