The annual pre-Monaco Grand Prix football tradition, the World Stars Football Match, has released its team sheets for the upcoming charity event in Menton, one kilometre east of Monte Carlo.
In its 26th edition, the Prince of Monaco, Albert II will lead his A.S Star Team featuring popular sportsmen of football within the Monaco and Southern France region.
Down the other end of the pitch, more familiar names to the common Formula 1 fan are present making up the team of the World F1 Drivers Association. Big names such as Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Räikkönen and Daniel Ricciardo will lace up alongside retired members of the paddock such as Felipe Massa, Mika Häkkinen and Giancarlo Fisichella who was recently interviewed by MotorsportM8 at the Australian Grand Prix last month.
The star-studded line-up also features reserve drivers Robert Kubica at Williams and Daniil Kvyat who now represents Ferrari after being fired by Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2016 and 2017.
Former Italian F1 driver turned commentator Ivan Capelli, who participated in 98 Grands Prix between 1985 and 1993 mainly for the former Leyton House team, will manage the squad.
The charity match aims to raise funds a chosen charity decided by Prince Albert II, usually a charity for sick children. The match has been renowned for being the most prized annual charity match in Europe.
The full line-ups for both sides are listed below. Last time out, Prince Albert II’s squad defeated the F1 legends 2-1 with the winning goal scored by the Prince of Monaco himself:
|A.S. Star Team MC||F1 Drivers Team|
|Coach: Claudio Ranieri||Coach: Ivan Capelli|
|SAS Prince Albert II (captain)||Sebastian Vettel (captain)|
|Pierre Casiraghi (nephew of Prince Albert II)||Fernando Alonso|
|Louis Ducruet (nephew of Prince Albert II)||Giancarlo Fisichella|
|Marco Simone (retired Italian footballer)||Daniil Kvyat|
|Flavio Roma (retired Italian goalkeeper)||Esteban Ocon|
|Sonny Anderson (retired Brazilian footballer)||Daniel Ricciardo|
|Ludovic Giuly (retired French footballer)||Sergio Pérez|
|Jan Koller (retired Czech footballer)||Kimi Räikkönen|
|José Cobos (retired French footballer)||Carlos Sainz Jr|
|Grégory Noel Campi (retired Monégasque footballer)||Nico Hülkenberg|
|Everson Pereiro Da Silva (retired Brazilian footballer)||Max Verstappen|
|Tom Kristensen (retired Danish racing driver)||Valteri Bottas|
|Frédéric Déhu (retired French footballer)||Stoffel Vandoorne|
|William Gallas (retired French footballer)||Charles Leclerc|
|Jure Košir (retired Slovenian alpine skier)||Robert Kubica|
|Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Formula E Championship driver)||Marcus Ericsson|
|Max Biaggi (retired Italian motorcycle racer)||Mika Häkkinen|
|Claudio Chappucci (retired Italian professional cyclist)||Kristian Ghedina (retired Italian alpine skier)|
|Massimiliano Blardone (retired Italian alpine skier)|
|Sebastian Frey (retired French goalkeeper)|
|Alex Caffi (retired Formula 1 driver)|
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