Tuesday, May 29, 2018

England after 1966 Greatest all-time Team

Euro 1996
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

EnglandScotlandWales,
Ireland/Northern Ireland combined team,
IrelandNorthern Ireland,
United Kingdom
England 1974
Greater London
North East EnglandNorthWest England.
Black English players
United Kingdom 1970
United Kingdom 1982

The British invented associated football.  However, winning the World Cup in 1966 is the only major international success for the English national team.  After 1966, England's international record is relatively poor for a former World Cup winner.  They only managed to reach the semi-final of the European Championship in 1968 and 1994, while their only success at the WC Finals was a single semi-final appearance in 1990.  However, England is probably the unluckiest team in the history of the sport.  They eliminated by penalty shootout in the World Cup Finals of 1990, 1998 and 2006, and the European Championship in 1996, 2004 and 2012.  They were undefeated in the World Cup Finals of 1982 and 2006, and in the European Championship of 1996, 2004 and 2012.
2002 World Cup

Team
GK: Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton is considered one of the greatest keepers ever.  He is England's all-time cap record-holder with 125.  He earned his first cap in 1970 and his last 20 years later in 1990.  He took England to 4th place in the 1986 World Cup.  He played for 11 different clubs in his career, all in England.  He won two straight European Cups in 1979 and 1980 with Nottingham Forrest. He was PFA Players' Player of the Year: 1977–78, an award rarely won by a goalkeeper.
Peter Shilton

GK: Ray Clemence
Clemence was considered one of England's greatest keepers. He won 3 European Cups and 2 UEFA Cups in the 1970's with Liverpool and a UEFA Cup with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He was voted as Liverpool's greatest keeper.  For the national team, he was locked in a battle of number 1 with Peter Shilton.  He made 61 appearances for England.

GK: David Seaman 
The peak of Seaman's career was during his period as Arsenal and England goalkeeper in the 1990s and early 2000s. At Arsenal, he won three league championships, four FA Cups, the League Cup in 1993 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1994.  He also played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, and Euro 96 and Euro 2000, and is England's second-most capped goalkeeper with 75 caps.

RB: Phil Neal
Neal was the great right back from Liverpool between 1974 and 1985. He was one of England's most decorated club player: 4 First Divisions, 4 League Cups, 5 FA Charity Shields, 4 European Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. He also played for Northampton Town and Bolton Wanderers as a full back. Neal also had a long career with England winning 50 caps and playing in the 1982 World Cup and the 1980 European Championship.

RB: Gary Neville 
Along with his brother Philip, David Beckham, Paul Scoles, Ryan Giggs, and Nicky Butt, Gary Neville captained the Manchester United academy team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1991.  They all became fixtures for the senior team throughout the 1990's.  Gary Neville remained the team until 2011 and was the second, longest serving player.  For England, he was the most capped rightback in history.

CB: Rio Ferdinand
Became the youngest defender to play for the Three Lions at the time in 1997.   He played 81 times for England  between 1997 and 2011, and was a member of three World Cup squads.  At one point, he was the most expensive British footballer and also broke the world's record transfer fees for a defender twice. He won the Champions' League with Manchester United in 2008.
Rio Ferdinand

CB: Sol Campbell
Campbell was a member of Arsenal's "Invincibles" that went undefeated in 2003-2004 season.  He spent 9 seasons for Tottenham Hotspurs and served as its captain before moving to its rival Arsenal on a free transfer that sparked a controversy.  He later played for Portsmouth. For England, he earned 73 caps in 11 years.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1998, 2002 and 2006.

CB: Terry Butcher 
Butcher won 77 caps in a ten-year international career that featured three World Cups. Butcher also enjoyed success in his club career, particularly with Ipswich Town and Rangers. With Ipswich, he was a part of Bobby Robson's team that won the UEFA Cup in 1981. In 1986, he joined Rangers as one of the first wave of English players playing for Graeme Souness' Rangers in the 1980's.

CB: John Terry 
Terry is a top centre-back of his generation and was the captain for Chelsea during most of his Chelsea's rise to the top of English football starting in the season 2004-2005.  He won 4 Premiership titles and the Champions League in 2012.  For England, he earned 78 caps for England.  However, his career was overshadowed by several controversies.

LB: Ashley Cole
Ashley Cole was considered one of the finest leftbacks of his generation.  He was voted the England Player of the Year in 2010. He played in 3 WC Finals.  He is also England's most-capped full-back in history.  He played with Arsenal, but moved to its rival Chelsea in 2006.  In 2014, he moved to Roma.  He won the Champions' League in 2012 with Chelsea.
Ashely Cole
LB: Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce was a club legend with Nottingham Forrest.  He was the club's most capped international player.  He played at the World Cup Finals in 1990 and the European championship in 1996 at home, where England had the best two results since the World Cup win in 1966. He also played for Wealdstone, Coventry City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City,

CB/DM/LB: Emlyn Hughes 
He was at one point thcaptain of England and Liverpool.  He was considered to be one of Liverpool's most important defenders.  He played under Bill Shankly in the 1970's where he won two European Cups, four League titles and a single FA Cup. He was FWA Football of the Year in 1977.  He earned 62 English caps. 

DM: Paul Ince
From 1992 to 2000, he was capped 53 times.  He was a key player for England at Euro 1996, WC 1998 and Euro 2000.  For his club career, he started with West Ham, but his best known stints were with Liverpool, Inter Milan and Manchester United.  He is one of the few players who played and starred for both Liverpool and Manchester United.

CM: Bryan Robson
Robson was at one point the most expensive British player when he joined Manchester United.  He is considered to be one of England's best ever box-to-box midfielders.  He earned 90 caps for England. He went to three World Cup Finals, but he only played a major role in 1982.  He was injured in both 1986 and 1990.  He spent 13 years with Manchester United.

CM: Steve Gerrard
He represented his country at the 2000, 2004 and 2012 UEFA European Football Championships, as well as the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups – captaining the team at the latter two tournaments.  He led Liverpool in winning the Champions' League in 2005. He is the third highest cap holder for the Three Lions.  He won the PFA Players' Player of the Year in 2006 and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 2009.

RW: David Beckham
Beckham is the greatest ever icon to play the game. He started his career with Manchester United where he was a part of the famous team that won the 1992 FA Youth Cup. For the senior side, he won 6 Premiership titles and the 1999 Champions' League.  In 2003, he joined Real Madrid for the well-publicized "Galacticos" signing.  In 2007, he moved to LA Galaxy, where he kickstarted a soccer fever in the United States.  For England, he earned 115 caps and was a key part of the national team throughout his career.

David Beckham

LW: John Barnes 
Barnes was widely considered to be one of the greatest Liverpool players, where he formed one of their greatest team playing alongside Ian Rush, Peter Beardsley, John Aldridge and Ray Houghton.  Before joining Liverpool, he played for Watford.  At Watford, he also helped them to the Final of the FA Cup in 1984. He was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1988 and FWA Player of the Year in both 1988 and 1990.
John Barnes

AM: Paul Gascoigne
Gazza was the most gifted player of his generation, but his career was marked controversy and injuries.  He made his debut with Newcastle United before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.  After impressing at Italia 1990, he moved to Lazio.  In 1995, he joined Rangers with a club record fee. He had a successful career at Rangers.  He had 57 caps.  He was remembered for the tears in his eyes as he received his yellow card against West Germany in the semi-final of Italian 1990.
Paul Gascoigne
AM/CM: Paul Scholas 
Scholas was a member of Manchester United's Class of 1992.  He spent 20 years with Manchester United's first team.  He won 11 Premier League, three FA Cup and two UEFA Champions League winners medals.  He earned 66 caps for England before he retired from the Three Lions in 2004.

FW: Wayne Rooney
In 2002, Rooney made his professional debut as a 16 years old with  Everton.  Less than a year later, he became England's youngest international when he played against Australia.  He is England's key player for every major tournament in his prime.  As for Manchester United, he has won 5 Preimer League titles.  In 2008, he formed a partnership with Cristano Ronaldo and won the Champions' League. 
Wayne Rooney
ST/SS: Kevin Keegan 
Keegan was a two-time European Footballer of the Year in 1978 and 1979. He won the European Cup in 1977 with Liverpool. He also found successes in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV.  He later played for Southampton and Newcastle United. He had 63 caps for England. However, his WC appearance was limited to 20 minutes against Spain at the WC Finals in 1982. 

Kevin Keegan 
ST: Alan Shearer 
Shearer is the all-time leading top-scorer for the Premiership.  In 1992, he joined Blackburn Rovers from Southampton in a record transfer. He won the Premiership for 1994-1995 season.  In 1996, he joined his home town club, Newcastle United for a world record transfer fees. He was FWA Player of the Year in 1994, and PFA Player of the Year in 1995 and 1997.  For England, he earned 63 caps. In 1996, he led England to the semi-final of Euro 1996 at home, himself winning the Golden boot award. 
Alan Shearer

ST: Gary Lineker 
Gary Lineker was one of England's best goal poachers.  He scored 48 goals for England(second overall) and won the Golden Boot with 6 goals at Mexico 1986.  He was PFA Players' Player of the Year in 1985–86 and FWA Footballer of the Year in 1985–86 and 1991–92.  In England, he played with Leicester Town, Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Gary Lineker

Honorable Mention
Tony Adams, Glen Hoddle, Chris Waddle, Colin Bell, Alan Shearer, David Platt, Trevor Brooking, Steve Coppell, Viv Anderson, Michael Owen, Terry Sheringham.

Squad Explanation
-- Peter Shilton, Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Rio Ferdinand, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole, Steve Gerrard, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker were on my England All-Time Team.
-- David Seaman got the third keeper position.  Peter Bonetti should be the 4th.  The position gets weaker after this four.
-- Gary Neville has a number of critics, but he locked down England's starting rightback position for a long time.  He deserved some credit for his long time service. 
-- The centerbacks considered after Ferdinand and Campbell were Tony Adams, Terry Butcher, John Terry and Emlyn Hughes. I took Butcher as he was my personal favourite.  John Terry was probably as good as Rio Ferdinand. Then, I took Hughes as a defensive midfielder.
-- At his peak, Paul Gascoigne could easily become the greatest of all-time, but his injuries and other things destroyed his career.  He did not make my all-time team, but made this team (England after 1966 team).
-- Wayne Rooney is the most underrated striker in England's history.  His hype as a youngster while playing for Everton might create a false expectation. He is still the all-time leading scorer for England and Manchester United. At times, he carried the national team, but the media has not always been kind to him.  They did not appreciate his contribution.  At the same time, he made some critical mistakes while playing for England.  I am referring to the red card vs Portugal in 2006 and his reaction to the fans in 2010.  That led to a lot of unfair criticisms.  He narrowly missed out on my original my England All-Time Team.
-- Up until 2001, Michael Owens appeared to be an all-time great, but he did not live up expectation. 

Formation




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Real Madrid Castilla Greatest All-Time Team

Real Madrid reached the Copa del Rey's final in 1980
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Florentina Perez
Real Madrid All-Time Team Under Miguel Munoz
Real Madrid Argentine Bext XI
Castile Greatest All-time 23 member team

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the alumni of Real Madrid reserve team(Real Madrid Castilla)  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.  Players were chosen for their career outside of the youth system. Some players never made it to the senior team of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid Castilla or also known as Real Madrid B is the reserve team of  Real Madrid.  It is one of the best academy in Europe. Reserve teams in Spain play in the same league system as their senior team rather than a separate league. Reserve teams, however, cannot play in the same division as their senior team. Therefore, Real Madrid B are ineligible for promotion to the Primera División.  In 1980, Real Madrid Castilla made history when it reached the Final of Copa del rey playing against Real Madrid senior team in the Final.

Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla
Team
GK: Iker Casillas (Spain)
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. 
Santiago Canizares and Iker Casillas
GK: Santiago Canizares (Spain) 
Santiago Canizares was a youth product of Real Madrid. He went to Valencia in 1998, where he led them to two Champions' league Final.  He won Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1992–93 (shared), 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04. He received 46 caps. He went to six major international tournaments, but was mainly used as a backup, except at Euro 2000.

GK: García Remón (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Remón was best known for his spells with Real Madrid. He then began an interesting battle for first-choice status with Miguel Ángel González which would last for the vast majority of his stay. Remón would start from 1971 to 1973 and 1979 to 1981. Earned two caps for Spain.

RB: Chendo (Spain)
Chendo was a product of Real Madrid academy.  He played his entire career with Real Madrid.  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.  He represented Spain at both WC Finals in 1986 and 1990.

RB: Dani Carvajal (Spain)
Carvajal went through Real Madrid's academy.  In 2012, he was sold to Bayer Leverkusen. In his only season there, he established himself among the best fullback in Bundesliga.  He returned to Real Madrid in a buyback clause. He was a contributor as Real Madrid won three Champions' League in his first 4 seasons.  At the time of writing, he is a member of the national team.

RB: Alvaro Arbeloa (Spain)
He started his career with Real Madrid, but he made a name with Liverpool before making a return to his mother club in 2009.  He helped the club to win their 10th European Cup in 2014.  For Spain, he was mainly used as a sub during Spoain's glorious run at Euro2008 and the WC in 2010, but he was their starting rightback at Euro 2010.

CB: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo (Spain)
Son of Manuel Sanchez Martinez, he was was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent his entire career with Real Madrid and played over 700 matches.  He won back-to-back UEFA in the mid-1980's, and then, two Champions' league title at the end of his career.  For Spain, he was capped 48 times.
Manuel Sanchis Jr
CB: Gregorio Benito (Spain)
Benito started as a track and field star. He signed for Real Madrid in the 1963. After two years on loan to neighbouring Rayo Vallecano, he returned to his main club, remaining there for the following 14 seasons and winning six leagues and five Spanish Cups.  He was capped 22 times by Spain.

CB: Nacho (Spain)
Nacho is a youth product of Real Madrid Castilla.  At the time of writing, he plays his entire senior career with Real Madrid.  He is mainly used as a backup centerback, but can be used in all across the defensive line.  He is largely known as unsung hero of the club.  He made his Spanish debut in 2013.

LB/CB: Raúl Bravo (Spain)
Raul Bravo spent 6 seasons with Real Madrid during the first "Galactico" years after graduating from Real Madrid's academy.  In 2007, he left for Olympiakos in Greece, where he played another 4 seasons. Capped 14 times for Spain.  He played every game at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal.

LB:  Jose Antonio Camacho (Spain)
Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest leftback.  He played at  the 1982 and 1986 FIFA World Cups, as well as the Euro 1984 and 1988. Spain reached the Final in 1984.  He was with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's.  He won 19 titles with Real Madrid, including two UEFA Cups.
Camacho
DM/SW: Ricardo Gallego (Spain)
Born in Madrid, he was a member of La Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid.  He spent most of his career with Real Madrid.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He also played in Italy with Udinese.  He was capped 45 times for Spain.  He featured at the 1986 WC Finals and the Euro 1984, where Spain finished second.

DM: Casemiro (Brazil)
Casemiro started with Sao Paulo, where he played for three seasons.  In 2013, he joined Real Madrid B team(Castilla), where he would be eventually called to the first team.  For the 2014-2015, he was sent to Porto on a loan.  After a year, he returned to Real Madrid and quickly established as a major contributor as the club won two Champions' League.  At the time of writing, he earned 11 caps.

DM: Vicente del Bosque (Spain)
Vicente del Bosque almost played his entire career with Real Madrid, except with some loan spells at the beginning of his career.  He won five league titles (1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80) and four Copa del Rey titles.  He was a part of Spain's team at the European Championship in 1980.  He later became a successful manager.

CM: Juan Mata (Spain)
Juan Mata was a youth academy player for Real Madrid, but he started with Valencia in 2007.  From 2011 to 2014, he played for Chelsea, where he was a major star for the team.  After a fallout with Jose Mourinho, he moved to Manchester United.  Ironically, they would reunite again at Old Trafford. For Spain, he was a part of the team that won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.

CM: Esteban Cambiasso (Argentina)
Cambiasso has won 23 official titles, being the Argentine footballer with most honours in history. The majority of his titles were won during his ten seasons at Internazionale, including five Scudetti and the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. Cambiasso won 52 caps for Argentina, and represented the country at the 2006 World Cup.
Esteban Cambiasso
RM: Michel (Spain)
Michel was one of the best right wings in Spain's history.  He was a member of Real Madrid's La Quinta del Buitre.  He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. He was a fixture for the national team in that period.  He won 66 caps.  He played in both 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals.

LW/FW: Lucas Vázquez (Spain)
Lucas spent a season with Espanyol on lan before returning to Real Madrid in 2015.  Since 2015, he is mainly used as a bench player, but still became a contributor to the club's successes.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league titles.  Vázquez also represented Spain at Euro 2016.

AM: Manuel Velzaquez (Spain)
Except three seasons on loan with Rayo Vallecano and CD Málaga, Manuel Velázquez spent all of his 12 years in La Liga with Real Madrid.  He was a part of the Ye Ye team.  He won six La Liga, three Copa del Rey trophies and the 1965–66 edition of the European Cup. Capped 10 times.

AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez (Spain)
Rafael Martin Vazquez was one of the most underrated attack midfielder in Spanish football.  He was a member of La Quinta del Buitre, winning 5 straight La Liga title and back-to-back UEFA Cup with Real Madrid.  In 1990, he joined Torino in Italy and Marseille in 1992.  He had 38 caps.
Rafael Martin Vazquez
AM: Jose Luis Caminero (Spain)
Jose Luis Caminero was a product of Real Madrid'as academy.  He played for Real Valladolid from 1989 to 1993.  Then, he moved to Atletico Madrid, winning the Double in the 1985-1996 season.  He was the Spanish Player of the Year that season.  He went to USA 1994. 

AM/CM: Guti (Spain)
During his professional career, he played almost exclusively for Real Madrid – appearing in 542 official games and serving as vice-captain – helping the club to win 15 trophies, most notably three Champions League(1998, 2000 and 2002) and five La Liga titles. In 2010, he joined Beşiktaş, where he played a single season. Guti played 13 times with Spain, making his debut in 1999.

FW: Ramon Grosso (Spain)
Grosso spent 12 seasons from Real Madrid.  Even though he shared teams with the likes of Amancio Amaro, Francisco Gento or Ferenc Puskás, Grosso was team top scorer in his first two seasons. In the following years, Grosso played in several positions for Real Madrid, even being placed as goalkeeper in a match against Boca Juniors.  Earned 14 caps.
Ramon Grosso
ST: Samuel E'too (Cameroon)
E'too started his career with the academy of Real Madrid.  He later played with Mallorca. He was a part of the famous REM line at Barcelona where he won two Champions' league titles.   He moved to Inter Milan in 2009 and won a third Champions' league in 2009-2010.  He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.  


ST: Emilio Butragueño (Spain)
Nicknamed El Buitre (The Vulture), Emilio Butragueño was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre of Real Madrid, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza. That team won 5 straight La Liga and two UEFA Cups from 1985 to 1990.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990.  He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final.
Emilio Butragueño
ST: Álvaro Morata (Spain)
Morata began his career at Real Madrid, winning the 2014 Champions League. He moved to Juventus in 2014, winning the domestic double in both of his seasons before returning to Madrid. With Real, Morata won another La Liga and Champions League before joining Chelsea in 2017 for a club record transfer fee of around £60 million. Since 2014, he was capped by Spain and went to Euro 2016.

ST: Raul (Spain)
Raul was probably the best Spanish player in the late 1990's.  He 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 Schalke 04 in 2010.  He is the fourth highest goal scorer in the history of La Liga with 228 goals.  For Spain, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances, appearing in three World Cups and two European championships. He was their captaincy between 2002 and 2006.
Raul and Guti
Honorable Mention 
Enrique Mateos, Pedro Casado, Juan Manuel Villa, José María Vidal, Juan Santisteban, Fernando Serena, Negredo, Juanfran, Roberto Soldado, Miguel Pardeza, Jesé Rodríguez, Borja Valero, Francisco Pineda, Agustín, Diego Lopez.

Squad Explanation
-- These players were selected for their achievements after graduating from Real Madrid Castilla.
-- Julio Iglesias played for Real Madrid Castilla before he injured himself in a car accident.  He became a singer after he recovered.
-- No everyone starred for the senior team of Real Madrid.
-- Santiago Canizares played a handful games for Real Madrid.  He is probably Valencia's greatest keeper.
-- Jose Luis Caminero is an all-time great with Atletico Madrid. Samuel E'too served for Barcelona FC.
-- The centerback position is very weak.  
-- The rightback position has a strong depth. I took an extra player because Alvaro Arbeloa contributed to the club's successes. and Juanfranc is left off.
-- García Remón was chosen as the third keeper.  Diego Lopez and Agustin were the alternatives.  When choosing the three, I took Remon because of his contributions to the senior squad.
--  My selection of Alvaro Morata over Negredo is controversial. I forsee great things for Alvaro Morata. 
-- Casemiro was brought into Castilla as a senior reinforcement, I believed. However, he played for Castilla.  So he qualified for this selection as an ex-player of Castilla.
-- Although Casemiro, Lucas Vázquez and Dani Cavajal are still young, they contributed to the recent successes of the club.  This period, I considered, is one of the greatest in the history of the club.  
-- Juan Mata was the last player selected. 

Formation
-- Vicente Del Bosque and Chendo started ahead of Casemiro and Carvajal based upon seniority.  Rafael Martin Vazquez and Guti are of similar level, I think. Cambiasso has done many things outside Real Madrid.




Sunday, May 13, 2018

Real Madrid's Argentine Best XI

Di Maria and Higuain

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

While the modern football fans associated with the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona with Ronaldo-vs-Messi.  Lionel Messi is from Argentina while Ronaldo is from Portugal.  Real Madrid was actually the club that put Alfred Di Stefano at the football's kingdom.

Team
GK:  Rogelio Dominguez 
Rogelio Dominguez 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.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

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: Walter Samuel
Samuel began his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1996, moving to Boca Juniors year later.  In Europe, he played with Roma, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. With Inter Milan, he won five consecutive Serie A titles; he played a key role in the club's treble success in the 2009–10 season, partnering with Lúcio in defence under José Mourinho. At international level, he has over 50 caps for Argentina, representing his country at two World Cups.

CB: Oscar Ruggeri
Oscar Ruggeri played in 3 World Cup Finals, winning the one in 1986 and finishing second in 1990. He was La Liga Foreign Player of the Year in 1989 and South American Player of the Year in 1991. He played for both River Plate and Boca Juniors as well as Real Madrid in Spain. He also had career with Vélez Sarsfield, San Lorenzo, etc.

LB: Gabriel Heinze 
Nicknamed Gringo, he made a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain, moving in 2004 to Manchester United and subsequently to Real Madrid, winning four trophies with the latter two clubs. He started and finished his 18-year professional career with Newell's Old Boys. Heinze played 72 times with Argentina, representing the nation at two World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments.

CM: Fernando Redondo
Fernando Redondo played his first game in the Primera División at only 16 for Argentinos Juniors, and remained five years with the team 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

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

RW/FW: Ángel Di María
After beginning his career with Rosario Central, Di María moved to Benifca in 2007. Again, he moved to Real Madrid three years later. After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, he signed for Manchester United in 2014 for a British record £59.7 million, but joined PSG a year later. At the time of writing, he earned over 90 caps. He went to both 2010 and 2014 World Cup Finals.

LW: Santiago Solari
Solari started his career with River Plate.  In 1999, he headed to join Atletico Madrid, but after his club relegated, he moved to Real Madrid, where he played from 2000 to 2005.  He played in the Final of the 2000 Champions' League. He also played for Inter Milan, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol.  Capped 11 times for Argentina.  His cousin is married to Fernando Redondo.  

ST: Gonzalo Higuain 
Higuain first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006. Higuain later played with Napoli and Juventus.  In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, equalling Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for most goals in an Italian top-flight season. For the national team, he earned over 70 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.

ST: Hector Rial 
Rial was known for his career with Real Madrid between 1954 and 1961. He was part of the team that won five consecutive European Cups, playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano. He played professional football in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, France and Chile. Born in Argentina, he became a naturalized citizen of Spain.  He was capped 5 times by Spain.

Other Argentine Players who played for them
Ezequiel Garay, Esteban Cambiasso, Jorge Valdano, Fernando Gago, Javier Saviola, Oscar Mas, Juan Carlos Touriño.

Squad Explanation
-- Hector Rial got ahead of Jorge Valdano, largely because of Alfredo Di Stefano's association.  
-- Santiago Solari was a fan favourite during the first Galactico era.
-- Fernando Gago at one point was playing well.
-- Ezequiel Garay and Esteban Cambiasso never got their chance with the club.
-- Samuel and Ruggeri did not do well at Madrid. Heinze's career was sandwiched between Roberto Carlos and Marcelo.  He was the transitional player between the two Brazilian.
-- Juan Carlos Touriño was born on 14 July 1944 in the Parque Patricios district of Buenos Aires to immigrant Spanish parents who had fled the Spanish Civil War.  He later played for Spain.

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