Football for Hope game could come close to €7.5 target

FIFA are hoping to come close to their target of €7.5m for the victims of the tsunami after the Football for Hope charity game at the Nou Camp last night.

FIFA are hoping to come close to their target of €7.5m for the victims of the tsunami after the Football for Hope charity game at the Nou Camp last night.

After a turnout of 40,000, the world game’s governing body believe they will make around €3m from the event – although no official figure has yet been given.

Beforehand, donations to the world’s football federations to the FIFA/AFC Tsunami Solidarity Fund stood at €3.9m.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has emphasised that the money raised will go to help the recovery effort in south east Asia, including football projects.

He said: “This money is for the football family. At the moment we do not know how much money we are going to raise and so first of all it will be used to help the families.

“Afterwards, what is left, will be used to reconstruct stadiums that have been devastated.”

Referring to the impact of the tsunami match, Blatter added: “I am very pleased because FIFA have never before brought together so many good footballers - but also I have to say I expected a better attendance.”

The game featured some of the world’s best players including Andriy Shevchenko, Ronaldinho, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Jari Litmanen.

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