CHAMPIONSHIP-chasing Chelsea FC football players Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda are also targeting the pop charts. According to reports, the footballers have formed a band. Malouda plays the drums, while Drogba is learning to play a bass guitar given to him by Wyclef Jean. Malouda says he wants John Terry or Joe Cole on vocals. The French midfielder said: “We are just at the beginning of the process and trying to start something special.”
SOME of the biggest names in football will be locking horns this summer to contest one of the most exclusive prizes in the game. No, not the World Cup – A:3K Football, a Saturday night TV talent competition for professional footballers. The gladatorial games, taking place at the O2 in London on July 17 and screened on ITV, will see Didier Drogba, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas and Steven Gerrard, as well as two more world superstars yet to be unveiled, taking part. Rumours are these will be Christiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A skill-based event, rounds will include dribbling and shooting, repeatedly volleying shots at targets, maybe a game of wallie etc. etc. However – and this is the best bit – the competition’s finale is a every man for himself match on a special circular black astroturf pitch, with six individual goals for each player to defend, and two balls to fight over. It’s set to be playground football on steroids – and I can’t wait to watch.
NOW I’m no stranger to geekery – I seem to have become the unofficial IT guy in the newsroom, and I’ve played a game of Dungeons And Dragons in my time. But I have “levelled up” my geekery a notch this week. I couldn’t help it. There I was, queuing in my local supermarket, when the words “Free” and “Sticker Album” caught my eye. Two days later, and I’ve got a Panini South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup sticker collection including the likes Frank Lampard, Fernando Torres, Kaka, John Terry, Didier Drogba and, er, Steve Cherundolo. Only 600 or so stickers to go… So if anyone out there wants to do swapsies with a rather sad 27-year-old man, drop me a line.