Zinedine Zidane launches "Zidane and Friends" National Three City Soccer Tour Thursday June 25th in Toronto

    Game at BMO Field and Exclusive dinner and live appearance at Ultra
    immediately following

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - French soccer star Zinedine Zidane launches the
much anticipated Canadian soccer tour "Zidane and Friends" Thursday June 25th
on BMO Field in Toronto. Playing for the first time in Canada, Zidane's three
city tour will make stops in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver - with a portion
of proceeds to benefit UNICEF Canada. The goal of the tour is to raise
awareness of soccer amongst youth while at the same time benefiting a good
cause. Zidane will then head to popular restaurant and celebrity haven Ultra
on Queen Street West for an exclusive dinner and live appearance.

    Who:   Zinedine Zidane

    What:  Exhibition All Star Match against top regional players to benefit
           Exclusive Dinner and Live Appearance at Ultra

    When & Where:
        -  Thursday June 25th, BMO Field in Toronto, 8:00pm
        -  Thursday June 25th Ultra, 314 Queen Street West , dinner at

    Tickets for the soccer game are available at ticketmaster.ca and are
priced from $42.50 - $191.25. For more information about Zidane & Friends and
to get information on the events in Vancouver and Montreal - visit
    For more information about the dinner at Ultra and to make your
reservation, call 416.263.0330 and/or visit www.ultratoronto.com.

    About Zinedine Zidane

    37 year old French International soccer star Zinedine Zidane (a.k.a
Zizou) is recognized as one of the greatest soccer players in modern times. He
has played professionally in France, Italy and Spain and was a member of the
French national team that led France to two World Cup appearances, including a
title in 1998 (FIFA World Cup Champion). His career accomplishments include
helping France win the Euro 2000 in addition to winning the 2002 UEFA
Champions League with Real Madrid and an equally impressive stint with
Juventus FC.
    One of the only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners
(Ronaldo being the other), Zidane was also named the European Footballer of
the year in 1998. He retired from professional football after the 2006 FIFA
World Cup.
    As Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
he makes Tour appearances and fills stadiums in Europe, Africa and Asia with
his annual "Match Against Poverty" on behalf of many charities including the
UNDP, UNICEF, and ELA (a French charity).

    About Ultra

    Ultra is one of Toronto's most stylish and luxurious hotspots - offering
a diverse and flavourful menu crafted by renowned Chef Chris Zielinski to be
shared and savoured. Recently re-designed by award-winning firm Munge Leung -
the Queen West celebrity haven in the heart of Toronto's Fashion district has
a modern colourful and playful ambience while maintaining its accessibility
and edge. The rooftop patio, full equipped with two bars, a BBQ and a bird's
eye view on the city sets the stage for social dining and late night
frivolity. www.ultratoronto.com

For further information:

For further information: Tara Hendela, Director of Public Relations, INK
Entertainment, (416) 869-9444 x 237, Tara@ink-00.com

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