After reaching the semifinals of the last world cup, Uruguay enhanced their reputation as a top footballing team by winning the Copa America in style. They beat Paraguay 3-0 in the finals with two goals from their talismanic Captain Diego Forlan and his forward in command Luis Suarez.
Forlan & Suarez - The world's best attacking combo
One should note that Uruguay has a population of just 3.5 million and are one of the best footballing nations in the world today. Great stuff!
Read this article on the Guardian on the Top 10 names on fans shirts last season – pretty interesting read.
This is how it looks:
1 Rooney – No questions asked as he has been in prime form and his club has been doing well, so probably sways a lot of Utd fans to have his shirt number
2 Torres – dropped to second after topping the first three seasons…talks about his dreadful form in the last season in Liverpool and his first season in Chelsea
3 Gerrard – talisman for his club and he will continue to be the topper at Merseyside
4 Chicharito (Javier Hernández) – surprised by this one though. I think this speaks of expectations…and I think he will be surpassed by others on this list next year
5 Van Persie – surprise surprise…he is the top number in Arsenal. I thought that was reserved for Fabregas ever since Henry left the club. But this is due to Persie’s comeback to form and the ever looming threat of Fabregas leaving for Barca
6 Lampard – Ever Blue player, not much to write about…but between him and Drogba they must be sharing honours on this one.
7 Drogba – must have run Lampard close on this one. Drogba continues to be the consistent striker he is for Chelsea. top player
8 Suárez – Wow! less than a season and already 8th. He has got into every Liverpool fans imagination. Good for him. I like this guy.
9 Arshavin – Well I am really surprised that he is the second one from Arsenal on this list. This speaks about our club. Underperformer that he is, I am glad he is topping somewhere. What about Nasri?
10 Giggs – Utd’s evergreen player. No surprises here
Just for everyone’s info – I have Cesc’s number on my Arsenal home jersey and I hope I will wear it for many more seasons!
Arsenal fans watching the match between Arsenal & Malaysia XI
Arsenal won 4-0 in the end
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Last Copa America I was in Malaysia and enjoyed every bit of the tournament. The only sad part was the final where Argentina lost to Brazil. This time though the tournament is in Argentina and the hosts have played really bad. Not to mention Brazil has also not been a good team to watch. The whole tournament has been a bit drab so far with some boring draws.
Neymar has been the individual who has shown some skills and looks promising…this is the first time I am seeing him play. Messi has been disappointing and their match with Colombia. Its the coach, his strategy and the formation and the lack of a good creative midfield and a strong defence is going to hurt the Argentinians.
Messi in action
With 13 goals in 10 games lets hope the tournament will pick up from the second week.
I thought he was one of our outstanding players over the last few years if you leave out the last couple of seasons…A fighter who never thought twice before making a tackle and winning many a ball…Infact I would not have been surprised if he was given the captaincy before Cesc when that happened…anyways his form over the last couple of seasons have been average and he made more mistakes than he ever did in the previous 5-6 yrs he was with the club.
I liked him and I would miss him when they show the team sheet next time…he has been a regular for so long and was a good replacement for Cashley Cole…
Thanks a lot Clichy may you have a great career except when you play against us!!!