Monthly Archives: November 2012

Player Focus

David Beckham: from MLS to Monaco for a glamorous swansong?

David Beckham has a unique position in the football world. Through masterful marketing and almost flawless exploitation of his carefully managed image, Beckham has elevated himself above mere football. Even at the age of 37, the former England captain remains by some criteria the biggest star in the game. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are recognised globally for their own reasons, Messi’s almost exclusively relating to the game itself while Ronaldo’s more closely approximate to the building of Brand Beckham.

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Player News

Joe Hart, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney added to FIFPro World XI shortlist

There are a total of no fewer than seven English players on the full shortlist for this year’s FIFPro World XI, which will be announced early in the new year. Previously announced listees Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are joined by five of their countrymen now that the other positions have been announced.

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Player News

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy out for three months

Norwich City’s former Everton goalkeeper John Ruddy has been told he will be out of action for three months with a thigh injury sustained when the Canaries visited Ruddy’s old club at Goodison Park over the weekend.

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Player News

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard named on FIFPro World XI shortlist

You know how we’re always talking about how world football has it in for England? Threats from UEFA, feuds with FIFA, general negative perception? I get it. It certainly seems like that sometimes; for example, the FIFA World Cup 2018 vote was a little difficult stomach. Clearly this is not a universal distaste, however, because the 2012 FIFPro World XI shortlist contains two Englishmen.

Seriously, I checked the date.

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England Squad Depth

England squad depth: November 2012

The wake of a friendly is a difficult time to assess the depth of England manager Roy Hodgson’s options. He awarded six debutants their first caps against Sweden this month, but hasn’t named a full competitive squad for a few weeks so it’s tough to make assumptions about his thinking.

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