Robert Pires has helped set an Indonesian football record.
Helping to unite Indonesian fans for the longest 11-a-side match to ever take place in the country, the Arsenal legend and current ambassador brought hundreds of fans together on January 24th at the International Sport Club of Indonesia for the football marathon.
With 770 people taking part, the game lasted for nine hours, three minutes and 39 seconds with Arsenal North Bank running out 60-37 winners over Arsenal Clock End.
Donating a football to Save the Children for every person who took part, Arsenal, with the help of PUMA through the Arsenal Foundation funded the event.
Head of marketing for Arsenal, Charles Allen, said after Arsenal also distributed footballs to a number of other good causes in the country as well as to soccer schools and youth charity groups during Jakarta’s Car Free Day after the event.
“We would like to thank our loyal Indonesian fanbase for their incredible support this weekend, whether they were taking part in or supporting the football marathon. The reception the club receives when visiting Indonesia is incredible and the football marathon was a chance for us to acknowledge those supporters and thank them for their continued support.
“We would also like to thank PUMA, Save the Children and new Indonesia retail partner MAP Active for their contributions over the weekend.”
Le Bob added
“The club has always understood its ability to bring people together and the football marathon really demonstrated that.
“It was great to see so many people come down to support the record attempt and to play alongside them, particularly the members of the Arsenal Indonesia Supporters Club and the young people from the Save the Children project in Bandung.”