The Wright Decision

July 19th 2005, the morning after his dream transfer to the English Premier League champions, Shaun Wright-Phillips must have woken up feeling like the happiest man alive. He had just been unveiled as the answer to Chelsea’s right-sided «problem», and the stage was set for Shaun to stake his claim as the best right winger in England even pushing for David Beckham’s starting role.

Fast forward ten months and Shaun must now be echoing his adopted father’s sentiments that he should have signed for Liverpool. Admittedly Ian Wright’s comment was tongue in cheek, but few would argue that Anfield would have been the more logical destination last summer. Not only would he have been guaranteed all those games where Steven Gerrard, Dribril Cisse, Jan Kromkamp, Steve Finnan and Luis Garcia provided makeshift cover at right-midfield, but he would most certainly have been included in Sven Goran Eriksson’s swan song. As it stands he is not even on the stand by list.

For once Sven has shown the courage to select his England squad based on form alone. For the 15 or so games that Wright-Phillips was granted access to the playing field by Jose Mourinho he has failed to impress and surely Aaron Lennon is ahead of him on merit. One could even argue that were Lennon to have picked up an injury then Birmingham’s Jermaine Pennant should replace him rather than Wright-Phillips. It is one thing to gamble on a half fit Michael Owen or Wayne Rooney, but for all the hype Shaun is really in the same category as Andy Johnson and Darren Bent. All three have only had one solid EPL season and remain unproven at the highest level.

A transfer to one of the Big Four clubs should never be enough to guarantee an international place. Scott Parker quickly learnt that in order to re-ignite his career, a move away from Stanford Bridge was necessary. Only a brave man would put money on Shaun Wright-Phillips still being a Chelsea player in three months time.

    Career Highlights

    October 25, 1981
    Born in Greenwich, London

    1996
    Released by Nottingham Forest for being «too small»

    August 18, 2004
    Scores on his England debut against Ukraine

    July 18, 2005
    Joins Chelsea for £21million

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Short Biography of Famous Soccer Player – Hernan Crespo

His full name is Hernán Jorge Crespo. He was born 5 July 1975. Crespo is an Argentine soccer player who now plays for Genoa in Italian Serie A. He was given the nickname of «El Polaco» for the reason that his Grandma was from Poland. But Fans accustomed to call Crespo «Valdanito» for the reason that his looks, build and running style recall 1986 World Cup winning forward Jorge Valdano.

Before playing for the club he joined now, Crespo experienced joining with some big clubs such as River Plate (Argentina), AC Parma (Italy), SS Lazio (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), Chelsea (England), and AC Milan (Italy).

Hernan Crespo began his career as a footballer in River Plate as long as 1993/1994 season and making contribution with 13 goals in 25 league appearances. After that in 1996 he moved to Parma and at 1999 in this club he won both the Italian Cup and UEFA Cup. In 2000 he left to Lazio and be the top scorer with 26 goals in 2000/2001 Serie A season. In 2002 he moved to Inter Milan and 2003 sign to Chelsea but he moved again in 2004 loaned out to Milan.

With national team of Argentina Crespo has 64 caps and 35 goals. In February 1995 he won his first cap in a friendly match in opposition to Bulgaria. Crespo was called up to the final roster for the 1998, 2002, and 2006 FIFA World Cups.

He scored twice in Argentina’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over archrivals Brazil in Buenos Aires in June 2005, which made him Argentina’s career scoring leader in World Cup qualifiers. He ended the 2006 tournament as the Silver Shoe Award winner.

Some of honors that he ever got are:

1996 Copa Libertadores winner (River Plate)

1999 UEFA Cup winner (Parme AC)

1995 Argentina League Champions (River Plate)

1999 Italian Cup winner (Parme AC)

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Famous Soccer Players – Denis Law, Scotland

One of the greatest and most famous soccer players that Britain has ever produced is Denis Law; aka "the King".

Denis Law was a genius in front of goal, who during the 1960s – the Beatles era – was the darling of Manchester United. There, his adoring fans christened him "the King".

He had all the attributes required of a truly great striker; fantastic acceleration, great vision, spacial awareness, two feet – he could control and shoot with either, prodigious leaping and heading ability, bravery and, although he was a slim guy, he could look after himself!

During his career he represented not only Scotland (55 caps), but the Italian League XI, the Rest of Europe XI and a World XI. He was also voted European Footballer of the Year in 1964.

Law was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1940, where he turned into a fine schoolboy footballer. Unfortunately his home team Aberdeen did not recognize his talents early enough, for he was whisked away to Huddersfield Town when he was barely 15 years old. He played his first professional game for them at the tender age of 16 in 1956, he was that talented.

By the time he was 19, he was already a young goal scorer of immense talent having been called up to the Scottish national team at the age of 18. Big clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Glasgow Rangers, West Bromwich Albion, Everton and Manchester City were all showing a keen interest. After much deliberation he went to Manchester City in 1960 for a then record transfer fee of 55,000 British Pounds. He only stayed at City for a year or so, but managed to score 19 goals in 37 league appearances, an excellent scoring rate considering City were battling relegation for most of his time there.

That scoring rate impressed no less than Torino of Italy who Law joined in 1961, but in truth things did not turn out how he had expected. He did not speak Italian of course and Italian football was defensive and cynical, not to say actually brutal and violent. During this time though he was playing well enough that he represented the Italian League select, a fantastic honor for a foreign player. He was also voted the best foreign player in Italy by the Italian press. However, he was not really happy there and was glad when Manchester United's legendary manager, Matt Busby, came to his rescue in the Summer of 1962.

Law signed for Manchester United for another record transfer fee, this time of 115,000 British Pounds. By now he was truly one of the most famous soccer players on the planet. And this was to be the start of a golden era for both Law and Manchester United. During his time at United and playing alongside the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton, and Paddy Crerrand, he scored 160 goals in 222 games. In 1973, after 11 years at United Law signed once again for Manchester City. Although his best playing days were behind him at the age of 33, he was still more than good enough to play for a top English team. Not only that, he was playing well enough to be chosen for Scotland in the 1974 World Cup!

However, after representing his beloved country in those 1974 World Cup Finals, Denis Law retired from football, turning down offers to play in countries all over the world.

For those of you too young to have even heard of Denis Law, ask your father or grandfather. He was an absolute goal scoring genius who lit-up every game he played in. And the million dollar question: Would he have survived in today's game? You bet he would. Genius is genius no matter what the era. Denis Law richly deserves the title of "one of the most famous soccer players" in the history of the game.

Long live the King!

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