Alessandro Birindelli says football fans will be in for a special evening of sporting entertainment when the Juventus Legends run out against their Boca Juniors counterparts in next Tuesday’s UNESCO Cup charity fundraiser at Juventus Stadium.
The former Bianconeri midfielder, who enjoyed 11 seasons in the black and white stripes between 1997 and 2008, revealed he had spoken to president David Trezeguet about the important reasons behind this month’s exhibition match.
The Frenchman’s experience in the Central African Republic and Mali, where he witnessed the progress of Juventus and UNESCO projects designed to reintegrate child soldiers into society back in June, has enabled him to accurately convey the need for financial and social support in countries struck by civil conflict.
And after hearing his words, Birindelli says he and his fellow Legends are more than happy to do their bit for such a worthy cause.
Speaking to JTV, he said: “David’s been great in telling us all about his involvement in the projects he’s working on with UNESCO, especially the one he witnessed at first hand this summer. The minute I got the call, I had no hesitation in signing up.
“Thanks also to David’s words I’ve fully understood the real need these child soldiers, taken away from their families, have for a normal life – something every child is entitled to.
“We want to put on the best possible show for the crowd. We hope the stadium will be full and it will be a great evening of sport. We’re delighted to contribute to the cause.”