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2010 World Cup – Full List of Preliminary National Team Squads

The 32 qualified teams participating in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa have provided a preliminary list of up to 30 players. The teams have till June 1st to provide a final list of 23 players. Provisions are made where players with serious injuries can be replaced up to 24 hours before their team’s first game.

The highlight in any footballer’s career is without a doubt, playing for his country in the World Cup. This week was “a dream come true” for many players and a massive disappointment for others. Thousands of fans in the 32 countries will contest their coach’s controversial decisions to include certain players while omitting others.

World Cup Group A (France, Mexico, Uruguay, South Africa)

Raymond Domenech, the French coach announced a preliminary list of 30 players for the 2010 World Cup. The big surprises are the absences of Benzema (Real Madrid), Nasri (Arsenal) and Patrick Vieira (Manchester City). France and the host country South Africa will face in the opening match of the tournament on 11 June.

In this same group Mexico have chosen a very young squad and will play without the talented Miguel Sabah due to injury. Bafana Bafana’s Brazilian coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, also sprang some surprises for South Africa, like Israel-based defender Bevan Fransman and prodigal son Benni McCarthy.

As for Uruguay, Oscar Tabarez announced a list of 26 without any major surprises except for the non inclusion of Cristian Rodríguez, possibly for the fact that he would have missed the first two games of the World Cup due to a red card suspension.

World Cup Group B (Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea)

Diego Maradona’s selection provided some surprises for the Argentines, by picking the unknown trio of Ariel Garce, Sebastian Blanco and Juan Insaurralde, contrasting with notable absences like Javier Zanetti, Cambiasso, Gago, or Lucho Gonzalez. Argentina is drawn in Group A along with Greece, Nigeria and South Korea.

The Greek coach, Otto Rehhagel, named 30 players without any surprises, bringing in Seitaridis and Patsatzoglou after an injury filled season.

Lars Lagerback, the Nigerian coach, made no notable surprises in the 30 man list, maintaining veteran striker Kanu in the squad.

South Korea’ coach Huh Jung-Moo also made no surprises in the 30 choices, maintaining 2002 FIFA World Cup hero Ahn Jung-hwan who will play for a third consecutive appearance on World Cup.

World Cup Group C (England, USA, Slovenia, Algeria)

England were surprised by call-up of uncapped Michael Dawson, and the talented Adam Johnson. Jamie Carragher and Ledley King return to the squad. The two big names that Fabio Capello will not go to South Africa’s World Cup are David Beckham because of injury and Pal Scholes, retired from the England Squad.

The other teams in this group include the USA, Slovenia and Algeria. Coach Bob Bradley did not include Freddy Adu in the US team even though he went for the Confederations Cup. Another absence due to a serious car accident is Charlie Davies.

There were no big surprises from Algeria coach Rabah Sadaane whose team is dominated by a strong Europe based contingent. No surprises from coach Matjaz Kek after chosing 30 for Slovenia bringing in young striker Tim Matavz. This is Slovenia’s second participation in a World Cup.

World Cup Group D (Germany, Serbia, Ghana, Australia)

Joachim Löw of Germany picked his 30-man provisional squad with a few surprises. Two uncapped players, Holder Badstuber and Dennis Aogo, were chosen, while the most notable omission was that of midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, as well as Simon Rolfes, Aaron Hunt and goalkeeper René Adler.

Radomir Antic named seven players, based in England to a very strong looking Serbia squad, with no notable surprises.

For Ghana, Coach Milovan Rajevac picked Chelsea’s Michael Essien who is still recovering from knee surgery. In a similar situation as Essian is John Mensah.

Australia coach Pim Verbeek named 31 players including star forward Harry Kewell still recovering from his latest injury before July’s FIFA World Cup. One surprise call-up was 18-year-old Tommy Oar, who only made his international debut in March this year.

World Cup Group E (Denmark, Netherlands, Cameroon, Japan)

Denmark’s goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen was included by Danish coach Morten Olsen, despite suffering a dislocated elbow two weeks ago. Patrick Mtiliga was the surprise inclusion even though he had not played for his country since November 2008.

Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk, left out 33 year old Ruud van Nistelrooy who admitted he was “greatly disappointed” in his rejection. On the other hand its worth taking note of 23 year old Eljero Elia who many believe is Hollands hidden gem.

Cameroon coach Paul Le Guen included Sebastien Bassong, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Alexandre Song who play in the Premier League. Surprise is the call-up of teenager Joel Matip and the exclusion of Ngom Kome. Only three players from the Cameroon League are included.

Japan coach Takeshi Okada’s only surprise was including Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, the Portsmouth goalkeeper who has not played in the national team for 18 months after recovering from a broken leg.

World Cup Group F (Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay, New Zealand)

Marcello Lippi reserved some surprises for the “azzurri” squad when he left out Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Nicola Legottaglie, Luca Toni, Simone Perrotta, and most notably Francesco Totti, while American born Giuseppe Rossi was called up for Italy, the World Cup holders.

Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino called Argentine striker Lucas Barrios who recently became a naturalized Paraguayan. No surprise was the inclusion of strikers Nelson Haedo Valdez and Oscar Cardozo who are in great form, while Salvador Cabanas didn’t make it due to injury.

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss is hoping that Martin Skrtel, Filip Holosko and Robert Vittek recover from their injuries in time for the World in South Africa. Curious is the fact that this is Slovakia’s first World Cup appearance, as well as the inclusion the coach’s son Vladimir Weiss into the squad.

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert did not pull off any surprises, except for the inclusion of midfielder Aaron Clapham. This is the Kiwis second World Cup appearance, the last one being in Spain back in 1982

World Cup Group G (Brazil, Portugal, Ivory Coast, North Korea)

Brazil coach Dunga probably had the biggest pool of talented players to chose from. This inevitably led to some surprises like the omission of Ronaldinho, Adriano, Ganso, Pato and Neymar into the Selecção (squad) Surprise inclusions were Michel Bastos, and Grafite.

Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz also upset many Portuguese fans by not including goalkeepers Quim and Rui Patrício as well as midfielders João Moutinho and Carlos Martins. Queiroz also picked Pepe even though he is still recovering from knee surgery. Surprise call-ups were Beto, Daniel Fernandes and Zé Castro.

Sven-Goran Eriksson of the Ivory Coast had no surprises in the 29 players to represent their country. Didier Drogba will lead the powerful attacking “Elephants”.

North Korea coach Kim Jong-Hun will count with some J-League players like Jong Tae-Se, Ahn Yong-Hak and Ryang Yong-Gi. This will be North Korea’s second participation in a World Cup.

World Cup Group F (Spain, Chile, Switzerland, Hunduras)

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had no surprises in his provisional 30-man squad and included injured stars Andreas Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres for South Africa 2010. Also included in the list is naturalized Brazilian Marcos Senna.

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa surprised many, when he picked Luis Marin, Jaime Valdes and Charles Aranguiz. Notable names missing are Claudio Maldonado, Hans Martinez and Osvaldo Gonzalez.

Ottmar Hitzfeld, the Switzerland coach announced 30 names without any surprises. One curiosity is Johan Vonlanthen, 24, who was born in Colombia but has lived in Switzerland since he was 5 years old.

Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda had no surprises but was forced to replace the injured Carlos Costly by Georgie Welcome. The experienced Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas, Maynor Figueroa, David are part of the list.

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Football Manager 2012 Tips – Building Your Own Transfer Budget

With the release of the Football Manager 2012 game just around the corner, I thought I would write an article on how you can get the most out of your transfer budget in the game by buying and selling players. I will discuss which types of players are best to sign, when to sign them, what not to do, and how to make the largest profit when it comes to selling them on in the future.

Everyone dreams of being given a massive transfer budget on football manager, but that usually limits you to picking only the rich clubs to manage which can sometimes become a boring or unfulfilling game to play. Well have you ever considered taking it upon yourself to build your own transfer budget at less wealthy clubs? This can make a fun game and is a great alternative to managing an already cash rich club.

You may not be able to build a budget the size of Manchester City's, but with a few clever strategies you can build your own transfer budget regularly season upon season.

The money making strategies all involve a bit of wheeling and dealing of players and the main principle is to simply buy low and sell high. We want to try and sign players that will be good investments so we can sell them on to other clubs in the future and make a tidy profit that can be pumped back into your transfer budget. When looking for players to sign for investment purposes, the aim is to target players who are currently undervalued by their current club and whose value could be set to rise in the future. I will discuss a couple of key strategies for making money on player transfers which can help boost your transfer budget on football manager.

Target young players

Young players have time on their side so generally unless you totally overpay for a young player you will at least make your money back on them in the future when another club comes in for them as they will still be reliably young of age. If the player you choose to sign has any ounce of potential about themselves then you are sure to make a profit. The key is to not overpay when trying to acquire the player in the first place. I usually find that big clubs hold certain youngsters in very high regard, these players are usually extremely expensive as they have massive potential. It does not mean you should not sign them however, but just be careful and make sure you do not spend beyond your means in acquiring the player. For example, Santos will not let Neymar go for anything less than £ 20million, however if you can afford him you are looking at doubling your money over the next couple of seasons when clubs like Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City come calling .

But this guide is not about signing expensive players, this is about tips on how to pick up bargains and sell them on for decent profits in the future. I would advise targeting two types of youngsters. First of all you have young players at large clubs like Barcelona who have a lot of competition for places, there will always be a couple that are not going to be the cream of the crop and break through into the first team, these players often languish in the reserves / B teams and get put on the transfer list near the end of their contracts. These are good players to pick up on football manager as they clearly have pedigree and will turn out to be decent players but you can usually pick them up for a couple of thousand pounds each. In a couple of years after getting games here and there in your first team squad their values ​​can easily rise by a couple of million each.

The other type of youngsters are players that are at small small clubs, these players are usually the top talent at smaller clubs, but you can pick them up for a cheaper fee than larger clubs best young prospects as they will generally accept smaller bids for their players. You can usually structure a deal where you pay out bonuses on goals scored and international appearances which allows you to offer a lower fee up front. These players go for more money than the transfer listed players at the larger clubs but they are still worth the money as they are usually good enough to go straight into your first team where if they perform well, their market value will soar.

Target players near the end of their contracts

The final types of players I would recommend are players that are near the end of their contract. Once a player is in the last year or two of their contract their value will drop dramatically and you will be able to agree a much lower fee with the selling club. I usually go for players under the age of 27 so they still have a few more playing years left in them before they reach their peak between 28-30. Once they hit their peak you can sell them on to other clubs for a profit.

The contract situation also works both ways, when it comes to selling a player it is always best to keep your investments under longer term contracts as you will be able to demand a higher transfer fee for them. This is a little little football manager tip that a lot of people miss out on.

I hope this article comes in useful, the new football manger 2012 game is going to be released soon and all of these principles will still work in making your club extra money to spend on players. So let me know how you get on and also if you have anything else to add feel free to leave me a comment.

I will be writing more football manager articles soon, so be sure to check back for all of the latest updates. I will also be writing a guide on signing players on free transfers as this could have been included in this article, however I thought I would leave it for another day.

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Messi Is a Better Player Than Cristiano Ronaldo

After losing the Player of the Year award (Ballon d'Or) to Lionel Messi for four consecutive years Cristiano Ronaldo won the accolade in 2013. This and the great start Ronaldo has made the new season have livened up an old debt as to wherever he is a better player than Messi.

The discussion has focused on a particular set of statistics, namely, goals. To the extent that the data can help us to hazard an educated guess about player performance, Messi is the better of the two at club and international levels.

However if goals are used as the criteria to compare players it is not sufficient to look only at the number of goals scored. You also have to break down the conversion rate into such things as whether the shots are inside or outside the area, the goal expectation ie if an average player would score given the chance presented and the quality of the opponents.


The findings of a recent mathematical study were published in the Washington Post which showed that in 2009 to 2013 Messi's average chance quality (ie quality of opportunities created) was higher than Ronaldo's. Ronaldo had more shots but were mostly from long distance and he only scored 30 goals from 587 such shots whereas Messi scored 28 goals from his 287 long distance shots. Messi was more efficient because a higher percentage of his shots were converted ie 9.75% to 5.11%.

The study found that Messi is better at getting into goal-scoring positions since he had 29 danger zone shots (from inside the area) to Ronaldo's 20.

Messi is also a better finisher. In the period 2009/10 through 2013/14 Messi averaged 40% more goals than expected goals compared to Ronaldo's 20% (see WASHINGTON POST – Despite great season, Cristiano Ronaldo is not better than Lionel Messi; by Michael Caley, November 7, 2014 ).

Last season Ronaldo broke the norm and outscored Messi. This propelled him to win the Ballon d'Or in 2013. But this has to be looked at in light of the fact that Messi missed a part of the year through injury and when he resumed playing he almost caught up with Ronaldo's tally of 31 by scoring 28 by the end of the 2013/14 season.

Also, in the current season Ronaldo has made a great start by scoring 12 non-penalty goals to Messi's 7. A plausible explanation for this is not that Ronaldo is now a better player but it is attributed to the changing roles of both players at their respect clubs.

With the addition of Neymar and Luis Suarez on the flanks of Barcelona's 4-3-3 formation Messi now plays a deep-lying playmaking role which has led to his goals trending down while his assistants are going up. His goals per game fell from little under 1.50 in the season 2012/13 to 0.86 in 2014/15 while his assists in 2013/14 was little under 0.50 and rose to 0.86 in the current season.

At Real Madrid the trend was the opposite. With the recent addition of Gareth Bale and James Rodriques in the midfield Ronaldo is now more of a striker and less focused on distribution. He now takes more shots from inside the penal area and in the current season his 12 non-penalty goals except for 2 were from inside the box. His goals per game rose from 1.00 in 2013/14 to 2.20 in 2014/15 while his assists in the same period fell from 0.25 to 0.17 (ESPN FC GLOBAL- Realigning Stars: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo face changing roles; by Michael Cox, October 23, 2014).


Messi has a better strike rate than Ronaldo. The all time stats for all competitions show that Messi has 44 goals from 95 caps (0.46 goals per game) whereas Ronaldo has 51 from 116 caps (0.43 goals per game) (INTERNATIONAL STATS – November 8, 2014).

World Cup – Messi also surpasses Ronaldo with 5 goals from 15 caps (0.33 goals per game) to Ronaldo's 3 goals from 13 caps (0.23 goals per game) (INTERNATIONAL STATS etc.).

Messi's record is very impressive. In 2014 he led Argentina to the final, was voted Man of the Match in 4 games (the most of any player in the competition) and won the Golden Boot as the best player of the tournament.

Contrary to what some critics say he was the most describing of the latter award. He had the most impact on the competition as Argentina would not have progressed to the final without him. He was the joint highest goal scorer with 4 goals and assists, created the most chances, had the most successful dribbling runs, made the most deliveries into the box and produced the most through balls of any player.

In contrast, Ronaldo has a sorry record. He has only scored Thrice and Against weak opposition, namely, a penalty against Iran (2006), the sixth goal in a 7-0 win against North Korea in 2010 and a late goal against Ghana in 2014. In the last tournament his only real contribution was an assisted against the USA.


Messi has more career goals for club and country. He has a total of 420 goals in 564 games (or 0.74 goals per game) while Ronaldo has 449 goals in 702 games (or 0.63 goals per game).

The important difference is that the Argentine has more game changing goals and against stronger opposition. His goals are directly associated with winning titles in La Liga, Champions League victories, Olympic gold medal matches and Youth and Club World Cups.

For example, as at March 24, 2014 for Barcelona he has ranked against the best teams namely, 21 against Real Madrid (Barcelona's fiercest rival), 20 against league champion Atletico Madrid and 18 against Sevilla (most successful club in Andalusia). In the Champions League he has 12 against German teams, 8 against English teams and 5 against Italian teams. And in the World Cup 2014 he scored 4 match winning goals.

Ronaldo on the other hand has failed to score in decent matches and succeeded in scoring multiple goals against weak teams not only with his club but with his country. For example, in the English Premier League for Manchester United he only scored 2 goals in 9 games against Liverpool (United's fiercest rival) and scored 1 goal in 15 games against stalwart Chelsea.

In the Champions League for United he failed to net in his first 26 games and although he scored in the final in 2014 for Real Madrid he had little impact in the other final in which he played in 2009 in a 2-0 loss to Barcelona.

In Spain in his first 9 games against Barcelona (Real Madrid's main rival) he scored just 3 goals.

In the World Cup he has a sorry record which was discussed above and in the European Championship he has 6 goals against minnows Greece, the Czech Republic and a weak Holland team and underperforms against strong teams like Germany and Spain.

All in all the stats show that Messi is the better player because he is better at getting into goal scoring positions, is a better finisher and is a more efficient goal scorer. Messi has an age advantage because he is 27 and Ronaldo is 29 and though it is likely that both will still be playing for a few more years the Argentine will have more time than Ronaldo to extend his record of achievements. In the meantime the debt goes on.

Victor A. Dixon
November 20, 2014

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The Soccer Protests In Brazil

The Confederations Cup of 2013 will be remembered for the good soccer that is being played on the field as well as for the soccer protests by thousands of Brazilian fans across the country who disapprove of the big money that is being sent by the government to host the 2014 World Cup.

These protests conjure up memories of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring in 2011 except that in the case of the former the protests were non-violent and in the case that they were directed at one person.

The usual protests in Brazil are about the most marginalized groups such as indigenous people and favela dwellers dispossessed in the name of development- losing land, houses, livelihoods and lives while private fortunes are being made.

President Dilma Rousseff is very popular among the poor but the soccer protests are led by a different class- the traditional middle class. On the streets well-educated people from central, urban areas shout that they have been sold a lie.

While TV shows inaugurations of costly, lavish football stadiums, people felt their lives were getting worse by the day while outsiders such as the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) are coming in and lining their pockets at their expense.

A look at the economies of the World Cup shows that the protesters have a valid point.

Next summer Brazil will host the World Cup, a month long nation tournament to crown the champion of soccer. The World Cup will cost the nation $ 15 billion and the promised legacy of infrastructure development is still nowhere to be seen (Broken Promises And Corruption Fuel Brazil Protests, by Rogerio Simoes, CNN, June 2).

Countries spend vast amounts of money to participate in the bidding process to host the World Cup. The notification that the World Cup will provide an economic bonanza for the host country is illusory in the case of the developing countries.

FIFA makes claims on the host country but offers no real support in return.

South Africa 2010

At the South Africa World Cup FIFA made over $ 3 b billion dollars from TV and other World Cup related rights. South Africa had to pay all of the costs (estimated to be $ 4.1 billion) to build stadiums, hotels and other local infrastructure.

22,000 jobs were created but were only temporary contract jobs and new infrastructure lay idle after the World Cup as ticket revenues could not make up for costs of maintenance which fell on cash strapped local municipalities who do not need a state of the art stadium (The World Cup: How FIFA Benefits While Host Countries Lose Big, by Presidio Economics, November 17, 2011).

Brazil 2014

Professor Chris Gaffney of Universidade Federal Fluminese in Brazil has predicted that Brazil is going to experience the same pain.

The costs of renovating and constructing 12 stadiums are already over budget. The renovation of the Maracana, the Mecca of modern soccer, will cost $ 600 million and even if it balances with expected revenues, each spectator will spend $ 1000 per game which will price out the majority of Brazilian fans.

Airports and hotels will be improved or built and together with transportation costs which were initially to be privately financed have incurred costs overruns and will be put on the taxpayers' shoulders (The World Cup: How FIFA Benefits etc.).

Inequitable Distribution Of Profits

Every team in South Africa got $ 9 million for participating ($ 1 million as a contribution to preparation costs and $ 8 million even if was eliminated at the group stage (FIFA World Cup 2010 – Money Makes The World Cup Go Round, by Swiss Rambler, June 16 , Bleacher Report, 2010).

Since 32 countries participate in the final and half the berths are reserved for Europe it means that half of these revenues or $ 144 million went to the richest continent and the 5 other Confederations had to make do with the rest. In effect wealth is being redistributed from the poor countries to the rich ones. No wonder European clubs can buy Cristiano Ronaldo for $ 131 million, 21 year old Neymar for $ 75 million and pay Carlos Tevez $ 400,000 a week (after tax).

Under FIFA's bidding system, choosing the venue for the World Cup depends on which country is willing to lay out the most money.

England, a nation with plenty of well established soccer stadiums bid for the 2018 World Cup. It finished last in the voting losing to a Russian bid which included plans for at least 9 new facilities.

The US was thought to be favorite for 2022 Cup with proposals including only stadiums already in place, some especially brand new. But Quatar was picked as host with a plan including building 9 new stadiums with the extra costs of having to cooled because of extreme temperatures in the Middle East.

What FIFA Needs To Do

Without FIFA reforms the way it organizes and runs the World Cup the protests are not going to go away and will follow the event wherever it goes.

It should therefore do the following: –

First, it should stop changing venues on the basis of who can lay out the most money and award the World Cup to the country which offers the most potential for the development of the game. Countries like India and regions such as Central America and the Caribbean come to mind where there is a great passion for the game but lacking the required initial outlay.

Second, FIFA should reinstate the host country of at least half of its' preparation costs and join with that county in investing in infrastructure that will provide permanent benefits for the locals. This would help FIFA to fulfill its stated aim of taking the World Cup to areas where there is a passion for the game but is in need of development.

Lastly, the number of berths reserved for European countries should be reduced. In footballing terms they do not deserve as much as one-half of the places. This change would also help to redress some of the inequities in the distribution of the profits and make the event more attractive to prospective host countries.

Victor A Dixon
June 27, 2013

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Who Really Is the World's Best Player?

These days, everywhere you turn, there is always a debate over who is the better footballer between a certain pair of players. They place their pictures, goals, assists, achievements, speed, contribution to the team, and to the game as a whole, their skills, salaries, endorsements, and a host of other criteria.

Any two players can be compared by any self acclaimed pundit at any given time, and the one making the comparison claims his position is correct, based on whatever criteria he bases his comparison on. But there is almost always a huge flaw in ANY comparison, especially in a dynamic game like football. On a general note, I do not like comparison, and this includes in football.

People, including professionals, and journalists, are usually biased whenever they compare two quantities. More often than not, the argument is skewed in the merit of one entity, based on the preference and perspective of the person making the comparison.

When you compare two different players, it is an act if disrespect to both players. Typically, the players being compared do not play for the same team, and the support and input of their teams can affect the output of the players and the temporary exit of the match. It would have been easier if the players being compared are on the same team, but this is rarely the case. Pundits place two rival players side-by-side, who have never played in the same team, and may never will, and compare them, neglecting other players in their respective teams.

For instance, two players, football strikers A and B, may be of equal competency in scoring, and may play the same position on the pitch. However, whereas striker A is blessed with a very tactical winger who dribbles through and constantly gives him passes and crosses, which may result in goals for him, striker B may lack the same fortune, and may have to create his own chances and dribble through before scoring. At the end of the season, striker A scores 30 goals, and was assisted in 20 of them, while his rival scores 20 and was assisted in only 5 of those goals, scoring the other 15 on solo effort.

The press may hype one over the other, claiming the player with the higher number of goals is the better scorer, neglecting the role of teams and supporting players. There is an inconsistency in their standard of comparison. Secondly, the different managers of the players, and the effect they have on the players can make them implode or explode.

Two managers can place their respective wingers in the same spot on the formation, but each one of them is given a different responsibility on the pitch. One may be required to dribble through and get into the box, while the other may be required to send looping crosses into the box. The results will show that the guy who dribbles into the box will get more chances at goal, and in displaying his skill than the one who is just meant to throw in crosses. If both players are compared, there is again an error in the standard of comparison. Tactics different from team to team, and from manager to manager.

Another factor in comparison of two players is the age factor. Ronaldo, Messi, Zlatan, Lewandowsky and Muller are all forwards, but they are not of the same age. It would be more apt to compare them all when they are all the same age than comparing a 24-year-old's scoring rampancy with a man ten years his senior.

Again, if you say, "Well, let's look at Zlatan when he was twenty-four and compare with Neymar," several other factors must be considered as well.

Physiological, psychological and emotional conditions must also be critically studied in comparing any two players. Does this player get constant criticism from the press, friends and family, while the other is normally praised?

Depending on their mentality, the guy who is constantly criticized may work harder to silence his criticisms, or may be frustrated into giving up. Also, the guy who is also praised may be encouraged to do better, or he may become complacent and decline in consistency.

Also, everyone is born with different strengths. player A may be more pacy than player B, while player B has the upper hand in terms of technique.

When you claim that one is better than the other, simply because he can run faster, then you must also conclude that the other is better because his technique is superior. For performance-based comparison, all strengths and weaknesses must be considered, and an average should be drawn, rather than depending on a single criterion.

Weather, as trivial as it sounds, may improve or diminish a player's performance. One who is used to cold climates will find it hard playing in a country with a hot weather and vice versa. Other seemingly inconclusive factors such as their boot type, the opponents' attitudes (playing more aggressively against one of the other, for instance), or the state of his family or intantaneous morale, may have great impact on a man's performance on and off the pitch.

What's even worse is when players from different generations are compared. Differences in pitch size, type and condition; ball type; rules of the day (in case you did not know, football rules are usually being constantly updated; some to the players' advantage, others to their disadvantage); support; pay; and other off-the-pitch events; can contribute to variations in players' performances in different generations.

For example, it is difficult to conclude that Pele and Maradona are better than C. Ronaldo and Messi because, for one, Pele sent virtually all his career at home on Brazil's entertaining Samba soccer pitches, and being protected as a national treasure. He never tasted the more physical European football, and in the national team, had super teams in Brazilian squad in his day, something Ronaldo especially, can not claim to have in Portugal national team.

The pitches were smaller then and the balls were different. Today's balls bounce more and can more readily deflect off goal than what was obtained in the seventies. Perhaps, if the new generation were under the same influences, they may have recorded similar performances as the Brazilian megastar.

In addition, the game has become more technical than what was obtained way back.

Also, how do you determine the better player between a goalkeeper and a striker, or between a midfielder and a defender? They foot play this same role, and can since it is not placed on the same scale. There will be lapses and bias.

The best way to compare players and get the perfect comparison result is when both players are born with the same strengths and weaknesses, have the same background, orientation and experiences, play in the same position, function in the same team, are managed by the same manager, and play against the same opponents under the same weather condition at the same time. Failure to do that will always leave room for lapses in judgment whenever you compare any two players.

For now, all we can do is to encourage each player to give his very best in every game he appears, and stop causing unnecessary tension among footballers. Let us stop trying to place players side-by-side, unless there is a globally-accepted, all-round standard of comparison, which takes all internal and external factors into play.

In choosing the world's best player, or any other similar award, we may continue using the criteria we normally consider comparing players, but we still have a very long way to go in determining the real world's best, because it is virtually impossible to factor in every internal and external influence on any two or more given superplayers placed parallel to each other for comparison.

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South American Footballers Who Have Played in the Premier League

Reading reports in the papers recently about the likes of Neymar, Nilmar and Sergio Aguero expressing a desire to play their football in the English Premier League got me thinking about the amount of South American’s who are currently playing, or have previously played in England.

Players from nine South American countries have played in the EPL with the majority coming from Argentina and Brazil. Although there have been a few failures, many of the players have adapted well to the Premier League’s style of play. Amongst the successes are Juninho, Carloz Tevez and Gilberto, the main failures being Veron, Forlan and Roque Junior.

Manchester United top of the list of English Premier League clubs who have signed the most South American players with 10 players but Liverpool are a close second with 9. Manchester United currently have 4 South Americans in their squad while Liverpool have 5 players.


Luis Suarez – Liverpool. A prolific goalscorer for Ajax, Suarez joined Liverpool in 2011 for £22.8 million and was an instant hit with the fans due to a succession of fantastic performances. Great things are expected for the 2011-12 season under Kenny Dalglish’s new regime

Diego Forlan – Man Utd – Signed by Man Utd in 2001 Forlan spent 3 pretty much unsuccessful years at Old Trafford before moving to Villareal and then Atletico Madrid where he established himself as one of Europe’s leading marksmen.


Roque Santa Cruz – Man City, Blackburn – Signed by Blackburn from Bayern Munich in 2007 he has an indifferent spell in England and has struggled with injuries. Now with Man City he is looking to re-establish himself in the first team.


Nolberto Solano – Aston Villa, Newcastle – The little Peruvian has spent most of his playing career in England and has been adored by fans wherever he has played. He is currently playing for League One side Hartlepool.

Claudio Pizzaro – Peru Chelsea – 2 seasons at Chelsea were widely regarded as unsuccesful and he eventually left after the club bought Nicolas Anelka and he was surplus to requirements.


Agustin Delgado – Southampton – Played 11 times for Southampton in 3 years after being dogged by injuries. Never settled and refused to learn the language he was sold to a club in his native Ecuador.

Ullises de la Cruz – Aston Villa – De La Cruz spent 7 years in England and was arguably more successful at Aston Villa than his other clubs Reading and Birmingham. Now back in Ecuador.

Christian Benitez – Birmingham – The Ecuadorian signed on loan for Birmingham in 2009 but failed to make an impact and subsequently wasn’t offered a contract with the club.

Antonio Valencia – Wigan, Man Utd – The Ecuadorian has played in the Premier League for 5 years and has been a huge success. After a big money move to Man Utd he gained a place in the Premier League Team of the Season in his debut year.


Javier Hernandez – Man Utd – “Chicarito” was an instant hit when he signed for United in the summer of 2010 and ended up scoring 20 goals in his debut season.

Giovanni Dos Santos – Tottenham – Never reached his full potential during his 3 year spell in England. Now at Benfica


Mark Gonzalez – Liverpool – Signed by Liverpool in 2006, Gonzalez had a great start to his career in the UK butprevented him from playing more games and he was sold after one season


Hugo Rodellaga – Wigan – A proven goalscorer wherever he has played, Rodallega is still at Wigan and is now the club’s top Premier League scorer.

Juan Pablo Angel – Aston Villa – A record signing for Villa in 2001, Angel spent 6 years at the club and, after an indifferent start established himself as a fan’s favourite.

Faustino Asprilla – Newcastle – A legend on Tyneside, Asprilla only spent 2 years with the club but scored some crucial goals and most famously a hat-trick against Barcelona.


Edu – Arsenal Made 100 appearances between 2000 and 2005 and was widely regarded as success during his time at Highbury.

Gilberto Silva – Arsenal – Silva spent 6 years at Arsenal and during this time became one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. He is now back in his native Brazil with Gremio

Juninho – Middlesbrough – A Teeside legend, Juninho played for the club on 3 seperate occasions. In 2007 he was voted as the greatest Boro player by fans in a PFA poll.

Diego Cavalieri – Liverpool – Spent 2 years at Liverpool between 2008-10 but never made a Premier League appearance. He is now back in Brazil with Fluminense.

Gilberto da Silva Melo – Tottenham – Signed for Spurs in 2008 and only played 7 games before his contract was terminated and shipped back to Brazil.

Roque Junior – Leeds – Signed for Leeds in 2003 on loan from Milan he had an unhappy time in England and only played for the club on 5 ocassions. Regarded by Leeds fans as one of their biggest transfer flops

Cacapa – Newcastle – Spent 2 years at Newcastle between 2007 and 2009 but struggled for consistency and was released once his contract expired.

Robinho – Man City – Spent 2 years at Man City for a then record transfer fee of £32.5 million. Although he showed flashes of his brilliance during his spell he eventually left for AC Milan in 2010.

Kleberson – Man Utd – After his performances in the 2002 World Cup, Kleberson joined Man Utd in 2003. Injured in only his second game he only made 20 appearances before joining Beskitas in 2005.

Jo – Man City, Everton – Joined City in 2008 but was one of many strikers in the club at the time. Loaned off to Everton and then Galatasaray he is now back at Man City.

Afonso Alves – Middlesbrough – A record goalscorer at previous clubs, Alves didn’t fulfil his potential after a club record transfer fee at Middlesbrough and ended up moving to Qatar.

Lucas Leiva – Liverpool – Has now been at Liverpool for 4 years. Although he had a relatively shaky start to his career in England he has now turned into one of the Merseyside’s club most consistent performers.

Mario Jardel – Bolton – One of the most prolific scorers in European football during the Nineties, Jardel signed for Bolton in 2003 and didn’t score any goals in his 7 Premier League appearances. He was soon offloaded back to South America with Newells Old Boys in Argentina

Anderson – Man Utd – Joined United in 2007 and has established himself as one of the best players within his position in the league.

Alex – Chelsea – Surprisingly been at Chelsea for 7 years but spent 3 years at PSV Eindhoven due to complications with his work permit. Now an integral part of Chelsea’s defence.

Juliano Belletti – Chelsea – Signed from Barcelona in 2007 he spent 3 years at Chelsea and is highly regarded amongst the Chelsea fans for his workrate and spectacular long range goals.

Denilson – Arsenal – Been at Arsenal since 2006, Denilson has racked up over 100 appearances for the Gunners but has recently been quoted that he wants to leave the club due to a lack of trophies.

Heurelho Gomes – Tottenham – The flamboyant keeper joined Spurs from PSV Eindhoven in 2008 and despite some erratic displays he is still considered as one of the best keepers in the English Premier League.

Julio Baptista – Arsenal – Arrived in 2006 on loan from Real Madrid, Baptista never really shone in the Premier League, however he fared better in the League Cup with a total of 6 goals, 4 of which came in one game against Liverpool.

Fabio Aurelio – Liverpool – The first Brazillian to sign for Liverpool, he has been at the club since 2006 and is an integral part of the first team.

Fabio Rochemback – Middlesbrough – 3 years in Teeside were largely seen as a success and he was a member of the team that reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2006.

Geovanni – Man City, Hull City – Spent 3 years in England and had more success at Hull than Man City and was the club’s top scorer in the 2008-09 season.

Emerson – Middlesbrough – Joined for one season in 1996 but struggled to adjust to life in Teeside and, after the club were relegated, he moved to Tenerife.

David Luiz – Chelsea – Luiz only joined Chelsea in January 2011 but has already adapted to the pace and style of the Premier League and won the Premier League Player of the Month for March.

Ramires – Chelsea – Joined at the start of the 2010-11 season, some exceptional performances have turned him into a favourite of the fans at Stamford Bridge.

Fabio – Man Utd – Signed in 2007 along with his twin brother Rafael, he has only made 18 appearances for the team but is a valuable squad player.

Rafael – Man Utd – Signed in 2007 with his twin, Rafael is now an established as a first team regular with 40 appearances under his belt. Like his brother, United regard him as one for the future.


Carlos Tevez – West Ham, Man Utd, Man City – Arguably the greatest South American export to have played in the Premier League, scoring goals at each club he has played for he looks as though he is about to leave the EPL for family reasons.

Juan Sebastian Veron – Man Utd, Chelsea – Veron arrived in England in 2001 but never adapted to the pace of the English game. After unsuccessful spells with Man Utd and Chelsea he finally returned back to Argentina in 2007.

Javier Mascherano – West Ham, Liverpool – After an unsuccessful time at West Ham, his career really took off whilst at Liverpool and he is now regarded by many as one of the best central midfielders in the world. Now at Barcelona.

Fabricio Collocini – Newcastle – Signed by Newcastle in 2008 and regarded by his manager as Mr Reliable, Coloccini is still an integral part of the Newcastle defence.

Hernan Crespo – Chelsea – A 5 year spell at Chelsea saw him packed off on loan to Italy twice. Although he scored a few goals at Chelsea he wasn’t happy in London and ended up moving back to Italy with Inter Milan on a full time basis.

Christian Bassedas – Newcastle – Signed for Newcastle in 2000 for £3.5 million he appeared 24 times in a 3 year period.

Luciano Figueroa – Birmingham – Made one appearance for the Blues but played and scored freely for the reserves. Manager Steve Bruce cancelled his contract as he didn’t think his physique would suit the Premier League.

Julio Arca – Sunderland, Middlesbrough – Spent 11 years at first Sunderland and then Middlesbrough before being released by the latter in the summer of 2011.

Sebastien Leto – Liverpool – Was at Liverpool for 2 years but only made 4 senior appearances due to problems with his work permit. He eventually left the club to join Panathinaikos of Greece.

Gabriel Heinz – Man Utd – A successful 3 year spell at Man Utd ended when he became disillusioned with Alex Ferguson and his lack of first team action. During his time at the club he won the Player of the Season award in 2004-05.

Emiliano Insua – Liverpool – An exciting left back, Insua was signed by Liverpool from Boca Juniors in 2007. Mainly a fringe squad player, he has impressed many during his first team appearances.

Maxi Rodriguez – Liverpool – Moved from Atletico Madrid to Liverpool in 2010, Rodriguez has been a great success with 11 goals from 45 games including 2 hatricks within a week of each other.

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