Soccer Aid iconic moments: Jose Mourinho tackle, Edgar Davids row and celeb screamers

Dozens of charity football games are played each year, yet there’s nothing quite like Soccer Aid.

Robbie Williams’ popular fixture has been entertaining sell-out crowds and TV viewers since the inaugural fixture was held at Old Trafford in 2006, all in aid of UNICEF – a charity committed to providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children across the world.

The 11th edition of Soccer Aid takes place at West Ham’s London Stadium on Sunday, with Liam Payne’s England taking on Usain Bolt’s World XI. To mark the occasion, Mirror Football takes a look at look at some of the fixture’s most iconic moments from over the years.

Mourinho’s tackle






Jose Mourinho famously tripped up Olly Murs in 2016


Jose Mourinho famously tripped up Olly Murs in 2016
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It’s impossible to keep Jose Mourinho out of the action. The legendary football manager coached the World XI team in 2014 and was desperate to add another trophy to his collection – so much so that he ran onto the pitch and tripped up Olly Murs.

The former X Factor contestant was in shock at Mourinho’s cheeky foul, yet the Portuguese coach didn’t care. His side went on to regain the trophy, with iconic Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf scoring a glorious hat-trick at Old Trafford.

Davids gets stuck in






"It's only a friendly" - tell that to Edgar Davids


“It’s only a friendly” – tell that to Edgar Davids
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Edgar Davids was one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, winning 16 trophies including six league titles and the Champions League. And the Dutch hero has never lost that competitive edge, as proven by his Soccer Aid performances in 2014 and 2016.

Davids was flying into tackles in 2014, frustrating England captain Jonathan Wilkes. The two ended up pushing each other and Wilkes even threw one of Davids’ shin pads across the pitch. Two years later, TV presenter Ben Shepherd hacked down Davids with a brutal challenge. I never thought I’d write those words at the start of my journalism career.

Carragher beats Bolt






Jamie Carragher and Usain Bolt are set to rekindle their rivalry on Sunday


Jamie Carragher and Usain Bolt are set to rekindle their rivalry on Sunday
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Bolt is the fastest man in history, winning three consecutive Olympic 100m gold medals. In fact, no one has ever recorded a faster time in the 100m sprint, with the Jamaican posting a time of 9.58seconds in Berlin in August 2009.

Yet that’s nothing compared to Jamie Carragher’s blistering pace. The Liverpool legend managed to beat Bolt in a race for a long ball during last year’s Soccer Aid. It was a proud moment for Carragher, who struggled to deal with Bolt’s pace two years earlier.

Ronaldinho stuns Old Trafford






Ronaldinho vs Ben Shepherd and Phil Neville... there was only ever going to be one result


Ronaldinho vs Ben Shepherd and Phil Neville… there was only ever going to be one result
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The World XI pulled off quite a coup when they persuaded Ronaldinho to join their side in 2016. The Ballon d’Or winner is known for being one of football’s most skilful players during his playing days – and he proved why during his appearance at Old Trafford.

The brilliant Brazilian picked up the ball in his own half and nutmegged Shepherd before flicking the ball through Phil Neville’s gaping legs. That’s right, Ronaldinho produced a double nutmeg. No wonder Shepherd felt the need to cut Davids in half.

All-Wright on the night






Mark Wright scored a screamer in 2016


Mark Wright scored a screamer in 2016
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The Only Way Is Essex legend Mark Wright never quite made it as a professional footballer, making one EFL appearance for Crawley Town in 2020-21, but he’s still a very handy footballer. He’s made five Soccer Aid outings to date and will feature again on Sunday.

Wright’s finest moment came in 2016, when he scored a superb free kick from distance. That helped England win 3-2 and he was named Man of the Match for his efforts. Patrick Kielty didn’t have a chance of stopping the left-footed screamer, although a professional goalkeeper would’ve probably just tipped it around the post. Still, congrats Mark!

Veron makes a splash






Juan Sebastian Veron scored and dived in 2018


Juan Sebastian Veron scored and dived in 2018
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Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Juan Sebastian Veron didn’t cover himself glory in 2018, when he dived in an attempt to win a penalty. Yes, that’s right – Veron dived in a charity match against Jeremy Lynch. Referee Mark Clattenburg was not interested and the Argentine had to find the back of the net the hard way.

Veron equalised to make it 2-2 before he was brought off at half-time. The game finished 3-3, with Blake Harrison – better known as Will from the Inbetweeners – scoring the winning penalty in the shootout. It was ironic Veron lost the game via penalties.

Kem or Serge?






Kem Cetinay scored a fabulous equaliser in 2019


Kem Cetinay scored a fabulous equaliser in 2019
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Kasabian frontman Serge Pizzorno scored a tremendous goal in 2012, chipping the ball over David Seaman to make it 1-0 to the World XI and remind the England goalkeeper of Ronaldinho’s famous lob over him at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan a decade earlier.

That was undoubtedly the best open-play goal scored by a celebrity at Soccer Aid until Love Island winner Kem Cetinay curled a gorgeous effort around actor-turned-goalkeeper David Harewood in 2019. Which goal was better? We’re giving Serge the nod.

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