The rosters for the All-Star Game4Ukraine at Stamford Bridge on August 5 have been revealed.
Legends such as Samuel Eto’o, Patrick Vieira and Gerard Pique will grace the pitch in the charity game to raise money for Ukraine.
The main objective of the event is to raise funds 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.
The money will go to the charity United24 created by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Emma Hayes will lead the blue team, led by Andriy Shevchenko, while Arsene Wenger will chair the yellow team, led by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Game4Ukraine will take place at Stamford Bridge on August 5 to raise funds for schools
Gerard Pique announced his retirement in November but returns here for a special game
Patrick Vieira, led by Arsene Wenger, will take to the field against 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 locals Emma Hayes and Mykhailo Mudryk.
Many former Arsenal stars are in attendance, namely Patrick Vieira, Jens Lehmann, Robert Pires, Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna. They will once again be under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
There is also a lot of World Cup pedigree. 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 in form on Shevchenko and Cannavaro.
But there is only one man to win a Cypriot league and cup double, and that honor goes to John Arne Riise after his exploits in 2014/15, ten years after his Champions League success with Liverpool.
Discover the official teams below as well as all the main statistics concerning the career of these emblematic players and managers.
The blue team:
Coach: 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
Coach: 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
Combined honors for Game4Ukraine
Blue Team (15 people)
First division titles: 46**
Champions Leagues: 13
World Cups: 4
European Championships: 1
Copa Americas: 1
Africa Cup of Nations: 2
Golden Ball: 2
Career games: 10,091
Top scorer: Eto’o, 427
Islington Freedom: 0
Yellow Team (17 people)
First division titles: 57
Champions Leagues: 7
World Cups: 4
European Championships: 3
Copa Americas: 0
Africa Cup of Nations: 0
Golden Ball: 0
Career games: 12,300
Top scorer: Robbie Keane, 393
Freedom of Islington: 1 (Arsene Wenger)
*Stats have been calculated including the records of the players during their playing career and the two managers during their managerial career. When more than one player won the same title simultaneously, it was counted more than once.
** Fabio Cannavaro has been stripped of two titles due to the Calciopoli scandal. These have not been counted.