first off...nice layout. you got a lot of stuff in there and it still works. nice choice to have the players moving towards the trophy...it makes it the focus.
the background is the main problem. not neccessarily the effects, but the colors. they contrast each other and the rest of the players pictures so much that its distracting. if you toned it down..or say made it 2 tones of the same color like light and drak green instead of green and red...it would help a lot. id also change gores name to black to make it uniforn with the other names.
not too shabby though...keep it up