The Best Reserve 11 of FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany


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Goal Keeper – Oliver Kahn (Germany)

The Golden Ball winner of last edition has to sit ignominiously on bench due to Lehmann choice as number 1 goalkeeper by coach Klinsmann. The performance against Portugal did prove that he is the most talented under bars to sit on bench.

Left Back - Da Sa Gilberto ( Brazil)

He got a very limited opportunity to showcase his class in the world cup but the goal against Japan has proved whatever has been said about him. Now with tiring Roberto Carlos retired he will be a regular feature in Brazilian team.

Center Back – Materazzi ( Italy)

Tough he got his chance to be in first 11 due to Nesta injury otherwise he would have been sitting on bench as the best reserve defender in the tournament. His aerial threat to score goal will certainly help in rattling defenders on the other end of the field.

Center Back – Jamie Carragher ( England )

Sven tried him as holding midfielder in the friendly matches before world cup and as right back in world cup due to injury to Gary Neville. Mr Reliable from Liverpool is my choice for the second best defender in the reserves and his performances for the reds in Europe prove his billing.

Right Back – Ferreira (Portugal)

It must have been so enticing to pick the Real Madrid Cicino but consistency for Chelsea turns the decision into Ferreira’s side. He wonderfully marked Samuel Eto in the Champions League clash while the Real Madrid man failed to do so. Technically Ferreira is more into defensive mould compare to Cicino and fits the bill as we have good attacking midfield to open up the defenses.

Holding Midfielder - Owen Hargreaves ( England)

He played his heart out in the Quarter Finals against Portugal and showed at the international level the fortitude which made me fall in love with him when he man marked Luis Figo at 19 years of age in Champions League. His German club grooming also ensures that he is the only Englishmen to know how to score in penalty shootout.

Right Midfield - Aimar – (Argentina)

The English must be shouting for David Beckham as he should be on the bench rather than in starting 11. Lennon played beautifully from bench but the vote goes to Aimar as he is wonderful when he goes to the right hand side of the field and taking players on. Unlike Lennon he has quality to cut back inside and score goals.

Central Midfield - Juninho Pernambucano ( Brazil)

Without doubt the victim of coach inflexibility. Arguably one of the finest free kick takers in the world and if anybody has doubts, refer to last season first Champions League match against Real Madrid. Beating Cassillas from 30 to 40 yards twice in match require some skill. Would have been in the starting line up of any other team.

Left Midfield - Lionel Messi ( Argentina )

We all know what he can do with football, how miserable he can make defenders to feel about themselves – testimony Del Horno. Injury did play some role in him being on bench, hopefully with years on his side he will mesmerize us on world stage as he so often does in Barcelona colors.

Striker - Louis Saha (France)

Saha should consider him unlucky not to play any major role in this world cup due to coach Domenech conservative strategy. He had wonderful season for Manchester United and expected to achieve greater heights but in the end it not to be and he is suspended for the finals.

Striker - Filipo Inzagi (Italy)

Finally a poacher of highest quality who can present himself in scoring position with wonderful talent around him to make chances.

Coach – Arsene Wenger , who else all these players can play attractive football and he is the best man around to make attractive football happen.

Anand Mann is a football fan, he decided to write for write term papers on this year global event. He has previously covered FIFA 2002 in Korea and Japan. You can contact him at Get the latest updates on world cup in daily newsletter from write term papers


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