Turn your iPad into a foosball table with this interesting gadget

Yes, you read it right, now you can turn your iPad into a real foosball table! It is pretty cool to play foosball on your smartphone, but to play it on the iPad with a little foosball table, now that is a unique experience. People in New Potato Technologies are the one behind this interesting gadget which combines virtual applications and the real foosball table.

So, how does it work?

First things first, you have to meet some requirements before you can purchase this amazing foosball table, but don’t worry it is not complicated. The application which works on this stand is called the Classic Match Foosball, which is the name of the foosball table as well. You have to download the application to play on the table because this app is 100% compatible with the stand. Any other application might work, but not likely because the stand is made especially for this application. The application itself is FREE so I don’t see a problem with the download.

Now, let’s talk about the stand. There are two dimensions you can purchase because the first dimension is compatible with the iPad 1,2 and 3. The second stand, a newer model, is compatible with the iPad 3, 4 and iPad Air and Air 2.

Two sizes of foosball tables for iPad

Both of the tables look pretty much the same, except some minor design changes which don’t affect the game. With this foosball table, you will get 4 legs, 1 stand for the iPad, 8 rods and 2 scoring systems (one in red and one in blue). The table assembly is extremely simple; all you need to do is to attach the legs on the stand and insert the rods into 8 holes, just below the place where you put the iPad and you are done. On the bottom part of the table is 1 USB port, which means that you can plug the table and charge your iPad while you play the match. Forget about the empty battery notification during the most interesting part of the game.

When you assemble the stand for the iPads and place them on the stand, your iPad will look like the mini foosball table. On both longer sides of the iPad are 4 rods used to control the players in the game. On both shorter sides of the iPads are scoring systems so you will have to move the bean when you score – just like on the real foosball table.

The Classic Match Foosball application

The foosball application is really good. I like the fact that the rods and the players in the app move the same second so you really have a feeling like you are on the real table. Rods are extra sensitive so they register every move you make, no matter how small it is. Unfortunately, the rods in the reality and the rods in the game aren’t in line, they are moved a little bit, but that is something you can get used to after 3-4 matches.

This gadget is one excellent product which will keep you entertained for hours and I think it can be the perfect gift for every fooser on the planet.

Sporting Clube de Portugal (Sporting Lisbon) sign Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri

One of the top football clubs in Portugal, Sporting Clube de Portugal – also known as Sporting Lisbon and Sporting CP – has captured the historic signing of Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri for the upcoming 2012/13 football season. Football One, the football arm of new Wizcraft International Entertainment venture Sports One, will facilitate the transfer, giving Sunil Chhetri the opportunity to play in the Portuguese SuperLiga.

Sporting Clube de Portugal has partnered with Football One with the objective to develop football in the Indian market and help develop Indian football talent.

Sporting Club de Portugal is one of the top three clubs in Portugal besides FC Porto and Benfica. With football players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Luis Figo among others who have come out of the club’s football academy, it is considered as one of top academies in the world today.

We at Firstain really wish Chhetri the very best of time in Portugal. Go, make India proud!

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So its Drogba vs Dhoni in Delhi…

Hero of the recently concluded UEFA Champions League final for Chelsea, Didier Drogba is all set to lock horns with India’s world cup-winning cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in an exciting T20 exhibition football match in Delhi this coming Sunday. The match, scheduled for June 17, features the Ivorian coaching  the national winners of the Pepsi T20 Football amateur tournament in the match against a team which will have top Indian cricketers including Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Vijay. The match, the Grand Finale of Pepsi T20 Football, will take place at Thyagraj Stadium in the Indian capital.

While the national Pepsi T20 Football winning team will be led by Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor, Dhoni will captain the opposing side to be coached by former Indian football skipper Bhaichung Bhutia.

Via Mid-Day

EA releases latest iteration of FIFA Street (video)

Electronics Arts has released the latest iteration of its hugely popular football sim FIFA Street, bringing joy to many soccer fanatics all around. The game, allowing gamers to get street smart and enact their real-life rink-football skills on the big screen, has been one of the most eagerly awaited football games this year after EA’s FIFA 12 and Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2012. As Wayne Rooney tweeted, “It’s all about the pannas!”

Kolkata’s premier league Soccer:IPL style league for football

Premier League Soccer is a football league which is similar to the Indian premier League(cricket) when it comes to style.

There will be team owners and bidding for players will take place.

Composition of squad for all six teams

1)Six U-21 players

2)Six from regional catchment area

3)Four foreign players(1 icon,one Asian and two over seas players)

4)Fourteen Indian players

5)Total 30 per squad

PSL will host six teams from across West Bengal –

1.Kolkata

Base price of 1 crore per year.

Owner:Camellia Group (Purchase price Rs.11.5 crore)

Coach: Peter Reid

Asian Player: Park Ji-Seung(South Korea)

Icon: Robbie Fowler

Other Purchases: Daniel Varela, Robert Egbeta

Total expenditure: $1.34 million

2.Barasat

Base price of Rs.80 lakh a year

Owner:URO INFRA REALITY INDIA LTD(Purchase price = Rs.25.12 crore)

Coach: Teitur Thodarson

Asian Player: Part Byoung-Gye

Icon Player: Hernan Crespo

Other Purchases: Christian Lara, Joaquin Botero

Total expenditure: $1.52 million

3.Durgapur

Base price of Rs.70 lakh a year

Owner:TULIP INFONET LTD(Purchase price = Rs.7.6 crore

Coach:Samson SiaSia

Icon Player: Jay-Jay Okocha

Asian player: Kim Bong Kyeom

Total expenditure: $1.16 million

4.Howrah

Base price of Rs.70 lakh a year

Owner: Syncsys Infotech Ltd(Purchase price = 9 crore)

Coach: Fernando Couto

Asian Player: Byun Yoon Chul

Icon Player: Robert Pires

Total expenditure:$1.46 million

5.Siliguri

Base price of Rs.1 Crore a year

Owner: AAJAY CONSULTANTS(Purchase price = 18 crores)

Coach: Marco Etcheverry

Asian Player: Hwang Gyu Hwan

Icon Player: Fabio Cannavaro

Total expenditure: $1.48 million

6.Haldia(Not yet sold to anyone)

This league has created history in india as far as football goes. For the first time so much money is spent on footballers. This is a good sign for Indian Football.

Sale of Football games for iOS(Fifa 2012 and Real Football 2012)

This Christmas a lot of games have been on sale.We informed you earlier about some good ios game deals but for all football gamers out there this is the best chance to get your favorite football game at the best price.

While Fifa 2012 is now available only for $0.99, Real football 2012 is now available for free. Go get your games as soon as possible. Hurry.

You can download these games from the app store.

 

Barclays Premier League: 15th October — Results Roundup

The Barclays/English Premier League (BPL/EPL) action is back after a 2 week gap (international break) and what better way to kick start the weekend than a showdown between Liverpool and Manchester United – arguably the biggest rivalry in the premier league. Both the Reds have a tremendous history behind and are managed by two legendary managers – King Kenny (Kenny Dalglish) and Emperor Ferguson (Sir Alex Ferguson).

The game was a tight affair in the first half but opened up completely in the second. Liverpool opened the scoring through a Steven Gerrard free kick – Gerrard of course returning from a long time out on the sidelines through a groin injury – and for United it was the little Mexican Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who equalized with a nicely executed header. The match ended 1-1.

Other notable fixtures included Aston Villa’s visit to Manchester City, where a win for the hosts could take them top of the table thanks to United’s stalemate at Anfield, and Bolton’s clash with Wigan.

Here are all the results from the day’s action:

Saturday, 15 October 2011


Liverpool

Gerrard (68)

1-1
(HT 0-0)
Man Utd

Hernandez (81)

Bookings:

Lucas (28)

Bookings:

Young (43)
Ferdinand (54)
Evra (65)


Man City

Balotelli (28)
Johnson (47)
Kompany (52)
Milner (71)

4-1
(HT 1-0)
Aston Villa

Warnock (65)

Bookings:

Barry (59)

Bookings:

Bannan (80)


Norwich

Pilkington (1, 63)
R Martin (10)

3-1
(HT 2-1)
Swansea

Graham (12)

Bookings:

Monk (4)


QPR

Helguson (16)

1-1
(HT 1-1)
Blackburn

Samba (24)

Bookings:

Hall (23)
Wright-Phillips (62)
Traore (64)

Bookings:

Nzonzi (52)
Lowe (77)


Stoke

Walters (80)
Delap (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Fulham

 

Bookings:

Delap (56)
Pennant (71)
Whelan (76)
Upson (77)

Bookings:

Duff (66)
Murphy (77)
Zamora (79)
Baird (87)


Wigan

Diame (40)

1-3
(HT 1-2)
Bolton

Reo-Coker (4)
Ngog (45+3)
Eagles (90+2)

Bookings:

Di Santo (45+1)
Figueroa (71)
Caldwell (73)
Alcaraz (79)

Bookings:

Pratley (23)
Robinson (63)
Boyata (67)
Petrov (82)

Chelsea is currently leading Everton by 2 goals to nil in the last fixture of the day.

Tomorrow’s Fixtures:

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Arsenal v Sunderland, 13:30
Newcastle v Tottenham, 16:00

Via BBC

Barclays Premier League: 1st October — Results Roundup

It was a fantastic start to an entertaining weekend of BPL action, featuring a comfortable win for Liverpool over 10-men Everton in the Merseyside derby, a lackluster win for Manchester United and a thrashing for Blackburn Rovers at the hands of Manchester City. Here are all the results from today’s action:

Saturday, 1 October 2011


Aston Villa

Agbonlahor (36)
Bent (62)

2-0
(HT 1-0)
Wigan

 

Bookings:

Caldwell (19)


Blackburn

 

0-4
(HT 0-0)
Man City

Johnson (56)
Balotelli (59)
Nasri (73)
Savic (87)

Bookings:

Givet (59)

Bookings:

Zabaleta (69)


Everton

 

0-2
(HT 0-0)
Liverpool

Carroll (71)
Suarez (82)

Bookings:

Cahill (27)

Bookings:

Lucas (50)

Sent off:

Rodwell (23)


Man Utd

Anderson (68)
Welbeck (87)

2-0
(HT 0-0)
Norwich

 

Bookings:

Welbeck (71)


Sunderland

Bendtner (24)
Elmohamady (26)

2-2
(HT 2-2)
West Brom

Morrison (4)
Long (5)

Bookings:

Larsson (19)
Cattermole (36)


Wolverhampton

Fletcher (88)

1-2
(HT 0-2)
Newcastle

Ba (17)
Gutierrez (38)

Bookings:

Henry (39)

Bookings:

Gutierrez (53)
Krul (90+2)

This paves the way for an exciting Super Sunday tomorrow, with the North London derby the standout fixture.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Bolton v Chelsea, 13:30
Fulham v QPR, 15:00
Swansea v Stoke, 15:00
Tottenham v Arsenal, 16:00

Manchester United is still top of league, ahead on goal difference from neighbors Man City.

Top 10 of Everything in Football: Strikers

This is part four of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. Part  one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. Part two was about the top 10 defenders. Part three was about the top 10 midfielders. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

 

Ranking the top 10 strikers in the world is always a difficult task. You can include 10 of the best players on Earth, but you’ll always leave out a terrific striker.

Then there’s the question of what makes a striker one of the best. Goals and assists are no brainers, but is it numbers or quality which truly determines a great striker?

Edinson Cavani and Andy Carroll have been impressive this season, but can these youngsters really be considered the top of the pack?

At the same time, David Villa and Fernando Torres, two of the most talented strikers in the world, have been suffering poor form as of late. Can they still be ranked among the best? Lets check out Firstain’s top 10!

10. Diego Forlan

A top quality striker is always capable of scoring goals. Forlan is a world class striker who is capable of scoring goals from nowhere. He’s quick and has got a fantastic shooting ability. He is even a dead ball specialist. He had a fantastic world cup last year in South Africa and is certainly one of the best strikers in the world today.

9. Luiz Suarez

Another striker from Uruguay. One of the most quickest footballers on the planet, Suarez can score score goals with either foot. He led his side to a Copa America win recently. He had a fantastic 6 months or so with Liverpool after joining them and makes our list at number 9.

8. Samuel E’to

Samuel Eto’o is not only one of the best strikers in modern football, but also in all of history.

He became widely recognized as one of the best in the business during his five-year stay at Barcelona, where he racked up 130 goals in 200 appearances. He then transferred to Inter Milan, where he played a pivotal roll in their 2009-10 treble winning season.

Eto’o is known for his quick pace and agility on the ball, and despite his relatively small stature, he is great in the air and is able to score with both feet. Though he isn’t the most powerful soccer player around, he has perfect timing and is a deadly finisher.

7. David Villa

After debuting for Valencia in 2005, Villa went on to spend five years at the club, a period of time which saw him cement himself as one of the most efficient strikers in the world, grabbing 129 goals in 212 appearances, and setting up an additional 53.

He has since moved to Barcelona where he has been impressive, linking up with Pedro and Messi to form a formidable goal-scoring machine.

Villa has also been a revelation for the Spanish international team. He is currently tied as Spain’s all-time leading goal scorer with the legendary Raul, at 44 goals, and has led his country to glory in the Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup.

6. Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world.

The 32-year-old Ivorian is known for his great strength and is talented at finishing with either foot, heading the ball, and most notably scoring brilliant freekicks.

He is a very unselfish player and is great at creating opportunities for teammates.

He is currently Chelsea’s sixth all-time leading goalscorer with 140 goals since 2004, and among the top 10 leading scorers in the history of the Champion’s League with 32 goals.

If it weren’t for a current dip in form, Drogba would be a sure-fire choice for the top five or even the top three!

5. Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero

Sergio Aguero recently signed for Manchester City. He has had a fantastic start to his new career and has been consistent enough since the past few years and shown that he is really one of the world’s best.

After joining Atletico Madrid in 2006, he made waves in the Spanish league and been considered one of Europe’s rising football talents for years now, but I believe he has finally ascended to the top.

While he isn’t a prolific scorer, he plays more of the trequartista role, scoring and setting up a fair amount of goals.

Standing at 5’7″, the 22 year old makes up for his lack of height with super ball control and great pace.

4. Carlos Tevez

Carlos Tevez is a player who causes a lot of off field antics, but the bottom line is he plays hard wherever and whenever, which makes him one of the world’s best strikers today.

After impressing in Argentina and Brazil, Carlos Tevez spent a year at West Ham before he transferred to Manchester United, where he enjoyed a fairly decent career, scoring a number of important goals for the club.

Then he came to cross city rivals Manchester City, where he has been a goal-scoring machine. Last season he finished with 29 goals in 42 appearances.

3. Gonzalo Higuain

Gonzalo Higuain is only 23, and is already one of the best finishers in all of soccer. Just imagine where he will be in five years.

The French born Argentine debuted for Real Madrid in 2006, and after a shaky two years, he erupted as one of Europe’s top goal scorers.

In his last two seasons, he has a combined tally of 53 goals, finishing as Real Madrid’s top scorer both times.

Higuain has terrific pace and is excellent at placing himself in the right place at the right time. He is not a particularly spectacular finisher, but with work he could definitely top the list in years to come.

2. Lionel Messi

While many would argue that Messi doesn’t belong on this list due to his position on the wing, I beg to differ.

He has been one of the most prolific scorers in the world for the better part of the last three years, but it isn’t until now that he has operated as a striker on a regular basis.

In his last six starts for Barcelona, the number 10 has operated down the middle, scoring eight goals and setting up seven.

Messi is a small player, but makes up for that with his sublime dribbling abilities and cool finishing, which allow him to easily overpower much larger defenders.

At only 23, Messi is already a historic player, and while much of his early success was from his play on the wing, Messi is now making a name for himself as the deadliest striker in the world and possibly all of footballing history.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo by far is one of the best finishers in the world today. He joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009. Since then he has already scored 100 goals in two seasons in the white shirt of Madrid. He is even a dead ball specialist.

Ronaldo has also been named as the captain of Portugal. Maybe if he doesn’t even play for another 5 years he may still be at the top of our rankings. He is certainly the best.

Yes we rate Cristiano Ronaldo higher than Lionel Messi. That’s how we roll.

P.S This is part four of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. In case you missed it, Part one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. Part two was about the top 10 defenders. Part three was about the top 10 midfielders. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

Top 10 of Everything in Football: Midfielders

This is part three of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. The next part, featuring the top 10 strikers, will be published tomorrow. Part  one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. Part two was about the top 10 defenders. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

While the burden of scoring goals is mainly on the strikers, more often than not midfielders too get their name onto the score-sheet. They do not get all the credit but we vote them as one of the most important players of the team. Lets look at the most creative midfielders in the top 10 of Firstain.

10. Micheal Essien

Micheal Essien by far is the best defensive midfielder on the planet at the moment. Just behind him would be Yaya Toure. Essien has got the skill to score from long way out, is powerful and helps his defense big time. He protects his back 4 like a beast. He is certainly a top midfielder and is one of the best in the world.

9. Ricardo Kaka

Kaka is certainly one the most important part of any team he plays for. He can make darting runs from midfield and can play either center or at wings (which not many players can adjust with). After having a fantastic 2006 world cup, Kaka has come down the charts recently with an injury and is now finding it difficult to get his place back into team. But, despite not being in best of the forms he still makes the no.9 spot.

8. Rafael Van Der Vaart

Van Der Vaart is one of the most prolific goal scoring midfielders out there. The Dutch sensation is having a good time with his new club Tottenham. He is a fantastic creative midfielder who can play at wings as well. He’s got a good free-kick taking ability, and is certainly one of the best.

7. Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard is a player who will go down in history as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and while critics say the 30-year-old’s career is coming to a close, he keeps proving them wrong with his spectacular performances.

Gerrard mainly plays as an attacking or central midfielder, and is regarded as the most complete midfielder in the modern game.

He does great to assist teammates and score goals, but is also a valuable defensive asset, tracking back and stopping opposition attacks.

6. Francesc Fabregas

At only 23 years old, Cesc Fabregas has already cemented his place as one of the finest midfielders in world football.

An attacking or central midfielder, the former Arsenal skipper is a wonderful playmaker who has been likened to fellow Spaniard Xavi. He is blessed with an unbelievable passing range and great vision and creativity.

He is also a free kick and penalty specialist, something which has helped him emerge as a consistent provider and scorer of goals. Last season he set up and scored 19 goals in 36 matches.

5. Mesut Ozil

The German and Real Madrid midfielder is one class act. He can score goals, create goals and has a useful contribution defensively as well. He is a player whom you want to have in your team.

4. Xavi Hernandez

Xavi is undoubtedly one of the best central midfielders in modern football and perhaps footballing history.

He is the engine of Barcelona and Spain, being able to control the tempo of any game and dictate play with his passing skills.

The 30-year-old is the ultimate playmaker, with brilliant vision and the ability to take freekicks as well. He usually attempts and completes over 100 passes a game, which definetely hands him the title of the world’s best passer.

He also has the occasional eye for goals, but really prides himself in setting up his teammates.

3. Andres Iniesta

Iniesta is an extremely talented midfielder. He is blessed with wonderful skills and great ball control.

He is a very versatile player, who can play as a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder, a winger, or even a deep-lying midfielder.

Iniesta is an extremely creative player and a wonderful passer of the ball, but he also has an eye for goals and is having the seasons of a lifetime for Barcelona.

He helped lead Spain to glory in the 2010 World Cup, scoring the winner in the final, and was one of the finalist for the 2010 Fifa Ballon d’Or.

2. Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard is a hard working box-to-box midfielder, but what makes him a really special player is his unmatchable work rate.

Already 32, Lampard has been one of Europe’s most consistent players for seven years now.

In his last season with Chelsea, he scored 27 goals and provided 20 assists in 50 matches, operating as a central or attacking midfielder. For any midfielder to do all that is unbelievable.

He is an excellent passer and a deadball specialist, and he has recently returned from injury and been one of Chelsea’s only hardworking players despite a recent streak of bad results.

1. Wesley Sneijder

Despite a recent drop in form, Wesley Sneijder is still one of the world’s most adept attacking midfielders.

Sneijder can pride himself in his exceptional passing abilities and fine playmaking.

He also has exceptional shooting with either foot, and helped Inter claim the treble last year as well as helping the Netherlands to the World Cup final. He is now poised to leave Inter for English champions Manchester United.

P.S This is part three of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. The next part, featuring the top 10 strikers, will be published tomorrow. In case you missed it, Part one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. Part two was about the top 10 defenders. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

Manchester United enter into partnership with Beeline

Manchester United have signed a three-year partnership with Beeline, Vietnam’s leading mobile telecoms company.

The deal will give the club’s estimated 16 million fans in Vietnam a chance to see all the goals scored by the Reds, as well as exclusive interviews, news and behind-the-scenes access – bringing them closer to Old Trafford than ever before.

Announcing the deal, United’s Commercial Director Richard Arnold said: “We are very excited about this partnership.

“Beeline is the right partner for us in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia – an ambitious young organisation which has already made a big impact locally in a short space of time.

“We know that this partnership will bring great benefits to both partners. We’re looking forward to breaking new ground with Beeline.”

Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson added: “Manchester United has always been at the forefront of the game off the pitch as well as on it and this partnership is another example of that.

“Everyone knows about the passion of our fans in that part of the world and this deal makes it a lot easier for us to keep in touch with them.”

Michael Cluzel, Head of Indochina Cluster of VimpelCom Ltd. and CEO of Beeline Vietnam (GTEL – Mobile), said: “Football is the number one sport in Vietnam, and Manchester United has always been one of the most widely supported football teams in the world and Vietnam is no exception.

“We are very excited to be working with Manchester United on a range of activities that will be mutually beneficial and will bring this legendary club closer to this football-loving country.

“This step also demonstrates Beeline’s commitment to the Indochina region in general and Vietnam in particular. We are planning to kick off various activities for our customers here.

“Our focus is very simple: we will bring things closer to our customers and things that they want to experience things that no one has ever brought to them.”

Via

Top 10 of Everything in Football: Defenders

This is part two of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. The next part, featuring the top 10 midfielders, will be published tomorrow. Part  one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. To make sure you don’t miss out, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.

While the strikers score goals and take away all the credit its the defenders who try to stop the strikers from scoring. Defenders are the most important part of the team. They some times make saves which are worthy of a goal. Defenders need to be strong both physically and mentally. They need to be quick to fall back as well. Lets check out our top 10 defenders of Firstain.

10. Philip Lahm
One of the mainstays of the Germany team for several years, Lahm’s marauding runs from full-back are a good avenue of attack for Germany. The versatile Lahm is capable of shooting and passing with either foot, and enjoyed a fine 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

9. Nesta
Nesta has been the backbone of the Italy and AC Milan defenses over the years. He is strong, reliable and has the ability to instill fear in minds of opponents. He is one of the best defender in the world out there.

8. Maicon
Not for a long time has there been a right-back capable of having so much influence on a game. The Inter Milan defender’s forceful runs down the right provide a great avenue of attack, not only for him to cross the ball, but for his teammates who can occupy the space vacated by opposition players trying to arrest Maicon’s attacking stories. He has pace to burn and is a also a solid defender. Keeps the outstanding Barcelona right-back Dani Alves out of the Brazil team.

7. Sergio Ramos
Ramos has everything. He has skill, pace, strength, does not make costly errors, is versatile and scores a lot of goals for a defender. He is a sort of player who can KILL HIMSELF to win the ball.

6. Gerard Pique
Many at Barcelona believe this product of the club’s youth system will go on to captain the club someday. He was a key protagonist as Spain won the World Cup in South Africa last summer. A composed defender who is strong in the air and the tackle, Pique is also adept at launching his team’s attacks. And he even claims to know all of Cristiano Ronaldo’s tricks from their time together at Manchester United.

5. Ashley Cole
Cole is one of the few players over the years to have got to grips with Cristiano Ronaldo. At Euro 2004 he had one of his best games in an England shirt, matching the Portuguese star in a captivating battle. Since then, Cole has developed into arguably the best left-back in the world. He can get forward, score goals, cross the ball, and is Mr Reliable when on the back foot.

4. Carles Puyol
You need a beast to guard a cave. You need Puyol to defend the goal. He is the World’s most AGGRESSIVE defender and a shrewd leader with aggressive looks. Along with Pique, he was instrumental in Spain and Barcelona’s recent run of success.

3. Thiago Silva
The Brazilian has almost everything a good defender should have but is often ignored by everyone. A strong tackler and commanding in the air, the AC Milan center back was outstanding in the 2010-11 season as the Rossoneri won their first Italian title since 2004. Silva is so comfortable on the ball that he was even deployed in midfield by coach Massimiliano Allegri when injuries hit the squad. His performances prompted Milan to extend his contract until June 2016.

2. John Terry
An inspirational player who is never afraid to throw himself on the ball and save his goal. Can score goals as well which is a bonus. Meet John Terry — Mr. Chelsea!

One of the best defender in the world, Terry provides great support to Cech and also motivates everyone around him. With amazing positioning, he provides a great  link between Midfield and Defense and has a hunch for goals. A true leader on the pitch.

1. Nemanja Vidic
The Manchester United defender may not be playing in one of the most prominent national teams, but he helps form a defense that has been particularly stingy over the years. In qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, Vidic and his comrades conceded just one goal in 10 matches, a record that helped them top the group ahead of Spain. He has a commanding presence and can also pop up with goals from time to time.

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P.S This is part two of the series titled ‘Top 10 of everything in football‘. The next part, featuring the top 10 midfielders, will be published tomorrow. In case you missed it, Part one was about the top 10 goalkeepers. To make sure you don’t miss out on future releases, it’d would be smart to subscribe to our RSS Feed and Email Newsletter. You can also Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook.