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A match to remember

Former players united with President of PACA Christian Estrosi and Mayor of Nice Philippe Pradal to announce the match earlier this month. Copyright Ville de NiceThe legends of French and Italian football will once again battle for victory on Saturday 17th June at the Allianz Riviera stadium. This time, however, the match is for a cause greater than ever before: to raise money for the victims of the 14th July attacks in Nice.

Christian Estrosi (President of the PACA region,) Phillipe Pradal (Mayor of Nice) and Jean Tigana (a former French international footballer and the current president of the Club des Internationaux de Football) have organised a friendly football match between players from France and neighbouring Italy. The football match was conceived in collaboration with the association with Promenade des Anges, an association created to help victims of the 14th July attack in Nice, and all the money raised will be given directly to the association.

France and Italy have an infamous history and both sides will be sending out their best players in what is sure to be an unforgettable match. Legendary Zinedine ‘Zizou’ Zidane, former French midfielder, will be playing, alongside Louis Saha and Gregory Coupet to name but a few. On the Italian side Marco Materazzi, Giuseppe Rossi and the world renowned goalkeeper Francesco Toldo will be among those taking on the French team.

The match will take place on Saturday 17th June at 8.45pm at the Alliance Riviera stadium. The match takes place almost a year after the attack and the organisers’ aim is to commemorate the event by replacing it with a good memory.

France were world champions in 1998 and European champions in 2000 so it’s likely to be entertaining football match to watch considering the calibre of the veteran players, not to mention it all being for a great cause. Both France and their neighbour Italy were cruelly affected by the attack on July 14th, which both nations losing lives, and it is apt that almost one year later some of the most well-known sportsmen from the respective countries will play to honour the victims.

 Tickets are priced at €10, €20 and €30 and can be reserved online at


Mia Colleran