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Never mind the Oscars or the grammys, the award that all mantelpieces are desperate to have plonked on them is a Cassa. Tux and dickie-bow on, Tony Cascarino chooses his favourite footballing moments, games and players of the year.
Tony Cascarino, 06 Jan 2004
Best Player: In terms of the Premiership, it’s a three-way tie between Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Alan Shearer who’ve all consistently been their club’s best performers. Best player in the world has to be Zidane. I’ve spoken to a few of the French lads about him and they all say he’s outstanding – not only in terms of ability but his commitment to the team. There’s been talk of him coming here for a season or two, but in an interview with a French newspaper recently he said the Premiership’s not for him because of the pace. To be honest, any club after Real Madrid would be a step down.
Best Young Player: Six months ago I’d have said Wayne Rooney, but I was at Everton v Manchester City last week and he was disappointing. Ditto John O’Shea at Man U, although you’ve got to remember that they’re still young lads learning their trade. The one who caught my eye last season at West Ham and who has continued to impress with Chelsea is Glen Johnson.
Best Ireland Player: Damien Duff wins that hands down. He may have thought at the time that £17 million was too expensive, but Alex Ferguson will realise now that not bidding for him was a mistake that could cost United the championship. For the national team, you pretty much know going into every game that Damien will be ‘Man of the Match’. Ability, great temperament…he’s going to be one of the all time Ireland greats.
Best Goal: Damien’s a candidate again with that marvelous individual effort against Canada, but my personal favourite was the other week when Dalmat lashed that one in for Spurs against Wolves. The technique involved was exceptional.
Best Manager: For coming fourth last season and spending Abranovich’s money so wisely, Claudio Ranieri. On top of everything else, he’s had to contend with all the talk of him keeping the seat warm until Sven’s ready to take-over. If he does get the bullet, it’ll be the most unwarranted sacking in the history of the Premiership.