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this has surfaced on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqjZkr5SaKY
GUESS WHO? England record since the start of Fabio Capello’s reign in 2008.
With: P37, W25, D6, L6, Win 67.6%, Clean sheet 40.5%
Without: P20, W12, D6, L2, Win 60%, Clean sheet 40%
With: P17, W10, D4, L3, Win 58.8%, Clean sheet 23.5%
Without: P40, W27, D8, L5, Win 67.5%, Clean sheet 47.5%
Not sure sure on player A. Terry maybe?
Assuming its a defender no-one else has 37 caps.
well played Shinji
with rio in the headlines.. and weve not done aswell with him in the side
whilst GazBaz doesnt get the recognition he deserves
its a slow news day/week
20 cool points if you know who held the record before him (without checking).
If not then I'll go with the default football trivia answer; Anelka
Bit of a tricky one this as there's conflicting information on the prime contenders. But I reckon the youngest ever player to reach 100 caps is former Wolves striker Sami Al-Jaber, left, who was aged 25 years, four months and 16 days when he became a Saudi Arabia centurion in a game against Norway on 27 May 1998. Next comes Saudi keeper Mohamed Al-Deayea: aged 25 years, 10 months and one day when he clocked up 100 caps v Mexico on 3 June 1998. Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi, also of Saudi Arabia, and South Korea's Cha Bum-Kun both reached the 100 milestone in their mid-20s. So too did the USA's Landon Donovan in a friendly against Argentina aged 26 on 8 June 2008. Lukas Podolski is the youngest European to reach 100 caps for his country. He did so at the age of 27 years 13 days when Germany beat Denmark 2-1 in their Group B game at Euro 2012. Next in Europe come Estonia's Kristen Viikmae (27 years 109 days), followed by Cristiano Ronaldo, who was born on 5 February 1985.
Looks vastly preferable to watching England lumbering around while Andy Townsend fails to correctly pronounce a single Montenegro player's name.
Thanks for all your help, you pricks
I hope I'm in the Brazilian end.
Really not sure why.
- kick off times of 5pm, 8pm, 9pm, 11pm + one group game at 2am for some reason. couldnt be better.
- Messi and Ronaldo at their respective peaks and probably the biggest chance either will have of winning the thing.
- The last world cup to feature a lot of arguably the greatest international side ever - Puyol, Casillas, Xavi, Villa etc probably wont be there in 2018, and Ramos, Iniesta, Pique could feasibly be past their peak.
- Will be the last world cup to feature a lot of big names people associate with this era of football in England (Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard)and around the world
- in the best possible country for it, with Brazil having a more interesting, if not the best, squad since when they lost won it.
on a personal level seeing Jamaica there would be amazing with Rudolph Austin and Beckford + USA + Ukraine having a decent chance of qualifying.
but i'd expect argentina to batter them.
the brazil manager/structure seem to be a bit uncertain at the moment from what i've read, not sure whether to fully trust youth or give one final world cup to the more experienced players. i've a feeling they might choke. the home advantage is massive however.
Germany are probably worth a mention too, so much talent in their midfield. goals may be an issue when the going gets tough but we'll see.
think Belgium will qualify now but it will be a massive achievement to get past the group stage.
replace austin and beckford with daley and ricketts though
does damion stewart still play for jamaica?
Mind you, I'd be MASSIVELY surprised if the world's best players turned up at a World Cup and didn't perform to expectations, just can't see it ever happening.
they've still got Israel and Russia at home, where you'd still fancy them in both - unless they lose both, 9 points from N.ireland and luxembourg at home and azerbaijan away will be enough to see them through
they'll bundle through the play-offs and get through like they did for the euros.
Based on some recent stuff -
The Germans have performed very well at the last 3 international tournaments (barring the game they were knocked out in each) - Ozil, Gomez, Neuer, Khedira, Lahm, Hummels
Spain, barring strikers at the last world cup, have won 3 in a row deservedly due to most of those players turning up (and you'd have the say that Spain squad features a good 7 or 8 of the world's 20 best players)
Messi didn't perform particularly brilliantly at the last world cup, but that's overstated a little due to his lack of goals, and he was very unlucky with the woodwork. Since then under his captaincy he's taken them from 10th to 3rd in the world rankings, and has scored way more consistently in the past few years. Plus, 2010 Messi was pretty much a regular Kaka/Sheva/Zidane/fat Ronaldo-level "best player in the world" - as opposed to the inarguably greatest-ever, record-breaking maniac he is now.
Ronaldo performed well at the euros, and usually does for Portugal
I could give more examples, but what I'd say is look at any list of the top 20 players in the world and to say they've not performed well at international level is a fallacy - or at least should be with all logic come 2014.
as the Brazilian Ronaldo or Zidane.
Zidane - List of honours when he retired at age 34;
int: World cup winner, euro winner
club: 3 x domestic league winner (1 la liga, 2 serie a),
3 x domestic cups (2 spain, 1 italy)
1 x champions league
personal: 1 x ballon d'or
messi, aged 25:
5 x La Liga - 6 in two months time
2 x domestic cups
3 x champions league
personal - 4 x Ballon D'or
+ a ton of personal records being attributed to him.
I'd say that despite Zidane's international achievements, Messi surpassing his club and personal records at the age of 25 surpasses him - whilst just clearly playing better football than Zidane or anyone else has, even at their best.
If he retired now he'd still be the best ever
Chuck Messi up front for Sunderland for a bit, Danny Graham going the other way and spearheading Barca. Both learn a bit about love, life and hot rod engines.
Then we'll decide where people sit in the pantheon
Uzbekistan, Iceland, Venezuela, Bosnia, Congo, Ethiopia, Montenegro etc all still in the mix with a chance of qualifying.
However, I can't really see many 'big' teams outside of Spain looking up to the job. Judging from the few games of theirs I've seen, I reckon Argentina have a better chance of winning the whole thing than Brazil...
Holders don't get in automatically and that draw vs Finland means they're 2 points behind France with 4 games left including their head-to-head in Paris tomorrow, lose that and they're heading for the play-offs
they get, including portugal. Plus they're very capable of beating France
Might be worth properly evaluating their chances come wednesday
- no vuvuzelas
http://twitter.com/brianwhelanhack reckons that Abramovich might have been collared by the FBI in New York.
so there's the right sort of climate to make things about Abramovich up right now ...
But then it's not too much of a stretch to believe that the FBI would be interested in him for about a million reasons.
I always pictured a giant localised tsunami coming in off the Thames and pulverizing Stamford Bridge with Carlton riding it on a surfboard for some reason
But with Uncle Phil instead
Is it too late to put my hateful fantasies back in the box and pretend I never said that?
I still have to look DK in the eyes now that he presumably won't be committing hara kiri
A rapid Chelsea decline could be just what these threads need to stop Jordan and that bloke who doesn't really bother with football any more tbh playing online kiss chase.
but a Abramovich-inspired Twitter search has just reminded me ... Can we round up and shoot everyone who claims anyone else 'REFUSED to comment'? It gets on my tits.
remember this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu7LquvfeQA
do people not appreciate the awesome spectacle of nature that is the thumping volley anymore?
would Atters himself not utter a husky non-verbal exultation before a hushed eulogy at the sheer beauty of the balletic grace and raw power of the volleying human?
There's nothing in football I love more than a steaming, closed-eye flailer like that*
*does not include Gerrard's flukey tinpot 90th minute 2006 FA Cup final goal
I believe top pros use echolocation to 'sound out' the dropping ball, before letting their bodies go through the motions.
(and Wales beat Scotland on Friday). Wrexham probably deserved the win overall, as Grimsby didn't create much. First time I've been to the new Wembley. Quite impressed to be honest.
I thought Jonathan Williams looked pretty good when he came on for Bale on Friday.
I'm fully expecting Wales to get stuffed by Croatia tomorrow, notwithstanding Bale's expected to be back.
But a combination of tiredness/lack of interest/possibility of snow related chaos and above all, the tickets turning up when nobody was in to sign for them, meant we didn't go.
But enjoyable nontheless. There wasn't really a problem with snow in London, but I suppose there could've been depending where you were travelling from. It was bitterly cold, mind.
Wrexham were on the attack for most of that, had some good chances, and induced a couple of good saves from the Grimsby keeper.
worth watching the second half of this BRA v RUS game?
it was quite good. best bits were when they cut to scolari and capello in their coats pulling faces
Better side in the first half, shame they sat off a bit in the second but they looked tired.