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Football Friday: 10 EPL Players I Fell in Love With Part 1

Even though I talk about football A LOT, I am still basically a newbie in this world. This is the first season that I got to watch the English Premiere League (I would have preferred to follow La Liga, but our sports cable channels don’t cover it. Boo) and I can say that after 10 months of watching, I have a more than average knowledge of all 20 teams (I can name all coaches and 1st keepers) and most of the players. So since there are just 4 games to go, I’d like to start off my season-ending countdown with my Top Ten Favorite EPL players. Oh, and looks have nothing at all to do with this list this time

And yes, I intentionally left off my beloved Fernando Torres, because a. I will always love him no matter what and b. To say that he has had a bad season is an understatement

1. Jack Wilshere – Arsenal

He won the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Young Player of the Year Award and with good reason. He’s just 19 years old, but already he is such an influential midfielder in both Arsenal and the England NT. While he is still a bit temperamental on and off the pitch, give him a few more years to mature and he might as well turn out to be one of the best all-around midfielders of his generation

2. Raul Meireles – Liverpool

IMHO, probably Liverpool’s player of the season, especially under King Kenny’s reign. In the absence of Steven Gerrard, he has proven to be a stalwart replacement. While injury has halted his rise on Merseyside, I’m sure next season he’ll be crucial in the Reds’ bid for a place in the Top 4 again

3. Rafael van der Vaart – Tottenham Hotspurs

I don’t like Dutch players on principle, but this is one Dutchman that I can’t help but love. Rescued from the benches of Real Madrid, VDV didn’t need to acclimatize himself to England: he plays like he was born to play in the EPL. He has been one of Spurs’ best players and scores crucial goals while being a great attacking midfielder (I really love my midfielders!)

4. Samir Nasri – Arsenal

When he’s at his best and at his quickest, I can’t take my eyes off him, whether he’s playing as a winger or a central midfielder. I think he was one of the most crucial players in Arsenal’s run-in in four competitions (all of which are dust now, but that’s another story) and when he does score goals, he makes brilliant ones. The goal below at 00:21 is my absolute favorite

5. Scott Parker – West Ham

Now why would I include a player that is part of a team that would probably be relegated to the Championship at the end of the season? I dunno if it’s listening to all these football podcasts where the pundits wax lyrical about him, but he really is an inspiration for a mediocre team. And he single-handedly drags said team to actually winning games. Looking forward to seeing which club would buy him, because he’s too good to not play in the EPL

THE NEXT 5 NEXT WEEK…

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Football Friday

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Footballers That Make Me Go All Fangirly

Guys, you had better close your eyes or not read this at all

You have been warned: This is purely a fangirl and girly-girl post. I’ve been a “serious” football fan for almost a year now, but every once in a while, I have got to let the inner fangirl out so she won’t feel so deprived. And this is just one of those days. These players’ footballing skills play a major part in why I think they’re hot but some are just majorly eye-candy.

1. Fernando Torres / Nando

Plays for: Chelsea FC (much to my heartbreak) and Spain NT (where I first fell in love with him)

Known As/For: El Nino (The Kid), Liverpool fell in love with him then he broke Liverpool’s heart; one of the best strikers until a year ago when injury struck and until now, he’s still trying to get back in form

Why I Love Him: The freckles, the bitchface, the beautiful wife, the adorable kids, the hair (when he was still blond). And of course, the skillzzzz.

2. Kaka

Plays for: Real Madrid and Brazil NT

Known As/For: One of the best creative midfielders a few years back until (same story as Nando); Had the most expensive transfer fee when AC Milan sold him to Real Madrid, until Crissy Poo smashed that record

Why I Love Him: The gentle smile, the eyebrows, the gorgeous wife, the adorable kid. But most of all, he’s very vocal about his faith and that’s a big thumbs up in my book

3. Xabi Alonso

Plays for: Real Madrid and Spain NT

Known As/For: One of the best midfielders of today (2nd in my book); the major reason why Liverpool is not in the Top 4 anymore

Why I Love Him: His sense of style, how he rarely smiles, the ginger beard, and yes, i love myself a great midfielder

4. Aly Borromeo

Plays for: Kaya FC and Philippine NT (Azkals)

Known As/For: Captain Fantastic – he’s the captain for both teams

Why I Love Him: Chiseled features, confident smile and there’s something about strong central defenders that brings out the damsel in me 🙂

5. Jack Wilshere

Plays for: Arsenal and England NT

Known as/for: The future of England (and Arsenal too)

Why I Love Him: The dimples, the funny tweets, the cute dog, and the desire and enthusiasm to play as many games for club and country

 

 

6. Iker Casillas

Plays for: Real Madrid and Spain NT

Known as/for: San Iker, Best Goalkeeper during the World Cup, one of the world’s best goalkeepers, candidate for sweetest boyfriend (see video below)

Why I Love Him: aside from the reasons above, just look at him 🙂 He can also have a secondary career as a model. And of course this video

Why I Love Him: The dimples, the funny tweets, the puppy love, and the desire and enthusiasm to play as many games for club and country

7. Yoann Gourcuff

Plays for: Lyon and France NT

Known As/For: The only bright spot in France’s dismal World Cup

Why I Love Him: Just look at those eyelashes and cheekbones and abs and…wait I lost my train of thought

 

 

8. Pep Guardiola

Plays for: Used to play for and now coaches my absolute favorite club Barcelona

Known for: Considered one of the, if not the, best football manager of current times, winning Barcelona the sextuple (six trophies in six competitions in one year)

Why I Love Him: The intensity coupled with the movie-star looks (and the impeccable suits to boot) is just so darn attractive

 

9. Tim Cahill

Plays for: Everton and Australian NT

Known As/For: Scored the first ever goal for Australia in a World Cup; Has one of the best heads in the Prem League (meaning he scores a lot of goals with his head)

Why I Love Him: Two words – abstastic and tattoos

 

 

10. Aitor Ocio

I know absolutely nothing about him except that he plays for Athletic Bilbao. But just look at him…

That is the tame photo. Click here to see what I sometimes take a peek at when I’m feeling down.

HALL OF FAME: David Beckham

Every football fangirl  has to start somwhere, and who better than The Davide Beckham to make you addicted to football

Special Mentions:

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid and Spain)

David Villa (Barcelona and Spain)

Mikel Arteta (Everton)


Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England)

Anton del Rosario (Kaya FC and Azkals)


Theo Walcott (Arsenal and England)

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in Top 10 Tuesday

 

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