Gordon Ramsay to play for Soccer Aid World XI

16th March 2018

Gordon Ramsay will play for Usain Bolt’s Soccer Aid World XI in this year’s eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef match for ITV.

Gordon is back to reclaim his title, and put to bed his past injury woes, having pulled out of 2016’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, and being infamously tackled by ex-footballer Teddy Sherringham in 2012.

With Usain Bolt leading out the Soccer Aid World XI team, the celebrity chef and restauranteur becomes the first official signing of the new-look squad, with Sir Mo Farah (four-time Olympic champion) having been announced earlier as playing for Robbie Williams’ England.

It is also announced today that Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Global Sports Brand PUMA are to be the Official Soccer Aid World XI Partners, with both brands acting as kit sponsors for Usain Bolt and Gordon Ramsay’s team.

PUMA are donating the Soccer Aid World XI kits and Hublot will be the official timekeeper of the match at Old Trafford on June 10.

Gordon Ramsay, Soccer Aid World XI said: “Ever since I had to pull out of 2016’s match, I’ve been eager to reclaim my position in the Soccer Aid World XI squad and take back the title from the England team. 

"It can’t be a coincidence that the last time I played, we smashed it out the park with a 4-2 win! What’s bigger than stepping out in front of 70,000+ fans at Old Trafford with the likes of Usain Bolt by my side? Bring it on!”

Over the coming weeks, the England V Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify further, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join Gordon Ramsay, Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Robbie Williams in the growing line-ups.

The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale now and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.

Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England V Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes, and has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.

100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.

Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.

Visit to find out more and follow @SoccerAid on Twitter and Instagram, ‘Soccer Aid’ on Facebook and use the hashtag #SoccerAid for regular player and match updates.

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