That’s the end of our live coverage of Eric Cantona in Singapore, we hope you enjoyed our coverage and stay tuned to more details of the interviews, etc that Cantona gave out over the course of his stay in Singapore!
All times are in Singapore Time (SGT).
SGT is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, GMT +8.
Charity event at Mandarin Orchard Hotel
March 6, 2011
11:00: Official launch of New York Cosmos jersey (Umbro) at Weston branch @Queensway Shopping Centre.
March 5, 2011
10:28: Cantona arrives at the Courts Megastore @Tampines
March 4, 2011 (Scheduled)
14:30 – 15:30: Singapore Sports School
March 3, 2011
20:38: Ten lucky people get to have a group photo call with Cantona and Pele.
20:35: Cantona and Pele get onto the pitch during half-time of the S-League match between the Courts Young Lions & Geylang United.
18:15: Press conference ends and Cantona is off to a one-on-one interview with BBC.
18:05: The heat and humidity must be getting to Cantona; that’s another bottle of water down.
17:59: Reporting Live from the Jalan Besar Stadium where a press conference is being held for the announcement of the partnership between the New York Cosmos & Courts, and the official launch of the Courts Young Lions Fan Club.
17:42: Cantona arrives at the Jalan Besar Stadium in a Bentley.
09:53: Final wrap from Cantona indicates that the Q&A session should have started later. Even Pele commented that the last time he woke up so early was back in the army!
09:51: Cantona says it’s a dream for everybody to play for the New York Cosmos. Everybody he called accepted! Midas touch from the King and Pele!
09:50: The New York Cosmos All Stars will play a match in New York City on June 26, 2011. The team will be managed by Cantona.
09:47: Cantona on what technology he would use to improve the game – to use video technology for offside calls. With so many offside calls every week, using technology could relieve the pressure off referees, who are also afraid to make the wrong calls for fear of being ostracized.
09:42: Cantona poser on what he would do if he was appointed FIFA president – not the kind of thing he likes to do. Adds that he would prefer to lead a life of his own and being diplomatic is not ultimately his thing.
09:18: Cantona has been to New York & LA academies, seen some wonderful players of all ages. Wants to follow the great example set by Cruyff with Barcelona with grooming young players. Believes Barcelona are the strongest team in the World at the moment.
09:10: Cantona on why he decided to join New York Cosmos – New York Cosmos a special team and a big club in the USA. Added that it was a huge project with more great prospects coming through the academies and believes that USA will eventually one day win the World Cup.
08:34: Cantona takes his seat in the Marina Bay Sands ballroom
08:23: awaiting Cantona’s arrival in Marina Bay Sands ballroom
08:00: photo with Cantona!
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