8
Oct

Swedish player causes stir with Pop Idol performance

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Chances are you haven’t heard of Kevin Walker but he is causing a bit of a stir in his native Sweden. The 24-year-old midfielder has a day job with second division side GIF Sundsvall, but has dreams of playing on a bigger stage — as a pop star.

Walker is proving to be a smash hit on the Swedish version of Pop Idol, but his appearances have not gone down well with opposing teams. The reason? Channel TV4 owns the rights to both the program AND match broadcasts, and ordered GIF Sundsvall’s game against Assyriska to be moved to a Sunday so that it didn’t clash with Walker’s live performance the day before.

Niklas Klingberg, a midfielder with rival club Degerfors, branded the decision “ridiculous” and Robert Laul, a writer for Swedish sports paper Sportbladet, called the situation “unprecedented in Swedish football history.”

There’s no doubt Walker, whose dad used to play for English side Gillingham between 1977 and 1981, sings like a bird but he’d better watch out on the pitch for those unhappy with being messed around with. Listen to Walker’s audition and see if the decision was worth it:

H/T 101 Great Goals

1
Aug

One Direction star signs contract with pro soccer team. No, really.

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Image via: doncasterroversfc.co.uk

More like New Direction.

Louis Tomlinson of the popular English-Irish boy band One Direction has officially signed on as a non-contract player with Championship side Doncaster Rovers. This is not a joke.

Tomlinson, who gained fame with his bandmates on the British TV singing competition The X-Factor and then signed with Simon Cowell’s record company (we can only guess what Simon thinks about this), joined the club as a way to raise money for Bluebell Wood charity.

The 21-year-old, who hasn’t played at any level higher than Sunday League, will appear for the club’s reserve squad at some point this season and wear jersey number 28 (ladies, don’t get this kit for your boyfriends). There’s practically no chance he will feature for the first team, as Doncaster would probably rather not risk their status as a Championship side after gaining promotion just this past season. Still, the Doncaster native said the opportunity has been “a dream come true” for him.

No, girls, he will not be leaving the band because of this. You can all relax now. But let’s just hope that this goes a lot better than Justin Bieber’s foray into professional hockey.