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The Best World Cup Players

Posted by ssbg on July 12, 2006

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Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro may be the MVP of the entire World Cup. 

Posted by Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated

BERLIN — So here it is: My World Cup Best XI (subject to change depending on this weekend’s games).

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon, Italy

Well, this should end any debate over who’s the best goalkeeper on the planet. It’s not just that Gigi has allowed no opposing player to score on him in the World Cup; he also has an aura about him that scares the pants off most forwards.
Runner-up: Jens Lehmann, Germany.

Right back: Gianluca Zambrotta, Italy

The Ben Affleck twin barely gets the nod over France’s Willy Sagnol thanks to a slightly bigger role in his team’s attack. Zambrotta wasn’t even assured of playing when this World Cup started, but he has oozed class each and every minute.
Runner-up: Sagnol.

Centerback: Fabio Cannavaro, Italy

Cannavaro may be the MVP of this World Cup. Playing without his normal partner Alessandro Nesta, our favorite John Starks fan has kept the Azzurri’s back line impregnable. What’s most amazing about watching Cannavaro in person is how he makes up for his lack of height with a sick leaping ability that allows him to reach balls in the air before taller center forwards.
Runner-up: John Terry, England.

Centerback: Lilian Thuram, France

Which creaky 34-year-old has been more instrumental in France’s astonishing run to the final: Zinédine Zidane or Thuram? It’s hard to say. Both have been brilliant in this tournament, rescuing a team that floundered without them during World Cup qualifying.
Runner-up: Ricardo Carvalho, Portugal.

Left back: Philipp Lahm, Germany

From the tournament’s first game, when Lahm hit a cracking goal from long range, he has been a revelation. I could have easily given this to Italy’s Fabio Grosso, who scored the magical game-winner against Germany, but I’m penalizing him for his blatant dive in the box that sank Australia.
Runner-up: Grosso.

Defensive midfielder: Michael Essien, Ghana

I know, I know, Essien only played in three games. But he was an absolute rock in all three, and his undeserved yellow-card suspension made a huge difference in the Black Stars’ elimination to Brazil.
Runner-up: Patrick Vieira, France.

Attacking central midfielder: Zinédine Zidane, France

Could Zizou have asked for any more of a fairy-tale ending to his magnificent career? Not if he can lead Les Bleus to its second World Cup on Sunday.
Runner-up: Juan Román Riquelme, Argentina.

Right midfielder: Franck Ribery, France

Amazingly, the 23-year-old Marseille star had never played for France before this World Cup. You sure can’t tell by watching him. A mesmerizing dribbler with pace and imagination, Ribery will be a Les Bleus stalwart for years to come.
Runner-up: Maxi Rodríguez, Argentina.

Left midfielder: Joe Cole, England

One of the few England players who didn’t disappoint, Cole scored perhaps the best goal of the World Cup against Sweden.
Runner-up: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal.

Forward: Miroslav Klose, Germany

The favorite to win the Golden Boot with five goals, Klose has been a lethal finisher for Deutschland at the past two World Cups.
Runner-up: Ronaldo, Brazil.

Forward: Hernán Crespo, Argentina

It’s a sign of the generally poor finishing in this tournament that Crespo would make the list, but if France’s Thierry (I’ve Been Offside 587 Times) Henry has a good game on Sunday he’ll take over this spot instead.
Runner-up: Henry.

Coach: Guus Hiddink, Australia

Not much you can do but tip your cap to the Dutch master, whose last three World Cup include two semifinal runs (with Holland and South Korea) and a second-round trip with the Socceroos (which might even be more impressive than the first two achievements).
Runner-up: Marcello Lippi, Italy.

From: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/si_blogs/soccer/world_cup_blog/2006/07/best-of-best.html

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One Response to “The Best World Cup Players”

  1. Anonymous said

    dico semplici parole ma dette cn tutto il cuore… fabio ti amooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo dalla tua fan napoletana!!

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