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  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    edited September 2017

    Notable players...

    Alessandro Nesta - A complete centre half. Tackling, pace, strength, class on the ball...he had it all.

    Jurgen Kohler - The perfect partner for Nesta. He was a rock solid defender with exceptional reading of the game.

    Valentino Mazzola - Regarded, by some, as the greatest Italian player ever. The captain and key player of the legendary "Grande Torino" team of the 40's that won 5 Serie A titles.

    Jairzinho - The successor to Garrincha for Brazil and Botafogo. Incredible winger.

    Arthur Friedenreich - Apparently the first black superstar in football. Friedenreich is reported to have scored 1329 goals in 1239 games.
  • xGeorgeSmithx
    5639 posts Big Money Move
    edited September 2017
    Formation - (4-2-2-2)

    Starting XI:

    Team Sheet:
    GK - Gordon Banks

    RB - Javier Zanetti
    CB - José Santamaría
    CB - Franz Beckenbauer
    LB - Marcelo

    CDM - Frank Rijkaard
    CDM - Luis Monti

    CAM - Fritz Walter
    CAM - Diego Maradona

    ST - Imre Schlosser
    ST - Alberto Ohaco
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  • zl Gshock
    2435 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 2017
    František Plánička
    Best keeper around for most of the 30's, won golden glove at the 1938 world cup with Czechoslovakia. Once played a full half against Brazil with a broken arm as he was too important to get hooked by the manager!

    Renzo De Vecchi
    He's still the youngest to have ever played for Italy, quite impressive as we're going back over 100 years ago. Renzo's a Milan/Genoa legend and another in Italy's exhaustive list of great defenders.

    Adolfo Baloncieri
    Another azzuri legend. Started out at Alessandria and later Torino. I can't find much on him but meant to have been one of the classic playmakers.
    Post edited by zl Gshock on
  • Hibee
    11673 posts Has That Special Something
    edited September 2017

    Have time today so can do a write up.

    Up front I have

    Marco Van Basten.
    Regarded by many as the best striker of all time. Ballon d'Or * 3, European Cup * 3, 1 European Nations.

    Dennis Law.
    Scotland only Ballon d'Or winner, Scotlands joint top scorer, European Cup winner.

    Jimmy McGrory.
    UKs top flight record goal scorer scoring a crazy 408 goals in 408 games. Celtic legend.


    52 goals in 71 games for Brazil. Regarded as one of the best players of all time.

    Hector Scarone
    Part of the great Uruguay team and won 1 World Cup and 2 Olympic Games and 4 Copa America.

    Billy Bremner
    Leeds and Scotland legend, one of the hardest men to ever play. 587 games for Leeds winning 2 Leagues, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup and 2 Fairs Cups


    Nilton Santos
    Regards as one of the best left backs ever, 75 caps for Brazil, winning 2 World Cups.

    Fabio Cannovaro.
    One of the best defenders ever, captained Italy to the World Cup win in 2006. Won the Ballon d'Or in the same year.

    Billy 'Fatty' Wedlock
    26 caps for England. And a big lad apparently.

    Pietro Rava
    Italian and Juventus legend. Won the World Cup and Olympics with Italy.

    Manuel Neuer
    Greatest goalkeeper of his generation. Bayern and German captain. Has World Cup and Champions League medals.
    Post edited by Hibee on
  • Lisbon67
    1528 posts Play-Off Hero

    Decided to go a bit different here, the formation is based on the Hungarian 'Magical Magyars' 3-2-1-4 that basically dominated world football in the 50's, with Franco Baresi flanked by World cup winning captain Nasazzi and German legend Janes, staying back along with the 'half back' in Andrade which essentially makes it a 4. Stoichkov and Garrincha will give pace, skill and goals and Quinn is the 'deep lying centre forward' that burst forward in attack to support Ronaldo and Puskas, who are two of the top 5 strikers ever imo. Add to that Iniesta in midfield to provide the assists and i've got one hell of an attacking juggernaut!
  • Bhoy
    1841 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited September 2017

    My strike force doesn't include any of the big names but it has 1154 between the two players. Please read my write up. It's dead good.

    Sepp Maier: Think we all know who he is. One of the best keepers ever

    Paolo Maldini: Same as above except in defender form.

    Claudio Gentile: One of the greatest Italian defenders of all time and a 1982 world cup winner.

    Alec 'the icicle' McNair: A genuine great of the Scottish game, Alec McNair is right up there with the likes of Billy McNeil and John Greig as the best Scottish defender ever. Playing for the club for 21 years, McNair is the longest serving player in the history of Celtic with 640 appearances in total.

    There are few players to have ever walked onto a football pitch who were as cool and considered as the man the Hoops faithful christened 'The Icicle' in later years. Played mostly at right-back McNair was a model of consistency and a steadying influence during a a stunning prolonged period of Celtic dominance.

    His excellent judgement coupled with fine ball skills and wonderful athleticism made McNair a formidable opponent for any forward and there were very few occasions when rivals ever got the better of The Icicle.

    McNair's quiet confidence had a steadying effect on his more flamboyant team-mates and off the field the player was a dedicated trainer who possessed phenomenal levels of fitness and stamina. Incredibly such dedication was shown by McNair despite him having to cope with the most tragic of circumstances in his private life. In August 1915 his wife died and the player had to bring up five children by himself while carrying out wartime work on a 12 hour shift, and still play for Celtic.

    After a glittering career which included 12 league championship titles and 6 Scottish cups, McNair finally hung up his boots at the age of 41 in 1925. However, such was the respect for him as a player, he received a testimonial fixture in which he played for a joint old firm XI against a Scottish league XI. An very special honour which has not been granted for anyone else and is unlikely to be in the future.


    Scottish league champions: (12)
    1904–05, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1909-10, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1916–17, 1918–19, 1921–22
    Scottish Cup: (6)
    1906-07, 1907-08, 1910-11, 1911-12, 1913–14, 1922–23
    Glasgow Cup: (8)
    1905-06, 1906-07, 1907-08, 1909-10, 1915-16, 1916-17, 1919-20, 1920-21

    Scotland caps: 15

    I've linked his Celtic wiki page and his regular wiki page if you want to look him up further and I really recommend it. One of Scotland's greatest



    Neymar: He's a wee bam and I hate him but he's also a great player. Footballs first 200 million pound man.

    Luis Suarez: Luis Suarez is the original glamorous European midfielder. The Andres Iniesta of his day, Suarez was known as one of the best players in the world for a fifteen year period playing for Barcelona and Inter during which time he became the worlds most expensive footballer when the boardroom of Internazionale paid £142,000 for his services. Suarez was known as 'the architect' due to his eye for a pass and explosive shot and reached his prime for Helenio Herrera's 'Grande Inter' team as a deep lying playmaker as he led them to two European cups. He is the only Spanish born player to win the Ballon D'or with his triumph coming in 1960 and also tasted success with his national team in 1964 winning the European Championship. Suarez finally hung up his boots in 1973 after a successful stint at Sampdoria but he will be most fondly remembered as a legend at both Barca and Inter where he won numerous trophies.


    Joszef Bozsik: In his prime, Bozsik was considered one of the best attacking half-backs in the world, possessing good technique, flair, tactical nous, passing accuracy and creativity. He was often used as a deep lying playmaker where his tackling ability was also helpful. He is considered one of the greatest Hungarian footballers.

    Patsy Gallagher: The Donegal-born (and Glasgow raised) forward is commonly regarded as one of the most gifted footballers to ever wear the famous green and white Hoops.

    In terms of his ability with a football Gallacher was a revelation. A genius. He was the most wonderful of dribblers and his audacious talent saw him tease and terrorise defenders. He was an entertainer but his cheeky skills also had an end product as time after time Gallacher would deliver a killer pass or hit home an unstoppable shot.

    Possibly his most celebrated moment was in the 1925 Scottish Cup final, a match since dubbed 'The Patsy Gallacher Final'. Getting the ball just inside the Dundee half, he rolled past challenge after challenge, sometimes appearing in danger of toppling over as he swerved and swayed dangerously close to the ground. No Dundee boot or body could stop him completely as he veered, sure foot as a young deer, towards their goalmouth. Finally a heavy, desperate tackle grounded him inside the six-yard box. Patsy hit the ground and for an instant his brave effort seemed to be at an end. But Patsy had not yet parted company with the ball, which remained between his feet. A quick somersault and both Patsy and the ball ended up entangled in the Dundee net for the most unorthodox goal in a Scottish Cup Final. It was one magical moment.

    In total, Patsy Gallacher played 464 times in the league and Scottish Cup for Celtic and scored 192 goals. He also won international caps for both Eire and Northern Ireland. He became the highest paid international player at the time, and over 50,000 turned up at Windsor Park (N Ireland) to see him in his debut. Even after over 50 years after his death his name is revered like few others by Celtic fans, most of whom were not even born when he was still alive.

    Scottish First Division: (6)
    1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1916–17, 1918–19, 1921–22
    Scottish Cup: (4)
    1911-12, 1913–14, 1922–23, 1924–25
    Glasgow Cup: (4)
    1915-16, 1916-17, 1919-20, 1920-21


    Ronaldinho: Magician and one of the best players ever. Probably the most entertaining.

    Josef Bican: If you havent heard of this man please educate yourself. If you read into only one of my picks make it him. The most prolific goalscorer of all time, Bican was an insane player and member of the famous 1930s Austrian 'wunderteam'.

    He scored at a better rate than Pele, Messi, Ronaldo and Romario and to be honest no one even comes close.

    Don't believe me?


    He is genuinely one of the greatest strikers of all time and no one knows about him.

    "As legend goes, and one of the most popular ones about Bican, he would prop empty bottles on the crossbar in training and whack them down one-by-one from 20 yards out. And on an average, he would miss just around 1 of 10. That's how good he was.

    For a long time, Bican's goal-scoring feats faded from memory but for the Czech's he remains one of their greatest ever players. He passed away in December 2001 but in January that year, the International Federation of Football Historians and Statisticians awarded Bican the "Golden Ball" as the greatest goalscorer of the last century.

    So next time, when you're sitting around a table and discussing how far Messi or Ronaldo will go towards Pele's feats, remember that a player named Bican -- might have been just as good or even better."



    Telmo Zarra: Who is the greatest ever Spanish goalscorer?

    Is it Raul? David Villa? Alfredo Di Stefano?

    No, its not any of these players. It is in fact Telmo Zarra. With an astonishing 251 goals in 278 la liga appearances, Zarra is third only to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the all time Spanish goal scoring charts as well as holding the record for the most goals in the Copa Del Rey with 81. He finished top scorer in La Liga on 6 occasions during his career and hit over twenty goals in every season he avoided injury in the Spanish top flight.

    Despite playing only 20 times for Spain he is also one of their most prolific scorers with 20 goals in that time including a winner against England in the 1950 world cup.

    Zarra was such a good goalscorer for his local club Bilbao that the trophy given to the highest goalscoring Spaniard in La Liga is now named after him. Incidently, no one has won it more than the six times he managed.

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  • Dairee
    573 posts An Exciting Prospect

    Peter Schmeichel
    Arguably the greatest ever 'keeper to play in the Premiership, he won 5 Premier League titles, a Champions League, a Uefa Super Cup with Manchester United, as well as a European Championship with Denmark amongst several other honours.

    Phillipp Lahm
    A player capable of playing left or right back as well as the centre of midfield, Lahm captained Germany to the 2014 World Cup. Lahm won 8 Bundesliga's with Bayern, captaining them to 5 along with the 2012/13 Champions League.

    Virginio Rosetta
    An eight time Scudetto winner (2 with Pro Vercelli, 6 with Juventus and 5 as captain), Rosetta is part of an illustrious list to do so, featuring; Gianluigi Buffon, Giovanni Ferrari and Giuseppe Furino. Rosetta was part of the 1934 Italian World Cup winning team.

    Angelo Binaschi
    Another former Pro Vercelli player, Binaschi endured a more successful spell there than Rosetta did, winning 5 Scudetto's in his 11 years at the club. Binaschi also represented Italy at the 1912 Summer Olympics and won 9 caps for his country between 1911-1913

    Ruud Krol
    Considered one of the best defenders of his generation, Krol was part of the famous Ajax team that won 3 consecutive Champions League titles in the 1970's. He also enjoyed 6 title wins with the Dutch side. Unfortunately, Krol could never replicate these feats on the international stage, coming runner up in both the 1974 and 1978 World Cup, whilst achieving a third-place finish in the 1976 European Championships.

    Michel Platini
    A 3 time Ballon d'Or winner in 1983, 1984 and 1985, Platini is decorated with numerous individual accolades. He enjoyed successful spells in both France and Italy, as well as with the French national side where he was part of the 1984 European Championship winning team.

    Pavel Nedved
    Arguably the Czech Republics greatest ever player, as well as being one of the best of his generation, Nedved is a Champions League, Uefa Cup, and European Championship runner up. Individually however, he was successful, pipping Thierry Henry to the Ballon d'Or in 2003 and being included in the FIFA 100. Nedved still managed to win 3 Serie A titles, one with Lazio and two with Juventus.

    Jose Manuel Moreno
    Moreno was more of a forward but I've opted to stick him on the wing. For those who watched him, they considered him better than Pele and Di Stefano. In 1995, he was ranked among the 25 best players of the 20th century and among the five best in South America. He won 6 league titles with River Plate, scoring 156 goals in the process. On top of this, Moreno won 2 Copa America's with South America, scoring 19 goals in 34 caps.

    Raymond Kopa
    Another Ballon d'Or winner, winning it in 1958, Kopa is a three time Champions League winner between 1957-1959, with Real Madrid. Kopa also won 2 league titles with Madrid and previously won 4 league titles in France with Reims.

    A player who often divides opinion for his goalscoring record, Pele scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, although many of these goals came in unofficial friendlies and tour games. Saying that, nobody can take the 3 World Cups won with Brazil and 2 Copa Libertadores won with Santos, away from Pele. For many, he is considered the greatest footballer of all time.

    Giuseppe Meazza
    A man who played for both Milan sides, Meazza is the fourth-highest goalscorer in Serie A history, with 216 goals. He's a 6 time Serie A champion with Internazionale and won back-to-back World Cups with Italy in both 1934 and 1938, winning the Golden Ball Award for his performances at the 1934 tournament. He's Italy's second highest goalscorer with 33 goals in 53 games. The San Siro has since been renamed the 'Stadio Giuseppe Meazza' in his honour.
  • Claret_n_blue_blood
    13982 posts Has That Special Something
  • jamle1874
    6631 posts Big Money Move
  • Bhoy
    1841 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited September 2017
    Lol. Posted my votes in the thread like an idiot didn't I?
  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Defence

    In 3rd place, with 10 points... @jamle1874

    2nd place, with 13 points... SC1967

    And the drafter with the best defence, gaining 19 points...

  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Midfield

    There was a clear winner here.

    In 3rd place, with 7 points... @Hibee

    2nd place, and placing again, ... @xGeorgeSmithx with 10 points

    In 1st place, the drafter with the best midfield and 19 points...


  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Attack

    Now this was extremely close. Two clear front runners.

    3rd place, with 7 points... @Hibee again!

    Only 1 point separated the top 2.

    In 2nd place, with 20 points... @Lisbon67

    Therefore, in 1st place with 21 points....

    @zl Gshock
  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Team

    Here we go!

    In 5th place, with 15 points... @xGeorgeSmithx

    4th place goes to... SC1967 with 16 points.

    3rd place, with 19 points... @Lisbon67

    In 2nd place, with 21 points... @Hibee

  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    And the clear best team, receiving a massive 38 points...

    @zl Gshock
  • SC1967
    10645 posts Has That Special Something
    Well done to everyone involved and congrats to zl Gshock. Outrageous team!
  • Hibee
    11673 posts Has That Special Something
    Well done @zl Gshock . Cracking team. Special mention to @Lisbon67 who I thought put together a great team. That forward line!
  • Bhoy
    1841 posts Play-Off Hero
    Well done zl Gshock. Defo had the best team by far.
  • Claret_n_blue_blood
    13982 posts Has That Special Something
    Well played gshock mate, well done all. Im happy winning the midfield part :)
  • Claret_n_blue_blood
    13982 posts Has That Special Something
    2 in a row for gshock
  • zl Gshock
    2435 posts Fans' Favourite
    My team was juicy. Another great draft.
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