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Cantona in Shock Return with New York Cosmos

Wed, Jan 19, 2011

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Eric Cantona has marked nearly 14 years out of football (beach aside) by signing for the New York Cosmos.

The Frenchman has joined as their director of soccer.

“I am very honoured to join the legendary New York Cosmos. It’s a big project, a wonderful project,” Cantona told the Sun.

“The Cosmos are very strong, beautifully made, with a great past. It’s kind of a mix between football and art.”


The New York Cosmos folded in 1985 following the death of the North American Soccer League but has been revived by new chairman Paul Kemsley.

Cantona’s role will be to recruit the right kind of players to guide the club back to its glory days when it is reborn again in two years time.

“I will do everything I can to help us first find our way to regain the No 1 position in the United States, and then for us to become one of the best clubs in the world,” Cantona was quoted as saying.

Kemsley admits it is a dream come true to be able to recruit Cantona. He said: “Three years ago, when I first had the idea of reviving the New York Cosmos, I couldn’t have dreamt we’d be able to attract an icon of the likes of Eric Cantona to the club.”

“It’s a personal thrill for me, as he was one of my heroes, and it is a further endorsement to the global attraction and power that the New York Cosmos carries.”

The New York Cosmos were made popular back when they managed to sign legends Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer. Pelé is reportedly set to be appointed club president.

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