The JMU Journalism World Cup will return for a second instalment this coming spring, with the event organisers promising a real shake-up to the showpiece event.

 

The eyes of JMU Journalism will be focused upon a selection of the department’s finest players as the tournament promises to be bigger and better than ever.

 

This year, there will be four teams competing for the sought-after (and so far mythical) JMU Journalism World Cup trophy, with the matches being crammed into just two action-packed weekends.

 

In its debut year the tournament produced some scintillating football as the then-first-years were crowned JMU Journalism World Champions. Liam Deveney’s men narrowly overcame the second years in a penalty shoot-out, following a 5-5 draw in normal time. There has never been a football match like it.

 

The 2010 World Cup’s opening two games ended in

defeat for the third years, who will return this year as

part of a newly-formed veteran alumni team, with

lecturer John Mathews’ men looking to banish the

memories of last year’s campaign.

 

This year’s novices, the current crop of first years, will

add a fresh dimension to the tournament and present

an unknown challenge to opposing captains.

 

Stephen Dickinson, who was one of the star performers

in 2010, said: “It was really competitive last year, but we

had a good laugh at the same time. I personally need to

make amends for when I missed a crucial penalty in the

shoot-out.”

 

Chris Shaw, another man to miss a penalty, will captain the alumni side. He said: “Last year’s inaugural tournament was a great success and I’m delighted we have been asked to come back and participate. We will be looking for revenge after our shocker last year... we didn't even score a single goal!”

 

The call is going out for all talented individuals to put themselves forward to their nominated team captains. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday February 27 and the final will be on Sunday March 13. Those interested in taking part should e-mail the following captains:

 

Level 1 - Joel Richards

Level 2 - Liam Deveney 

Level 3 - Tom Broughton

Alumni - Chris Shaw

 

This year the stakes are higher than ever, and we hope to make history by having the first female players taking part in the tournament. JMU Journalism will offer extensive coverage throughout, giving the players the opportunity to cover themselves in glory and create a little piece of history in JMU Journalism folklore.

 

The draw for the World Cup semi-finals was made in the Lecture Theatre at Liverpool Screen School on Thursday January 13th, pitting Level 3 against the Alumni team and Level 1 versus Level 2.

 

Level 2 captain Deveney said: "It's an exciting draw and I believe we have nothing to fear. We've got the experience and we know how to win it. Last year threw up some memorable moments - including the 5-5 draw - so hopefully it will be more of the same this year."

 

Forget South Africa. It is time for the greatest show on earth.

 

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JMU Journalism World Cup returns in 2011

By Tom Broughton

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Fixtures

Semi-finals: Sunday February 27

Level 3 v Alumni - kick-off 12 noon

Level 1 v Level 2 - kick-off 2pm

 

Final: Sunday March 13

Winner 1 v Winner 2

 

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