The 11th annual Match Against Poverty is getting stronger support day by day. Luis Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Patrick Vieira have accepted Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane's invitation and are committed to helping the Philippines in the FIFA-supported 11th annual Match Against Poverty that will take place on March 4 at the Stade de Suisse, Bern. Former World Cup referee Pierluigi Collina of Italy will referee the match which will be televised globally.
According to FIFA's website, Figo, the 2000 Ballon D'or winner and the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, is very keen to support the cause. "I am making an appeal to the public to come to the Stade de Suisse," he said. I would be delighted to see the stands full of people so we could celebrate football together in the fight against poverty. Let's help the Philippines."
"I am very excited about this game. Football speaks a universal language and we need to take advantage of this to appeal for the reconstruction of the Philippines," said Vieira, who won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2000 alongside various titles in England and Italy.