Per Mertesacker is set to play in a charity match on June 3 in Hanover, Germany with Mesut Özil possibly also featuring.
In an article earlier last week, the details of this fixture were explained. It’ll be a match between Mertesacker’s Foundation and that of Clemens Fritz, who announced his retirement from professional football earlier this month at the age of 36.
Per’s foundation supports socially disadvantaged children in and around Hanover, by encouraging them to take up sports. The key focus behind it is children from migrant families, those with learning difficulties or from a socially-deprived background.
They expect a high number of spectators for this event, with room for around 5,000 visitors. Per’s brother Timo, who is also chairman of the board within his foundation said, “We will most likely exceed the actual capacity and build additional grandstands. It has been very well received so far.”
In addition to Özil potentially playing, there are other notable names that could feature too.
Miroslav Klose, Martin Harnik, Sebastian Prödl and former Gunner Serge Gnabry have all been listed as possible players – though Gnabry might not make an appearance here as he’s been called up to play for Germany’s u21 European Championship side, with the tournament starting in just under a month’s time.