Saturday, February 16, 2008

07/08 Best 11 Players From Soccer Minnows

11. Michael Mifsud - Malta - Coventry City
10. Maksim Shatskikh - Uzbekistan - Dynamo Kiev
9. Khalfan Ibrahim - Qatar - Al Sadd
8. Ali Al Habsi - Oman - Bolton
7. Jason Roberts - Grenada - Blackburn
6. Marlon King - Jamaica - Wigan
5. Ryan Nelson - New Zealand - Blackburn
4. Kakha Kaladze - Georgia - AC Milan
3. Eidur Gudjohnsen - Iceland - FC Barcelona
2. David Suazo - Honduras - Inter Milan
1. Alexander Hleb - Belarus - Arsenal FC

I know I missed some good players here. Help me out, I've got some players on the tip of my tongue, but they're not coming to me. Who's missing?


  1. A good list, thanks for this.

    I agree that Khalfan is potentially a world-class player. His development largely depends on his recovery from his recent injury (so far so good) and a transfer to a genuinely good club. As much as I have loved watching him trot out for Al Sadd and Qatar over the last 18 months I believe he has all the ingredients to make it in Europe: blistering pace, strong shooting, great positioning and control. Although he is well-renouned in this part of the world for his 'tricks' and control, for me these areas are a little lacking and only a non-Qatari training regime (ie the players turning up more than a couple of times a week) can ensure he realises his undeniable potential.

    Expect him to bag a couple against Australia when playing along side Soria and Hussein Yasser.

  2. Also: Michael Misfud, Coventry and Malta?

  3. Thanks earsopen, I think Mifsud is more deserving of being on the list than Okkas at number 11, he's played well for Coventry this season.

    I can honestly say I've only watched Khalfan play once, but I was very impressed. How long before he recovers from injury?

  4. He's back now from a lengthly lay off. We were all suprised to see him start against Australia last week but was probably Qatar's best player, if slightly less courageous than before his injury. He's running out for Al Sadd too although it's been a while since I went down the JBH so not sure how he's performing in the league. Being named Asian Player of the Year seems to be a curse sometimes so I hope he can prove his worth.

  5. Interesting to know.