F1 drivers go from the football field to the racetrack in Monte-Carlo

World Stars Charity Football Match

Last Tuesday, May 20 was the 21st edition of the annual World Stars football match at Stade Louis II. HSH Prince Albert and Mauro Serra, capitalizing on the fact that many important world sports and show business personalities live in the Principality, created the A.S. Star Team in 1993. Since its inception the A.S. Star Team has organized more than 50 sports and society events benefiting children. The Star Team with HSH Prince Albert as the captain won 3-2 over the Pilots’ team whose captain was Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Both captains received wooden twin trophies representing football players in action created by Italian artist Osvaldo Moi (www.osvaldomoi.it), that honor the humanitarian spirit of this event.

A plethora of sports celebrities united for a good cause

Three women athletes were honored with the match kick off: Pernilla Wiberg Swedish former Alpine skier, Italian ski jumping champion Elena Runggaldier and Paula Radcliffe the British marathon runner. The Prince’s team included tennis-pro extraordinaire Novak Djokovic who came straight from winning the Masters in Rome over Rafael Nadal, and who opened the score for the Star Team. The Prince’s nephews Pierre Casiraghi and Daniel Ducruet said present again this year and played a great game, together with Max Biaggi six times motorcycle champion, and no other than David Ginola ex international football player and actor to name a few. The opposing squad was made of racecar drivers, comprising Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams, Giancarlo Fisichella, Mexican Checo Perez driving for Force India, Grand Prix motorcycle road racer Italian Loris Capirossi, and GP2 drivers Venezuelan Johnny Cecotto, Monegasques Stephane Richelmi, and Stefano Coletti among others. The coach was no other than Claudio Ranieri who added to his extensive curriculum the task of bringing the ASM Monaco to the second position in the French League 1 qualifying to play in the Champions League. Bravo Mister, you leave us but with your head up high after your mission truly accomplished!

Children are the real winners of this event

The Monegasque public came to support both teams and the Fanfare of Carabineers of the Prince provided the musical ambiance.The funds raised will benefit the Order of the Military Hospital of Saint Lazare of Jerusalem (OSLJ-Monaco) for the construction of a foyer in Madagascar. Hundreds of journalists and photographers from all over the world were at Stade Louis II attracted by the celebrity line up from both teams. They wanted to interview them all including Prince Albert who was really solicited by the press, even by a group of very young supporters who bombarded him with questions and most importantly they really made him laugh. There were five friends from class 7A, 7B, 8A and 8C from the Ecole des Revoires on Boulevard du Jardin Exotique in Monaco: Tony, Ethan, Alex, Paul, Massimo and Antonin. The Prince proposed a photo with this group of fun youngsters and they loved it! When I told them that I would send them the photo with the Prince plus the link to the article I was going to publish, Paul who spoke very good English said: “We are going to be famous!”

The pilots, who got together for a great cause, will no longer play as a team as they will be competing against each other in the streets of Principality during the Grand Prix, with free practice sessions and qualifications from Thursday through Saturday and the main races on Sunday, May 25.

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