With the Champions League Final over, we now can look forward to the FA Cup Final this Saturday featuring Everton against Chelsea in what promises to be an entertaining match with two teams very hungry to win the trophy. There’s alot of news and surprises in store in the build-up to the FA Cup Final. And here are several items we know that many of you will be interested in:
- Watch the above video to see an example of how you can virtually lift the FA Cup trophy. FA Cup sponsor E.ON has applied the latest military technology – known as Augmented Reality – to the oldest domestic cup competition in the world. Bringing a modern twist to The FA Cup Final, it is giving potentially millions of fans the chance to see themselves lift the historic trophy. The technology will be used to ‘transport’ people from sitting in front of their computer screen and into Wembley stadium to lift The FA Cup! People ‘lifting’ The FA Cup will also be able to record themselves within a mini post-match interview introduced by ITV football commentator, Clive Tyldsley. Once the clip has been recorded, fans will be able to send the video of themselves clutching the trophy to family and friends via email. After watching the video, ‘lift’ the virtual FA Cup for yourself by visiting www.familyfootball.co.uk
- For the first time ever, both Setanta Sports and Fox Soccer Channel will be simultaneously broadcasting the FA Cup Final this Saturday on live television in the United States. Setanta Sports’s coverage of the FA Cup Final begins at 4am ET and leads up to the 10am ET kick-off. Of special note for Setanta is that they’ll have one of the most famous pundit teams in Engiish football history. Ian St. John and Jimmy Greaves will be making a return to the airwaves for the first time in many years. More information about Setanta’s schedule from 4am ET can be seen here.
- Coverage on Fox Soccer Channel begins at 9:30am ET with a special edition of Fox Soccer Match Day featuring analysis from Warren Barton and host Christian Miles. Following the trophy presentation, the analysis from Fox Soccer Match Day will continue. Also, don’t forget that fans in the New York and Chicago areas are encouraged to enjoy the game in a pub environment at the FA Cup Final Viewing Parties, presented by Fox Soccer Channel. Visit foxsoccer.com/viewingparties for more information.
- Due to the success of the live blog/chats we had for the final day of the Premier League season and the Champions League Final, EPL Talk blogger Michael Scallon will be hosting a special FA Cup Final live blog/chat experience this Saturday beginning at 9:30am right here at http://epltalk.com Since it’s the last big match of the 2008-2009 calendar season, EPL Talk will be giving away T-shirt prizes to lucky contestants who turn up and successfully answer trivia questions correctly. More details to come.
- The football programme for the FA Cup Final is available to view electronically for free in return for some registration information online at http://www.familyfootball.co.uk/