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The best Premier League team ever!

Yesterday, I selected my worst ever Premier League XI, but today I thought I would try to do the very opposite and look at who would make the starting line-up for the best possible team.

I will play four-four-two and I challenge any side to try to live with this one!

  • Goalkeeper
  • There have been some truly great keepers over the Premiership years. Currently, Petr Cech, Shay Given, Brad Friedel, David James, Pepe Reine and Edwin van der Sar certainly all deserve a mention.

    David Seaman was one of the best and there are others who rarely put a foot wrong.

    However, the best of the best and probably the best keeper I have ever seen was the ‘Great Dane’ Peter Schmeichel.

  • Defence
  • In the current Premiership we have the likes of Sagna, Terry, Ferdinand, Vidic, Carvalho, Cole, Evra, Clichy and Carragher, who would all feel they were worthy of a place in the team.

    In the past, Gary Neville, Jaap Stam, Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister and many, many others would all be there or thereabouts.

    For me, the star back four would have to include that absolute model of consistency, who seems to be hated by all but Manchester United fans despite being an absolute rock for England, Gary Neville.

    In the middle, at his very best I would include the man who overcame the duel problems of alcohol and the nickname of ‘Donkey’, Tony Adams. Alongside him I would play Jaap Stam, who for one season was undoubtedly the best in the world.

    Left back is not an easy selection but the Ashley Cole of a couple of seasons ago, was probably as good as there has been.

  • Midfield
  • What a fantastic choice of players we are faced with here! I don’t think any two people would choose the same four names as there are any number of candidates who could happily be included.

    Let’s look at the candidates just from ‘the big four’. Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Michael Essien, Michael Ballack, Claude Makelele, Arjen Robben, Steve Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Patrick Vierra, Emmanuel Petit, Cesc Fabrigas, Marc Overmars and many others. Add to them the likes of Jay Jay Okacha, David Ginola, Mikel Arteta and Elano.

    There are literally hundreds of possibilities and I haven’t even mentioned Robbie Savage!

    Nobody has reached the heights that Cristiano Ronaldo reached last season so he is a given. Nobody has reached the consistent heights of Ryan Giggs so he is another given. The central two are more difficult. The two I have chosen have been picked on the basis of just how crucial they have been to the success of their team’s. Arsenal without Patrick Vierra were a shadow of the side and Liverpool without Steven Gerrard still are.

  • Strikers
  • We have to include the all time record scorer Alan Shearer. Actually, I can’t really think of any reasons not to include him. He was pretty close to being the perfect centre-forward.

    Having said that, the selection of Alan Shearer gives us a problem. That leaves only one striking position vacant. Who should have it? Thierry Henry, Ruud Van Nistelroy, Gianfranco Zola, Ian Wright, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Eric Cantona, Denis Bergkamp, Paulo Di Canio, Andy Cole or one of the current crop of Drogba, Anelka, Van Persie, Adabayor, Torres, Robinho, Rooney or Berbatov?

    Despite the very strong claims of everyone I have listed, together with the many I have no doubt failed to mention, I cannot select anyone other than the Thierry Henry of three seasons ago.

  • Manager
  • Whilst Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, George Graham and others would think they might be worth consideration, like him or loathe him, it cannot be anyone other than Sir Alex Ferguson.

    What a line-up that is!

    Schmeichel

    Neville, Adams, Stam, Cole

    Ronaldo, Vierra, Gerrard, Giggs

    Shearer, Henry

    Manager – Sir Alex Ferguson

    Your suggestions for other potential candidates would be welcomed.

    Thu 5 March, 2009
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    73 Comments:

    1. Давно хотел у вас спросить, автор, а вы где живёте? В городе каком? Если не серкет:)

    2. loui says:

      best premiership team is

      seamen
      george cohen ferdinand gallas ray wilson
      ronaldo sir bobby charlton veron giggs
      cantona henry

      i think some people forgot the people who really brought football to england

    3. KA says:

      I think the “best ever” excludes “importance to their team”, in some ways. Vieira as the best holding CM in the history of the EPL?!?! I’m gonna call BS on that one. Roy Keane proved he owned Vieira on multipy occasions so I’d have Keano sitting in front of my back four if it were my team…and he’d be captain (I hate to admit that, I’m a Spurs fan). I don’t know who I’d have play in front of him, but Stevie G is the easy choice, someone with balls, like me, would go with MATTHEW LE TISSIER. I can live with Giggsy and Ronaldo on the flanks and Shearer and Henry up top. I think Neville, Jaap and T Adams are pretty safe bets in the back, but Ashley Cole? Really? Forget his performane in yesterday’s FA Cup Final, but there’s gotta be better left backs….how about Denis Irwin? Surely there’s gotta be someone better than Mrs. Cole!

    4. connor says:

      for the best goalkeeper a keeper that rarely gets mentioned which is a shame because if u looka t any game he plays there is at least 3 saves in 1 game where u think wow that was sensational and that is jaaskeleinen im a chelsea fan but ive always rated jaaskeleinen as the best keeper in the epl at this time

      defence sagna vidic terry ashley cole
      midfield essien
      lampard gerrard
      ronaldo joe cole
      torres
      i have been biased but they are quality.

    5. Benj says:

      “sytoe” – you speak the biggest pile of shite i think i’ve ever heard

      WHY HAS NO ONE BEEN MENTIONING CANTONA?! (not even in their substitutes) ?

      my best eleven would be :

      GK Schmeichel
      DF Neville Ferdinand Stam Irwin
      MF Ronaldo Gerrard Keane Giggs
      FWD Cantona Henry

      manager could be no one else but Sir Alex Ferguson, obviously with Wenger & Mourinho coming in second & third

      substitute eleven would be :

      GK Seaman
      DF Petrescu Desailly Adams Cole
      MF Beckham Vieira Scholes Pires
      FWD Bergkamp Shearer

      obviously extremly hard to leave out such great players as Le Tissier, Lampard, Terry, Ginola, Zola, Van Nistelrooy, Overmars, Di Canio etc… etc…
      such players as Vidic, Essien, Rooney, Torres, Fabregas, Evra etc… could make a greatest ever XI, but in my opinion it’s too early to call

      out of today’s players i believe this to be the greatest XI :

      GK Reina
      DF Bosingwa Ferdinand Terry Cole
      MF Essien Fabregas Lampard Gerrard (midfield diamond)
      FWD Rooney Torres

      manager would still be Sir Alex !

    6. shuaib says:

      gk reina
      rb glen johnson
      cb vidic
      cb terry
      lb clichy
      cm gerrard
      cm alonso
      cm mascherano
      st torres
      st robinho
      st tevez

      that is the best team now

    7. In my opinion the best all time Premier League team is as follows:
      Schmeichel
      G.Neville Adams Stam Irwin

      Beckham Keane Gerrard Giggs

      Shearer Henry

      and the best at current time is:
      Van Der Sar
      G.Johnson Terry Vidic Evra

      Gerrard Fabregas Lampard Arshavin

      Rooney Drogba

    8. luke says:

      3-4-3 formation
      Schmeichel

      rio ferdinand —- terry —— vidic

      ronaldo —–keane—————–scholes——–giggs

      cantona
      shearer rooney

    9. luke says:

      the best current team (2009) is
      van d star
      glen johnson—vidic—-terry—-evra
      lennon—-gerrard—–essien—-joe cole
      rooney——–drogba

    10. jon says:

      best team is

      Friedel

      G neville – bruce – adams – Irwin

      Ronaldo – Keane – Viera – Giggs

      Bergkamp – Van nistlerooy

      Subs
      Schmeichal
      Adams
      Pallister
      Cole
      Gerrard
      Lampard
      Pires
      henry
      rooney
      cantona
      Drogba

    11. dele says:

      i needed ur assistance in order to join machester united fans

    12. Shivana says:

      Definetly barcelona,they have hot linoel andre messi

    13. joe says:

      cech
      a.cole terry ferdinand ivanovic
      essien
      gerrard j.cole
      lampard
      drogba rooney

      if you call me biased you are right

    14. Nunnyboi says:

      Best XI of EPL current times:

      GK:Joe Hart
      LB:Ashley Cole
      CB:Ledley King
      CB:John Terry
      RB:Micah Richards
      LM:Gareth Bale
      CM:Rafael Van Der Vaart
      CM:Steven Gerrard
      RM:Aaron Lennon
      ST:Jermaine Defoe
      ST:Didier Drogba

      Subs:
      GK:Petr Cech
      LB:Clichy
      CB:Michael Dawson
      CB:Tomas Vermaelen
      RB:Backary Sagna
      LM:Andrei Arshavin
      CM:Luka Modric
      CM:Mikel Arteta
      RM:Theo Walcott
      ST:Chamakh
      ST:Dimitar Berbatov

      Best ever EPL XI(including english division 1):
      GK:Peter Shilton
      LB:Ashley Cole
      CB:Nemanja Vidic
      CB:Mike England
      RB:Chris Lawler
      LM:Dave Mackay
      CM:John White
      CM:Paul Gascoigne
      RM:Cliffie Jones
      ST:Nat Lofthouse
      ST:Jimmy Greaves

    15. Steve says:

      Best Premier League XI at the moment:

      GK: Cech
      RB: Johnson
      CB: Terry
      CB: Vidic
      LB: A.Cole
      LM: Bale
      CM: Lampard
      CM: Gerrard
      RM: Lennon (depends)
      ST: Drogba (on his day, unstoppable, and has been brilliant)
      ST: Rooney (if he recaptures form of old, similar to Torres)

    16. stefan says:

      Schmeichel

      Neville, Adams, Stam, Cole

      Ronaldo, Vierra, Gerrard, Giggs

      Shearer, Henry

      Manager – Sir Alex Ferguson I agree…maybe Vidic should be there instead of Stam and Cantona over Shearer..other is OK…For me Henry is best player in history of Premier League

    17. Sam says:

      Schmeichel

      Neville, Adams, Terry, Cole

      Beckham, Keane, Gazza, Giggs

      Ronaldo, Henry

      Would beat any other team…

    18. Krang says:

      Incredible how neither Denis Bergkamp or Matthew Le Tissier were even mentioned in this article. These are two of the most gifted footballers ever to kick a ball. Especially if you are talking importance to their team, Le Tissier single handedly kept Southampton in the Premier League by scoring 30 goals a season from midfield _I,m not sure if Lampard could do that if he tried…

    19. I think hart of mancity is the best goal keeper for now and it is certain…

    20. Vandersar
      John Terry,Rio Ferdinand,Patrice Evra,abidal
      Paul Scholes,Ryan Giggs,yaya Toure,Iniester
      Wayne Rooney,Samuel Eto…with the information of 4-4-2 will win any other team in the world!!!

    21. Pretty good selection overall, not sure about Ashley Cole though!

    22. Johnny Good says:

      Best Prem XI:
      Schmeichel
      Neville, Adams, Stam, Cole
      Beckham, Yaya Toure, Scholes, Ronaldo
      Shearer, Henry
      Subs:
      Seaman, Campbell, Viera, Bergkamp, Cantona.

      Best Prem XI 2012:
      Hart
      Sagna, Kompany, Vidic, Clichy
      Valencia, Yaya Toure, Bale
      Aguero, Van Persie, Rooney
      Subs:
      Krul, Vermaelen, Modric, Silva, Balotelli (just for laughs)

    23. Buster says:

      Best Prem XI: Schmeichel

      Neville , mcgrath, Stam, Cole

      keane robson

      ronaldo gascoigne giggs

      cantona henry

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