The British marathon champion and the world’s fastest man will go head-to-head in the charity football match this weekend.
Mo Farah, who broke the British marathon record in April at the London Marathon, will line out in the England team this Sunday (June 10) at Old Trafford in Manchester for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match and face eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt and his World XI team.
“When I got the call from Robbie to play for the England side at the Soccer Aid for Unicef match, I immediately said yes,” said 10-time major track gold medalist Farah. “Everyone knows that I’m absolutely mad about football and to top it off, this event is for such a good cause and helping children around the world makes it something I definitely want to support.
“My instant ‘yes’ was even easier in the knowledge that I would finally be going head-to-head with my friend Usain Bolt. People have long suggested we should compete against each other, so on Sunday at Old Trafford, you will see us trade our spikes for boots.
“Usain has the speed but I have the stamina so we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of 90 mins.”
Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England V Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It was launched and co-founded in 2006 by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and Jonathan Wilkes.
100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally.
The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.
The charity football match kicks off at 8pm and tickets are still on sale. Live coverage will also be broadcast on ITV starting at 6.30pm.