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32 Players to Watch: #30 Joe Hart

32 Players to Watch: #30 Joe Hart

Tweet Jon Levy We continue our 32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil feature with a look at the man tasked with handling one of the long forlorn and angst-ridden positions in the global game: English goalkeeper. If you need a refresher about how these pieces work before you read […]

Player To Watch #3: Kaká

Player To Watch #3: Kaká

Tweet Number 3: Kaka Country: Brazil Position: Central Midfield Club Team: Real Madrid American-Based Professional Athlete “Soulmate”: Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins What is a superstar? Traditionally, the narrative goes like this: glamour position, great talent. Media-savvy if not personable. Almost always (not always), but almost always a leader and a household name—sometimes to the […]

Player To Watch #6: Wayne Rooney

Player To Watch #6: Wayne Rooney

Tweet Number 6: Wayne Rooney Position: Forward Country: England Club Team: Manchester United, English Premier League American-based Professional Sports Athlete “Soulmate”: Jonathan Papelbon, RP, Boston Red Sox When Chancellor Seco, in his “infinite wisdom,” assigned me this player to watch piece my initial reaction was one of complete disgust. “You want me, a fan of […]

Player To Watch #7: Carlos Tévez

Player To Watch #7: Carlos Tévez

Tweet Number 7: Carlos Tévez Position: Forward Country: Argentina Club Team: Manchester City American Based Professional Athlete “Soulmate”: Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals What can I say about Carlos Tévez besides the fact that he’s our number seven player to watch at the upcoming World Cup? I suppose we should get the full disclosure part […]

Player To Watch #8: Didier Drogba

Player To Watch #8: Didier Drogba

Tweet Number 8: Didier Drogba Position: Forward Country: Ivory Coast Club Team: Chelsea FC, English Premier League American-Based Professional Athlete “Soulmate”: Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings Beyond the questions about South Africa’s post-Apartheid future, beyond the security concerns (now alleviated) about the possible visit of President Barack Obama, beyond the concerns about tourists being victims […]

Player To Watch #9: Robinho

Player To Watch #9: Robinho

Tweet Number 9: Robinho Position: Forward Country: Brazil Club Team: Santos, Brazil Serie A, on loan from Manchester City FC, EPL American-based Professional Athlete “Soulmate”: Manny Ramirez, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers The World Cup produces all manner of fascinating plot lines. A recurring one, yet one that always compels, is the tale of the player […]

Player To Watch #14: Daniele De Rossi

Player To Watch #14: Daniele De Rossi

Tweet Number 14: Daniele De Rossi Country: Italy Position: Midfielder Club Team: Roma American-Based Professional Sport “Soulmate”: Brian McCann, C, Atlanta Braves Daniele De Rossi is lucky to be alive. No one bloodies Brian McBride’s face with a flying elbow and lives to tell about, except this particular Italian. Yeah, De Rossi is that guy. […]

Player To Watch #18: Diego Forlán

Player To Watch #18: Diego Forlán

Tweet Number 18: Diego Forlán Country: Uruguay Position: Forward Club Team: Atlético Madrid American-Based Professional Sport “Soulmate”: “Sugar Shane” Mosley, Welterweight Boxer Contrary to what you might have heard from Manchester United supporters whenever his name is brought up, Diego Forlán is no bum. Not only is he a financially well-off homeowner who’s had success […]

Player To Watch #20: Nemanja Vidi?

Player To Watch #20: Nemanja Vidi?

Tweet Number 20: Nemanja Vidi? Country: Serbia Position: Center Back Club Team: Manchester United American-Based Professional Sport “Soulmate”: Zdeno Chára, D, Boston Bruins Nemanja Vidi? is on the short list of players who legitimately belong in the best defender in the world conversation. Spain’s Carles Puyol and England’s John Terry (insert jab about Terry being […]

Player To Watch #21: Fanis Gekas

Player To Watch #21: Fanis Gekas

Tweet Number 21: Theofanis Gekas Country: Greece Club Team: On loan to Hertha BSC, German Bundesliga Position: Forward American Based Professional Athlete “Soulmate”:  Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears For many of my American sports brethren—particularly those of us fortunate enough to hail from the South (whatever image you just put into your mind is hardly […]

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