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Vote for the Best Young Player

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Gillete Best Young Player

The race for the prestigous Gillete Best Young Player award is heating up with the list trimmed down to six players. The award aims to recognize the impact of young footballers in their first FIFA World Cup who rises above their young peers throughout the duration of the tournament.

Past winners include notables like Brazilian legend PELÉ, German icon Franz BECKENBAUER, greatest striker of Peru Teofilo CUBILLAS and England wunderkid Michael OWEN to name a few.

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Ronaldo Is unAxed!

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RonaldoThe other day I surrendered all my belief in my super hero expecting him to be axed from the lineup. He proved me wrong and he may look into my eyes and laugh as loud as he can while insulting me for all I care. Deep inside I am relieved and happy for what he did and where he is right now — Ronaldo is all smiles and looks rejuvenated after he scored two goals, trying Gerd Muller’s record of 14 goals in FIFA World Cup Finals enroute to a Brazil win against Japan that moves them past the group stage.

That is a great achievement for the superstar who for the past weeks was the laughing stock of the media from newspapers, magazines, blogs, website news and even in street conversations across the world.

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Ronaldo Is Axed!

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“Ronaldo Is Axed!” is the headline we should be reading in the coming days. Ronaldo’s star status should no longer be used as a reason to keep him on the field. He is obviously fat and making people sick. I have nothing against him, in fact I like the guy so much and have followed him throughout his career. But looking deeper into my football passion, I came to realize it transcends far more than any one player.

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Ronaldo Makes Me Sick

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I cannot believe how a talent like Ronaldo would show up overweight in the greatest sporting event in the world. The 1996, 1997 and 2002 World Footballer of the Year was a disgrace in the first game against Croatia with Kaka providing the only goal for the team. Brazil’s below expectation performance and Argentina’s spectacular showing are tipping the scale of the World Cup Finals.

After Sunday’s game Ronaldo was blasted across the Brazilian press with headlines:

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Bruce Wayne Directs

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Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney came to the rescue as if on cue the Bat signal was raised and the hero appears. I would agree with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s decision before the game to keep Wayne Rooney from playing especially against a physical team like Trinidad and Tobago.

The first half ended and the score still tied, T&T are pounding on the drums, the fire is burning and the ritual of slaugthering a sacrifice is going to happen in the second half at the expense of England. With raw power rather than experience, with strength rather than finesse, with killer instincts rather than intelligence; this team is circling the field focus on taking down their opponent and claim their rightful place after 40 painful years of waiting.

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German Pride!

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Michael Ballack When the SEA Games was held here in our country around 15 years ago (give or take) the team finished second place in gold medal tally (something that never happened again). They were performing way beyond expectations and the whole country united and very was excited throughout the event. I was around 12 years old by that time and I could not explain the feeling that occured in out nation.

With over 28 billion fans watching in aggregation for 2006 World Cup; I can’t imagine the feeling happening in Germany right now. Furthermore, I could not imagine the feeling of Michael Ballack who undoubtedly will lead the Germany assault. The fans are the 12th man of Germany who is expected to fire this squad beyond proportions.

Michael Ballacks’ high intensity emotion filled style of play will raise the bar amongst his teamates all determined to win in front of their country. They will not allow themselves to lose and will muster every ounce of power and energy boosted quadrillion times by their teamate sitting on the stands.

They do not have the same level of talent as they did in the previous World Cups but their fighting spirit, focus, adrenaline and most importantly — German Pride will take them a long long way.

If this squad reaches the final 8 and with all the players still in healthy condition; the rest of their opponents will have a very difficult time. The hearts’ of German players will continously pound on a positive note as the deafening uproar of the crow will never cease it’s support while the opponents hearts’ will equally pound on negative tone. The Brazilian feast will no longer happen; crushed by a player name “German Pride”.

If this squad wins the World Cup there will be hysteria, madness, unmatched celebration with all the beers flooding the streets. No one could ever find the words to explain the feeling of being a German.

No one could every explain how Michael would feel especially if comes up with a great performance en route to the FIFA World Cup Finals.

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Heal Rooney Campaign

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People are praying and wishing Wayne Rooney will make it in time for the FIFA World Cup competition especially when they promised Prince Williams the Finals.

I for one would like to see Wayne Rooney because he simply is astounding and a player of his caliber deserve to represent his country in the field and not on casual uniform working as a cheerleader. If Luckott made the history books playing for his country, it is not fair to see Rooney on the bench. Life is not fair and so give us some break and get him there on the field.

Fair enough. His exciting and powerful timely kicks going to the net is needed by a team facing perhaps the strongest Brazil team we have seen in years.

Do you agree? If yes send out your healing message to Wayne Rooney over at Heal Rooney campaign.

C’mon guys, even if you don’t route for England it would be fitting to see your team win or lose against a player like Wayne Rooney. Go and send your healing messages.

More World Cup information (player focused) over at Soccerati.

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Be Kind to Babies

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For a morale boosting media speech, Sven-Goran Eriksson told his young players Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing they deserve to be on the plane and should remain relax. Well, for one that’s the best he could do to ensure his players come out with the best performance ever because he will be under fire that he himself will ask why he ever put such players when they suck come tournament games.

To add to his speech, celebrity player David Beckham has this to say:

“Players like that excite us in the squad and I’m sure they have given the supporters a lift too,” said Beckham.

“Team morale is vital during a tournament and I have been really happy at how the new lads have fitted in and been made to feel welcome.

“I remember when I won my first England cap, back in 1996 against Moldova, and when I played my first game at a World Cup finals against Romania in 1998.

“The older, more experienced players went out of their way to help me fit in and I learned a lot just from watching the way they conducted themselves in training, in the dressing room and around the team hotel.

“It’s a big learning curve for the younger players but they have already shown they are more than up to it.”

With Rooney out during the first few games, these youngsters better keep their hearts and heads intact and be the man on the field.

Anyways, Sven has less than two weeks to prove how good or mediocre he is.

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Theo Walcott Who is Luckott? It’s a term I coined for Theo Walcott on playing for England and making the history books.

Being chosen by Sven-Goran Eriksson is already a big winner for this kid let alone enter the history books and get past Wayne Rooney’s record of 17 years and 111 days when he appeared against Australia in February of 2003.

Theo Walcott luckily became the youngest player in England’s history on the 65th minute of their friendly against Hungary at Old Trafford to play at 17 years and 75 days.

Rooney’s status was already cemented when he entered the record books by playing in the English Premiership unlike Walcott who have been the invisible man of Arsenal all this time.

What more could Walcott ask?

Luckott is going to get luckier since he might just become the second youngest player in FIFA World Cup Finals behind only to Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland whose record sits at 17 years and 41 days.

I can’t figure out how luck could bite players in the World Cup Finals. Luck does happen but to the best players on this planet especially at a level like the World Cup Finals. But a young kid who has not proven anything yet?

Luckott he is…

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World Cup Tracker

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I stumbled upon this software that will track the happenings on all the team in the upcoming World Cup. I have not been able to test it just yet but will do so and make a review.

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