DIARY - TOP GEAR - Table football

Table football - or ’foosball’ as Joey and Chandler have the irritating habit of calling it on Friends - attracts almost as many obsessive fans as the real thing.

Table football - or ’foosball’ as Joey and Chandler have the

irritating habit of calling it on Friends - attracts almost as many

obsessive fans as the real thing.



Get down to Cafe Kick in Exmouth Market of a Saturday and you’ll see

dozens of wild-eyed players and spectators hunched over tables. The

place is so alluring it even featured in an Adidas ad for the World

Cup.



Not that this was any surprise, as more than a few agencies have

installed tables to entertain and inspire those hard-working

creatives.



Even Channel 4 has one in its canteen - I’ve heard Michael Jackson’s a

dab hand, but don’t quote me.



The thing about table football is that it requires genuine skill,

determination and concentration, not to mention hours of practice. As

with real-life football, it has its own complex set of rules, the most

well-known being the ’no spinning’ decree that so many amateurs

ignore.



Unfortunately, the real experts at the game are unlikely to earn

millions of pounds, drive flash motors or get caught snorting coke in a

Portuguese toilet. That’s because they’re all eight-year-old French

kids.





Table football



Available at Cafe Kick, 43 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1.



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