The Monday Profile: Jonà¡s Gutià©rrez

Posted by on Jul 5, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

Saturday’s trouncing by England’s conquerors Germany brought to an abrupt and embarrassing end Argentina’s involvement in the 2010 World Cup – and with it the exit of another player with Championship connections. In truth, though, Jonà¡s Gutià©rrez was never an integral part of the South Americans’ side, despite Maradona’s past insistence that our man’s always one of the first names on his teamsheet.

Sure, he was in the starting XI …

The Monday Profile: Tommy Smith

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

Italy’s second round exit at the hands of South Korea in the 2002 World Cup saw the Azzurri’s chickens come home deliciously to roost. Offside decisions may have played their part but after decades of shirt pulling for both club and country, an Italian player was finally penalized; it being significant that this would be at the highest stage. Hence, yesterday’s tug on Daniele De Rossi by Tommy Smith …

The Monday Profile: Kevin Prince Boateng

Posted by on Jun 14, 2010 in The Monday Profile | No Comments

Sporting a name by which one is not usually referred to on one’s shirt — witness “GAMST” and “JONAS” – is not a habit of those prone to introversion, but rarely has this provided such an accurate view into the mind of the wearer than yesterday in Pretoria — the simple legend “PRINCE” providing all one could wish to know about the mindset of Kevin Boateng.

Having finished the season …

The Monday Profile: Rhys Williams

Posted by on Jun 7, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

Following up last Monday’s profile of Ľubomà­r Michalà­k, jettisoned from the Slovak squad, with an analysis of the fortunes of another man cast from the international wilderness might seem perverse, but the furore surrounding Rhys Williams’ eleventh hour denial is worth more than a passing mention.

You’ll recall that Australia’s shy and retiring manager Pim Verbeek “slammed” former World Cup hero Gordon Strachan for over reliance on the needle

The Monday Profile: Ľubomà­r Michalà­k

Posted by on May 31, 2010 in The Monday Profile | One Comment

From hereon in for a few weeks, the Monday Profile will be casting its eye over performers and, given that some 28s and 29s are yet to be whittled down, likely performers in the coming Azanian bunfight. The English speaking squads of the US, New Zealand and Australia constitute the most likely places of refuge for Championship personnel, but others will be dotted about the veld and having faced …