Friday, January 30, 2015

Lombardy Greatest All-Time Team

Walter Zenga, Riccardo Ferri and Franco Baresi

Please also look at my all-time Italy team here and the All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Italian diaspora
Southern ItalyCentral Italy.
Northern Italy(excluding Lombardy)Lombardy
Italy after 1982
Italy between 1938 and 1982.

Lombardy is the most populous and richest region in Italy.  It is also the home of Atalanta, Brescia, AC Milan and Inter Milan.  While some of the players on those great clubs came from other regions in Italy, Lombardy produced a lot of great footballers.  If there were an All-Time World Cup, Lombardy could create a team that is as good as any country in the world and this would be 23 players I would bring to the tournament.  All players were born in Lombardy. The team is not an All-Star team. I tried to be as realistic as possible.   A few of the players are selected for tactical reasons at the expense of more famous players.
Demetrio Albertini and Paulo Maldini


GK: Walter Zenga
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, but also with Sampdoria, Padova and New England Revolution in the MLS of the USA. He won two UEFA Cups with Inter Milan.
Walter Zenga
GK:  Christian Abbiati
He spent almost his entire career with AC Milan with various loan spells.  He started his career with Monza, and later played more than 300 official matches for Milan. He also spent loan spells at Borgosesia Calcio, Juventus, Torino and Atletico Madrid. His honours include three Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, two Supercoppa Italiana victories, one UEFA Champions League and one UEFA Super Cup.  He was only capped 3 times for Italy.

GK: Luciano Castellini
Luciano Castellini earned a single cap for Italy in 1977 against Belgium.  He went to 1974 World Cup Finals as the third keeper behind Dino Zoff and Enrico Albertosi,.  For his club career, he started with Monza.  He played for Torino from 1970 to 1978.  He was a club hero with Torino, winning the Serie A title in 1976. From 1978 to 1985, he played for Napoli.

CB/RB: Giuseppe Bergomi
Giuseppe 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.

RB/LB: Gianluca Zambrotta 
Gianluca Zambrotta was one of the best fullbacks in the world during 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 played for Barceloina, Bari, AC Milan, etc.

CB: Pietro Vierchowood
Nicknamed lo Zar ("the Tsar"), Pietro Vierchowood was the son of an Ukrainian Red Army soldier. He played 562 Serie A matches, and is the seventh-highest appearance holder of all time in Serie A.  He played for Como, Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria and Juventus, where he won his only Champions League in 1996.  He went to three World Cup Finals.

SW: Franco Baresi
Franco Baresi was considered Italy's greatest libero.  He was capped 82 times between 1982 and 1994.  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 through an injury, playing in the Final.  He was a part of the 1982 World Cup winning team, but he did not play a single match.  He was a one club man with AC Milan.  He is their captain for 15 years, where he won three European Cups and 6 Serie A titles. 
Franco Baresi
SW: Gaetano Scirea
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 had 78 caps for Italy. He also played in 1978 and 1986 World Cup Finals as well as the European Championship of 1980.

CB: Alessandro Costacurta
Alessandro Costacurta was 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, he only played 59 times for Italy largely because of injuries. He played in three major tournaments for Italy, leading Italy to the Final of USA 1994.

CB: Riccardo Ferri
Riccardo Ferri spent most of his career with Inter Milan, where he is considerd to be a legend.  With them, he won two UEFA Cups in 1991 and 1994, and a Serie A title in 1989.  Between 1994 and 1996, he played with Sampdoria along side his teammate Walter Zenga. He had 45 caps.  He played at Euro 1989 and the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy. 

CB/LB: Renzo De Vecchi
He was probably the first star player in Italian football.  His nickname was "The Son of God".  He started his career with Milan. He later moved to Genoa in 1913, winning 3 Italian League titles during his time with the club. Between 1927 and 1929, he worked as a player-manager for them. He was the youngest ever national team player for Italy.  In total, he made 43 appearances for Italy between 1910 and 1925, playing at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympic Games. 

CB/LB: Paolo Maldini 
Paolo 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 Italy, he took part in three European Championships, and four World Cups. He reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000, and the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988, and was selected into the all-star teams for 5 tournaments. He was capped 126 times for Italy.
Paolo Maldini
LB: Giacinto Facchetti
Until the emerge of Paolo Maldini, Giacinto Facchetti was considered to be Italy's greatest left back. He spent his entire career with Inter Milan from 1960 to 1978.  He was the star wingback of La Grande Inter where they won back-to-back European Cups in the 1960's.  He was capped 94 times for Italy and also won the Euro 1968 with Italy. He played in 1966, 1970 and 1974 World Cup Finals.
Giacinto Facchetti
LB: Antonio Cabrini
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 at World Cup Finals in 1982 as Italy won the tournament.  He spent the best part of his club career with Juventus, where he played between 1978 and 1989, winning the European Cup in 1985.

DM: Gabriele Oriali
Gabriele Oriali was the starting defensive midfielder at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain.  For Italy, he had 28 caps between 1978 and 1983. He also played in Euro 1980 hosted by Italy.  He was a great destroyer at his time.  He played mainly for Inter Milan, but also with Fiorentina. He won two scudettos and two Italian Cups with Inter Milan.

CM: Andrea Pirlo 
Andrea Pirlo started as an attack midfielder with Inter Milan without success before becoming a regista with AC Milan.  He redefined the regista role in recent years.  He won the World Cup in 2006 and took Italy to the Final of Euro 2012.  He played over 280 matches for AC Milan, winning two Champions' League titles.  He switched to Juventus late in his career and also played for New York City FC in the MLS.
Andrea Pirlo
CM: Demetrio Albertini
Demetrio Albertini was the deep-lying playmaker of the great AC Milan team of the 1990's.  He won 5 league titles in the 1990's and the Champions' League title in 1994. At the international level, he played for his country 79 times.  He went to the 1994 and 1998 World Cups, Euro 96, and Euro 2000. He was voted into the team of tournament at Euro 2000, where Italy finished second.

AM: Valentino Mazzola
Valentino Mazzola was one of the best players in the world during the 1940's.  He was the captain and symbol of the "Grande Torino", the team recognised as one of the strongest in the world during the second half of the 1940s, with whom Mazzola won five Serie A championships.  His career, however, was limited by the War.  He never played in the World Cup.  His life was cut short by the Superga Air Disaster in 1949.  His son is Sandro Mazzola, who became a star player for Italy in the 1970's.

LW: Roberto Donadoni
Roberto Donadoni was one of Italy's greatest wingers.  He was a vital part of AC Milan's squad under both Arrigo Sacchi and Fabio 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. Between 1986 and 1996, he earned over 60 caps for Italy.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1990 and 1994, and the European Championship in 1988 and 1996.
Roberto Donadoni
FW: Gianluca Vialli
Gianluca Vialli first made his name with Sampdoria, helping them to win 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, where he was named in the team of tournament.  However, at Italia 1990, he lost his starting spot. After the WC Finals, he was forced him out of the national team.

ST: Roberto Boninsegna
Roberto Boninsegna was a key player as Italy reached the World Cup Final in 1970, scoring Italy's lone goal at the Final against Brazil.  He also played in the World Cup Finals in 1974, but was overlooked for the Euro 1968. For his club career, his best years were with Inter Milan, where he won a single scudetto.  In 1976, he joined Juventus, winning two more scudetto, an Italian Cup and an UEFA Cup.

ST:  Silvio Piola
Silvio Piola was the all-time leading scorer in the Italian league. He was third all-time leading scorer for the Azzurri even through his career was cut short by the World War II.  Piola won the 1938 FIFA World Cup with Italy, scoring two goals in the final, ending the tournament as the second best player and the second highest scorer.

ST: Luigi Riva
Luigi Riva was the all-time leading scorer for the Italy.  At international level, Riva won the 1968  European Championship and was runner-up at the 1970 World Cup with the Italian national team; he also took part at the 1974 World Cup. With 35 goals in 42 appearances (in all official competitions) between 1965 and 1974. He was Serie A top scorer for three seasons. He was probably the best ever player at Cagliari, leading them to win their only scudetti in 1970.
Luigi Riva

Honorable Mention
Marco Delvecchio, Pierluigi Casiraghi, Giuseppe Signori,  Riccardo Montolivo, Giuseppe Baresi, Sandro Salvadore.

Squad Explanation
-- Giuseppe Bergomi, Franco Baresi, Gaetano Scirea, Palbo Maldini,  Giacinto Facchetti, Silvio Piola, Andrea Pirlo, Valentino Mazzola and Luigi Riva are on my All-Time Italy team.
-- Lombardy is the home of AC Milan and Inter Milan. Piedmont is near Lombardy.  Many players also played for Juventus and Torino FC. 
-- The team is relatively young.  Renzo De Vecchi and Silvio Piola are the only two players from the 1930's, where Italy won two World Cups. Valentino Mazzola played in the 1940's.  
-- Giacinto Facchetti is the only member of La Grande Inter Milan.  Roberto Boninsegna joined Inter Milan in 1969.
-- Luigi Riva is the only players on this team who did not play for any of the four clubs. Riva did start his career with AC Legnano in Lombardy, which was playing in Serie C during his career there.
-- Giuseppe Signori who was on the honorable mention also did not play for AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus or Torino.  He played in the youth team of Inter Milan, but was released before becoming a professional.
-- It is also the home of three of the greatest leftbacks in football's history, namely Paolo Maldini, Giacinto Facchetti and Antonio Cabrini. I decided to take all three of them.  Renzo De Vecchi and Gianluca Zambrotta can also play there.
-- Gianluca Zambrotta can play on both sides of the fullback position.
-- Gaetano Scirea and Franco Baresi are probably two of the greatest sweepers ever played the game.
-- Giuseppe Baresi was left off the team because there were too many great central defenders.  He is probably one of Inter Milan's greatest players. His brother is Franco.  Ironically, he was edged out by Riccardo Ferri and Giuseppe Bergomi, who were all-time greats with Inter Milan as well.
-- The team has strengths in all-department.  Every player, except the two backup keepers considered to be the greatest in Italy's history. The goalkeeper position is considered weak.  Walter Zenga is the only one considered as one of the all-time greats. Both Luciano Castellini and Christian Abbiati had limited international experience.
-- Andrea Pirlo replaced Demetrio Albertini's position on the national team.  When Pirlo retired, Riccardo Montolivo is basically Italy's deep lying playmaker.
-- Sandro Mazzola was born in Turin, Piedmont, when his father was playing with Torino. He is not considered for this team.  His rival Gianni Rivera was also born in Piedmont.  Mazzola is considered Inter Milan's greatest player while Rivera is AC Milan.
-- AC Milan's great team of the 1980's are also well represented here with Franco Baresi, Palbo Maldini, Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Donadoni.
-- Only two players were on the 2006 World Cup winning team. They are Gianluca Zambrotta and Andreas Pirlo.  
-- On the 1982 World Cup team, I have Giuseppe Bergomi, Franco Baresi, Gaetano Scirea, Pietro Vierchowod, Gabriele Oriali and Antonio Cabrini.
-- Attilio Lombardo is from Southern Italy.  


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Northern Italy(excluding Lombardy) Greatest All-Time Team

Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Baggio

Northern Italy is consisted Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige. Lombardy is so rich with football talents.  I have created a separated all-time team for them.  This is my all-time 23 member team for the rest of Northern Italy.  

The region is home of Juventus, Torino, Sampdoria, Genoa, Udinese, Chievo Verona, Cesena, Parma, Brescia and Bologna.

Please also look at my all-time Italy team here and my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Italian diaspora
Southern ItalyCentral Italy.
Italy after 1982
Italy between 1938 and 1982.

GK: Dino Zoff (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Dino Zoff captained the World Cup 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 European Championship in 1968, starting most of the matches. 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. He also played for Udinese, Mantova and Napoli.
Dino Zoff
GK: Giampiero Combi (Piedmont)
Combi won the 1934 WC with Italy.  He was considered one of the best in the world during his time.  He spent his entire career with Juventus.  He played 351 games in Serie A, winning five titles – in 1926 (having conceded only 18 goals during the season), 1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934 as part of the first golden age of the club with a record of five championship victories in a row, a feat known as Il Quinquennio d'Oro (The Golden Quinquennium).

GK: Lorenzo Buffon (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)  
Buffon was one of the best keepers in the 1950's and early 1960's.  He helped AC Milan to reach the Final of the 1958 European Cup Final.  He also played for Genoa C.F.C. (1959–60), F.C. Internazionale Milano (1960–63), and ACF Fiorentina (1963–64). His cousin is Gianluigi Buffon's Grandfather.  He had 15 caps and went to the 1962 World Cup Finals.

RB: Tarcisio Burgnich (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Throughout his career, Burgnich played for Udinese, Juventus, Palermo, Internazionale, and Napoli; although he won titles with both Juventus and Napoli, he is best known for his time with Inter Milan, where he was a member of manager Helenio Herrera's Grande Inter side.  He also participated and won the Euro 1968 with Italy. 

RB: Christian Panucci (Savona)
Christian Panucci's breakout season was the season 1993-1994, when he played 19 games for AC Milan and won the 1994 UEFA Champions' League.  The highlight of his career was perhaps his three seasons with Real Madrid.  He helped them to win the UEFA Champions' League in 1998.  His longest stint was, however, with AS Roma.  At the international level, he had 57 caps with Italy, but his career was very rocky.  He never secured a regular place with the team.
Christian Panucci 

SW: Armando Picchi (Liguria)
He was the captain of La Garnde Inter.  The team was transformed when Helenio Herrera moved him to the libero position during the 1961-1962 season and a legendary team was born.  He was often credited of changing how the position was played. He was capped 12 times by the Azzurri, but he was left out of the 1966 World Cup team and an injury prevented him from playing at the European Championship of 1968, in which Italy won.
CB/LB: Pietro Rava (Piedmont)
Pietro Rava was a member of the Italian national team that won the World Cup in 1938.  He was selected to the All-tournament team.  He also won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1936.  He played for the clubs U.S. Alessandria (1928–35, 1946–47), Juventus F.C. (1935–46 and 1947–50) and Novara Calcio (1950–51). 
CB: Alfredo Foni (Friuli-Venezia Giulia)
Alfredo Foni was Pietro Rava's defensive partner for both Juventus and Italy.  Before joining Juventus in 1934, he played for Udinese, Lazio and Padova. They won the Olympic Gold medal in 1936 and the World Cup in 1938.  He is one of only four Italian players ever to win both the Olympic tournament and the World Cup.

CB/LB: Umberto Caligaris (Piedmont)
Umberto Caligaris played 59 times for Italy between 1922 and 1936. Until the 1970's, he was Italy's record cap holder.  He won the World Cup in 1934.  At the club level, he started with Casale F.B.C..  He was also a key player for Juventus that won five scudettoes in a row in the years 1930–35, where he teamed up with goalkeeper Gianpiero Combi.

CB: Virginio Rosetta (Piedmont)
Virginio Rosetta was a star defender before the Second World War. He was on the 1934 World Cup winning team, but only played one match where he was the captain.  That was also his last international match.  At the club level, he won five consecutive scudetti during the 1930s with Juventus. Only three other Juventus players won more titles than him.

LB: Luigi Allemandi (Piedmont) 
Luigi Allemandi was the starting leftback for Italy at the World Cup in 1934, which Italy won the Cup.  For club football, he played for A.C. Legnano, Juventus, Internazionale Milan, A.S. Roma, S.S.C. Venezia and S.S. Lazio, He was caught for throwing a game between Torino and Juventus in 1927.  He was initially banned for life, but received a pardon in 1928.

LB: Sergio Cervato (Veneto)
Cervato started with F.C. Bolzano, but known for his career with Fiorentina. He won the scudetti with Fiorentina in 1955-56 as their captain where they only lost one match.  The club finished as runners-up for the next four consecutive years in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960. They reached the 1957 European Cup Final the following season.  He joined Juventus and spent two seasons there, winning two more scudetti.  He played 28 times for Italy.  He participated at the 1954 World Cup Finals.

DM: Romeo Benetti (Veneto)
Nicknamed Panzer (tank), El Tigre (the tiger), and Roccia (rock), Romeo Benetti was a tough defensive midfielder. At international level, he represented Italy on 55 occasions between 1971 and 1980, and took part at the 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cups, as well as UEFA 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. He also played for AS Roma.
Romeo Benetti

DM: Giacomo Bulgarelli (Emilia-Romagna)
He was a member of the 1962 and 1966 World Cup team.   In 1962, he became the youngest Italian goal scorer at the WC Finals.  In 1966, he was the captain of the national team. He also won the European Championship in 1968 at home.  He spent his career mainly with Bologna. He was a part of the squad that won the Serie AS title in 1963-1964 season.  He played in the USA for a single season in 1975.

CM: Giovanni Ferrari (Piedmont)
Ferrari was a key player as Italy won back-to-back World Cups in 1934 and 1938. Along with Giuseppe Meazza and Eraldo Monzeglio, he is one of only three Italian players to have won two World Cups.  He was also a part of the great Juventus of the early 1930's.  He won the Serie A a record 8 times, winning 5 titles with Juventus, two with Inter Milan and one with Bologna.

AM: Alessandro Del Piero (Veneto)
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.

AM: Gianni Rivera (Piedmont)
Gianni Rivera was Italy's "Golden Boy"of the 1960's and perhaps their best player in his generation.  He won the Ballon d'Or in 1969.  He led AC Milan to win two European Cups in 1963 and 1969. For Italy, he was capped 63 times, scoring 15 goals, at four World Cup Finals (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. He shared his midfield duties with Sandro Mazzola.
Gianni Rivera
AM: Sandro Mazzola (Piedmont)
Sandro Mazzola was a part of Inter Milan's "La Grande Inter".  He won four Serie A titles (1963, 1965, 1966 and 1971), two European Cups (1964 and 1965) and two Intercontinental Cups (1964 and 1965).  He won the Euro 1968 with the Azzurri and led them to the WC Finals in 1970.  During his career, he was known for sharing the starting position with AC Milan's Gianni Rivera on the national team. His father was Valentino Mazzola who died when Sandro was 7 years old.
Sandro Mazzola
AM: Roberto Baggio (Veneto)
Roberto Baggio 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 in the World Cup Finals in the USA.  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.
Roberto Baggio

RW/FW: Giampiero Boniperti (Piedmont)
Giampiero Boniperti played his entire career with Juventus and is considered one of their greatest ever player.  He was the highest goalscorer in Juventus' history for more than 40 years, until his record was broken by Alessandro Del Piero. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1950 and 1954.  He was capped 38 times and served as captain 24 times.  

FW: Roberto Bettega (Piedmont)
Nicknamed "White Feather" and "Bobby Gol", Roberto Bettega spent most of his career with his hometown team Juventus. He won 7 Serie A titles there.  He went to 1978 World Cup Finals in Argentina, and was voted into the Team of the tournament.  He missed the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain because of an injury.  Thus, he missed out the chance to become a World Cup winner.

ST: Giuseppe Meazza (Liguria)
Meazza is one of Italy's greatest players. He had 53 caps, scorimg 33 times. He led Italy winning two World Cups in 1934 and 1938.  He was probably the best player in the 1930's.  He was the best player at the 1934 World Cup Finals. He played mainly for Inter Milan in the 1930s, scoring 242 goals in 365 games for the club. He also played for AC Milan, Juventus, Varese, and Atalanta.

ST: Filippo Inzaghi (Emilia-Romagna)
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.  With AC Milan, he won  two Champions League titles (2003, 2007).  With the national team, he went to all major tournaments from 1998 to 2006.  He won the World Cup in 2006, but only played in one match.

ST: Christian Vieri (Emilia-Romagna)
Christian Vieri was born in Italy, but grew up in Australia.  At the club level, he played for 12 clubs in his career.  He played in Italy, Spain and France. He was the Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1999. He became the most expensive player in the world when Inter Milan signed him from Lazio.  For the national team, he made his debut in 1997 and played in his last game in 2006.  He won the Silver in France 1998.  He missed out on the 2006 World Cup team, where Italy won the World Cup.
Christian Vieri
Honorable mention
Gianluca Pagliuca (Emilia-Romagna),  Claudio Marchisio (Piedmont), Cesare Maldini (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), Dino Baggio (Veneto), Lorenzo Minotti (Emilia-Romagna), Christian Maggio (Veneto), Giovanni Ferrari (Piedmont),  Luca Toni (Emilia-Romagna), Luigi De Agostini (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) 

Squad Explanation 
-- It is not surprising that a number of Juventus players were selected on my team. Turin is the home of the Old Lady after all.  The defense consisted many players from the 1930's.
-- The centerbacks are very old.  Armando Picchi who played in the 1960's is by far the youngest centerback.  By contrast, Lombardy's four centerbacks are Alessandro Costacurta, Franco Barsei, Riccardo Ferri and  Gaetano Scirea.
-- Fullback Luigi Allemandi also played in the 1930's.
-- The team consists of a few famous pairs in Italian football's history.  
-- Burgnich and Picchi were two of the most famous defenders on that great defensive unit of La Grande Italy.
-- Caligaris and Rosetta were known for their partnership for club and country.  They were replaced (sometimes played with) another pair, Foni and Rava.
-- Gianni Rivera and Sandro Mazzola were two great players who happened to born in the same generation.  They were rivals at the club level, one played for AC Milan and the other for Inter Milan.  For the national team, they did not normally play together.  They subbed one another. Both were born in Piedmont.
-- Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero were in similar situation.  The emerge of Del Perio in Juventus forced Baggio to leave for AC Milan.  For the national team, they also did not play together.  Baggio's career with the Azzurri were limited because of Del Piero. Both were born in Veneto.
-- Filippo Inzaghi and Christian Vieri were great partners on nthe field and great friends off the field.  They were liked Batman and Robin.  Del Piero also played with each of them at Juventus and the Azzurri.  However, his feud with Inzaghi at Juventus led to Inzaghi's departure. Inzaghi and Vieri are born in Emilia-Romagna while Del Piero is from Veneto.
-- Valentino Mazzola was born in Lombardy, where I have a separated all-time team for the region.
-- Cesare Maldini was born in Friuli-Venezia Giulia.  He made the honourable mention.  His son was born in Milan, where I made a separated all-time team for Lombardy.
-- Roberto Baggio started his career with L.R. Vicenza, not with Fiorentina.   The club is located in Veneto, where he was born. Dino Baggio was also born there, but he was not related to Roberto.  Both went to 1994 and 1998 World Cup Finals.
-- Lorenzo Buffon played for ASC Milan and is considered one of the club's greatest goalkeepers.  He edged out Gianluca Pagliuca (Emilia-Romagna).

Starting Lineup
Formation 4-3-3 
-- Italy does not normally play Mazzola and Rivera together, but I could not leave them out.  Then, I also have Roberto Baggio. I admitted that this trio is a experimental formation.
-- I should have start Inzaghi with Vieri, but Giuseppe Meazza was too good to be ignored.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Argentine born players capped by other national team

Brazil-born Jose Altafini with Antonio Angelillo and Omar Sivori
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

Argentinan Greatest All-Time Team
German-Born players capped by other national teams
French-born players capped by other national Teams
Brazilian-Born players capped by other national team 
English-born players capped by other national teams
What if Ronaldo and Messi played for Australia in 2006
Provincia de Córdoba, Argentina All-Time Team
Provincia de Santa  Fe, Argentina All-Time Team
Provincia de Buenos Aires 
The City of Buenos Aires

Argentina produced many football talents.   Some of them ended up playing for other national teams. This is my all-time 23 member team for Argentine capped by other national teams.  Some players were born in Argentina and went aboard to play as a foreign player, but others were born in a foreign country of Argentinian background.  In the old days, players were allowed to switch national teams.  Players such as Omar Sivori. Alfredi Di Stefano, etc had played for other countries.  

GK: Ramón Quiroga (Peru)
Born in Argentina, Ramón Quiroga went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982, playing for Peru.  He is remembered for conceding 6 goals against his birth country Argentina, and Argentina advanced to the World Cup Final ahead of Brazil due to goal difference. The match was one of the most controversial in the history of the World Cup Finals. He began his career playing for the Argentine club Rosario Central before playing in Peru.
Ramón Quiroga 
GK: Carlos Trucco (Bolivia)
Born in Argentina, Carlos Truce played for a number of clubs in Argentina before moving to play for Destroyers, Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia.  He also played in Colombia and Mexico.  He had 51 caps for Bolivia.  He started playing for Bolivian national team in 1989 and was their starting goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA, Bolivia's first ever World Cup Finals since 1950.

GK: Oscar Ibanez (Peru)

Oscar Ibanez earned 50 caps for Peru.  He played for various clubs in Peru from 1993 to 2008.  Since then, he obtained 50 caps, with the last match being on March 30, 2005. He has been one of the four to have played at least 500 games in the Peruvian First Division. He is of Volga German descent.

RB: Juan Carlos Tourino (Spain)

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 started his career with Quilmes in Argentina.  He went on to make over 100 appearances for the club. He moved to Real Madrid in 1971.  He won three La Liga titles between 1971 and 1976. He was capped by Spain once in a match against Hungary in 1972.

CB/DM/RB: Luis Cristaldo (Bolivia)

Born in Argentina, Luis Cristaldo  moved to Bolivia at the age of 15.  He played for Oriente Petrolero and Boliva in Bolivia before moving to play in Spain for Sporting de Gijon in 1998.  He also played in Argentina and Paraguay. His longest career were at Bolivar and the Strongest in Bolivia. For the national team, he was capped 93 times.  He went to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA.  He is Bolivia's national team record cap holder alongside Marco Sandy with 93 caps.
Luis Cristaldo 
CB: Fernando Ochoazpur (Bolivia)
Fernando Ochoaizpur was born in Argentina.  In 1990, he began his professional career with Estudiantes de La Plata. In 1993, he moved to play in Bolivia. He had played for various clubs in Bolivia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico and Ecuador.  From 1996 to 1999, he earned 6 caps for Bolivia. He was a member of their Copa America team in 1999.

CB: Gabriel Paletta (Italy)

Paletta helped Argentina to win the U-20 World Cup in 2005 before switching to play for Italy in the senior level.  At the time of writing, he earned 4 caps and went to Brazil 2014. He started his career with Banfield.  He went to Europe to play for Liverpool, Parma, AC Milan and Atalanta.  He also had a stint with Boca Juniors. At the time of writing, he plays for Jiangsu Suning F.C. in China.
Gabriel Paletta 
CB: Gustavo Quinteros (Bolivia)
Gustavo Quinteros spent his career playing for different clubs in Argentina and Bolivia.  His clubs as a player include The Strongest and San José in Bolivia. He also played for San Lorenzo de Almagro, Argentinos Juniors and Talleres de Remedios de Escalada in his native Argentina.He was capped 26 times for Bolivia and went to USA 1994.

LB: Mariano Pernia (Spain)
Pernia played for San Lorenzo and Indpendiente in Argentina before moving to Spain in 2003.  He first played for Recreative de Huelva, but it was in Getafe that he made his name.  In 2006, he moved to Atletico Madrid.  He first called up for Spain right before the WC Finals in 2006.  He would start three game in Germany.  He earned 11 caps for Spain in total. 

LB/RB: Ricardo Ismael Rojas (Paraguay)

As a youth product of Argentinos Juniors, Rojas started his club career in Paraguay before moving back to Argentina to play for Estudiantes de La Plata, River Plate and Belgrano.  He also played two seasons with Benfica.  At River Plate, he scored a famous goal against Boca Junior.  He was capped 7 times by Paraguay and went to play in the 1998 World Cup Finals.

DM: Luis Monti (Italy)

Luis Monti led Argentina to the WC Final in 1930 where they lost to Uruguay.  Four years later, he became an Oriundo and won the World Cup with Italy.  He was also remembered for getting injured at the Battle of Highbury in 1934. He started his career in 1921 with Huracán. The following year he signed with Boca Juniors but left without playing a game. He joined San Lorenzo. In 1930, he joined Juventus in Italy, where he played until 1939.
Luis Monti
AM: Miguel Montuori (Italy)
Widely regarded as one of Fiorentina's greatest players.  He started his career in Chile with Universidad Catolica before moving to Italy in 1956. He helped Fiorentina to win the league in 1956. He eared 12 caps for Italy.  Despite his talent and success, he was also regarded as an "unfortunate" player, due to his many runner-up medals, and his injuries, which forced him to retire during the prime of his career.

AM: Matias Fernandez (Chile)
Matias Fernandez started with Colo-Colo.  While there, he was named the South American Footballer of the Year award in 2006. Later, he played for Villarreal, Sporting CP, Fiorentina, AC Milan and Necaxa.  Since 2005, he had played over 70 times for Chile.  he played in the 2010 World Cup Finals, and was a part of the team that won the 2015 Copa America.

RM/RW: Mauro Camoranesi (Italy)
Mauro Camoranesi started his career with a tiny club named Aldosivi before moving to Mexico.  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.  He earned his first cap for Italy in 2003.  From 2003 and 2010, he earned 55 caps.  He played a major part as Italy won the World Cup in 2006.
Mauro Camoransi
FW/LW: Raimundo Orsi (Italy)
Orsi was considered one of the greatest forwards in Argentina's history.  He started his career with Indpendiente in Argentina before lured away to play for Juventus. he won 5 league titles with Juventus.  Later in his career, he would play in Brazil and Chile.  He was capped by Argentina 12 times winning a silver medal at the 1928 Olympics.  He switched to play for Italy in 1929.  He was a star player as Italy won the WC in 1934.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (Italy)
Omar Sivori is remembered one of the greatest ever player from Argentina. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961. After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  In Argentina, he played for River Plate.  After Juventus, he joined Napoli.
Omar Sivori 
ST: Julio Libonatti (Italy) 
Libonatti started with Newell's Old Boys in 1917.  He was listed the first ever trans-Atlantic transfer when he moved to play for Torino in 1926.  He is still the second highest scorer in the club's history.  Internationally, Libonatti won the 1921 South American Championship with Argentina. He later represented Italy and won the 1927–30 Central European International Cup. He played 15 times for Argentina and another 17 times for Italy.

ST: Atilio García (Uruguay)
García had short spells with Club Atlético Moreno, Club Atlético Platense and Boca Juniors in Argentina before joining Nacional in 1938. He is the top goal scorer in the history of Uruguayan football with 465 goals scored in official tournaments and the second highest goal scorer in the history of the Uruguayan Football Championship.  Born as an Argentine, he played for Uruguay. He scored 5 goals in 6 games for Uruguay.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (Colombia/Spain)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano
ST: Humberto Maschio (Italy)
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.

ST: Hector Rial (Spain)
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.

ST: Enrique Guaita (Italy)

Enrique Guaita played for Estudiantes de la Plate before moving to AS Roma .  He was the top-scorer of the League in 1934–35, with 28 goals.  In 1936, he returned to  Argentina to play for Racing Club because he feared that he would be drafted into the army.  He was capped 4 times for Argentina.  While in Italy, he was capped 10 times for Italy.  He won the World Cup in 1934 with them, where he scored a goal in the semi-final.

CF: Antonio Angelillo (Italy)

Antonio Angelillo was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces". He moved in 1957 to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time.  He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also had a successful career with Roma an another stint with Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan.  He earned 2 caps for Italy.

Honorable Mention
Attillio Demaria (Italy), Rinaldo Martino (Italy), Alejandro Scopelli (Italy),  Roberto Acuna (Paraguay),  Francisco Lojacono (Italy), Emilio Badini (Italy), Eduardo Ricagni (Italy), Bruno Pesaola (Italy), Dani Osvaldo (Italy), Jose Eulogio Garate (Spain),  Rubén Cano (Spain), Óscar Valdez (Spain), Emilio Sagi Liñán (Spain), Juan Carlos Heredia (Spain), Roberto Juan Martínez (Spain), Eduardo Arbide (Spain), Juan Errazquin Tomás (Spain), Juan Antonio Pizzi (Spain),  Franco Vázquez (Italy), Nestor Combin (France), Guillermo Franco (Mexico), Carlos Alberto Raffo (Ecuador), Marcelo Elizaga (Ecuador), Pablo Mastroeni (USA), Néstor Ortigoza (Paraguay), Gustavo Matosas (Uruguay), Walter Ardone (Australia), Pablo Cardozo (Australia), Oscar Crino (Australia), Rodolfo Gnavi (Australia), Gabriel Mendez (Australia), Adolpho Milman" Russo"(Brazil)* see below for explanation.  

Squad Explanation 
-- My original blog team included Argentine footballers born overseas who played for other national teams.  In September, 2019, I changed to a blog team of Argentine-born players only.  Claudio Reyna was born in the US.  His father was an immigrant who came from a football family in Argentina. He is an American through and through. Marcelo Bilboa was also born in the United States of an Argentine father.  Both players were on my original team. I replaced them with Hector Rial (Spain) and Matías Fernández (Chile).
-- And I also thought deep about David Trezguet.  David Trezguet was born in France, not Argentine. He was born there when his father Jorge Trezguet was playing in the French league.  David also grew up in Argentina.  Both Jorge and David Trezeguet are ethnic French, but they are Argentine through and through.  Does he belong to this team?  Strictly speaking, this blog is about Argentine-born player who had capped for other national team and David Trezeguet is not born in Argentina.  He is not much different from Claudio Reyna (USA).  In the end, I dropped him.
-- I am including players who have played for Argentina and switched to play for another team.  
-- Marcelo Elizaga is the alternative goalkeeper.
-- This blog included four players who won the World Cup for a different countries.  Raimundo Orsi, Enrique Guaita and Luis Monti won the World Cup in 1934 with Italy.  Mauro Camoranesi won a World Cup in 2006.  David Trezeguet won his in 1998, but he is not on this team as mentioned above.
-- Luis Monti led Argentina to the 1930 World Cup final.  Four years later, he won the World Cup with Italy.  Monti along with Raimundo Orsi and Enrique Guaita were on the 1934 World Cup Team of the tournament.
-- The term oriundo (pronounced [oˈrjundo]; Italian plural oriundi) is an Italian and Spanish noun describing an immigrant of native ancestry.  Italy is known for selecting a large number of oriundo footballers throughout history. On this team, I have Omar Sivori,  Raimundo Orsi, Enrique Guaita, Luis Monti,  Julio Libonatti, Miguel Montuori, Mauro Camoranesi and Antonio Angelillo.
-- It is estimated that up to 25 million Argentines have some degree of Italian ancestry (62.5% of the total population), making a large player pool for Italy. It is not unusual for Argentine to play for Italy.
-- I tried to create an all-time team for Italian oriundo footballers, but I cannot find goalkeepers.
-- Some source claimed that Enrique Guaita was born in Brazil, making him the first Brazilian-born player to have won the World Cup. He was one of the first Argentine-born to have won the World Cup in 1934 with Italy alongside Luis Monti and Raimundo Orsi.
-- Ramón Quiroga was infamously known for being the goalkeeper playing against Argentina at the second round of the 1978 World Cup Finals.  Most football history buffs knew about his Argentine background. He was actually a great goalkeeper.
-- Antonio Angelillo, Omar Sivori and Alfredo Di Stefano could have been the starting attack for Argentina at the WC Finals in 1958.
-- Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces".
-- Atilio García (Uruguay) is also the top scorer in the history of the "clasicos" between Nacional and Peñarol, with 35 goals. He played for Club Nacional de Football between 1938 and 1951.  
-- There are not many good midfielders.  So I took Matias Fernandez who won the South American Footballer of the Year in 2006.  Injuries had limited his career.   His father was from Chile, but he was born in Argentina.
-- The last spot was very difficult.  I was seriously considering Hector Rial and Jose Eulogio Garate, but there were already many forwards and strikers on the team.  The team needed more midfielders.  Then, I looked at following midfielders: Pablo Mastroeni (USA), Néstor Ortigoza (Paraguay) and Gustavo Matosas (Uruguay).
-- Hector Rial was known for his career with Real Madrid playing alongside Alfredo Di Stefano.  Jose Eulogio Garate (Spain) is one of greatest players ever played for Atletico Madrid. 
-- Néstor Ortigoza was born in Argentina of Paraguayan father.  He was one of the few midfielders eligible for this team.  
-- Gustavo Matosas (Uruguay) was born in Argentina while his father Roberto Matosas an Uruguayan footballer was playing in Argentina.  So Gustavo is an Uruguayan capped by Uruguay.  Furthermore, he was a journeyman.
-- Pablo Mastroeni (USA) played over 60 times for the USA.  He went to the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals.  
-- In the end, I decided to select Hector Rial.  I just cannot select a lesser midfielder over a legend of Real Madrid. Because of his association with Alfredo Di Stefano,  he is probably the best known footballers left on the list. Except Garate, the other three did not play as high of a level as Rial.
--  Jose Eulogio Garate (Spain) is the most famous player not selected.
-- And then, there is the strange case of Russo "Adolpho Milman".  He played once for Brazil in 1942. He was a naturalised Brazil of Ukrainian Jewish background via Argentina, but his birthplace is a question mark.  Some source claimed that he was born in Afghanistan, which was then a part of Russia.  He later settled down in Entre Ríos, Argentina. He refused to discuss his birthplace, but his children said that he was born in Argentina. As of 2018, he was one of five foreign born footballers to have represent Brazil.

Starting lineup
--  The defense is quiet weak.  Palette got to start because he had established himself in Europe while the other defenders never played successfully at that level.