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  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    edited August 2017

    Goalkeeper & Defence
    In goals is Antonio Carbajal. He was voted by IFFHS as the best ever 'keeper from North and Central America - and the 15th best worldwide of the 20th century.

    Antoni Szymanowski was voted by Wisla Krakow as their greatest ever player. He was part of Poland's 1974 World Cup team that finished 3rd.

    Vincent Kompany - Belgium's greatest ever defender and of the best centre backs in world football over the last 10 years or so. Captained City to their 2 league titles this century.

    Nemanja Vidic - Like Kompany, he is one of the best defenders of his generation. 5 EPL titles and a Champions League with Manchester United. As well as numerous individual honours along the way, including winning the EPL POTY 2 times. Quite incredible for a centre half.

    Trifon Ivanov - A notoriously "hard man". A huge part of Bulgaria's 1994 World Cup team that finished 4th. Nicknamed "The Bulgarian Wolf" for a fairly obvious reason...

    Frank Rijkaard - One of the best defensive midfielders of all time, finishing 3rd place in the Ballon d'Or in 1988 and 1989 (behind two other AC Milan players each year). He won 7 league titles and 3 Champions Leagues between Ajax and Milan.

    Patrick Vieira - A powerful, dominant midfielder who could do just about everything. Captained Arsenal in their invincible season. Won 3 league titles at Arsenal and 4 at Inter Milan.

    Kurt Hamrin - A fast and incredibly gifted winger. He remains Fiorentina's top scorer with 208 goals in 362 games. He later moved to AC Milan where he won the European Cup.

    Brian Laudrup - Although not quite as good as his brother, Brian Laudrup is actually the record holder for Danish Player of the Year, winning it 4 times. Well known around these parts as well!

    Diego Maradona - Many would argue he is the greatest player of all time. Don't really need a write up for him...

    Alfredo Di Stefano - Real Madrid's greatest ever player. Voted by former Ballon d'Or winners as the 4th best player of the 20th century - behind Maradona, Cruyff and Pele.

    Tough as nails with a spine of Vidic, Kompany, Rijkaard and Vieira. The front 4 are all magicians with the ball and score an incredible amount of goals. One of whom is arguably the greatest ever player. The man in front of him is regarded as one of the top 4 players of the 20th century.
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  • fergoosee
    12274 posts Has That Special Something
  • MarioMonk
    1798 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited August 2017
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  • zl Gshock
    2444 posts Fans' Favourite
  • Hibee
    12073 posts Has That Special Something

  • Selgarr
    975 posts Professional
    edited August 2017



    Player: Gyula Grosics --- Country: Hungary (The Magical Magyars - In the 1950's)

    The Hungarian goalkeeper is considered one of the greatest goalkeeper's of all-time. Grosics played 86 times for Hungary and he was thought to be the first goalkeeper to play as the sweeper-keeper, whereby the goalkeeper can act as an extra defender when needed. This also allowed his teammates to press deep in their opponents' half, plus Grosics' willingness to come out and challenge opposing attackers caused them to miss shots on net. He was nicknamed "Black Panther" because he wore black clothing while playing.

    In 1947, Grosics made his debut with the Hungary national football team. With Grosics in the goal, the team started an unbeaten streak in 1948 that would last until the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In 1949, he attempted to defect and was caught. He was charged with espionage and treason by the secret service and placed under house arrest. The charges were eventually dropped due to lack of evidence, but Grosics was banned from the national team for two years. However, after a year he returned to the national team. He also joined Budapest Honvéd in 1950.

    In 1952, Grosics led the team to Olympic gold. In 1953, Hungary beat England in a game dubbed "The Match of the Century". Hungary won 6-3, becoming the first team outside the British Isles to beat England at home. Hungary entered the 1954 FIFA World Cup on a four-year unbeaten streak and as heavy favourites.

    However, the team lost in the final 3-2 to West Germany, a team they defeated 8-3 in the group stage. He was selected as the goalkeeper of the 1954 World Cup's All Star Team. By 1956, Hungary had recorded 42 victories with Grosics in goal, 7 draws, and just that one loss. During the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Grosics and his family fled the country and attempted to start a new life. However, they were forced to return.

    In total, Grosics played 86 games for the national team. He played in 390 Hungary first division games. In 2011, the Tatabánya football stadium was named after him.


    Player: Ruud Krol --- Country: Netherlands (The Oranje)

    Ruud Krol was capped 83 times for the Netherlands. Most of his career he played for Ajax and he became a coach after retirement. Krol made his debut for the Netherlands in 1969 against England and he retired from international football in 1983. He was a crucial component in the Total Football side of the 1970s.

    A versatile defender, he could play in any position along the back four or midfield. In the 1974 FIFA World Cup, in which the Netherlands reached the final, Krol primarily played at left-back. He created Cruijff's goal against Brazil and scored a 25-yard screamer against Argentina. They fell at the final hurdle, losing 21 to West Germany.

    In the 1978 FIFA World Cup Krol wore the captain's armband after the retirement of Cruijff. Krol had a fine tournament featuring in the FIFA All Star Team. He was, however, unable to prevent the Netherlands from falling to their second Final defeat, this time losing 3-1 to Argentina.

    Player: Alessandro Nesta --- Country: Italy (The Azzurri)

    Alessandro Nesta is widely considered to be one of the best centre-backs of his time and also as one of the greatest defenders ever, he was best known for his pace, artistic tackles, elegance on the ball, distribution and tight marking of opponents. He made over 400 Serie A appearances in a 20-year career spread between Lazio and Milan, winning domestic and European honours with both clubs.

    Nesta was a member of the Italy national team for a decade from his debut in 1996, earning 78 caps in total. At international level, he competed at the 1996 Olympics, three UEFA European Championships, and three FIFA World Cups. Nesta was a member of the Italian team that won the 2006 World Cup, and he also represented the Italian side that reached the final of Euro 2000.

    Nesta was a complete and dominant defender, who was influential both at club and international level, and who is regarded by pundits as being one of the greatest and most talented defenders of all time. Despite being a strong and imposing defensive, athletic and physical presence, he was also an extremely agile and elegant player, with excellent balance, ball skills, vision and passing ability for a defender, which allowed him to bring the ball out of the defence and start plays from the back; these abilities led him to be compared to former Milan captain Franco Baresi. Nesta was also excellent in the air and was unusually quick for a centreback; he often stood out throughout his career for his pace, acceleration, and stamina.

    In addition to his class, as well as his technical and physical abilities, Nesta also possessed an excellent positional and tactical sense, as well as an acute capacity to read the game, which enabled him to anticipate and close down opponents in one on one situations, and prevent attacking plays; due to his ability to lead from the back and organise his teammates, he excelled in a zonal marking system, but was also known for his tight marking of opposing players. An accurate and tenacious ball-winner, he was known for his artistic sliding tackles, acrobatic clearances, and ability to time his challenges.

    Player: Franz Beckenbauer --- Country: Germany (Die Mannschaft)

    Franz Beckenbauer was nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender.

    Twice named European Footballer of the Year, Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups. He is one of only two men, along with Brazil's Mário Zagallo, to have won the World Cup as a player and as a manager; he lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. He was the first captain to lift the World Cup and European Championship at international level and the European Cup at club level. He was named in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and in 2004 was listed in the FIFA 100 of the world's greatest living players.

    The 1974 World Cup was hosted by West Germany and Beckenbauer led his side to victory, including a hard fought 2-1 win over the hotly favoured Netherlands side featuring Johan Cruyff. Beckenbauer and fellow defenders man-marked Cruyff so well that the Dutch were never quite able to put their "Total Football" into full use.

    Beckenbauer became the first captain to lift the new FIFA World Cup Trophy after Brazil had retained the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1970. This also gave West Germany the distinction of being the first European national team to hold both the European Championship and World Cup titles simultaneously (two other countries have done it since: France in 2000, and Spain in 2010).

    Player: Djalma Santos --- Country: Brazil (The Samba Boys)

    Djalma Santos started for the Brazil national team in four World Cups, winning two, in 1958 and 1962. Santos is considered to be one of the greatest right-backs of all time. While primarily known for his defensive skills, he often ventured upfield and displayed some impressive technical and attacking skills.

    Along with Franz Beckenbauer and Philipp Lahm, he is one of only three players to be included into three FIFA World Cup All Star teams (in 1954, 1958 and 1962). He was unrelated to his frequent defensive partner Nilton Santos.

    Santos started his career in his hometown with Portuguesa. He initially played in the centre of defence, but was later moved to the right side of defence. In 1959, he moved to Palmeiras, where he played almost 500 games for the club, winning several league and cup titles.

    Santos was a quick and physically strong defender, who was known for his stamina, marking, and tackling ability; he was also effective in the air. He was also an accurate penalty kick and set-piece taker and was known for his ability to take long throw-ins. In addition to his ability as a footballer, Santos was also known to be an extremely fair and correct player, as well as an exemplary professional, who stood out for his work-rate, longevity, discipline in training, and correct behaviour; throughout his entire, extensive career, he was never once sent off.


    Player: Pavel Pardo --- Country: Mexico (El Tri)

    Pardo spent most of his career playing with Club América and is the second most capped player in Mexico national team history. Pardo participated in two World Cups (1998 and 2006), won two CONCACAF Gold Cups and won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Mexico in 1999.

    Pardo started his career in 1993 with Atlas de Guadalajara, and also played with Tecos UAG before joining Club América. A veteran of 467 games with 35 goals at club level and 139 international caps, scoring 10 goals. He is regarded as one of the best players in Mexico, having achieved great success with Club América, winning both the Mexican Torneo de Verano 2002, Torneo de Clausura in 2005 and the CONCACAF Champions Cup tournament in 2006.

    Pardo played for Stuttgart who won the Bundesliga with Pardo serving as one of the pillars of the team. He made his international debut for Mexico in 1996, playing in the U.S. Cup tournament, against the USA.

    Player: Theophile Abega --- Country: Cameroon (The Indomitable Lions)

    Theophile Abega is one of the greatest Cameroon midfielders of all-time. He played all three matches at the 1982 FIFA World Cup and was captain of the side for their first African Nations Cup victory in 1984, where he scored a goal in the final. He was nicknamed "The Doctor" in tribute to his footballing intelligence.

    Abega played club football for Canon Yaoundé where he won the 1978 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs and 1979 African Cup Winners' Cup titles as well as four Cameroonian championships and five Cameroonian Cups.

    Player: Ernst Ocwirk --- Country: Austria (Das Team)

    Ernst Ocwirk was an Austrian football player and coach. He is regarded as one of the greatest Austrian footballers of all time. He spent the majority of his playing and coaching years between Austria and Italy, being both player and manager for the clubs FK Austria Vienna and Serie A's Sampdoria. He also went on to become a member of the Austria national team, which he led to a third-place finish at the 1954 World Cup as its captain.

    Nicknamed Clockwork for his midfield consistency, as well as the nickname being suggested by his surname, he was known for his aesthetic and technical style of playing, his heading ability, excellent timing (both in offensive and defensive tasks) and his passing range; particularly his long passing ability. The fans loved him for his modest and fair personality. He is considered one of the greatest central midfielders of all time. Ocwirk was chosen in Austria's Team of the Century in 2001.

    Ocwirk won 62 caps and scored six goals for his country. He made his debut for his country in 1947 before appearing at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. His international successes earned him the honour of twice being named captain of the "FIFA World team". At the 1954 World Cup, Ocwirk captained Austria and played in all five of his team matches. He helped Austria to achieve its best ever World Cup finish, third place.


    Player: Dragan Dzajic --- Country: Yugoslavia (The Blues)

    Dragan Dzajic was known for his great crosses and passes, unstoppable dribbling with great pace, natural technique and some of the best left footed free kicks ever seen. Born on the 30th of May 1946, in the small town of Ub, 60 kilometres outside Belgrade, Džajić's football career was spent primarily with Red Star Belgrade. Džajić was a brilliant left winger and in his career he played 590 games and he scored 287 goals. He won five league titles and four Yugoslavian Cups.

    In 1969, Džajić received the Sport newspaper's Golden Badge award for Yugoslavia's best athlete. He is considered to have been one of the most important players in the history of the club and is one of only five players to have been awarded the Zvezdine Zvezde status.
    "Džajić is the Balkan miracle - a real wizard. I'm just sorry he's not Brazilian because I've never seen such a natural footballer."
    -Pelé about Džajić

    Džajić was just 18 when he was first named to the Yugoslav national team. He would go on to earn 85 caps (the most in the history of the Yugoslav national team) and score 23 goals.

    Player: Allan Simonsen --- Country: Denmark (The Danish Dynamite)

    Allan Simonsen is a former Danish footballer and manager. He most prominently played as a forward for German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach, winning the 1975 and 1979 UEFA Cups, as well as for Barcelona from Spain, winning the 1982 Cup Winners' Cup. Simonsen is the only footballer to have scored in the European Cup, UEFA Cup, and Cup Winners' Cup finals. Simonsen won the Ballon d'Or in 1977.

    For the Denmark national football team, Simonsen was capped 55 times, scoring 20 goals. He represented Denmark at the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1984 European Championship and 1986 World Cup tournaments. He was voted into the Danish Football Hall of Fame in November 2008.

    Simonsen is arguably the most influential player in the history of Danish football. He was instrumental in shaping the new talented generation of the 80's through his humble and dedicated attitude, he always set the team before himself.

    Player: Luis Figo --- Country: Portugal (Selecao Das Quinas)

    Luis Figo won 127 caps for the Portugal national team. He was renowned for his creativity and ability to get past defenders as a winger, His 106 assists are the second-most in La Liga history, behind Lionel Messi. He won the Ballon d'Or in 2000.

    Figo had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, including the Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups. On the international level, he scored 32 goals for Portugal, representing the nation at three European Championships and two World Cups.

    Figo is regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese players of all time. At his physical peak, Figo was a quick, elegant, highly skilful player with a dribbling ability that allowed him to frequently take on and beat defenders in one on one situations.

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  • Dairee
    573 posts An Exciting Prospect
    edited August 2017
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  • zl Gshock
    2444 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited August 2017
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  • xGeorgeSmithx
    5695 posts Big Money Move
    edited August 2017
    FORMATION - (3-5-2)
    Starting XI:
    GK - Rene Higuita

    CB - Willie Miller
    CB - Dimitar Penev
    CB - Velibor Vasović

    CDM - Didier Deschamps
    CDM - Igor Netto

    RM - Garrincha
    LM - Rob Rensenbrink

    CAM - Gianni Rivera

    ST - Gunnar Nordahl
    ST - Ferenc Puskas
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  • Claret_n_blue_blood
    14685 posts World Class
    edited August 2017
    433 (4)
  • Mik
    541 posts An Exciting Prospect
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    jamle1874 Team

  • Bhoy
    1866 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited August 2017

    Done a wee write up on each player if you find yourself wondering, "who the hell is that guy?"
    GK:Dino Zoff

    One of the most decorated goalkeepers of all time, Zoff captained Italy to their third world title in 1982 at the age of 40. This made him the only Italian player to win both the European Championship and the World Cup.
    Zoff was named the goalkeepers of the tournament at both these tournaments and is never far away from an all time xi.

    RB: Lauren

    A member of the Arsenal invincibles squad and an Olympic gold medalist in 2000. He is one of the best and most decorated full backs to ever come out of Africa.

    CB: Carles Puyol

    Everyone knows Carles Puyol. A Spanish football legend and the steel behind Barca's tiki taka side of the second half of the 2000s. Puyol won everything in the game.

    CB: Marcel Desailly

    Another centre back that has won everything. Desailly was part of Frances golden team of the late 90s and also won back to back Champions League titles with Marseille and AC Milan in the early part of the decade.

    LB: Tommy Gemmell

    Celtic legend Tommy Gemmell is arguably the best attacking left back of his generation. The scotsman netted in two European cup finals for Celtics greatest ever side, one of only two British players to do so.

    CM: Robert Prosinecki

    Another Eastern European midfielder to light up a the world cups of the 1990s, Robert Prosinecki was a magician with the ball at his feet. Prosinecki is part of a select group of foreign players to have played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid and with his talent it isn't hard to see why.

    At club level, Prosinecki was at the heart of the midfield as Red Star Belgrade became the last Eastern European team to win a European cup. He followed this team success with a host of personal acolades in the form of a 5th placed finish in the 1991 Ballon D'or as well as being named the best player in Yugoslavia and the 4th best in the world by FIFA. After hitting these early heights he then moved to Spain taking in spells at giants Barcelona and Real Madrid with a season at Real Oviedo sandwiched in between. Later in his career, Prosinecki became something of a journeyman playing for sides as varied as Portsmouth and Dinamo Zagreb before hanging up his boots in 2005.

    Despite playing at the pinnacle of club football in Europe, Prosinecki is remembered by most fans for his appearances on the international stage. Originally playing for Yugoslavia, he was first seen at a major tournament during Italia 90 where he picked up the Young player of the tournament award grabbing a goal in the process. However, it was in 1998 though where he really showcased his talent for the newly formed Croatia. Netting one of the goals of the tournament against Jamaica in the group stages, Prosinecki became the only player to score at a world cup for two different nations, a record he still holds to today, before leading Croatia to a 3rd place finish in their maiden world cup tournament. He would also appear for his country at Euro 96 and Japan and Korea 2002 but he will always be most fondly remembered for his performances at France 98.

    CM: Krasimir Balakov

    Considered by many to be the second best Bulgarian footballer of all time, Balakov had a hugely decorated career of his own playing for Sporting Lisbon and Stuttgart. At these clubs he picked up numerous trophies and played in a cup winners cup final before being voted the latter's best player of all time. He also picked up another accolade during his spell at the club when, in 1996, he was named on the bench of the FIFA XI making him one of the best players in the world at the time.

    However, Balakov's best achievements came on the international stage. Making his tournament debut at USA 94, Balakov scored two goals and was named in the tournament XI as Bulgaria propelled themselves towards an unlikely semi final spot. He also appeared for the eastern European side at two more international tournaments during Euro 96 and France 98 before helping them to one last hurrah aged 37 as he captained his nation to qualification to Euro 2004. Their last appearance at a major finals to date.

    CAM: James Rodriguez

    One of the most technically gifted footballers of his generation, James Rodriguez lit up the 2014 world cup with his stunning play helping Colombia to the quarter finals. Since then he has won everything there is to winduring a stint at Real Madrid before this summers big move to Bayern Munich.

    LW: Florian Albert

    Not only one of footballs forgotten legends but one of Hungarys as well. Born a decade too late to play for the Magical Magyars, Florian Albert was instead the stand out player in a more average Hungary side. Had he been part of the great side with Puskas and Czibor maybe the 1954 world cup would instead belong to Hungary. A one club man, Albert was prolific for Ferencvaros and guided them to the Inter Cities Fairs cup of 1965 before ppping Bobby Charlton and any of the Lisbon Lions to the 1967 Ballon D'Or showing just how good he was.

    ST:Luis Suarez

    He scores goals and he bites people. You know the rest.

    RW:Stanley Matthews

    The original worldwide superstar, Stanley Matthews was widely regarded as the best player of the immediate post war era. Winner of the inaugural Ballon D'or and the only player to be knighted while still playing, he continued at the top level right up until the age of 50 because he was just that good.

    The inspiration of many players of the 60s and 70s he is a hero to a whole generation of football fans.
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  • Lisbon67
    1533 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited August 2017

    All of them could kick a baw well
  • TheGreenMachine
    1716 posts Play-Off Hero
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    cmm_1991 Team

  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Mik's Team (enlarged)

  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    edited August 2017
    Best Defence

    This category proved to be very tight between 2 teams..

    In third place, with 12 points.... @Bhoy

    Second place received 30 points, with 1st place on 32.....

    In second.... @Selgarr

    Meaning the team with the best defence is @TheGreenMachine !

  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Midfield

    In third place, with 14 points.... @Lisbon67

    In 2nd place, with 1 more point.... @zl Gshock

    In 1st place, with 32 points... @SC1967

  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Attack

    In 3rd place, we have a tie on 9 points.... @cmm_1991 & @Lisbon67

    2nd place, with 25 points.... @SC1967

    And the best attack, with 27 points.... @Claret_n_blue_blood with this deadly front 3...
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Best Team

    The final category.

    in 5th place, with 18 points, is.... @Lisbon67

    4th place, with 23 points.... @jamle1874

    3rd place, with 27 points... @Claret_n_blue_blood

    2nd place, with 30 points.... @zl Gshock

    Finally, in 1st place, with 53 points... @SC1967
  • Lisbon67
    1533 posts Play-Off Hero
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Well done to everyone involved! This was a cracking idea @xGeorgeSmithx ;)

    On to the next one soon.
  • jamle1874
    6691 posts Big Money Move
    Christ I placed again, well done @SC1967 on the win and running it
  • Lisbon67
    1533 posts Play-Off Hero
    edited August 2017
    Being serious though that was a good idea got us picking some different players, definitely better that way
  • Hibee
    12073 posts Has That Special Something
    Well done everyone that placed. Some cracking teams there.
  • Bhoy
    1866 posts Play-Off Hero
    Definitely fixed...
  • SC1967
    10739 posts Has That Special Something
    Bhoy wrote: »
    Definitely fixed...

  • Yeah my fave one, well done all. @SC1967 your just too good
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