December 14th, 2010

Charity Chatter: Footballers Decking Your Walls and Halls

Source: Lavozlibre, Europa Press

Hands up if you’re massive fans of Advent Calendars like we are at Kickette HQ? Our staffers salivate, (eerily similar to Pavlov’s dogs), at the prospect of popping open another cardboard cutout each day to reveal some low-budget chocolate to nibble on as our post-breakfast-not-yet-lunch snack.

Mmm. Low-budget chocolate.

You see, while there are many reasons why we love Christmas, it’s the month-long simple pleasures that really brings out the best in us and our humble site’s subjects. For example, December is the one time per year that we’re not only permitted – but encouraged! – to drink ourselves into a merrily-intoxicated state of oblivion at the annual office party…without remorse.

You’ve all been there, so don’t judge. Just accept that we’ll be taking a much-needed hiatus in about 10 days time to lay around and do a whole ‘lotta nothing. Remember: its the little things that count.

During this season of merriment and minced pies, even the Grinchiest of footballers manage to morph into yule tide cheerleaders, often giving to those most in need.

Anima Foundation

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique and Leo Messi, plus Spanish NT manager Vincente Del Bosque, are one-fourth of the dozen celebrities posing for the Anima Foundation’s Soul Project calendar, with proceeds going to improving the well being of terminally ill children.

Notable athletes taking part in the fairytale festivities include tennis player/new Armani underwear model Rafa Nadal, basketball player Marc Gasol and Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa, in addition to singers, designers and artists of international stature.

Roma Scende in Campo/Rome Takes The Field

AS Roma Marco BorrielloFor the second year in a row, football and basketball stars from arch-rival Italian clubs, AS Roma and Lazio, squared off against one another on the hardwood to support the World Food Programme. While Team Italy (Daniele De Rossi, Stefano Okaka, Greco, Rocchi. Floccari and Datome) played the Rest of the World (Rodrigo Taddei, Fernando Muslera, Philippe Mexes,  Hernanes and Washington), Marco Borriello (who fractured his face last weekend, ouch!), Francesco Totti, Jon Arne Riise and a few other famous faces cheered and jeered from the sidelines before the game ended in a score we don’t care to understand. Plus, the ill-fitting nylon was somewhat unnecessary.

Manchester City’s Crayola Cards

One EPL club is doing it the old-fashion way, by forcing their most enthusiastic-looking footballers to don Santa hats and send happy holiday wishes with their their John Hancocks. True story: Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov is still working on his “merry” face.

Match Against Poverty

UN Development Ambassadors, Ronaldo (of the Hefty Bag kind) and Zinedine Zidane, have once again called upon their all-star player friends to partake in a friendly match against Greek side, Olympiacos FC. Tonight’s Match Against Poverty kicks off from Piraeus, Greece, at 9:15 (local time) and the funds raised from this year’s game will benefit the millions of people affected by the earthquake in Haiti and by floods in Pakistan.

Andres Iniesta + A Bear – There’s No Charity Hook Here, Folks

If seeing Pique slay a cotton-encased dragon doesn’t convince you to open your wallets, then perhaps your heart strings deserve a mighty tug courtesy of Andres Iniesta and his bear cub buddy (they’re starring in a special Christmas commercial together, FYI).


What other charitable contributions are your favourite ‘ballers committing to this Christmas, Kickettes? Do tell!

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54 Responses to “Charity Chatter: Footballers Decking Your Walls and Halls”

  1. Zahara says:

    awww i love it when ballers do charity events!and my god pique in a dragon slaying costume is too much for me to handle!hes tooo cute!mamma mia!
    aww and andres iniesta and the bear was priceless…i hope the events generate a lot of money for their causes!

    ps, why are my posts getting thumbs down for saying nothing bad or offensive in particular?oh well, cant please em all!

  2. Xolo says:

    Borriello says:Che cosa? It's my Christmas sweater I made it my self don't you like?

  3. BarcaLove says:

    *Sigh* If only Gerard Piqué could be my knight in shining armour..

  4. anne says:

    A little off topic but i have to say this somewhere :) ). Thank God for twitter for providing us everyday fun with Pique, Cesc and Puyi!!

  5. McRed says:

    oh come on! not one single comment about Pique wielding his big sword?! Kicketters!! I'm disappointed in you! ;-)

  6. jen says:

    hahhhahaha omg, kolarov MADE that man city video. his face cracks me up. i think if he smiled the world might implode. and the way he said "merry Christmas" haha i think i might have to watch it again!

    ps. anyone know if homie is married or on the market?

    • Johanna says:

      LMAO It pained him to smile. The world might explode and something tells me he would get along with the Grinch. Both are misunderstood.

  7. @Lyandra says:

    Andres Iniesta is adorable! Love that video :)

  8. Monica says:

    OMG i just saw this video on tumbrl where Fernando Torres is wishing people a very happy christmas! it’s on youtube but i don’t know what it’s called. he’s so mean coz so many people thought he was gonna take his shirt off,but it appened to be just a tease. i’ll reblog it so if you want to see it go to

  9. Debsen says:

    Remember the girl screaming for Xavi during the WC celebrations? Apparently he met her!

  10. Catie says:

    A. Pique is toooooooo adorable! He's like a gentle giant (and methinks if he actually got to spend the afternoon pretending to slay dragons he would be over the moon).

    B. Why is it that the EPL players never seem to be able to pull together a somewhat happy looking demeanor when doing charity work? And not in the "I have better places to be," sense. They all seem genuinely flabbergasted. Perhaps it's the prospect of having to use glitter glue…

  11. Villa says:


    • BarcaLove says:

      LOL, I was thinking the exact same thing.!! Not what you would expect from the humble Messi..

  12. Lotte (Zlatanista) says:

    Iniesta is, and will forever be, my special one. There are so many good looking ballers out there, but when you see him, read his posts on Facebook and his interviews, you just know that this man must be so nice to be with! We share many interests, Andres and I. I envy that bear soo much!

    And aaww the making of video with Pique and the little girl…

    • Catie says:

      Awwww Pique is too cute. So sweet.

    • Johanna says:

      Thanks for the link, he looks so funny dressed up like that. I really wanted to see the dragon wrestle him on the ground and have the little girl as a referee.

  13. Oh my Pique, <3<3<3<3<3<3!!!
    You need to watch Iniestas video with the bear….. hilarious!

  14. blake2108 says:

    The Man City video, was highly entertaining actually.

    I loved Adam Johnson in it especially. And Joe Hart obviously

    And this coming from a United fan!

    • Deanna says:

      Did you see David Silva!? Ugh the team is adorable and I wouldn't classify myself as a City fan either!

  15. Anon says:

    I want him to be my prince, too!

  16. Rush says:

    The Ramos is hosting a match with La Liga players, called 'Charity for Africa' :) Go Team Ramos!

  17. Taskeen says:

    Geri: truly one of the two most hilariously sweet hotties out there (the other being The Ramos, naturally).
    As for big bear/ little Iniesta, lol its pretty hilarious, love it!

  18. meh says:

    PIQUE'S SMILE, a smile to rise a THOUSAND suns :) and i swear Marco Borriello just gets hotter every time i see him ;) )

  19. Summer says:

    SEXY + GORGEOUS + COOL = GERARD PIQUE….ALWAYS sexy and gorgeous in every way and each time!!!!!!

  20. Cara says:

    Marco Borrelio is "drop dead and do me on the floorboards" gorgeous… I'd gladly kick a few balls with him ANYDAY ;)

  21. blitzenTO says:

    Andres Iniesta and a BEAR! It's so random and so awesome!

  22. BarceLisa says:

    the one with Iniesta and the bear was HILARIOUS. They could have advertised anything with those two, I would have bought it. I couldn't tell by either page, was the Roma-Lazio charity match a basketball one or a futsal?

  23. PepaCandela says:

    The Iniesta + Bear commercial is lovely, btw:

    • Johanna says:

      Thanks! I did not see it until now and I love it. Two amazing, noble creatures sharing time together.

  24. lorena_yGp says:

    Oooohhh Pique!!! :-) you can be my prince charming any day!!! :-)
    + he was sooo sweet with the little girl from the calendar! I'm melting…….. :-)

  25. Leya_S says:

    Ahhhh Geri Pique, you're so adorable!!!
    I love footballer charity work! There are those who do it all year, which is awesome, but its good to know that even those who don't at least make the time to do some around the holidays.

  26. Rossanera says:

    Here is my caption for the Roma pic:

    "Providing us with yet another indication of the need for a lady with good fashion sense in his life, Marco left the house wearing another of his hideous sweaters, and was thus forced to defend his sartorial selection to Capitano and his cronies (who, from the looks of the photo above, weren’t having any of it)."

  27. DeeRoma says:

    Yes, the pictures of Daniele as a keeper were priceless. :)

    • Johanna says:

      Where did you find them? I'd like to see the pics.

      • Johanna says:

        Nevermind, I just found the pics. lol It looks like he had fun at both games but he probably enjoyed the basketball game the most since he got to challenge Mexes. He reminds me of Frankenstein a bit just standing there and contemplating the post. You think he volunteered willingly for the keeper spot? haha I wonder if Cassetti played the basketball game since he's tall.

        • DeeRoma says:

          I know I saw pictures at one site I go to by laroma24 or something like that had them too. I loved seeing Philou and Daniele going head to head. I'm not sure if Cassetti was there…although I heard most of the team was.

  28. Nando y Geri 4ever says:

    Ah Gerard Pique……that is one sexy and gorgeous defender. I dont want to buy him, I want to be with him.

    I love advent calenders too kickettes, don't worry, you are not alone on that part.

    Iniesta + bear = so cute!!

  29. Alex Samuel says:

    'Andres and the bear' that sounds like a fab name and idea for a childrens book! Pique would look SO mcuh hotter wearing silver armour and chainmail. I love the way footballers get the important messages across, while still having fun and playing football, I LOVE the sound of that 'Anima Foundation' thing, I love doing charity work and working with kids.

  30. @aristeia says:

    Lol @ the random brass band for the Roma event– why wouldn't you have saxes and trombones? Also Daniele playing keeper is hilarious.

    Julio Sergio is the most adorable man ever. The urge to squish him is unbearable.

    Iniesta + a bear = a large amount of cackling and my new laptop wallpaper.

    (In 10 days) I'll miss you Kickette. <3

    • Rossanera says:

      Where are you going that you'll miss Kickette?

      • @aristeia says:

        Not me, them: "Just accept that we’ll be taking a much-needed hiatus in about 10 days time to lay around and do a whole ‘lotta nothing." :) They're taking a break from posting during the holidays.

    • DeeRoma says:

      I love the Rome event.

      Where are you going? Vacation?

      • @aristeia says:

        Wish I was going somewhere… only place I'm going to work. Every. Damn. Day.

        Was referring to Kickette's hiatus in 10 days: "Just accept that we’ll be taking a much-needed hiatus in about 10 days time to lay around and do a whole ‘lotta nothing."

    • Johanna says:

      I agree about Julio Sergio and Iniesta is such a noble soul that I have the urge to hug him too.