Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Talk in FOOTBALL; 2005 AWARDS

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Talk in FOOTBALL; 2005 AWARDS

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Flop of the Year

HARRY KEWELL. As voted by Talk readers. The Liverpool winger fought off strong competition from Newcastle's Jean-Alain Boumsong and Arsenal's Pascal Cygan. 19 appearances and no goals in the calendar year, but [pounds sterling]5million Kewell still managed to pick up a European Cup winners' medal for playing the opening 23 minutes of the final. He had an embarrassing time off the field, too, with wife Sheree Murphy's appearance on "I'm a Celebrity . . .". The actress not only revealed that Kewell enjoys facials and has "the smoothest, peachiest bum", but also claimed he would love to one day play in Italy. Of course, there is a chance of that happening . . . if Silvio Berlusconi's daughter needs a new show pony. Finally, Kewell was in court this year claiming that he felt "badly assaulted" by an article by that most firebrand of commentators, er, Gary Lineker. Wetter than an otter's pocket.

Nonsense Club

PORTSMOUTH. For the last three years, this category has been uncontested due to Leeds United. This time around, however, there are other strong candidates.

Southampton and Millwall have both imploded into farce on a regular basis over the last 12 months, but the knockabout antics at Pompey take the gong.

Remember Velimir Zajec? He was the visionary brought in to replace Harry Redknapp (above), who was shunted upstairs before quitting after 11 months.

Then there was Alain "Reggie" Perrin, whose name unleashed an epidemic of 'rise and fall of . . . ' puns. The Frenchman was eventually usurped by Redknapp - much to the delight of the mystery Betfair punters who scooped [pounds sterling]800,000 from his return.

Wenger 'I didn't see it' Award

ARSENE WENGER. In honour of the Frenchman's catchphrase, this prize goes to the best example of selective blindness by football managers. Wenger himself wins again for his response to the handshake-that-never-was with Jose Mourinho. "Sky reporter: We didn't see it on the coverage, but did you and Mourinho shake hands after the game? …

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