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Beasley Invited to Football for Hope Benefit


BARCELONA, Spain (Monday, Feb. 14, 2005) - MNT midfielder DaMarcus Beasley has been invited to join more than 50 players from around the world to participate in the Football for Hope benefit match for victims of the Asian tsunami.
 
The game will take place at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium on Tuesday and has been organized by FIFA and UEFA in consultation with the Spanish Football Federation. The Football for Hope match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 beginning at 2:55 p.m. ET.
 
One team will be led by Brazilian star by Ronaldinho, the FIFA World Player 2004, while the other is captained by Andriy Shevchenko, the European Footballer of the Year 2004.

Beasley, 22, played 16 minutes as a reserve for PSV Eindhoven's 0-0 draw at AK Alkmaar on Saturday. On Wednesday, Beasley started on the right side of midfield and played 90 minutes in the U.S. MNT's 2-1 win over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup Qualifying.

A four-year veteran of the national team, Beasley has eight goals in 42 appearances with the U.S. He made three appearances for the U.S. during the 2002 FIFA World Cup, including starts in the first to matches of group play.

As of Friday, Feb. 11, FIFA has confirmed the particpation of the following players, coaches and referees:

List of players/coaches/referees who have confirmed their participation

Ronaldinho XI
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Coaches:
PARREIRA Carlos Alberto - BRA - National Team
RIJKAARD Frank - NED - FC Barcelona

Goalkeepers:
DIDA - BRA - AC Milan
KAMENI Idriss - CMR - RCD Espanyol

Defenders:
CAFÚ - BRA - AC Milan
CÓRDOBA Iván - COL - Inter Milan
HEINZE Gabriel - ARG - Manchester United FC
JAIDI Radhi - TUN - Bolton Wanderers FC
KUFFOUR Samuel - GHA - Bayern Munich
MÁRQUEZ ÁLVAREZ Rafael - MEX - FC Barcelona
RADEBE Lucas - RSA - Leeds United FC
ZANETTI Javier - ARG - Inter Milan
MONTERO Paolo - URU - Juventus         
GAMARRA Carlos Alberto - PAR - Inter Milan

Midfielders/Attackers:
BEASLEY DaMarcus - USA - PSV Eindhoven
CHA Du-Ri - KOR - Eintracht Frankfurt
DROGBA Didier - CIV - Chelsea FC
ETO'O Samuel - CMR - FC Barcelona
KAKÁ - BRA - AC Milan
MAHDAVIKIA Mehdi - IRN - Hamburger SV
PARK Ji-Sung - KOR - PSV Eindhoven
RONALDINHO - BRA - FC Barcelona
SONG Rigobert - CMR - Galatasaray         
KALLA Raymond - CMR - VfL Bochum      
SUAZO David - HON - Cagliari FC            
MARTINS Obafemi - NGA - Inter Milan    
CAMBIASSO Esteban - ARG - Inter Milan   

Team colors: Red/Red/Red

Shevchenko XI
Coaches:
LIPPI Marcello - ITA - National Team
WENGER Arsène - FRA - Arsenal FC

Goalkeepers:
CASILLAS Iker - ESP - Real Madrid
TOLDO Francesco - ITA - Inter Milan         

Defenders:
KALADZE Kakhaber - GEO - AC Milan
KOMPANY Vincent - BEL - Anderlecht
MALDINI Paolo - ITA - AC Milan
PUYOL Carles - ESP - FC Barcelona
THURAM Lilian - FRA - Juventus           
METZELDER Christoph - GER - Borussia Dortmund 
NESTA Alessandro - ITA - AC Milan

Midfielders/Attackers:
BALLACK Michael - GER - Bayern Munich
BECKHAM David - ENG - Real Madrid
DECO - POR - FC Barcelona
DEISLER Sebastian - GER - Bayern Munich
DEL PIERO Alessandro - ITA - Juventus
GERRARD Steven - ENG - Liverpool FC
GIULY Ludovic - FRA - FC Barcelona
HENRY Thierry - FRA - Arsenal FC
LAMPARD Frank - ENG - Chelsea FC
RAÚL González - ESP - Real Madrid
SHEVCHENKO Andriy - UKR - AC Milan
VOGEL Johann - SUI - PSV Eindhoven
ZIDANE Zinedine - FRA - Real Madrid
VIERI Christian - ITA - Inter Milan              
ZOLA Gianfranco - ITA - Cagliari FC          
TOTTI Francesco - ITA - AS Roma              
MONTELLA Vincenzo - ITA - AS Roma        
LITMANEN Jari - FIN - Hansa Rostock          

Team colors: Blue/White/Blue

Officials:
Referee: Pierluigi COLLINA (ITA)
Assistant Referee: Mohamed SAEED (MDV)
Assistant Referee: Jason Joseph DAMOO (SEY)
4th Official: Eduardo ITURRALDE GONZALEZ (ESP)


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