Eric Cantona returns to football with New York Cosmos

Posted by - January 19, 2011 - MLS & US

Le King returns

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona is making a dramatic football comeback as director of soccer at revived American side New York Cosmos.

He said: “I am very honoured to join the legendary 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.”

A string of top players, including Pele and Franz Beckenbauer made the Cosmos the hottest ticket in the States during the 1970s. But its popularity dwindled when the big names left and the club folded in 1985.

Ex-Spurs vice-chairman Paul Kemsley is behind a bid to kickstart the Cosmos in time to be playing football again by 2013.

Among Cantona’s duties will be assembling a squad ahead of the return to competitive action.

He added: “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.”

Obviously, sometimes the trawler has to cross the Atlantic. Hopefully he’ll be lobbing sardines around soon.

Former player Pele is already on-board as club president, David Beckham’s ex-manager Terry Byrne is the club’s vice-chairman and ex-Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is a director. US soccer icon Cobi Jones has also joined from LA Galaxy to become associate sporting director.

And the club also has a really cool kit in waiting, courtesy of Umbro.