Footie’s Got Talent

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.

Why should Man City net an advantage?

THE fact that Manchester City may be allowed to sign Marton Fulop on an emergency loan after Shay Given’s season-ending injury really irks me.
In today’s paper, rival manager Martin O’Neill said he could be accused of sour grapes by criticising the decision to allow them to bring in Hungarian international Fulop – but I totally agree with him.
Man City should and do have enough keepers on their books – so what if one is injured and they can’t get Joe Hart back, that’s just hard cheese.
The situation echoes the problems across town at Manchester United when Rooney’s crocked, or the toothless Liverpool minus Torres – it baffles me that teams who can pay over £30m for a single player can leave themselves with so little depth to their squads.