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World’s finest come from too few teams

First of all, congratulations to Lionel Messi for capturing his second consecutive World Player of the Year award. Though Xavi and Andres Iniesta were also worthy finalists, little Leo’s tally of 58 goals in 54 games for Barca last year was simply too outstanding for voters to ignore. Congratulations also must go out to every player named to FIFA’s world XI, all of whom were outstanding at their respective positions last year:

GK: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

RB: Maicon (Inter)

CB: Lucio (Inter)

CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)

LB: Carles Puyol (Barcelona)

MF: Xavi (Barcelona)

MF: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

MF: Wesley Sneijder (Inter)

FWD: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

FWD:  David Villa (Barcelona)

FWD: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

A look at the players, however, shows a disturbing pattern. All of the XI belong to just three clubs! And the way Real Madrid and Barcelona are tearing up La Liga this season, it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility that next season’s World XI will be comprised entirely of players from just those two Spanish squads.

We all love to watch soccer for various reasons, but I think everyone can agree that one of the most compelling reasons is the game’s unpredictability. If European soccer continues to be dominated by so few teams, then the game will begin to bore us all. Yawn. Wake me when Real and Barca make the Champions League final, will ya???

Hadi Zogheib

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Ole, ole ole! Spain wins World Cup!

Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal gives Spain their first World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands, the fourth straight 1-0 win for Spain in the knockout round of World Cup 2010. The Dutch picked up eight yellows and defender Johnny Heitinga saw red from English referee Howard Webb in what was a hard-fought final that didn’t produce too many highlight moments. The much-maligned Fernando Torres came off the bench and helped set up Iniesta’s goal, making the reigning champions of Europe the eighth team to win the World Cup. The last country to hold both titles simultaneously was France in 1998 and 2000. Congratulations to La Furia Roja. Time to party on College Street and in Espana. We’ll be back with more later.

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