Interview with Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams Soccer Aid
Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams.

Hey there Robbie, feeling confident?

I’m buzzing – can’t wait to get out there! This year we’re taking Soccer Aid for Unicefto a whole new level, and you’re going to see that in the match for sure.

What’s your team’s style?

We’re like the ultimate boy band, just with a few more grey hairs. There’s the smart one, the cheeky one, the quiet one, the sporty one, the cool one, the heart throb, the joker, the incredibly talented team leader. I’ll let you decide who’s who.

Got a goal celebration ready to go?

It’s all about spontaneity. We’ll do what feels natural when all those goals go in.

Why did you want to get involved?

Ever since helping to set up Soccer Aid for Unicef in 2006, I’ve seen just how much these games mean to children in danger. We’ve raised £24 million in that time, and when the final whistle blows it’s really only the beginning. Children all over the world get to live without fear because of these games.

Every player is a legend to me, but I think getting Sir Mo Farah – an actual knight of the realm – to strap on his boots for England has got to win it for me this year. I’ve got high hopes for you, Mo – I’ve been practicing my Mo-Bot already!

Got any fighting talk for Usain and his Soccer Aid World XI?

Usain – you can run but you can’t hide from the might of this England XI…

What do you love most about Soccer Aid for Unicef?

It’s a game like absolutely no other, and the whole few days is just the most ridiculous fun.

Looking around and realising you’re having a kick about with sporting legends, massive Hollywood stars and national treasures is a proper “pinch yourself” moment – and you can never predict what’s going to happen.

You co-founded Soccer Aid for Unicef – what’s been your highlight so far?

There have been so many massive moments in the past 12 years, but nothing felt quite as special as playing on the same field and Maradona in 2006. Winning back the trophy in 2016 in front of the biggest Soccer Aid crowd was amazing too, and I can’t wait to win it at the end of this year’s match.

Soccer Aid for Unicef will be broadcast exclusively live on ITV from 6.30pm tomorrow (Sunday 10th June).