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Clubs invited to stage Match Against Poverty

Top-flight clubs throughout Europe are invited to submit proposals to host the UEFA-backed Match Against Poverty organised by the United Nations Development Programme.

The Match Against Poverty is a popular annual event
The Match Against Poverty is a popular annual event ©AFP

Top-flight clubs from UEFA's 53 member associations are invited to submit proposals by 13 June to host the 9th Match Against Poverty, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and supported by UEFA.

This popular annual event is staged by the UNDP in partnership with UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane. The primary objective of the Match Against Poverty is to showcase the Millennium Development Goals, to launch new partnerships in support of achieving these objectives and to mobilise resources to be used in support of projects that have a direct impact on poverty reduction.

The match provides an opportunity for the host country – from its citizens, through its private sector, to the government – to unite in support of solutions to global poverty.

The Match Against Poverty was first proposed by Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zidane in 2003 in collaboration with the UNDP Geneva Office.

Matches Against Poverty have so far taken place in Basel (December 2003), Madrid (December 2004), Dusseldorf (December 2005), Marseille (March 2007), Malaga (November 2007), Fez, Morocco (November 2008), Lisbon (January 2010) and Athens (December 2010).

Prior to 2010, the matches featured friends of Ronaldo v friends of Zidane, but a new formula was introduced at the Lisbon game, in which a host club was invited to organise and sponsor the match for the first time. Thus Ronaldo, Zidane and friends took on an all-star SL Benfica team in January 2010, with an Olympiacos FC selection facing the ambassadors' team in the most recent edition in Athens.

In the framework of the partnership established between UEFA and UNDP to support the Match Against Poverty, the UNDP is announcing, via UEFA.com and UEFA's network, a call for proposals for the 9th edition of the Match Against Poverty, which is open to all European top-division clubs.

Further details can be found here. The deadline for proposals is 13 June 2011.

For any further information, please contact: Aziyade Poltier-Mutal, aziyade.poltier@undp.org | tel: +41 22 917 8368 | mobile: +41 79 349 1610