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An all-star football match in Qatar for Japan quake victims

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
Doha, April 19: The 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar is all set to host an international football match in December 2011 to raise money for the victims of tsunami-ravaged Japan.

Planned by Cafu, the former captain of Brazil's national football team, the match will feature a joint team of Brazil and German players - who played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Japan. They will take on an all-stars international team.

The Arabian Business has quoted Cafu as saying, “We wanted to do something to help the people affected by what has happened in Japan. So many of us had such a wonderful experience during the World Cup there in 2002, so I thought this would be a good way to give something back...“We are hoping to bring back some of the players from the 2002 final to feature in this game, and compete against a team of stars from all over the world."

Cafu, the most-capped Brazilian footballer of all time, and a member of the country's World Cup winning squads of 1994 and 2002, was also quoted as saying, “Football has given me a lot of great opportunities, so now I am trying to put that to good use. I have a foundation in Brazil that supports 750 children, and am hoping to do something similar in the Middle East with a soccer academy."

The Brazilian also informed that he is in talks with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmad Al Thani, President of Qatar Football Association, to finalise the details.

It is reported that several million dollars will be raised through ticket sales and television rights and also that all the players involved will participate for free. All the earnings from the match will go to earthquake and tsunami victims of Japan.

It may be recalled that Japan, on March 11, 2011 was jolted by a high-intensity earthquake, that triggered an even more devastating tsunami that has reportedly left nearly 28,000 people dead. The country has since then been battling, several severe after-shocks as well as an impending nuclear-radiation crisis after the tsunami crippled the Fukushima Nuclear plant.

OneIndia News

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 18:30 [IST]
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