A mock story about Cobram player Kile Kennedy being omitted from the Socceroos' World Cup squad has thrust him into the spotlight after the story went viral.DAMEN FRANCIS May 22, 2014 3:10am
Kile Kennedy’s unusual decision to play soccer in Iceland has drawn unexpected attention this week. Picture: Knattspyrnudeld
Globetrotting Cobram soccer player Kile Kennedy has been thrust into an unexpected spotlight after a mock story about his omission from the Socceroos’ World Cup squad went viral this week.
Parody Australian soccer blog formodernfootball.com posted an article about a fictional social media storm surrounding national coach Ange Postecoglou’s decision to overlook Kennedy, 25, in his preliminary 30-man squad.
The goalkeeper plays for semi-professional Icelandic outfit Knattspyrnufelag Fjaroabyggoar Fjaroabyggo in the third tier of the Iceland league system.
The article claimed the ‘‘#Justice4Kile’’ campaign threatened to derail the Socceroos’ World Cup preparations.
Perth Glory A-League keeper Danny Vukovic and Melbourne Heart first-choice shot stopper Andrew Redmayne were among those to acknowledge the online conversation and the team behind formodernfootball are believed to be producing #Justice4Kile T-shirts.
Speaking to The News from Iceland, Kennedy said he had no idea how the article came about, but embraced his newly found cult figure status.
‘‘I just woke up (Tuesday) morning and had all these notifications on Twitter,’’ Kennedy said.
‘‘I got Twitter just to follow local sports back home and stuff, so I don’t really use it and I just started looking into it and read the article they wrote and retweeted it all and put it on Facebook and it took off from there.
‘‘I’ve started talking to him (author Joey Crews) now after he added me on Facebook.
‘‘You can either take it one of two ways, you can be upset that people are trying the take the piss, but I think it’s quite funny and you’ve got to laugh at yourself every now and then and the way they’ve gone about it is quite funny and they’ve done it really well.’’
On a serious note, Kennedy is experiencing a productive time in Iceland.
KFF won the league in his first season, earning promotion to division two.
Kennedy saved a penalty as KFF claimed a 0-0 draw against the pre-season favourite in their season opener two weeks ago — despite playing the last 30 minutes with 10 men — and won 2-0 last time out with a player sent off shortly after half-time.
A Cobram Victory product, Kennedy had two stints at different United States colleges and spells at prominent Melbourne clubs Bentleigh Greens and Dandenong Thunder.
Kennedy said he kept up to date with the fortunes of newly formed National Premier Leagues club Goulburn Valley Suns, but was enjoying his time in the Nordic island nation.
‘‘There’s great people involved and it’s a good club atmosphere,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll see how we go at the end of the season, I haven’t made any plans for after that. Hopefully I play well and get a bit of exposure this year in this league and some clubs might take note from the higher leagues here or if we get promoted again I would definitely like to stay at this club.’’
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