Seems like my fun and speedily thrown together post during the UEFA Champions League Final has caused a bit of a stir, and rightly too. A few eagle eyed CSR friends noticed the deliberate mistake and passed the test. Honest.
Yes, the team lacked a little gender diversity and was all men! My original selection criteria was very loose and based on CSR reputation and any football connections (and my awareness of). Like any good team Captain I’ve had an imaginary word with the Manager and suggested a couple of new signings both on and off the pitch. I only hope we can afford the fees and will be actively looking for a new sponsorship deal with Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream (any ideas who’s been scouted?) to help with the fees.
I’ve included the new signings below, assuming the money is available. I’ve also had imaginary calls to those who’ve been dropped to make way for the new players, with one dummy spat out (now playing in the reserves) and one player off to be a TV pundit.
I’m also starting to scout the USA for the next team, after all we’re going to need somebody to play against! Let me know who I should pick?
I couldn’t resist picking a European Champions League CSR squad today following inspiration from @aandreup’s Tweet and of course tonight’s big game.
A great point simply stated.
It made me smile and sent me back a few years to my time in football. So, sat in front of Barcelona V Man Utd in tonight’s European Champions League final I decided to pick my own CSR European team.
With a few years behind me as manager of an England squad I’d like to think I could put a decent team together. Whilst I’ve tried my very best to focus on European based professionals I’ve included one or two quality overseas players befitting of a European final – they may of had distant European ancestry / passports somewhere to qualify 😉
- Fabian Pattberg
- Daniel Cade
- Brendan May
John Craig– Elaine Cohen
- Julien Goy
- Frederic Page
- David Connor
Henk Campher– Solitaire Townsend
- James Farrar
- Toby Webb
- Juan Villamayor
- Chris Milton
- John Kim
- Diana Verde Nieto
Manager: Alberto Andreu Pinillos
New signing: Assistant Manager – Lucy Marcus
How the team was selected:
Fabian Pattberg (Germany) – Goalkeeper – @FabianPattberg
You need a tall guy in goal and Fabian is also definitely a safe pair of hands with great distribution via www.theenvironmentsite.org
Daniel Cade (Switzerland) – Right Back – via @Responsiball
A great all round knowledge of CSR and sport – check out www.responsiball.org and must be fit enough as allegedly known to do triathlons.
Brendan May (England) – Central Defence – @bmay
With a strong NGO background Brendan had to be a defender, and as a Liverpool fan was destined to make it into the team.
Jim Craig (England) – Central Defence – @jimcraiguk
The second of the Liverpool FC fan pairing in the heart of the defence. Ex- Sun Microsystems now running his own CSR business (www.greengauges.eu), a dependable stopper.
New signing: Elaine Cohen (England via Israel) – Central Defence – @elainecohen
The queen of CSR reporting is an obvious improvement to our defensive line-up. Elaine’s scrutiny doesn’t allow anything to get past her. Her hometown of Manchester should have been an obvious reason too!
Julien Goy (Switzerland) – Left Back – @juliengoy
I’m guessing but I can imagine Julien as a pacey wing back (I’ve seen his running times on Endomondo). He was also recently spotted on a UEFA coaching video.
David Connor (England) – Central Midfield & Captain – @davidcoethica
The ‘Duracell Bunny of CSR’ according to Jim Craig (above) and a similar energy on the pitch. Give somebody a coaching badge and they starting organising everything on the pitch – that’s me 😉 My distribution has also improved since joining @3BLMedia
Juan Villamayor (Spain) – Right Midfield – @juanvillamayor
We had to have at least one Spaniard in the team and is based in Barcelona (according to Twitter). With a look of Xabi Alonso about his online photos that’s more than enough to get in the team.
Henk Campher (USA) – Central Midfield – @AngryAfrican
You can’t have a successful team without a communicator (SVP at Edelman) in the middle of the pitch, and another avid Liverpool FC fan.
New signing: Solitaire Townsend (England) – Central Midfield – @GreenSolitaire
A like-for-like replacement in the middle of the park. A talented home-grown midfield green communicator to orchestrate proceedings.
Frederic Page (France) – Left Midfield – @carbonimpact
He may be French but another Barcelona based CSR star had to make the starting eleven. Hope he’s left footed.
Toby Webb (England) – Attack – @tobiaswebb76
Definitely not afraid of saying what needs to be said and had to be in attack. A great recent post on Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) forced him into contention.
James Farrar (Ireland) – Attack – @jamesfarrar
A CSR great who like Toby isn’t known for being shy about those who could do better. An intelligent striker using SAP’s energy efficiency software to enable him to keep up with the younger upstarts.
Alberto Andreu Pinillos (Spain) – Manager – @aandreup
The shrewd statesman of the squad and the reason for the post. The Manager role feels perfect for him.
New signing: Lucy Marcus (England) – Assistant Manager – @LucyMarcus
We needed a foil for our male dominated structure and we’re glad to welcome Lucy into the football boardroom to improve our strategic thinking.
Chris Milton – (England) – @britesprite
A passionate CSR / sustainability writer – not sure football is even his game!
John Kim – (USA) – @worldcupCSR
Herman Miller’s A Better World / CSR Marketing Manager and knowledgeable football / CSR blogger
New signing: Diana Verde Nieto (England) – @dianaverdenieto
A great leader and all-rounder able to change the team’s performance when playing.