Schumacher to face footballing greats 14 Dec 2004
Michael Schumacher will be among the famous names in action at Madrids Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday night when he takes part in a charity match featuring some of the worlds 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 Im on the field with people like Ronaldo, Zidane, or the others, but its for a good cause, Schumacher told his official website. I can promise that Ill try my best to entertain the crowd at the stadium. And I hope they will keep in mind that Im a racing driver and not a professional soccer player "
The match, now in its second year, has the official approval of footballs world governing body, FIFA, and will be overseen by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina.