The "Hammer" - Jörg Albertz attends the benefit match

Former HSV favourite supports the "Hamburg & the World" team against the DFB All-Stars in the Legends match in aid of Ukraine on 28 May.

Recently, Jörg "Ali" Albertz was celebrated by the spectators in the stadium as a former crowd favourite of Glasgow Rangers at the Scottish top club, now the 51-year-old returns to his favourite German club HSV. When Albertz heard about the "All-Stars for Ukraine" charity event and the integrated legends match on 28 May at the Volksparkstadion, he immediately agreed to take part. "It is important to send a loud signal for peace. I'm very happy to be there," said Albertz, who scored 22 goals in 99 games for HSV from 1993 to 1996 and returned to the Elbe after his five-year stint with Rangers (132 games, 48 goals), scoring six goals in 28 games here from 2001 to 2003.

Big reunion

Albertz will meet predecessors and successors. "I always enjoy coming back to Hamburg," says the native of Mönchengladbach, who was known for his shooting power during his playing days and earned the nickname "Hammer-Ali". Together with companions from his HSV days such as Harald Spörl and Stig Töfting, Albertz will meet the DFB All-Stars, a mixed team of former national players and DFB selectees, at the Volksparkstadion on 28 May.

"The sporting competition does not play the main role in this match, of course. It's about the sign, good entertainment for the audience and hopefully a lot of revenue to help Ukraine," says Albertz, who is looking forward to returning to his former "living room". 

Great supporting programme

There will be other highlights around the match in and around the Volksparkstadion. Norddeutscher Rundfunk will broadcast the event live on TV from 12 to 2 pm. 
The charity event is a campaign of the German Football Association (DFB All-Stars), HSV and the #WeAreAllUkrainians initiative of Dr. Wladimir Klitschko and Tatjana Kiel, supported by the Pact for Solidarity and Future between Kyiv and Hamburg. Hamburg's First Mayor Dr Peter Tschentscher and Dr Wladimir Klitschko will be the patrons. 
Former HSV stars such as Marcell Jansen, Piotr Trochowski, Christian Rahn, Thomas Gravesen, Bastian Reinhardt and former national players such as Thomas Helmer, Timo Hildebrand, Patrick Owomoyela, Christian Träsch, Patrick Helmes and DFB players such as Navina Omilade, Conny Pohlers, Miriam Scheib, Jennifer Meier and Ursula Holl will be playing for peace and solidarity. Coach legend Horst Hrubesch is already looking forward to his task on match day.
Bundesliga referee Patrick Ittrich will be in charge of one half of the match together with Celina Böhm and Sascha Thielert on the lines, the other half will be taken over by Ukrainian referee Denys Shurman, who has fled to Hamburg. Christina Rann and Christian Stübinger will support the match as stadium announcers. The team line-ups as well as the supporting programme will be strengthened by further prominent players in the coming weeks. Tickets are available at Adults pay 10 €, children pay 5 €. Numerous offers in the supporting programme provide the opportunity to donate or contribute to aid measures for Ukraine, which are coordinated via #WeAreAllUkrainians. 

In cooperation with Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Hanseatic Help is collecting sleeping bags, woollen and fleece blankets directly at the stadium, which will be brought to Kyiv as part of the "Pact for Solidarity and the Future".