British Music Stars and Soccer In Los Angeles

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According to FeedBurner, many of my readers are from London, so I thought you might enjoy this little tale.

Tonight, I met someone extremely famous, or so I was told. When I got home, I looked him up, and sure enough, he is huge in Europe. According to Wikipedia, “he has sold more albums in the UK than any other British solo artist in history”.

Have any of you heard of Robbie Williams?


My wife knew who he was immediately. Must be the fact that she’s a British citizen (she has dual Japanese citizenship as well). She played one of his songs from an Alice 97.3 compilation we have. I rather liked it.

It turns out that he runs (owns?) a soccer team in Los Angeles. We had a friendly scrimmage set up with them at UCLA. I fully expected we’d be playing on the intramural fields where everyone else plays, but instead we played on the immaculate UCLA Football team’s practice field.

This seems to be a trend I’m noticing among British music stars. They move to Los Angeles and start up soccer teams to manage. They also seem to have the means to absorb some of the best talent in Los Angeles in doing so.

As I’ve written before, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols runs a team in my league. I have heard that Rod Stewart has a team in Los Angeles as well. I suppose if the day comes when I can’t run on the pitch, and if I had that sort of money, I could see running a soccer club (sorry, Footbal Club) as a fantastic hobby.


Not to be outdone, my team now has its own celebrity member. Santiago Cabrera from the TV show Heroes is now a member of our team.

Fortunately, he is a very talented soccer player, scoring a bycicle kick against us in our scrimmage tonight (he plays on the other team as well). Now if we could just get some former pros to join us to help solidify our midfield. Zidane, I’m looking at you buddy!

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11 responses

  1. Avatar for Andy Stopford
    Andy Stopford April 19th, 2007

    You and your show-biz mates ;-)

  2. Avatar for Ross
    Ross April 19th, 2007

    You are now the envy of about 30 million British females. Congratulations.
    Seriously I have yet to meet a female Brit that doesn't swoon as soon as Robbie appears on TV. Some of his music is cool though, check out the Sinatra stuff he did - and the duet with Tom Jones.

  3. Avatar for Remmus
    Remmus April 19th, 2007

    He was originally a member of Take That, probably the biggest boy band the UK has ever seen.
    They had numerous number 1 hits all over the world before they split and he went solo.
    He is a massive football fan, I think he supports Port Vale, which is a League 1 side over here.
    I must admit I'm not a fan but whatever floats your boat.

  4. Avatar for Karthik
    Karthik April 19th, 2007

    Poor Santiago, he probably hears stuff like "dude how'd you miss that block? I thought you could see the future"

  5. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 19th, 2007

    @Andy - I'm preparing my headshots to bring to the game. See if he can get me on Heroes as "The Code Haacker"! ;)

  6. Avatar for Steff
    Steff April 20th, 2007

    Your wife is a British citizen??? Where have I been?
    And yes, Robbie Williams. He's like a British, musically inclined Colin Farrell. The only thing I really know about him (and don't ask *how* I know this) is that he gets nekkid in one of his videos.

  7. Avatar for JonR
    JonR April 26th, 2007

    OMG robbie williams!

  8. Avatar for JLO78
    JLO78 April 29th, 2007

    Well you've been really lucky I'm a Robbie fan since I was 14 years old and he still was in take that ! He's definitely a good singer and entertainer, he's also really funny he's got a great sense of humour .
    He's a very eclectic artist he passed from rock to pop music and to swing and dance music with undoubtely class !!!
    Btw he's also a great soccer.... erhm football player!!!
    pS : I apologize for my not perfect english but I'm not mother tongue :-)

  9. Avatar for Julia
    Julia May 3rd, 2007

    I thought Santiago Cabrera was a part of Robbie's LA Vale team? He was with them when I saw them in Des Moines on April 21.

  10. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked May 3rd, 2007

    I think he'll be playing on both. Not sure.

  11. Avatar for Jodster
    Jodster November 13th, 2007

    I know of Robbie Williams and also when visited the USA recently, went to a game at UCLA - which was quite amazing to see him up close and have a conversation - considering the lengths people go through to see him (or at least see a screen with him on it) at his concerts.