WC2006: EFT Player and Match of the Tournament
Forgive the belatedness, but you see two more pictures added to our already impressive gallery of impressive players. The two new additions come from the recent World Cup tournament and depict who we at EFT feel deserved the accolade of Best Player and Best Match of the tournament.
Player of the WC2006: Fabio Cannavaro (Italy)
Despite Italy's mediocre passage through the group stage, Cannavaro had been there from the first match. Tantamount to his ability was Italy not conceding at all throughout the tournament up until the final itself, albeit Zaccardo scored a very unfortunate own goal. Two goals conceded throughout, superb performance in the final, fitting for the captain to lift the cup and the EFT player of the tournament, and not Zidane.
Match of the WC2006: Germany v Italy
It wasn't a stupendous match but it was very entertaining. Argentina v Mexico was a great serving of an underdog scoring first and how and the stronger side equalising and then plotting and probing to secure their supremacy to no avail until a superb cross and goal from Juan Pablo Sorin and Maxi Rodriguez respectively secured that close 2nd round tie. However the first semi-final appeased the majority at EFT more, both sides were tight in defence and upfront, the Italians bossed the midfield as the Germans infiltrated more upfront with a litter of chances that you would have wagered your house on someone scoring.
From the Italy captain to the tournament's best young player in Lukas Podolski, from the forward movements of Michael Ballack, the tenacious battling of Andrea Pirlo, to the minor moments of fine goalkeeping from Gianluigi Buffon and Jens Lehmann, this made for a more enthralling match and then some with Fabio Grosso making the eventual beakthrough and Alessandro Del Piero applying the finishing touch.