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Challenge: Picking An All-Time World Football XI

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There are a number of things that can drive a man insane. For me it can be anything from crying babies next to me on an airplane journey from Oslo to Istanbul, or having to listen to Katy Perry and Lady Gaga for an entire evening that other people said would be “fun”. But, the challenge that I received almost 48 hours ago has driven me more insane then all those things.

I was challenged, sort of, by Vampy Archer to pick an all-time world football XI during a discussion on Twitter this monday. Considering how spoilt for choice one is when one is looking back on over 100 years of football history, this turned out to be a recipe for disaster for me. I have certainly 150-200 players that I’d consider to be amongst my favorite players. Furthermore, most of them aren’t really considered to be amongst the finest players that the sport has produced.

At the same time I was trying to create a starting line-up that would look somewhat feasible on paper. What made it even harder was that Vampy chose to leave Zidane, Pele,  and Maradonna out of his starting XI. I considered it fair sportsmanship to leave them out as well. What a mistake, considering the vast amount of talent that comes behind them. Well, leaving out Maradonna was easy enough, considering that I never really liked the person, but had the outmost respect for the man on the pitch.

At the end of the road I discovered that I am a somewhat sentimental person. I do love a number of players, and can’t let go of them, even if everybody else thinks that these players have no place in all-time world football XI. Some people might even call me insane, and rightly so. I love being insane. Here is my all-time world football XI. Read the rest of this entry



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Most people wouldn’t dare to accuse footballers of being the sharpest knife in the drawer. Here are my top 15 quotes of German footballers and coaches to prove these people right.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has hopefully taken some geography lessons in the recent past.

15. “Shanghai has 22 million inhabitants. Europe doesn’t have many more either”, Bastian Schweinsteiger demonstrated his excellent knowledge about geography after landing in Shanghai with the German national team.

14. “I own 70% of the goal, and Wilmots owns 40% of it”, Schalke legend Ingo Anderbrügge demonstrates his skills as a hobby mathematician.

13. “Football is like chess. Just without the dice”, Lukas Podolski has his very own take on the game of football.

12. “I would like to go south for the holidays, Canada would be lovely”, Mehmet Scholl after the end of the season. Maybe Scholl had the same geography teacher as Schweinsteiger?

11. “Milan or Madrid, the only thing that it is important to me is that it is Italy”, Andreas Möller talking about a possible transfer.

10. Former Schalke coach Fritz Langner surprised some of his players by saying:”The five of you get here, and play four against three”. Read the rest of this entry