European Press
( published Wednesday, 19th December 2001 )
www.alexandrino.com

Hi,

2 days ago the world football body chose the fooballplayer ( soccer, you U.S. fans, soccer !! by the way U.S. Mia Hamm is female world player ) of the year: the Portuguese Figo, in front of the Englishman Beckham and the Spaniard Raul. At the same time in another competition football journalists chose the European fooballer of the year: there 1. Owen ( UK ) / 2. Raul ( SP ) / 3. Kahn ( Germany )

Now just for a laugh I went through several articles in Europe's numerous papers, and this is what came out:

UK: The Sun: "OWEN BEST PLAYER - BECKHAM SECOND!" ( well, omitting some stuff here, but who cares? )

France: L'Equipe: "Owen says: I want to thank Gerard Houllier - his French coach - because without him I wouldn't be honored! ( by the way first Frenchman in the results is 9th )

Germany: Spiegel: "Kahn would have deserved it, but these journalists never choose a goalkeeper anyway ( which actually is almost true ). Still Kahn beats Beckham (4th)....Hahaha again that Germany-UK complex!!

Portugal: A Bola: "Figo, the Football Prince!" 3 pages of how, why, when he won it. By the way they did only mention one competition ( the one Figo won ). Nothing about Owen. Owen, who's that??

Spain: La Marca: "Congratulations to Figo, who plays in the best league of the world ( Spain ), but Raul should have won it!!"

It's nice to understand a few languages. It is so cool to analyse how the press can often manipulate the readers, depending on where they're from. By the way just to show the importance of the FIFA World Player of the Year, do you know who was the world's Best Team of the Year?....Honduras!!

Have a nice day

Alex

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