The crew behind the charity match “Actors vs. Beroe” promised an “epic clash” to take place in Stara Zagora on September 9. The squad of actors, Beroe’s team and Dimitar Berbatov met everyone’s expectations!
The charity football match was organized in order to support The International Student Theater Festival “Danail Chirpansky”, dedicated to Danail – a dear friend and beloved student at the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts, who tragically passed away after a car accident in 2016. This initiative brought in more than BGN 17 000 of income for the festival’s second edition in April 2019, in the city of linden trees.
At Beroe stadium, over 2 000 people chanted both for the green team and for the actors, as the victory was not important. However, the prize, which was an original statuette from the first edition of the festival, was given to PFC Beroe after an 11:6 score for the hosts.
Dimitar Berbatov and the club’s coaching team – Alexander Tomash, Konstantin Mirchev and Todor Kyuchukov played together on the field alongside the Beroe’s junior and youngest players, which caused a real furor among the audience.
Hristo Mutafchiev showed up with a buggy on the football pitch and whistled to start the match. In the first half, the Actors’ team faced the reality about what is like to be a true footballer and what a challenge is to play on the big field.
In an attempt to save Martin Kamburov’s penalty, all actors stood in front of the door and showed a unique synchronization… for the can-can dance. There was a moment during the match, when 19 players from the white-red team were on the stadium: Stanimir Gamov, Darin Angelov, Dejan Angelov, Velislav Pavlov, Bashar Rahal, Alek Aleksiev, Orlin Pavlov, Martin Giaurov, Nikola Stoyanov, Lyuben Kanev, Nikolay Mutafchiev, Vladimir Lyutskanov, Ivaylo Zahariev, Niki Iliev, Julian Petrov, Hristo Petkov, Leo Bianchi , Vanja Dzaferovic and Joanna Temelkova (one of the festival coordinators).
“We are extremely grateful to all those who have helped us organize this football game. We particularly want to express our gratitude to PFC Beroe, who are not just amazing footballers, but most of all – wonderful people. They sincerely believed in our cause and made it happen. The gratuitous partnership with Dimitar Berbatov has become a real feast for us. And the support of Stara Zagora’s mayor Zhivko Todorov is priceless. We cordially thank you all! “, shared the festival’s crew. They added, “the most valuable in this kind of events is the positive atmosphere and kindness that seems to become contagious”.
And this really happened! The next initiative for the sake of the festival will be the theater play “The Stag King”, taking place in Azaryan Theater on September 21, 2018. The suggestion for a charity performance came from the actors’ team itself.
“The love and the support that we received from everyone at the festival and during the sporting event gave us the hope that Danny and the ISTF could become an integral part of people’s hearts”, the coordinators are definite.
The charity football game was held with the support of the Municipality of Stara Zagora, United Bulgarian Bank, Decathlon, Flair and Baldaran. General media partner is NOVA Broadcasting Group. Media partners of the event are DarikRadio, gong.bg, azcheta.com, lovetheater.bg, TV Stara Zagora, stz24.com.