Fantasy Football is, without exaggeration or hyperbole, one of the greatest things ever.

Whereas my season as manager of F.C Footy-Boots was more disastrous than when Nicolas Anelka’s brother Claude took over in charge of Raith Rovers in 2004 (look it up, kids) thanks, mostly, to me building most of the squad around West Ham’s then-new-signing Luis Jiminez and my insistence on making Titus Bramble captain.

For most, it was an awesome Premier League season of twists and turns, with Torres’ fitness a constant gamble, deciding whether Ledley King would be able to play this week or seeing Robbie Keane slam 4 goals in in September, only to be shipped out of the league entirely in January (thank you, Harry Redknapp!).

So, we’ve racked the stats from the official Premier League fantasy football league, to come up with the best teams possible for 4 of the biggest football boot brands, based on the players that wear their boots: read on to find out who came out on top!

Puma Fantasy Team 2010

Star Man: Nicolas Anelka was the Puma team’s highest scorer. Spending most of the season in his Puma v1.10‘s (although he did give a sneaky debut to the Puma PowerCat 1.10 Tricks in April) Anelka’s proven his worth at Chelsea, playing upfront alone, behind Drogba or wide opposite Malouda the Frenchman’s versatility has been invaluable this campaign.

Surprise Package: Hull City’s Stephen Hunt had his season cut short by injury – but the Puma King XL wearer was still able to rack up an impressive 107 points by snatching several key goals and deputising for Jimmy Bullard on penalty duties.


Star Man: Darren Bent had an unstoppable start to the season with Sunderland. Despite flagging towards the end of the campaign, the Umbro Speciali man had a point to prove after his Twitter-tastic transfer talks landed him in hot water at Tottenham. A point he proved magnificently – earning him a spot in the 30-man proisional England Squad.

Surprise Package: Another Sunderland man, and another Speciali Wearer! – Andy Reid, collected an impressive 85 points in his heavily-hampered season. The Midfielder was a vital asset to the Black Cats before being forced off the pitch by a hamstring injury in February.

Adidas Fantasy Team 2010

Star Man: adiPure III specialist Frank Lampard wasn’t just the highest-point-scoring player on the adidas team, but the whole league! Assists, goals, clean-sheets, minutes played – ‘Super Goals’ Lampard had the complete package this season. Highlights include helping himself to 4 goals and 1 assist during Chelsea’s mauling of Aston Villa in February

Surprise Package: Could go to Blackburn’s Gael Givet, or Tomas Vermaelen of Arsenal considering his it’s his debut season. However, we’ve got to give it to Charles N’Zogbia. The Wigan wide-man was written off by many after his…less than classy departure from Newcastle. But the Frenchman has refused to be brushed aside as stubbornly as he clings to his Predator Powerswerve football boots, and has been Wigan Athletic’s most consistent performer this season.

Nike Fantasy Team 2010

Star Man: The irrepressible Didier Drogba takes this honour for overall winners, Team Nike. Just when everyone was discussing who was the best player in the World – Rooney, Ronaldo or Messi – the Mercurial Vapor Superfly man blasts home a hat-trick on the last day of the season to give the World another player to add to that list!

Surprise Package: Aston Villa’s Carlos Cuellar is something of an unsung hero. The Tiempo Legend III wearer has partnered Richard Dunne in a solid Villa back four for all but two games this season. Keeping 15 clean sheets and helping himself to a memorable goal against Manchester United, the big Spaniard can look forward to another solid season come August.

Who was in your team this season?

If you were in charge of a brand’s team – who would you have included and who would you have left out?

Drop a comment and let us know!

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  1. says: Fifinho

    Of course Rooney and Drogba (not to mention Fabregas) would’ve won it for Nike lol but c’mon Insua at centre back? 😛 just out of curiosity how many points did Torres rack up and how did Gerrard manage 159 considering the season he had? lol more than Defoe even

    1. says: kyle

      Yeah – it was almost unfair to have the three of them on the same team! But we picked the 11 highest scoring players for each brand, so we couldn’t really handicap the big N for having them! But what you have to remember is that Rooney and Fabregas haven’t had as many full games towards the end of the season and Drogba was out for a month at the ACON – even more impressive scores when you consider that!

      We couldn’t believe Insua either, but he is the fouth-highest scording adidas defender! Playing in all but 7 games with 13 clean sheets and 4 assists to his name!

      Torres had 141 points before he finished his season to have his Op, but he also had the best Goals per minutes played this season – in case you were wondering!

      Gerrard, as a midfielder, gets a point for every clean sheet that he contributed to – so that’s where he gets the advantage over Defoe!

  2. says: Greg Elkins


    Torres may have had the best goals per minute but when has that ever counted. Ronaldo had a better goals per minute than messi this season and look who ends up with a golden boot in the end.AND ronaldo was out for three months.

    all I’m saying is that pure goals is what counts

  3. says: kyle


    Since when has it counted?! Since never is when!

    You’re absolutely right, law of diminishing returns is in play – the more time you’re on the pitch, the lower your goals per minute will be!

    Pure goals is what counts, and indeed the only thing that counts in these stats.

    It’s just nice when a striker hasn’t had a good season (in terms of minutes on the pitch) to have a stat that backs up their pedigree.

    Remember Michael Owen at Real Madrid? He was the best striker in the World according to his goals per game ratio – but he was only playing once a month!

  4. says: Rob

    Baines on the Umbro team? Could be completely wrong but I thought he wore the blue Powerswerves… Jags and Ossy are the only Everton Umbro lads.

    1. says: Editor

      You’re 100% right there Rob, updated that now to include Bolton’s Gary Cahill who ended the season in the Umbro Stealth Pro’s!

  5. says: Frankie

    Yeah you right Rob. Baines def wears Predators. I would put Warnock at left back, move Palacios into midfiled and play Bentley on the wing.

  6. says: Adipurity

    I’m sorry footy-boots but Didier Drogba is about the WORST striker in the world and an overconfident one at that. For Nike’s sake I would rather have Torres. How dare you say add him to the same list as Messi or Ronaldo, are you crazy?

  7. says: fido


    he might be overconfident and to you he is the worst but he does score goals and won the golden boot to boot (no pun intended =P) doesnt really matter if its cos of anelka and what not. IMO if he can score goals for the club, then as a striker, he is doing his job pretty well 🙂

  8. says: Greg Elkins


    drogba has been in a top 20 list of best players for a while now.

    this season he is the premier league champion and won his team the FA cup with a freekick. I’m not saying he is better than rooney but he deserves more respect than you are giving him.

  9. says: Greg Elkins


    Why do you guys not do much coverage on La Liga and
    serie A? and I would love to see a european XI too.

  10. says: Adipurity

    Guys, I’m sorry about what i said about Drogba, he isn’t really that bad its just I recently went from Chelsea fan to Arsenal fan and Chelsea ‘s recent success is upsetting. In my right minded opinion he has talent but he is no Lionel Messi.

  11. says: editya_7

    for puma : better put marcell jansen in left & put sagna it right. where etoo ? raul meireles ? mario gomez ?

    for umbro : where is clichy ? Diego Capel ? Juan Vargas ? shawcross ?

    for adidas : brad friedel ??? u must be kidding. it should cech, adler, rui patricio, stekelenburg, or better. Givet in right, oh sh*t.. lahm, de silvestri, miguel torres is the greatest in right. where is kaka ? gourcuff ? xavi ? messi ? maxi rodriguez ? robben ? why carragher why not lucio ?

    for nike : where is ribery ? CR9 ? valdes ? Puyol ? Iniesta ? skrtel ? sergio ramos ? gilardino ? etc…

  12. says: JaviVapo13

    to Editya_7……Uhhh you forgot to read the first few paragraphs where they mention that this is an EPL LIST!!!! as in only players from the English Premier League….good job on the call man hahaha

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