Hamburg - FC Bayern Munich director of sport Matthias Sammer and Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp may be fierce rivals in the weekly context of the Bundesliga, but this Sunday (8 July) they will be working together for a very worthy common cause along with 70-odd other former professionals.
Hamburg old familiars answer the call
FC St. Pauli's atmospheric Millerntor Stadion will be the venue for the eighth "Day of Legends", pitting Team Hamburg against Team Germany. Proceeds from the match will go to the local youth initiative NestWerk e.V., co-founded in 1999 by Hamburg-based football commentator and talk show host Reinhold Beckmann.
Alongside the renowned likes of Lothar Matthäus, Olaf Thon, Michael Ballack, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Klopp himself, the Germany select will be able to call on the services of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, the official patron of this year's match and himself a true Bundesliga fanatic. Hamburger SV legends Manfred Kaltz, Hasan Salihamidzic, Sergej Barbarez and David Jarolim head up the port city's squad, with the likes of Marius Ebbers and Thomas Meggle returning to their former stomping ground to ensure hosts St. Pauli are well-represented, too.
NestWerk is involved a range of projects aimed at improving the sports and other leisure time options for youngsters in Hamburg, above all in socially disadvantaged areas. The Day of Legends has been a sell-out success at the Millerntor in recent years and on Sunday, as well as the game itself, there will once again be a full programme of events for all the family on offer at the stadium.