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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

King Eric Takes the Throne at the New York Cosmos by Theresa Tran

by Theresa Tran for World Football Commentaries

Image courtesy of the New York Cosmos.

Global Soccer Icon Eric Cantona Makes Groundbreaking Decision to Join the
Legendary Club’s Revival

January 19, 2011 (New York, NY) – As part of the revival of the world’s most
legendary soccer club, The New York Cosmos today announced that iconic
footballer Eric Cantona has been persuaded to come back into the game as
Director of Soccer with overall responsibility for all soccer-related
matters, which will include the proposed first team.

Despite many attempts by numerous soccer clubs to lure the Manchester United
Player of the Century back into the limelight since leaving in 1997 - until
now, no one has been successful. Cantona’s new role at The New York Cosmos
will see him exercising the innovative leadership and cutting-edge
creativity that he is known for, towards implementing the club’s vision and
philosophy in all areas of soccer operations. This announcement comes on
the heels of the recent signing of Cobi Jones as his Associate Director of
Soccer and Ambassador. Together, Cantona and Jones will carry forth the
club’s legacy and integrity while developing and attracting world-class
soccer talent from all areas of the globe.

Cantona has been credited with making a substantial contribution during his
time at Manchester United (1992-1997), which included four Premier League
Championships (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997). Today, Manchester United is the
most valuable club in the world (Forbes, April 2010).

Throughout Cantona’s 14 years as a professional, he played in France for
Auxerre, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Nimes. He later went to
England to play one season for Leeds United – winning a Championship during
the 1991-1992 season – before joining Manchester United, where he would
spend the rest of his career until retiring in 1997.
“Three years ago, when I first had the idea of reviving The New York Cosmos,
I couldn’t have dreamt that we’d be able to attract an icon the likes of
Eric Cantona,” says Paul Kemsley, Chairman of The New York Cosmos. “It’s a
personal thrill for me, as he was one of my heroes during the 1990’s and is
a further endorsement to the tremendous global attraction and power that The
New York Cosmos carries. Our name already resonates throughout the world
and so will our football team.”
Says Eric Cantona, “I am very honored to join the legendary club New York
Cosmos. It’s a big project, a wonderful project. The Cosmos are very
strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It’s kind of a mix between
football and art. I will do everything that I can to help us first find our
way to regain the #1 position in the United States, and then for us to
become one of the best clubs in the world over the coming years.”

About The New York Cosmos

Under new passionate ownership, The New York Cosmos continues its tradition
of greatness for the next generation and vows to maintain the same ethos
that made The New York Cosmos the most celebrated soccer club in the history
of the United States. During its existence from 1971-1985, The New York
Cosmos won five championships in the NASL (North American Soccer League).
Today, as part of its rebirth and with global soccer legend and former
Cosmos star Pelé as the Honorary President, The New York Cosmos will
continue to inspire and develop world-class players and is committed to
helping improve the future of the sport in this country with significant
investment in grassroots and youth soccer. The club's ultimate vision is to
field a professional team to compete at the highest level, bringing
championships back to New York City. For more information, visit

About the Author

Theresa Tran
is the Director of Communications for the New York Cosmos.

Voice: 212-369-7000 / email: ttt@newyorkcosmos.com /

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1 comment:

Steve Amoia said...

Theresa, thank you for sharing this announcement. One of my favorite quotes from him was "I am not a man; I am Cantona."

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