On 27 July 2016, nearly 25,000 spectators watched the ‘Champions for Charity’ football tournament held in honour of Michael Schumacher in the Opel Arena in Mainz – and Sauti Kuu was on hand live for the action! In a match lasting 75 minutes, international sports stars on the ‘Dirk Nowitzki All-Stars’ team faced off against the ‘Nationale Piloti’, a racing driver side headed by Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel. With a total of 15 goals – including efforts by Lukas Podolski, Gerald Asamoah, Simon Rolfes, Sebastian Vettel, Mika Häkkinen and Mick Schuhmacher – this was a highly exciting and entertaining match, one that gave athletes an opportunity to demonstrate their talents in a special way.
Dirk Nowitzki also demonstrated his humour and inventiveness in in the closing stages of the game by reprising Italian national player Simone Zaza’s feat in the European Cup 2016 semi-finals, spectacular shooting a penalty kick over the goal. ‘I wanted to make it Italian-style and wound up with the same result’, Nowitzki quipped. The consequences of the 2.13-metre-tall giant’s shot were far less serious, though: The ‘Dirk Nowitzki All-Stars’ won the match, 9:6!
The evening was just as successful for Daniel Kreitz: As part of an auction for the benefit of Sauti Kuu, supported by the Auction Portal ‘United Charity’, he had purchased 2 advance VIP tickets to the sporting event at auction. That gave him the opportunity to make a dream come true and meet basketball star Dirk Nowitzki in person!