Date:Tuesday November 28 2006
Thierry Henry has once again been over looked for the title of European Footballer Of The Year, losing out to Italian World Cup captain Fabio Cannavaro.
Henry finished third in the voting behind two Juventus players (Fabio Cannavaro has since moved to Real Madrid) Cannavaro & Gigi Buffon.
Now maybe I'm being bitter or maybe there is some truth in what I'm saying, but the supposed top two players in Europe came from a team that cheated it's way to victory, how can that be right?
Ok so the players weren't directly involved, but had the referees been on the up and up they might not have achieved the dizzy heights that they did.
Comparing the Cannavaro and Mr Henry, surely there could only have been one true winner.
International football: Cannavaro - World Cup winner. Henry World cup finalist, only lost on penalties.
Domestic football: Cannavaro lead his team to the Serie A title only for it to be stripped away after foul play had been proven. Thierry Henry in his first season as captain dragged the mighty gunners in to a top four spot and into the Champions League, becoming the leagues top scorer and having the best goals to games ratio in Europe.
European Football: Cannavaro's Juventus barely made it past the group stages, needing a lucky last minute gift of a goal on matchday six to progress. They eventually succumbed to Arsenal in the quarter final. Thierry Henry & Arsenal were within 15 minutes of being crowned European Champions, Henry scored vital goals against Sparta Prague, Real Madrid and indeed Juventus.
Yes I'm an Arsenal fan, and yes I'm very biased towards the red and white half of North London, but surely I can't be alone in saying that there is something fundamentally wrong with giving this award to a player who essentially comes from a team that, with or without the players knowledge, cheated. Can I?
Date:Tuesday November 28 2006
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