MILAN - Inter's captain Javier Zanetti is the new FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages project in Argentina. Together with the other ambassadors for SOS (Fabio Cannavaro, Francesco Totti, Christian Vieri and Pierluigi Collina are ambassadors for Italy), Zanetti will support '6 villages for 2006', a joint-campaign between FIFA and SOS Children's Villages, which will run until the final whistle of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The goal is to raise funds for six new SOS Children's Villages in Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam and Ukraine, countries in which millions of children live in difficult conditions.

"It is an honour and a privilege for me to be ambassador of such an important initiative," Zanetti said. "There are needy people all over the world and I do my bit to help them. The '6 villages for 2006' campaign is fantastic, and as footballers we have to take it upon ourselves to spread and help this initiative."

Javier Zanetti joins a long list of over 60 players who have become FIFA ambassadors for the SOS projects, which includes Wayne Rooney, Andriy Shevchenko, Zvonimir Boban, Laurent Blanc, Robert Pires, Thomas Helder, George Weah and Lucas Radebe.

FIFA and SOS Children's Villages teamed up in 1995 to offer help and provide homes for over 140 million abandoned children worldwide.

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