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Thoughts On World Cup Squad Announcements

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Just 27 days left till the beautiful game starts, and most of the national teams have announced their provisional squads. there's quite a bit of controversy for some of them so I thought I'd lay them out here. 

FRANCE
The biggest controversy is with France. I'm no fan of Domenech, and think that he should've been axed a year ago. Yet, he's still in charge and with his ineptitude, continues to steer Les Bleus nowhere but the ground. As a Francophile, I'm truly sorry for the way France is going. Domenech announced his squad, and left out Viera, Benzema, and Nasri. I might understand leaving out Viera because of his age, but shutting the door behind Benzema and Nasri?? Those two represent the future of French football. Leaving them out does not help the team this World Cup or the future. 

Nasri may not have had much playing time with Arsenal due to injuries, but his play is brilliant and can provide much needed creativity on the field. Benzema, while in a slump during the year and mostly warming the bench, still possesses more skill and charisma than a Hatem Ben Arfa (6 goals this season, 9 goals last) or a Sidney Govou (3 goals this past season, 8 goals last). Shame on Domenech. Lois Blanc should start already.

ARGENTINA
They say Maradona cleaned up his act and stays away from coke, but not sure if he was sober when he selected his squad for Argentina. He included the geriatric Veron, Heinze and Palermo (38 years old this year!), while excluding the dynamic duo Cambiasso and Zanetti from Inter. I mean, there's a reason why Inter is on top of Serie A and in the Champions League final (hint: midfield defense). To leave Cambiasso and Zanetti out is a shame. 

BRAZIL
Coach Dunga left out in-form RonaldinhoAdriano, and Pato. Sure, too much partying left Ronnie and Adriano out of touch with their footballing brilliance, but they've been working hard all year and have proven that they still have some spark. The more defensive minded Dunga figured he didn't need any more joga bonito. If you look at the curent squad, it's very reminiscent to no-nonsense teams that Mourinho would sculpt in Chelsea and Inter. 

I was looking to see if Pato would develop into the world class player that everyone hyped him to be, but that's not going to happen anymore.

Next, I'm going to highlight 12 players that I'll be following closely this World Cup. 

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Written by shindz

May 14, 2010 at 12:50 am

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