Thursday, 21 July 2011

Cannavaro to captain the Cosmos

Fabio Cannavaro will wear the captain's arm-band in the New York Cosmos first game back since their rebirth, in Paul Scholes' testimonial.

The 37-year old centre-half led Italy to become FIFA World Champions in 2006.

He'll lead a team made up of ex-Premier League stars that also includes some of the new Under-23's squad of the Cosmos.

Former team-mates Nicky Butt and Gary Neville will also be playing in the green and white of the Cosmos, joined by familiar faces including Patrick Vieira, Michel Salgado and Robbie Keane.

For prospective Cosmos fans, this will be an exciting chance to see their kids having a run-out on the Old Trafford surface, with people like Ibrahim Diaby, Dane Murphy and Marvin Iraheta making their first official appearances for their club - which hopes to join the MLS in the next couple of years.

Fulham legend Brian McBride also has a spot in the line-up, which will no doubt be involved in an enjoyable occasion in Manchester next month.

Tickets are still available.

Philip Wright-Lewis

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