Monday, June 07, 2010


They are probably the four figures grabbing the biggest headlines of the football world these few days. The first three players are risking to miss the World Cup 2010 competition. Robben may still make it but nothing is fully confirmed at this stage. I don't have to say much about him but he is too injury proned that I believe the Dutch should not put so much hope for him to perform in top form during the World Cup. Drogba's and Ferdinand's absence will be major blows to both Ivory Coast and England. These two are major players in their respective teams. The chances to advance into the competition will be lowered by a lot with their absence.

I hope this is it for the injury list for the World Cup. We are barely 3 days away to the start of the competition. I know there are more other names who got injured late into the competition preparations like Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Andrea Pirlo, Diego Milito, Julio Cesar, Mauro Camoranesi and John Obi Mikel but these three are major names that will miss out. We football fans want to have an enjoyable World Cup competition where all the great players will be present to show us the Beautiful Game!

Benitez on the other hand has left Liverpool. The likely destination is Mourinho's hot seat at Inter Milan. He may have performed badly and Liverpool also losing their invincibility tag in Europe for the last two seasons but you have to admit he is probably the most successful Liverpool manager for a long, long time. Liverpool had always been living in the shadows of Manchester United and Arsenal since the early 90s and later Chelsea too. Benitez came and created the impossible with less money than his counterparts. That famous Champions League final victory against AC Milan is still today a miracle and incredible win.

I guess the lack of funds to buy more players as well as the inability to win the English Premier League are two major reasons for his exit.

Rafael Benitez Stats at Liverpool:
Seasons: 6
Premier League titles: 0
FA Cup wins: 1
FA Community Shield wins: 1
Champions League titles: 1
UEFA Super Cup wins: 1
UEFA Manager of the Year 2004/05 Special - Which Stars Will Miss The World Cup With Injury?

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