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Football star Zidane wows Chiang Mai

Charity concert held at the Four Seasons Hotel

Football star Zidane wows Chiang Mai

Zidane poses with his devout fans holding a ‘We love Zidane’ poster

Signing autographs for happy fans.

Leading by example and training future stars.

The organizers present the football star with a memento of his visit to Chiang Mai.

Zidane showing his fans a trick or two.

Thousands turn up to cheer on Zidane.

Staff Reporters
French football legend Zinedine Zidane swept through Chiang Mai for a charity match to raise funds for children living with HIV/Aids.
The down to earth star, dressed casually in a blue shirt and brown shorts, arrived unannounced and without a formal welcoming ceremony. While pushing a trolley out of the arrival hall at the airport, Zidane was mobbed by a huge crowd who recognized the former French captain.
Airport guards intervened and whisked Zidane and his family away to a waiting limousine.
The football star serves as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and has said that it’s important to use his prominence to draw attention to its worthy cause.
During his brief stay in Chiang Mai, French football superstar Zinedine Zidane appeared at a clinic at Chang Puak Stadium last Saturday and coached aspiring young players. He then spent time training 40 players chosen from eight schools in the province and donated 1,000 footballs to provincial authorities.
Zidane also played a charity match with leading players and film stars from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia at the Chiang Mai municipal stadium. Over 3 thousand enthusiasts attended the game.
The “Adidas Impossible Match”, sponsor of the event featured past and present Thai football stars like Piyapong Piew-on, Kiatisak “Zico” Senamuang, and Tawan Sripan, and actors Saksit Thaengthong and Somchai Khemklad.

Zidane donates the proceeds of the charity match to the Kua-aroon Foundation.

Charity concert held at the Four Seasons Hotel

Proceeds went to Viengping Orphanage

Titiya Chooto, (left) the Resort Manager welcomes Mr. & Mrs. Puchong Bhodiguthisai, Chief of Muang District to the charity event.

Francette Harrison and Marie Baird are charmed by the proceedings.

The elegant evening began at 5:30 pm at the Resort’s Intanin room where guests gathered for cocktails as Andrew Harrison, general manager of the Four Seasons welcomed them.
The concert followed featuring a selection of Hayden, Tchaikovsky and Grieg performed by M.L. Usni Pramoj on the viola accompanied by Tasana Nagavajara on the violin, Kittikhun Sodprasert on the cello and Siripong Tiptan on the violin.
A wonderful evening was had by all and the event raised 60,000 baht for the children at Viengping Orphanage.

Jaspongsin Uberoi, Director of PR Thailand, Maria Kuhn, Khun Damira and Andrew Harrison GM, Four Seasons enjoying pre-concert cocktails.