World sports have always taken a step forward to aid in the batle against the novel Coronavirus pandemic. From players to managers, and even clubs, have aided the medical staff, and provided a helping hand towards the needy. Now, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, the three heavyweights of European football, has planned to join hands together for ‘European Solidarity Cup’, a series of charity matches in 2021 to raise funds towards the fight against COVID-19.
In the three team tournament, each club will play each other once, in Munich, Madrid and Milan next year. Bayern will host Real at the Allianz Arena, the La Liga elites will face Inter at the Santiago Bernabéu, and the Nerazzuri will welcome the German champions at the San Siro.
All three matches are planned for 2021, however, there have been no official confirmation of the dates. However, the matches will be held once normalcy is restored, and when the supporters receive a green light to gather up in the stadiums. The funds raised from the matches will aid the medical authorities of Spain and Italy, and a number of healthcare officials will be invited in each game.
“The coronavirus pandemic has hit Europe hard,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, legendary German footballer and current Bayern chairman and CEO spoke to Sky Sports.
“Despite all the suffering and all the problems, we in Germany are perhaps fortunate that our healthcare system is proving resilient in this crisis,” Rummenigge commented on Germany’s comparatively better handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
“But we have also seen horrifying images from Italy and Spain, both countries among those hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic. We Germans have a very special relationship with both countries; Italy, like Spain, is one of our favourite holiday destinations.” the former goal machine added.
“We have established very good relations with a lot of clubs through many Champions League games, and have struck up friendships with some of them.” the 64 year old added.
Bayern have also confirmed to invite 5,000 doctors, nurses and medical staffs for the game versus the Galacticos in Allianz.
“The three clubs want to show these heroes our solidarity, our respect and our gratitude. The three clubs want to transmit a message of solidarity and brotherhood among the peoples of Europe,” an official statement from Real Madrid read.