Stop TB Partnership

Stop TB Ambassador Luis Figo to play a charity match in Geneva

4 June 2009, Geneva -- International football icon and Stop TB Ambassador Luis Figo will be in Geneva on 13 June to play a charity match -- All Stars '09. And when the game is over it will not quite be over -- the Stop TB Partnership will have its moment in centre field with the premiere of an animated cartoon about tuberculosis featuring Figo as the main character.

Figo, a long-time advocate for the health and well-being of young people, was appointed a Stop TB Ambassador in January 2008. In July the Stop TB Partnership released a comic book, Luis Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup, in which Figo is featured as the captain of a team of teen-aged girls and boys. Together they win a match against a squad of tuberculosis germs. The comic book seeks to teach children and teens about tuberculosis and how to prevent it.

The animated cartoon version of Luìs Figo and the World Tuberculosis Cup will be shown in its French-language version at the gala match. It will soon also be available in Arabic, English, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and broadcast widely around the world.

The game will take place at 19.15 on 13 June at the Stade de Genève at La Praille and will also feature current and former soccer stars and trainers including Mourinho, Chistian Chivu, Ronaldino, Clarence Seedorf, Fabio Capello, Giovanni Trapattoni and Giga Popescu.

The event will benefit the Luis Figo Foundation and other charitable projects. The Luís Figo Foundation, created in 2003, seeks to provide children and teens - especially those who are underprivileged - with conditions and opportunities for fully realizing their potential as people and citizens through sports.

Tickets for the match can be purchased through www.resaplus.ch.