Friday, October 13, 2017

Argentina before 1978 All-Time Team

Argentina in 1966

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Argentina All-Time Team
If Argentina sent this team to 1958 World Cup

Argentina finished second in the first ever World Cup Finals in 1930.  Three Argentine-born players – Luis Monti, Raimundo Orsi and Enrique Guaita played for Italy as Italy won the 1934 World Cup Finals.  Argentina's turn to win the World Cup did nit come until 1978.  However,  from 48 years between the first World Cup to 1978, Argentina produced many stars such as Alfredo di Stefano, Amadeo Carrizo, Omar Sivori, Silvio Marzolini, etc.  This is my selection of Argentina All-Time Team before 1978.
Argentina South American Champion 1957


GK: Amadeo Carrizo
He was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's.  He won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.  Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him.  He only earned 20 caps.

GK: Rogelio Dominguez
He played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957 and Argentina did not select overseas players.  With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club.

GK: Antonio Roma 
Nicknamed Tarzan for the way of throwing himself for the ball, he started his professional career with Ferrocarril Oeste in 1955. He was then transferred, together with teammate Silvio Marzolini, to Boca Juniors in 1959. Roma stayed with Boca until his retirement in 1972.  With the club Roma won the Argentine League of 1962, 1964, 1965, and the Campeonato Nacional 1969 and 1970. In 1969 he kept his goal clear for 783 minutes.  Capped 42 times for La Albicelestes.  He went to the WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.

RB: Carlos Sosa 
Carlos Sosa started his career with Atlanta.  He joined Boca Juniors in the 1941, wherhestablished as one of the best defender of his generation.  He payed in France for Racing Paris and Red Stars.  With Argentina, he won two Copa Americas.

RB: Enrique Wolff
Wolff began his career with Racing Club in 1967. He played for the club until he was transferred to River Plate in 1972. In 1974 Wolff was transferred to UD Las Palmas in Spain, and 3 years later he joined Spanish giants Real Madrid where he was part of the championship winning sides of 1977-1978 and 1978-1979.  capped 27 times.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1974.

CB: Roberto Perfumo
At club level, Perfumo played for Racing, River Plate and Brazilian team Cruzeiro. He was a legend with Racing Club in Argentina winning the Primera title, the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup.  He was considered their greatest player. He played in 1966 and 1974 WC Finals. 

CB: Federico Sacchi  
Sacchi started his career with Tiro Federal. In 1958 he was signed by Newell's Old Boys. Sacchi joined Racing Club de Avellaneda in 1961 and was part of the team that won the Argentine Primera in his first season with the club. He joined Boca Juniors in 1965 and won another league title in his debut season with the club. In 1967, he joined Sporting Cristal of Peru. Sacchi played 15 times for the Argentina national team, scoring one goal. He was a member of the Argentina squad for the 1962 World Cup.

CB: Ludovico Bidoglio 
He was an early player for Boca Juniors.  He made his debut with the club before the club was officially named as Boca Juniors.  He was capped 27 times, winning two Copa America: 1925 and 1927.

Born in Argentina of the Cape Verdean ancestry, he started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He soon earned a move to River Plate where he played 172 games in seven seasons with the club. After a short spell with Banfield, he moved to Brazil to play for Santos, where he played alongside Pelé, Coutinho and Pepe in the club's golden years.  He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38, making a total of 324 appearances and scoring one goal.  capped 25 times.  He went to the 1958 and 1962 WC Finals.

A idol with Boca Juniors.  He played form them between 1960 and 1962.  He was considered one of the greatest leftbacks in Latin American football history.  He was capped 27 times.  He went to the 1966 WC Finals in England.

LB: Jorge Carrascosa

El Lobo (The Wolf) started his career in 1967 with Banfield. He made his debut for Argentina in 1970 and was signed by Rosario Central, where he was part of the squad that won the Nacional 1971. In 1973, he joined Huracán where he won a second Argentine championship in his first season, the Metropolitano was the clubs first championship since the professionalisation of Argentine football in 1931. Carrascosa was capped 30 times. He was a member of the 1974 World Cup squad.

One of Argentina's greatest defensive midfielders.  Nicknamed "Pipo", he started his career at River Plate, playing from 1945 to 1949, and then again from 1955 to 1958, winning a total of 5 Argentine leagues. He also won 6 more with Millonarios in Colombia. He played in the 1958 World Cup Finals and was a part of their 1957 Copa America winning team.

The ruthless central midfielder led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934 when England played Italy.
Luis Monti

Rattin played his entire career with Boca Juniors.  He was remembered for getting send-off against England at the WC Finals in 1966, in which he refused to leave the field.  This incident, and others surrounding the same game, arguably started the long-lasting rivalry between the national teams of Argentina and England.  He earned 34 caps and also went to the WC Finals in 1962. 
Antonio Rattin 

Dubbed Arlequín and El dueño de la raya (The chairman of the sideline), Corbatta was known as one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played for five teams in his country – six in total – mainly Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. Unfortunately, he lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.

A member of River Plate's "La Máquina.  It is considered to be one of the greatest team ever assembled in the history of South American football. They dominated Argentine football during the first half of the 1940s, winning eight national titles during his time at the club. He usually played as an outside left and he is considered to be one of Argentina's greatest wingers. Because the peak of his career was during the Second World War, his international career was very limited. Nevertheless, he played 28 times for Argentina scoring ten goals.  He won three straight Copa America in 1945, 1946, and 1947. 

SS/FW: Adolfo Pedernera 
He was a member of  "La Máquina".  He is still considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine players of all-time. He was elected the 12th best South american footballer of the 20th century in a poll by the IFFHS in 2000. He moved to Atlanta in 1947 and Millonarios in Colombia.  Because of the Second World War, he did not play many games for Argentina. He still won the Copa America 1941 and 1945.

He was one of the first professional players in Argentine football to reach great popularity, to the point that he had a movie biography. He started with Tigre and then a spell with Vélez Sársfield.  In 1932, Ferreyra was transferred from Tigre to River Plate for a record transfer fee of 23,000 pounds. He kept this record for a total of 17 years – the longest unbroken time period for this record.  For River Plate, his scoring ratio was more than one goal per match.  He was only capped 4 times.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori
After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero_Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961.
Omar Sivori (R)

The star of  "La Máquina" in the 1940's.  Some fans in Argentina considered him better than Maradona and Di Stefano. He did not play in the World Cup due to the War, but won the South American Championships of 1941, 1942 and 1947.

CM/AM/FW:   Alfredo Di Stefano
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 
He is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293 goals, Arsenio Erico being the first top scorer with 295 goals. Labruna was also part of the celebrated River Plate offense, nicknamed La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.
Ángel Labruna 

ST: Luis Artime 
Artime started his career at Club Atlético Atlanta, but better known for his career with River Plate where he became the top scorer in Argentina on three occasions and Independiente where he helped the team to win the Nacional 1967, he was also topscorer in the tournament.  With Nacional of Uruguay, he helped the team to win the Copa Libertadores in 1971. He also played Palmeiras and Fluminense in Brazil.  For Argentina, he scored 24 goals in 25 games. He played at the 1966 World Cup and at the South American Championship 1967, where he was the top goalscorer.

Honorable Mention
Américo Tesoriere, Carlos Peucelle, Rinaldo Martino, Rene Pontoni, Ermindo Onega, 
Enrique Garcia, Jose Sanfillppo, Antonio Sastre, Juan Carlos Muñoz, Manuel Seoane, Ernesto Lazzatti, Manuel Ferreira, Humberto Maschio, Ernesto Grillo, José Salomón.

Squad Explanation 
-- Antonio Rattin, Luis Artime, Ángel Labruna, Bernabe Ferreyra, and Omar Corbatta were not on my Argentina All-Time Team, but they could easily be considered for it.
-- Many players are on my 1956 World Cup Team.
-- I took Antonio Roma as the third keeper over Américo Tesoriere. Roma was also my first chocie for my Boca Juniors All-Time Team.
-- Antonio Sastre was seriously considered.  I have too many attack midfielders.
-- I brought two new centerbacks who were not on my all-time team: Federico Sacchi, Ludovico Bidoglio and José Ramos Delgado.  Delgado was well-known because of his club career with Pele. José Salomón should get a spot too.

I am using the older 4-2-4 formation.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Brazil All-Time Team After Pele

1994 World Cup
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Brazil All-Time Team
Sao Paulo StateRio de Janeiro
North/Northeastern BrazilSouth/Southeastern Brazil
Brazilian-born players capped by other national teams
Afro-Brazlian Players
Brazil All-Team Under Mari Zagallo
Brazil All-Time Team before 1958

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time Brazil team after Pele's retirement from the national team in 1970.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Before Pele, Brazil has never won the World Cup.  At the completion of Pele's career, Brazil is generally known as the greatest football nations in the world.  Pele put Brazil on the football map.  This is my selection of the greatest Brazilian players after Pele.  All players made their national team debut after Pele retired from the national team in 1970.

World Cup 2002
GK: Claudio Taffarel
Taffarel earned over 100 caps.  He was the starting goalkeeper for the WC 1994 winning team. During an 18-year career, he played professionally for six clubs, including Parma, Internacional, Atlético Mineiro and Galatasaray. He won an UEFA Cup with Galatasaray.

GK: Julio Ceasar
Julio Ceasar was awarded the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010.  He won the Champions' League with Inter Milan in 2010.  He won 87 international caps for the Seleção between 2004 and 2014. He was selected for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, in addition to two Copa América. 

GK: Dida 
Remembered for his 8 seasons with AC Milan.  He was the hero of the 2003 Champions' League Final when he helped Milan to win the penalty shootout against Juventus.  He became the first Brazilian keeper to be nominated for Ballon d' Or that year.  He went to three World Cup Finals and started in 2006 for the Seleção.

RB: Cafu 
Cafu is the all-time cap record holder for Brazil.  He is the only man to play in three WC Finals, winning in 1994 and 2002.  He was the captain of the national team as they won the World Cup in 2002.  He played with Sao Paulo, Roma and AC Milan. He was South American Player of the Year in 1994.  


RB: Leandro 
Leandro was one of the best rightbacks in the 1980's. He earned 31 caps.  Hwas a part of the great 1982 World Cup team in Spain.  He spent his entire career playing for Flamengo. Along with Zico and Junior, he helped them to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1981. The team was considered one of the greatest Brazilian club side ever assembled.

CB: Lucio
The star of the 2002 WC Team. He earned 105 caps for Brazil.  He reached the Champions' League final with Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.  In 2004, he moved to Bayern Munich, where he won one German Cup and three Bundesliga titles. He also helped Inter Milan win the 2010 Champions League against his former club Bayern Munich.

CB: Aldair 
Aldair  played for Flamengo before heading to Europe.  He was widely remembered for his 13 seasons with Roma.  The club retired his #6 jersey for 10 seasons.  For the national team, he was a key member of the great defensive unit of the WC winning team in 1994.  

CB: Luis Pereira
Luis Pereira was widely considered to be the best central back in the Seleção's history. He was capped over 30 times and played in World Cup in 1974. He played 562 games with S.E. Palmeiras (34 goals) and 171 games with Atlético Madrid (17 goals).

CB: Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva  became the most expensive defender in history when he moved from Milan to Paris St. Germain.  Before moving to play in Europe, he played for Juventude and Fluminense in Brazil. He was a key player as Fluminense to the Final of VCopa Libertadores in 2008.  For the national team, he was the captain of Brazil ill-fated team in World Cup 2014, but did not play against Germany in the semifinal. He was an unused sub at the WC Finals in 2010.

LB: Roberto Carlos
He was regarded one of the best leftbacks in history.  He had 125 caps for Brazil playing in three WC Finals. He won 3 Champions League titles with Real Madrid and one WC title with Brazil in 2002.  In 1997 he was runner-up in the FIFA World Player of the Year.  He is especially famous for a free kick from 35m out against France in the  Tournoi de France 1997. The goal is considered one of the greatest goals ever scored.

Roberto Carlos

LB: Junior 
Junior was one of the greatest leftback in Brazil's history.  He was the leftback for Brazil in 1982.  He was also a part of the great Flamengo team of the 1980's winning the 1981 Copa Libertadores and 1981 Intercontinental Cup. With 857 matches, he is the player with most appearances for Flamengo.

DM: Toninho Cerezo 
He played for Roma and Sampdoria in Italy. With São Paulo FC, he was the two-times winner of the Intercontinental Cup and Copa Libertadores.  He went to Argentina 1978 and Spain 1982. 

DM: Dunga
Dunga's bluecollar and defensive style of football symbolized a new era in Brazil's football.  He played 91 times for Brazil.  He was the captain of Brazil's WC winning team in 1994. He also went to Italia 1990 and France 1998.  He played in Brazil, Japan, Italy and Germany in his career.


CM: Falcao
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer.  He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Roma in the 1980's.  He won Serie A in 1982-83 and Roma had to wait 17 years for the next title after that.  For national team, he was left out of the WC in Argentina, but four years later, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian of Spain 1982.  He won the Silver Ball as the best Brazilian playing in Spain.

RM/CM: Socrates
He was the captain of 1982 and 1986 team. One of the best attack midfielders in Brazil's history.  In 1983, he was named South American Footballer of the Year.  He spent 7 seasons with Corinthians.  He went abroad in 1984, playing a season in Serie A with Fiorentina.  He was also a MD, earning the degree while he was an active player.


AM/LM: Ronaldinho 
He was a member of the "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002.  He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team.

LW/AM: Zico 
Zico was the best player in the world during the early 1980's.  He came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.  He went to three WC Finals, but probably best remembered for the 1982 tournament.  He won the Intercontinental Cup in 1981 with Flamengo, a team that was considered among the greatest ever.  He later played with Udinese for 2 seasons.


AM/FW: Rivaldo 
Rivaldo was a part of the attacking trio known as "Three R's" with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho at the 2002 World Cup Finals.  He scored 5 goals in 5 games as Brazil took its 5th World Cup.  For his club career, he played for Barcelona.  He won the 1999 Ballon d' Or.

AM/CM: Kaka 
Kaka started his career with Sao Paulo in Brazil before moving to AC Milan in 2003.  He was the star player who helped Milan to win the Champions' League in 2007 and he himself won he Ballon d'or the same year.  In 2009, he left Milan for Real Madrid.  For Brazil, he was capped 92 times.  He was a young and seldom used player at the WC in 2002.  He was a key player after the WC Finals in 2002.
AM/FW: Neymar 
Neymar was known as the greatest player ever produced by Santos since Robinho.  He moved to Barcelona FC in 2013, where Barcelona FC and his family were founded to have involved under the table money.  In 2017, he again moved to PSG after the French club paid for his release clause and became the most expensive transfer ever.  For Brazil, he played at the WC Finals in 2014, but missed the 7-1 defeat in the semi-final.

ST: Bebeto 

With 39 goals in 75 appearances for Brazil, Bebeto is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team. He was the top scorer for Brazil at the 1989 Copa América as the nation went on to win the tournament. At the 1994 FIFA World Cup, he formed a formidable strike partnership with Romário to lead Brazil to a record fourth World Cup title.  His goal celebration against Holland was one of the best ever.  His best club career was with Deportivo La Coruna, where won the Pichichi Trophy in 1993.  He played for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro and Botafogo in Brazil, Sevilla in Spain, Toros Neza in Mexico, Kashima Antlers in Japan, and Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, finally retiring in 2002.

ST Romario
Romario helped the Seleção to win the 1994 FIFA World Cup, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He missed the 1998 WC Finals because of an injury. One of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals. He was best remembered for his stint with Barcelona.

ST: Ronaldo
Ronaldo led Brazil to two WC Finals match, winning the one in 2002.  He scored 8 goals in 2002.  He was the winner of Ballon d'Or twice and the FIFA World Player of the Year three times.  He is the second top-scorer in WC history.  He played for both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and for both AC Milan and Inter Milan. 


Honorable Mention
Waldir Peres, Marcos, Nelinho, Danilo Alves, Maicon, Jorginho, Oscar Bernardi, Ricardo Gomes, Edinho, Marinho Chagas, Branco, Leonardo, Marcelo, Dirceu, Giberto Silva, Ze Roberto, Juninho Pernambucano, Juninho Paulista,  Edmundo, Careca, Roberto Dinamite, Reinaldo.

Squad Explanation
-- Waldir Peres and Marcos were considered, but Julio Cesar and Dida have done better in Europe, especially in Italy where goalkeepers are considered to be very impoprtant.
-- Cafu locked down the rightback position for many years. Nelinho, Leandro, Danilo Alves, Maicon and Jorginho were considered for the backup position.  I took Leandro based of his performance at the 1982 World Cup Finals.
-- Junior and Roberto Carlos were easily choices for the left back.
-- Ricardo Gomes would have made the list if he played in USA 1994.  Edinho also deserved a spot.  Instead, Aldair got the last spot.  His performance with Roma played a part.
-- All attackers have won or finished high at the World Footballer of the Year award, Ballon D'or, World Cup Golden Boot or any other similar award.  Dunga and Toninho Cerezo are not considered attackers.
-- I have to choose between Careca and Bebeto for the last spot. Both players were very close in numbers.  Both players have similar numbers while playing for Brazil. Bebeto scored 39 goals while Careca got 30. Careca was probably Brazil's best player at  Mexico 1986, but Bebeto won the World Cup Finals.  In the end, I took Bebeto because he was a World Cup winner and he scored more goals.

This is the classic formation for Brazil.  The squad is similar to Brazil 1982, but I added Dunga to add a more no non-sense approach to the team.  Ronaldo-Romario was probably the best attacking duo in Brazil's history.  They would be backed by Zico and Socrates in the midfield.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Brazil All-Time Team before 1958

Brazil World Cup 1938 Finals

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Sao Paulo StateRio de Janeiro
North/Northeastern BrazilSouth/Southeastern Brazil
Brazilian-born players capped by other national teams
Afro-Brazlian Players
Brazil All-Time Team After Pele
Brazil All-Team Under Mari Zagallo

This is my selection of a 23 member all-time Brazil team before 1958.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Brazil was not known to be the greatest football nation until the emerge of Pele.  However, Brazil had many talented players before their first World Cup victory in 1958.  Leônidas da Silva dazed the crowd in the World Cup Finals of 1938 while Domingos Da Gua is still considered to be Brazil's greatest defender.  In 1950, Brazil had one of its greatest team, but only failed at the "Maracanazo".  Zizinho, Jair and Ademir were known as one of the greatest forward line in Brazil's history. 

Brazil 1950 World Cup Finals
Team GK: Moacir Barbosa 
Barbosa was one of the greatest keepers in Brazil's history, but he was, however, associated with Brazil's loss to Uruguay in 1950.  He played mainly for Vasco Da Gama.

GK: Carlos Jose Castilho 
Carlos Jose Castilho went to 4 World Cup Finals, but only played in 1954.  He had a reputation for being lucky, earning the nickname "Leiteira".  He played over 695 games for Fluminense. 

GK: Jaguaré 
When playing with CR Vasco da Gama, he won the championship of Rio de Janeiro. He also played for FC Barcelona, Sporting CP and SC Corinthians Paulista. The most successful period of his career was in the 1930s with the French club Olympique Marseille. In Brazil, he is also considered to be the person who popularised the use of gloves by goalkeepers.

CB/RB: Augusto da Costa 

He captained the Brazil team to the 1950 FIFA World Cup final leading them to become the runners-up of the tournament after losing to Uruguay. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. He started his career in 1936, with São Cristóvão, leaving the club in 1944. In 1945 he joined Vasco, retiring in 1954. He played 20 games for the Brazilian national team and scored one goal.

CB: Pinheiro 
Pinheiro held the second highest appearance record for Fluminense. He was involved with over 600 games.  Pinheiro was Rio de Janeiro's champion in 1951 and 1959, Rio's 1952 Cup, Rio-São Paulo Tourney in 1957 and 1960, as well as several other lesser-known titles. Before Fluminese, he played for Americano.  At the club, he played for many position, including goalkeeper. He earned 17 caps, attending the WC Finals in 1954.

SW/CB: Domingos da Guia 
The star defender of the 1940's who was among the first skilled defender to play the game. He played for several clubs, but notably with Flamengo and Corinthians, and aboard with Boca Juniors. He had 30 caps. He was a star at the 1938 WC Finals in France.
Domingos Da Guia

CB: Juvenal Amarijo 
Juvenal Amarijo started his career with Cruzeiro-RS, joining Flamengo in 1949, then Palmeiras in 1951, moving to Bahia in 1954 then retiring in 1959 while playing with Ypirnga-BA. He played for the Brazil in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Juvenal lost his money after retiring from playing and was living in poverty.  He died on October 30, 2009, at to age 85, in the city of Salvador, in Bahia, Brazil, due to respiratory failure.

CB/LB: Del Debbio 
Del Debbio started his career playing for São Bento in 1919, leaving the club in 1921, to join Corinthians, where he stayed until 1931. During his stint at Corinthians, he won the Campeonato Paulista in 1922, 1923, 1924, 1928, 1929 and 1930. He joined Lazio of Italy in 1931, leaving the club in 1935 to play again for Corinthians, where he won again the Campeonato Paulista in 1937. He returned to Corinthians in 1939, winning the Campeonato Paulista and retiring during that year.

LB: Noronha 
Noronha played for Grêmio, Vasco da Gama, São Paulo and Portuguesa. With Sao Paulo, he formed a great team with Rui Campos and Bauer. He was a member of the 1950 World Cup.

DM: Bauer 
Bauer was a member of Brazil's World Cup team in 1950 and 1954.  He played mainly for Sao Paulo and Botafago.  He was known as the coach who discovered Eusebio in Mozambique. 

DM: Danilo Alvim
Danilo Alvim is considered one of he greatest defensive midfielder in Brazil's history.  He played on the ill-fated 1950 team.  For his club career, he was a part of Vasco da Gama's legendary "the Victory Express" team. He also played for America.
Danilo Alvim

CM/DM: Ely 
Ely do Amparo started his career with América, in 1939. He joined Canto do Rio in 1940, leaving the club in 1945 to join Vasco. Ely, as part of Vasco's Expresso da Vitória squad, won the Campeonato Carioca in 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950 and in 1952, winning the South American Club Championship in 1948 as well. Ely do Amparo was transferred to Sport in 1953, winning the Campeonato Pernambucano in that year and in 1955, when he retired. He went to the WC Finals in 1950 and 1954.

He was considered one of the best defensive midfielders of Vasco da Gama of the first half of past century. At the time, he and Jaguaré, another famous player at this era, was attempted to be loan to Barcelona. Popularly known as "Fausto, The Wonder Black" he was a pioneer to vindicate labor laws to footballers since the professionalization of Brazilian football in the beginning of the 1930s. He also played for other clubs, such as Bangu, Nacional of Montevideo and Flamengo.

FW/RW: Tesourinha 
Tesourinha joined Internacional in 1939, where he was known to be a member of the club's famous "Rolo Compressor" team of the 1940's. In 1949, he was transferred to Vasco De Gama.  He was a part of the legendary "Expresso da Vitória" at the club.  In 1952, he joined Grêmio, becoming the first black player  in history to play for the club.  For Seleção Brasileira, he was capped 23 times. He participated in 3 South American Championship.  He was chosen as the best player for the 1945 version.  In 1950, he was projected to start for the great Brazilian WC team, but an injury kept him out of the Finals.

Chico started with Gremio, but joined Vasco de Gama, where he was a member of the famous "Victory Express" team. In 1950 FIFA World Cup, he played four games and scored four goals. He played in the famous game with Uruguay, which Brazil lost, known as "Maracanazo".

He played for the following clubs: Ypiranga-SP, Fluminense, Palmeiras, Botafogo, Juventus, Paulista and Rosario Central (Argentina). He earned 21 caps (3 non-official) and scored 9 goals (4 non-official) for the Brazil's Seleção, and was part of the team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup and the 1954 FIFA World Cup.

AM: Ademir 
Ademir formed a great attacking trio with Zizinho and Jair at the ill-fated WC Finals in 1950.  He won the Golden Boot at the tournament.  For club football, he had two spells each with Sport Recife and Vasco da Gama. He also had one spell with Fluminense.

AM/FW: Jair de Rosa Pinto 
Jair was a member of the great offensive trio for Brazil at the World Cup in 1950. The other two were Zizinho and Ademir.  He played for Flamengo and Vasco da Gama before the WC in 1950.  After the WC Finals, he played mainly for clubs in Sao Paulo.  For the national team, he only made two cameo appearances two years after the ill-fated World Cup Finals.

AM: Zizinho
Pele's idol.  The greatest Brazilian player before the 1960's. The star of the WC in 1950.  He played for Flamengo, Bangu, São Paulo FC, Audax Italiano of Chile among others teams. With, Flamengo, he won state championships in 1942, 1943 and 1944.

FW: Leônidas da Silva 
The player known as "Black Diamond" was credited to be the inventor of "Bicycle Kick".  He played in two WC Finals: 1934 and 1938. He was the top scorer at the WC in 1938.  He played for a number of clubs in Brazil and Penarol. His longest spells were with Vasco Da Gama and Sao Paulo.

ST: Heleno de Freitas 
The striker spent most of his career with Botafogo, scoring 209 goals for the club, most with his head. In 1948 he transferred to Boca Juniors in Argentina, but returned to Brazil the following year, winning the 1949 Campeonato Carioca with Vasco. He ended his career with América in Rio, after a very short stint at Santos. He scored 19 goals in 18 appearances for Brazil as the team finished runners-up in both the 1945 and 1946 Copa America championships. He was joint top goalscorer in the 1945 tournament.

ST: Heitor 
He was one of the most important players in the history of Palmeiras, being their greatest goalscorer of the team. He began his career in 1916, becoming the first idol of the club. In São Paulo, Heitor was a rival of Arthur Friedenreich, but together, they formed a great pair for the national team, notably in the South American championship of 1919.  He was also a star basketball player.

The "Tiger" was the first Afro-Brazilian professional players in Brazil.  He was also one of the first star players from Brazil. He did not attend the first World Cup Finals in 1930 because only players from Rio traveled to Uruguay.
Arthur Friedenreich 

Honorable Mention
Roberto Belangero, Agostinho Fortes Filho, Tim, Romeu Pellicciari, Adãozinho, Friaça, Hércules de Miranda, José Perácio, Cláudio,  Niginho, Índio, Teleco, Neco, Nena, Brandãozinho, Airton Pavolhao, Baltazar, Pinga, Martín Mercío Silveyra.
Tesourinha, Zizinho , Heleno, Jair and Ademir

Squad Explanation
-- Most football teams played without fullbacks until after the war.  It is difficult to find suitable fullbacks.
-- Júlio Botelho only went to the 1954 World Cup Finals, but he continued to be capped by Brazil after 1958.
-- Canhoteiro also capped after 1958.
-- Canário's last cap was in 1956, but he was born in 1934.  He was still in his prime after 1958.  While he was eligible in terms of representing Brazil before 1958, he probably would be considered a generation after 1958.  Luizinho was also 28 years in 1958. His last cap was 1957.
-- I do not know much about Niginho, but his story was interesting.

The formation is based upon the lineup of the 1950 World Cup team.