The line-ups for the all-star Game4Ukraine at Stamford Bridge on 5th August have been revealed.
Legends such as Samuel Eto’o, Patrick Vieira, and Gerard Pique will grace the turf in the charity game to raise money for Ukraine.
The event’s overarching goal is to raise money to rebuild schools in the invaded nation. Reconstruction work will begin with the Mykhailo-Kotsiubynskyi School in Chernihiv Oblast, which was hit by missiles in March 2022.
Money will go to the United24 charity established by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Emma Hayes will manage the Blue Team, captained by Andriy Shevchenko, while Arsene Wenger will preside over the Yellow Team, skippered by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The Game4Ukraine will take place at Stamford Bridge on 5th August to raise money for schools
Gerard Pique announced his retirement back in November but returns here for a special game
Patrick Vieira, led by Arsene Wenger, will take to the pitch against some old enemies
The match sees former Chelsea stars Claude Makelele, William Gallas, Michael Essien, Gianfranco Zola, Ricardo Carvalho, Carlo Cudicini, and Samuel Eto’o return to Stamford Bridge alongside current inhabitants Emma Hayes and Mykhailo Mudryk.
Plenty of former Arsenal stars are in the mix, namely Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehmann, Robert Pires, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, and Bacary Sagna. They will once again be under the guiding hand of legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
There’s plenty of World Cup pedigree, too. Alongside Mertesacker, Vieira, and Pires, Pique, Fabio Cannavaro, Luca Toni, Massimo Oddo, and Dida all lifted the coveted trophy.
Two Ballon d’Or winners are showing their face in the form on Shevchenko and Cannavaro.
But there’s only one man to win a Cypriot league and cup double, and that honour rests with John Arne Riise after his exploits in 2014/15, ten years on from his Champions League success with Liverpool.
See the official squads below as well as all the top stats concerning the careers of these iconic players and managers.
Manager: Emma Hayes
Captain: Andriy Shevchenko
Goalkeeper: Carlo Cudicini, Dida
Defenders: Fabio Cannavaro, Ricardo Carvalho, William Gallas, Massimo Oddo
Midfielders: Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Clarence Seedorf
Forwards: Samuel Eto’o, Luca Toni, Mykhailo Mudryk, Gianfranco Zola
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Captain: Oleksandr Zinchenko
Goalkeeper: Jens Lehmann
Defenders: Joleon Lescott, Per Mertesacker, Wes Morgan, Gerard Pique, John Arne Riise, Bacary Sagna, Antonio Valencia
Midfielders: Patrick Berger, Edgar Davids, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira, Jack Wilshere
Forwards: Shota Arveladze, Robbie Keane
Blue Team (15 people)
Top division titles: 46**
Champions Leagues: 13
World Cups: 4
European Championships: 1
Copa Americas: 1
Africa Cup of Nations: 2
Ballon d’Ors: 2
Career matches: 10,091
Top scorer: Eto’o, 427
Freedom of Islingtons: 0
Yellow Team (17 people)
Top division titles: 57
Champions Leagues: 7
World Cups: 4
European Championships: 3
Copa Americas: 0
Africa Cup of Nations: 0
Ballon d’Ors: 0
Career matches: 12,300
Top scorer: Robbie Keane, 393
Freedom of Islingtons: 1 (Arsene Wenger)
*Statistics have been calculated including the records of the players during their playing careers and the two managers during their managerial careers. Where more than one player has won the same title concurrently, this has been counted more than once.
**Fabio Cannavaro had two titles revoked due to the Calciopoli scandal. These have not been counted.