According to the Washington Post, Kobe Bryant has signed up to play in a charity soccer match for long time friends Mia Hamm and Normar Garciaparra. We all know Kobe's passion for soccer began when he lived in Italy as a youth and he has definitely expressed interest in the sport as he's been associated with many players around the world - David Beckham, Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho.
It remains unclear if Kobe Bryant will actually play competitively overseas, but there's at least one additional venture he'll partake in to enhance his footwork.
The Lakers star is listed as one of the participants planning to play in the Celebrity Soccer Challenge on July 31 at Kastles Stadium in Washington D.C., an event sponsored by former U.S. women's soccer player Mia Hamm and her husband, ex-Dodger Nomar Garciaparra. Bryant's certainly no stranger to the pitch, as he played soccer growing up in Italy and is an avid fan of the Premier League's Barcelona
and the Brazilian national team. He also attended the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
But the timing is particularly interesting simply because an official from the Turkish basketball team Besiktas told reporters this weekthat the organization planned to talk with Bryant's representatives on July 30th in hopes that he will team with Deron Williams during the NBA lockout. Bryant's planned appearance in the charity soccer game would take place one week after playing in a pair of exhibition games in the Philippines.
Barcelona has nothing to do with Premier League
it's a La Liga club