Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Top 5 World Cup 2010 Duds

This is simple; these are the biggest individual abject disappointments, which means I am going to rip some big name stars.

Sounds fun, doesn't it? Maybe, but I take no pleasure from this. They made me do it.

Honorable mentions: Eric Abidal (France), Patrice Evra (France), Alberto Gilardino (Italy), Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast), Simone Pepe (Italy), Franck Ribéry (France), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), John Terry (England)

#5 - Fernando Torres (Spain)

The only man listed still alive in the draw, Torres can change the story. But for now, he is clearly well out of form. No defense could kill as many Spain rushes as El Toro has.

#4 - Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia)

Among the hottest transfer topics heading into the tourney, the Lazio left back didn't get any closer to Inter Milan or Real Madrid with a shoddy three games in South Africa. Would you believe not a single cross? I hardly can, and it's totally true.

#3 - Nicolas Anelka (France)

I could simply note that the guy got sent home from a World Cup, but Les Bleus were no worse off without him. Anelka was abysmal and his still never scored at a major international tournament finals.

#2 - Wayne Rooney (England)

Four games, a mere six shots on goal. His touches were down, his touch was unreliable and his presence barely troubled four backlines with question marks. When he wasn't looking ticked off, he looked like he'd rather be asleep.

#1 - William Gallas (France)

No one was as comically poor as the Arsenal defender. He tried to get himself injured racing a dune buggy before the tourney, but recovered in time to put in three utterly useless performances in South Africa.

- Greg Seltzer


Matt said...

I wonder if Rossi regrets not picking the US. With him up-front with Jozy, we could have been a formidable foe...

Johannes said...

As an FA, you always want to retain your best talent (the same goes for Subotic); but there are positives looking forward -rather than back to what might have been. If some American influenced or cultured development can produce two intensely gifted players like these, then it bodes well for the possibility of what's capable. It's a bit like creating chances in a game, even if not scoring the goals - eventually, some are bound to go in.

Let's also not overlook that both of these players had different visa and citizenship situations. Who knows how many young Americans might thrive in Europe's elite football factories, if given the chance. Getting that chance without an EU passport, however, isn't quite so easy.

SPA2TACU5 said...

Greg, I would rather see your top 5 duds without any of the England, France, Italy and Portugal players.

Those entire teams were just absolutely awful in every game except vs. The People's Republic of Korea.

Greg Seltzer said...

Erm... not sure how to make a true Top 5 Duds list without anyone from those massively disappointing teams, but how about...


Desert Rat said...

I don't really lament the Rossi to Italy thing. The dual citizenship thing was bound to work both ways eventually.

If the US hadn't benefited from dual-citizens playing for the US instead of their other country, there'd have been no 1950 victory vs. England (Joe Gaetjens was born in Haiti), and US Soccer as we know it today wouldn't exist.

And frankly, Guiseppi Rossi is getting to play with great players at his club team, and undoubtedly will with the Azzurri in the future. I'm not sure Altidore, for all the promise he holds, really measures up.

[e]clectic said...

i assume that you left off Cannavaro because he wasn't supposed to impress? cause he was awful in profound ways.

Greg Seltzer said...

Yup. He's been bad for a while now. I'd sooner put Lippi for fielding him, but I didn't include coaches.