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EZE Group XI: Larsson and Lazaridis

Posted: Fri 11 Apr 2014

Win a VIP day out for two in the EZE Group executive box for the visit of Blackburn Rovers.

Blues have teamed up with the club’s diamond partners EZE Group to give fans the chance to pick their all-time Blues XI and win some fabulous weekly prizes.

This week we asked the club's Twitter followers to let us know which two players deserved the accolade of being the first-choice wingers in the #EZEGroupXI. The pair will join goalkeeper Joe Hart, Stephen Carr and Martin Grainger, Kenny Cunningham and Michael Johnson who have already been nominated for the #EZEGroupXI.

The overwhelming winners were Seb Larsson and Stan Lazaridis. Other former players that polled well were Jon McCarthy, Jermaine Pennant, Chris Burke and Gordon Taylor.

The lucky winner of this week's #EZEGroupXI competition is @RaeyRae (Rae Watt) who wins a pair of signed boots.

Now Blues and EZE Group are on the search for your two all-time favourite central midfielders with the prize being a VIP day out for two in the EZE Group executive box for the visit of Blackburn Rovers on Easter Monday including a pre-match tour, match programmes, pre-match meal and drinks and the opportunity to have your picture taken with the man-of-the-match.

Tweet your top two central midfielders + #EZEGroupXI by 5pm on Wednesday 916April. The chosen central midfielders will be included in next week's Flashback Friday piece.

*Please note tweets not including #EZEGroupXI will not count towards the chosen player nor be entered into the prize draw.

Flashback Friday  - The wingers

Name: Sebastian Larsson
Born: 6 June 1985
Place of birth: Eskilstuna, Sweden
Clubs: Arsenal, Birmingham City, Sunderland
Played for Blues from 2006 - 2011
Blues appearances: 205 (25 goals)

The popular Swede joined Blues from Arsenal in August 2006 on an initial season-long loan. He quickly impressed, and at the end of the season he was signed on a four-year deal by former boss Steve Bruce. During his five years at St. Andrew's he made over 200 appearances and notched 25 goals. Larsson swept the board with six awards at the club's annual awards dinner at the end of the 2007/08 season. During his time at Blues he experienced promotion to and from the Premier League on two occasions and was a key member of the side that won the 2011 Carling Cup, by beating his former club Arsenal. He was a fine free-kick taker, and as well as playing on the wing he could also slot in at full-back or centre-midfield if needed. The Swedish international left Blues in 2011 following the club's relegation to the Championship and then joined up with Sunderland where he remains today.

Name: Stan Lazaridis:
Date of birth: 16 August 1972
Place of birth: Perth, Australia
Clubs: Floreat Athena, West Adelaide, West Ham United, Birmingham City, Perth Glory
Played for Blues from 1999 - 2006

Blues appearances: 217 apps (8 goals)

The Australian left-winger was brought to Blues from West Ham United by Trevor Francis in 1999, in deal which was eventually worth £1.7million. He was a great crosser of the ball and left many a full-back behind when he was in full flight down the flank.  He played in the 2000 and 2001 losing play-offs, before helping Blues achieve their long-awaited promotion back to the top-flight via the 2002 play-off final. He was a key member of the 2003-04 side that finished tenth, which was Blues' highest position for 31 years. After seven successful years at St. Andrew's, Lazaridis was released at the end of the 2005–06 season and returned to his country of birth, where he joined Australian A-League club Perth Glory.
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