2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist

2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or Shortlist:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid C.F.)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid)

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)Leo Messi (FC Barcelona)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Xavi (Barcelona)
Gerard Pique (Barcelona)Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
Robin van Persie (Manchester United)

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Mario Balotelli (Manchester City)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Neymar (Santos)

Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua)

Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (PSG)

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Pele or MARADONA?

It’s less than two years to the next World Cup in Brazil. Although many (mainly English journalists) like to lay claim to England being the home of football not many will argue with the belief that Brazil is the spiritual home of football and the World Cup.

Scotland will not be there that is almost certain.

One man who definitely be there is Edison Arantes do Nascimento aka Pele and he will no doubt be selling some sort of product, shamelessly

Every World Cup he is selling something new. Visa cards, Coca-Cola, Insurance even Viagra. You name it, he’ll probably be hawking it.

For many Pele is the greatest player ever but for me it has to be Maradona. This may be because I never watched Pele live and i have a rose-tinted view of Diego in Mexico 1986 but it also has to do with the apparent character of both men.

Diego is a flawed genius and while he isn’t low on opinions he isn’t constantly blowing his own trumpet or so obsessed by his own public persona like Pele.

There is no doubt that Pele is one of the greatest ever but his personality and inflated ego sometimes annoys in the extreme.

I suppose I prefer my heroes to be a little bit more human and humble.

“For 20 years they have asked me the same question, who is the greatest? Pele or Maradona? I replay that all you have to do is look at the facts – how many goals did he score with his right foot or with his head?” Pele

Copa Sudamericana moves into the last 8

GREMIO (BRAZIL)  VS MILLIONARIOS (COLOMBIA)

INDEPENDIENTE (ARGENTINA) VS UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA (CHILE)

SAO PAULO (BRAZIL)  VS  UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE  (CHILE)

CERRO PORTENO (PARAGUAY) VS TIGRE (ARGENTINA)

They say the cream always comes to the top and this seems to be the case in this years Copa Sudamericana.

Brazil, Argentina and Chile each have 2 representatives while Paraguay and and Colombia have one a piece.

 

 

This weekends fixtures in Ecuador

With all their teams eliminated form the Copa Sudamericana and the national team not playing until March the focus for all Ecuadorians will now be upon the Serie A.

Barcelona, Liga and Macara head the table with 25 points a piece with Emelec and Tec. Univeritario not far behind.

Both Liga de Loja and Deportivo Quito tumbled out of the Copa Sudamericana and reality ended the their disasterous seasons. Luckily for them relegation will be decided over two terms and as such Olmedo look the greatest under threat.

Friday, October 26 – 20.00

Deportivo Cuenca vs Liga de Quito
Saturday, October 27 – 17:00
Independiente vs Olmedo
Sunday, October 28 – 12:00
Tec. Universitario vs Barcelona
Sunday, October 28 – 12:00
El Nacional vs Manta FC
Sunday, October 28 – 17:00
Emelec vs Macara
Sunday, October 28 – 18:00
Liga de Loja vs Deportivo Quito

Depending on the amount time available I will either go to the El Nacional game or the Aucas vs Anaconda match.