Interview: Robbie Williams on Soccer Aid 2018

On Sunday 10th June, exclusively live on ITV, Usain Bolt’s Soccer Aid World XI will go head to head with Robbie Williams’ England XI for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 match at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, as part of a new look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV.

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Presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 will see two teams made up of a host of famous faces from the entertainment industry and some of world football’s most iconic legends, all set to walk out onto Manchester United’s Theatre of Dreams pitch on Sunday 10th June.

This year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef features an impressive line-up of celebrities and former sportsmen, including: Robbie Williams, Usain Bolt, Sir Mo Farah, Eric Cantona, Gordon Ramsay, Olly Murs, Mark Wright, Brendan Cole, Joe Wicks, Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pirès, Yaya Tourè, Jaap Stam, Patrick Kluivert, Edwin van der Sar, Kevin Pietersen, David Seaman, Phil Neville, Jamie Redknapp, Danny Murphy, Ben Shephard, Nicky Byrne and Robbie Keane.

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Robbie Williams tells us more...

Hey there Robbie, feeling confident?

I’m buzzing – can’t wait to get out there! This year we’re taking Soccer Aid for Unicef to a whole new level, and you’re going to see that in the match for sure.

What’s your team’s style?

We’re like the ultimate boy band, just with a few more grey hairs. There’s the smart one, the cheeky one, the quiet one, the sporty one, the cool one, the heart throb, the joker, the incredibly talented team leader. I’ll let you decide who’s who.

Got a goal celebration ready to go? It’s all about spontaneity. We’ll do what feels natural when all those goals go in.

Why did you want to get involved?

Ever since helping to set up Soccer Aid for Unicef in 2006, I’ve seen just how much these games mean to children in danger. We’ve raised £24 million in that time, and when the final whistle blows it’s really only the beginning. Children all over the world get to live without fear because of these games.

You’ve got a stellar line up this year – any names in particular you’re excited about?

Every player is a legend to me, but I think getting Sir Mo Farah - an actual knight of the realm - to strap on his boots for England has got to win it for me this year. I’ve got high hopes for you, Mo – I’ve been practicing my Mo-Bot already!

You co-founded Soccer Aid for Unicef – what’s been your highlight so far?

There have been so many massive moments in the past 12 years, but nothing felt quite as special as playing on the same field and Maradona in 2006. Winning back the trophy in 2016 in front of the biggest Soccer Aid crowd was amazing too, and I can’t wait to win it at the end of this year’s match.


Watch Soccer Aid from 6.30pm this Sunday on itv.