With a trick and a flick Sam masters Sub­bu­teo-ful game

Next the ta­ble-top­per is off to Ger­many for his mini World Cup

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - BY STEPHEN BRIGGS By STEPHEN BRIGGS

A CITY young­ster is hop­ing to make his mark as a mini-Fabio Capello as he leads his table­top­ping team into bat­tle at a world cup with a dif­fer­ence this sum­mer.

Sam Cur­tis is hop­ing his cham­pi­onship win­ning squad will score suc­cess at the World Sub­bu­teo Cup in Ger­many this Septem­ber with the use a va­ri­ety of flicks and tricks.

Jack Hunt School pupil Sam re­cently lifted the Bri­tish Un­der 15s Sub­bu­teo Cham­pi­onship tro­phy af­ter win­ning the tour­na­ment in Le­ices­ter and has now set his sights on big­ger and bet­ter things.

The 15-year-old, of Ped­dars Way, Longth­orpe, Peter­bor­ough has been one of the top play­ers in the coun­try for a num­ber of years and has al­ready com­peted in three World Cups.

While he has never gone be­yond the quar­ter-fi­nal stage in the in­di­vid­ual event, he did help Eng­land Un­der 19s reach the semi-fi­nal in the 2004 World Cup in Bologna, Italy, when he was aged just nine.

He said: “I was un­beaten in the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, win­ning the fi­nal 2-0. It is very com­pet­i­tive, es­pe­cially be­cause we were play­ing for a place in the world cup.

“It is nice to go to any tour­na­ment, but go­ing abroad is re­ally spe­cial.”

Sub­bu­teo is in the blood for the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur and Lin­coln City fan as his dad Adrian has also rep­re­sented Eng­land.

And like Eng­land coach Fabio Capello, Sam has been work­ing on his tac­tics to en­sure that he has the edge when he goes up against the best play­ers on the planet.

He said: “It is very much like real foot­ball, al­though ob­vi­ously there are some dif­fer­ences.

“The real key is to keep your de­fence or­gan­ised. It is vi­tal to stop them from scor­ing.

“If you can keep con­trol of the ball, then it is eas­ier to get the ball up front to the strik­ers.

“At the world cup, the main com­peti­tors will be the Ital­ians and the Greeks, who are very good.

“But I think I have a good chance of get­ting through this time.”

But while he was plot­ting Eng­land foot­ball glory, Sam was not so con­fi­dent that Steven Ger­rard, Wayne Rooney and John Terry would be bring­ing home the World Cup from South Africa.

He said: “I can’t see Eng­land win­ning. I think they will get beaten in the semis or quar­ters and ei­ther Brazil or Ar­gentina will win the com­pe­ti­tion.”

ta­ble-top­ping per­for­mance: Sam Cur­tis who is com­pet­ing in the Sub­bu­teo World Cup in Ger­many.

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