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Spain without Real Madrid and Barcelona players
Castile is a vaguely defined historical region of Spain. There are different conceptions and definitions of Castile, and since it lacks modern day official recognition. It is mainly considered of Castile and Leon, Castile and La Mancha, Cantabria, La Rioja and Madrid. The region is home to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Racing de Santander, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe CF.
I am not sure if Castile has their own football team. Several of them have their own autonomous football teams. Each of Castile and Leon, Castilla La Mancha, Cantabria and Madrid has their own team.
This is my selection of all-time 23 member team for Castile. The all-time teams of Basque and Catalonia were based on ethnicity, but this team is based on birth places.
My all team for: Spain.
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid Castilla Greatest All-Time
Real Madrid All-Time Team for Foreign Players
Real Madrid All-Time Team for Spanish players
Atletico Madrid All-Time Team for Foreign Players
Atletico Madrid All-Time Team for Spanish Players
Spain with Real Madrid and Barcelona
GK: Iker Casillas (Madrid)
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. For Spain, he earned 167 caps. He captained Spain into winning the WC in 2010 and two European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
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: Pepe Reina (Madrid)
Pepe Reina first became a star at Villarreal when he helped the club to reach the Champions' league for the first time in history. A year later, he joined Liverpool FC. At Liverpool FC, he won three Premier League Golden Glove. He was a part of Spain at World Cup 2010, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, but served as a backup to Iker Casillas.
RB: Feliciano Rivilla (Castile and Leon)
Feliciano Rivilla was an all-time great with Atletico Madrid. He started playing football with Real Ávila CF, moving to Real Murcia at the age of 17. In 1954, he joined Atletico Madrid, where he played until 1968. He won the European Championship in 1964 with Spain, and was a part of two WC Finals in 1962 and 1966.
RB: Alvaro Arbeloa (Castile and Leon)
Alvaro Arbeloa started his career with Real Madrid, but he made a name with Liverpool in England before making a return to his mother club in 2009. He helped Real Madrid to win their 10th European Cup in 2014. For Spain, he was mainly used as a sub during Spain's glorious run at Euro 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, but he was their starting rightback at the 2012 European Championship.
Gregorio 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: Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo (Madrid)
His father was an all-time great at Real Madrid, winning the 1966 European Cup with the Ye-Ye team. Manuel Sanchis Jr himself was a member of La Quinta del Buitre and spent his entire career with Real Madrid. He won 5 straight La Liga titles and two UEFA Cups in the 1980's. Then, in the late 1990's, he won two more Champions' League trophies. He won 48 caps, and went to the WC Finals in 1990 and Euro 1988.
CB: Marquitos (Cantabria)
Marquitos was a member of Di Stefano's Real Madrid in the 1950's, a team widely considered to be the greatest club side. They won five straight European Cup titles. He scored a goal against Stade Reims at the 1956 Final. He also played for Racing de Santander, Hércules CF, Real Murcia, Calvo Sotelo and Toluca de Santander. Capped twice.
LB: Isacio Calleja (Castile and Leon)
Except for a loan spell with CD Guadalajara in the third division, Isacio Calleja spent his entire 14-year professional career with Atlético Madrid. He won back-to-back Copa del rey from 1959 to 1961. In 1962, he won the Cup Winners' Cup. He had 13 caps for Spain. Calleja helped the national side to win the 1964 European Nations' Cup on home soil.
CM: Miguel Munoz (Madrid)
Miguel Munoz spent most of his career with Real Madrid. He was the captain of the Real Madrid team in the 1950's. He won three European Cups before becoming the coach of Real Madrid, where he won two more European Cups, making Real Madrid the greatest club in history.
CM: Andres Iniesta (Castile and La Mancha)
Andreas Iniesta scored the World Cup winning goal in 2010 that gave Spain its first ever World Cup title. At Euro 2012, Iniesta led Spain to their second consecutive continental crown, again being chosen as the Man of the Match for the final against Italy, and was named the Player of the Tournament. He won over 130 caps for Spain. He also won Champion' league trophies with Barcelona.
Luis del Sol started his career with Real Betis. He joined Real Madrid in 1960, winning an Intercontinental Cup in his first season with Real Madrid. In 1962, he was lured to play in Italy. He later played with Juventus and then, Roma. He was a part of Spain's Euro 1964 winning team. He also played in both 1962 and 1966 World Cup Finals.
DM/SW: Ricardo Gallego (Madrid)
Born in Madrid, Ricardo Gallego 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: Juan Antonio Senor (Madrid)
Juan Antonio Señor played mainly for Zaragoza, amassing nearly 400 official appearances in nine years. He gained more than 40 caps during the 80's, representing the nation in the 1986 World Cup Finals and one European Championship in 1984. He scored the all important that qualified Spain to Euro 1984 Finals.
RM: Michel (Madrid)
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 for Real Madrid. 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: Francisco Gento (Cantabria)
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. He appeared in a joint record eight European Cup finals, winning a record six, as well as winning 12 La Liga titles. 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|
Joaquin Peiro is a legend at Atletic Madrid. He starred as his hometown club won back-to-back Copa del Rey from 1959 to 1961 and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1962. In 1962, he moved to play for Torino in Italy. Then, in 1964, he joined Inter Milan and won the European Cup in 1965 as a member "la Grande Inter". He later played and captained Roma. He had 12 caps in a 10 year period.
AM: Rafael Martin Vazquez (Madrid)
Rafael Martin Vazquez was one of the most underrated attack midfielder in Spanish football. He was a member of Real Madrid's 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 between 1987 and 1992, including Euro 1988 and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
AM: Jose Luis Caminero (Madrid)
Jose Luis Caminero was a product of Real Madrid, but started his career with Real Valladolid. In 1993, he moved to Atletico Madrid. Over there, he won the Double in 1995-1996 and the Spanish Player of the Year that same season. He had 21 caps and played in the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA and the 1996 European Championship in England.
Carlos Santilana was a star during the 1970's. He moved to Real Madrid at the age of 19 in 1971. He scored 352 goals and played in 778 games, a record until Manuel Sanchis broke it in the 1997-1998 season. H is the eighth-highest top scorer of all-time in the Spanish first division, with 186 goals. He made 56 appearance for Spain. He participated in all major tournament from Argentina 1978 to Euro 1984, helping Sopain to finish second in 1984.
ST: Fernando Torres (Madrid)
Torres started his career with Atletico Madrid in 2001, where he became the captain at age 19. In 2007, he moved to Liverpool FC and became a big star in England. In 2011, Chelsea allegedly broke the British transfer record to buy him. He was a part of the Champions' league winning team in 2012. For the national team, he was a part of the generation that won the WC in 2010 and two European Championships. At Euro 2012, he was the top-scorer.
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.
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.
Ruben Baraja (Castile and Leon), David De Gea (Madrid), Nacho (Madrid), Juan Mata (Castile and Leon), Victor (Madrid), Manuel Velzaquez (Madrid), Guti (Madrid), Alfonso (Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Madrid), Pedro Munitis (Cantabria), Iván de la Peña (Cantabria), Iván Helguera (Cantabria), Ramon Grosso (Madrid), Nacho (Madrid).
-- The all-time teams of Basque and Catalonia were based on ethnicity, but this team is based on birth places. Frankly speaking, I do not know much the Castilian ethnicity. I tried my best not to select players from other ethnicity, but the criteria is actually more opened here.
-- I am 100% sure that many Latin American players have ancestors from Castile. I am overlooking them at this moment. It is impossible to trace the ancestries of every single great footballers.
-- Unlike Basque and Catalonia, Castile is not an official region. It consists of several official regions in the modern Spain. They have several autonomous football teams.
-- Castile and Leon, Castilla La Mancha, Cantabria and Madrid have their own autonomous team. They seemed to be less active than Basque and Catalonia.
-- The autonomous football teams play in the UEFA Region Cup, which is an amateur tournament. But I do not see them playing in friendlies with professional players as much as I saw with Basque and Catalonia.
-- Fernando Torres, Andreas Iniesta, Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Iker Casillas were parts of the 2010 World Cup winning team.
-- Despite playing for Barcelona FC, Andres Iniesta is from the region. He was born in Fuentealbilla.
-- I took Rafael Martin Vazquez over Guti, Juan Mata and Manuel Velzaquez.
-- Guti was very talented. Unfortunately, he did not earn many international caps. At the club level, he remained faithful to Real Madrid. He was overshadowed by other all-timers during the Galactico eras. Rafael Martin Vazquez simply estblished himself more with Real Madrid that Guti.
-- Juan Mata came from Real Madrid youth system. He had a fruitful career in England.
-- Miguel Munoz was associated with Real Madrid's successes in the 1950's. Some of the players snubbed here might be better than him, but he earned it through the reputation of Real Madrid's glorious era. He edged out Ruben Baraja (Castile and Leon) who played for Valencia.
-- Manuel Sanchis Sr was born in Alberique, not in the region.
-- Andres Iniesta and Pepe Reina are the only players selected who never played for Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. Juan Antonio Señor was youth product of Real Madrid, but he never played for the senior team.
-- David De Gea needs to achieve more in his career before making the team. he is very close of getting the third keeper spot.