Liverpool Sound City isn’t all about music – there’s also a massive football connection. Getintothis gives you all the vital stats ahead of the The John Peel World Cup and Kicking + Screening cinema festival. Plus our picks for a Sound City Fantasy Football XI.
The John Peel World Cup returns to Liverpool Sound City on Saturday May 19 alongside a three-day footballing film bonanza – Kicking + Screening at Camp and Furnace.
K+S Liverpool 2012 runs from May 17-19 and features three evenings of cool football films, plus some great other footy activities, including a table football tournament, the John Peel World Cup, and a viewing party for the UEFA Champions League final.
All events take place at Camp and Furnace: 67 Greenland Street, Liverpool L10BY.
With a new location right at the heart of LSC in Chavasse Park, the John Peel World Cup has a line-up that makes the upcoming European Champions look bland in comparison; who needs the likes of Messi and Özil when you’ve got the mastery of Ghostpoet, D/R/U/G/S and Kids In Glass Houses (along with a host of others) taking to the field right in the heart of Liverpool ONE.
As each major tournament rolls round, footie fanatics spend hours, sometimes days, pouring over squads trying to select a fantasy team, with little success. So, in keeping with big-tournament tradition, here is Getintothis‘ fantasy XI for the upcoming John Peel World Cup.
1. Goalkeeper: Callum Wright of D/R/U/G/S.
I’m thinking transferable skills, I’ve seen D/R/U/G/S DJ and surely there can’t be that much difference between quick hands across a mixing desk and quick hands in goal?
2. Left-back Ben Mousley of The Kill Van Kulls.
The two best defences in the Premiership this season were the two Manchester clubs, you could argue that this was something to do with the good squads they both had.
Then again, you could argue that SAF and Mancini had been picking up defensive tips from this guy.
3. Right-back: Christopher Torpey of Bido Lito
A regular on the circuit who can use his knowledge and nimble frame to dance up the line and support the attack.
What he lacks in power, the big Tranmere Rovers fan, makes up with a footballing brain second only to Garth Crooks – minus the bullshit.
4. Centre-back: Aled Phillips, lead singer of Kids In Glass Houses
Following on from the Cardiff legend John Charles, Aled – from Cardiff himself – will play nominally as a centre half but with license to roam forward and play as a striker. Pure genius tactics, that, son.
5. Centre back: Greg Lalas of Spiel Magazine.
Shoring things up at the back is Greg Lalas – one time professional for, amongst others, New England Revolution and Tampa Bay Mutiny in the MLS – who will be turning out for SPIEL/K+S.
Over in Liverpool as part of the Kicking + Screening football film festival, Greg will be doing his best Pique-cum-Puyol impersonation at the back; simultaneously starting attacks and kicking anything that moves in equal measure.
The Last Proletarians of Football – playing at Liverpool Sound City
6. Midfield: Greg O’Keeffe of the Liverpool ECHO
The ECHO’s resident Everton reporter will be on Q&A duty during Kicking + Screening, but on the big day there’s few that can match his preparation and commitment to the cause.
A fantastic engine and a penchant for picking a fine pass, O’Keeffe brings more than his good looks to this quality line up.
7. Midfield: Lee Silk from Liverpool LEP.
The enigma from Liverpool LEP is a risk but with a surname like that he has to be worth a gamble on the wing.
8. Midfield: Timo Tierney of The Tea Street Band.
No nonsense, all-action leader. Adept at getting stuck into meaty riffs with some polished silky skills to boot. A shoe-in.
9. Midfield: Aled Phillips of Kids in Glass Houses
Wales has produced many fine central midfielders; Mark Hughes, Gary Speed, Aaron Ramsey… Vinny Jones… Mark Pembridge.
Well, Wales has produced SOME fine central midfield players and Aled Phillips has all the attributes to be up there with the best of them. An eye for a pass, a good engine to get around the itch and one of the finest footballing brains in rock.
Argentina Futbol Club – playing at Liverpool Sound City
9. Striker: Dave Pichilingi CEO of Liverpool Sound City.
A vague resemblance of David Fairclough did tempt me to leave him on the bench for a late impact, but as has quite rightly been pointed out; its his festival and if he wants to play up front he can do.
10. Striker: Ghostpoet
Your classic target man strong, good in the air and with apparently good feet for a big man. He is hitting form at a crucial time in the season and his confidence was reflected by a last inute request to change the name on his shirt to ‘RAMBO 8’.
11. Striker: Dave Hewitson from 80’s Casuals.
Another player that’s been around the block but don’t mistake Dave for a journeyman – he’s as clinical as they come and knows good clobber when he sees it. Has an eye for goal akin to Dean Windass. Beautiful.
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos – playing at Liverpool Sound City.
For more information visit www.kickingandscreening.com and www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk