Five In Midfield XI

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FOOTBALL blog Five In Midfield has been kind enough to let me put my words all over their excellent site, penning an all-time XI to be posted.
I had a lot of fun and a little brow-furrowing putting the piece together – if you think Sir Alex Ferguson has selection headaches, try picking a team from every player that’s ever lived, ever.
Nevertheless, I did it, and you can read the reasons behind my picks here.
For those with less time on their hands, here’s my selection, and if anyone else is brave enough to let me guest post on their site, get in touch –
GK – Campos
DEF – Desailly, Cannavaro, Lucio.
MID – Best, Gascoigne, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo.
ATK – Ronaldo, Henry.


Best Team In The World XI

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LAST night saw the announcement of Lionel Messi as the Ballon d’Or winner, naming him as the best player in the world as of now.
Few would argue with the result – except a certain Mr Ronaldo, perhaps – but alongside the award was the naming of the FIFA Team of the Year, voted for by footballers, football professionals and football writers.
Interestingly, not one British-based player made the cut. Here is the XI –
GK – Casillas
DEF – Maicon, Lucio, Pique, Puyol
MID – Sneijder, Xavi, Iniesta
ATK – Messi, Villa, Ronaldo

Julio Cesar is sad not to finish jigsaw puzzle

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A SEVEN-piece jigsaw puzzle proved too tricky for Brazil’s national team, says Julio Cesar.
Admitting their semi-final World Cup exit in South Africa left him unable to leave the house for eight days, goalkeeper Cesar revealed that his teammates were presented with a seven-piece puzzle by coaches which they were unable to finish.
Only five pieces were added.
The giant jigsaw was placed at the head of the table where the players had their meals, and after each match coach Dunga would hand team captain Lucio a piece which he would add to the picture of the trophy.
He said: “It makes me feel bad, even today.
“Even now, when I lie down and put my head on the pillow, I lament it, I still get emotional and feel sad, because I think we had everything it takes to win the World Cup.”

Five-a-side dream team XI

NOT a Goaltastic XI in the truest sense of the word I grant you, but after reading this concept across on The Offside the other day, the cogs have been turning trying to dream up a five-a-side Dream Team.
The idea is simple, which five professional players would you put out for a game of five-a-side, in the style of computer game Pure Football.
And after much deliberation, here’s my side – Hart’s in for his cat-like reflexes, while if anyone in world football can be a one-man defence Lucio is your man.
Offensively, a midfield of Ronaldo and Messi should run rings around just about anyone, and nobody can bully the opposition with the ball at his feet like Drogba.
Who’d you plump for?
GK – Hart (England)
DEF – Lucio (Brazil)
MID – Ronaldo (Portugal), Messi (Argentina)
ATK – Drogba (Ivory Coast)

World Cup XI

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I’VE selected 11 players missing out on the World Cup due to selection, and I’ve picked a team of players not at South Africa due to injury.
Now indulge me while I pick a team of the most exciting talents that will be playing over the next month, as if I’m not excited enough about the tournament –
GK – Cesar (Bra)
DEF – Lucio (Bra), Cannavaro (Ita), Vidic (Ser)
MID – Ronaldo (Por), Kaka (Bra), Xavi (Spa), Lampard (Eng), Robben (Ned)
ATK – Messi (Arg), Rooney (Eng), Torres (Spa)