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Meet the Editor

NAME: Paul Knight
NATIONALITY: English
POSITION: Centre-back/Full-back
BLOG: Editor’s Blog

Co-founder and Editor of About a Ball, part-time (sometimes it seems like almost full-time) Fantasy Premier League and Fantasy Champions League manager, amateur player and dedicated supporter of football, who has spent far more time and money on the game than bears thinking about. I have seen over 200 different professional teams play live since attending my first match (England v Yugoslavia at Wembley, Wed. 13-Dec-1989) and still enjoy nothing more than visiting a new ground or seeing a new team for the first time. A life-long supporter of Manchester United and England, I also closely follow Lyon and Colchester, having lived in the towns, as well as Aberdeen and Stuttgart (due to family links), Athletic Bilbao (out of admiration for their past and continued achievements despite their strict selection policy) and Juventus (for some reason). My one football wish is to see England win something, or at least reach the final. I hope you enjoy the website.

My World XI:

1. Joe Hart
2. Maicon
3. Ashley Cole
4. Lucio
5. Gerard Pique
6. Mikael Essien
7. Xavi
8. Andres Iniesta
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Radamel Falcao
10.
Cristiano Ronaldo
11. Lionel Messi

Subs:
12. Iker Casillas
13. Rio Ferdinand
14. Carles Puyol
15. Darren Fletcher
16. Arjen Robben
17. Patrice Evra
18. Daniel Alves
19. Florent Malouda
20. Bastian Schweinsteiger
21. Robin Van Persie
22. David Villa
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Teams I have seen play live:

# NATIONAL ENGLISH WORLD CLUB
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Andorra
Argentina
Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
El Salvador
England
Egypt
Estonia
France
Germany
Guyana
Holland
Hungary
Italy
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Kazakhstan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Montenegro
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Russia
San Marino
Scotland
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
USA
Wales
Yugoslavia
Accrington Stanley
AFC Wimbledon
Aldershot
Arsenal
Aston Villa
Barnet
Barnsley
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers
Bournemouth
Bradford City
Brentford
Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Burnley
Burton Albion
Bury
Cardiff City
Carlisle United
Charlton Athletic
Chelsea
Cheltenham Town
Chesterfield
Colchester United
Coventry City
Crawley Town
Crewe Alexandra
Crystal Palace
Dagenham & Redbridge
Derby County
Doncaster Rovers
Everton
Exeter City
Fulham
Gillingham
Grimsby Town
Hartlepool United
Hereford United
Huddersfield Town
Hull City
Ipswich Town
Leeds United
Leicester City
Leyton Orient
Lincoln City
Liverpool
Luton Town
Macclesfield Town

Manchester City
Manchester United
Middlesbrough
Millwall
Milton Keynes Dons
Morecambe
Newcastle United
Northampton Town
Norwich City
Nottingham Forest
Notts County
Oldham Athletic
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Plymouth Argyle
Portsmouth
Port Vale
Preston North End
Queen’s Park Rangers
Reading
Rochdale
Rotherham United
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield United
Sheffield Wednesday
Shrewsbury Town
Southampton
Southend United
Stevenage Borough
Stoke City
Stockport County
Sunderland

Swansea City
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Tottenham Hotspur
Tranmere Rovers
Walsall
Watford
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Wigan Athletic
Wimbledon
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wrexham
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town
York City
1. FC Köln
Aberdeen
AEK Athens
Ajax
Alaves
AS Monaco
Athletic Bilbao
Atletico Nacional
Augsburg
Auxerre
Barcelona
Bastia
Bayern Munich
Benfica
Besiktas
Bordeaux
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Monchengladbach
Boulogne-sur-Mer
Caen
Cerro Porteno
Cienciano
Cobresal
Deportivo Quito
Dundee United
Dunfermline
El Nacional
FC Haka
FC Zurich
Fiorentina
Flamengo
Fluminense
Glasgow Rangers
Groningen
Guingamp
Gyori ETO
Hamburger SV
Heart of Midlothian
Heerenveen
Hertha BSC
HNK Rijeka
Internazionale
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Itagui
Jose Galvez
Juventus
Kilmarnock
Kyiv Dynamo
Lausanne
Lazio
Le Havre
Le Mans
Lens
Lille
Livingston
Lorient
Marseille
Metz
Millonarios
Montpellier
Nancy
Nantes
Olympiakos
Olympique Lyonnais
Oriente Petrolero
Panathinaikos
PAOK Thessaloniki
Paris Saint Germain
Parma
PSV Eindhoven
RC Strasbourg
Real Sociedad
Saint Etienne
San Marcos de Arica
Sedan
Servette Genhve
Slavia Praha
Spartak Moscow
Sparta Rotterdam
Sporting Gijon
Standard Liege
St Pauli
SV Salzburg
Tacuary
The Strongest
Tijuana
Toulouse
Troyes
Ujpest
Universitario de Sucre
Valencia
VFB Stuttgart
Vicenza
Villareal
Vitoria Guimaraes

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Austria
Bahamas
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia i Herzegovina
Brazil
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Croatia
Cuba
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Ecuador
France
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Guyana
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Northern Ireland
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Russia
Saint Martin
San Marino
Scotland
Senegal
Sint Maarten
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Switzerland
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
USA
US Virgin Islands
Vatican City
Venezuela
Wales

My all-time World XI:

1. Lev Yashin
2. Paul Breitner
3. Giacinto Facchetti
4. Franz Beckenbauer
5. Bobby Moore
6. Johan Neeskens
7. Diego Maradona
8. Johan Cruyff
9. Gerd Muller
10. Pele
11. Alfredo Di Stefano
Subs:
12. Gordon Banks
13. Franco Baresi
14. Duncan Edwards
15. John Charles
16. Frank Rijkaard
17. Tom Finney
18. Ferenc Puskas
19. George Best
20. Stanley Matthews
21. Eusebio
22. Michel Platini
23. Dino Zoff
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I know there’s not much in the way of a midfield, but I suppose the world’s greatest team wouldn’t really need many ball-winners as they are unlikely to lose possession that frequently. Such a solid defence and goalkeeper wouldn’t need much protection either.

The attackers are mainly goal creators as well as goal scorers so there should be no shortage of chances. Gerd Muller is the exception. I believe that every team needs one out and out goal-scorer to clinically finish off the chances and Gerd Muller was unrivalled in the art of putting the ball in the net from inside the box.

When in possession, Franz Beckenbauer will push up into midfield to support Neeskens and provide some extra creativity. Breitner also has the versatility to join the midfield, where he played for much of his career and Facchetti was no stranger to bursting forward down the wing. Di Stefano began his career as an outside-right so he should fell at home opposite Johan Cryuff, but the two will have the freedom to drift around the front line.

No world XI can possibly exclude Pele or Maradona so they’ll have to play side by side behind Muller. Bobby Moore will be there to mop up at the back in the event that the opposition does get anywhere near my team’s goal.

I had trouble choosing a second choice ‘keeper so Banks and Zoff both get a place in the squad behind the Russian number one, Lev Yashin. I make no excuse for putting so many attacking players on the bench. Given the players available, it’s hard not to pick the most exciting ones. I still don’t know how I can justify leaving out Garrincha, Zico, Kubala, Hidegkuti, Koeman and Van Basten.

Personal Running Records

5k – 18min 19s (2014)
10k – 38min 06s (2014)

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