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Premier League All Time Starting XI - Centre Backs

You have again voted for the player you wanted in your ATPL staring XI, this time choosing the centre backs. So who did you vote for?

Tony Adams - The winner with 36% of the votes.
Sol Campbell - Joining him in the team as the second place centre back with 21% of the votes.
Rio Ferdinand - Narrowly missed out with 19% of the votes.
Jaap Stam - Came in fourth with 11% of the votes.

So there it is, you chose Tony Adams and Sol Campbell to go alongside Gary Neville and Peter Schmeichel in the team so far. Something that I am quite happy to see as there seemed to be a chance of having four Man Utd players out of four.

What can I say about Tony Adams, well he spent his entire playing career, 22 years at Arsenal becoming the captain at the young age of 21. In this time he won 3 first Division One titles and a Premier League Title, 3 FA Cup Winners Medals, 2 League Cup Winners medals, and 1 winners medal for the Cup Winners Cup, playing in 668 games for Arsenal. After his playing career he went into management in 2003 taking over Wycombe Wanderers for a year, before going to do some further management training. In 2006 he was snapped up by a certain Harry Redknapp to become assistant manager at Portsmouth.

Sol Campbell also played for Arsenal effectively coming in to replace Adams in 2001 after a controversial move from London rivals Spurs. He started his career as a striker and scored on his debut for Tottenham in 1992 after coming on as a sub. His 9 years at Spurs did not bring much reward as he only picked up 1 League Cup winners medal and never finished higher than 7th in the league. His time at Arsenal was more fruitful picking up 2 Premier League Titles, 2 FA Cup winner's medals and a Champions League Runners up medal. The final of the Champions League was in fact Sol's last game for Arsenal in 2006, before yet another seemingly shock move to Portsmouth where he was given the captains armband and lead the club to their first ever FA Cup trophy win in over 6 decades. So far Sol has played in well over 400 competitive club games, and still going, and is one of only 2 English players to score in a Champions League final.

Next up is the Left Back, so please go and vote now. Remember that if you vote for other, you need to tell me who it was that you were voting for.

Written by sneakay.

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Date:Wednesday August 13 2008

Time: 5:32PM

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Can't disagree with Adams but preferred Jip Jap to the others. Still can't complain, a Pompey player in the team.
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13/08/2008 17:42:00

The good thing here is that they can and have played together. A good choice.
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13/08/2008 18:42:00

Well it turned out OK in the end.
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13/08/2008 19:41:00

wot? no Marcel Desailly! Shocking!
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13/08/2008 20:01:00

Adams and Campbell - One lead the team with the meanest defence to the title conceding only 8 goals.. The other led the invincibles defence and went unbeaten all season.. Can't (and don't want to) arrue with either of them.. What's next Left Back..haven't looked at the list yet but Physco should walk it !
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13/08/2008 20:10:00

I hav to admit that strangely all te players I would have chosen have won so far! No it's not a fix. Ha ha
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13/08/2008 20:51:00

All four were probably names that leapt to the front of most peoples minds - a fair result.
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13/08/2008 22:38:00

marcel desailly was a legend, glad to see him on BBC
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15/08/2008 17:27:00


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