Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Greatest All-Time Team under Marcello Lippi (club only)



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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Marcello Lippi (club only).  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League. 

Marcello Lippi's career was best remembered for his time with Juventus.  He won UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996.  He then took over Italy in 2004, winning the World Cup in 2006.  In China, he won three Chinese Super League titles and the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou Evergrande.  He is the first and to date the only coach to win both the UEFA Champions League and the AFC Champions League.

Intercontinental Cup + European Cup in 1996

Team
GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Considered to be one of the greatest keeper ever.  He made his Serie A debut at the age of 17.  He earned his first cap when he was 19.  His biggest achievement must be winning the WC in 2006.  He has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight time. He became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his  transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001.
Gianluigi Buffon

GK: Angelo Peruzzi (Italy/Juventus)
Peruzzi was both Juventus and Italy's starting keeper before Gianluigi Buffon emerged on the scene.  He also played for Roma, Inter Milan and Lazio. He only earned 31 caps, largely because of playing with Buffon at the same time He missed both France 1998 and Euro 2000 through injuries. He was the backup keeper at World Cup 2006.

GK: Michelangelo Rampulla (Italy/Juventus)
Rampulla played for smaller clubs in Italy before joining Juventus in 1992.  He played there until his retirement in 2002.  While with Cremonese, he became the first Italian keeper to score from opened play. With Juventus, he was mainly a backup, but was the starting keeper as they won the UEFA Cup in 1993.

RB/CB:  Lilian Thuram (Italy/Juventus)
Thuram is France's most capped player.  He was known for his strength, pace and stamina.  He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Parma and Juventus. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and was in the runner-up squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  He scored two goals vs Croatia in the semifinal of the WC in 1998. 

RB: Moreno Torricelli (Italy/Juventus)

SW: Ciro Ferrara (Italy/Juventus)
Ferrara's career with the Azzurri was limited by playing in the same period with Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Pietro Vierchowod, Riccardo Ferri, Giuseppe Bergomi, etc.  For club football, he played nearly a decade for Napoli during Diego Maradona's years before moving to Juvnetus.  At Juventus, he won 6 scudettis and a single Champions' League.
Ciro Ferrara 
CB: Paolo Montero (Uruguay)
Montero began his career in Uruguay with Peñarol in 1990, before moving to Italian side Atalanta in 1992. He joined Juventus in 1996, spending 9 seasons there.  He won 4 scudetti titles, but failed to win a Champions League despite playing in 3 Finals.  He also played for San Lorenzo. With La Celeste, he was capped 61 times.  He went to Korea/Japan 2002.
Paolo Montero
CB: Mark Iuliano (Italy/Juventus)
Iuliano spent the bulk of his playing career from 1996 to 2005 with, Juventus, in the Serie A, a club with which he won several domestic and international trophies. He later played briefly in Spain. At international level, he had 19 caps. He represented the Italy at UEFA Euro 2000, reaching the final, and at the 2002 World Cup.


CB: Igor Tudor (Croatia/Napoli/Juventus)
Tudor was most notably a member of the  national side that reached the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup Finals, eventually finishing in third place. He also represented his country at European Championship of  2004, and the 2006 World Cup Finals.  For his club career, he started with Hajduk Split and spent 9 seasons with Juventus.

LB: Gianluca Pessotto (Italy/Juventus)
Pessotto was given the nickname "Il Professorino" ("The Little Professor") by the fans, due to his glasses, his interest in philosophy and literature. He played most of his career with Juventus between 1995 to 2006. He represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and at UEFA Euro 2000, reaching the final of the latter tournament.

RB/LB: Gianluca Zambrotta  (Italy)
Gianluca Zambrotta was one of the best fullbacks in his prime.  He could play both rightback and leftback. He had 98 caps between 1999 and 2010.  He was a member of the 2006 World Cup winning team.  He was selected to the team of the tournament.  He played mainly with Juventus, but also Barcelona in Spain. 

DM:  Didier Deschamps (France/Juventus)
Didier Deschamps was only the second captain in history to lift the three big trophies: the Champions League trophy, the World Cup trophy and the European Championship trophy.  The prime of his career was spent with Marseille and Juventus, where he won a Champions League for each club.
Didier Deschamps and Zidane
RM/CM: Antonio Conte (Italy/Juventus)
Conte started with Lecce in 1985. In 1991, he moved to Juventus where he played until his retirement in 2004.  He was a part of the Champions' League winning team in the 1995-1996 season. Eventually, he became the captain of the team in 1996.  Capped 20 times.  He was a member of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000 team.

CM: Alessio Tacchinardi (Italy/Juventus)
Tachinardi began his career with Atalanta. In 1994, he moved to Juventus, where he spent the majority of his career, winning 17 trophies. He was one of the 50 Juventus players to have their names written inside the club's new home ground, the Juventus Stadium. He also played for Villarreal and Brescia.  Between 1995 and 2003, he played 13 times for Italy.

CM: Paulo Sousa (Portugal/Juventus/Inter Milan)
Sousa started his career with Benfica and Sporting SP at home.  He is best remembered for winning back-to-back Champions' League with two different clubs(Juventus in 1996 and Borussia Dortmund in 1997).  He was a member of the Portugal squad that won the 1989 World Youth Championship.  At the senior level, he earned 51 caps. He went to 1996 and 2000 European Championship as well as the World Cup in 2002.

CM/DM: Edgar Davids (Holland/Juventus)
Nicknamed "the Pitbull", Edgar Davids was one of the greatest defensive midfielders in the world.  He won the European Champions' League with Ajax in 1995.  He earned over 70 caps for Holland.  He was an important player at the World Cup Finals in 1998 when Holland reached the semi-final. He also spent 7 seasons with Juventus at the height of his career. 

RM/CM: Angelo Di Livio (Italy/Juventus)
Di Livio began his career with Roma in 1984. He later played for Reggiana, Nocerina, Perugia, Padova, Juventus and Fiorentina.  With Juventus, he won three scudetti (Italian A League; 1995, 1997, 1998) and one Champions League title (1996). He played for Italy at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2000 (where Italy finished in 2nd place), and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

RM/RW: Mauro Camoranesi (Italy/Juventus)
From 1996 to 2000, he played for 4 clubs in three different countries.  At Cruz Azul, he scored 20 goals and earned a move to Verona in Italy.  He stayed there for 2 seasons and moved to Juventus, where he reached stardom.  bBorn in Argentina, he earned his first cap for Italy in 2003.  He was a regular member of Italy from 2003 and 2010.  He played a major part as Italy won the World Cup in 2006.

AM: Zinedine Zidane (France/Juventus)
He was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.  He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times.  He led France to victory at  the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  With Real Madrid, he also won the Champions League in 2002, where he scored one of the greatest goals in history at the Final.
Zinedine Zidane
AM: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy/Juventus)
Alessandro Del Piero played with them for 19 years (11 years as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (289) and appearances (705).  For the national team, he played 91 times for them, despite the fact that Italy had many players fighting for his position.  He was on the 2006 team that won the World Cup in Germany. He also went to the World Cup Finals of 1998 and 2002, as well as the European Championship of 1996, 2000 and 2004.
Alessandro Del Piero
LW/AM: Pavel Nedved (the Czech Republic/Juventus)
Nedved was a key player as the Czech Republic finished second at Euro 1996, and reached the semi-final at Euro 2004.  For club football, he is best remembered for playing for Lazio and Juvnetus.  At Lazio, he won the Scudetti in 1999-2000, only the second league title in Lazio's history.  With Juventus, he led the team to the Final of the 2002-2003 Champions' League final, but he sat out of the game due to suspension.  He won the European Footballer of the Year that year.

ST: David Trezeguet (France/Juventus)
Trezeguet started his career in Argentina, but was snapped up by Monaco after a few games.  At Monaco, he was known for his partnership with Thierry Henry.  In 2000, he joined Juventus, where he stayed until 2010.  For the national team, he was selected to play in France 1998.  He was a key player throughout his career with France.  He won the World Cup in 1998 and then, the European Championship in 2000.

ST: Filippo Inzaghi (Italy/Juventus)
He is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time, fifth in Italy, with 313 goals scored in official matches. He is currently the fourth-highest goal scorer in European club competitions with 70 goals.  He played with Atalanta, Juventus and AC Milan. With AC Milan, he won  two UEFA Champions League titles (2003, 2007).  He made his national team debut in 1997.  He went to all major tournaments from 1998 to 2006.  He won the World Cup in 2006, but only played in one match.


ST:  Fabrizio Ravanelli (Italy)
Ravanelli started and ended his playing career at hometown club Perugia Calcio, and also played for Middlesbrough, Juventus and Marseille. He won five titles with Juventus, including a Serie A championship in 1995 and a Champions League title in 1996 where he scored in the final. In all, during his career he played with twelve clubs from four countries. Nicknamed 'The White Feather', he earned 22 caps for Italy and took part at Euro 1996.

CF/FW: Gianluca Vialli (Italy/Juventus)
With Sampdoria, Vialli won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1990.  In 1992, he made a world record breaking transfer to Juventus.  In 1996, he helped Juventus to win their first ever Champions' League.  He went to Euro 1988.  However, at Italia 1990, he was unimpressive and lost his starting spot to Roberto Baggio and Salvatore Schillaci.  After the WC Finals, he had a feud with manager Sacchi that forced him out of the national team.
Gianluca Vialli
Honorable Mention
Christian Vieri, Roberto Baggio, Paulo Sousa, Alessandro Birindelli, Marco Di Vaio, Vladimir Jugović, Alen Boksic, Paulinho.

Squad Explanation
-- This is mainly about Lippi's time with Juventus. Outside of his career with Juventus, he only won trophies with Guangzhou Evergrande in China.  None of his players was chosen for playing under him at a different club.
-- Lippi only had two starting goalkeepers while at Juventus so the third keeper selection was difficult to select. Michelangelo Rampulla was a long-term backup keeper who was a part of many winning teams in Turin. He also followed Lippi as his coaching staff after he retired from playing. I took him based upon his relationship with Lippi.
-- Ciro Ferrara followed Lippi from Napoli to Juventus.
-- Pietro Vierchowod only played with Lippi before his retirement.
-- Roberto Baggio spent one season playing with Lippi and Lippi started to phrase out Baggio.  The pair would later reunite at Inter Milan.  I only put him on the Honorable Mention.
-- Christian Vieri only played a single season with him.
-- The last spot was between Paulo Sousa and Vladimir Jugović.  Both players played at the same time for two seasons.  Each started in a Champions League Final. Sousa seemed to be rated higher at Juventus. Alessio Tacchinardi was selected of them because he had played in both of Lippi's stints with the club.
-- Paulinho was symbolic selection for Lippi's time with Guangzhou Evergrande in China. Lippi's most successful career outside Juventus was over there.

Formation



Monday, July 16, 2018

What is France?


People from both sides of the argument on the issue of immigrants (USA) has been using the French national team on their own agenda. Before you questioned the "Frenchness" of the team. Let me remind you that Napoleon himself was an Italian. His real name was Napoleon di Buonparte. His father was known for his anti-French stand on occupation of Corsica. This is the real "France", a melting pot.... it has been that way before it became a Republic.

And I heard some Americans using that as a form of pro-immigrants. Let me remind you that the original big three of French footballers(Zidane, Platini and Kopa) were sons of immigrants.. Zidane was a son of an Algeria immigrants while Platini was that of an Italian. Kopa was Polish. Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of France's first ever World Cup team in 1930. He was born in Algeria. Unfortunately, he later became a Nazi collaborator, who was known as "SS Mohammed" for his cruelty during the war. This French immigrant thing isn't new at all!

People from both sides of the argument on the issue of immigrants (USA) has been using the French national team on their own agenda. Before you questioned the "Frenchness" of the team. Let me remind you that Napoleon himself was an Italian. His real name was Napoleon di Buonparte. His father was known for his anti-French stand on occupation of Corsica. Thuis is France.... it has been that way before it became a Republic.

And I heard some Americans using that as a form of pro-immigrants. Let me remind you that the original big three of French footballers(Zidane, Platini and Kopa) were sons of immigrants.. Zidane was a son of an Algeria immigrants while Platini was that of an Italian. Kopa was Polish. Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of France's first ever World Cup team in 1930. He was born in Algeria. Unfortunately, he later became a Nazi collaborator, who was known as "SS Mohammed" for his cruelty during the war. This French immigrant thing isn't new at all!
People from both sides of the argument on the issue of immigrants (USA) has been using the French national team on their own agenda. Before you questioned the "Frenchness" of the team. Let me remind you that Napoleon himself was an Italian. His real name was Napoleon di Buonparte. His father was known for his anti-French stand on occupation of Corsica. Thuis is France.... it has been that way before it became a Republic.

And I heard some Americans using that as a form of pro-immigrants. Let me remind you that the original big three of French footballers(Zidane, Platini and Kopa) were sons of immigrants.. Zidane was a son of an Algeria immigrants while Platini was that of an Italian. Kopa was Polish. Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of France's first ever World Cup team in 1930. He was born in Algeria. Unfortunately, he later became a Nazi collaborator, who was known as "SS Mohammed" for his cruelty during the war. This French immigrant thing isn't new at all!
People from both sides of the argument on the issue of immigrants (USA) has been using the French national team on their own agenda. Before you questioned the "Frenchness" of the team. Let me remind you that Napoleon himself was an Italian. His real name was Napoleon di Buonparte. His father was known for his anti-French stand on occupation of Corsica. Thuis is France.... it has been that way before it became a Republic.

And I heard some Americans using that as a form of pro-immigrants. Let me remind you that the original big three of French footballers(Zidane, Platini and Kopa) were sons of immigrants.. Zidane was a son of an Algeria immigrants while Platini was that of an Italian. Kopa was Polish. Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of France's first ever World Cup team in 1930. He was born in Algeria. Unfortunately, he later became a Nazi collaborator, who was known as "SS Mohammed" for his cruelty during the war. This French immigrant thing isn't new at all!
People from both sides of the argument on the issue of immigrants (USA) has been using the French national team on their own agenda. Before you questioned the "Frenchness" of the team. Let me remind you that Napoleon himself was an Italian. His real name was Napoleon di Buonparte. His father was known for his anti-French stand on occupation of Corsica. Thuis is France.... it has been that way before it became a Republic.

And I heard some Americans using that as a form of pro-immigrants. Let me remind you that the original big three of French footballers(Zidane, Platini and Kopa) were sons of immigrants.. Zidane was a son of an Algeria immigrants while Platini was that of an Italian. Kopa was Polish. Alexandre Villaplane was the captain of France's first ever World Cup team in 1930. He was born in Algeria. Unfortunately, he later became a Nazi collaborator, who was known as "SS Mohammed" for his cruelty during the war. This French immigrant thing isn't new at all!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Greatest All-Time Team under Fabio Capello (club only)

1994 Chamoions' League with AC Milan

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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Fabio Capello (club only).  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Fabio Capello is regarded one of the most successful coaches of all-time.  In his first five seasons as a manager, Capello won four Serie A titles with AC Milan, where he also won the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, defeating Barcelona 4–0 in a memorable final. He then spent a year at Real Madrid, where he won the La Liga title at his first attempt, and in 2001 led Roma to their first league title in 18 years. Capello also won two titles at Juventus (which were later stripped after the Calciopoli scandal), and in 2006 returned to Real Madrid, where he won another La Liga title. Overall, he has won a major league championship in seven (or nine, counting the two revoked titles with Juventus) of his 16 seasons as a coach. He also coached the national teams of both England and Russian.



Team
GK: Iker Casillas (Spain/Real Madrid)
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper and one of the greatest ever played the game. He started with Real Madrid in 1999.  He won three Champions' League with Real Madrid.  For Spain, he captained Spain into winning the World Cup in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.  He is capped over 150 times.

GK: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)
Considered to be one of the greatest keeper ever.  He made his Serie A debut at the age of 17.  He earned his first cap when he was 19.  His biggest achievement must be winning the WC in 2006.  He has been named the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year a record eight time. He became the most expensive goalkeeper of all time following his  transfer from Parma to Juventus in 2001.

GK: Sebastiano Rossi (Italy/AC Milan)  
Sebastiano Rossi started with Cesena.  He spent 12 seasons in AC Milan from 1999 to 2002, winning the 1994 Champions' league in convincingly fashion.  He was called up by Italy, but was never capped, despite being a top Italian goalkeeper.

RB: Cafu (Brazil/Roma) 
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/CB:  Lilian Thuram (Italy/Juventus)
Thuram is France's most capped player. He played in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Parma and Juventus. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and was in the runner-up squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  He scored two goals vs Croatia in the semifinal of the WC in 1998. 

CB:  Fernando Hierro (Spain/Real Madrid)
At one point, Hierro was Spain's all-time leading scorer and he was a center-back.  He was capped 90 times between 1989 and 2002, whilst appearing in four World Cups and two European Championships. For Real Madrid, he won three Champions' League titles.  He is considered to be Spain's greatest defenders.

CB: Fabio Cannavaro (Italy/Juventus/Real Madrid)
Fabio Cannavaro was the captain and perhaps, the best player of the 2006 World Cup winning team.  He was one of the few defensive players to have won the Ballon Dd'or.  He played for many clubs in his career, but his best years were with Parma, Juventus and Real Madrid.

CB: Alessandro Costacurta (Italy/AC Milan)
Alessandro Costacurta was Franco Baresi's partner at central defense for both club and country. He was a long term serving member of AC Milan.  He was a part of 5 Champions' League winning team for AC Milan.  However, internationally, he only played 59 times for Italy largely because of injuries. He went to both 1994 and 1998 World Cup Finals.

SW: Franco Baresi (Italy/AC Milan)
Franco Baresi was considered Italy's greatest libero.  He was capped 82 times.  He led the Azzurri to the semifinal of the World Cup in 1990 and then, the Final in 1994.  However, he missed most of the tournament in 1994.  He was the captain of AC Milan for 15 years, where he won three European Cups and 6 Serie A titles. 
Franco Baresi

CB/LB: Paolo Maldini (Italy/AC Milan)
Maldini was considered the greatest leftback of all-time.  He won 26 trophies in his 25 year career with AC Milan, including 5 Champions' league trophies. With the Azzurri, Maldini took part in three European Championships, and four World Cups. He reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000. He was capped 126 times for Italy.  

LB: Roberto Carlos (Brazil/Real Madrid)
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 World Cup 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

CB/DM:  Marcel Desailly (France/AC Milan)
Marcel Desailly was considered to be one of the greatest defensive players during the 1990's.  He played 116 times for France, winning the WC in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000.  He was the first player to win the European Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs, when he won it with Marseille in 1993 and AC Milan the following year.

CM: Fernando Redondo (Argentina/Real Madrid)
Fernando Redondo played his first game at 16 for Argentinos Juniors before moving abroad to CD Tenerife in Spain.  He joined Real Madrid in 1994, where he would become one of the best central midfielders in Real Madrid's history.  He won two Champions' League with them. For the national team, he only picked up 29 caps because he had issues with various managers.
Fernando Redondo
DM/CM: Emerson (Brazil/Roma/Juventus/Real Madrid)
For nearly a decade, Emerson was a key player for Brazil.  He was due to captain the 2002 side, but an injury right before the Finals kept him out of the tournament.  He went to the WC Finals in 1998 and 2006. He played for Gremio, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Santos.

CM: Frank Rijkaard (Holland/AC Milan)
Rijkaard was one of Holland's most important player. Capped 73 times.  He won the 1988 European Championship. He spent 5 seasons with AC Milan where he won two European Cup with them. In 1995, he led a young Ajax team to their famous Champions' League victory.  That team is also considered one of the greatest club sides ever.

RW: Roberto Donadoni (Italy/AC Milan)
Donadoni was one of Italy's greatest wingers.  He was a vital part of Milan's squad under both Sacchi and Capello, winning six Serie A titles, three European Cups, four Italian Supercups, three European Super Cups, and two Intercontinental Cups during his time at Milan. He went to the World Cup  Finals in 1990 and 1994.

LW/AM: Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic/Juventus)
Nicknamed "Czech Fury", Nedved was a key player as the Czech Republic finished second at Euro 1996, and reached the semi-final at Euro 2004.  For club football, he is best remembered for playing for Lazio and Juvnetus.  At Lazio, he won the Scudetti in 1999-2000, only the second league title in Lazio's history.  With Juventus, he led the team to the Final of the 2002-2003 Champions' League final. He won the European Footballer of the that year.

AM/LM: Francesco Totti (Rome/Lazio)
Totti is the long serving captain of Roma.  He brought the scudetti back to Roma in 2001 after 20 years.  He was named the Italian Footballer of the Year for 2000 and 2001. He won the European Golden Boot award in 2006-2007.  He won a World Cup with Italy in 2006. 

AM: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy/Juventus)
He is considered to be one of Juventus' greatest players. He played with them for 19 years (11 years as captain), and holds the club records for most goals (289) and appearances (705).  For the national team, he played 91 times for them.  He was on the 2006 team that won the World Cup in Germany.

AM: Dejan Savicevic (Montenegro/AC Milan)
He was a part of the Red Star Belgrade team that won the 1990–91 European Cup before joining A.C. Milan in 1992. With Milan, he won three Serie A titles and the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League. He represented Yugoslavia at the 1990 and 1998 FIFA World Cups.
Dejan Savicevic

AM: Ruud Gullit (Holland/AC Milan)
He was the iconic captain of Holland 1988.  In 1987,  he moved from PSV Eindhoven to A.C. Milan for a world record transfer fee.  He was an important player for AC Milan during the 1980's where they won two straight European Cups. He was the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989.  He spent one season with Sampdoria winning the Italian Cup in 1994.

FWGeorge Weah (Liberia/AC Milan) 
In terms of individual awards, no African player wins more awards than him.  He was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or in 1995.  He won African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995.  He was voted African Player of the Century in 1996.  He had great careers with AC Milan where he won two Serie A titles. He also played for Monaco, PSG, Chelsea, etc.  In 2017, he was elected as the President of Liberia.

ST: Raul (Spain/Real Madrid)
Raul was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  Raul made his debut with Real Madrid as a 17 years old.  He won 3 Champions' League trophies with Real Madrid in 1998, 2000 and 2002.  He moved to Germany in 2010 and played with Schalke 04 He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For the national team, he earned 102 caps.

ST:  Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina/Roma)
He is the current top-scorer for Argentina.  He first gained international recognition when Argentina won the Copa America in 1991 where he finished as the top scorer. He earned a move to Fiorentina spending the next 9 seasons there while becoming their all-time leading scorer.  In 2000, he moved to Roma and won the scudetto in his first season. He went to the WC Finals in 1994, 1998 and 2002.

ST:  Marco Van Basten (Holland/AC Milan)
Marco Van Basten was probably the second best Dutch player and among the best striker in football's history.  He won the Ballon d'Or three times.  He led Oranje to the victory at Euro 1988 scoring 5 goals at the tournament.  He started his career with Ajax.  He also won two European Cups with AC Milan, a team that was considered among the greatest ever.
Van Basten

Honorable Mention
Demetrio Albertini (AC Milan), Robertio Baggio (AC Milan),  Mauro Tassotti (AC Milan), Jean Pierre Papin (AC Milan), Zvonimir Boban (AC Milan), Christian Panucci (AC Milan, Real Madrid, Roma), Marco Delvecchio (Roma), Walter Samuel (Roma), Vincenzo Montella (Roma), Damiano Tommasi (Roma), Antonio Cassano (Roma), Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Juventus), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Real Madrid), Davor Zuker (Real Madrid), David Beckham (Real Madrid), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid).

Squad Explanation
-- Only player who played for Capello at the club level are considered.
-- Capello employed a lot of great attack midfielders.  Del Piero and Totti were icons of their clubs respectively.  I have no space for Roberto Baggio who did not have his best time while at AC Milan.
-- Emerson might not be the most famous players who played for him, but he was Capello's important player. He played for him with Roma, Juventus and Real Madrid.
-- Christian Panucci also played for Capello with AC Milan, Real Madrid and Roma.  However, I selected Cafu and Thuram over him. Both players have better name recognition. Besides, I felt that Tassotti was Capello's main rightback with AC Milan.  Mauro Tassotti also deserved to be on the team.
-- Zlatan Ibrahimović was a young striker under Capello.  I selected more established player over him.
-- Sergio Ramos was also young in 2006-2007 when he played for Capello.
-- Capello coached Real Madrid for the 1996-1997 season(He would rejoin them for the 2006-2007 season).  Although Capello did not win a Champions' League with Real Madrid, he built the backbone of the team that won the Champions' League the following season.  In that season, Capello brought Roberto Carlos, Predrag Mijatović, Davor Šuker, Christian Panucci, Clarence Seedorf and Bodo Illnger to Real Madrid.  Five of them started against Juventus in the 1998 Final. Real Madrid also won the 2000 and 2002 Champions league, but both teams were different from the ones built by Fabio Capello.
-- Roma's scudetti winning season with Capello was the club's greatest achievement in recent years.
-- Marco Van Basten did not win the European Cup playing under Capello, but he won the Ballon d'or and FIFA World Player of the Year while playing for him.

Formation
-- This formation is based upon the 4-4-2 formation in which Fabio Capello used to defeat Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League Final in 1994.  It was the crowning moment of his career.
-- I toyed with the idea of starting both Baresi and Costacurta, but I opted to pair Cannavaro with Baresi.
-- Donadoni started ahead of more famous players because he was a vital part of Capello's successes at AC Milan.  He is also the only right wing on this team.
-- I reunited Ruud Gullit with Marco Van Basten rather then starting Dejan Savicevic. 
-- In 1994, Capello started Albertini. On my formation, I replaced him with Redondo.  Redondo was more tactical sound than Albertini.  He added defensive quality to the midfield as well as playmaking ability.






Thursday, June 28, 2018

Greatest All-Time Team under Giovanni Trapattoni


Trapattoni's first major trophy in Europe: UEFA Cup 1977


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

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for Giovanni Trapattoni.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  

Giovanni Trapattoni is considered the most successful club coach in the history of Serie A.  He is one of only five coaches to have won league titles in four different European countries; in total, Trapattoni has won 10 league titles in Italy, Germany, Portugal and Austria.  Alongside Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club competitions (European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup) and the only one to make it with the same club (Juventus). Also, he is the only one to have won all official continental club competitions and the world title, achieving this with Juventus during his first spell with the club. He is one of the rare few to have won the European Cup, the Cup Winners' Cup and Intercontinental Cup as both a player and manager.


Inter Milan 1990's
Team
GK: Dino Zoff (Italy/Juventus)
He captained the WC winning side in 1982 at the age of 40.  He held the Serie A appearance record until 2006. He was also a part of the team that won the Euro 1968. He achieved great club success with Juventus, winning 6 Serie A titles, 2 Coppa Italias, and an UEFA Cup, also reaching two European Champions' Cup finals in 1972-73 and 1982-83 seasons.

GK: Walter Zenga (Italy/Inter Milan)
Walter Zenga was considered one of Italy's greatest keepers.   He played 58 times for Italy, notably at the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. He had five clean sheet, a total of 518 minutes without conceding a goal, a record still standing in the WC Finals.  He played mainly for Inter Milan. He also played for Sampdoria, Padova and New England Revolution.

GK: Oliver Kahn(Germany/Bayern Munich)
Kahn is one of the most successful German players in recent history.  For Bayern Munich, he won eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Cup in 1996, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup, both achieved in 2001. For Germany, his heroic performance helped Germany to finish 2nd at Korea/Japan 2002.  He was the Gold Ball winner in that World Cup Finals.  

CB/RB:  Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy/Inter Milan)
Bergomi was one of Inter Milan's greatest defender, winning one scudetto and three UEFA Cups with them.  He played his entire career with Inter Milan.  He held the record of most appearance in the UEFA Cup. Bergomi won the World Cup in 1982 and appeared in the 1986 and 1990 WC Finals. He was capped 81 times between 1982 and 1998.

CB/RB: Claudio Gentile (Italy/Juventus)
Gentile was considered one of the Azzurri's greatest defender.  He went to both 1978 and 1982 World Cup Finals.  He was best remembered for stopping Diego Maradona and Zico at the WC Finals in 1982 as Italy won their third World Cup.  His playing style was very hard. He was capped 71 times.  Gentile played over a decade with Juventus. He also played for Fiorentina and other clubs.

SW: Gaetano Scirea (Italy/Juventus)
Scirea was the starting libero for Italy's World Cup winning team in Spain 1982 and Juventus throughout the 1980's.  He is considered one of the greatest defenders ever played the game.  He is one of only five players in history to have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA. He started with Atalanta before moving to Juventus in 1974, where he made his name. He also played in 1978 and 1986 World Cup Finals as well as the European Championship of 1980.


CB: Jurgen Kohler (Germany/Juventus)
Kohler was regarded one of the best defenders in the 1990's.   He earned 105 caps for West Germany/Germany between 1986 and 1998.  He won the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.  For his club career, he played with Koln, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.  He won the Champions' League in 1997 with Borussia Dortmund.  

CB: Riccardo Ferri (Italy/Inter Milan)
Riccardo Ferri spent most of his career with Inter Milan.  With them, he won two UEFA Cups in 1991 and 1994, and a Serie A title in 1989.  He had 45 caps.  He played at the 1988 European Championship and the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. Between 1994 and 1996, he played with Sampdoria along side his former Inter Milan teammate Walter Zenga. 

CB: Giuseppe Baresi (Italy)
Baresi spent 16 seasons at Inter Milan while captaining the team from 1988 to 1992.  He won two league titles and the UEFA Cup in 1990-1991.  For the national team, he was a starter at the WC Finals in 1986. He was also at Euro 1980, where he played alongside his younger brother Franco Baresi of AC Milan. It was the only tournament where both brothers attempted together.

CB: Daniel Passarella (Argentina/Inter Milan)
Daniel Passarella was one of the best center-backs ever played the game.  He captained Argentina when it won the World Cup in 1978. He also went to the WC Finals in 1982, but he was forced into have a non-playing role in 1986 after a row with Diego Maradona. He was also known for scoring over 140 goals in his career, very high for a defender. His career was associated with River Plate. He also played for Fiorentina and Inter Milan in Italy.

LB: Antonio Cabrini (Italy/Juventus)
Antonio Cabrini was one of the best leftbacks in the world during his time.  He was remembered for being a part of the great defensive unit for Italy at Spain 1982, where Italy won the World Cup.  He also appeared in 1978 and 1986 WC Finals.  He earned 73 caps. For his club career, he spent the best part of his career with Juventus, winning the European Cup in 1985.
Antonio Cabrini 
LB: Andreas Brehme (Germany/Inter Milan)
Andreas Brehme is best remembered for his career with Kaiserslautern and Inter Milan.  He was the Serie A Foreign Player of the Year in 1989, in an era where the best players played in Italy.  He was an important player for West Germany in the 1990 WC Finals, where he scored the winning goal in the Final. He had 86 caps in total.

DM: Romeo Benetti (Italy/AC Milan/Juventus)
Romeo Benetti represented the Italy national football team on 55 occasions between 1971 and 1980, and took part at the 1974 and 1978 World Cups, as well as Euro 1980, achieving fourth-place finishes in the latter two tournaments. He is best remembered for his 5 seasons with AC Milan between 1970 and 1976, winning a Cup Winners' Cup. He also won the 1976–77 UEFA Cup with Juventus.

DM/CM: Marco Tardelli (Italy/Juventus)
Marco Tardelli played at the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina and the 1980 European Football Championship at home.  He was the unsung hero of Italy's 1982 World Cup winning team.  He was capped 81 times.  He played mainly with Juventus where he also won all the three major European competitions.  His career lasted there from 1975 to 1985.

CM:  Lothar Matthaus (Germany/Inter Milan/Bayern Munich)
Captaining the West German team in winning the WC in 1990.  He was the European Player of the Year and the first ever World Player of the year in 1990. He played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), a record for an outfield player, and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). He also won the Euro 1980 in Italy, and played in the 1984, 1988, and 2000 European Championships.
Lothar Matthaus

AM: Gianni Rivera (Italy/AC Milan)
Italy's "Golden Boy" of the 1960's.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1969.  He led AC Milan to win two European Cups in 1963 and 1969. He was capped 63 times scoring 15 goals, at four World Cups (1962, 1966, 1970, and 1974). Rivera is remembered for scoring the decisive goal in Italy's extra-time win over West Germany in the semi-final of Mexico 1970.

AM: Roberto Baggio (Italy/Juventus)
He was the icon of the 1990's.  He was the World Player of the Year, the Ballon d'Or winner and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1993.  He led Italy to reach the semifinal at Italia 1990 and then, to a second place four years later.  For club football, he started his career with Fiorentina.  He became the most expensive player in the world when he joined Juventus.  He also played for AC Milan, Bologna, Inter Milan and Brescia.

AM: Michel Platini (France/Juventus)
Michel Platini is one of the greatest footballers of all time.  He scored 9 of France's 14 goals as they won the European Championship in1984 at home.  It was probably the greatest individual performance in a tournament.  He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985.  With Juventus, he won the European Cup in 1985, the first ever for the club.
Michel Platini

RW/LW:  Franco Causio (Italy/Juventus)
He capped 63 times.  He was a part of the Azzurri at Euro 1980 and then, the World Cup in 1982.  He played 11 years for Juventus between 1970 and 1981.   During a highly successful period with the club, he won the scudetto six times, as well as winning a Coppa Italia, and an UEFA Cup. He also reached the European Cup final with Juventus during the 1972–73 season

FW/RW/LW: Zbigniew Boniek (Poland/Juventus)
Zbigniew Boniek is one of the greatest Polish players in the history of the game.  He was capped 80 times. Boniek first played for Polish clubs Zawisza Bydgoszcz and later at Widzew Łódź.  After a starring role at the WC Finals in 1982, he moved to Italy and played for Juventus alongside Platini, Zoff and Rossi, where he won the penalty that sealed the European Cup in 1985 for Juvnetus.  He is an all-time greats with the club.  He also played for Roma.

FW: Roberto Bettega (Italy/Juventus)
Nicknamed "White Feather", Roberto Bettega started his career in 1969.  He spent most of his career with Juventus. He won 7 Serie A titles there.  He went to the 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina. and was voted into the Team of the tournament.  He missed the 1982 WC in Spain because of an injury.  He had 42 caps in his career. 

FW: Alessandro Altobelli (Italy/Inter Milan)
He played for Latina and Brescia before joining Inter Milan in 1977, where he became a star at the club.  He scored over 200 goals for them.  He also spent a season with Juventus in the 1988-1989 season.  For the national team, he had 61 caps. He was best-remembered for scoring a goal against West Germany at the WC Final in 1982. He also played in 1986.

ST: Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany/Inter Milan/Bayern Munich)
Klinsmann won the WC in 1990 and then, captained the 1996 European Championship winning team.  He played in all major international tournaments from 1988 until his retirement in 1998.  He had successful club spells with Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspurs. He was a popular player while in England, despite a lot of negative press at the time of his signing.  He won both the FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Player of the Year in 1995.
Jurgen Klinsmann 
ST: Paolo Rossi (Italy/Juventus)
Rossi was the hero of Italy's WC winning team in 1982, notably for scoring a hattrick against Brazil in Spain, and went on to win the Golden boot. He was also the European player of the Year in 1982 because of his performance at the WC Finals. His club career was associated with Juventus.  He was a part of the great Juventus team of the 1980's.  He won the 1985 European Cup as Juventus' second top scorer.  He also went to the 1978 World Cup Finals.
 Paolo Rossi 

ST:  Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina/Fiorentina)
He is the current top-scorer for Argentina.  He first gained international recognition when Argentina won the Copa America in 1991 where he finished as the top scorer. He earned a move to Fiorentina spending the next 9 seasons there while becoming their all-time leading scorer.  In 2000, he moved to Roma and won the scudetto in his first season. He went to the WC Finals in 1994, 1998 and 2002.
Gabriel Batistuta 

Honorable Mention
Roberto Boninsegna (Juventus), Giuseppe Furino (Juventus) Massimo Bonini (Juventus), Massimo Briaschi (Juventus), Sergio Brio (Juventus), Pierluigi Casiraghi (Juventus), Gianluca Vialli (Juventus), Moreno Torricelli (Juventus/Fiorentina), Júlio César (Juventus), Andy Moller (Juventus), Fabrizio Ravanelli (Juventus), Angelo Peruzzi (Juventus), Gianluca Vialli (Juventus), Aldo Serena (Inter Milan), Ramón Diaz (Inter Milan), Nicola Berti (Inter Milan), Rui Costa (Fiorentina), Edmundo (Fiorentina),  Francesco Toldo (Fiorentina)Mehmet Scholl (Bayern Munich), Christian Ziege (Bayern ), Giovane Élber (Bayern Munich), Simão (Benfica).

Juventus 1985


Squad Explanation
-- Trapattoni had many great centerbacks so I selected five.  Gentile and Bergomi can also play there.
-- Daniel Passarella played at the end of his career in Italy with Trapattoni's Inter Milan.  He had two solid season under him.
-- Benetti played for AC Milan under Trapattoni and moved to Juventus in 1976, the year Trapattoni joined Juventus.
-- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge only played one season with Trapattoni at Inter Milan.  The German player was at the end of his career.
-- Michael Laudrup also played a single season under Trapattoni as a younger player in the 1985-1986 season.  While Trapattoni had praised Laudrup, he did not do enough to earn a place on the team.
-- Alessandro Del Piero's breakout season came after Trapattoni's departure. 
-- Klinsmann played for him at both Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.  He was his top scorer at both clubs. I chose him over Gianluca Vialli, who deserved a spot.
-- Giovane Élber only spent a single season with him.  
-- Trapattoni led Benfica to their first Primeira title in 11 years. Simão was his key player, but Trapattoni had many legendary players in that position.I had to drop him.
-- I already have Baggio, Riveria and Platini.  I have no space for Rui Costa and Andy Moller.  

Formation