Retired footballer Sol Campbell earned accolades during his career with Arsenal. Now he plans to embark on a new campaign, standing in 2016 for Mayor of London. He will join several Conservative candidates during a debate on July 4th.
An Exciting Race
Other candidates in the race include Labour politicians Tessa Jowell and Sadiq Khan, and Conservatives Stephen Greenhalgh and Zac Goldsmith. This will be one of the first contests for Sol Campbell where free bets on the outcome will not be placed, but will generate worldwide interest.
Sol Campbell announced his decision to stand for political office in February. “I’m going in with my eyes wide open,” the 40-year old said recently. “I know I’m not going to be a front runner.” However, the native Londoner does believe he can make an important difference. “I bring something new to the table…I just felt it was something I had to do.”
An Acclaimed Football Career
Sol Campbell’s past career proves he’s more than willing to tackle difficult battles. Free betting sports fans agree on that point. Born into a working class family in East London in 1974, he demonstrated his talent as an athlete at an early age. The youngest son in a household of 12 children, he displayed an aptitude for soccer as a youth.
His father labored on the railroad and his mother worked in a factory; the Campbell family struggled financially. Sol Campbell resolved to pursue a career in football. As things turned out, he did very well despite the long odds against success in such a highly competitive sport.
In 1992, Sol Campbell began his pro career playing as a defender for Arsenal’s longtime rivals, the Tottenham Hotspurs. During 255 appearances, he scored 10 goals and led the team to a celebrated victory during the 1999 Football League Cup. He infuriated some Spur fans when he signed with the Arsenals as a free transfer in 2001.
He played as an Arsenal between 2001 and 2006 and again, briefly, in 2010. During his first five years, he made 195 appearances and won two Premier League Winner medals. The 2003-04 season proved especially glorious. Sol Campbell contributed to a team known as “The Invincibles” due to their undefeated Premier League play.
Even when the Arsenals fortunes took a turn for the worse and the team sustained a crushing 2-1 defeat against Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Cup, Sol Campbell scored his team’s only goal in the match. After departing from the Arsenal, he helped Portsmouth win a victory in the 2008 FA Cup Final.
Sol Campbell is married Fiona Barrett, an interior designer and the couple and their children reside in London.
Following his retirement, efforts by the Labour Party to impose a “mansion tax” on property sparked the former player’s concern. He felt the tax would unfairly burden people who purchased homes before rapidly appreciating housing prices ballooned London’s sizzling real estate market. The fairness issue prompted him to join the Conservative Party.
During retirement, Sol Campbell helped found a charity for children called “Kids Go Live”. It sends youngsters from financially deprived backgrounds to watch live sports matches, something that the sponsors hope will stimulate their interest in athletics. In the past, the charity has sent youngsters to professional rugby matches, Wimbledon and even the Olympic Games.
With respect to his political aspirations, Sol Campbell asserts he’s “in it to win it.” He Recently said: “I come from a working class background, it wasn’t easy for me at all, but I worked hard. And now it’s about giving something back.”
This article was written by Tony Samboras who writes for a front running free betting website based in Australia.