Prince Albert scores sealing victory for the Star Team
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, just a couple of days before the start of the 75th Monaco Grand Prix, the Star Team for the Children and the F1 drivers confronted each other at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, for the 25th edition of the charity World Stars Football Match, perfectly organized under the leadership of Mauro Serra. This annual friendly match gathers celebrities and sports stars to raise funds to aid underprivileged children worldwide. This year Prince Albert sealed the victory for the A.S. Star Team with a goal. Bravo!
Prince Albert, Honorary President of the AS Star team took time from his busy schedule to be the Captain of the Star team with “Mister” Claudio Ranieri as coach. The players who signed up to participate were: Louis Ducruet, Tetsuya Harada, Marco Simone, Flavio Roma, Stefano Coletti, Mangred Moelgg, Ludovic Giully, Sebastien Frey, William Gallas, Ezio Gianola, Max Blardone, Max Biaggi, Jan Koller, Loris Capirossi, Riccardo Patrese, Claudio Chiapucci, Peter Fil, Giuliano Razzoli, Greg Campi, Alex Caffi, Everson Pereiro da Silva, Sean Garnier, Peter Runggaldier and a last minute recruit of prestige the Italian Goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, President of the FC Milan. Everybody noticed the absence of Tennis star Novak Djokovic, as was due to play in Roland Garros.
The F1 drivers team captain was no other than Brazilian Felipe Massa with Williams-Mercedes, who changed his racing suit for the pilots team t-shirt, shorts and cleats. He replaced Fernando Alonso who was in the USA participating it the Indy 500, with Jenson Button taking his place in the Monaco GP. The F1 Pilots’ Team who had signed up to play were: Kevin Magnussen, Giancarlo Fisichella, Danil Kvyat, Steban Ocon, Antonio Giovinazz, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Gutierrez, Sergio Perez, Marcus Ericson, Lance Stroll, Carlos Sainz Jr., Niko Hulkenbereg, Mika Hakkinen, Felipe Nasr, Emmanuelle Pirro, Ivan Vapelli, Gabriele Tarquini, Mick Schumacher, and more.
Among the prestigious guests was Italian diver Tania Cagnotto, several times European champion, Her parents, Giorgio Cagnatto and Carmen Casteiner are both high level divers.
Helping children one sporting event at a time
A.S. Star Team for the Children was created in 1993 by H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco and Mauro SERRA. The idea of creating this team arose from the fact the most important world sports and show business personalities live in Monaco. The purpose of Star Team is to collect funds for Monaco charity Associations which are helping underprivileged children around the world. In 1999 Star Team was recognized by the Monegasque Goverment as a Sports Association to help the children of the world. To this day, A.S. Star Team for the Children has held more than 100 sportive and social events, but their objectives are much more ambitious with the support of their members and of all those who believe in their initiative.
The A.S. Star Team gathers high level sports people in different disciplines, organizing all along the year events around: ski, golf, karting, tennis and of course football to raise funds to help a large number of charity organizations. A new discipline has been added to its calendar, as a car with the colors of the association will participate in the 2017 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Championship.
This solidarity event was made possible thanks to the generous support of Andy Khawaja, CEO of Allied Wallet, plus the participation of loyal partners like: Hublot, World Class Fitness Club, Radio Monte-Carlo, Marriott Riviera, La Stampa, Sartor, BAC Monaco, Jaguar, Land-Rover, M&G, Lauquen, Wellington, Sky and Carrefour.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou