Rescinded Red

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

John Terry’s Red Card Against Everton

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Monday EPL Result: Everton Protect Liverpool’s Lead

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Everton 0 – Chelsea 0: Still, no one wishes to win the Premier League.  John Terry saw red, probably soon to be rescinded, for a reckless challenge.  Riled by the referee, Chelsea showed their normal level of restraint, with three bookings for dissent.

The Blues have earned just six points from their last five matches, again leaving Liverpool unscathed at the top.  Chelsea sullied their perfect away record as well with the draw.

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Soccer Christmas Parties

Here is my latest soccer post for The Big Lead, a roundup of the Premiership Christmas Parties.

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Headlines: Pujols On Board With St. Louis MLS bid

pujIf St. Louis gets their MLS franchise bid, Albert Pujols will be part of the ownership group. (The Beautiful Game)

Robinho goes green, uses public transport. (Off the Post)

This “wild Bor” is currently Mayor of London. (YouTube)

Forbes released its “Richest Men in Soccer” List. (Dirty Tackle)

John Terry challenges England youngsters to prove they deserve a place.  Who is challenging John Terry? (Setanta)

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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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