A week is a long time in football, but what will have happened in the beautiful game in six months time? Will diving become an artform? Will the Special One return to the Premier League? And what new fad will replace the snood?
That is the question we were asked by O2 for their Future Timeline campaign and the telecommunications company have asked for our help to predict the future of football.
The whole event will try and map out what will happen in sport, fashion and music over the next six months, to promote their new Pay & Go Go Go sim card which rewards PAYG customers the longer they stay with the plan.
We’ve come up with eight things that we think could happen in football by June 2013, which we are going to put into a time capsule ready to be opened in six months time.
These include sponsors on shorts, the banning of under-shirt messages and a Twitter gag for some of the Premier League’s chirpiest players. We are also predicting retrospective bans for the most theatrical of divers, an emotional homecoming for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, three sackings in the Premier League manager sack race, plenty of dodgy away kits and a new football fad to rival the snood!
Then, in June, we will be filmed opening our time capsule to see just how good we are at predicting the future of football. Will they all come to fruition or were we misguided in our guesses? We’ll find out in six months time.
In the meantime, we’d like your suggestions as to what will happen to football in this period. Whether you think there will be a new England manager, a breakthrough for goal-line technology or a Joey Barton renaissance – we want to know.