dom 06 jun 2010 18:47 EDT
Woody Harrelson, penalty kick master
By Brooks Peck
No, there isn't a gas leak in your house causing you to hallucinate. That really is actor Woody Harrelson hoisting a trophy while surrounded by the likes of Henrik Larsson, Mike Myers, and Zinedine Zidane (bald head behind Wayne Campbell) after scoring a match-winning penalty in front of more than 65,000 at Old Trafford in Manchester. Unless writing this post is all part of a fever dream of my own, that actually did happen.
Harrelson, who says he didn't take up the sport until he was 40, was the 11th penalty taker for manager Kenny Dalglish's Rest of the World team that took on Harry Redknapp's England side as part of this year's Soccer Aid match, benefiting UNICEF. Both sides were comprised of a number of celebrities and retired footballers (full rosters here) under captains Robbie Williams (England) and Michael Sheen (RotW).
All even at 2-2 after 90 minutes (goals from Jamie Redknapp and Teddy Sheringham for England and Joe Calzaghe and Sami Hyypia for the imposingly named Rest of the World), the match then went to a never-ending, celebrities-only shootout. After misses from Gordon Ramsay and The Mentalist, and makes from Sheen, Ricky Hatton and Mike Myers, Harrelson stepped up to the spot and somehow drove home the winner.
(click this link to see photos from the match: http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/blog/dirty-tackle/post/Woody-Harrelson-penalty-kick-master?urn=sow,246022 )