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Henry Set To Lose Out Again

Henry Set To Lose Out Again

If reports in Italy and Spain are to be believed then Arsenal skipper has once again lost out in the race to win the Balon d`Or. According to our continental counterparts Real Madrid`s Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro has won the top award.

While there is no doubt that Cannavaro was one of, if not the best defender at the 2006 World Cup, his season at Juventus could be easily discredited due to the Italian`s match fixing scandal and subsequent relegation.

Henry on the other hand was the top scorer in the Premiership as well as leading his club to a Champions League final and his country to a World Cup final. He was unfortunate to lose on both occasions.

Wenger has had his say on the matter: "If that's the case then congratulations to Cannavaro but for me there's only one candidate this year and that's Thierry Henry.

"He was the top goalscorer in England, the best player in England and the second-highest goalscorer in Europe behind Luca Toni.

"He played in the Champions League Final and the World Cup Final. He lost one on penalties and he lost the other in the last few minutes with 10 men.

"It's unfortunate and it's not right that he does not have the recognition.

"When you look at what this guy has achieved in his career as a player I can tell you there are some players in the Balon d'Or who have a lot to answer for when you compare them to Thierry Henry.

"For me the only one in contention with him was Samuel Eto'o, who won the Champions League and the Spanish Championship. He is the only one who could fight with Thierry this year."

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday November 17 2006
Time: 5:44PM


Its hard to argue against Cannavaro. He was superb in the world cup and throughout the Italian season. Whilst Wenger would of course support Henry his propensity for whinging and negative remarks suggesting a lack of sportsmanship after the Champions League final as well as his 'winning' of the free kick against Spain are likely to have counted against him
17/11/2006 18:03:00
But how much credit can he get for his season with Juve considering what happened?
17/11/2006 18:14:00
the free kick he won against spain was a foul, whether puyol hit him on the face or any part of his body, it was a foul, and what did he say wrong after the champions league final, the way we lost it, tat too to a offside goal, any player would show his emotions, you wouldn't know anything about that sir harry cuz your team has never played a game of such magnitude, and for me thierry deserves it, just like how we deserved it in 2004 when we went unbeaten, he deserved it more than anyone then and even now, cannavaro had a great world cup, but what did he achieve with juve, his entire season with juventus counts for nothing, and this is a player of the year award, not the player of the world cup, and to top that, cannavaro and his team were torn apart by thierry and co at highbury in the champions league, so i just hope this report isn't true and thierry wins it, cuz he deserves it more than anyone..
17/11/2006 19:14:00
Cannavarvo - lack of loyalty should count against him - deserted the sinking Juventus ship didn't he?
17/11/2006 19:19:00
that is not even a factor merlin, the point is his season with juventus was scrapped and it meant nothing because of the match fixing scandal, and yeh he had a great world cup, but this is not the world cup player of the year award, it is the player of the year award, and that's why just because he had a great world cup doesen't make him the most deserving candidate for this award..
17/11/2006 19:25:00
Cannarvaro played a great season at Juventus and despite it being nullified his performances were excellent. And he certainly performed better for Italy than Henry did for France in the world cup. Henry's alledged foul in the world cup was the softest awarded despite it looking like he'd been shot by a sniper and a number of commentators found his action at that moment disappointing. And the constant bleating about the Champions League ... the winning goal might have been marginally offside, but the free kick that led to Campbell's goal was from a dive which even Wenger acknowledged. So instead of 2-1 it should have been 1-0 and it could have been argued that the goal after the Lehmann sending off could have stood making it 2-0 rather than the subsequent penalty being saved. It was Henry going on about how the best side lost, and Barcelona didn't deserve to win, how he couldn't ever join Barcelona, blah, blah, blah .. these sorts of incidents stick in the minds of those who make those awards. Henry may have had a great season but so did Cannavaro and it will be the odd negative thing which will count against Henry, principally his sportsmanship compared to Fabio. And Luckys10, why are you raising Spurs?, I didn't mention Spurs, the question is about whether Henry deserves the award more than Cannavaro and the answer is NO.
17/11/2006 21:18:00
eboue went down easily i agree, but he went down cuz dere was contact though it was very minimal, and if there is even a little bit of contact and the player goes down, it's a free kick, if you dun know the rules sir harry, and yeh these sort of incidents stick in the minds of the people who give awards, but not incidents like the team being stripped of the title and relegated and they are stripped off everything they have achieved in the season, and cannavaro may have had a decent season at juve, but the fact is that counts for nothing, so his performances for juve should not be considered because those matches were fixed, it's simple as that, and these things are more important than henry saying some not so pleasent things about barcelona or anyone else..
17/11/2006 21:27:00
the fact is whatever cannavaro did with juventus last season has no credibility, he was stripped of everything that he achieved with juventus, his performances mean nothing because the outcome of it was already decided, so it count's for nothing which we saw when juve were relegated and their title was taken away. And if FIFA doesen't consider all this before giving out it's most prestigious honour to a player, then i say it's all a big joke..
17/11/2006 21:42:00
Well, based on your argument then Barcelona goal wasn't offside as the rules are the rules and the referee decided he wasn't. Those are the rules. And its an individual award so the decision made against a team has no impact on their judgement. They measure individual performance, conduct on the pitch and how the player carries himself in public. What happened to Juventus has no impact on their decision. The impact a player may have on the team will though and there is no doubt that Cannavaro led Italian through his indivudal performance. Henry was not the top scorer in Europe, nor at the World Cup. Cannavaro led his underated team to WIN the trophy, not merely be placed well, and was not booked during the finals. And despite what you say about Juventus, they were stripped of their titles and relegated for attempting to influence matches - there was no proof that they were successful so this will not influence the jury. People and history remember those who come first, not the runners up
17/11/2006 22:06:00
the barca goal was offside as we all saw in the replay, it was a mistake on the part of the linesman, but the free kick which we won for campell's goal was according to the rules, contact on the player he goes down and a free kick, which was absolutely correct as per the rules..........but you cannot measure cannavaro's individual performance for his club, because they have no credibility to it, he may have had a great season at juve, played absolutely brilliantly, but u can never say how good those performances were because they were aided by illegally, his game along with the game of all his fellow players at juve were aided by factors which were illegal. they were rigged, and if there wasn't any proof about it, juve wouldn't have been relegated and stripped of their titles, and even if i agree with you that they may not have been successful, but there was an attempt on the part of juventus to do something that's against the laws and spirit of the game for which they were punished, so you cannot judge cannavaro's individual performance because his own performance was influenced by other factors which dont merit how good a player is..................and even at the world cup, ur claim that he led italy to glory through his individual performance is baseless, he had three other defenders with him on the pitch who were equally responsible for italy's victory, you don't win games just by keeping clean sheets, you win by scoring goals, and his fellow defenders grosso and materazzi not only played their part in the team's defending, but also scored crucial goals which led italy to victory, not just cannavaro's defending for italy which he didn't do it all by himself in the first place. and if a player his judged by his conduct on the pitch and how he carries himself in public, then thierry is second to none, and everyone knows that. do you watch every match of the italian league? here we follow thierry day in n day out, so you don't even know just how cannavaro is as you know thierry...and on the two occasions that cannavaro came head to head with titi last season, in the champions league and the world cup, theirry got the better of him at highbury, and the final ended in a 1-1 draw to be decided on penalties, so head to head, theirry got the better of cannavaro, and history remembers the winners, but history also shows that those who deserve it the most, dun always win it..
17/11/2006 22:58:00
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