The New York Giants, fresh off winning the Super Bowl in American football, now get to prepare for an unusual entry in a special World Cup soccer event scheduled for the summer of 2008. FIFA, which governs the soccer world, announced a deal with the NFL where the Super Bowl champion each year will face off in a soccer match against the most recent World Cup champion. Italy, having won the Cup in 2006, will play the Giants in London this July.
Italian soccer star Zinedine Zidane was at the Super Bowl and expressed disappointment at the Giants' victory: "Everyone knows the Patriots are the best team, and we wanted to play against the best." Giants defensive star Michael Strahan responded in typical fashion, noting that people have doubted the Giants all year, "and that just inspires us to win." As for Zidane, Strahan said he "can't wait for that pipsqueak to try and headbutt me."
While some in the NFL expressed concern that the Italians will embarrass the Giants, Eli Manning isn't worried. "Did you see how David Tyree caught that ball tonight," Manning said, continuing, "If he can do something like that, I'm pretty sure we can manage to kick a ball around with little Italians."
The Giants will count on placekicker Lawrence Tynes, who grew up playing soccer in Scotland. Reports that the Giants will trade for David Beckham could not be confirmed by press time.