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08/03/2012 00:01, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Soccer Aid returns to OT

Old Trafford will once again play host to a star-studded charity football match between England and the Rest of the World when Soccer Aid returns in May.

The brainchild of singer Robbie Williams and UNICEF UK, this year’s event will again be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and broadcast live on ITV1 on Sunday 27 May.

An array of Hollywood stars, football legends - including some former Reds - and a host of the UK’s most famous faces will battle it out for the Soccer Aid trophy which was won by the Rest of the World last time round. Actor Woody Harrelson netted the decisive penalty in a tense shoot-out back in June 2010 at Old Trafford and ensured a first ever Soccer Aid victory for the Rest of the World.

Robbie Williams will captain the England team with Welsh film star Michael Sheen leading the opposition. United legends Edwin van der Sar and Teddy Sheringham have already signed up for the event, while other names confirmed include Marvin Humes and Aston Merrygold from boyband JLS, TV chef Gordon Ramsay and presenter and DJ Jamie Theakston.

England captain Williams can't wait for the match and says his side will be out for revenge.

"I make no bones about it, we lost and the Rest of The World managed to scrape together a jammy victory," joked Robbie. "Soccer Aid this year will be bigger and better than ever because this time it's personal. Michael Sheen, I'm gunning for you son!”

Money raised through profits from ticket sales and donations made by viewers during the match will aid UNICEF’s invaluable work helping children around the world. This will be the fourth Soccer Aid event, with the previous matches, held at Wembley in 2008 and at Old Trafford in 2006 and 2010, generating over £7million for UNICEF’s work.

David Bull, UNICEF UK Executive Director, added: "Soccer Aid 2012 will raise vital money to change children's lives around the world. Every minute of every day, children die from easily preventable diseases like malaria. Right now, children are suffering because they don't have enough to eat. It shouldn't be like this. Please, buy a ticket to go to Soccer Aid or watch the match and help us make a change for children."

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