Stožice Stadium will host a charity football match for trees at 8 p.m. to help those affected by the recent floods in Slovenia. Many famous names from the world of football will delight the full stands with pranks.
The event, which has been sold out for a long time, is the result of an initiative by the president of the European football association UEFA Aleksandar Čeferin.
Among the announced football stars were Gianluigi Buffon, Andrej Ševčenko, Paolo Maldini, Luis Figo, Zvonimir Boban, Javier Zanetti, Eric Abidal, Predrag Mijatović, Vladimir Šmicer, Nemanja Vidić, David James, Giorgos Karagounis, Mario Mandžukić and Mikael Silvestre.
Subsequently, the organizers announced that Miroslav Klose (with 16 goals, the best scorer in the history of the world championships), Clarence Seedorf, Robert Pires, Dimitar Berbatov, Hamit Altintop, Levan Kobiašvili and Vedran Ćorluka will also come.
Among the performers in both teams will be some Slovenian football players. They are participating with the selector Matjaž Kek confirmed by Boštjan Cesar, Mišo Brečko, Milivoje Novaković, Miran Pavlin, Branko Ilić, Robert Koren, Aleksandar Radosavljević, Bojan Jokić and Marcos Tavares.
The “coaches” of the teams will be Kek and Fabio Capello.
They will play twice for 30 minutes
The match will also be visited by many football workers, officials, presidents of foreign clubs and football associations, as well as businessmen, who will each contribute funds to the victims of the August floods in Slovenia.
The gates of the stadium, where more than 16,000 spectators are expected, will be opened at 6:30 p.m., the official program will begin at 8:00 p.m., and the soccer star match with two 30-minute halves at 8:30 p.m. The blue team will be captained by Maldini and the red team by Figo.
In total, there are 36 famous football names on the participating list, and the match will be refereed by the once most renowned European referee, the Italian Roberto Rosetti.
The fan zone is also open from 5 p.m
At halftime of the match, there will also be musical guests on stage, including Bojan Cvjetićanin (Joker Out), Hamo and Peter Dekleva (Hamo & Tribute 2 Love), Zoran Predin and the band King Foo.
The organizers urge visitors to arrive at the stadium on time and, if possible, by free public transport, as the stadium garage will only be open to accredited persons and guests. The fan zone will also be opened at 5 p.m.
At the same time, Čeferin and his guests will present their view of the event at a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Ljubljana.
Uefa and Čeferin responded to the floods already on August 8, when Uefa approved 300,000 euros in aid. The Football Association of Slovenia also came to the rescue with 20,000 euros.