Best team of the year 2002 (1 Viewer)

nina

Senior Member
Feb 18, 2001
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#1
The selection of the king of football for the year 2002 didn't cause much trouble. The problems began when trying to select 11 players, where most respectable sport papers from all over the world couldn’t avoid patriotism. The summery of those papers – from La Gazzetta Dello Sport, France Football till World Soccer – did at the end manage to list "best eleven".

When looking at the team we have to consider the two criteria: value of the tournament (1. World Cup, 2. Champions League, 3. Domestic leagues + other competitions) and the tactical system 4-4-2.


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---------------------------- Kahn ----------------------------
Cafu ------------ Lucio ------------ Metzelder ------R. Carlos 
Ronaldinho --------- Ballack ------- Zidane -------- Rivaldo
------------- Ronaldo ------------------ Raúl -------------

5 names have no competition. Number 1, German Oliver Kahn, who didn't have a decent rival, like on the left no rivals for Roberto Carlos, who got more #1 positions in the inquiry of the France Football's journalists for the “Golden Ball” than the winner Ronaldo. Michael Ballack, the german revelation of the year, is in the midfield the prototype of the 3rd millennium player. Flexible, effective, with great technique, well disciplined, always working for a team … He only has one bad thing following him. He came 2nd everywhere: in the domestic league and cup, CL and WC. No polemics when it comes to Zinedine Zidane. The author of the "goal of all goals" in the CL couldn't be left out despite the invisibility (injury) in the WC. And, of course, we cannot forget the king of football, Ronaldo.

"Local patriotism" marked the decision for the right central defender. The English chose Rio Ferdinand, Italians set Fabio Cannavaro, the Spaniards selected Fernando Hierro. The latter, with his form in WC and winning the CL, made it into the top 16. But "football heads" put Bayer Leverkusen's Lucio on that position. You cannot overlook that the Brazilian with his way of playing gave a new dimension to the role of central defender by being actively included into the game and by doing other jobs besides defending. In the comparison with other RCD he is the one with most versatility.

The German Cristoph Metzelder erupted in the position of left CD. The Borussian's real rivals were only the Argentinean Walter Samuel and the Brazilian Edmilsen. The first is highly appreciated among the coaches, but he didn't go far with Roma or with his NT. The second, although being a WC winner, is a victim of a small club. Lyon doesn't fit into the top clubs just yet. Metzelder belongs into the top 11 also because the club's success – Borussia was a german champion and a finalist in the UEFA cup.

The position for the right back could be filled with a few men that did well in the WC such as Alpay, Mills or Puyol, but the WC champion Cafu surpassed all. Man with the "big lunges" made his sprints up and down the side look soo easy!

Who will join Ballack and Zidane in the midfield? The competition was big – Englishman Beckham, the Turk Bastürk, the Frenchman Patrick Vieira … whatever the reasons, in the WC Ronaldinho was thé star. "Dribbler", scorer and assistant. Without him even Ronaldo wouldn't shine! For the 4ht place in the midfield we have to make a correction. "He's a footballer with one, but decisive feature. He seems rather bored and invisible, but he's a genius" said one of the coaches. It's Rivaldo. For many of you he's probably not the true midfielder, but he was put into the best team scoring all those goal in WC and because the inquiry of France Football. Only ZZ got more points for creativity than the Brazilian.

By putting Rivaldo, who played as a 2nd point in WC, in the middle line we have a free spot for Ronaldo's partner. The decision was hard: precise Raúl, big-guy Vieri or quick Henry? Raúl's advantage is the goal in the CL final and consistent form, Vieri's plus is delivering goals like a machine and Henry's attribution to Arsenal's success where cold-bloody goals and versatility. Raúl was the top scorer of CL, Vieri was selected as the best forward by World Soccer and Henry got the most points out of these three in the France Football. So who's the king's helper? Raúl! He's a european and world club champion, he scored the most goals in CL and came further with his team in WC than the two listed above.

Delo, Slovenian national paper
 
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nina

Senior Member
Feb 18, 2001
3,717
#3
++ [ originally posted by nina ] ++


When looking at the team we have to consider the two criteria: value of the tournament (1. World Cup, 2. Champions League, 3. Domestic leagues + other competitions) and the tactical system 4-4-2.
Look at that and look at Juve's records in CL last year or Italy's in WC ;)
 

BigIzz

Senior Member
Jul 12, 2002
1,088
#4
Buffons season can't compare to the season Kahn had. It dosen't matter which player is better, Kahn had more impressive results.
 

jamaliano

Junior Member
Dec 7, 2002
221
#9
-----------------------Rustu-----------------------------

Puyol---------Lucio------------Ferdinand--------R.carlos

----------------Vieira--------Makalele---------

---------Ronaldinho-------Zidane---------Ballack

-------------------*Del Piero----------Henry--------------------

Subs
1. Kahn
2. Nesta
3. Cafu
4. Davids
5. Rivaldo
6. Tomasson
7. Raul
 

Ahmed_

Bench Warmer
Dec 23, 2002
770
#11
Ronaldo does not deserve the awards he won................. playing few matches all the year and then going to japan to score against costa rica and chaina............he did not score against england as an example.............



this world what can i say? no one get what he deserves!!!!!!:frown:

player like del piero is no. 10 and ronaldo is no. 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

jamaliano

Junior Member
Dec 7, 2002
221
#16
++ [ originally posted by Ahmed ] ++
Ronaldo does not deserve the awards he won................. playing few matches all the year and then going to japan to score against costa rica and chaina............he did not score against england as an example.............



this world what can i say? no one get what he deserves!!!!!!:frown:

player like del piero is no. 10 and ronaldo is no. 1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ronaldo was not even man of the tournament! If i remember correctly it must have been Kahn. He won the title becoz of Real's clout. They wanted one of their players to parade the trophy in their centenary year.
 

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