You think you know enough about football? Then would you care to share your knowledge with the, um… world? Below are descriptions of seven different players who will feature at the upcoming European Championships. My goal is to misguide you and I will use any tools available to me except lies.
So, have fun and show us what you know about football:
1. He never played in one of Europe’s ‘big leagues’, but his record in Germany and Belgium is enviable. What is even more enviable is his record with his international team. He has managed to find the net 54 times in 86 appearances and is always a force to be reckoned with when he represents his nation. Also, Euro 2008 will be the very last time we will see this big man playing football as he has announced that he will retire after the competition.
2. He is a box-to-box midfielder, as the English like to call them: a fine play maker in the attacking third, but almost always willing to help out in the defensive end. His disciplinary record somewhat taints an otherwise impressive career during which he has lifted the Champions League with two different clubs.
3. One of the most complete players in world football and maybe one of the best of his generation. This exceptional midfielder has made his way up the football ladder and ended up joining one of the best teams in world football. Although it took him a while to accommodate at his new club, he proved crucial for them in the campaign that just finished.
4. This tournament will be the last time we will see this marvelous goalkeeper in action for his country. His club career has been distinguished and he is by many considered to be one of the better goalkeepers in the world.
5. In a bizarre turn of events, this player’s international retirement has been previously refused by his international manager; a decision which sparked waves of controversy in the world of football.
6. His career is coming to a fairy tale ending as he has played for two of Europe’s best teams over the past two years and is currently playing for his boyhood club. His return to international football – after he announced his retirement on two previous occasions – came as a shock to many but he has announced his intention to carry on even after Euro 2008.
7. He has caught the eye of the world of football in his international debut last month when he scored two magnificent goals. His incredible strength and speed have lead many to believe that he will become a great football player although we do not expect to see much of him at Euro 2008.
I hope this was not too easy for you… I will post the answers on Saturday morning.
Also See: Who’s That Manager – Euro 2008 Edition