World Football: 20 Most Awkward Soccer Players in the World

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJanuary 24, 2012

World Football: 20 Most Awkward Soccer Players in the World

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    Ever seen a professional player and thought his play style was extremely awkward?

    The "beautiful game" is referred to as such because of the grace. skill and finesse that players exhibit on a regular basis.

    These awkward players lack the skill and grace that many of their colleagues display and—without meaning to—sometimes look a bit amateurish when the play.

    All players in the game must be able to do the very basic things and these players can too, but they just look a bit awkward on the field for whatever reason.

    Here is a list of some of the most awkward players in world football.

Emile Heskey

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    Emile Heskey's goal tally speaks for itself and the fact that he played for one of the greatest English clubs ever, Liverpool, is intriguing if not amusing.

    Heskey is a physically imposing figure and he uses that to his advantage on the field of play.  He has a lot of power, strength and pace but there is not much grace and skill to his game nowadays.

Miroslav Klose

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    Miroslav Klose scores goals but sometimes you just have to wonder how. He heads in a ton of goals and has a knack for being in the right places most of the time, but he is up there in the awkward department.

    He leaves most of the creating and skillful play to his teammates and just gets on the end of things. Fair play to him for that.

Peter Crouch

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    Yes, Peter Crouch, the fact that you have a solid touch with the ball does not negate the fact that your height and slender build makes you an extremely awkward looking player.

    Credit to you for moments like this, though.

Javier Hernandez

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    It is a bit weird but when you see Javier Hernandez dribbling—it does not seem like he is too comfortable doing so.

    The striker has mentioned his plans to improve in the past and needless to say, ball skills are one of the things on the list.

Marouane Chamakh

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    Marouane Chamakh was awkward even when he had confidence at Bordeaux and in his first few months at Arsenal.

    Now, when it is quite apparent his confidence is low, his awkwardness in games seems to have risen even more.

Luca Toni

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    Luca Toni can score goals but his play on the field is awkward otherwise. He is another forward in the lanky, tall mode that looks uncomfortable on the ball.

Per Mertesacker

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    Unfortunately for Per Mertesacker, he doesn't have the fortune of playing on the opposite end of the pitch. When compared to the likes of Luca Toni and Peter Crouch, his defensive position makes him look a bit more awkward.

    His extremely long legs and his lack of pace do not help him at all in that regard.

Dirk Kuyt

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    Dirk Kuyt is another one of those smaller players that you think should have a bit more technical ability—but he doesn't.

    Kuyt's stamina and energy are very important pieces of his game and have made him a very successful footballer despite his awkwardness.

Nikola Zigic

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    Tall, slow and uncoordinated. Nikola Zigic fits a lot of the attributes of an awkward player.

Sergio Busquets

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    Sergio Busquet's herky-jerky movements and slender build make him an interesting yet awkward player to watch at times, even if he does have some dribbling skill.

    Maybe it's just because of his much silkier teammates. Even Gerard Pique does not really look awkward.

Theo Walcott

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    Theo Walcott has gotten better as a player, but for me at least, he fits the awkward billing.

    It was extremely evident at the start of his career when his ball control was below average and even now there are still a bit too many times when he is clumsy with the ball.

John Obi Mikel

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    John Obi Mikel does very little on the field besides play the simple pass and stay in his defensive areas.

    He doesn't have the worst touch in the world, but there is something about him when he plays that makes it awkward.

Mark Van Bommel

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    Mark Van Bommel has technical ability but isn't the fastest or most agile player, and isn't a dribbler by any means. In a word, awkward.

Tore Andre Flo

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    Tore Andre Flo was a really good player back in the day but his height made for him looking awkward on the pitch at different moments.

    Basically an older version of Peter Crouch in terms of his skill set.

Jan Koller

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    Jan Koller was definitely an awkward player in his time. He was an imposing presence who lacked the finer technical abilities of some of his fellow tall men in the game.

Andy Carroll

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    Andy Carroll is good in the air and has a powerful shot when he connects. Otherwise, he fits into the category of the taller and therefore a bit more awkward striker.

Brian Ching

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    Brian Ching has some goal-scoring ability about him but he is an awkward player. You'll rarely see him taking on players and if he does it isn't done fluidly.

Filippo Inzaghi

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    There is not a lot that's graceful about Filippo Inzaghi's game. The Italian forward scores a lot of goals but that is mostly due to his positioning and instinct rather than his fluid football abilities.

David Weir

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    David Weir is 41 years old and is looking for a new club after leaving Rangers earlier this year. It's a testament to his mental attributes that he is still playing at that age, but his lack of mobility make it extremely awkward to watch him play.

Oguchi Onyewu

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    Oguchi Onyewu is a big, strong and imposing fellow but is really lacking in the technical aspects of the game.

    He generally looks a bit awkward on the field, especially when he has the ball.


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