One By One: Grand Tour
February 14, 2012 § 1 Comment
So the Champions League is back. Are you excited? A bit? Yeah, me too. The football’s decent, though there is the ever-present sense that it’s all a charade, played out to line the pockets of men that are already insensitively rich. Plus, Heineken’s shite.
Anyway, following a suggestion from a reader — not you, Mum, the other one — we’re revisiting the One By One game, with an entirely predictable European twist. Sixteen teams means we need a first XI plus a bench of five, one from each team. No managers.
Here are some examples; one from me, then a few from other people I found lying around the internet. Put yours — along with any abuse you might have — in the comments, and let’s kill time until the whole circus gets going again. Go to!
Team Twisted Blood
First XI (4-2-1-3): De Sanctis (NAP); Cissokho (LYO), Koscielny (ARS), Thiago Silva (ACM), Maicon (INT); Schweinsteiger (BAY), Bender (LEV); Mata (CHE); Messi (BAR), Cardozo (BEN), Ronaldo (RMA).
Subs: Mandanda (MAR), Steinhofer (BAS), Honda (CSK), Danny (ZEN), Ailton (APO)
First XI (4-2-3-1): De Sanctis (NAP); Javier Zanetti (INT), Thiago Silva (ACM), Lusiao (BEN), Cesar Azpilicueta (MAR); Bastian Schweinsteiger (BAY), Lars Bender (LEV); Cristiano Ronaldo (RMA), Juan Mata (CHE), Lionel Messi (BAR); Robin van Persie (ARS).
Subs: Igor Akinfeev (CSK), Xhedran Shaqiri (BAS), Paulo Jorge (APO), Danny (ZEN), Aly Cissokho (LYO).
First XI (4-2-3-1): Malafeev (ZEN); Maxi Pereira (BEN), Reinartz (LEV), Mbia (MAR), Cissokho (LYO); Thiago Motta (INT), Schweinsteiger (BAY); Messi (BAR), Ozil (RMA), Mata (CHE); Van Persie (ARS)
Subs: Chiotis (APO), Thiago Silva (Milan), Xhaka (BAS), Dzagoev (CSK), Cavani (NAP)
First XI (4-2-1-3): Neuer (BAY); Maxi Pereira (BEN), David Luiz (CHE), Thiago Silva (MIL), Cissokho (LYO); Zanetti (INT), Ballack (LEV); Özil (RMA); Messi (BAR), Cavani (NAP), Van Persie (ARS)
Subs: Malafeev (ZEN), Mbia, Manduca, Shaqiri (BAS), Doumbia
First XI (4-4-2): Lloris (LYO); Lahm (BAY), Thiago Silva (MIL), Bruno Alves (ZEN), Zanetti (INT); Ronaldo (RMA), Xavi (BAR), Bender (LEV), Mata (CHE); Van Persie (ARS), Cavani (NAP)
Subs: Akinfeev (CSK), Paolo Jorge (APO), Aimar (BEN), Valbuena (MAR), Frei (BAS)
A note. You may have seen something similar on SB Nation. Rest assured that they are plagiarising bastards, albeit blameless /forgetful ones.