January 19th, 2011
The Big Grapple: Cantona Hits NYC
Image via newyorkcosmos.com
Oh, there will be barbed comments, flying karate kicks, illegal ball handling and an unhealthy interest in seabirds in New York City soon, people. No, the Kickette staff are not heading to NY for another ‘brainstorming while drunk’ session, although the above descriptors can and do apply.
In fact, Manchester United legend and poet/philosopher type Eric Cantona has been announced as the new Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos, placing him in close proximity to similarly mercurial and magnificent Thierry Henry (left), who signed for the New York Red Bulls last year. (Image via mlssoccer.com)
While we would usually greet news like this by gorging ourselves on champagne and choccies, we recall that Eric had a few things to say regarding Thierry’s controversial handball incident while playing for France last year. In fact, Eric said he would have hit Thierry if he had been playing for the Republic of Ireland. Hmm.
Considering the two are now representing city rivals, are both known for their er… challenging temperaments and come from a nation where football players are able to start fights in empty rooms, we find ourselves wondering whether the city will be big enough for these two to co-exist peacefully?
Our intrepid New York correspondent (the one who frequently leaves her shoes/phone/handbag in bars while trying to get interviews with handsome ‘ballers) will keep us posted.