The initiative has been organized by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Alongside the United player, figures such as Alphonso Davies, Lucy Bronze and Ada Hegerberg have been involved with “Football for Ukraine”.
Juan Mata gets involved again with a solidarity cause. On the occasion of the war in Ukraine, the Manchester United international footballer has joined the UN campaign “Football for Ukraine”. The initiative was born in order to raise funds to help those affected by the conflict (more than ten million have left their homes, to move to other countries or to other Ukrainian regions).
Juan has a special bond with the area that has been suffering so much in recent weeks. In the capital, Kyiv, the Spaniard was proclaimed champion of Euro 2012 (after an unforgettable 4-0 win against Italy in which he participated with a goal). Ten years later, Mata has committed to this project, organized by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP).
? An appeal to the football community ?
— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 30, 2022
In addition to the Spanish player, the campaign highlights the involvement of players whose lives have been marked by war (in different countries). These are the cases of Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Dortmund) and Asmir Begovic (Everton). Women’s football figures have also joined, such as Lucy Bronze (Manchester City) and Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais).