Cult hero Benito Carbone is in line to don a Sheffield Wednesday shirt again this weekend. The charismatic Italian, who spent three successful years at Hillsborough in the 90s after leaving Inter Milan, has signed up to play in the legends Owls match against legends Czech Republic tomorrow.
Carbone, who attended Wednesday’s final home game of the league regular season against Portsmouth, will be among a host of familiar names who will feature at S6. Des Walker, Lee Bullen, Glenn Loovens and Ross Wallace are called up to participate in the charity match. Jan Koller, Tomas Ujfalusi, Karel Rada, David Lafata, Roman Bednar, Marek Heinz, Zdenek Zlamal, Lukas Zelenka, Marek Pinc and Ondrej Pavelec are expected to represent the Czechs.
The friendly match, organized by the Sheffield Wednesday Community Program with the help of former Owls defender and Czech international Daniel Pudil, kicks off at 1.30pm. The event will raise funds for two charities: Weston Park Cancer Charity in Sheffield and Real Top Praha, a charity based in Pudil’s homeland. The Czech charity is supporting two-year-old Simon, who struggles with Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, a kidney and neurological disease affecting psychomotor development, causing organ failure and leading the patient to self-harm. Donations will help Simon get the treatment he needs to prevent the onset of symptoms of the disease.
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Tickets are priced at £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. Fans can buy tickets here or pay on the day. The turnstiles/kiosks open at 12 noon.
Tonight there will be ‘An Evening with Legends’ in the 1867 Lounge. The event, which will be hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rob Staton, is sold out. Pudil said: “I would like to thank Sheffield Wednesday and the Community Program for organizing these events. We hope many people will come out to support the legends and help raise lots of money for charity in both countries.
Darren Hayes, Fundraising Manager at Weston Park, added: “We are honored that the Legends Football Game will raise funds for the one in two people who will be diagnosed with cancer.
“The money raised will ensure that we can be there, every step of the way, for people facing cancer by enabling lifesaving research, providing support and improving treatment.
David Lucas, Lee Bullen, Glenn Loovens, Miguel Llera, Graham Coughlan, Ross Wallace, Guy Branston, Lewis Buxton, Reda Johnson, Benito Carbone, Des Walker, JP McGovern, Paul Pashley, Dalton Smith.
Czech Republic team:
Jan Koller, Tomas Ujfalusi, Karel Rada, David Lafata, Roman Bednar, Marek Heinz, Zdenek Zlamal, Lukas Zelenka, Marek Pinc and Ondrej Pavelec.