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Monday, June 26, 2006

World Cup All-Name Squad

While everyone recovers from Italy's last second, controversial victory over Australia today, it's a good time for the All Name squad to be revealed.

Similar to the earlier EPL All Name squad, the sole criteria is that i like the sound of the player's name. Performance, either team or individual, has nothing to do with it.

Given that there are a larger number of teams in the Cup competition than the EPL, i've picked about 35 or so honorable mentions, in addition to the full 23 member team.

Here they are:

Honorable mention

Goal Keepers

Julio Cesar - Brazil
Kossi Agassa - Togo
Shaka Hislop - Trinidad and Tobago
Ali Boumnijel - Tunisia


Fabricio Coloccini - Argentina
Jervis Drummond - Costa Rica
Emmanuel Eboue - Cote d'Ivoire
Tomas Ujfalusi - Czech Republic
Jorge Guagua - Ecuador
Rio Ferdinand - England
Abdulaziz Khathran - Saudi Arabia
Ricardo Osorio - Mexico
Mariusz Jop - Poland
Milan Dudic - Serbia and Montenegro
Carlos Puyol - Spain
Dmytro Chigrynskyi - Ukraine
Vladyslav Vashchuk - Ukraine
Carlos Bocanegra - United States
Steve Cherundolo - United States


Ze Roberto - Brazil
Bastian Schweinsteiger - Germany
Torsten Frings - Germany
Thomas Hitzlsperger - Germany
Otto Addo - Ghana
Shinji Ono - Japan
Ho Lee - Korea
Phillip Cocu - Netherlands
Hedwiges Maduro - Netherlands
Xabi Alonso - Spain
Niclas Alexandersson - Sweden
Tranquillo Barnetta - Switzerland
Hakan Yakin - Switzerland
Densill Theobald - Trinidad and Tobago


Andre Titi Buengo - Angola
Aruna Dindane - Cote d'Ivoire
Bosko Balaban - Croatia
Alex Tachie-Mensah - Ghana
Atsushi Yanagisawa - Japan
Omar Bravo - Mexico
Boa Morte - Portugal
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Sweden
Daniel Gygax - Switzerland
Moustapha Salifou - Togo
Yassine Chikhaoui - Tunisia

The Reserves


Roberto Abbondanzieri - Argentina
Gianluigi Buffon - Italy
Aldo Bobadilla - Paraguay
Quim - Portugal


Scott Chipperfield - Australia
Pascal Chimbonda - France


Ze Kalanga - Angola
Petit - Portugal


Love - Angola
Fred - Brazil
Roque Santa Cruz - Paraguay
Stern John - Trinidad and Tobago

Yes, there are more goalkeepers on the bench than most teams would carry. But who could i leave off among Abbondanzieri, Buffon, Bobadilla, and Quim?

Finally, the starting XI, the best of the best, the 2006 World Cup All Name Squad


Pascal Zuberbuehler - Switzerland


Lebo Lebo - Angola
Yahya Golmohammadi - Iran
Massamasso Tchangai - Togo
Oguchi Onyewu - United States


Kaka - Brazil
Yaya Toure - Cote d'Ivoire
Jerko Leko - Croatia
Zinedine Zidane - France


Razak Pimpong - Ghana
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink - Netherlands



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