Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football's Stars Set for Aid Game

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football's Stars Set for Aid Game

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Byline: ADRIAN WARNER

FOOTBALL'S biggest names are being lined up to play an international benefit match for the victims of the Asian tsunami, which could be staged at an English Premiership ground.

As cricket's top players paid their respects to the 150,000 people lost in Boxing Day's disaster in a friendly in Melbourne today, it has emerged that football is close to finalising details of its own fundraising game.

David Beckham, Brazil's Ronaldo and Ronaldinho and Real Madrid's France star Zinedine Zidane are to be asked to make themselves available for the match, which is being pencilled in for a date between 9 and 22 February.

Sepp Blatter, president of world governing body FIFA, has held talks with his UEFA counterpart Lennart Johansson and an announcement is expected to be made later this week.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and the Football Association's executive director David Davies have already told FIFA that they would be prepared to help stage the game. …

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