Thursday, January 13, 2022

Murcia All-Time Best XI

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

The region is centered on a historical region of the same name in what is now southeastern Spain. It is heir to the ancient Kingdom of Murcia, which traditionally included, as a bi-provincial region,[6] the provinces of Albacete and Murcia. During the transition to democracy (la Transición), Albacete became part of Castilla–La Mancha. The region is 11,313 km2 (4,368 sq mi) in area and had a population of 1,511,251 as at the start of 2020.
Football is not a major sport here.  Real Murcia is the main club in the region. Officially founded in 1919 as Levante Foot-ball Club (records show earlier denominations, such as 1903's Foot Ball Club de Murcia and 1906's Murcia Football Club), Real Murcia was named as such, in 1923–24, by King Alfonso XIII.

The region has limited numbers of players.  I can only create a Best XI team.

Velasco signed with FC Barcelona in 1942, when he was 21.  He was the starting goalkeeper of FC Barcelona until he got injured in his eyes, in which he lost his place to Antoni Ramallets, and he never got back to the main place. In 1954 he left FC Barcelona to play in CE Sabadell FC, where he retired one season later.  He played with the Spanish B selection officially.

RB: Chendo
Chendo was a product of Real Madrid's academy.  He played his entire career with Real Madrid between 1982 and 1998.  He won 17 major trophies with the club. He was a part of the team that won back-to-back UEFA Cup titles in the mid-1980's.  He retired after the 1998 European Champions' League Final.  For international football, he had 26 caps for Spain.  He represented them at both World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990., where he was the starter in 1990 edition.
Navarro spent two seasons with Portuense and earned him a move to Salamanca in 1979.  He later played with Real Betis and  Recreativo de Huelva.  Between 1987 and 1997, he played for Cadiz, where he made his name.  Except for a single season, he played in La Liga for them.  He left Cádiz after 260 appearances and four goals. He is a legendary figure in the club's history, having served as club captain during one of their most successful periods. 

CB/RB: Casuco 
Born in Lorca, Region of Murcia, Juan Martínez Martínez was better known as Casuco. He wasa youth product of Real Madrid, but he started with CF Lorca Deportiva. From there he went to Granada CF ,played with Granada CF and then the Elche CF in the 1970's.  He joined Real Zaragoza in 1979, where he spent ten years and played his best career as a player, becoming their team captain. He helped Real Zaragoza to win the Copa Del Rey in 1985-1986.  

Jose Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest leftback.  He earned 81 caps for Spain.  He played at the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1984 and 1988. Spain reached the Euro Final in 1984.  After playing youth football at Albacete Balompié he moved to La Liga giants Real Madrid at age 18.  He spent 15 seasons with Real Madrid. He played with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's.  He won 19 titles with Real Madrid, including two back-to-back UEFA Cups: 1984–85, 1985–86.
Javi Garcia was a youth product of Real Madrid who progressed to the first team before making a name with Benfica. He played for them between 2009 and 2012. He also played for CA Osasuna. Between 2012 and 2014, he played for Manchester City. Then, he spent a further three seasons in Russia with Zenit before returning to Spain in 2017 to join Real Betis.  Between 2012 and 2013, he was capped twice by Spain.  

Jose Carlos Castillo made his FC Barcelona debut in 1926.  He remained at the club until 1932, being a starter since 1927, highlighting the 1928-29 season where the club won the first Spanish league. He played 207 games and scored 5 goals.  In 1932 he joined Atlético de Madrid where he played two seasons and was promoted to the first division.  He represented Spain once in 1931 against Ireland as well as several times for Catalonia.
José Carlos Castillo
Ruiz played 5 years for Real Madrid between 1956 and 1963, winning a title per year while there, including four European Cups.  In 1962, he joined Deportivoi la Coruna on loan.  Released by the Merengues, he spent five of the following seven seasons in Segunda División, one of the two exceptions being 1964–65 with Real Murcia – top level relegation. He retired in 1970 at the age of 33, with Spanish first division totals of 103 games and five goals.

Pedro Leon
Born in Murcia, Pedro Leon made his debut with Real Murcia in 2005.  He spent two seasons with them before moving to Levante in 2007.  He then played for Valladolid and Getafe before joining Real Madrid in 2010.  After 3 unsuccessful seasons in Real Madrid., he returned to Getafe before playing for Eibar between 2016 and 2021. He joined Fuenlabrada in 2021.  Between 2007 and 2009, he represented Spain at the Under 21 level. 
Pedro Leon
Alcazar played in the First Division for three seasons as a player for Club Esportiu Europa between 1928 and 1931, these being the only campaigns of the Catalan club in the highest category of Spanish football. He was the first Murcian footballer to play for the Spanish soccer team and one of the first to do so in the First Division. He was capped twice with Spain in 1925.

ST: Mista
An Real Madrid youth graduate, Mista started with CD Tenerife in 1999.  He would make a name for himself with Valencia between 2001 and 2006, helping the club win a total of four major titles.   In the 2004 UEFA Cup Final, he scored the second goal in the 2–0 win against Olympique de Marseille.He then played for Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna before joining Toronto FC in 2010.  He represented Spain twice in 2005.

Honorable Mention
José Macanás, Manolo, Robert Sánchez, Jose Luis Borja, Andrés Fernández, Juanmi, Patricio Pelegrín, Manuel Nunez, Murciano.

Squad Explanation
-- At the time of writing, around seven players born in Murica have played for Spain.  So the pool is very limited.  I only have the resource to build an All-Time Best XI.   Usually,  I had difficulties to build all-time teams because of fullbacks and goalkeepers.  Murica has enough good players in the two positions, but I could not come up suitable candidates for other positions. 
-- If I can build a Best XI team for Murcia, I do believe that I can do the same for each regions for Castile  
-- Marca created an all-time Best XI for Murcia.  Their team was different from mine.  It consisted of Juanmi, Chendo, Camelo, Tatono, Casuco, Camacho, Antonio Alcázar, Javi Garcia, Pedro Leon, Mista, Ricardo.  We had four different selections. They listed Ricardo as their starting forward.  I had no idea who he was. I found Ricardo Alos who played for Murcia, but he was born in Valencia.  Richi (Ricardo Pérez de Zabalza Goytre) who also played for Murcia was born in Madrid. 
-- Normally, I awarded players with connections to a local club, but only Pedro Leon played briefly for Real Murcia.  Antonio Ruiz spent some time with them at the end of his career.  They were not considered legends of the club. Real Murcia greats such as Amador, José Sierra, Richi, José Sánchez Vidaña, Manola and Pepe Aguilar were not born in Murcia.
 -- Many of the players on this pool played for Real Madrid.  Until 1980, Murcia and Castilla-La Mancha were the same region, but the distance between Madrid and Murcia was probably a non-factor.  Camacho, Chendo, Casuco, Javi Garcia, Mista, Antonio Cruz and Pedro Leon were all at one point or another on the books of Real Madrid.  Jose Luis Borja and Juanmi who was on my honorable mentions also came from the club.
-- Marca listed Juanmi as Murcia's goalkeeper on their All-Time Best XI.  He had a single cap for Spain.  But I discovered Juan Zambudio Velasco and selected him for my Best XI.  ESPN Deportes listed him among the greatest goalkeeper for Barcelona FC. He was their staring goalkeeper before the emerge of Antoni Ramallets.  In fact, only an eye injury forced him out of a starting lineup and gave way to Ramallets. At the time of writing, Robert Sánchez appeared once for Spain in 2021.  He went to the Finals of Euro 2020 as the third goalkeeper.   Sanchez is a young goalkeeper with a career ahead of him.  Jose Luis Borja who played for Real Madrid and Espanyol was on honorable mention.  Andrés Fernández also played several seasons in La Liga.
-- I do not know if Murcia is known for producing its fullbacks, but Chendo and Camacho were born here.  Because of them, the region could claim to have one of the best fullback corps in Spain.  Manolo who played for Barcelona FC between 1979 and 1988 was also born in Murcia.  He was listed as a fullback. Tatono was selected by Marca for their Murcia's Best XI.  He was a rightback. They made honorable mentions.  Juan Valera spent many seasons with Atletico Madrid.  He also played with Real Murcia.  Rightback Manuel Nunez was considered to be Real Murica's greatest.  I put him on honorable mention.
-- Carmelo Navarro was the only suitable central defender I found.  He was an all-timer with Cadiz.  He was born in Murcia, but he grew up in Galicia and Andalusia.  According to wikipedia, Cadiz was considered his hometown team.  From 1987 to 1992, he played in La Liga for them.  Nevertheless, I used birthplace as my criteria for this team.  Alberto Botía was mainly a journeyman.  So I selected Casuco who played nearly 300 games for Real Zaragoza and is a member of my Real Zaragoza All-Timer team. He was a rightback, but also played centerback.  However, I did not know much about his playing level as a central defender.
-- Javi Garcia was mainly a defensive midfielder, but I considered using him as a central defender.  In the end, I selected him as a defensive midfielder.
Javi Garcia
-- For Murcia, I did not have much candidates for midfielders.  I was seriously considering Gonzalo Villar My plan was to play Javi Garcia as a central defender and drop Casuco who was a rightback playing as a central defender.  At the time of writing, Gonzalo Villar is only 23 years.  He already played for Spain which is a milestone for this region.  His cap, however was during the COVID 19 pandemic when the Spanish Under 21 side played as their senior team.  So I kept Casuco who is an all-timer with Real Zaragoza. I could also reward Murciano who was an all-timer with Real Murcia for a spot, but his career was mainly spent in the lower division.  
-- Gonzalo Villar spent his youth career with Elche and Valencia. In 2018, Gonzalo Villar made his debut with Elche.  In 2020, he joined AS Roma in Italy.  In 2021, he made his senior debut for Spain against Lithuania.  Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Spain's senior national team was forced to isolate after Sergio Busquets tested positive so Spain featured their Under 21 team for this senior game.
-- In the six seasons with Real Madrid, Antonio Ruiz won 4 European Cups playing along side Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskas and Francisco Gento.  Although he never played international football, he had done more than most footballers from here.  He was listed on the "legends" section of Real Madrid's official website.  The website described him as an industrialist midfielder.
-- Jose Carlos Castillo was born in Murcia, but grew up near Barcelona.  He spent many seasons with Barcelona.  He became the first from Cartagena to play a match with the Spanish team, also being the second from Murcia to do so after Antonio Alcázar.  However, his name was not listed among Murcia-born players who played for Spain in two of my sources. I do not understand.
-- On the right side, I selected Pedro Leon.  He was a decent player with Getafe, but his move to Real Madrid was a disappointment.  Nevertheless, he was a long time La Liga player.
-- Left-winger Antonio Alcázar Alonso moved to Catalonia at a young age.  He also represented them in football.  He was the first player from Murcia to play for Spain.
-- Normally, I rewarded players who were heros of the local clubs.  But I chose Mista over Patricio Pelegrín of Real Murcia. In his prime, he played around the same time as Raul, Fernando Morientes, Fernando Torres, David Villa.  So he only earned two caps in his career.  He made a name for himself with Valencia, helping the club win a total of four major titles during a five-year spell.  He have achieved at the club level.  He played with manager Rafael Benítez, who first coached him at Real Madrid Castilla. He also worked with the player at CD Tenerife, and then Valencia CF.


Sunday, December 19, 2021

Extremadura All-Time Best XI

Fernando Morientes

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of All-time Best XI team for Extremadura.  
Located in the central-western part of the Iberian Peninsula, Extremadura is crossed from east to west by the Tagus and Guadiana rivers. The autonomous community is formed by the two largest provinces of Spain: Cáceres and Badajoz. Extremadura is bordered by Portugal to the west and by the autonomous communities of Castile and León (north), Castilla–La Mancha (east) and Andalusia (south).

Founded in 1924, CF Extremadura was the region's major football team, but it folded in 2010.  Extremadura Unión Deportiva is the only major club left.  It was founded in 2007.  At the time of writing,  it never reached the  Primera División, the top tier of the Spanish league.  José Antonio Reyes played for them for a few games before he passed away.

Joaquín Vázquez was the first player born in Extremadura capped by Spain.  He competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics, where Spain win a silver medal.  Rafael Gordillo is the most capped player born here.  Extremadura autonomous football team (Selección de fútbol de Extremadura) played a few games in 2007 and 2008.

In 20 La Liga seasons, César Sánchez played 401 games, with Valladolid, Real Madrid, Zaragoza, Valencia and Villarreal, being first choice in three of those clubs and winning seven major titles with the second, including the 2002 Champions League.  He started five out of nine UEFA Champions League matches during the capital side's victorious campaign, He also appeared once for Spain in 2000 when Spain played against Germany.
César Sánchez
RB: Francisco Melo  
In 1964, Francisco Melo started with Real Valladolid where he would play for four seasons.  He played for Atlético de Madrid between 1968 and 1976, winning the Spanish League in 1970 and 1973, and the Intercontinental Cup in 1975. He played in the 1974 European Cup Final, which Atlético lost.  Paco Melo played two games with the Spanish national team, was called up in another five games.

Pedro José's career was closely associated with CF Extremadura, and he only played with teams from his native region in 25 years as a senior. He represented his main club in all four major levels of Spanish football, helping it promote twice to La Liga, in 1996 and in 1998, and appearing in more than 600 competitive matches during his spell (72 goals).  He left the side in 2004 at almost 37, and played a further six years in amateur football, with Mérida UD and Imperio de Mérida CP.

Alejo began his career with Barcelona, but never made an appearance for the first team. He then became a member of the legendary Figueres team that almost earned promotion to La Liga in 1991–92, playing alongside players such as Toni, Luis Cembranos, Pere Gratacós, Tab Ramos and Tintín Márquez. He joined Celta Vigo in late 1992, and made 158 top flight appearances during four and a half seasons with the club. Alejo then played for Elche.  

LB/LW:  Rafael Gordillo 
Rafael Gordillo was known as the greatest left wingback in Spanish history.  He played at the same time as Camacho for both club and country.  Both players started on the left side.  Camacho supported him defensively.  He was a legend at both Real Betis and Real Madrid. He was voted the Best Player in Spain for 1979-1980 season.  He played with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's, winning 5 La Liga titles and an UEFA Cup. He appeared in nearly 80 matches for Spain and representing the nation in five international tournaments.
Rafael Gordillo
DM/CM: Roberto Marina 
Marina started his professional career with Atlético Madrid, being definitely promoted to the first team for the 1982–83 season.  He scored the 3,000th league goal for the club.  Marina finished his 15-year career with spells with RCD Mallorca and CD Toledo (the latter in the second division), retiring at the age of nearly 34. He earned his first (and only) cap for Spain: on 26 May 1985 he played six minutes in a friendly with the Republic of Ireland, in Cork.

CM: Adelardo Rodriguez 
Adelardo spent 17 years with Atletico Madrid.  He held the appearance record for the club.  He played over 550 matches for the club from 1959 to 1976. During his spell, the club won three La Liga titles (65–66, 69–70 and 72–73), five Copa del Reys (1960, 1961, 1965, 1972 and 1976), the 1962 European Cup Winners' Cup, the 1974 Intercontinental Cup. He earned 14 caps for Spain between 1962 and 1970.  He went to the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
Adelardo Rodriguez 

CM: Ito
Ito started playing professionally with local CF Extremadura.  He spent a season with Celta before joining Real Betis in 1998.  He joined Espanyol in 2004.  With Espanyol, Ito won the 2006 edition of the Copa del Rey and, although a reserve in the Catalan team's 2006–07 league campaign.   Ito earned his sole cap for Spain on 23 September 1998, appearing in the last two minutes of a 1–0 friendly win over Russia.

Nicknamed Paquete, Higuera started with Mallocra in 1982.  In summer 1988, Higuera signed with Real Zaragoza, being instrumental in their 1995 triumph in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, all this while often partnered offensively with Juan Esnáider, Miguel Pardeza and Gustavo Poyet.  Higuera joined Mexico's Puebla FC in 1997, being accompanied by Pardeza in the adventure.  He played 6 times for Spain between 1992 and 1995.
 Francisco Higuera 
Morientes started with Albacete.  He later signed with Zaragoza in 1995.  Between 1997 and 2005, he played for Real Madrid, winning three Champions' League titles.  He was a starter until the signing of Ronaldo in 2002.  Then, he had a loan stint with AS Monaco FC.  He also played with Liverpool, Valencia, etc.  Morientes earned 47 caps for the Spain national team, representing the country in two World Cups (totalling five goals) and Euro 2004.

Manolo played local CP Cacereño and CE Sabadell FC before he moved to Real Murcia.  In 1988, Manolo signed with Atlético Madrid, where he knew his most successful years, forming a formidable attacking partnership with Paulo Futre.  He was crowned top scorer in 1991–92 with 27 goals.  He went on to total 28 caps and nine goals, representing the nation in the 1990 World Cup finals where he only appeared in the first group stage game against Uruguay (0–0).

Honorable Mention
Victor, David Cortés,  Fernando Pacheco, Edu Moya, Iván Cuéllar, Casto, Pedro Porro, Diego Lozano, Ciriaco Cano, Joaquín Vázquez, Ito, Ernesto Valverde, Ángel Cuéllar.

Squad Explanation
-- At the time of writing, sixteen players born have played for Spain.  So the pool is very limited.  I only have the resource to build an All-Time Best XI.  
-- Adelardo Rodríguez was the first player from Extremadura who played in a World Cup match.  He went to the 1962 World Cup in Chile.  Rafael Gordillo is the most capped player born here. 
-- Extremadura autonomous football team (Selección de fútbol de Extremadura) played a few games in 2007 and 2008.  Ciriaco Cano and Manolo also coached the Extremadura national team. This is their starting lineup against Peru in 2008.  Casto, Edu Moya, Sergio Rodríguez, José María Cidoncha, Sergio Benito, "Ito", "Javito", Jesús Rueda, Enrique, Rocha y Troteiro. Jugaron también: Samir, "Teté", Agustín Fernández, Parra, Guzmán, Carballo, David Generelo, "Chirri", Sabino y Rai.  
-- In 2020, Marca created an All-time Best XI for Extremadura.  The team was as followed: César Sánchez; David Cortes, Roberto Marina, Rafael Gordillo; Ernesto Valverde, Adelardo Rodríguez, Ángel Cuéllar, Victor; Francisco Higuera, Fernando Morientes, Manolo (3-4-3).  My team is different from them.
-- César Sánchez was an easy choice for goalkeeper.  The creation of Extremadura autonomous football team was proposed by him.  I gave him credit for that.  Furthermore, he spent a long career in La Liga, including starting most of Real Madrid's games during its Champions' league winning year in 2002.  He was also capped once for Spain. Fernando Pacheco who spent many seasons in La Liga could be an alternative.
-- César Sánchez actually started ahead Iker Casillas in Real Madrid, but Casillas was a teenager at the time.
-- For rightback, I took Francisco Melo over Pedro Porro.  At the time of writing, Pedro Porro is only 22 years old.  His career was still ahead of him.  He is the most recent player from Extremadura capped by Spain.  David Cortés was selected by Marca as Extremadura's greatest ever rightback. He was liked a journeyman who moved from clubs to clubs throughout his career.  I preferred Melo.
-- Marca did not select any natural central defender.  Roberto Marina played as a central defender for them.  I did not know if he ever played in that position.   From my research, he was a defensive midfielder. For my team, I selected Pedro José and Alejo Indias.  Both players were uncapped player born here.  Pedro Jose was a club legend for CF Extremadura.  He played over 600 games for them.  I awarded him for being a local hero.  Alejo Indias spent many years in La Liga.  He was the only central defender whom I founded have played so long at the highest level in Spain.
-- Rafael Gordillo was one of the best left-sided player from Spain.  Rafael Gordillo was the obvious choice for one of the leftbacks.  He is an Andalusian, but born in Extremadura.  I also selected him on my Andalusia All-Time Team.  He was better known as a left wingback, but in Real Madrid, he was often used as a left wing in front of Camacho.  For this team, I  put him as a leftback so that I could start an extra midfielder.  I did not know if Diego Lozano was also a leftback.  Lozano spent many seasons with Atlético Aviación, which is now Atletico Madrid.  He played 5 times for Spain in 1949.  He started his career as a left winger, but played mainly as a defender.  I also believed Miguel Ángel Ochoa was a leftback.  He competed in the men's tournament at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
-- For midfield, I first took Adelardo Rodríguez who would serve as mu box-to-box midfielder.  He currently holds the appearance record for Atletico Madrid.  Then, I selected Francisco Higuera who had a good career with Zaragoza.  Then, I had to choose between Roberto Marina and Ito.  I could have selected Marina as a central defender and dropped either Pedro José and Alejo Indias.  Marina definitely had a better career than the two defenders. Marca selected him as a central defender, but I did not have any information about his career as a central defender.  
-- Ito played for CF Extremadura, but Roberto Marina played for a better club side.  Since Marca selected him as one of their Best XI, I copied their ideas.  As mentioned, they used him as a central defender, but I took him as a midfielder.
-- Ito is much better known players than the players selected.  I took Pedro Jose and Alejo Indias because of their playing position. But should I take Ito?  In the end, I decided to select Ito over left wing Ángel Cuéllar.  I do believe Angel Cueller's peak was greater than Ito, but Ángel Cuéllar's career was limited due to the injuries.  He spent a long period of his career in the lower division while Ito had a longer career.   Then, I would put Francisco Higuera as a side forward in a 4-3-3 formation.  
-- Ángel Cuéllar made his debut for Real Betis' first team aged 18 in 1990.  In June 1995, Cuéllar signed a five-year deal with league powerhouse FC Barcelona, but suffered 2 years of injury-riddled career there.  He made a return to Real Betis in 1997, but was not a regular starter.  He stayed there until 2004.  He played in the lower division until retirement. He played twice for Spain in 1994 and 1995.  He had represented Spain at the youth level.
-- Fernando Morientes was the all-time leading scorer from Extremadura for the Spanish national team.  He had remarkable career with Real Madrid.  His credentials were well-known. Manolo won the Pichichi Trophy in the 1991–92 season for being the top scorer in La Liga.  Then, I put Francisco Higuera on the left side.  He was mainly an attack midfield, but he had played as a forward.
-- Victor and Ernesto Valverde made honorable mention.  Over 18 seasons, Victor appeared in 561 matches both major levels of Spanish football combined, scoring 167 goals (342 games and 93 goals in La Liga). He played nine years with Valladolid (two spells), and four with Villarreal.Ernesto Valverde was best remembered for coaching career in Barcelona. He played for six teams in a 14-year professional career, including Espanyol, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
-- Joaquín Vázquez was the first player from Extremadura capped by Spain, but I only out him on honorable mention.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla All-Time Team

David Silva and Pedro

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of all-time 23 member team for the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla.  

Both Ceuta and Melilla are Spanish enclaves sat on the northern shores of Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Together they form the European Union's only land borders with Africa.  The Canary Islands are closer to Africa than they are to Europe and so geographically they are part of the African continent.  I stopped short of calling this team "Spanish Northern Africa" or "Spanish Africa".  Plazas de soberanía is a term describing a series of Spanish overseas minor territories scattered along the Mediterranean coast bordering Morocco or that are closer to Africa than Europe.  However, this is about football and none of these territories factored much in the football world.  

The two main football teams in the Canary Islands are CD Tenerife and UD Las Palmas.  They are two of the most geographically isolated European professional clubs.  Ceuta and Melilla do not have any significant football clubs.  They played mainly in the lower division.  

GK: Antonio Betancort (Canary Islands)
Antonio Betancourt played as a goalkeeper for Las Palmas before moving to Real Madrid in 1961. With Real Madrid, he had two spells with a more lengthy spell between 1963 and 1971. In between, he played for Deportivo La Coruña. He was considered a member of the Ye-Ye team. He was also capped by the Spanish national team. He went to the 1966 World Cup Finals in England as a backup to José Ángel Iribar.  
Antonio Betancourt 
GK: Juan Antonio Pérez Sáez (Canary Islands)
Juan Antonio Perez was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.  He started with Tudelano, but he almost spent his entire career with local club UD Las Palmeas between 1974 and 1987.  He played mainly in the top division.  He spent two seasons with Club Deportivo Logroñés at the end of his career before retiring in 1989.  

GK Manuel López Santana "Manolo" (Canary Islands)
Simly known as "Manolo" or "Manolo Lopez", Manolo joined UD Las Palmeas when when he was only 16 years old.  He made his debut in 1981.  He spent a season with AgD Ceuta, where he set the record of 1,223 minutes without conceding a goal, previously held by Dino Zoff.  Then, he spent 5 seasons with Tenerife club, where he was at one point their captain.  He is currently the General Director of Sports for the Government of the Canary Islands .

RB: Manuel Pablo (Canary Islands)
Manuel Pablo came from the Canary Islands.  He started with his hometown club Las Palmas.  He moved to Deportivo La Coruna in 1998, where he almost spent his entire career and helped them to win their first ever la Liga title in 2000. He retired in 2016 at the age of 40 after over 450 games for them. He was capped 13 times for Spain between 2000 and 2004.

CB/RB: Foncho (Canary Islands)
Foncho began his career with Tenerife in the 1955-1956 season. After a brief stint at Real Murcia and Eldense, he joined FC Barcelona, ​​where he would play for seven years from 1960 to 1967.  His team reached the 1961 European Cup Final.  He did win the 1963 Generalissimo Cup and the 1965-66 Fairs Cup,  He joined Real Zaragoza in the 1967-1968 season.  With Spain, he earned 2 caps in 1961.

CB: Migueli (Ceuta)
Migueli was born in Ceuta.  He started his career with Cadiz in 1970. In 1973, he joined FC Barcelona, winning the 1979 and 1982 Cup Winners Cup.  He spent 20 seasons over there. Known for his physical power, he was nicknamed Tarzan.  He had 32 caps for Spain between 1974 and 1980.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 as well as Euro 1980 held in Italy.  He was named Don Balón Award )Best Spanish Player) for two seasons: 1977–78, 1984–85.
CB: Paco Jémez (Canary Islands)
Jémez was born in Las Palmas, Canary Islands.  During his career, he played for Córdoba CF, Real Murcia, Rayo Vallecano, Deportivo de La Coruña and Real Zaragoza, Paco Jémez, which he helped to the 2001 conquest of the Copa del Rey.  Jémez played 21 times for Spain between 1998 and 2001.  He was a participant at UEFA Euro 2000, taking part in three matches in an eventual quarter-final exit. 

SW: Tonono  (Canary Islands)
Tonono made his professional debut with hometown's UD Las Palmas, in 1962.  He would only play for one club in his entire career, being part of the squads in the late 1960s and early 1970s that achieved three top-five finishes in the top flight – including the second place in 1969.  He was capped 22 times.  He did not appear, however, in any major international tournament, as the national team did not qualify for any during his international spell.

LB: Rafael Lesmes (Ceuta)
Over 12 La Liga seasons Rafael Lesmes played for Real Valladolid (two spells) and Real Madrid, appearing in 263 games in the competition. He began his career with local Atlético Tetuán, and retired in 1962 at the age of 35.  With Real Madrid, Lesmes was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups. Lesmes was an unsused player at the 1950 World Cup.  In total, he played twice for Spain in 1955 and 1958 respectively.
Rafael Lesmes 
LWH/CM/DM: Juan Guedes (Canary Islands)
Juan Guedes was considered one of UD Palmas greatest players.  He was born in 1942.  He started with Porteño as a youth before he moved to UD Las Palmas Youth Team. At just 18 years old, he made his first team debut in 1961.  He played for eight years in the First Division and participated in the 1969-70 Fairs Cup. He became their captain and was considered a "symbol of Canarian football".  He died in 1971 at the age of 28.  He played twice for Spain.  

CM/DM:  Jose Pirri (Ceuta)
Jose Pirri is regarded as one of Spain's greatest player.  He had 41 caps in a career that lasted 12 years. He played in two World Cup Finals: 1966 and 1978. He played for Real Madrid for 15 years, between 1964 and 1979, winning ten Spanish league titles, four Spanish cups, and the 1966 European Cup. He was a member of the Real Madrid team that was known as the Yé-Yé team.  He also played for Granada between 1963 and 1964.
MF: Hilario Marrero (Canary Islands)
Hilario played for Real Club Victoria before he joined Deportivo de La Coruña in 1928.  In 1931 he was transferred to Real Madrid, where he played for five seasons, and won two leagues and two cups.  Later, he played Valencia CF and FC Barcelona in between he returend briefly for Deportivo La Coruna.  He was capped twice by Spain.  He went to the 1930 World Cup Finals.

AM: Juan Carlos Valeron (Canary Islands)
Juan Carlos Valeron started his career with La Palmas.  He played for Mallocra and Atletico Madrid before he moving to Deportivo La Coruna, where he would play 13 seasons between 2000 and 2013.  He was widely considered to be one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, but injuries had limited his career. He only played 46 times for Spain between 1998 and 2005.  He went to the Euro 2000, the World Cup Finals in 2002 and Euro 2004.
Juan Carlos Valeron 
AM/CM: German Dévora (Canary Islands)
Germán Dévora scored 129 goals, spread over 453 matches in the First and Second Division, the Spanish Cup (Generalissimo and the King), the Copa de Fairs and UEFA Cup for UD Las Palmes. he is their all-time leading scorer.  He was a star of their golden team in the 1960's. He was capped 5 times between 1968 and 1972.  His debut was against Sweden where he played with Tonono , Juan Guedes and Paco Castellano.

AM/LM: David Silva (Canary Islands)
David Silva became a starter at Valencia in 2006 which forced Palbo Aimar to leave the club.  In 2010, he joined Manchester City helping the club to win their first Preimership in over 40 years. For Spain, he had over 120 caps from 2006 onward.  He was a key player throughout the period as Spain won the "triple crown": two European Championship and a World Cup.  He also represented Spain at every major tournament from 2008 onward.
David Silva
CF/RWF: Alfonso Silva 
(Canary Islands)
At the age of 17, he joined the Real Club Victoria before he played for Atlético de Madrid from 1946 to 1955, winning two league titles.  He moved back home to play for UD La Palmas in 1957.  For Spain, Alfonso Silva was capped 5 times.  Along with Luis Molowny and Rosendo Hernández, Silva went to the 1950 World Cup Finals in Brazil. Spain finished in fourth position, their best result until the 2010 World Cup.  

LW/MF: José Padrón (Canary Islands)
José Padrón played for RCD Español, Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona before going to France.  After leaving French team Cannes in 1937, he signed for Sochaux in Ligue 1, where he won the 1937–38 championship.  Padrón played 5 times for Spain, scoring two goals.  One of his cap was against England in 1929, where England lost their first ever away match outside the British Isles.

LW/FW: Vitolo (Canary Islands)
Vitolo began his career with Las Palmas before joining Sevilla in 2013, where he won three straight Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  He signed with Atlético Madrid in 2017, but joined the side in January, 2018.  He won the Europa League in his first season and adding the subsequent Super Cup.  At the international level, he made his debut for Spain in 2015.  He had 12 caps.
AM/SS/LW/CM: Luis Molowny  (Canary Islands)
In 1946, after winning the Canarian regional championships with Marino FC, Luis Molowny joined Real Madrid. During his 11-year stint in Madrid, Molowny appeared in 198 games all competitions comprised, netting 107 times.  He conquered five titles with his main club, including two national championships and the 1955–56 edition of the European Cup. He earned seven caps for Spain while playing in the 1950 World Cup Final.
Luis Molowny 
FW: Rosendo Hernández (Canary Islands)
Hernández started playing football with local Canary Islands clubs SD Tenisca and CD Mensajero. From 1950 to 1952, Hernández competed almost exclusively in La Liga (the exception being the 1950–51 season in Segunda División), representing RCD Español and Real Zaragoza.  he gained 4 caps for Spain. He was selected for the 1950 FIFA World Cup,

FW/SS: Paco Campos (Canary Islands)
Campos began his career in 1934 with Marino. After the Spanish Civil War, he moved to Atlético Aviación (now Atlético Madrid), where he played until 1948. In the late 1940s, he was part of the Delantera de la Seda frontline with José Juncosa, Alfonso Silva, Antonio Vidal Caturla and Adrián Escudero. He joined Sporting de Gijón between 1948 and 1952.  he scored 5 goals in 6 caps for Spain.

ST: Ángel Arocha (Canary Islands)
Ángel Arocha  was a striker highly appreciated by Barcelona fans for his great ability to score goals, scoring 236 goals in 240 games between 1926 and 1933. Arocha was capped twice by Spain where he scored 2 goals. After playing for Barça, he signed for Club Atlético de Madrid between 1933 and 1936. He died fighting on the Balaguer front in the Spanish Civil War in Franco's army. 

FW: Pedro (Canary Islands)
Pedro won 20 titles for Barcelona from 2008 to 2015.  In 2015, he joined Chelsea in the English Premier League.  In 2020, he moved to Italy where he played for AS Roma and Lazio.  He was a part of the Spanish national team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012.  He also participated in the following World Cup and European Championship.  He had 65 caps.
Honorable Mention
Gabriel Jorge (Canary Islands), Jose Perez Garcia (Canary Islands), Manolo Lopez (Canary Islands), Vicente Valcarce (Canary Islands), Diego Rodríguez (Canary Islands),  Paco Castellano (Canary Islands), Jose Bravo (Canary Islands), Felipe Martin (Canary Islands), Juanito (Canary Islands), Francisco Lesmes (Ceuta), Jose Bravo (Ceuta), Nayim (Ceuta), Vicente Valcarce (Canary Islands),  Antonio Guayre (Canary Islands), Rubén Castro (Canary Islands), Ramoní (Melilla), Pepillo II (Melilla), Ángel López (Canary Islands), Paco Campos (Canary Islands), Machín (Canary Island), Jonathan Viera (Canary Islands), Luis Valle (Canary Islands).

Special Recognitions
Arico Suárez (Canary Islands born Argentine international), Pier (Italian-born player who grew up in the Canary Islands).

Squad Explanation
-- The original idea was to create an all-time team for Canary Islanders only.  However, the lack of an adequate leftback forced me to reconsider my idea. So in the end, I combine this team with Ceuta and Melilla.  The Canary Islands is geographically closer to Africa than Europe.  Rafael Lesmes from Ceuta would solved my issue of the lack of a leftback from the Canary Islands.
-- I almost selected Arico Suárez who a defensive left-half player. He was born in Gran Canaria who represented Argentina in the 1930 World Cup Finals, making him the first Canary Islander to play in the World Cup.  However, I could not drop several local hero. So I stayed with an all-Spanish international team. I have different criteria for different teams to fill holes   Lorenzo Fernández and José Santamaría of Uruguay were on my Galicia All-Time team because the team needed players from their position.
-- I used overseas Basque and Catalan players for my respectively all-time teams.  I found many information on these players online. However, the ethnicity from those regions is different from the other ethnicity in Spain.  So I am using birth place as my criteria for this team.  All players must be born in the three regions.
-- I also considered changing this team into the Spanish Island All-Time team that also included the Balearic Island.  The Balearic Islands also did not have enough players to form their own all-time team.  Miguel Nadal would boost this team, and I could also select Albert Riera for my leftback position.  However, the name Spanish Islands are seldom mentioned anywhere.  The two island groups were far away from each other.  On the other hand, the Canary Islands is a part of the African continent.  So a Spanish African or Spanish North African all-time team seems more logical.  Besides,  Pirri, and Migueli would make a powerful team with David Silva and Juan Antonio Valeron. 
-- At the time of writing, Melilla only produced a single Spanish international.  Ramoní who starred for Sevilla in the 1950's played twice for Spain in 1952 against Argentina and Germany respectively. He played club football with Mellia-born Pepillo II in Sevilla.  Pepillo II spent a few seasons with Real Madrid.  He played for the national B team 9 times, but never played for the senior side. No footballer from Melilla was selected onto this team.  The two players mentioned were put on honorable mention.
-- A website listed Hilario Marrero, Ángel Arocha, José Padrón, David Silva, Pedro Rodríguez, Vitolo Rosendo Hernández, Luis Molowny, Juan Guedes, Tonono and Juan Carlos Valerón as Canary Islands' greatest footballers.  Jonathan Viera was also mentioned, but I bypassed him for older players. He only made on honorable mention.
--  David Silva was a part of Spain's triple crown team from 2008 and 2012. Pedro Rodríguez was not on the 2008, but played on both 2010 World Cup Finals and Euro 2012.
-- Spain finished 4th at the 1950 World Cup Finals.  It was Spain's best position for 60 years until they won the World Cup in 2010. The roster included Rafael Lesmes, Luis Molowny, Rosendo Hernández and Alfonso Silva.
1950 World Cup team
-- The golden age of Canarian football came at the end of the 1960s, with the emergence of UD Las Palmas. They went from the Second Division to fighting for the league title and qualified for European competitions. That team that finished runner-up in 1968-1969 La-Liga was led by Tonono, Juan Guedes, Germán Dévora and Francisco Castellano. They were selected for Spain while in Las Palmas. 
-- CD Tenerife did not feature as many native-born players.  Ángel Arocha and Foncho played for them.
-- Goalkeeper Antonio Betancort was famous due to being a part Real Madrid's Ye-Ye team.  He did not play in the 1966 European Cup Final, but was the hero of the semi-final.  Jose Perez Garcia was one of the most important goalkeepers in the history of Hercules, but I went with two goalkeepers who were heros of clubs in the Canary Islands. Juan Antonio Pérez Sáez played many games for Las Palmes.  Manuel López Santana "Manolo" is often considered to be CD Tenerife.  Manolo Lopez was basically the only other goalkeeper of note I found.
-- Leftback Robert Carlos was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.  Of course, he is not the same Roberto Carlos of Brazil and Real Madrid.  He played in the lower division for Tenerife, Malaga B, etc.  At one point, he was one of two leftbacks I found from Canary Islands.  Vicente Valcarce who spent many seasons with Malaga was the most famous of the two.  In the end, I decided players to expand this team to include players from Ceuta. Rafael Lesmes was part of the Real Madrid team that won five consecutive European Cups. For rightback, I simply took Manuel Pablo who earned more caps than Ángel López.  He was also on my Deportivo La Coruna All-time team.  Foncho could also play on the right.  So I only took a single rightback.
-- For central defenders, Migueli stood out as probably the most famous from Canary Island.  Tonono with over 20 caps was for many years the most capped Canarian player.   Franz Beckenbauer described him as one of the best defenders of his time. Then, I took Foncho, simply because he was better known. He spent 7 seasons for Barcelona in the 1960's.  He played in the 1961 European Cup Final.
-- Paco Castellano was Tonono's clubmate with Las Palmas where they were considered the Golden period of Canarian football, but I decided to put him on honorable mention along with Felipe Martin Instead, I chose between two more modern players,  Juanito and Paco Jémez.  I selected Paco Jemez because he had 21 caps.
-- For midfielders, Pirri needed no introduction. Arico Suárez would have been the obvious choice, but I decided not to select Canary-born players who played for the other nations.   He was described as a defensive player.  
-- Juan Guedes was legend at La Palmas while Hilario Marrero was listed as one of the Canary Islands' greatest players.
-- People had high hopes for Jese Rodriguez. He was tipped to be the next big time with Real Madrid, but he played one good season. I am undecided if he should be put on honorable mention.
--  Pedro and Afonso Silva played on the right side.  Alfonso Silva was a star right wing-half for Atletico Madrid. AM/SS/CM: Luis Molowny was an inside-left.  He could be an attack midfielder or left wing.  He was known for his crosses. His surname originated from County Clare in Ireland. The spelling of the name was a variation for Maloney.
-- Juan Antonio Valerón broke Tonono's record of international caps for Canary Islanders. Valeron alongside Luis Molowny and David Silva almost kept out German Dévora of the team.  In the end, I dropped rightback Ángel López for Devora.  Devora was a local club legend. And I also decided to keep this team all Spanish international because of Devora.  Arico Suárez of Argentina would have gotten on this team, but i could not drop Devora.
-- AM: Pier Luigi Cherubino grew up in the Canary Islands, but he was born in Italy.  I ruled him ineligible.  And I also had Juan Antonio Valerón, David Silva and Luis Molowny ahead of him.
-- Nayim scored a last-minute goal for Real Zaragoza in the 1995 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final against Arsenal.  He was from Ceuta. He made honorable mention.  I also did not have space for Eleuterio Santos.  He was on my Real Zaragoza all-time team. 
-- The left side attack was very strong.  Vitolo edged out Jonathan Viera and Machín.  Jonathan Viera probably should get into the team, but I went for older players.  With Gabilondo and Germán, Machín formed one of Atlético' Madrid's great midfield lines. They were nicknamed "The Three Musketeers".  Vitolo is a member of my Sevilla All-Time team.
-- I selected José Padrón who was the first player capped from the Canary Islands. During World War Two, he served under Raymond Dronne as part of the Free France, being part of the North African campaign, the Normandy landings, and took part in the Liberation of Paris from the Nazis. He was the last survivor of La Nueve, the first company that entered Paris. While playing with Espanyol, his team included two other Canarian players Rafael Oramas Rafael González. 
-- Both Rosendo Hernández and Alfonso Silva were on Spain's 1950 World Cup team.  Silva was an all-timer with Atletico Madrid.
-- Ángel Arocha joined FC Barcelona as a heir apparent to legendary Paulino Alcántara.  He scored 203 goals in 210 matches for FC Barcelona.  He is considered one of the leading goal scorers in their history, Then, I took Paco Campos from 1930's was the other realistic option in the forward position.  In the late 1940s, he was part of the Delantera de la Seda frontline of Atletico Madrid which also featured Canarian Alfonso Silva. He is the highest scoring player from the Canary Islands in La Liga.  He also scored 5 goals in 6 caps for Spain. 
-- Paco Campos edged out Miguel González.  With Atlético Madrid, Miguel González scored 73 goals in 252 games, winning two league titles and one Cup. He scored 2 goals in 15 games for the Spain national team between 1953 and 1958.

I lined up the best players. The fullbacks were old-fashioned.  Pedro had played on the right wing for Spain while Luis Molowny was a left-sided player.  Pirri was a box-to-box midfielder.  So i was not sure if I have enough defensive presence on the midfield.