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Superman is a soccer buff, a Pele fan

Actor Brandon Routh, talks about his love for the game and his favourite teams.

india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 17:01 IST

USA probably needed a Superman to see them through in the World Cup and Brandon Routh, Christopher Reeves' successor as Clarke Kent's alter ego, feels it would have been an out-of-the-world experience to have stepped on the field in US jersey.

An out and out soccer buff, Routh began playing soccer at the age of six and continued playing through high school, club teams and asked if he would have loved to play in any of the matches in Germany, the actor said, "I would like to see and play in any, really.

However since I'm partial to the US team I would like to play for them. I guess if there were one game this World Cup, I would've picked USA v Italy.

"I've watched some Italian soccer and they play extremely well. That would be absolutely amazing to step on the field. What amazing energy and excitement there must be. It gives me chills just imagining it," he said.

On his love for soccer, the Iowa-born actor said, "I've played a season of indoor as well. I played some pick-up games in college and also when I moved to Los Angeles. It has been my favourite sport to play since I began."

"Before high school I switched from forward to sweeper. While in high school I played mostly right midfield. I really began to enjoy throw-ins and corner-kicks because of the potential for setting up goals."

Cast in the title role of 'Superman Returns' which hit cinemas across the world this summer, the actor revealed he has been a Pele fan since his early days while he admires US player Brian McBride.

"I've followed three World Cups now. My idol in the history of the tournament is Pele. From an early age playing soccer, he was probably the only name I really knew. So his legend has definitely made an impact on American soccer culture," he elaborated.

On this World Cup, the movie star said, "Well it's been challenging to sit down and watch a complete game because I've been so busy promoting the film Superman Returns."

"But I did get to watch the USA games and I think they played well, with the exception of the Czech game. I am proud of them and I know they gained great experience which will pay off in four years."

He also predicted that today's France-Italy final would be a deadlock with a result in the extra time.

"Italy v France - that is incredibly hard to pick. I think we might have a 1-1 score and go into OT. Beyond that I will let the players decide on the field.