Rescinded Red

Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

The Onion Bag: A Weekend of Milestones

Here is my latest post for The Big Lead, a summary of this weekend’s soccer action.

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FifPro World XI: Glorified Popularity Contest

FifPro released their World XI, as voted by 57,500 players in 42 countries, who surely spent hours watching other football leagues in preparation.  Here is a break down.

GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) Casillas is a solid choice.  Buffon might be better technically, but Iker achieved more, winning Euro 2008 and La Liga.

D: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Ramos may be the best right back in the world.  If there is a specific right back slot, he belongs, but there isn’t.  Primarily valued for moving forward, he isn’t one of the four best “defenders” in the world.

D: Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) Rio is an absolute manimal. His team won the Premier League and the Champions League.  Although, Vidic has a more convincing case.

D: John Terry (Chelsea) John Terry isn’t the best defender on his own team (Ricardo Carvalho).  Injuries limit him.  He’s nowhere near the player he was two to three seasons ago.  English Media Myth.

D: Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Ehh…not so much.

M: Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) Highlights distort perceptions of him.  He’s tactically inept with a high turnover right, mitigating his spectacular plays.  Liverpool and England accomplished nothing.  Not the best midfielder on his own team (Javier Mascherano).

M: Xavi (Barcelona) Xavi is a fine player.  But, he’s not of this caliber.  Marcos Senna had at least an equally compelling case for Euro 2008 best player.  If he wins that, Xavi doesn’t sniff this list.

M: Kaka (A.C. Milan) Kaka bests nearly everyone on this list, when healthy.  He did not play nearly enough last season, a horrible one for A.C. Milan, to warrant inclusion.

F: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Might be the best player in the world.  A fair choice.

F: Fernando Torres (Liverpool) Twenty-four goals in the Premier League and scored the winner in 2008.  Probably the best pure striker in the world at this moment.

F: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) 42 goals last season.

Conclusions: Players throughout the world watched Euro 2008 and read the English media.

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Ljungberg to Join Seattle Sounders

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg will join Seattle Sounders F.C. as a designated player.  The news will be announced at a press conference on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old winger won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups playing for Arsenal, before injuries cut his effectiveness.  He played for West Ham in 2007-8 and captained Sweden at the 2008 European Championships.

Ljungberg had been without a club since August, when West Ham bought out his contract.

A renaissance man, Ljungberg also has modeled underwear for Calvin Klein and been called up to the Swedish National Handball team.

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Headlines: Sons of Ben in Trouble?

It’s not always be sunny in Philadelphia (MLS-Rumors)

Landycakes may be leaving on a jet plane for the Premier League (EPLTalk)

Nuns buy shares in Hajduk Split (The Beautiful Game)

You may take Steve McClaren’s life.  But you’ll never take his freedom! (The Spoiler)

Pies are so passe (The Guardian)

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Rethinking Goals

Rethinking Goals

Here was my post for Soccerlens’ 2008 Writing Competition.  How telling are goal tallies when determining a player’s value?

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Sunday Premier League Results 27 Oct 2008

Chelsea 0 – Liverpool 1: Liverpool ended Chelsea’s 4 and a half year unbeaten streak at home in the league.  Liverpool look like the favorites at this point.  John Terry can do no wrong.

Tottenham 2 – Bolton 0: Spurs get new win with new manager bounce.  Clive Allen or Redknapp allowed Modric the freedom to do his thing.  The roster seems revived.

West Ham 0 – Arsenal 2: The Capi came through with his finest effort of the season, but Carlton Cole can have that effect on defenders.  Arsenal kept plugging for the eventual reward.  A stern performance in a normally tough London derby.

Manchester City 3 – Stoke City 0: Mark that Robinho fellow lads.  It might be a good idea.  Robinho’s hat-trick allowed him to exhibit every goal celebration known to man.

Wigan Athletic 0 – Aston Villa 4: Aston Villa were clinical and ruthless, with Big John Carew coming off the bench to recompense for his lap dancing club antics.  Ashley Young and Agbonlahor are sending a message to Capello.

Portsmouth 1 – Fulham 1: Pompey outplayed Fulham in their first post-Redknapp match, but substitute Clint Dempsey burst through with a late equalizer.  

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