Take Action in Thailand was organized in Bangkok by Japan’s former national star soccer player, Hidetoshi Nakata, along with other Japanese players and Holland’s star Edgar Davids.
Nakata played in Team Take Action against Thailand League Starts. More than 11,000 watched the match, which generated about 43,000,000 yen ($4.8 million), according to Soccer King. The donation will be distributed to northeastern Japan and to southern Thailand, which suffered floods in April, by Red Cross Thailand. The game’s result was a draw with a score of 2–2, with one goal assisted by Nakata.
“I am happy to be able to see many people in the stadium because today is a public holiday here, and I am also satisfied with being able to make a large donation to people in need of help,” Nakata told the press after the match. “This is not a one time only event. Having had a lot of people attend today is encouraging for future events.”
On the same day another charity match, Borussia Dortmund vs Team Japan took place in Duisburg, Germany. Bundesliga, Germany’s professional soccer league, is currently having a Japan boom as an increasing number of Japanese players have joined German soccer teams.
The match was organized by this year’s German champions Borussia Dortmund to which young rising star Shinji Kagawa belongs. There were more than 10,000 people who watched the match and all ticket sales together with 1 million Euro donated by Dortmund’s sponsor Evonik Industries AG, will be sent to disaster victims and children’s hospitals, according to goal.com. The match was won by Borussia Dortmund by a score of 2 – 1, Kagawa scored the goal for Team Japan.
Worldwide support for northeastern Japan will continue through soccer. However, Japan Football Association announced May 17 that Japan’s national team will not be able to join Copa América Argentina 2011 ( the South American Championship) in July. The Japanese soccer league and its national team changed their schedules because of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.