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Your Chance To Mingle With Messi and Help Sir Bobby

9 years ago

In 2011, Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction brought you Mourinho’s FIFA Ballon d’Or 2010 World Coach of the Year Trophy.

To kick off this year, the online auction has upped the ante – giving one lucky bidder the chance to attend the official event and mingle with football’s elite.

Photo – FIFA Via Getty Images

The latest item will see two lucky guests attend the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on 13 January 2014* and be a part of football history. Who will be named best manager? Will Barcelona’s Lionel Messi claim best player for an unprecedented fifth year?!

The FIFA Ballon d’Or Ceremony recognises the best player and manager of 2013 as voted by international journalists, coaches and players. Attended by football’s biggest names, this auction item is the ultimate football fan experience and an opportunity to mingle with Sir Bobby’s peers and protégés.

Joseph Blatter, FIFA President reflects on the former England manager “I have always held Sir Bobby Robson in very high esteem. In 2009 we presented the FIFA Fair Play Award to his widow, Lady Elsie in memory of Sir Bobby, a man who represented all the good qualities of football.”

FIFA joins an impressive list of sporting stars, celebrities and leading businesses who have donated to the auction including Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas, Kieron Dyer, Graeme Swann, Bill Nighy, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.

Mark Robson, Sir Bobby’s son, comments, “The online auction is a fantastic way to help us continue the work my father started and raise crucial funds for cancer charities. We are overwhelmed by the generous donation from FIFA. I urge people, clubs and companies to consider donating, however big or small, and bidding to help us reach our £1million target.”

Other amazing sports prizes include two tickets for a FC Barcelona home match at Camp Nou, access for two lucky cricket teams to play at the famous Essex Cricket Ground, a fantastic chance for two to attend an England Senior Men’s football team training session ahead of an England home international fixture in 2014 and a Tottenham Hotspur experience including lunch with Manager, Andre Villas-Boas.

Gina Long, the auction founder, “It is so exciting to launch the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Charity Auction with this incredible item from FIFA. I encourage everyone to head to the website and register to bid as an item like this is bound to be a favourite with football fans! Not into football? Check out our other auction items, there is literally something for everyone!”

Running from 10 – 27 October, Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough will raise crucial funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and cancer services within two Suffolk Hospitals.

Proudly backed by headline supporter BT Sport, Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough auction items for 2013 include lunch with Bill Nighy, flights, accommodation and tickets to see the Real Madrid v Barcelona game in the Bernabeu Stadium as Kieron Dyer’s special guest, a Tottenham Hotspur experience including lunch with Manager, Andre Villas-Boas, a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private ‘Eclipse’ jet, incredible sporting art from Ben Mosley, a week sailing on a luxury catamaran ‘Akasha’, a one-on-one personal bowling tuition with England cricketer Graeme Swann at Lords, Paul Gascoigne’s England match shirt from a pre-Italia ‘90 training game, the opportunity to have a team play a six-a-side tournament at St. George’s Park in 2014 and a week-long stay at The Brewers House in Southwold donated by Adnams.

Auction items are announced daily. Visit to register as to not miss out!

*Visit for full terms and conditions. Accommodation and flights not included.


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