This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. This entry of his was written in October 21, 2020, but mine was uploaded in a few weeks before his 2020. Another entry of his was written in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
|World Cup 2010
Spain All-Time Team without Real Madrid and Barcelona
|Spain Euro 1964
GK: Ricardo Zamora
The first ever star goalkeeper in history. He is also remembered for a spectacular last minute save he made in the 1936 Copa de España final while playing for Real Madrid against FC Barcelona. The award for the best goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy, is named in his honour and he was voted one of the greatest players of the 20th century by World Soccer magazine. He was also Spain's most capped player for 45 years.
GK: Iker Casillas
Iker Casillas is Spain's most decorated goalkeeper. He started with Real Madrid's academy and made his professional debut in 1999. He won three Champions' League with them. With 725 appearances for the club, Casillas is Madrid's second most capped player of all-time after Raúl. For Spain, he earned 167 caps. He captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012. He is capped over 150 times. He also played for Porto.
Andoni Zubizarreta represented La Roja in 4 World Cup Finals. He was at one point Spain's cap record holder. He started with Athletic Bilboa. He also played for Barcelona and Valencia. He won Barcelona's first ever Champions' League in 1992. After the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League, where Barcelona lost 0–4 to A.C. Milan in the final, Zubizarreta was deemed surplus to requirements.
CB/RB: Sergio Ramos
Ramos was an important part of the all-conquering Spanish team that won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championships. He is Spain's youngest player ever to receive his 100th caps. He has been named La Liga's Best Defender a record four times. In 2005, he joined Real Madrid as a teenager from Sevilla. With Real Madrid, he won 4 Champions League. He scored the tying goal as Real Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014. At the time of writing, he is the captain of Real Madrid.
Albert Ferrer represented the nation in two World Cups and at the 1992 Olympic Games, winning the latter tournament. He was a part of Barcelona's Dream Team in the 1990's. He won a Champions' League with Barcelona in 1992. After Louis van Gaal took over, Barcelona gradually signed more Dutch players and his places were uncertain. He left for Chelsea in 1998. He had 38 caps for Spain between 1991 and 1999. He was a regular at the 1994 World Cup Finals.
CB/DM: Fernando Hierro
At one point, Hierro was Spain's all-time leading scorer, an impressive record, given that he was a central midfielder/center-back. He was capped 90 times, whilst appearing in four World Cups (1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002) and two European Championships(1996, 2000). He started his club career with Valladolid and joined Real Madrid in 1989. With Real Madrid, he won five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League trophies over the course of nearly 15 years. He is considered to be Spain's greatest defenders.
As an one-club man, Carlos Puyol served as the long-time team captain for his only club Barcelona after taking over from Luis Enrique in August 2004, and went on to appear in 593 official games for the club and win 20 major titles. He earned 100 caps for Spain, winning the World Cup in 2014 and the European Championship in 2008. He represented Catalonia representative side. He could also play as rightback.
CB: Jacinto Quincoces
Jacinto Quincoces was one of the greatest defenders of the pre-war era. He played for Deportivo Alavés from 1920 to 1931. From 1931 to 1942, he played for Real Madrid. He won the first ever title for Real Madrid in 1930. He was widely considered one of the first soccer idols in Spain. He played 25 times for Spain and went to the World Cup Finals in 1934.
LB: Jose Antonio Camacho
Jose Camacho is widely considered to be Spain's greatest leftback. He earned 81 caps for Spain between 1975 and 1988. 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. 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.
|Jose Antonio Camacho
Rafael Gordillo played at the same time as Camacho for both club and country. Both players started on the left side with him in front of Camacho. He was known as the greatest left wingback in Spanish history. He was a legend at both Real Betis and Real Madrid. He was voted the Best Player in Spain for 1979-1980 season. He was with the great Real Madrid side of the 1980's. He was capped 75 times, and played the Final of Euro 1984 Finals, where France won the title.
DM: Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola won a Champions' League with Barcelona in 1992. He was their captain from 1997 to 2001. He also played for Brescia and Roma in Italy, Al-Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico. He was capped 47 times for Spain, winning the Olympic Gold Medal in 1992, and later appeared at the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000. He also played friendly matches for Catalonia. He won two Don Balon Award in 2009 and 2010.
CM: Luis Suarez Miramontes
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 and two seasons in Mexico. He was a box-to-box midfielder.
CM: Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso started with Real Sociedad. He joined Liverpool in 2004 winning the Champions' League trophy in his first season. In 2009, he moved to Real Madrid, winning the Champions' League again in 2014. In 2014, he joined Bayern Munich. He was a key member of the Spanish team that won the World Cup and two European Championships. His 114 caps make him the fifth most capped player in the nation's history.
Xavi was perhaps one of greatest playmakers of his generation. He won everything in football. Xavi has won 31 trophies, only surpassed by Andrés Iniesta as the most successful Spanish player in history. At the international level, he had 133 caps and was a part of the team that won the 2010 World Cup and two European Championship (2008 and 2012) in between. From 1998 to 2015, he played for Barcelona FC, where he also won everything. Then, he played 4 years with Al Sadd in Qatar.
Nicknamed "El Brujo", Amancio Amaro played outside right for Deportivo de La Coruña before joining Real Madrid in 1962. He was considered the star of the team in the 1960's. He scored one of the most beautiful goal in European Cup history in the final against FK Partizan of Yugoslavia when Real Madrid lifted the title in 1966. He was capped 42 times. He won the 1964 European Football Championship with Spain.
LW: Francisco Gento
Francisco Gento is regarded as one of the greatest left wings in history. Gento began his career at Racing Santander in 1952 and moved to Real Madrid the following season where he played until 1971. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles. No one has won more European Cups than Francisco Gento. In a 14-year international career, Gento earned 43 caps for Spain, playing at the World Cup in 1962 and 1966.
|Francisco Gento vs Argentina
ST: Telmo Zarra
Telmo Zarra is probably Athletic Bilbao's greatest player. Zarra signed for Athletic after playing one season for Erandio. He became a prolific goalscorer in his 15 seasons at the club, winning the Pichichi Trophy as the highest scorer in La Liga on six occasions. During his career, Zarra scored a total of 251 league goals, a Spanish record that lasted nearly six decades. His 81 goals in the Copa del Rey remains a record today .He was capped 20 times and scored 20 goals for Spain. He was a member of the 1950 World Cup team.
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 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 Spain, he scored a then-record 44 goals in 102 appearances, appearing in three FIFA World Cups and two European championships. He was their captaincy between 2002 and 2006.
David Villa is the all-time leading scorer for Spain. He was known for a part of the Golden Generation for Spain, where Spain won three straight international titles: Euro 2008, the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. He was the Golden Boot winner at Euro 2008 and the Silver boot in the 2010 World Cup Finals. He was best remembered for his club career with Valencia. He also played for Barcelona, Seville and New York City FC.
ST: Rafael Moreno Aranzadi "Pichichi"
The award for la Liga top-scorer is named after him. He scored 240 goals in 170 matches for Athletic Bilbao. He won 4 Copa del Rey. In 1920, Pichichi was a member of the very first Spain national team that played at the Summer Olympic Games in Belgium. He earned five senior caps during one month, his debut coming on 28 August in a 1–0 win against Denmark.
ST: Emilio Butragueño
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 also played for Celaya in Mexico. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1986 and 1990. He scored 4 goals against the great Danish side in 1986 quarter-final. He played 69 times for Spain between 1984 and 1992.