Football For Fires Exhibition Match

Sydney

October, 2020

Football For Fires bushfire relief match has been rescheduled from 23 May to Saturday 3 October at Bankwest Stadium (subject to COVID-19 Health Orders at the time). 

Many of the greatest international footballers of the past decade have recommitted to the blockbuster #FootballForFires fund-raising match. 

Tickets Available Now

Featuring past and present global superstars, the Football For Fires All Star Match will raise funds to support fire-affected communities across Australia. 

Simon Colosimo & Geremi

#FootballForFires

3 October | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

ANGELO BASINAS

#FootballForFires

3 October | Bankwest Stadium, Sydney

LIST OF CONFIRMED PLAYERS

CONFIRMED PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR #FOOTBALLFORFIRES GAME AT BANKWEST STADIUM, 3 OCTOBER 2020

Coach – Guus Hiddink – Australia 2005 -2006, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven

Coach – Graham Arnold – Australia (current), Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners

Didier Drogba– IVORY COAST 105 Caps – Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact

David Trezeguet – FRANCE 71 Caps – Monaco, Juventus, Riverplate

Dwight Yorke – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 74 Caps – Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sydney FC

Claudio Marchisio – ITALY 55 Caps – Juventus

Dario Simic – CROATIA 100 Caps – Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dinamo Zagreb, Monaco

John Aloisi – AUSTRALIA 55 Caps – Coventry City, Cremonese, Osasuna, Sydney FC

Dwayne De Rosario – CANADA 81 Caps – Toronto, San Jose, New York Red Bull

Ji-Sung Park – SOUTH KOREA 100 Caps- Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven

Simon Colosimo – AUSTRALIA 26 Caps – Carlton, Manchester City, Perth Glory, Sydney FC

Tore Andre Flo – NORWAY 76 Caps – Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United

Alecko Eskandarian – USA 1 Cap – DC United, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas

Mark Bosnich – AUSTRALIA 17 Caps – Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea

Con Boutsianis – AUSTRALIA 4 Caps – South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Perth Glory

Pedro Mendes – PORTUGAL 11 Caps – Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers

Le Cong Vinh – VIETNAM – 83 Caps – Song Lam Nghe An, Consadole Sapporo

Emile Heskey – ENGLAND 62 Caps – Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa

Michael Bridges – ENGLAND – Sunderland, Leeds United, Newcastle Jets

Geremi – CAMEROON 118 Caps – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United

Stephen Appiah – GHANA 67 Caps – Fenerbahce, Udinese, Juventus, Vojvodina

Rustu Recber – TURKEY 120 Caps – Fenerbahce, Barcelona, Besiktas, Antalyaspor

Mark Milligan – AUSTRALIA 80 Caps – Sydney FC, JEF United Chiba, Melbourne Victory

Thomas Sorensen – DENMARK 101 Caps – Sunderland, Aston Villa, Melbourne City

Vladimir Smicer – CZECH REPUBLIC 80 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Bordeaux, Lens

Patrik Berger – CZECH REPUBLIC 42 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Aston Villa

Exclusive Game-Day Kits Available

Proceeds from game-day shirts going towards the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas nationwide.

Rescheduled #FootballForFires Match More Important Than Ever as COVID-19 Hits Bushfire-Affected Communities

  • Football For Fires bushfire relief match has been rescheduled from 23 May to Saturday 3 October at Bankwest Stadium (subject to COVID-19 Health Orders at the time);
  • All ticket holders will be accommodated at the new venue. Ticketek will be in contact with all ticketholders.

 

Monday 6 April, 2020

Many of the greatest international footballers of the past decade have recommitted to the blockbuster #FootballForFires fund-raising match, which will now be played at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 3 October.

Promoter Lou Sticca, from Tribal Sports Group, in conjunction with Football Federation Australia, said most of the superstars of football who had committed to the #FootballForFires game in May had indicated they would travel to Australia for this important fund-raising event later in the year, with additional players now to be added.

“Communities left devastated by the Australian bushfires last summer are now dealing with the double-whammy of a global health crisis so the #FootballForFires event will take on even greater meaning and importance when it is played in October,” Mr Sticca said.

“Thousands of Australians were planning to visit regional communities at Easter and during the winter to support the businesses so badly damaged by the bushfires, however the COVID-19 emergency has prevented this so there has been no respite in these areas.

“The collective will of players, sponsors and the football community to rally in support of those hurting most has not diminished, so we have re-committed to #FootballForFires and it is our intention for the match to go ahead on the evening of Saturday 3 October at Bankwest Stadium, one of the great football venues of the world.”

With ANZ Stadium out of action due to the upcoming redevelopment, Bankwest Stadium will provide a unique atmosphere for an event that will feature a Who’s Who of The World Game.

The awards and recognition keep coming for Bankwest Stadium – recently awarded the Silver Medal by a panel of international design experts at the 10th annual Stadium Database Stadium of the Year Awards. Bankwest Stadium finished behind only Tokyo’s Olympic showpiece, the AU$2.4 billion Japan National Stadium, as the best stadium built anywhere in the world in 2019.

Star players from 16 nations, including some of the biggest names in Australian football, committed to the original May date for the #FootballForFires match.

Tribal Sports will work with all players and coaches Graham Arnold and Guus Hiddink in the months to come before final line-ups are announced for the rescheduled event, which will be subject to NSW and Federal Government COVID-19 restrictions and advice at the time.

“There is every indication that we will have a roster of players as strong – possibly even stronger than the original squad named for #FootballForFires,” Mr Sticca said.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive James Johnson said the rescheduling of the game was an important decision to make, “As a sport of nearly two million participants, football has an extremely important role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 across Australia so we are supportive of rescheduling the match. It’s vital however, that we continue to acknowledge the terrible effect the bushfires had on so many communities, and do everything we can to provide support through these difficult times.

“Football can play an important role in the rebuild of those communities affected by the bushfires. With some of the biggest names in the world game taking part and given the current circumstances, #FootballForFires will be a showpiece occasion and something the entire football family in Australia and abroad, can really look forward to.”

Two teams of legendary footballers will be selected to play for the Firefighters All Stars versus SES All Stars competing for the Football For Fires Cup, with fabulous game-day kits for each team developed by Kappa.

Volunteers will receive an allocation of tickets to the game and the Firefighters and SES members will fill the supporter areas at both ends of the ground and, along with thousands of football fans, will create a fantastic atmosphere at Bankwest Stadium.

While Sydney will host the match, the event will honour and recognise all fire-fighting agencies and State Emergency Services personnel who were involved in the bushfire crisis Australia-wide.

All proceeds from the match will go toward the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas nationwide.

Football supporters and clubs around the world have been donating to the relief, recovery and rebuild efforts in our communities through the Australian Red Cross, and local donations will be made to the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW SES Volunteers Association on game day.

Sydney FC has become the latest football club to donate to the cause. The A-League champions join Celtic Football Club (Scotland), New York Cosmos (USA) and Fiorentina (Italy) as clubs that have donated money to the #FootballForFires Red Cross appeal.

Sponsors have recommitted to the new date for the blockbuster match, including Australian Telco Mate Communicate.

General Manager of Mate, Mark Fazio, said: “We are facing another challenging time for Australians and the world, but it’s vital that we don’t forget about the people who have been affected by the bushfires and who are still facing major struggles in their lives. MATE remains committed to supporting #FootballForFires and helping to raise as much money as possible to support our own.”

Venues NSW, the government agency that owns Bankwest Stadium on behalf of the NSW Government, is providing the venue free of charge for the #FootballForFires match.

MEDIA RELEASE

Saturday, 1st February 2020

2 LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS SIGN UP FOR #FOOTBALLFORFIRES 23 MAY 2020

Former Liverpool stars Patrik Berger and Vladimir Smicer will be joining the many international footballers already confirmed in Sydney to play in the #footballforfires game at ANZ Stadium on 23 May 2020.

Berger and Smicer were mainstays of the Czech National Team playing nearly 200 games between them from the mid 90’s as well as becoming fan favourites at Liverpool.

LIST OF CONFIRMED PLAYERS

CONFIRMED PLAYERS AND COACHES FOR #FootballForFires GAME AT ANZ STADIUM 23 MAY 2020

Coach – Guus Hiddink – Australia 2005 -2006, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven

Coach – Graham Arnold – Australia (current), Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners

Didier Drogba– IVORY COAST 105 Caps – Chelsea, Galatasaray, Montreal Impact

David Trezeguet – FRANCE 71 Caps – Monaco, Juventus, Riverplate

Dwight Yorke – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 74 Caps – Manchester United, Aston Villa, Sydney FC

Claudio Marchisio – ITALY 55 Caps – Juventus

Dario Simic – CROATIA 100 Caps – Inter Milan, AC Milan, Dinamo Zagreb, Monaco

John Aloisi – AUSTRALIA 55 Caps – Coventry City, Cremonese, Osasuna, Sydney FC

Dwayne De Rosario – CANADA 81 Caps – Toronto, San Jose, New York Red Bull

Ji-Sung Park – SOUTH KOREA 100 Caps- Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven

Simon Colosimo – AUSTRALIA 26 Caps – Carlton, Manchester City, Perth Glory, Sydney FC

Tore Andre Flo – NORWAY 76 Caps – Chelsea, Rangers, Sunderland, Leeds United

Alecko Eskandarian – USA 1 Cap – DC United, Toronto FC, Real Salt Lake, Chivas

Mark Bosnich – AUSTRALIA 17 Caps – Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea

Con Boutsianis – AUSTRALIA 4 Caps – South Melbourne, Heidelberg, Perth Glory

Pedro Mendes – PORTUGAL 11 Caps – Porto, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth, Rangers

Le Cong Vinh – VIETNAM – 83 Caps – Song Lam Nghe An, Consadole Sapporo

Emile Heskey – ENGLAND 62 Caps – Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa

Michael Bridges – ENGLAND – Sunderland, Leeds United, Newcastle Jets

Geremi – CAMEROON 118 Caps – Real Madrid, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United

Stephen Appiah – GHANA 67 Caps – Fenerbahce, Udinese, Juventus, Vojvodina

Rustu Recber – TURKEY 120 Caps – Fenerbahce, Barcelona, Besiktas, Antalyaspor

Mark Milligan – AUSTRALIA 80 Caps – Sydney FC, JEF United Chiba, Melbourne Victory

Thomas Sorensen – DENMARK 101 Caps – Sunderland, Aston Villa, Melbourne City

Vladimir Smicer – CZECH REPUBLIC 80 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Bordeaux, Lens

Patrik Berger – CZECH REPUBLIC 42 Caps – Liverpool, Slavia Prague, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Aston Villa

FFA MEDIA RELEASE

Graham Arnold & Guus Hiddink to coach #FootballForFires

Thursday, 30 January 2020
Sydney, Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that current Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and former Socceroos Head Coach Guus Hiddink will go head-to-head as coaches of the Firefighters All Stars v SES All Stars at the #FootballForFires bushfire relief match at ANZ Stadium on 23 May.

The match will raise funds for the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas, support the recovery process in devastated communities and honour thousands of brave volunteer firefighters and State Emergency Service personnel.

Arnold, who recently led the Australia U-23 men’s national football team to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualification, said he was delighted to be involved in the match.

“It is an honour to have been asked to coach one of the teams for the Football For Fires charity match in Sydney in May,” Arnold said.

“The fires that have impacted so many Australians have been devastating, so I am pleased I will be able to be part of this match which will raise much-needed funds for affected communities.

“Having a true legend of world football, and one of my mentors, in Guus Hiddink in the other technical area will be fantastic. I spoke to Guus last night and he was equally honoured to have been invited to Australia for the match and to play a role in Australia’s recovery efforts.”

Arnold served as Hiddink’s assistant when Australia defeated Uruguay at ANZ Stadium on November 16, 2005 to qualify for the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006, and was also at his side in Germany.

Known affectionately by fans as “Aussie Guus”, Hiddink oversaw the Socceroos’ first ever FIFA World Cup win at that tournament, and said he was looking forward to being involved in Australian football again.

“I have very fond memories of my time in and with Australia, and when I received a call to play a role in this benefit match it was something I really wanted to do.

“The fires in Australia have reached many parts of the globe through the media, and it has been sad to see the devastation across the nation.

“‘Arnie’ (Graham Arnold) and I speak quite regularly, and it will be great to reunite with him, and many of the people I used to work with, in Australia for a great cause.”

A stellar line up of some of the leading players in world football over the past decade has already been announced for the blockbuster clash on 23 May, including Didier Drogba, David Trezequet and Dwight Yorke, alongside Aussie greats Mark Bosnich, John Aloisi and Mark Milligan.

Tickets go on sale to the Football Family from 12 noon AEDT TODAY FootballForFiresFootballFamily, and to the General Public from 12 noon AEDT, tomorrow, Friday 31 January. More than 40,000 seats will be made available at affordable prices.

#FootballForFires is being staged by Tribal Sports Group in association with the NSW Government and Football Federation Australia.

 

GLOBAL SUPERSTARS CONFIRMED FOR FOOTBALL FOR FIRES EXHIBITION MATCH IN SYDNEY HONOURING THOUSANDS OF BRAVE VOLUNTEERS

Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Sydney, Australia

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that some of the greatest international footballers of the past decade have agreed to play in a blockbuster bushfire relief match at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, to raise funds and honour thousands of brave volunteer firefighters and State Emergency Service personnel.

Star players from 16 nations, including some of the biggest names in Australian football, will line up in the #FootballForFires match on Saturday 23 May to say “Thank you” to the men and women who have participated in the daily fight at the frontline of the Australian bushfires crisis.

The first release of football greats confirmed for #FootballForFires is a who’s-who of the World Game and includes Didier Drogba, Dwight Yorke, Claudio Marchisio, Dario Simic, John Aloisi, Dwayne De Rosario, Ji-Sung Park, Simon Colosimo, David Trezeguet, Alecko Eskandarian, Mark Bosnich, Con Boutsianis, Pedro Mendes, Le Cong Vinh, Emile Heskey, Michael Bridges and Geremi. It is also a chance for Australian fans to celebrate and say goodbye to retired Socceroos Captain Mark Milligan.

Lou Sticca, Managing Director of Tribal Sports Group, said more international and Australian players will be added to this list in coming days.

“The #FootballForFires match is harnessing The World Game and its star players to draw attention to the Australian bushfire crisis and the crucial rebuilding of communities that will be required long after the fires have eventually burnt out.

“Volunteers will receive an allocation of tickets to the game and the Firefighters and SES members will fill the supporter areas at both ends of the ground and, along with thousands of football fans, will create a fantastic atmosphere at ANZ Stadium.

“As Australia says thank you, all service members and volunteers in attendance will also undertake a pre-match lap of honour. It will be a ticker-tape parade for our heroes on the frontline.”

FFA Chief Executive Officer James Johnson said he was delighted that football had come together for this very special occasion, “The thoughts of the entire football family have been with the victims of these terrible bushfires over the past few weeks.

“We now we have this important opportunity to harness the power of our global sport to raise funds to assist in the re-build of our local devastated communities, and honour the brave men and women who have put their own lives at risk during this unprecedented natural disaster.

“I’d like to thank the NSW government, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football for their support of this event, and Lou Sticca and Tribal Sports Group for their work in pulling together such a great list of players.

“I urge all football fans to join us on 23 May at ANZ Stadium for what promises to be a unique and memorable event,” he added.

Venues NSW, the government agency that owns ANZ Stadium on behalf of the NSW Government, is providing the venue free of charge for the #FootballForFires match.

Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro MP said the money from ticket sales and donations will help rebuild bushfire affected football clubs.

“Football stars from across the globe are lining up to be part of this fantastic match to raise funds to help restore football facilities damaged by the fires,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Sport has that amazing ability to unite our regional communities in times of need and to get superstars past and present wanting to be part of this match is incredible.

“Our regional communities have been outstanding in these emergency situations over the past few months and we need to be as bold in our recovery effort as they have been in the face of disaster.”

Two teams of legendary footballers will be selected to play for the Firefighters All Stars versus SES All Stars competing for the Football For Fires Cup, with game-day kits for each team being developed by Kappa.

While Sydney will host the match, the event will honour and recognize all fire-fighting agencies and State Emergency Services personnel who have been involved in the bushfire crisis Australia-wide.

All proceeds from the match will go toward the restoration and improvement of local football clubs and facilities in fire-affected areas nationwide. Football supporters around the world will also be able to donate to the relief, recovery and rebuild efforts in our communities through the Australian Red Cross, and local donations can be made to the NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW SES Volunteers Association.

Tickets will go on sale to the Football Family from 12 noon Thursday 30 January and to the General Public from 12 noon Friday 31 January. Adult tickets start from just $29 and family tickets from $59. More than 40,000 seats will be made available at these affordable prices.

CONTACTS

Football Federation Australia

Ricciardo Piccioni

GM Media & Government Relations

ricardo.piccioni@ffa.com.au

+61 401 107 146

Tribal Sports Group

Lou Sticca

Managing Director

lou.sticca@tribalsportsgroup.com

+61 412 336 016

Bankwest Stadium

Arthur Stanley

General Manager Media & Communications

arthurs@venueslive.com.au

+61 422 007 360 

Geremi has fond memories of Sydney... #FootballForFires