Team of the Tournament (so far…)

So, the group stages in the Euro 2012 are over and plenty of players have put their names forward to be included into the Team of the Tournament. Here is who I think have been the standout players from the first three games.

Goalkeeper – Iker Casillas


Admittedly, Casillas has probably had less to do in this tournament than any other goalkeeper, however, the best goalkeepers always concentrate. When he has been called upon, he has provided. Two match saving saves from Thiago Motta in the first game, and Rakitic in the third have allowed Spain to qualify. Without the goals being scored at the other end, those two saves have been vital to Spain’s progression.

Right Back – Mathieu Debuchy


The French right back was rumoured to be another of Newcastle’s French diamonds in the rough, impressing for Lille last season and his bursting forward runs have made him stand out in this tournament too. Decent enough at the back too, Newcastle may be wishing that they’d snapped him up before the tournament. The story goes that Chelsea are now interested, and having been less than impressed with their potential new right back, Gregory Van de Wiel, they have shelved those plans and are looking to Debuchy instead.

Left Back – Fabio Coentrao


This guy just never stops running and is a constant threat to the opposition. With Lahm and Cole also performing well at left back, there is decent competition, however, the Portuguese gets my vote.

Centre Back – Joleon Lescott


In the England team due to Cahill’s injury, he has performed admirably at the back, and with the important goal against the French, he has arguably been the stand out performer in the back line.

Centre Back – Kostas Katsouranis


There haven’t been many outstanding defensive performances in this tournament, and with very few clean sheets, this means more entertainment for the masses. One player who is doing well at centre back is the Greek stalwart Katsouranis, which is even more impressive considering it’s not his natural position. When you are relying on Georgios Samaras to score goals at the other end, you know that you need to keep the opposition’s scoring to a minimum, and with the performances of Katsouranis, they have done just that. Read More

Ronaldo Versus The World

As most of you know, Cristiano Ronaldo has been selected as the best football player during the season 2007-2008 by FIFA. This reputable organization has chosen Ronaldo for many reasons and all he delegates who are currently members had the opportunity to vote for him and his main competitors in the league. Probably you can say that this young football player has the sufficient luck to the voted as the best of the league but honestly you should also think in his condition as athlete and player. Beside the football club he currently belongs, you should consider that Cristiano Ronaldo in her personal account had more goals than her rivals during the season 2007-2008. Furthermore he has demonstrated a superior capacity. That’s why I would like to share with you at least five relevant things Cristiano Ronaldo has over the rest of players of the league.

1. A stronger spirit of the game: Cristiano Ronaldo has a spirit of a warrior and the mind of a conqueror in the field of the game. One of the most significant things Cristiano Ronaldo has as a football player is the passion that makes him remain overwhelmed in the game.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo is a superior athlete: His numbers talk alone about himself and the comments from FIFA’s members and experts evidently are completely correct. Cristiano Ronaldo is not only a player with luck but a player who knows how performs his talent and capacity in the correct way and in the correct moment.

3. He is younger than many players: He has the robustness of the youth and also has all the conditions a perfect athlete could have. Furthermore, Cristiano Ronaldo is just taking some advantage of this moment that will never return. The power and capacity of a player with just 21 years old won’t be the same of a player having 27, 28 or 29 years old. Ronaldo is acting very wisely and for this reason he is getting the most out of his “positive momentum” in the game.

4. He belongs to a football club that supports him unconditionally: When Cristiano Ronaldo was recently crowned as the best player of the world by FIFA 2008, he was receiving an amazing and reputable prize for the good work. But also, his team receives a great acknowledgement for that. Cristiano Ronaldo has been receiving the support he needs not only for win games but also to become the celebrity he is today.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo remains humble: It is a basic thing everybody should have to become person who walks in integrity. Humility is something very hard to manage when you are famous, a wonderful football player, handsome and very young. He enjoys each match and each goal, but he always keep a humble position and never you see he gets with selfishness or something like that. Also, Cristiano Ronaldo is a funny guy who is able to provide an interview so easy. On the other hand, there are too many football players around the world thinking they’re gods.

Finally I can tell you Cristiano Ronaldo is a super-start but also an amazing people who share with everybody. These are the differences I desire to share with you.