12 are on barca, 10 on RM. Leaving ONE one some other random team in la liga. And it is better? Sure Barca and RM are amazing and two of the top teams in the world, if not the top two... but two power teams in the league don't make it the best league.
The rest of those names tho
Vermaelen is a painfully average centerback who is probably 3rd best at Arsenal, and I say this as an Arsenal fan. Giroud and Cisse? Joe Hart?
The rest of those names are ridiculous.
Compare the names I mentioned from 4-5 years ago and look at the names you tried to pass off as world class. Not even in the same stratosphere.
That doesnt mean the premier league isnt entertaining, but their has been a decline in star talent over the last 5 years. A major decline.
b) do yourself a favor and look at some of the names on that list.
Gerrard Pique has been doo doo since he started dating Shakira and he made their top 25. Patrice Evra also.The worst name mentioned is Diego Forlan who is struggling to score for Internacional. Puyol mentioned as well and at 34 despite being injured most of the last 3 years, lol.
The only thing I will give them props for is putting Xavi over Iniesta, but thats it. That list is horrible.
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The premiership is the most entertaining league in the world, but its lacking football wise, imo. I think Bundesliga is a better league, and technically the Serie A has it.
Shoot, even looking at La Liga, you can rag on that league all you want but their top 4 teams would give the two Manchester squads a great match and would be favored over the other three or four top four contenders
They have also been more successful than the premiership in Europa League/UEFA Cup over the last 5 seasons.
Last edited by AsiaticSkinsFan; December-28th-2012 at 09:06 AM.
Who cares where it's based. They used their Spanish, German, and Brazilian correspondents among others. Go ahead come up with a list of 100 that is markedly different. Go ahead. I'd say you COULD conceivably come up with 4 players in Spain to swing it but the point is there that your orig statement is bogus. And you def won't find a dozen who'll swing it for Italy .
The talk of tactics is largely misleading. If it were tactics over players then teams with great managers would win the league. Tactics are overrated. And there's no secret cutting edge tactics to the game that , say, sir Alex knows that Jose mou doesn't.
He did really well, finished the season as the team's starting keeper and the coach moved him to mid-fielder as well, but he's gotten a taste for the dirt and loves keeper. His team won the regular season championship, but there was no post season. There was however a tournament that we played in, but we got flat smoked by some travel teams that had 3/4's of their team two years older than our team, so that was a bit of a downer. But, we are looking at the potential of building a year-round youth team, but not wreck league, we need players who are committed.Anyway, ASF how did your kid's season in goal wrap up?
All-in-all a good season though.
That's great! It's vitally important that even kids who play keeper primarily be able to play with their feet. It's a fun position and its in demand any level and any part of the country. One of my keepers who moved to Florida just came back for the holidays and her patents told me she got a full ride to prestigious private school because their coach scouted her before one of his games.
I do give credit for recognizing how good a team Shaktar is, but I wonder if they would have included those players before they outplayed Chelsea twice?
Buffon in goal
Marcelo at left back, Lahm at right back. Centerbacks would be Vidic and Thiago Silva
Busquets, Xavi, and Yaya in central midfield
Cronado, Cavani, and Messi up top
bench would have van Persie, Manuel Neur, Dani Alves, Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Chiellini, Falcao.
Aguero, Silva, Kompany, Zlatan, Casillias, Mascherano, Cesc, would all be thereabouts
if others want to name their World Class players, id love to see it.
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Last edited by AsiaticSkinsFan; December-28th-2012 at 10:10 AM.
There were some kids on those teams you'd hear verbally getting frustrated, my son would dive on the ball and the striker would trip over him and as he was punting the ball down field they'd be complaining that he was an idiot. He took a couple good hits, which should have been penalties but with kids reffing games it wasn't gonna happen.
We have been told by a couple coaches that if my son keeps playing keeper at the level he's at now then a soccer scholarship shouldn't be a problem. By no means am I planning on D-1 schools, I'd just be happy for him to get a scholarship to a private Christian school around here. He has plans for MLS and EPL though.
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I never considered that the coach could dip into academic scholarships, nice. We emphasize academics even in elementary school, C's are unacceptable. Which BTW is a continental difference from the way I was raised.The thing we tell the players in the club from an early age is that if they want to play in college grades matter. Because there's very limited athletic scholarship money but if they have a B or higher GPA then the coach can dip into academic scholarship monies and other grants to pay the way.
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The keeper is also a point of relief against 'pressing'. A feature of the modern game that was pretty much absent a couple of decades ago is the use of aggressive pressing ... the team without the ball pushes up and denies the opposition space to work in. Pressing takes a lot of energy, and you see the best pressing teams, like Barcelona, limit the amount of high pressing they do when they play a team with a keeper who can distribute the ball very well.
Victor Valdes at Barcelona and Michel Vorm at Swansea are both very good at building from the back and helping with ball retention.
Here's a graphic of Vorm from a game last year. 47 passes with his feet in a single match. 45 successfully to his own team and many short and inside his own penalty area:
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