The best of the best
The first of the past week's Have Your Say debates asked users to reveal which club they thought would win the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League. The usual suspects were all present and accounted for with a host of reasons why they should emerge triumphant, ranging from talent to fate.
FIFA.com user Ulysses of England sees this year's Champions League crown going to Manchester United as a matter of destiny and a tribute to those tragic Busby Babes who lost their lives 50 years ago in Munich.
"Sometimes you have to believe in destiny and this year will be the year of Manchester United," he said. "I am convinced they will lift the Champions league trophy again and what an appropriate tribute to those who perished in the Munich air disaster 50 years ago. United's greatness will be re-affirmed."
Holders AC Milan were tipped by a good number of fans to repeat their glory run of last season, but emulahbeto of Ethiopia thinks it will be the side that held the Rossoneri to a draw mid-week. "Arsenal's young team and the players' thirst and hunger for the title are the driving forces behind their charge. I disagree with the argument about them being short of experience."
Chelsea, Barcelona even Fenerbahce and Olympiacos rank up among the favourites according to our readers, but some of the most passionate responses came from fans of 2005 champions Liverpool and Barcelona. Askal15 of the Philippines wrote: "Liverpool has every chance of winning the Champions League because they play as a team. My second choice would be Barcelona because they have an attacking force to be feared."
The last word fell to a motivated Real Madrid fan from England
known tellingly as
omadridista, who responded: "Real Madrid all the way.
We are the best team in Europe at the moment and with Robinho in
the squad, we are invincible. Our captain Raul is also very
inspirational and can lift the trophy for Real for the tenth
The week's second debate revolved around another superlative: Which is the greatest goal you've ever seen? A host of responses poured in across generational lines on both the club and world stages. From Pele and Garrincha to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone seems to be passionate about their personal favourites.
One name, predictably, rang out early and often: Diego Armando
Maradona. His second goal in the quarter-final of the 1986 FIFA
World Cup Mexico™ against England was singled out for special
Zedavid of Zambia. "Maradona's mazy dribble
against England at Mexico 86 is my best goal. It was pure
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp was deservedly singled out for his glorious contributions to the art of scoring. So too was fellow Dutchman Marco van Basten.
O Demi of Egypt picked out the goal Bergkamp scored for Arsenal against Newcastle at St. James' Park in 2002, where he spun with his back to goal to bamboozle Nikos Dabizas: "The goal of all-time for me is the one Bergkamp scored against Newcastle United in the EPL because it was a tremendous piece of skill that will never be done again."
And who could forget Van Basten's unerring volley in the final of UEFA EURO 1988 that left Soviet ace keeper Rinat Dasayev rooted to the spot? Not Igordanilyan of Armenia who wrote: The best goal I have ever seen was from Marco van Basten in the final against USSR in 1988. The angle was impossible."
Honourable mention went to Zinidine Zidane's left-footed
volley for Real Madrid in the Champions League final of 2002,
Rivelino's searing free-kick for Brazil in the first round of
Mexico 1970 and a host of glorious strikes from all over the
The message from users is clear: more goals please.
FIFA.com would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to making these debates so intriguing. Now it is time to turn your attention to another subject: Who is Asia's best player?