10.10.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Celebrated Algerian football player Rabah Madjer to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate Rabah Madjer, the famous Algerian football player, as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 17 October at 6 p.m.

The two-year appointment is in recognition of Mr Madjer’s work with young people and for his promotion of sports values.

As one of Africa’s most celebrated football players and as a well-known sports broadcaster, Rabah Madjer will place his fame at the service of UNESCO, building tolerance and mutual understanding through sports.

Born in 1958, Mustapha Rabah Madjer, became a star with F.C. Porto in the 1980s, and played in two World Cups with his national team, including its first World Cup appearance in 1982. He took up coaching immediately after retiring and managed several clubs as well as Algeria’s National team. Madjer has won the Ballon d’or Africain. He is also a television commentator on Al-Jazeera Sports.

UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of personalities who use their talent and status to focus the world's attention on the objectives and aims of UNESCO, creating visibility for its work in education, culture, science, communication and information.

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