Premier League XI

The Spoiler’s Premier League Team of the Decade

Hands up who agrees… anyone?

Premier League team of the decade

As compiled teams go, the above one was almost impossible to settle on, and will surely ruffle about a million feathers. But, even so, it’s The Spoiler’s team of the decade.

In goal, Given has had a brilliant ten years, run close by the likes of Friedel, van der Sar, and pre-headwear Petr Cech.

Whilst the back four was keenly debated, with excellent defenders like Stam, Hyypia, Evra, Terry and Vidic all eventually missing out. Campbell trumped most of those for his superior athleticism, leaving the other three to pretty much pick themselves.

The midfield proved shockingly hard to select, especially when the formation turned into a 4-3-3. Keane and Makelele just managed to get the nod over Vieira, with an attacking Steven Gerrard muscling out Lampard and Scholes.

There was brief discussion about putting Stevie G at right back to accomodate the others, but this was silently dismissed with a sigh and a wave.

And so to the main attackers, where Giggs, Torres, Rooney, Van Nistelrooy, and even Shearer came close to selection. But in the end Henry and Ronaldo couldn’t be overlooked, with the brilliant Dennis Bergkamp free to drop back and feed them killer balls, or play up front.

Let us know your thoughts with a comment. We await them with extremely bated breath.


17 responses so far
  • Raph88 // December 16, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    sol over terry??!! pssh…

    who’s gonna partner rio after halftime when he buggers off home i tell ya?

  • Dex // December 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Neville?? other than that id have Vieira for Makelele any day of the week…Decent choice for team of the decade.

  • Mish // December 16, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Team of the decade chosen by a Manc = load of shite.

  • braheyes // December 16, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    i see way more arsenal than man utd in that team, Mish. Get the pickle out of your ass

  • Jay Eff // December 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I’m sorry, Shay Given is a great ‘keeper, but Edwin van der Sar was awesome for Fulham between 2001 and 2005 before his move to Manchester United.

  • marko // December 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    ashley cole? LMAO thats the biggest joke i’ve seen

  • TinyHandsOfConcrete // December 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    close but no cigar – giggs just has to be there

  • Mish // December 17, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Mish’s unbiased team of the decade:

    Reina
    Finnan
    Carragaher
    Hyypia
    Aurelio
    Danny Murphy
    Gerrard
    Xabi Alonso
    Aquilani
    Torres
    Fowler

  • melo // December 17, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Mish are you kidding? I suppose you are. Talk about being biased yet your team includes a whole bunch of Liverpool players … putting Carragher in your team just made it that more hilarious … I’m not a Man U supporter btw

  • Nro // December 17, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Scholes and Giggs over Makelele and Gerrard please. Yes, I am a United fan, but the amount of trophies won speaks for itself.

    Sol Campbell? Terry, Vidic, Stam… The list goes on!

  • Richie // December 17, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Where is Giggs & Cantona…?

  • stavre // December 17, 2009 at 9:31 am

    this is stupid
    giggs HAS to be there

    i would put HENRY on the right and drop RONALDO for GIGGS

  • Darren Fletcher's mum // December 17, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Some of the people commenting are morons.
    Namely Richie and Melo.
    Richie, this is the best team this decade – Cantona retired in the 90s
    Melo – I’m glad Mish’s sarcasm wasn’t lost on you. Thanks for pointing it out though for everyone else though who was unsure about it (note sarcasm)

  • Gamblos // December 17, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    It’s hilarious how many people who comment on this site just dont understand the meaning of sarcasm!

    Gotta have Lampard over Makalele and I hate chelsea. It’s a shame not to see shearer in there too but I probably wouldnt pick him over terry henry and begkamp either.

    The full bakcs are jokers too – play 3 at the back and bring Viera in!

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  • Mark the Manc // December 17, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Where the hell is Wayne rooney?

    Load of bollocks is what this team is, Cole over Evra? Given over Foster? Henry over Giggs? Campbell over O’Shea? Gerrard over Carrick?

  • nufc in LA // December 18, 2009 at 7:35 am

    That’s a tight squad right there, not much to disagree with.
    I always believed Shay would have achieved so much more with greater defensive talent. His dedication to Toon was something we may never see in the EPL again.

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