Juventus announce June charity date with Real Madrid

MILAN (AFP) - Juventus are set to play Real Madrid in a charity match featuring a host of former stars from the European giants, according to the Italian champions Thursday.

Juventus said the match, to be played at Real's Santiago Bernabeu stadium on June 9, will feature Pavel Nedved and Edgar Davids among other former stars of the Turin club.

The statement did not say which Real players, past or present, would participate.

Proceeds will go to the Spanish Red Cross 'Exito Escolar' project, "an initiative which seeks to offer study grants to underprivileged students", according to a statement on Juventus.com.

A Bianconeri delegation visited Real Madrid's Valdebebas training complex, where they were greeted by coach José Mourinho, earlier in the day.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli - flanked by Giuseppe Marotta, Nedved and Gianluca Pessotto - later joined Real president Florentino Perez in unveiling the event in the Spanish capital.

Agnelli said: "It's an honour and a pleasure to participate in this game. I immediately realised its importance when I saw Pavel and Gianluca's eyes light up at the idea of returning to the Bernabeu.

"There'll be a real party atmosphere at the stadium. Juventus is extremely socially aware as a club and it's an important cause."

Nedved added: "I'm very happy to participate in such an important charity project and to be back here alongside great champions. I remember the Bernabeu well and the atmosphere on offer."