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Contador and Sastre play football for good cause

By:
Gregor Brown in Venice
Published:
December 15, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:46 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, December 15, 2008
This time, the fans will cheer for Contador the football player

This time, the fans will cheer for Contador the football player

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Carlos Sastre and Alberto Contador will play football next Tuesday to raise money in the fight...

Carlos Sastre and Alberto Contador will play football next Tuesday to raise money in the fight against malaria. For the second year running the event will be held in the Palacio de los Deportes de Madrid. The event is organised by two famous Spanish athletes, tennis player Rafael Nadal and football goalie Iker Casillas. The money raised will go towards the Red Cross, which will use it to fight malaria.

Like last year, events will include football (teams of seven and with a playing time of 30 minutes) and tennis, which will give Casillas and Nadal a slight advantage over the other athletes. A new event is cart racing, with four athletes per team. Nadal and Casillas will take part in all the events.

Besides Contador and Sastre, there are numerous other Spanish athletes in the line-up. Among them are tennis player David Ferrer and football players David Beckham and Samuel Eto'o. Contador will be in the team of Casillas, while Sastre forms part of the Nadal line-up.

Last year, 116,000 euro were raised through the ticket sales. The organisers hope that this year the amount will double because the event was moved to the Palacio de los Deportes. It holds roughly twice as many people compared to last year's arena. Tickets are between six and ten euro.

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