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Friday, July 28, 2006

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.



Blogger T said...

Fine summary Redsman!

I hope I'm not breaking any protocol by stating that my own votes were for Cannavaro and ArgvMex. However, I have no qualms about Ger V Ita winning our award, for as Redsman says it was an enthralling match crowned with two excellent goals... goals which also happily prevented the semi being decided on what I consider to be the anti-climax of penalties.

During the tournament I expressed my admiration for Cannarvaro on EFT, and indeed stated he was my player of the tournament after the final. I must confess that before the tournament I had always thought of Cannaravo as being a good but not great centre-back.... so it came as a minor surprise for me to steadily change my mind during the tournament and reach the opinion that he is an outstanding centre-back deserving of the highest merit.

In my view the Italian captain was close to flawless throughout the World Cup... and I can't recall thinking that way about a player in a tournament for a long time. If he can repeat that level of performance for Real Madrid, the Bernabeu club may finally start to find the degree of defensive solidity required to truly contend for honours in both the Primera Liga and the Champs League.

7/28/2006 8:29 pm

Blogger SKG said...

yeah great summary redsman and indeed a great commentary over the course of the world cup.

7/30/2006 11:49 am

Anonymous Tripping said...

Agree with your assessments, redsman. I hate catenaccio, but Cannavaro's impeccable defending was actually a joy to watch. Pirlo a close second. Have to say their teammate Totti, however, was one of the biggest disappointments...again. The battle between Real and Barca at the top of La Liga may indeed be more interesting this time around. Though on paper they seem to have distanced themselves a far ways from the rest of the league, which is disappointing. It's been somewhat more competitive than the other big ones in recent years.

8/07/2006 9:00 pm

Blogger T said...

Good to have your comments Tripping.

8/08/2006 11:37 pm


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