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The Ten Best Soccer Aid Moments

Zinedine Zidane Nutmegs Damian Lewis

by Joseph Dexter | Manchester Evening News | July 8, 2021

Zinedine Zidane playing the ball through Damian Lewis’ legs (Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP via Getty Images)

Soccer Aid for UNICEF is back and will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a host of famous faces taking to the pitch, all in the name of charity. Taking place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Saturday, September 4 England will be hoping to increase their gap over the Soccer Aid World XI FC with the record currently at 5-4.

This year Soccer Aid 2021 will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Alex Scott and will feature a range of celebrities as well as former professional footballers. For the England team Wayne Rooney, Olly Murs, Kelly Smith, Gary Neville, Mark Wright, James Arthur and Paddy McGuinness will be taking part on the day. At the moment the Soccer Aid World XI FC includes many fan favourites, such as Usain Bolt, Patrice Evra, Roman Kemp, Roberto Carlos, Tom Grennan and Kem Cetinay.

Having raised more than £47 million to date for Unicef since it first began in 2006 there have been plenty of iconic moments. Whether it’s Zidane’s effortless skill or Sergio Pizzorno’s wonderful chipped goal we have rounded up the ten most iconic moments to celebrate Soccer Aid’s tenth birthday.

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Damian Lewis’s Goal for Grenfell Tower Charity Football Match? Don’t Get Nutmegged! – Sept 1, 2017

Damian Lewis’s goal for Grenfell Tower charity football match? Don’t get nutmegged!

By David Churchill – Evening Standard – September 1, 2017

Damian has one aim when he takes to the pitch for tomorrow’s Grenfell Tower charity football match — to avoid the kind of humiliation he suffered at the feet of one of the world’s greatest players.

Zinedine Zidane nutmegged the former Homeland star in front of 70,000 people at Old Trafford after Lewis clattered into him with a poor tackle during a 2010 Soccer Aid match.

Don’t break a leg: Damian Lewis in action against Zinedine Zidane at Old Trafford in 2010 – Source: Evening Standard

This time Lewis, who grew up near Grenfell Tower, will be playing alongside stars including Sir Mo Farah, Olly Murs, Tinie Tempah and Alan Shearer at Loftus Road, home of Queens Park Rangers. Funds raised will go through London Community Foundation to the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund before being distributed to survivors, and towards community projects.

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