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Vidic: Rio Has Proved People Wrong

Following a few seasons plagued by injury and losing out on his place in the England squad, people wondered whether Rio Ferdinand’s career was coming to an end.

Rio has gone from strength to strength this season, having already played in more games than he has in the past two seasons, and Nemanja Vidic has claimed his top performances shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

“At the beginning of the season there were a lot of people questioning Rio, asking whether he could do what he did in the past, can he play, is he finished?” Vidic said. “This was nonsense. Rio has hunger and now he has proved people they are wrong. He is a very important player, not just this year but over the past years and he has done very well over the last few months.”

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  1. Panderi says:

    Speaking of Claudio Gentile, do any of the old timers here remember watching Gaetano Scirea ? Gentile’s central defensive partner for both Juventus and Italy ? Supposed to have kept Baresi out of the starting 11 until he retired. Also a gentleman who never got a red card in his career. Died at the age of 36 just after he’d retired..

  2. wayne says:

    Costas I watched a program on the Eurozone and there was a lot of fiddling going on by banks to make some countries debt better than it was in order to be accepted and most seemed to be aware of what was going on and choose to ignore it
    Wouldn’t want to be part of anything were the Germans and French have most of the power.
    A lot of analysts seem to think the Eurozone is doomed anyway,house of cards mate

  3. Costas says:


    If it was the Spanish government that bought off Real’s training facilities, that would explain their financial state. :eek: Barca also had their fair share of financial woes. Spanish and Italian clubs bear the brunt at the moment. And like you said, you have to have a safety net.

    The economic crisis is something felt by the smaller fish for now. But as it gets worse, everyone’s bound to feel. That’s why I always say that if you just focus on one Eurozone country’s woes, you won’t see what lies behind.

  4. Costas says:


    That’s the best way to describe it. You could also say it’s as strong as its weakest link. That being Greece on this occasion.

    And the thing I’ve never been able to believe is that they weren’t aware of some country’s true financial state. Supposedly it was the Greek government that made its financial situation look better than what it was. And they bought it? It was just a convenience to have the host of the Olympics as part of the group.

  5. five says:

    My usernames based on Rio’s shirt number so I for one would bloody love it if he got player of the season, class class player!.

  6. YorYor says:

    I’m hoping Vidic returns like he never left, that this long injury doesn’t affect him too much. Perhaps a good pre-season would be very useful to getting him back to some fitness… but I don’t think anyone can say for certainty whether he’ll still be able to withstand/dish out crunching tackles and headers and the likes. The depth for the defence isn’t looking good, not sure why some are still going on about the central midfield.

  7. MG says:

    There is no difference between any of us who support United

    At the end we all as Cedars would say are RED, and that is what separates us from everyone else


  8. MichaelPapoui says:

    Problem is that ManCity splashing the cash moves the goalposts for everyone else, they all have to up the anti, to compete on the wage front and can’t afford to do so, if their practices are not curbed I can see more financial disaster heading towards decent clubs. It’s ironic that City’s interests are also in our financial sector which we as tax payers subsidise, in a way we are forced to have a stake in a club we despise. I’d rather my taxes went to Accrington Stanley!


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