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World Cup absentees 5, June 2010

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It seems to me that there is an exceedingly large number of top-class players that will miss out of the World Cup either through injury, crazy managerial decisions or because their team didn’t qualify. Just look at the team of the wounded and ignored:

GK: Adler (Germany’s No.1)

D: Ferdinand (England’s captain and best defender)

D: Zanetti (Inter’s treble winning captain and Argie legend disliked by Maradona)

D: Nesta (Italy’s World Cup Winning captain – old but not that old)

M: Ballack (Germany’s captain and a year or two on from being one of the best midfielders in the world [1st Chelsea player to miss out])

M: Essien (Ghana’s captain and undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world [2nd Chelsea player to miss out])

M: Cambiasso (Inter’s treble winning rock. Had an amazing season. Ludicrously left out by Maradona)

M: Obi Mikel (Nigeria’s best player and rising star [3rd Chelsea player to miss out])

F: Drogba (Ivory Coast’s best player and one of the top 3 forwards in the world [4th Chelsea player to miss out])

F: Benzema (One of France’s best forwards and Real Madrid’s £30 million man – left out)

F Pato (One of AC Milan’s and Brazil’s best talents – left out)

Bench: Cech, Van Der Sar, Totti, Balotelli, Beckham, Diego, Walcott, Dzeko, Jovetic, Ibrahimovic, Riquelme, Arshavin

I’d suggest that such a team would give most World Cup teams a good game and would be aiming for at least the quarter finals…

Here’s hoping that the team doesn’t get any better.

Update:

The team just got better: Robben’s out too.

1 in 4 South African men admit to rape 22, June 2009

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It is just one of those statistics that takes your breath away. The Guardian reveals the results of a new survey in South Africa where fully 1 in 4 men admit to having committed rape in their life. 1 in 20 admit to raping someone in the last year alone. A woman being raped by a man over 25 had a 1 in 4 chance of contacting AIDS.