The 2010 FIFA World Cup is almost here (yep, I’m excited!).
Although the the big prize goes to the best country, it is often the individual brilliance that stands out, culminating in the selection of an all-tournament team on the eve of the final.
This year’s ‘World XI’ might include players like Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Cannavaro.
It got me thinking – if I could hand pick my ultimate team of comms bloggers, who’d be in that line-up?
After giving the make-up of this ‘dream team’ some more thought, this is where I ended up…
My Blogger World XI
First, let’s take a look at the team sheet and then I’ll give you some reasons as to why each of these ‘players’ have been selected in the positions they have, in addition to the football / soccer player they are most similar to.
1. Trevor Young (@TrevorYoung), Goalkeeper: It’s not Trevor’s formidable physical presence (or his Aussie Rules background) that makes him a great choice as the World XI ‘stopper’.
It is his ability to see things develop one step ahead of everyone else on the field, allowing him to be fully prepared, and develop solutions to plug that gap (and turn it into an attacking opportunity as well).
Player most like: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
Trevor’s blog: The PR Warrior
2. Danny Brown (@DannyBrown), Defender: Danny, who would also be my pick for Captain of this team, has a very holistic approach to his blog. Some entries are incredibly practical and useful, while others are thought provoking and tackle wider issues (pardon the pun!). He’s also a very positive influence, keeping this team on track for success.
Player most like: Jamie Carragher (England)
Danny’s blog: Danny Brown
3. Jay Baer (@JayBaer), Defender: I can’t think of anyone better to patrol the central defence of this team than Jay. His blog often focuses on better ways of doing things or adopting tools / tactics to raise your game. His knowledge, coupled with his no nonsense approach would be invaluable.
Player most like: William Gallas (France)
Jay’s blog: Convince and Convert
4. Lee Odden (@LeeOdden), Defender: Lee is that all-rounder you need in every team. His broad knowledge of social media, SEO and PR means he could mark anyone on the planet. Lee is also great at uncovering new tools / utilities get help get the job done, very handy. A great example of Lee’s broad range of total comms knowledge can be found in this post on SEO and the social web.
Player most like: Maicon (Brazil)
Lee’s blog: Top Rank Blog
5. Tamar Weinberg (@tamar), Defender: Tamar is as thorough as it gets as her recent post on the A-Z of social media strategy shows. Her deep understanding of social media and managing communities is arguably unmatched making her a ‘ready for anyone’ role player in this team.
Player most like: Puyol (Spain)
Tamar’s blog: Techipedia
6. Arik Hanson (@arikhanson), Midfielder: Arik’s selection in this World XI came down to his personality and unselfishness as much as the great content he produces via his blog. Arik, along with people like Danny Brown, epitomize the type of selflessness that make the social web so collaborative and enjoyable. Having Arik as the link guy in this team is a huge asset.
Player most like: Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Arik’s blog: Communications, Conversations
7. Deirdre Breakenridge (@dbreakenridge), Midfielder: You need solid and measured strategic thinkers in any team, and they don’t come much better than Deirdre. Her positive disposition and ability to blend old techniques with new ones is also a huge plus. The advice she provides via her blog, especially in regards to challenging situations, makes her the perfect ‘cool head’ when the stakes are high.
Player most like: Steven Gerrard (England)
Deirdre’s blog: PR 2.0 Strategies
8. Matt Rhodes (@mattrhodes), Midfielder: Matt covers a variety of subjects / topics via his blog, often picking up on things missed via other sources. He also explains things in way that are easy to digest and apply. A nice example of Matt’s easy to comprehend style can be fond here.
Player most like: Michael Essien (Ghana)
Matt’s blog: Fresh Networks Blog
9. Louis Gray (@louisgray), Midfielder: Louis gives this team something different. His blog is mostly very ‘newsy’, featuring items you won’t find in other places. He is also one-step ahead of the game when it comes to technological developments and breakthroughs. A game winner.
Player most like: Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
Louis’ blog: Louis Gray
10. Amber Naslund (@ambercadabra), Striker: Amber could have played in any position on this team, but her flair and creativity make her a great choice up front…hovering near the goal mouth. As most people will attest to, Amber challenges conventional thinking and constantly looks at new and different ways of doing things.
Player most like: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Amber’s blog: Altitude Branding
11. Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer), Striker: Straight to the point, honest, minimal fluff – that is Mark. His blog provides a well-rounded look at marketing communications, blending practical advice with creative solutions. The name of his blog, Grow, sums up what he’s all about – making things bigger and better.
Player most like: Wayne Rooney (England)
Mark’s blog: Grow
What do you think of my selections?
Have I missed anyone?
Do you want to create your own team to play against mine?
Over to you…