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FIFA Hypocrisy to the Fore Once More

FIFA Hypocrisy to the Fore Once More

The Shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year 2007 has been published by FIFA, and after perusing it, I was surprised to see Thierry Henry's name on it. Here is the full list:

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Petr Cech (Czech Republic), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Deco (Portugal), Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire), Michael Essien (Ghana), Samuel Eto'o (Cameroon), Gennaro Gattuso (Italy), Steven Gerrard (England), Thierry Henry (France), Juninho (Brazil), Kaká (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Frank Lampard (England), Rafael Márquez (Mexico), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Alessandro Nesta (Italy), Andrea Pirlo (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Juan Román Riquelme (Argentina), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Wayne Rooney (England), John Terry (England), Carlos Tévez (Argentina), Lilian Thuram (France), Fernando Torres (Spain), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands) and Patrick Vieira (France).

This is the same Thierry Henry who should have won it at least once out of three times during his time at Arsenal, such was his stellar contributions to football.

This the same Thierry Henry who spent last season injured for between half and two-thirds of last season.

This is the same Thierry Henry who joined Barcelona in the summer.

Now, which of these three reasons do you think is most likely as the main reason of the three for Titi's nomination? (I'll give you a clue - it's not numbers one and two).

Titi did of course appear 17 times in his last season for the Gunners, netting ten times. If this qualifies you for this shortlist, why do we not see Obafemi Martins and Andy Johnson there too, as they reached that magical milestone too.

I cannot really comment on the merits of players from other leagues, as i do not see enough of the leagues from abroad to comment from a position of strength, but of the domestic players, players such as Drogba, Ronaldo and Gerrard you would say deserve nominations. The second tier of those from the Prem would include Essien, Rooney and Terry. And then, Thierry might make the third tier. But he simply did not feature enough last year, he was nowhere near being Arsenal Player of the Year, so how he can make this list beggars belief.

I seriously doubt he will emerge victorious, but I hope he wins it, for two reasons.

One, it will make up for the occasions when he should have finished top of the pile in one of the past seasons, for he surely deserved to at least once; and

Two, it will show up FIFA for the bunch of clueless, hypocritical bunch of c***s that they surely are. Who are led by a fat mug who contradicts himself at every twist and turn to try and justify his position.

But for Titi, if you win it fella, it will make up for the past injustices when you were overlooked. I still hope Barça go tits up though. Cheers.

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Date:Saturday October 13 2007
Time: 1:01PM


I agree with you (except for the should've won before part).They select more based on name than on what the person perfomed during the year.What the ***** did Ronaldinho do? NOTHING.If Ronaldinho deserved to go.... so shoudl've Romario and Rivaldo (lol). Go figure fifa.
13/10/2007 13:07:00
But you forgot to mention the Arsenal players that were nominated, don't focus on the bad stuff! :P...
13/10/2007 13:09:00
I know Kev :) That's my poin though, in my opinion, Cesc sould have been nominated over Henry. And Gilberto too, had a fantastic season... »»Arsene Knows««
13/10/2007 13:12:00
These polls, rooted as they are in politics, have as much to do with real football as the Eurovision song contest has with real music.
13/10/2007 13:25:00
Cesco should have been nominated. Its a disgrace that Henry was! Imagine if Rvp hadnt got injured...
13/10/2007 13:29:00
great parallel Amos.
13/10/2007 13:41:00
Said it when he left and ill say it again... how ironic would it be if he wins it this year...
13/10/2007 13:43:00
You're forgettin a small detail though... managers of national teams are the ones who vote(and captains I think) . Not Fifa.
13/10/2007 13:44:00
There thick aswell then.
13/10/2007 13:47:00
In world football it's the Latinos versus everyone else, they have all the power and they will make judgement calls on absolutley everything to do with football, from rule changes to voting the World Player Of The Year. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just naive I'm afraid, I know that sounds arrogant, but there's no other way of saying it. Can anyone imagine a Premiership team being allowed to cheat in the way AC Milan did, then go on to be reinstated in the Champions league, whilst their owner (Berlusconi) sits and celebrates with the UEFA President Platini. Like I said, world/European football is a Latino based institution, and their politics dictate the entire football philosophy, no English side, especially one like Arsenal will ever be part of the set up. Remeber the season when Henry was statisically the top goalscorer in europe, and had the most assists, and was part of a team that went the entire season unbeaten in the most competetitive league in the world. I think an injured, pie eating Ronaldo won it that year. Says it all.
Professor Calculus
13/10/2007 14:41:00
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