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Best Defenders and Goalkeepers in the World

Yes, I know I am bandwagoning betterthanhenman's other posts and I am guilty of this.

Since these are guys who usually get overlooked cause they don't play in the glamour positions.

As for poll options I can add them later once I get some names from the MTF football analysts.

Goalkeepers, well Buffon, Van der Sar and Cech are very good.

Defenders, I can safely say Roberto Carlos isn't.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Best Defenders and Goalkeepers in the World

Best goalie: Buffon
Defense: Puyol Cannavaro Nesta Maldini

I realise that 3 of the 4 defenders are past their best but i guess i'm just sentimental

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Thuram a classy defender and yes he is a bit long in the tooth. He should go to England and get one last big pay day.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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best keeper: Oliver (I am the No 2) Kahn

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As for goalkeepers, well Kahn has had his day for sure.

Rene Higuita, the eccentric Colombian and this takes talent. What a tragedy he didn't play in England.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yILDi...search=higuita

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Thuram a classy defender and yes he is a bit long in the tooth. He should go to England and get one last big pay day.
He was the worst player on the field by far yesterday...
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He was the worst player on the field by far yesterday...
Most of the French team are past it. I said long in the tooth, he is not the best anymore, but he was easily one of them at his peak.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I've had the joys of seeing thuram live for Parma in a friendly against celtic.
True quality

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Gregory Coupet or Willy Grondin.
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Re: Best Defenders and Goalkeepers in the World

Goalkeepers: Cech Casillas Buffon
Defenders: Puyol Nesta Gallas Terry Lucio Marquez Cole Heinze Stam Samuel Cannavaro

"My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories."

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R128 Deblicker, Eric (FRA) N/A 6-1 6-1 6-1
R64 Fagel, Rick (USA) N/A 6-0 6-1 6-0
R32 Bertolucci, Paolo (ITA) N/A 6-0 6-2 6-2
R16 Tanner, Roscoe (USA) N/A 6-2 6-4 7-6
Q Ramirez, Raul (MEX) N/A 6-3 6-3 6-0
S Barazzutti, Corrado (ITA) N/A 6-0 6-1 6-0
W Vilas, Guillermo (ARG) N/A 6-1 6-1 6-3

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Coloccini has the best afro out of them.

Jaap Stam looks like the Easter Island statue and it's funny when he marks big Jan Koller.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Oli Kahn maybe.

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Re: Best Defenders and Goalkeepers in the World

Goalies - Buffon, Cech, Keller (GO USA), Casillas & Isaksson

Defenders - Puyol, Onwenyu (GO USA), Cannavaro, Nesta, Stam, Toure and a whole host of others
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Not the best video quality, but still:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBj__pLzAiM

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Rogerio is the modern day version of Chilavert.

There is the great goal he scored from 60m against River Plate.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9JNupQHwt4

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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