Saturday, July 9, 2011

INFTH Top 100: Numbers 36 and 35

36. Vincent Kompany- Part of a generation of Belgian footballers ripe with talent, Vicent Kompany established himself as one of the best center halves in the league last season.

Solidity was the name of the game for Kompany, he was rock solid for the entirety of the season, playing thirty-seven out of Manchester City's thirty-eight Premier League games. Capable of playing in midfield as well as in defense, Kompany combines superb ability in the air, with composure on the ground, two assets commonly associated with the very best of defenders.

Though goals are not his forte, Kompany still brings quite a lot to the table for Manchester City in an attacking sense, with the big defender frequently dribbling the ball out of defense to kick start an attack.

At age twenty-five, Kompany is set to be a huge part of City's likely ascendancy over the next few years, and the defender will hope that during that period he will add to the FA Cup winners medal won last season.

In the past linked to AC Milan, it is unlikely that Kompany will leave the City of Manchester Stadium this summer, as we all know, pay is good and ambition plentiful at Eastlands.

35. Robinho- After ending a loan spell with Santos in Brazil, there were suitors aplenty for Robinho upon his return from Europe.

In the end, it was an ambitions AC Milan team who recruited the forward, signing him up alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovich in a late summer splurge that claimed plenty of headlines.

Always a goal threat, Robinho scored fourteen times for Milan in a campaign which eventually ended with Scudetto glory; an impressive total for a player who is by no means an out and out striker.

Skillful on the ball and a frequent dribbler, Robinho is the quintessential Brazilian footballer; he has plenty of samba style, but is perhaps lacking a little mettle.

Currently playing for Brazil at the Copa America, Robinho is an important piece of the Selecao's puzzle, a starter in attack for Mano Menezes' team.

Despite being linked to elsewhere at the start of the season, it is pretty clear that Robinho intends to stay in Milan; the weather seems to be to his liking, and the football isn't bad either.

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