World Cup Fever....World Cup Fever....THE CAPTAINS



One Of These Men Will Lift The World Cup In Russia

By DESMOND EKWUEME

Barring any eleventh hour injuries or unforeseen circumstances capable of stopping any of them from landing in Russia in seven months time for the World Cup fiesta, surely one of these men will stand in the FIFA podium to lift the World Cup....

● JOHN MIKEL OBI: Nigeria. Jersey No. 10. He plays for Tianjin Teda in China. Any role in the midfield suits him but often used as a Central midfielder. He is 30 years old.

● AYMEN MATHLOUTHI : Tunisia. Jersey No.1. He plays for Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia. An experienced goalkeeper. He is 33 years old.

● ESSAM EL HADARY : Egypt. Jersey No. 1. He plays for Al Taawoun of Saudi Arabia. A veteran goalkeeper of high repute. He is 44 years old

● MEDHI BENATIA : Morocco. Jersey No. 5. He plays for Juventus in Italy. A versatile defender who prefers the Centre back role. He is 30 years old.

● CHEIKHOU KOUYATE : Senegal. Jersey No. 8. He plays for West Ham United in England. A central midfielder. He is 27 years old.

● LIONEL MESSI : Argentina. Jersey No. 10. He plays for FC Barcelona. A creative midfielder who continues to enjoy scoring goals as an attacker. He is 30 years old.

● PAOLO GUERRERO : Peru. Jersey No. 9. He plays for Flamengo of Brazil. A powerful forward. He is 33 years old.

● DIEGO GODIN. Uruguay. Jersey No. 3. He plays for Atletico Madrid of Spain. An intelligent Central defender. He is 31 years old.

● RADAMEL FALCAO : Colombia. Jersey No. 9. He plays for AS Monaco of France. An experienced attacker. He is 31 years old.

● DANI ALVES : Brazil. Jersey No. 2. He plays for PSG in France. He is a wing back. He is 34 years old.

NOTE: Different players have been wearing the captain's armband for the Selecao in recent times depending on players availability and match situations.. There may be a different skipper for Brazil in Russia.

● JALAL HOSSEINI : Iran. Jersey No. 4. He plays for Persepolis in the Persian Gulf. A powerful Central defender. He is 35 years old.

● OSAMA HAWSAWI : Saudi Arabia. Jersey No. 3. He plays for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia. A Central defender. He is 33 years old.


● MAKOTO HASEBE : Japan. Jersey No. 17. He plays for Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany. A fine midfielder. He is 33 years old.

● KI SUNG YUENG : South Korea. Jersey No. 16. He plays for Swansea City in England. He operates from the Central midfield. He is 28 years old.
● MILE JEDINAK : Australia. Jersey No. 15. He plays for Aston Villa in England. A solid defensive midfielder. He is 33 years old.

● FELIPE BALOY : Panama. Jersey No. 23. He plays for Club Municipal of Guatemala. A tough tackling defender who loves the Central defensive role. He is 36 years old.

● BRYAN RUIZ : Costa Rica. Jersey No. 10. He plays for Sporting Club in Portugal. A playmaker who loves operating as a forward. He is 32 years old.
● ANDREAS GUADADO : Mexico. Jersey No. 18. He plays for Real Betis in Spain. A utility player often used as a winger or attacking midfielder. He is 31 years old.

● IGOR AKINFEEV : Russia. Jersey No. 1. He plays for CSKA Moscow. An experienced goalkeeper. He is 31 years old.


● LUKA MODRIC : Croatia. Jersey No. 10. He plays for Real Madrid of Spain. A playmaker with an eye for goals. He is 32 years old.

● STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER : Switzerland. Jersey No. 26. He plays for Juventus in Italy. A ruthless defender who operates better as a wingback or left sided midfielder. He is 33 years old.

● ANDREAS GRANQVIST : Sweden. Jersey No. 4. He plays for Krosnodar in Russia. He is a defender. He is 32 years old.

● SIMON KJAER : Denmark. Jersey No. 3. He plays for Sevilla in Spain. A reliable defender. He is 28 years old.

● HARRY KANE : England. Jersey No. 9. He plays for Tottenham Hotspurs in England. A prolific forward. He is 24 years old.

● MANUEL NEUER : Germany. Jersey No. 1. He is goalkeeper and captain of Bayern Munich of Germany. A class act in goal. He is 31 years old.

● HUGO ILLORIS : France. Jersey No. 1. He is the first choice goalkeeper and captain of Tottenham Hotspurs of England. One of the best goalies around. He is 30 years old.


● CRISTIANO RONALDO : Portugal. Jersey No. 7. He plays for Real Madrid of Spain. He is an attacker with clinical finishing prowess. He is 32 years old.

● AARON GUNNARSSON : Iceland. Jersey No. 17. He plays for Cardiff City in Wales. He plays as a Central midfielder. He is 28 years old.

● EDEN HAZARD : Belgium. Jersey No. 10. He plays for Chelsea in England. He is creative midfielder but also plays as a forward. He is 26 years old.


● SERGIO RAMOS : Spain. Jersey No. 3. He plays for Real Madrid of Spain. A versatile and ruthless defender who is always a delight to watch in the central defence. He is 31 years old.

● BRANISLAV IVANOVIC : Serbia. Jersey No. 6. He plays for Zenit in Russia. A strong, experience and utility defender. . He is 33 years old.

● ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI : Poland. Jersey No. 9. He plays for Bayern Munich. A clinical finisher....a classical forward. He is 29 years old.


BEST OF LUCK GUYS AS YOU PREPARE FOR RUSSIA!!!
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