Saturday, July 08, 2006

World Cup 2006

Since this blog is pretty much dead, i shall attempt to revive it wif some previews and awards of my own....

PREVIEW - ITALY-FRANCE

Sure sure France has Zinedine Zidane, but the best offense is the best defense. With Fabio Cannavaro anchoring a very strong defensive line comprising of Gattuso, Materazzi and Zambrotta, it'll take a mammoth effort from Zidane to even dribble pass any ONE of them. Considering Henry can only score off passes and the experience-lacking Ribery, France will have difficulties finding a goal. "Italy has no offense.." Enter double T- Toni & Totti. Sure, Totti may be old, but he's not as old as Lilian Thuram, France's dependable stopper. Zambrotta have been active on the offensive end throughout the tournament. And with Andrea Pirlo threading the needles in midfield? Italy 1 - 0 France.

Notable thought: Italy is the only team with 2 defenders(Cannavaro & Zambrotta) and 2 strikers(Totti & Toni) in FIFA's all-start squad, and 7 in total.


ZV WORLD CUP 2006 AWARDS

PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT
This is a tough one, but i think it'll go to the winner of the italy-france finals, which, in my opinion, would be Fabio Cannavaro. Canavaro have been rock solid at defense, anchoring an Italian defense which HAVE ONLY CONCEDED 1 GOAL ALL TOURNAMENT, ironically, an own goal. This means Italy have never allowed an oppponent to score. Zidane have been playing unstoppable football, reviving an old man's team to title contenders with his perfect handle and pin point crosses and passes, ocassionally scoring his own, engaged in a tight race with canavaro for the title, but like i said, it will go to the winner of the finals.

GOLDEN BOOT AWARD
Unless Thierry Henry miraculously scores a hattrick and Klose uncharacteristicly doesnt score against Portugal, this award belongs to Miroslav Klose. Notable thought : If Klose scores a goal against Portugal, and duplicates his output the next world cup, he'd equal Ronaldo as all-time top scorer of the world cup.

BEST OFFENSIVE LINE
Assuming Henry doesn't score in the finals, the top 2 scorers of the world cup in Miroslav Klose & Lucas Podolski takes this award. Podolski may be young and inconsistent, but with Klose consistently drawing 2 defenders and even 3(see germany-sweden), Podolski have all the space he wants to operate.

WORST OFFENSIVE LINE
England's, period. Kudos to Wayne Rooney for trying, boo Erikkson for playing Rooney as the lone striker up front.

BEST DEFENSIVE LINE
Cannavaro-Materrazi-Nesta-Gattuso of Italy. Huge credit to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. As noted above, this italian defense has only conceded an own goal throughout the tournament, considering France doesnt score against Italy.

BEST GOALKEEPER
This, like player of the tournament, is a close call, but inevitably goes to Gianluigi Buffon. With his 6'4 frame and responses like a spider, he edges out Jens Lehmann for this award.

YOUNG TEAM OF THE FUTURE
Spearheaded by 19 yr old Lionel Messi and 21 yr old Carlos Tevez, Argentina is the team of the future. With possible returns of Maxi Rodiguez, equally young Hernan Crespo and super playmaker Riquelme, Argentina is the team to be reckoned with.

Honourable mentions: Spain. Argentina has Messi, Spain has an even younger Cesc Fabregas. A penetrative midfielder, Fabregas will have plenty of choices to thread the needle for at least another 2 world cups in super strikers Fernando El Nino Torres and David Villa, and full back Sergio Ramos.

BIGGEST FLOP OF THE TOURNAMENT
Ronaldinho hasn't performed like a 2-time World Player of the Year but this is due to Brazil's system, with everyone on the field trying to do too much and not sticking to their roles. Unlike ronaldinho, chelsea's Frank Lampard leads the tournament with shots attempts, but have not scored a single goal, including a heat-breaking penalty miss against Portugal, so this award goes to him.

DIVER OF THE TOURNAMENT
Michael Ballack
received serious considerations for this award, but it will come down to Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. I had half a mind to give it to Henry for falling oh-so-dramatically when he bulldozed into Spain defender Carles Puyol, earning him an undeserved free kick which resulted into a goal, knocking Spain out, until i watched Portugal-France and Germany-Portugal. "Ouch! you broke my nail!" Ronaldo lived up to his "pretty boy" billing, never failing to fall in the penalty box whenever a defender touches his delicate hair or even coming close to him. Guess the defender's momentum coming at him was too much for ms ronaldo to take.


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- Z V -

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