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Schumacher to face footballing greats 14 Dec 2004

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari shows off his skills at a charity football match.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Preparations, Monte Carlo, 18 May 2004

Michael Schumacher will be among the famous names in action at Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday night when he takes part in a charity match featuring some of the world’s best footballers.

Real Madrid players Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane are captains of the two sides and have gathered an all-star line-up for the game, dubbed ‘the match against poverty’, which is taking place in aid of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Schumacher is an accomplished amateur footballer, but even the seven-time Formula One world champion had to admit he was slightly nervous about playing alongside such celebrated professionals.

“I am always a little self-conscious when I’m on the field with people like Ronaldo, Zidane, or the others, but it’s for a good cause,” Schumacher told his official website. “I can promise that I’ll try my best to entertain the crowd at the stadium. And I hope they will keep in mind that I’m a racing driver and not a professional soccer player…"

The match, now in its second year, has the official approval of football’s world governing body, FIFA, and will be overseen by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina.