September 19th, 2008

The Elite XI: Man Candy in the Midfield

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Remember the good old days when we used to update our features like the Thursday Thigh Off or our new Elite XI series regularly?

Hang on, let us just move this tumbleweed and kick a few crickets out of the way.

Right.  Back to the Elite XI.  For those who can’t recall the modus operandi of this segment, this is our version of Fantasy Football Manager and, as always, we appreciate your input on who you think should be part of the sexiest team to ever hit the playing field. 

We’ve already taken your votes on the hottest strikers, and now we’re moving to our midfield.*  Btw, we’ll reveal who we’ve selected at our gala unveiling once we have the entire team selected.  We’re assuming this will be a matter of national news.

Who would be top of the midfield list on your fantasy footie team? Please remember, actual footballing talent is irrelevant; we want to reward only the pretty.

Sidenote: we hope all of our dear readers know that the Kickette Army’s opinions on hotness and notness, in particular with our Elite XI, do not go unnoticed by the media.

*Can we get a poll on whether we should include wingers in the striker or midfielder category?

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105 Responses to “The Elite XI: Man Candy in the Midfield”

  1. DC says:

    *points to icon* Xabi needs to be there. there's no doubt about it.Stevie G, Guti, Beckham.

  2. mrs jt ;) says:

    Joe Cole, Frank Lampard & Cristiano Ronaldo :)

  3. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Mine would be Stevie, Owen Hargreaves, Sebastian Kehl and Xabi.

  4. calgary234 says:

    Owen Hargreaves, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi and Stevie G. I could force myself to watch them play!!

  5. Deanna says:

    Oh this is difficult! I love so many midfielders, it’s going to be so hard to choose.

    Okay, I’ll go for Mikey and Owen in CM. But I want Xabi in there too. Umm, okay, Michael Carrick and Xabi Alonso in CM, Owen Hargreaves on the right, and Cristiano Ronaldo on the left.

    As subs, I’ll have Cesc, Lampard, Giggsy, Becks and my darling Rodrigo!

    Also, I second LTG’s vote for Dimi in the striker’s category! I know it’s too late, but he deserves to be in there!

  6. Pavi (Mrs Metzelder) says:

    Mine would be Stevie, Owen Hargreaves, Sebastian Kehl and Xabi.

  7. Vanny17* says:

    Cesc, of course, no matter what kind of awful hair he’s had/has – Gerrard, Sneijder, Barry Ferguson and obviously Becks

  8. Laura Dagger says:

    Xabi and Stevie (biased much?) and i’ll think of 2 more..

  9. louisquatorze says:

    Cesc Fabregas, certainly. Michael Ballack, yes. Diego, from Werder Bremen. And I have to concur with whoever said Essien…and now that’s two Chelsea players on my list, I feel dirty.

  10. HoneyBee says:

    Wingers should definitely be in the midfielder category: CRISTIANO RONALDO,FRANK LAMPARD,NIKO KRANJCAR,XABI ALONSO! And I missed the hottest strikers votes(if it still matters):Thierry Henry and Luca Toni!

  11. Dee13 (mrs m metze) says:

    i am probably way super late for this, but i nominate, michael ballack and sebastian kehl… :)

  12. QUE VIVA ESPANA says:

    Xabi! and Stevie G, Cesc,hmm this is quite difficult.

  13. Dreamgirl says:

    What an adorable picture of Owen. He needs to be in midfield for sure and so does Cristiano. Is that a recent picture of Becks? If yes than’wow’ if not than don’t try and confuse us KIckette. No, I stick with Owen and Cris. Oh and wingers should be midfielders, mainly so that Cris doesnt compete with Nando fo a place. I think its great that Kickette now makes the news.

  14. HoneyBee says:

    Wingers should definitely be in the midfielder category: CRISTIANO RONALDO,FRANK LAMPARD,NIKO KRANJCAR,XABI ALONSO! And I missed the hottest strikers votes(if it still matters):Thierry Henry and Luca Toni!

  15. Becca says:

    Ermmm Most Deffinatley Frank Lampard, NoQuestion About it. Steven Gerrard Aswell, Xabi Alonso Maybe?

  16. FirstTeamCoach says:

    Owen Hargreaves, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joe Cole and Ryan Giggs!!! Sub would be Cesc

  17. CR7 Lover says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Francesco Totti, Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Gago.

  18. Aianna (Mrs. Jim&eac says:

    I just joined in today, and I would like my first ever vote to go to Cristiano (if he belongs to the midfield) and Cesc. But I want to vote for Stevie, Xabi, Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick too.

  19. striker says:

    Xabi, Fabregas, Cristiano and Hargreaves Bench: Becks

  20. Baby Freya (Mrs Arbe says:

    Xabi Alonso because he's hot, Spanish and plays for Liverpool so he ticks all the right boxes for me :) Owen Hargreaves. The eyes, the cute hair, nuff said. Cesc Fabregas because he's hot and Spanish. Unfortunately he plays for Arse but I can overcome that evil for Cescy :) And my Mum digs Cesc too! Stick a bag over Cristiano Ronaldo's head and I'm fine with his body being included! ;) Niko Kranjcar. He's hot. Again, nuff said :) And….we're famous! (sort of) Good old Liverpool Echo :)

  21. Katie-Patie says:

    Can I just say, We have NO mention of Tim Cahill here at all! I for one am positive that this little aussie bombshell should be in here somewhere!!..Google him ladies! Tim Cahill Of Everton FC!..Might I add also that he was MUCH Hotter before the tattoo and shaved hair!! Purrrrrr

  22. Emily (Giggsy's says:

    I vote that wingers be included in the midfielder category. And with that, my four votes go to Ryan Giggs (naturally), Frank Lampard (a Blue, which… ick! And the predilection for bedazzling and tanning – fake bake or otherwise – concerns me, but his body is ridonkulously hot), Owen Hargreaves and Cristiano Ronaldo (same concerns as for Frank, but ditto about the hot bod. Also… not a Blue. :D )

  23. 'TorresNubianQu says:

    OMG its very hard too pick JUST 4 but if i had too narrow it down to just 5 it'll b: FABREGAS,JOE COLE,RAFAEL VAN DER VAART, WESLEY SNEIJDER, and LAMPARD!!! i cant leave lampard out hes just gorgeous (without the fake tan that is lol) and on the bench it'll b: RONALDO, TOTTI, OWEN HARGREAVES

  24. Venice says:

    Xaaaabi! He’s got to be one of the hottest!
    Also, Niko Kranjcar, the playmaker. So pretty. Harry plays him on the wing, but the sooner he moves him to the center the better for Pompey.

  25. Laura Dagger says:

    Xabi and Stevie (biased much?) and i'll think of 2 more..

  26. LoveLamps says:

    Frank Lampard cloned so he can play all four midfield positions! Ok, I’ll play: Frank Lampard; Owen Hargreaves; Totti; and Cesc Fabregas. Sitting pretty on the bench: Beckham and Micheal Essien.

  27. FootballerChick43 - says:

    Midfielders: Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, Van der Vaart, and Cesc Fabregas.

  28. Elise says:

    The man who *must* be included for any really hot midfield- Frank Lampard!! As for my other three…oh, this is tough…there are a few mentioned here that I might say…must spend some more time considering the options…

  29. Sarah says:

    Cesc! Then Xabi and Niko. I'll have to think about a fourth.

  30. Ana says:

    WHAT???!!! No Kaka? this is outrageous lol.
    Kaka
    Kaka
    Kaka
    Kaka

    maybe Xabi too!

  31. Thanhtu says:

    Owen Hargreaves hands down!!!! Plus, Cristiano only cos hes a United player <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  32. DebC says:

    I like Xabi, Stevie, and Beckham.  Oh and Ballack! Yes!

  33. nikki ( mrs.casillas) says:

    how can any u find hargeaves hot hes soooo ugly … my hot midfeild would be Xabi , david silva ( if counted as midfeilder), cesc , stevie G ! they’d be the best ! wink  grin

  34. ange says:

    Hi. An international, and possibly late, vote for one Tim Cahill <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/grin.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="grin" style="border:0;" />

  35. JenFica says:

    Cesc of course, Fernando Gago, Niko Kranjcar, Ruben de la Red, Augusto Fernandez (River Plate), Mark Gonzalez and Lucho Gonzalez.  I always include wingers in with the midfielders, although I don’t know if that’s wrong or not.

  36. angie says:

    surely :
    1. Cesc
    2. Cesc
    3. Cesc
    4. Xabi
    5. Gourcuff :D
    6. CRon

    I’d never left Cesc whatever happens to him, including now when his hair is back to looong and straighty,

  37. Amanda says:

    DUH

    XABI, XABI and oh, XABI.

    Stevie too. smile

  38. boo says:

    yes, wingers are midfielders (see cristiano ronaldo)

    morten gamst pedersen, guti, cristian poulsen, bastian schweinsteiger
    yeah i’m biased, they’re all blonde (probably a serious comment would be cristiano ronaldo, becks, de rossi, kaka, then again i’m not the serious type)

    your comments thingy is a pain..again

  39. dyl says:

    CESC CESC CESC! cesc!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. roro says:

    1. FRANCESC FABREGAS SOLER

    No hottest team line up without him in the midfield!

  41. Susanna says:

    Easy. Frank Lampard times four. Failing that I will include Becks, Fabregas and Joe Cole

  42. sahar says:

    Cesc, Gago and Alonso

  43. SApida says:

    CESC and Alonso

  44. Nina says:

    Stevie (of course), Hargreaves, Xabi, Cesc

  45. Jackie says:

    Ballack!! Ballack!!

  46. Anoniempje says:

    Cesc Fabr

  47. ches says:

    I’d put the wingers in midfield.

    Ronaldo, Ballack, Fabregas & Pedersen <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  48. Woot says:

    Ballack all the way!

  49. crys says:

    Cesc X2
    Beckham X2

  50. lallala says:

    XABI ALONSO :D

  51. ella_rose says:

    cesc fabregas, xabi alonso
    not really bothered about the others <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/raspberry.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="raspberry" style="border:0;" />

  52. Lenina says:

    Hargreaves, please.

  53. SemiCharmed says:

    The only ones I can actually decide on are Cesc and Ballack. Yeah GBA thread, I just voted for mr. monkey nipples- but please don’t take that as a hint to start posting picspams of him half naked!

  54. Jen says:

    Xabi, Kehl, Cesc, Stevie G

  55. michelle says:

    ruben de la red! guti. cesc. <3</p>

  56. Melanie Croes says:

    That’s not to hard :p Stevie G, Xabi, Cesc and Harry Kewell (L)

  57. Rusty says:

    Ballack and Hargreaves for me.

    keyword: mans74. *snicker*

  58. Annie says:

    I would say Gerrard, Lampard and Hargreaves!!!

  59. Elisa says:

    Include wingers with midfielders…

    Xabi Alonso, Cesc, Totti, and Hargreaves.

  60. Ella says:

    Stevie G and Xabi!!

  61. LauraDagger says:

    We made the Echo!! Wow i didn’t even notice.
    Hot midfielders though? mmm let me think..

  62. klyn312 says:

    argh, I cant get the regular comment box!!

    Hargreaves, J.Cole, STEVIE G (wish a side of Stevie G) and I’m recruiting Totti over to the EPL with a clause in his contract that his hair must be kept short and the only digits he should be sucking on are attached to me.

    but really can’t I just have 4 Stevies?

  63. Blondie says:

    Fabregas, Gerrard, lampard, bekam <img src="http://www.kickette.com/images/smileys/smile.gif&quot; width="19" height="19" alt="smile" style="border:0;" />

  64. Jo says:

    Owen Hargreaves, Frank Lampard, and Ryan Giggs.  If you didn’t include Cristiano Ronaldo in the striker poll, I’ll vote for him as a midfielder.

  65. allie says:

    joe cole. joe cole. joe cole. and joe cole (:
    or as a more sensible alternative…

    joe cole, lamps, stevie G and cescy

  66. Pat~Nando's gir says:

    I would say:

    Xabi Alonso
    Cesc F

  67. Blair says:

    Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Gareth Barry

  68. Moury says:

    Ballack Frings Cesc Becks

  69. eRe says:

    Definitely Lampard. And Deco. And I guess Fabregas and Alonso would fit them.

  70. mrscudicini says:

    Oh, too many too many!!! Xabi, for SURE! Gotta get my hotties in Blue in as well, Lampsy and Joey. Uh…Stevie G (the man with the MOST perfect abs on the PLANET) Becks, can't leave him out!! Can I also log in an anti-vote for Ronaldo? (MAN, he makes my SKIN CRAWL)

  71. truly_thata says:

    Kehl, Cecs, Rofles, Stevie G, and Ballack. What next Yummy Goalie?

  72. rania says:

    Cesc, Malouda (if you're putting wingers in there), Xabi and Niko. Wingers are def midfield just because in traditional formation they are always counted there and are defined as 'attacking midfielders'.

  73. SpaceCowgirl says:

    I vote for Cesc, Xabi, Joey Cole. Too hard to decide on a fourth, I may have to come back to that…

  74. Smurfette says:

    Xabi, Cristiano, Lampard, Cecs, Niko

  75. autumnmaple101 says:

    LAMPARD, Fabregas, Xabi Alonso

  76. cristina_juve says:

    Cristiano, Cesc, del Piero

  77. Shandora says:

    Owen Hargreaves (how could you not, Kickette?), Cristiano Ronaldo, Cesc Fàbregas. Ehm…. I'd like to say Rodrigo Possebon, but maybe that's one for next year. Niko Krancjar. Then there's the hottest of all hot Tomi Petrescu, but he's probably laying too low for your radar, in the Finnish top league. Hopefully he'll rise through the ranks in the future.

  78. Beth says:

    hmm…tough one. Xabi should definitely be in there and Becks because he is Becks!In relation to the strikers post, 16 ikers would also be a very desirable option!

  79. Aurynn says:

    Xabi, Cesc, Krancjar and Becks of course :)

  80. Brandy says:

    Whereas I totally disagree with the pics of Thierry and Torres as our hot strikers, love that we are getting press!

  81. Neryss says:

    Xabi, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry

  82. hooligan573 says:

    Joe Cole for sure, Lampsy, Gerrard, and Arjen Robben. Two subs would be Becks and Deco.

  83. AJ says:

    On looks alone…Cristiano, Ballack, Lampard and Hargreaves. Let Ronny drift from side to side going forward, put Lamps behind him directing play and use the "Bulge" and Greavsey in front of the back four. Hot and effective. ;)

  84. c9 says:

    I'm torn between looks and talent kickette. You can't deny Cris has improved after his ordeal this summer. Cris, Giggsy, Lamps, Kranjcar Bench: Hargreaves, Xabi, Carrick

  85. c9 says:

    Let's see….Cristiano (who else did you think I'd put?), Lampard, Giggsy & Niko. Sorry kickette but I'm going mostly on talent and have left a few of my cuties out. Don't know what's wrong with me today ;P

  86. Pau de Silva (aka Sa says:

    Señor Torres! fiuu fiuuuu! My first vote goes obviously to Mr Frank Lampard. Owen Hargreaves, Xabi is pretty cute too, and…. Cristiano Ronaldo.. (damn it! I say it) I just saw Cesc in the match agains Bolton and man! what´s wrong with his hair? noo, noo Cesc!

  87. Pau de Silva (aka Sa says:

    Se?or Torres! fiuu fiuuuu! My first vote goes obviously to Mr Frank Lampard. Owen Hargreaves, Xabi is pretty cute too, and…. Cristiano Ronaldo.. (damn it! I say it) I just saw Cesc in the match agains Bolton and man! what?s wrong with his hair? noo, noo Cesc!

  88. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Xabi! Xabi! Xabi! Ken-Ron. Becks.

  89. justlikexabi says:

    um..but footballers usually look better when they play better, no? anyway I always prefer 4-2(1-1)-3-1 formation, so 5 on midfield, Lahm(Niko) Gerrard (?????) Xabi Rolfes still don't know who should be on the right.. always too many left side players -_-

  90. lose that girl says:

    Like you need to ask me? OWEN HARGREAVES! Pure and simple. Number one choice. I'd also put in Cesc, Joe Cole, and Cris (another no brainer!).Geez…where the heck was I when the striker poll was taken? Please put Dimitar in there! lose that girl blog

  91. nyclfclvr says:

    a brace each of Xabi and Stevie G, please!!!

  92. Moonie says:

    Id go with Tim Borowski,Joey Barton, Rolfes and Vincent Kompany

  93. xhanna08x says:

    I would have to go with Stevie.G for sure and probs cesc and Hargreaves. They are all hot!

  94. Genevieve Gourcuff says:

    Umm… I’ll go with Stevie G, Becks, Niko and I’m undecided on the fourth… Do they have to be actually still playing? If not then it’s Zidane all the way

  95. celina says:

    Stevie and Cesc

  96. xXFernandoXx says:

    Figo on the right, Beckham on the left, and Kak√° and Totti in the centre :)

  97. aristeia says:

    Stevie x 4! Seriously, this is hard… there are so many I lust after love. Okay: Stevie, Xabi, Totti, Essien. Hot alternates: Gattuso & Hargreaves (love those curls!).

  98. LynxKitten says:

    Ballack, Rolfes, Bernd Schneider and Schweini

  99. Blair says:

    Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, and Gareth Barry

  100. MrsXabiAlonso says:

    Xabi! Xabi! Xabi!

    Ken-Ron.

    Becks.

  101. TammyV says:

    My Midfield: Lampard, Totti, Figo, Xabi,

  102. TammyV says:

    My Midfield: Lampard, Totti, Figo, Xabi,

  103. justlikexabi says:

    and our bench is exactly same as English midfield in ’06. didn’t notice that they were so hot 2 years ago o_oa

  104. justlikexabi says:

    okay, all these comments show we love talented players. Cesc got the most vote, then Xabi, Gerrard and Lampard. we chose Niko for the left winger, and CRon for the right. so -Niko-Xabi-Cesc-CRon- and Cole-Lampard-Gerrard-Becks on the bench.

  105. Erin says:

    Xabi and Gerrard. No question the hottest midfield duo. And they’re all ours. :)