The footballing world is set to come together on 12 October in the name of the common goal of peace. Some of the greatest players in the history of the game, and others who are still plying their trade, are poised to line up at the Estadio Olimpico for the second edition of the United for Peace game. LaLiga will be directly involved in an event which is backed by Pope Francis and seeks to support the educational and social programmes run by the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, the CSI (Centre for Italian Sport), UNITALSI (National Italian Union for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines)and AMLIB (the Community for Love and Freedom).
Players of different religions and from different cultural backgrounds will come together on the pitch in Rome, with one of the teams set to bear the name LaLiga for Peace and be made up of figures – both retired legends and active players – who have graced Spanish football. Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Eric Abidal, Frederic Kanoute, Michel Salgado, Rafael Marquez, Robert Pires, Cafu, Nicolas Burdisso and Francesco Totti are just some of the stars who will be taking to the turf at the Estadio Olimpico in the name of peace.
At the presentation of the event, Pope Francis addressed the world's young people and highlighted the value of football and sport for education and for building a culture of peace. "This match seeks to demonstrate that we are all capable of making peace through sport," he said. All funds raised will help to finance projects carried out by the partner foundations, with proceeds in Italy notably going towards supporting those affected by the earthquake on 24 August in and around the town of Amatrice, to which the pontiff recently paid a visit.
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