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.

Agree with my top 10? Disagree? Would you like to replace someone in my list with another player? Drop in a comment to share your views. I’ll be glad to hear 🙂

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.

J.K. Rowling teases future Harry Potter plans; Series to continue?

With the final film in the Harry Potter series — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — all set to hit theaters July 15, author J.K. Rowling has thrown up a huge surprise, possibly weaving the series wide open again.

The author continued with her magical creations by revealing a new website, interestingly called Pottermore. The website features a logo, J.K. Rowling’s signature, the message “Coming Soon”, and a link to a YouTube channel which features a countdown clock ticking away the seconds to an announcement Rowling will make at 7 a.m. this coming Thursday, June 23.

Digitalspy.com reports that 10 Harry Potter fan sites were each given clues that led to a letter in the alphabet.  After all the websites pieced the letters together, they discovered Pottermore.com’s address.

A Twitter account has also been created: Twitter.com/pottermore.  A tweet on the page declares, “Looks like the owls are getting ready to deliver some exciting news,” and directs visitors to Pottermore.com.

The odds are pretty high on J.K. Rowling extending the Harry Potter series by penning another book, but then again, it could also be a damp squib. What are your thoughts?

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Evolution Of Windows

It all began at the Plaza hotel,New York City 10th november 1983 when two microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill gates announced the new graphical user interface operating system Microsoft windows.

Windows 1.01 (1985)

Officially released on November 20, 1985, this 16-bit OS that cost less than 1MB in overall is Microsoft’s very first operating system that allows multi tasking with graphical user interface on PC platform that runs on MS-DOS 5.0.

Windows 1.03 (1986)

Introduced in 1986, Windows 1.03 is an upgrade to its previous predecessor Windows 1.01. Entire operating system cost about 2.2Mb hard disk space.

Windows 2.03 (1987)

Taking advantage of the speed of Intel 286/386 processor at that time, Windows 2.03 is a replacement for Windows 1.x. It also starts the era where users are able to overlap windows, customize screens, etc. Still the entire operating system cost no more than 2.5Mb.

Windows 3.0 (1990)

This is the third major released of Microsoft Windows with a improved set of Windows icons and applications like File Manager, Program Manager that is still being used in today’s Windows. This 22 May 1990 released operating system is then replaced by Windows 3.1 two years later.

Windows 3.1 (1992)

Windows 3.1 is probably the earliest Windows most of us are familiar with. Windows 3.1 and later Windows 3.1x is an upgrade to Windows 3.0 with bug fixes and multimedia support.

Windows NT 3.1 (1993)

The first Windows New Technology (NT) introduced. It maintains consistency with the Windows 3.1, a well-established home and business operating system at the time, the new Windows NT operating system began with version 3.1. Unlike Windows 3.1, however, Windows NT 3.1 was a 32-bit operating system.

Windows 3.1(1993)

A superset of Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups 3.11 added peer-to-peer workgroup and domain networking support. For the first time, Windows–based PCs were network-aware and became an integral part of the emerging client/server computing evolution – Microsoft

Windows NT 3.51 Workstation (1995)

The Windows NT Workstation 3.5 release provided the highest degree of protection yet for critical business applications and data. With support for the OpenGL graphics standard, this operating system helped power high-end applications for software development, engineering, financial analysis, scientific, and business-critical tasks – Microsoft

Windows 95 (1995)

Previously code-named ChicagoWindows 95 is a successor to all the existing Windows operating system so far. It gives full graphical user interface support, integrated a 32-bit TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) stack for built-in Internet support, dial-up networking, and new Plug and Play capabilities that made it easy for users to install hardware and software.

Windows NT 4.0 (1996)

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 included the popular Windows 95 user interface yet provided improved networking support for easier and more secure access to the Internet and corporate intranets – Microsoft.

Windows NT Server 4.0 (1996)

Windows 98 (1998)

Windows 98 was the upgrade from Windows 95. Described as an operating system that “Works Better, Plays Better,” Windows 98 was the first version of Windows designed specifically for consumers – Microsoft.

Windows 2000 (2000)

More than just the upgrade to Windows NT Workstation 4.0, Windows 2000 Professional was also designed to replace Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on all business desktops and laptops. Built on top of the proven Windows NT Workstation 4.0 code base, Windows 2000 added major improvements in reliability, ease of use, Internet compatibility, and support for mobile computing – Microsoft.

Windows 2000 Server (2000)

Windows ME (2000)

Designed for home computer users, Windows Me offered consumers numerous music, video, and home networking enhancements and reliability improvements – Microsoft.

indows XP (2001)

Windows XP Professional brings the solid foundation of Windows 2000 to the PC desktop, enhancing reliability, security, and performance. With a fresh visual design, Windows XP Professional includes features for business and advanced home computing, including remote desktop support, an encrypting file system, and system restore and advanced networking features –Microsoft.

Windows Server 2003 (2003)

Released on April 2003, and also known as Win2k3, this operating system is a sucessor to it’s predecessor Windows Server 2000 (Win2k).

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Windows Vista (2006)

Came more than 5 years after it’s predecessor Windows XP, Vista is the longest timeline break for Microsoft between two operating system.

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

Windows Vista

Windows 7 (2009)

Codenamed Blackcomb, Windows 7 is one of the most anticipated operating system which should be available somewhere in Oct 2009.

Windows 7

Windows 7

Windows 7