Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Stevie! Pass The Pringles! And World Cup Stuff (NOTE: 3 DAYS)

Stevie G In Pringles Advertisement

I don't think this advertisement will be available in Singapore. But anyway thanks to this.is.anfield for the YouTube link, we can all watch Roberto Carlos, Gerrard and Totti going over the same....Pringles.

World Cup Wishful Thinking Part II:

  • Costa Rica to do to Germany what Senegal did to France in the opening game in 2002.
  • Jermaine Jenas and Owen Hargreaves to catch the plane home, admitting they're well out of depth.
  • No England fans to be sent home from Germany for fighting.
  • Ian Wright to admit that Shaun Wright-Phillips would have made absolutely no difference to England's World Cup hopes.
  • The Irish to support England in the manner that the English supported Eire at World Cup '94.
The 'We're Not Going To Germany' First XI:

Goalkeeper: Jerzy Dudek (Poland, Liverpool)
Poor old Dudek. The hero in the 2005 Champions League finals has suddenly found himself dropped out of the Polish squad due to the fact that he didn't have too many games at Liverpool this season. A solid shot-stopper but sometimes as calamitous as David James. Sorry Dudek, we screwed your World Cup dreams...

Right Back: Dani Alves (Brazil, Sevilla)
Understandably, he's dropped due to the sheer strength in dept in the Brazillian squad, with captain Cafu and Cicinho on the right-back slot. But looking at his form for Sevilla this season makes you think why is he not ahead of Cicinho during the selection. Perhaps he's playing for a smaller and less fashionable team? I think so.

Left Back: Javier Zanetti (Argentina, Inter Milan)
In my opinion, one of the best wing-back in modern era. Solid defensively and raring to go forward at every chance, he is a player every manager would love to take into their squad. His down-to-earth attitude and influence makes him a perfect captain. Can't understand why Jose Pekerman dropped him. But presumably its due to his age and its against his objective of keeping the Argentinian squad as youthful as possible.

Centre Back: Philippe Mexes (France, Roma)
Ah, the player that everyone buys on FM isn't it. Anyway he has had a fantastic season with Roma and how on earth is Jean-Alain Boumsong picked ahead of him? If I'm Mexes, I would be more ashamed than devastated. A p*ss-sh|t defender gets the chance of going to the World Cup while I'm on a holiday. But not surprisingly, his maager uses Astrology to pick the team, so he's bound to fail anyway.

Left Midfield: Clarence Seedorf (Netherlands, AC Milan)
He used to be damn good when he was at Real Madrid. But since his move to AC Milan, his career seemed to go downhill from there. Everytime I watched a Milan game, he would be out there on the left, out of position, and performs badly. Not once or twice, but quite a lot of times. But on his day, he is still a top-class midfielder.

Right Midfield: Shaun Wright-Phillips (England, Chelsea)
Taken advice from Ian 'Wrong' Wright, his dad, he joined Chelsea to 'further' his career and look how much further have he got. Nowhere further than Stamford Bridge itself. He was such a fantastic performer back in the days when he was playing for Man City, but the constant bench warming excercise made him more of a zombie than a rather good replacement for erm, David Beckham. Watched him played a few games this season and he was truly, truly awful. Deserved to be dropped. Come on Aaron Lennon!

Central Midfield: Ruben Baraja (Spain, Valencia)
He was marked by Benitez as a successor for Steven Gerrard when everyone thought the G is about to leave for Chelscums and everyone knows why. His style seemed to be similar to Gerrard, fearsome tackler, excellent passer of the ball, controls the pace of the game wel and also famed for scoring crucial goals, he's dropped from the Spanish squad due to the sheer quality and quantity of the central midfielders. Fabregas, Alonso, Iniesta and Xavi.

Central Midfield: Edgar 'Pitbull' Davids (Netherlands, TotSpurs)
Have been around in the Dutch squad since 1992...yes 1992. His nickname suggest that he's a tenacious and energetic midfielder that does everything with passion. But he has clearly struggled in Tottenham last season and it's no surprised that he would be dropped. I've seen a couple of matches he played in and obviously not the Davids of old.
[NOTE] - How ESPN StarSports picked him as one of the nominees of Midfielders of the season is beyond me.

Attacking Midfielder: Ludovic Giuly (France, Barcelona)
Ah, the master astrologer at it again. That nutter Domenech picked his team using his astrology formula and dropped the in-form Ludovic Giuly. He played the crucial role in Barcelona's double winning season and has been fantastic last season. Apparently, he's quite humorous as well, telling Monsieur Domenech that he would be on a holiday in Australia, canooeing amongst crocos, kangaroos and penguins. If anything happens, tough luck for him.

Striker: Fernando Morientes (Spain, Valencia)
Was recently sold by Lverpool because he's really not up to the mark and had a pretty poor season with us. He has scored 26 goals in 43 starts for Spain but promptly dropped by Spain because Aragones wants only 4 strikers.

Striker: Roy Makaay (Netherlands, Bayern)
This surprises me the most actually, other than Giuly. He has been scoring consistantly for Bayern this few season and although he did hit a rough patch earlier this season, his scoring record are for all to see. A fantastic striker and in my opinion should have gone due to the fact that van Nistelrooy hasn't been performing too well recently.

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