With the World Cup squad set to fly out to South Africa from Ezeiza airport on Friday, I thought I’d revisit the questionnaire I set two weeks ago today asking who HEGS readers felt should have been included (but weren’t) and who shouldn’t have been included (but were).
I’m delighted to say that in the first of the two polls, asking ‘Who’s the most lamentable exclusion from Diego’s longlist?’, you the reader pretty much agreed with me. Thirty-six votes were cast in total, with Javier Zanetti and Esteban Cambiasso – both absolutely key players in Internazionale’s unprecedented-in-Italy Treble-winning season – coming joint top with twelve votes each (33.3%). In second was Valencia midfielder Ever Banega, with 4 votes. Three votes were cast for ‘other’ but I was unable to ask people to type a name in, so if you were one of those voters please let us know in the comments!
In the ‘most lamentable INclusion’, the clear, erm, winner by a mile was Martín Palermo, who pulled in a staggering 52% of the 31 votes cast (16 in total). Trailing in his wake – quite a trick considering his monumental lack of pace – were Ariel ‘Traé Alfajores’* Garcé (the nickname is from a jibe written on a flag that was aimed at Garcé during the friendly against Canada on Monday) with 7 votes, or 23%, and Fabricio Coloccini – who of course was cut from the longlist when it was whittled down to 23 – with 4 votes, or 13%.
Thanks to everyone who voted, and you can look forward to more fun HEGS polls next time I think of a question to ask, and remember that I’m able to put them up on the site.
* Garcé’s new ‘nickname’ means ‘take alfajores with you,’ an alfajor being a very rich, sticky three-or-four layered biscuit consisting of chocolate, dulce de leche and whatever else its makers feels like putting in it which, it’s fair to say, Garcé probably won’t be allowed to eat if he’s expected to get anywhere near the pitch in South Africa.