English Premier League Best XI

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GK: Nigel Martyn

LB: Ashley Cole
RB: Julio Arca
CB: Sami Hyypia
CB: Rio Ferdinand

LM: Ryan Giggs
RM: David Beckham
CM: Steven Gerrard
CM: Patrick Vieira

F: Thierry Henry
F: Michael Owen

Subs:

Matteo Sereni (GK)
Robert Pires (LM/F)
Juan Sebastian Veron (CM)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (F)

ok, playing 4-4-2:

         Sullivan

Carr Ferdinand Hyppia Harte

Beckham Veron Viera Giggs

      Owen     Fowler

Subs: Richard wright
Ruud Van Nistleroy
Stephen Gerrard
Sol Campbell

4-4-2

Premiership XI

GK Dudek
DL Harte
DR Babbel
DC Hyypia
DC Desailly
ML Giggs
MR Beckham
MC Vieira
MC Veron
FC Owen
FC van Nistelrooy

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World XI

GK Buffon
DL Roberto Carlos
DR Thuram
DC Nesta
DC Cannavaro
ML Giggs
MR Figo
MC Vieira
MC Zidane
FC Rivaldo
FC Shevchenko

Now, if I only had half a billion pounds to spend. :slight_smile:

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GK: Nigel Martyn

LB: Ashley Cole
RB: Markus Babbel
CB: Sami Hyypia
CB: Marcel Desailly

LM: Ryan Giggs
RM: David Beckham
CM: Juan Sebastian Veron
CM: Patrick Vieira

F: Thierry Henry
F: Michael Owen
Subs:
Richard Wright, Gus Poyet, Steven Gerrard, Ruud van Nistelrooy
Same names coming up again and again, isn’t it? This team is practically the same as Crusoe’s.

Mine would be similar

Buffon
Cafu Thuram Nesta RobertoCarlos
Figo Davids Zidane Rivaldo
Owen Shevchenko

There is a similarity of opinion forming here, and it is good to talk about football without meaning the freakshow that passes for football in the US.

However I wonder if the homogenity isn’t partly the product of the top heavy media (esp TV) exposure that certain clubs (Man U in particular get). I included Sullivan and Carr, and still maintain that they are the best players in their respective position in the league. This comes from being a spurs season ticket holder and seeing them every week.

I suspect that most supporters of clubs outside the Champions league could point to similar players. So; putting my money where my rather large mouth is here is a XI from clubs outside the Champions League (and I have excluded Chelsea on general principles, since they’d be too scared to play (and they’re not fit for polite comapny either).

  Sullivan

Carr Bramble Richards Bridge

Anderton Dunn Carrick Dyer

      Sheringham  Phillips

Subs: Walker (GK)
Angel
Di Canio
Joe Cole
Trevor Sinclair

Any thoughts?

There is a similarity of opinion forming here, and it is good to talk about football without meaning the freakshow that passes for football in the US.

However I wonder if the homogenity isn’t partly the product of the top heavy media (esp TV) exposure that certain clubs (Man U in particular get). I included Sullivan and Carr, and still maintain that they are the best players in their respective position in the league. This comes from being a spurs season ticket holder and seeing them every week.

I suspect that most supporters of clubs outside the Champions league and the “media spotlight” could point to similar players. So; putting my money where my rather large mouth is here is a XI from clubs outside the Champions League and the media circus (and I have excluded Chelsea on general principles, since they’d be too scared to play (and they’re not fit for polite company either as obvioulsy are Leeds - too horrible for words).

  Sullivan

Carr Bramble Richards Bridge

Anderton Dunn Carrick Dyer

      Sheringham  Phillips

Subs: Walker (GK)
Angel
Di Canio
Joe Cole
Trevor Sinclair

Any thoughts?

I’m now spamming my own highjack! Sorry! That’s waht the preview button is for. The second one is the one I meant to send

Owl
(although a cockerel in this context)

Very interesting…

Non Champions League XI:

GK: Peter Schmeichel

LB: Wayne Bridge
RB: Julia Arca
CB: Titus Bramble
CB: Hermann Hreidarsson

LM: Damien Duff (maybe wrong side)
RM: Kieron Dyer
CM: Joe Cole
CM: David Dunn

F: Matt Jansen
F: Frederic Kanoute

Subs:

Mark Kinsella (CM)
Richard Rufus (CB)
Paolo di Canio (F)
Kevin Phillips (F)

Non Champions League XI (incl. Leeds and Chelsea):

GK P.Schmeichel
DL I.Harte
DR S.Carr
DC R.Ferdinand
DC M.Desailly
ML H.Kewell
MR K.Dyer
MC E.Petit
MC L.Bowyer
FC R.Keane
FC J.Hasselbaink

Non Champions League XI (excl. Leeds and Chelsea):

GK P.Schmeichel
DL N.Winterburn
DR S.Carr
DC D.Richards
DC M.Elliot
ML J.Collins
MR
K.Dyer
MC
G.McCann
MC
J.Cole
FC P.Di Canio
FC
K.Phillips

This is a colleague’s non- euro qualifiers XI and I have to say I like it a lot. I wonder how they’d get on against beckham et al? He’s cheating a bit with the formation, but he’s a man u fan and they’re used to bending the rules.

                   Van der Saar

            Bramble            Richards

     Carr                              Powell

                      Dunn

        Izzet       Malbranque         Robert

              Phillips         Di Canio

no subs named

Okay … how about a Nationwide League XI:

GK: Magnus Hedman

LB: Alan Rogers
RB: Neil Clement
CB: Darren Purse
CB: Gary Breen

LM: Colin Cameron (maybe out of position)
RM: Glen Little
CM: David Prutton
CM: Robert Prosinecki

F: Clinton Morrison
F: Lee Hughes

Subs:

Dougie Freedman (F)
Jovan Kirovski (F)
Kevin Pressman (G)
Jolyon Lescott (CB)

owlstretchingtime, I forgot about L.Robert, good catch. I would take him over J.Collins.

Crusoe, I would be tempted to play Bobby Zamora up front just to see if he could cut it against the big boys.

Many of my friends are millwall fans (easy to spot, they’re the ones with their knuckles dragging on the ground.

Thye would add Neil Harris as a Striker (even though he has been ill)

Neil Harris and Bobby Zamora are both excellent players, but Harris isn’t back to his best yet and Zamora isn’t reaching last season’s form just yet. I also wondered about an Under-21 team, but that’s a hijack too far…

Agreed - but 11 goals so far this season is still not too bad.

Non CL (and Leeds/Chelsea) XI

Sorenson
Carr Bramble Richards Barry
Dyer Dunn Cole Robert
Di Canio Phillips

Regarding the Premiership XI, I could go with almost any of the above as long as Giggs is on the left and Beckham is on the right.

Zidane and Rivaldo would have to bring up the middle.

But the one Sub that no one’s mentioned who is ESSENTIAL is:

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER