Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tribute To Carra, Drogball's World Cup Guide

Jamie Carragher: A Man For All Seasons
He might have failed to help Liverpool defend its European crown and scored an own-goal on Saturday, but the vice captain of Liverpool is immense. As a local Scouser, he was being played at various positions, right-back, left-back and even as a holding midfielder, but under Rafa, he prospered and thrived when Rafa decided his best position is centre-back. Together with the big Finn Hyypia, they formed a wall of stone and under his commanding presence, we only conceded 25 goals in the league this season, just 3 more than moneybags Chelski. An ever-present, passionate and consistant performer. Let's give credits to where it is due:

And Also...
Watch The Crouchinho & Carragher's Interview: Their Views On Their Team-mates

Click Here! (Outgoing Link to YouTube)

Your World Cup '06 Guide:
As of today, I'll start the coverage of the upcoming World Cup @ Germany. I'll post the squad list and some random facts about the nation. We'll start off with Group A and the first national team in Group A would of course be Germany, host nation of thw WC '06.

Group A: Germany
Goalkeepers:Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Timo Hildebrand (Stuttgart);

Defenders: Robert Huth (Chelsea), Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Per Mertesacker (Hannover), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich);

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Chelsea), Thorsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen), Thomas Hitzlsperger (Stuttgart), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund);

Strikers: Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Gerald Asamoah (Schalke), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen), Mike Hanke (Wolfsburg), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Monchengladbach), David Odonkor (Borussia Dortmund).

Random Facts:
* Uncapped Borussia Dortmund striker David Odonkor is included by Klinsmann.
* Chelsea's Michael Ballack will captain the side, while Jens Lehmann will start in goal

Man To Watch: Ballack, Klose(remember him?), Odonkor;
Youth To Watch: Lukas Podolski. Watch him, he'll come good, trust me.

Drogballs: Certainly fired up for the World Cup because of all the expectations. As a host country, the Germans would surely want to win it on thie home soil. But a look at their defence will make you go.."they can't make it, can they?" Most of them are inexperience and Robert Huth? How many games did he play for Chelsea? Their midfield isn't much better either. Amongst the names, only Ballack and Schweinsteiger stands out. And as I have mentioned, watch Lukas Podolski. He'll be one of the best strikers in Europe soon.

Prediction: Quater-finals. With the home support they'll be tough to beat. But too inexperience to reclaim the crown from Brazil.

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