Sebastian Vettel to headline Michael Schumacher soccer tribute game

Sutton Images

Sebastian Vettel is set to headline a charity soccer match in honour of Michael Schumacher against a team led by German NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki.

The match, dubbed Champions for Charity, will see a number of drivers take on Nowitzki's team at the Coface Arena in Mainz on July 27. It will occur on the Wednesday before the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Vettel will captain the team of drivers, Nazionale Piloti, which regularly plays a charity game on the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix and which featured Schumacher on numerous occasions. Schumacher is still recovering at home in Switzerland from the serious head injuries suffered in a skiing accident in December 2013.

The proceeds from the game will go to two German charities. Vettel said it will be a special start to the German Grand Prix to play in a game paying tribute to the country's -- and the sport's -- most successful driver.

"To kick off the weekend with a match of the Nazionale Piloti is a great start to the German Grand Prix," Vettel said. "We usually have a lof of fun playing soccer, and of course it means something very special to us to play in honour of Michael. We will give our best to defend the reputation of us racing drivers and to beat Dirkʼs team."

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the match has been put as a thank-you to fans for their continued support of the seven-time world champion through his injury.

"Over many years Michael has been both an initiator and integral part of charity soccer matches, often playing with the Nazionale Piloti but also in other teams and sometimes playing together with Dirk Nowitzki. "Both of them clicked immediately, so this combination fits very well. We are happy that together with Dirk we can offer a real highlight to the many fans who we would like to thank for their continous support with this match. We hope they will have a lot of fun that evening."

Go see Champions for Charity in Mainz on July 27! Tickets: www.champions-for-charity.de

A photo posted by Mick Schumacher (@mickschumacher) on