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World Best XI for 2008/09 Season

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I find best of the calendar year lists arbitrary.  It’s difficult to assess a players’ performance across three separate competitions and adorn them with adequate weight.  So, here is my Best XI for the season thus far.

Shay Given (Newcastle) – Goalkeeper may have been the hardest position to pick.  Buffon’s been injured.  Iker hasn’t really asserted his dominion over Real Madrid’s net of late.  He faces so much abuse as Newcastle’s keeper he was soundly praised for only allowing five goals against Liverpool.  If he would move to be a bigger club, he would receive his deserved recognition.  Without him Newcastle would be relegated.

Nemanja Vidic (Man U) – United have not conceded a goal in six Premier League games.  Rio Ferdinand is considered one of the best defenders in the world.  Vidic is a primary cause of both occurrences.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) ­– Chiellini is the best defender in his league, which says something when you play in Italy.  He’s not the best on the ball, but one of the hardest men in the game on the back line.

Dani Alves (Barcelona) – Alves is difficult to classify as a defender.  Right Back (Brazilian) probably would designate him best.  But, he’s been an integral catalyst for Barcelona this season.

Frank Lampard (Chelsea) – In the loaded Chelsea midfield, Lampard shines the brightest.  He scores goals and can create with his passing.  He’s slightly less explosive than Gerrard, but far more consistent throughout a match.  Wearing a Chelsea shirt, he’s fantastic.

Javier Mascherano (Liverpool) – Mascherano is the rock in Liverpool’s midfield that stabilizes Gerrard’s tactical insanity.  Makelele made Chelsea into a title-winning team.  Mascherano may do the same for Liverpool this season.

Frank Ribery (Bayern Munich) – As Rafael Hoinigstein terms him, Ribery is “the last anarchist of European football.”  He’s toiled with some anonymity outside of a top three league.  But, with his combination of work-rate and technical ability, he’s a fantastic player.

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)– Messi is the most talented player in the world.  If he can stay healthy, he’s the best or right there in the discussion.  He has so far this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man U) – He’s having an off year compared to his masterpiece last season.  That said, an off year for him is still scoring eight goals in 15 appearances in the Premier League.

Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona) – Barca may have made their signing of the season not shedding Samuel Eto’o in the summer.  He’s made 15 appearances in the league and scored 15 goals.  Easy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan) – Zlatan’s known derisively as the YouTube phenomenon, but you have to be damn good to score a YouTube caliber goal.  He has, nearly singlehandedly, kept the inaugural Mourinho campaign credible.

Are there any omissions?  Do you think you can come up with a better team?  Leave a comment below.

Happy New Year!

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Headlines: Breast Milk Did Theo Walcott Good

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Theo Walcott, breast-feeding proponent (The Mirror)

Walcott and Capi could face Man United on Saturday (BBC Sport)

Video evidence of Messi spitting at another player (101 Great Goals)

Arsene Wenger accuses Stoke of playing to strengths, trying to win match (Soccernet)

Paul Ince is not a sexist (The Original Winger)

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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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Poll: Who Should Win the Ballon d’Or?

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Headlines: Usmanov in Love

Usmanov is “in love” with Arsenal, won’t sell shares (Soccernet)

Roque Santa Cruz does want to move to Manchester City (The Independent)

Leo Messi will be rested during International friendlies (BBC Sport)

All owners should be like Oliver Luck (MLS Rumors)

No homecoming for Torres, UEFA hit Atletico with three-match stadium ban (Football 365)

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