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Terry As The Best Defender? UEFA's Having A Laugh

Terry As The Best Defender? UEFA's Having A Laugh

It was little surprise that Petr Cech won the award for the best goalkeeper of last season's Champions League campaign. After all, in the final, he single-handedly kept Chelsea alive in the first half where we should have buried them.

It could be expected that Lampard will get the midfielder award as Xavi wasn't consistent enough, Fabregas's team did not get past the last eight, Scholes scored only one goal and did not play really well in the final.

It was entirely predictable that Ronaldo will win the best forward award: as the competition's top scorer he was a shoe-in (though 10 goals in 2002 wasn't enough for Ruud van Nistelrooy, overlooked for Real Madrid's Raul. And they say UEFA have no bias against English clubs).

Ronaldo, of course won the best player award as well and as he scored important goals against Lyon, Roma and Chelsea, nobody could argue that he merits the prize.

However, John Terry as the best defender? Come on. It beggars belief. I was certain that Rio Ferdinand would get the award as obviously he was the most deserving candidate.

United conceded two goals during the knockout stages, Chelsea conceded six. Terry was all over the place at Anfield particularly, troubled by Fernando Torres throughout - Rio was always composed, had Eto'o in his pocket in the semi-final, for example.

Also, compare United's and Chelsea's route to the final: Terry had to withstand the devilish attacks of Olympiakos and Fenerbahce while United were drawn against lightweights such as Lyon and Roma. Yet we remained unbeaten, unlike Chelsea, and it owed very much to our defensive resilience, to the defence that was marshalled expertly by Rio.

I know that this award has little significance and I'm not very disappointed. I know why he got it of course: for his tears in the final, to compensate for the missed penalty. The reason why the real prize had been presented to Rio and co.

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Writer:Zae
Date:Friday August 29 2008
Time: 8:08AM

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Terry gets the award and u guyz start crying....who's the real crybaby here......
shren007
29/08/2008 08:30:00
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the real crybaby was terry, you fool.
UnitedRed
29/08/2008 08:49:00
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"I know why he got it of course: for his tears in the final, to compensate for the missed penalty. The reason why the real prize had been presented to Rio and co." Exactly. I could not believe Terry won the award. It was absolutely ridiculous. Okay, Terry's a decent defender, but this season he really hasn't played all that well. Ferdinand definitely deserved the award more, and if not him, then Vidic, who also played especially well. Did Uefa not notice that apart from conceding the least goals, and playing really well, Rio also scored (against Dynamo Kiev). Terry tried to, but couldn't. How they can provide evidence for a defender who conceded significantly more goals than Rio, didn't do anything noticeable that you would say constitutes an award, and then apart from that Giggs block, didn't really show up against United in the final (with anything good anyway). I just cannot think of any reasons what so ever why Terry should have been named it. Does anyone else have any idea?
Man utd champions
29/08/2008 09:12:00
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On Lampard also, I was a bit surprised. He played ok, but this season in Europe hasn't been all that great for him (Liverpool game excluding) and personally, I would have gone for Fabregas. Still, I could see how Uefa could have done for him, so I've not too mnay complaints. Peter Cech... yeah, maybe, but there were some really good goalies in that section, and I'm not sure Cech was the best of the lot. On Terry again, it seems everyone is just trying to make him feel better (whilst forgetting about Rio's feelings in the meantime) with the England captaincy, and now this award.
Man utd champions
29/08/2008 09:16:00
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* gone *many
Man utd champions
29/08/2008 09:17:00
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I feel so bad I could cry, seriously, the only thing that could cheer me up is the return of the Dongster. I hope all this is some ploy to fool the opposition... Dong deserves more! At least his own seperate post on this site so we can compare his best and many, many worst moments...
Tosswink
29/08/2008 09:47:00
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well Terry for one played without a manager,so he had the main burden of getting the team through to the final.
keka
29/08/2008 09:52:00
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Really? Avram Grant wasn't that bad. He won a bigger percentage of games than even Jose, and he got you further in the Champions League. Harsh to say Terry played without a manager - maybe Avram wasn't great, but Chelsea getting to the final certainly wasn't anything like all down to John Terry.
Man utd champions
29/08/2008 10:38:00
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what a load ov rubbish, even my m8s who support liverpool think that ferdinand should have won, the only award terry should win is 'bottler of the year'
fenton_01
29/08/2008 12:24:00
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Exactly. Who decides these awards? Probably Peter Kenyon lol.
Man utd champions
29/08/2008 13:25:00
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