As part of our Football XI series, we’re creating numerous football XI’s based on different scenarios, this week it’s a casino XI. This casino XI is made up of all-time players, some still within the game of football, some not. It is however a world-class game XI regardless!
FORMATION – 4-4-1-1
GOALKEEPER – Costel Pontoonamon
Not the obvious choice as he was rarely used by Manchester City and made only 29 appearances in 3 years, mostly in the cup competitions. A free transfer to Sunderland beckoned at the end of the 2013/14 season and the journey continues in trying to reach his 21.
RIGHT-BACK – Baccarat Sagna
A good choice if you’re after an athletic, pacy option in the right full-back area. Was virtually first choice in each of his 7 seasons at Arsenal and came back stoutly from a leg break and is now ready to continue drawing that third card.
CENTRE-BACK – Nigel Reo-Poker
Nigel was a solid player for mid-table clubs such as West Ham, Aston Villa and Bolton. Now plying his trade in Canada for Vancouver Whitecaps, Nigel’s ever on the game as he looks to poker-face his opponents once more.
CENTRE-BACK – Solitaire Campbell
Was once a leading centre-half for Tottenham, Arsenal and England. Now retired, he has made a serious of bizarre interviews but he once played the patience game very well.
LEFT-BACK – Wayne Bridge
What? Yeah Bridge was the surname of a footballer, once. A perennially injured one at that but less said about that the better. I’m willing to bet he wished he’d tried a few more tricks to stay uninjured too.
RIGHT-MIDFIELD – Aaron Rummysay
He came to the fore last season for Arsenal before getting injured and he was their top goalscorer at one point. Chipped in with an impressive 16 goals too.
CENTRAL MIDFIELD – Stuart Hold’em
Stuart was once an upcoming midfielder but a cruel injury robbed him of progression but he did come back briefly. However, he now is not contributing to the Hold’em pot again.
CENTRAL MIDFIELD – BlackJack Wilshere
The object is to beat the dealer and that is what Wilshere strives to do. He’s a risk taker, and he lives for that. A very good midfielder when not injured, Wilshere looks to complete his objectives as quickly as possible and that is what has earned him the name BlackJack.
LEFT-MIDFIELD – David Ginola
Always looking to score more than his opponent, Ginola was your typical French footballer. Graceful, pacy and had packed a powerful punch. He looked to play his cards close to his chest at all times.
SECOND-STRIKER – Andres Incanasta
The player to dealers left has first go and that is what Andres was all about, the left, as he made that position his own for Barcelona down the years. He always looked to draw the right card and left his opponent at the bottom of the pile.