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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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My Must List – week of July 26

It’s been more than a month since I last posted a Must List, so here goes

1. Summer TV shows

I don’t get attached too much with summer TV shows since they almost always become cannon fodder (meaning, canceled before they even had a chance). There are some interesting shows this year, notably Happy Town (think Twin Peaks), Persons Unknown (trying to be the next Lost), The Gates (vampires, werewolves, witches – all in one subdivision!), Haven (a more serious Eureka), Memphis Beat (a detective who moonlights as an Elvis-like singer), Scoundrels (a family of criminals trying to go straight) and my personal favorite, Covert Affairs, which has the potential to be the new, funnier Alias

2. ESPERANZA SPALDING!!!

And yes, I deliberately used all caps. It’s so stupid that I’ve only recently listened to her after several overly enthusiastic recommendations from different friends. But better late than never! Her voice lulls me to sleep every night. And I can’t stop watching videos of her live performances.

3. Good News About Injustice

I’ve always been a big fan of International Justice Mission, and because of my new job, I’ve had the chance to read the first few 10th anniversary edition of this amazing book, written by a former Senior Trial Attorney for the US turned Department of Justice turned CEO of IJM. I firmly believe that Christians should be at the forefront of the fight against injustice, and this book tells story after story of heartbreak, unwavering faith, grace and love.

4. Study all the football league 101s

Even though the World Cup is over, football still has a stronghold on my heart, and I have to familiarize myself with Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, heck, even MLS! The only problem now is where to watch the games, since sports cable channels only show Premier League games.

5. Learn to cook sinigang, niliga, tinola

It’s about time that I personally cook my 3 favorite Tagalog dishes. Let’s just hope I don’t torture my housemates with my “experiments”. Or I don’t burn our apartment down. Or I actually push through with this and not just continue buying fastfood or carinderia food

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2010 in Must List

 

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