Wednesday, June 24, 2009
So, you've watched the Spain v. USA Confederations Cup semi-final, you went out immediately afterward to the Showdown in Chinatown, and you're not too thrilled about the Brazil v. Bafana Bafana match. What should you do with your time tomorrow if you still need a footy fix? Hang out with Zizou and friends!
Tomorrow is the first of 3 exhibition matches that Zinedine Zidane will be putting on in Canada with the help of some of his international footballer friends. The match kicks at 8PM EST at BMO Field, home of MLS' Toronto FC, and will be played against the Canadian All-Stars and Friends. Tour promoter Adlani Soccer Ltd. is hoping that the 3 matches (follow-ups are in Vancouver and Montreal) will shine a light on the growing footy scene in Canada, in hopes of...Well, it's not quite clear, actually. However, Adlani Soccer Ltd. does also run a football academy, so I'm sure there will be plenty of advertising for that going on at these events.
The Toronto match will feature Zidane playing with such international luminaries as: Prso Dado, Martin Palermo, Brandon Biebel, Sergio Rebrov, Savo Milosevic, Lakhdar Belloumi, Carlos Quiroga, Giuseppe Pallavicini, Paolo Beruatto, Antonio Asta, Giovanni Lorini and Francesco Vincenzi.
The opposing Canadian All-Stars and Friends will be made up of local players (Calum Hill, Jesse Mahal, John D'Amato, Julian Uccello, Linford Reid, Lorence Notaro, Marcel Debellis, Michael Uemura, Michael Rinzema, Richard West, Rick Titus, Steve Elias, Wu Yiu-Kwok and Yannick Lewis) and Italian guests (Diego Fuser, Gianluigi Lentini and Roberto Maltagliati).
Well, those are certainly enticing names on both rosters. The real magic comes in Vancouver on July 4th, when Zizou will play against the Vancouver Allstars. Not so much for the latter, but for who will finally be joining Zidane on his squad: Samuel Eto'o, Franco Baresi, Dwight York and Shaka Hislop, with the team to be coached by Arrigo Sacchi. Now that is a squad worth paying for.
No word on whether the UF west-coast contingent will be making the Vancouver tilt, but if you would like to go tickets can be purchased here.