Former England striker Dean Ashton has told talkSPORT John Terry was NOT the best defender he ever played against – finding Rio Ferdinand the more fearsome opponent.Terry completed his move to Aston Villa on Monday morning, choosing to drop down to the Championship to link up with Steve Bruce’s side following his departure from Chelsea.The 36-year-old is regarded as one of Chelsea’s and England’s greatest ever footballers, and he left the Blues as their most successful captain ever following his 22-year relationship with the west London club.A world class player on his day, Terry was named UEFA Club Defender of the Year three times, PFA Player of the Year once, and was included in the FIFPro World XI for five consecutive seasons.However, despite all these accolades, Ashton told talkSPORT Manchester United icon Ferdinand was actually the tougher opponent – calling him the best defender he ever played against.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Ashton said: “If I had to play one v one against any defender, I would probably prefer to play against John Terry, because he likes the battle, and so did I, and I felt like I was probably stronger than him.“Whereas, Rio Ferdinand is the best defender I have ever played against.“[He was] so clever, so intelligent. Every time I wanted to back into him he wasn’t there, he’d just step in front of me and steal the ball like a Rolls Royce then fizz it out to the full-back.“He didn’t get too involved in aerial challenges when he didn’t need to. [He was] just a very, very clever defender.”
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Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Two weeks ago we held the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit in Mountain View, California. The Real-Time Web Summit in NYC will follow the same unconference format, which we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on. To see the power of the unconference format, check out this video that shows how session pitching happened at the Mobile Summit:Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 on Justin.tv“[The Mobile Summit] was the best best best event I’ve been to in years, and I mean it. To be frank, I almost left ten minutes after I arrived, thinking that I was completely out of place. Turns out I was exactly in the right place all along. I left feeling completely energized about media, innovation, women in tech, new social models, and have so many new ideas about what I want to do next and what I want to get involved in. What I really didn’t expect was to walk away with a pretty clear picture of what the future of mobile media (and social media) looks like. Now I’m staring at invites to keynote at a couple of tech events this year and hoping they’re a fraction of the win that was RWWMS.” – Violet Blue, sex educator and authorAn unconference is a free-flowing, organically generated series of group discussions agreed on and led by attendees.“We’ve all been to unconferences before, but ReadWriteWeb made it feel brand new. They pulled together a really good crowd, and their facilitation set the scene for surprising and thought-provoking conversations.”Ross Turk, Director, Global Developer Community, Alcatel-LucentThis is our third unconference event and we think it fits who we are perfectly. First, much like the current era of the Web, unconferences encourage two-way communication. This generates new, actionable ideas and means that you typically learn much more than you would at a traditional conference. Secondly, due to the high quality of our reader base, ReadWriteWeb’s unconference events attract an intelligent, influential group of people. So the networking is superb!To get a feel for how thoughtful discussion happens at these events, check out the comments by Ted Morgan, Chris Saad and Ben Metcalfe in this video by Evelyn Rusli from TechCrunch:What is the Real-Time Web?The most widely known application of the Real-Time Web is Twitter. However, it’s much more than Twitter or Facebook. The Real-Time Web is a set of technologies that impacts almost every service, activity and application on the Web. Come to the summit to understand how it impacts you, your business and your next development.We were one of the first news outlets to analyze the Real-Time Web and we’ve since written extensively about it. We also published a premium report on the subject last year, which featured interviews with 50 companies, developers and executives building or leveraging real-time Web technology.If you’re a company in the Real-Time Web market, you may be interested in helping to sponsor this event. Please contact our COO Sean Ammirati for more information.The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our first New York event on June 11th, so we look forward to seeing you there! Tags:#conferences#Real-Time Web#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… ReadWrite Sponsors A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Today is the final day to take advantage of early bird pricing for ReadWriteWeb’s first East Coast event: the Real-Time Web Summit on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Don’t miss out on a ticket price of just $295.Attendees already include thought-leaders like John Borthwick of betaworks, Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue and Anil Dash of Expert Labs. ReadWriteWeb also has a special rate for students. If you are a student and would like to participate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Why We Use the Unconference Format“The RWW Real-Time Web Summit [in 2009] was excellent – friggin’ great in fact. I hauled a handful members of my team across country for it and my only regret was that I didn’t bring more of them. I’m looking forward to the next one.”John Borthwick, CEO BetaWorks – one of the leading investors in the Real-Time Web.
A BJP leader in Assam has quit his post in the party’s Information Technology and Social Media department after his praise for a Leftist woman from Assam, who won in the Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union polls, drew criticism.In a letter to Assam BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Dass on Tuesday, Suranjan Dutta said he was resigning from the post of co-convenor of the party’s social media wing for causing “hurt” to party workers for praising the election of Srijani Bhaswa Mahanta as a councillor for the university’s School of International Studies.Ms. Mahanta, who represented the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), is the daughter of Assam’s Additional Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Manahta. She was elected councillor along with another woman from Assam — Karabee Kakati of the All India Students’ Association (AISA).Members of SFI, AISA, and the Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) contested as United Left to defeat the BJP’s youth wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), in this year’s JNUSU polls.Many party workers and supporters had panned Mr. Dutta when he took to Facebook to praise Ms. Mahanta’s victory, accusing him of taking a Left turn.“…one of my Facebook posts have demoralised and hurt our karyakartas (workers) and I am also in mental agony now. I have admitted my moral responsibility for that Facebook post and hence, asking for apology from everyone,” he wrote in his resignation letter.Assam BJP’s general secretary Dilip Saikia accepted Mr. Dutta’s resignation letter.
A side is only as good as its leader. Now we have heard comments like “my grandmother could have led the Australian sides in the 1990s to victory”, but they belittle the role of a captain in sport. The captain’s role in any international team is absolutely critical. The captain has to bring the best out of his players. His job is not to teach them how to play but to encourage them to give their best. It may or may not result in a match-winning performance on a certain day but pays off in the long run.Mike Brearley, in his Art of Captaincy, has done a wonderful job in highlighting the role of a captain. When a side is habitually winning, as was common for the West Indies under Clive Lloyd and Australia under Steve Waugh, it is easy to miss the importance of leadership. One has to only look back at West Indies cricket before Lloyd took over to see his contribution. He was able to get the players to rise above their inter-island (inter-country) rivalries and perform under the West Indies flag to become possibly cricket’s greatest team ever. Waugh raised the level of Australia a notch when he took over captaincy.Who would have imagined India winning the World Cup in 1983, or Sri Lanka in 1996? But leaders like Kapil Dev and Arjuna Ranatunga were able to rally their forces admirably, winning the small battles as well as the final frontier by beating seemingly invincible teams. In all World Cups, it’s not about winning the first few games but peaking at the right time. Sides such as South Africa have peaked early and then gone on to lose crucial semi-finals. The World Cup is a marathon, not a sprint. The side that plays best when it reaches the quarter-finals with its players peaking at the right time will be the one that comes out on top.advertisementEach successful captain brings something special to the table, something he shares only with his team members. Different captains have different styles. When I became England’s captain, they had hit rock bottom and needed a firm leader to give them a push up. By the end of my reign, they needed a captain such as Michael Vaughan to help them to go out and express themselves in a carefree manner as they did in the 2005 Ashes series. For this World Cup, all captains will be working out their plans. A captain’s success also depends on his equation with the coach. India and England owe a lot of their recent successes to their respective captain-coach combines. The coach is an integral part of a captain’s success.(Top left) Kumar Sangakkara, M S Dhoni, Andrew Strauss and Ricky PontingA lot will rest on the shoulders of the men I consider as the top four captains of this World Cup. M.S. Dhoni has led India admirably over the past few years. He is calm and unflappable under pressure and seems to be enjoying captaincy. The Indians will be under a lot of pressure at home, and Dhoni will have to alleviate the pressure from his boys. That will hold the key to India’s success in the World Cup. His very successful partnership with coach Gary Kirsten will be put to its toughtest test yet.Kumar Sangakkara is captain of a young and strong Sri Lankan side, which is ranked third on the icc’s odi charts. Like Dhoni, he is also going to feel the “home” pressure, but the Lankans have a solid record at home.Ricky Ponting and Australia can never be counted out. The Aussies are no longer a “great” side, but they are still the world’s top-ranked odi team. Ponting has the capability to inspire his boys and lead a final onslaught but it’s not going to be as easy as it was in the previous three World Cups.Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have worked brilliantly as a team and inspired England to become the No. 3 Test team. Despite their recent loss to Australia in the odi series, after retaining the Ashes convincingly, England will be a dangerous side. They can beat anyone on their day and Strauss has his team’s backing to the hilt.The dark horse of the tournament is definitely Pakistan. They may be down in the rankings but can never be underestimated. They have been through much turmoil and scandal. Shahid Afridi and his boys will be itching to set things right.The writer is a former captain of the England cricket teamadvertisement