One would be forgiving if they thought the title referred to the World Cup in Brazil that has just passed, and unless you were German the answer is probably no.

With the confirmation of Rio Ferdinand joining QPR on a 1 year contract, following in his brother Anton footsteps, you would be forgiven for the above. It seems Harry Redknapp has done it again and swooped to grab an experienced defender and campaigner, with his initial thoughts being,  to keeping them up as opposed to any title contention. Having seen Rio play last season at St Mary’s and on TV, I was sure he was past his best. He looked leggy after 60 minutes, his passes didn’t complete, and regularly booted it out rather than work a pass up the wings. I was convinced he would retire at the end of the season.

The two aren’t strangers  though, with Redknapp giving him his Premier League debut with West Ham in 1995. He has a wealth of experience having helped United to 11 trophies, including six league titles, one Champions League, one FIFA World Club Cup and an FA Cup. 

What remains is what role he will play, 70 minutes a game, or off the bench. Either way I would be surprised if he did more than 75 minutes a game, and at £70,000 per week someone somewhere has to be sure of value!