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World Player of the Year: The Candidates

Fifa have announced a 23-man list of candidates for the World Player of the Year award.

Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from picking up the top gong in the FifPro awards, is the favourite to take the title.

The winner, voted for by national captains and coaches, will be unveiled at a star-studded ceremony at Zurich's opera theatre on 12th January.

Fifa World Player of the Year nominees:

Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, Togo)
Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, Spain)
Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid, Argentina)
Deco (Barcelona, Portugal)
Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona, Cameroon)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
Xavi (Barcelona, Spain)

Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, France)
Michael Ballack (Chelsea, Germany)
Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England)
John Terry (Chelsea, England)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan, Sweden)
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
Fernando Torres (Liverpool, Spain)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Portugal)
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid, Holland)
David Villa (Valencia, Spain)
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Russia

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_4427141,00.html

So, if you count Deco, we have 5 players up for this award, more than any other team. Even after the crap season we had last time. Go figure. Of course, it would be a major shock if C. Ronaldo didn't win it this year, but it's still nice to see our players recognised. Especially Iniesta, after he was snubbed for a Balon D'or nomination.
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Picspam: Ronnie, Eto'o, Deco (and Leo)

In light of the latest news, and the fact that some of you guys expressed a preference for more picspams around here, I bring you this bittersweet look back.

[Don't worry, the presence of Leo isn't because he's leaving, it's because I wanted to pay tribute to the friendship between him and the three who are leaving, particularly his 'older brothers' Ronnie and Deco.]

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Pep Guardiola presented (w/transfer bombshells)



We now formally have a new manager. Well, he's now off on vacation after a season of hard work with the B team, but he'll back on the 22nd to present players and argue with Txiki about transfers.

+ Speaking of the B team, the official website has a summary of their great season.

+ If anyone still doesn't know anything about our new manager, they've got a bio up as well.

+ Guardiola said a number of interesting things in his press conference, spread out over two reports on the official site.

Main points:

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ETA: a great article about Guardiola's coaching style, via Google Translate. To give you an idea, comparisons are made to Sacchi and Mourinho. [Slightly scared now.]
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injury should be a swear word

Something to distract everybody from moping around after El Clasico: recently, one of the Catalan dailies interviewed Deco and Sylvinho, two of Leo Messi's closest pals on the occasion of him placing in the top three in the voting for FIFA's World Player of the Year and invited them to talk about the Leo they knew.

(Since I don't speak Spanish, this is a translation of a Chinese translation. Apologies in advance for any inaccuracies.)

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It's interesting to note just how much of a fanboy Deco is of Leo as a player, and how Sylvinho's account is a bit more personal.