The Match for Peace will be played on Monday, September 1.
Kick-off time is 2:45 p.m. EDT (8:45 p.m. CET) at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The game will be broadcast on ORF Sport Plus in Austria, MCS in France, and ORF Sport Plus in Germany.
Live streaming is available on ORF TV Live Streaming.
Here is some information about the match via the Inter Milan official website:
“The event will feature an extensive selection of some of the world’s best footballers from both past and present, representing various cultures and religions: Buddhist, Christian (Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical), Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Shinto. It’s a unique occasion to show what sport, and football specifically, can do to spread a message of brotherhood and sharing to unite all people in the name of peace.
“Gerardo “Tata” Martino, new coach of the Argentine national team, and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, will have the task of choosing the two sides from a squad of over 50 players: Andrea Ranocchia, Andrea Pirlo, Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarìn, Spaniards Mikel Arteta and Andrés Palop Cervera, Andrey Shevchenko, Argentine ex-player and current coach Antonio Mohamed, Brazilian Marcos Antonio Senna Da Silva, Chilean Arturo Vidal, Carlos Valderrama, Israelis Yossi Benayoun, Dudu Aouate and Tomer Hemed, Damiano Tommasi, David Trezeguet, Ethiopia captain Degu Debebe Gebreyes, Diego Lugano, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, Icelandic Emil Hallfreosson, Argentines Mauro Icardi, Ricky Alvarez, goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo, Esteban Cambiasso, Fernando Tissone, Ezequiel Schelotto, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Juan Iturbe, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Maxi Rodríguez, Cristian Ledesma. Also featuring will be: Yuto Nagatomo, Ivan Zamorano, Ivan Cordoba, Roberto Baggio, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Muslera, Filippo Inzaghi, Gabriel Heinze, Jose Chamot, Luca Toni, Lucas Podolski, Mesust Ozil, Nicola Legrottaglie, Radja Nainggolan, Ronaldinho, Stefano Mauri, Sulley Muntari and Belozoglu Emre.
“The teams carry the names of the two non-profit organisations, PUPI and SCHOLAS, and will be led by two legendary players: Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon, both captains of their respective national teams.”
See an AP article on the match.
Pope Endorses Sept. 1 Interreligious Peace Match
VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis is backing an interreligious soccer match that will gather greats from around the globe and is aimed at promoting peace and raising money for at-risk kids.
Former Argentina great Javier Zanetti, who spent 19 seasons with Inter before retiring, said the idea for the Sept. 1 match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome arose during an audience he had with Francis last year.
At a press conference Monday, Zanetti said: “The most important thing isn’t the match, but the message of peace that the pope wants to give the world.”
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will put together teams featuring Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist players. Among those who have signed up: Lionel Messi, Filippo Inzaghi, Samuel Eto’o.
Francis isn’t expected to attend.