Sunday, December 18, 2016

Canada or Canadian-born All-time team

Canada at Mexico 1986

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


This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for players born or capped by Canada.  I am including players who chose to represent other countries. The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Canada's most significant achievements are winning the 1985 CONCACAF Championship to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup and winning the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup to qualify for the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. Canada also won a gold medal in the 1904 Summer Olympics. The 1986 World Cup was their only successful qualification campaign in their history.


Canada's Gold Cup victory
Team
GK: Joe Kennaway (Scotland, but also played for Canada)
Born in Canada.  He played in the American Soccer League between 1927 and 1931.  He moved to Scotland and joined Celtics in 1931.  He made 295 total appearances.  He represented Canada once in 1926.  In 1933, Kennaway represented Scotland to play against Austria.  Due to objections from other Home Nations, he never played for Scotland again.

GK: Craig Forrest 
He spent 12 years with Ipswich Town.  He also played with Chelsea and West Ham United, whilst also spending time on loan in the Football League with Colchester United. He was capped 56 times. He was voted the MVP of the 2000 Gold Cup as Canada won their first major international tournament.

GK:  Asmir Begovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Begovic moved to canada as a child.  He started his career with Portsmouth in England.  He played in many loan deals.  In 2010, he joined Stoke City and became a star player.  In 2015, he moved to Chelsea as a backup keeper.  He played for Canada at the youth level. In 2009, he switched to play Bosnia and Herzegovina.  He played in Brazil 2014.
Bergovic with Canada

CM/RB: Atiba Hutchison 
He was two-time Canadian Player of the year in 2010 and 2012. He was Danish Super Liga Player of the Year in 2010.  He was a central midfielder or a right wingback.  Between 2010 and 2013, he played for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie.  At the time of writing, he plays for Beşiktaş J.K.

Atiba Hutchison 
CB: Bob Lenarduzzi
Lenarduzzi began his professional playing career with Reading in England. Lenarduzzi then also joined the NASL Vancouver Whitecaps in 1974 in the team's first season. Until 1976 he divided his time between Vancouver in the summer and Reading in the winter. He played 11 seasons for Vancouver until the Whitecaps' last season in 1984, when the league folded. Lenarduzzi holds the record for most games played in the league, with 312. Lenarduzzi played all eleven positions during his tenure with the team. He was also voted NASL North American player of the year in 1978.  The Whitecaps won the NASL Soccer Bowl championship in 1979. Earned 47 caps and went to Mexico 1986.

CB: Kevin McKenna
McKenna played three seasons (the first two in the reserves) with German Bundesliga side Energie Cottbus. On the first game of the 2000–01 season, McKenna and international teammate Paul Stalteri simultaneously became the first Canadians to play in the German Bundesliga in a match between McKenna's newly promoted Cottbus and Stalteri's Werder Bremen.  He also played for Koln and Hearts. Capped 63 times.  He helped Canada to win the Gold Cup in 2002.

CB: Jason de Vos 
He is considered to be Canada's greatest center-back.  He captained Canada as it won the Gold cup in 2000.  He made the Gold cup all-tournament team in 2000 and 2002.  He spent most of his career in the UK, playing for Dundee United, Wigan Atletic and Ipswich Town. 

CB: Frank Yallop 
He played in the Premiership before moving to play in MLS in 1996.  He spent 13 seasons with Ipswich Town and a brief loan move to Blackburn rovers.  He played with Tampa Bay Mutiny.  capped 52 times for Canada.

Frank Yallop 

CB: Randy Samuel
Samuel started his career with the Edmonton Eagles and Vancouver Whitecaps, before joining PSV Eindhoven in 1985. Playing just five Eredivisie games for PSV, he moved on to FC Volendam in 1987, becoming a key member of the team until he moved on to league rivals Fortuna Sittard in 1990.   He later played for Port Vale , Harstad IL(Norway),Vancouver 86ers, the Hampton Roads Mariners, and the Montreal Impact. He went to Mexico 1986 for Canada.

LB: Bruce Wilson 
Considered to be Canada's greatest player. He captained Canada at the WC Finals in 1986.  He played in the NASL, where he won 6 All-Stars selection and three of them first team. Capped over 50 times.  He played for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 1974 to 1977, the Chicago Sting in 1978 and 1979, the New York Cosmos in 1980, and the Toronto Blizzard from 1981 to 1984. He was a six-time all-star selection, including three first-team selections (Vancouver in '77, Chicago in '79, Toronto in '84).

DM/RB: Paul Stalteri 
He is Canada's all-time cap record holder.  He played over 150 times for Werder Bremen winning the Bundesliga in 2003-2004. He also played for Tottenham Hotspurs and Fulham.  He was a member of Canada's Gold Cup winning team in 2000.

DM: Mike Sweeny
In 1980, the Edmonton Drillers of the North American Soccer League signed Sweeney. He spent three seasons with the Drillers before moving to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the 1983 season. While he began the 1984 season with the Whitecaps, he was traded to the Golden Bay Earthquakes. The NASL folded at the end of the 1984 season. He continued to play indoor soccer.  He was capped 61 times and went to Mexico 1986.

CM/DMJulian de Guzman 
He is one of the most successful Canadian player in Europe.  He is best remembered for Deportivo La Coruna between 2005 and 2009.  He was voted their best player for the 2007-2008 season. He also had a remarkable career with Hanover 96. For the national team, he is capped 76 times at the time of writing.  He was the MVP for the 2007 Gold Cup.

CM: Owen Hargreaves (England)
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Hargreaves played with Calgary Foothills as a youth before beginning his professional football career in Germany with Bayern Munich. After seven years with the Munich side – during which time he won four German league titles and the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League – Hargreaves signed for Manchester United in 2007, winning the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in his first season.  He was eligible for Wales, England and Canada.  He was capped by Wales on the youth level, but chose to play for England as a senior.  In 2001, he became the first English international who never lived in England.  Capped 42 times. He played in the WC Finals of 2002 and 2006, and the Euro 2004.
Owen Hargreaves
CM: Jonathan de Guzman (Holland)
Jonathan De Guzmán is the brother of Julian. He progressed through the Feyenoord Academy, making his first team debut in 2005 and has played over 100 matches for the club from Rotterdam. In the summer of 2010 de Guzmán signed a three-year contract with RCD Mallorca following a free transfer. The following summer he was purchased by Villarreal.  He later played for Swansea and Napoli.  Born in Canada, he became a Dutch citizen in 2008 and immediately, made himself available for Dutch selection.  He played for Holland youth side.  In 2013, he finally received his first senior cap.  He played at the WC Finals in 2014.


Jonathan de Guzman

LW: John van 't Schip (Holland)
Born in Canada, Van 't Schip began his career in the Jong Ajax youth academy. Debuting for the first team in December 1981, he would spend the next 11 seasons with the club. During this period he became league champion in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1990, and cup champion in 1983, 1986 and 1987. He also helped Ajax win the 1987 European Cup Winners' Cup and the 1992 UEFA Cup. After Ajax's UEFA Cup victory, he was bought by Italian team Genoa, where he played four seasons before finishing his career. He helped the club to lift the 1996 Anglo-Italian Cup.


FW:  Edward Hagarty Parry (England)
Born in Canada, Parry played three times for England, against Wales in 1879 and 1882 and Scotland in 1882. He scored once. He was captain (and goal-scorer) of the Old Carthusians team which won the 1881 FA Cup Final defeating Old Etonians 3–0. He was the first overseas-born captain of an FA Cup winning team, and the last until Irishman Johnny Carey with Manchester United in 1948 (and not Eric Cantona 48 years later). He was also a member of the Wanderers club as well as for Swifts of Slough, Remnants, Windsor, and Stoke Poges clubs.[

FW: Tomasz Radzinski 
He played youth football in Poland and Germany before moving to Canada.   He began his career in Canada before he returned to Europe, joining Germinal Ekeren in Belgium in 1994. From there he eventually signed for Belgian giants Anderlecht, where he scored Champions League goals in his last season with the Belgian champions. At Everton, Radziński scored 25 times in 91 Premiership outings before requesting a transfer, eventually securing a three-year deal with Fulham F.C. worth £1.75 million.  He played 46 times for Canada.
Tomasz Radzinski 

FW:  John Catliff
Catliff was an All-American at Harvard.  He was a Canadian Soccer League star, scoring the second most goals of anyone in the League's six-year history with 69 goals in total.  He was a league season scoring champion in 1988 with 22 goals and in 1990 with 19 goals. He played with Calgary Kickers. He then spent the next six seasons with the Vancouver 86ers, who became the CSL champions in four consecutive seasons from 1988 through 1991. He was capped 44 times.  He missed Mexico 1986 through an injury.

FW:  Alex Bunbury
Born in Plaisance, Guyana, Bunbury started playing professionally in Canada. In 1993, after an unassuming season for West Ham United, he moved to Portugal's C.S. Marítimo, going on to become the club's all-time leading goalscorer in the Primeira Liga with 59 goals. In his second season, he won the Foreign Player of the Year award, and he scored a career-best 15 goals in the 1998–99 campaign. In early 1999, he joined Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer. Capped 65 times for Canada.
Alex Bunbury
ST:  Paul Peschisolido
Over 16 seasons he scored 118 goals from 447 appearances in the Football League, playing for nine different clubs: Birmingham City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Derby County and Luton Town.  his senior debut for the Canadian national team in 1992.  He went on to play 53 times for Canada, scoring 10 goals, in a 12-year senior international career. On 1 June 2013, he was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.

ST:  Dale Mitchell
Mitchell played in the former NASL. He began his professional career with the Vancouver Whitecaps (1977, 1978), then played for the Portland Timbers (1979 to 1982) and for the Montreal Manic (1983). He was an original player with the Vancouver 86ers of the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League for whom he scored 37 goals during seasons from 1988 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. He was with the Toronto Blizzard for the 1991 season. Capped 55 times.  He played in Mexico 1986.

FW:  Dwayne De Rosario
He played for the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau and Richmond Kickers early in his career. He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the sixth-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals.  He was capped 81 times.  He was a part of the team that won the Gold Cup.
Dwayne De Rosario


Honorable Mention
Robert Iarusci, Lydon Hooper, Lars Hirschfeld, Richard Hastings, Paul James, Mark Watson, Colin Miller.

Squad Explanation
-- As titled, all players were born or capped by Canada.
--  Joe Kennaway (Scotland, but also played for Canada), Edward Hagarty Parry (England), John van 't Schip (Holland), Jonathan de Guzman (Holland) and Owen Hargreaves (England) chose not to play for Canada.
-- Julian and Jonathan de Guzman are brothers.
-- Landon Donovan's father was born in Canada, but he was born in the USA.  He is not Canadian.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

French-Born Players Capped by other national teams

Anthony Lopes and  Guerreiro won the Euro 2016 after beating France in Paris
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

I have created blog entries for Brazilian-born players, Argentine-born players and German-born who were capped by other countries.  This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for French-born players capped by other country.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals. 

Due to its colonial past, France is becoming an ever-more-multiethnic society.  Many sons of immigrants decided to represent the national teams of their motherland.  At the 2014 World Cup, there were 25 French-born players representing other countries — 16 alone for Algeria. That's not only enough to field another full team for France, but also five more players than are actually on the French team, Les Bleus, in Brazil. 

At Euro 2016, Benatia, Mahrez and Aubameyang would have helped them.  Instead, they lost to Portugal that consisted two French-born players -- Anthony Lopes and Guerreiro on their team.

I have also created an all-time team for:
France
Players born in the Overeseas Department and former French Colonies
French Black Players
Argentine-born players capped by other national teams
German-born players capped by other national Teams
Brazilian players capped by other national teams

Team
GK: Anthony Lopes (Portugal)
He came through the ranks with Lyon.  He made his first team debut in 2011.  Born in France, he opted to play for Portugal.  He was the backup keeper for the Euro 2016 winning team.

GK: Raïs M'Bolhi (Algeria)
M'Bolhi was born in Paris, France to a Congolese father and Algerian mother. He started playing football (soccer) for RCF Paris. Then, he joined Olympique de Marseille, though he never made a league appearance before his release in January 2006. He played in Turkey, Bulgaria, the USA, Russia, etc. He was capped by France at the youth level before switching to Algeria.  He played in both WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.

GK: Ali Ahamada (Comoria)
Ahamada is born in France to parents of Comorian descent. He was a French youth national. In March 2016, Ahamada was called up to the Comoros national football team.  He was a youth product of Toulouse FC.  He played for their first team from 2011 to 2016.

RB: Guy Demel  (Ivory Coast)
Demel started his career in France with Nîmes Olympique before joining English club Arsenal in 2000. He then played in Germany for ten years, signing for Borussia Dortmund in 2001 and then Hamburger SV in 2005. He returned to England with West Ham United in 2011, leaving the club in 2015 and subsequently joining Dundee United. Demel was born in France but represented  Ivory Coast making 35 appearances. He was in the Ivorian squad for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

CB: Kalidou Koulibal (Senegal)
He played with Metz and Ghent before making a move to Napoli.  He played for the U-20 French side. However, in early September 2015, Koulibaly changed federations and joined the Senegal national football team, despite the interest to call him for Les Bleus from Didier Deschamps.

CB: Medhi Benatia (Morocco) 
At the time of writing, he is considered one of the top center-backs in the world.  He first made a name with Udinese and then, Roma, where he was a top defender in the Serie A.  In the summer of 2014, he joined Bayern Munich.  In 2016, he returned to Juventus.

CB: Noureddine Kourichi (Algeria)
Born in France, he played with Valenciennes, Girondines Bordeaux and Lille in France.  He played in the 1982 and 1986 World Cup Finals.

CB: Abdoulaye Méïté (Ivory Coast)
Méïté joined Marseille in July 2000 and made 172 League appearances, as well as starting in the 2004 UEFA Cup Final.  in 2008, he joined Bolton Wanderers.  He was a part of the squad at the WC Finals in 2006.

LB: Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal)
Born in France, he began his career at Caen, signing in 2013 with Lorient where he made his Ligue 1 debut. In June 2016, he joined Borussia Dortmund. Guerreiro represented Portugal at under-21 and senior level, first appearing for the latter in 2014. He was part of their squad at Euro 2016, winning the tournament.

LB:  Benoît Assou-Ekotto (Cameroon)
Capped 24 times, he was a member of Cameroon's WC team in 2010 and 2014.  He started his career with Lens.  He has played 7 seasons with Tottenham Hotspurs.  He also played for QPR, St. Etienne and Metz.  
Benoît Assou-Ekotto 

CM/DM: Mohamed "Momo" Sissoko (Mali)
Momo Sissoko began his professional career with Valencia.  he would play for Liverpool, PSG, Juventus, Forientina and Shanghai Shenhua. Born in France, he was capped by Mali.

CM/DM: Petit (Portugal)
Born in France as Armando Gonçalves Teixeira, he received the moniker Petit because of his small frame, and also because he was born in France. He made his name with Boavista FC before joining
Benfica in 2002. He also played for Koln.  Capped 58 times. He was also a member of the national team that reached the final at UEFA Euro 2004, hosted by Portugal.  He went to the WC in 2006 and Euro 2008.
Petit
CM/DM: Tobias Linderoth (Sweden)
Linderoth played mainly in Denmark, but he also had spells in England and Turkey. Linderoth was a midfield dynamo on the Swedish national team where he also was assistant captain. Tobias played for Sweden in the Euro 2004 and Euro 2008, as well as in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup tournaments.
Tobias Linderoth

AM/CM: Dušan Maravić (Yugoslavia)
Born in France, his family moved back to Yugoslavia after the War. In 1958, aged 19 he became a member of Yugoslavian giants Red Star Belgrade. In six years with Red Star,  Maravić appeared in 232 official matches, scoring 82 goals. He was capped 7 times. After winning the gold Olympic medal, he was allowed to go abroad. He played for Racing Paris until 1969 when he shortly moved to OFK Beograd, and then proceed to Venezuelan Deportivo Italia.

AM/RW: Mustapha Hadji (Morocco)
Hadji grew up in France, but chose to represent Morocco in 1993. He went to the WC Finals in 1994 and 1998.  After the WC Finals in 1998, he won the African Player of the Year award that year.  He was named the 50th greatest African player of all time by African football expert Ed Dove. Professionally, he played for many clubs mainly in Spain and England. He had stints with Nancy, Sporting SP, Deportivo La Coruna, Coventry, Aston Villa, etc.
Mustapha Hadji
RW: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)
He helped Leicester Town to win the Premiership in 2015-2016.  He won the PFA Players' Player of the Year, and was a member of the Premier League PFA Team of the Year as he helped Leicester City win the Premier League.
Riyad Mahrez 

LW/FW: Istvan Nyers (Hungary)
He was of the same age as the members of the Mighty Magyars, but he was not a member of them.  He was capped twice by Hungary between 1945 and 1946. Born in France of Hungarian immigrants, he moved back to Hungary and played for various numbers of clubs in Eastern Europe.   He joined Inter Milan in 1948, where he won two Serie A titles and finished as the top scorer of the league.

LW: Andre Ayew (Ghana)
Ayew is the son of Abedi Pele.  He began his career in Ghana, playing for Nania. In 2005, he signed with his father's former club, Marseille. He made over 200 appearances and winning consecutive Trophée des champions and Coupe de la Ligues in both 2010 and 2011. He also played for Swansea. In 2011 Ayew was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year. He represented Ghana at the WC Finals in 2010 and 2014.

LW/AM: Joseph-Desire Job (Cameroon)
Job played for Lens and Lyons in France. After starting his career in France, Job moved to English team Middlesbrough, where he spent six years and is most remembered for scoring one of the two goals in the 2004 League Cup Final, where Middlesbrough won their first ever trophy. He also played for clubs in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Belgium. Whilst playing for Saudi club Al-Ittihad, he won the 2005 AFC Champions League and scored in the final.

FW: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
He began his career at Milan, who loaned him to four French clubs before he joined Saint-Étienne permanently in 2011. After winning the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue Final, he joined Dortmund, where he has twice won the DFL-Supercup in 2013 and 2014. Despite playing once for France Under-21, Aubameyang made his senior international debut for Gabon in 2009, and has represented them at three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2012 Olympics. He is the African Player of the Year of 2015.

ST: Frederic Kanoute  (Mali)
He won two UEFA Cups while playing for Sevilla in Spain.  He was African Player of the Year in 2007.  He was born in France, but represented Mali internationally.  He played in France, England, Spain and China professionally.  He won two UEFA Cup with Sevilla.
Frederic Kanoute 
ST: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco)
Born in France.  He played for the french youth team before switching to play for Morocco at the senior level.  He started his career with Bordeaux before moving to England, where he played for Arsenal, West Ham and Crystal Palace.

ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina)
Born in France of an Argentinian player Jorge Higuain, Gonzalo first starred for River Plate in Argentina.  He joined Real Madrid in 2006.  He became a fan's favourite after scoring the winning goal against Espanyol on his debut season.  He would stay with the club until 2013.  Gonzalo Higuain later played with Napoli and Juventus.  In the 2015–16 season, he scored 36 league goals, winning the Capocannoniere title and equalling Gino Rossetti's 87-year-old record for goals in an Italian top-flight season. With For the national team, he earned 52 caps.  He was brought into the national team after Argentina struggled to qualify for South Africa 2010.
Gonzalo Higuain 

Honorable Mention
Jacques Fatton(Switzerland), Adrien Silva(Portugal), Madjid Bougherra (Algeria), Charles Itandje(Cameroon), Mamadou Samassa(Mali), Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria), Demba Ba (Senegal), Jordan Ayew (Ghana), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Ludovic Obraniak (Poland), Jan Michaelsen (Denmark), Jean-Joël Perrier-Doumbé (Cameroon),  Lamine Sané (Senegal).

Squad Explanation
--  This blog post is based on birth place.  
-- All French-born players who were capped by France and later switched to another national team are not selected.
-- Gonzalo Higuaín was born in Fance while his father was playing club football there.  The father of the Ayew brothers is Abedi Pele.  So they played for Ghana.
-- I only brought 10 defenders so that I can bring Joseph-Desire Job.
-- I chose two leftbacks out of Raphaël Guerreiro, Faouzi Ghoulam, and Benoît Assou-Ekotto.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Black Portuguese All-Time Team



Euro 2016 Final
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.


This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for Black Portugese players.  The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.

Afro-Portuguese, African-Portuguese or Black Portuguese are Portuguese citizens or residents of Portugal with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black ethnic groups of Africa. Most of those perceived as Afro-Portuguese are descent of immigrants from former Portuguese overseas provinces in Africa. Alternatively, Afro-Portuguese may also refer to populations of partial Portuguese descent living throughout Africa.

The impact of Black players on Portuguese football is great.  Eusebio and Mario Coluna were leading members of Portugal's Gold Generation in the 1960's.  Eder scored the winning goal at Euro 2016.

Please also see:
Black Players who played for England 
African-American Players
French Black Players
African-American Players
Afro-Brazilian Players 

Team
GK: Nuno Espírito Santo
During his career he first made a name for himself in Spain, playing for three teams in five years. He later represented Porto in his country, albeit with little impact, and also played professionally in Russia. Nuno was part of the Portuguese squad at Euro 2008, but never won a cap for the national team.

GK: Ernesto
Born in Portugal, he represented Cape Verde internationally.

GK: Fernando
Fernando represented Angola internationally.  He played for Santa Clara.

RB: Jose Bosingwa
Born in Mbandaka, Zaire to a Portuguese father and a Congolese mother, he started with Boavista before joining  FC Porto coached by José Mourinho for 2003–04.  In 2008, he joined Chelsea.  Later, he played in Turkey.  Capped 25 times for Portugal.
Jose Bosingwa

RB: Miguel
He played the vast majority of his professional career with Benfica (five seasons) and Valencia (seven). Miguel gained 59 caps for Portugal during the 2000s, and represented the country in two World Cups and as many European Championships.

CB: Vicente Lucas
Vicente played for C.F. Os Belenenses in 13 Primeira Liga seasons, making his debut in 1954 and winning the Portuguese Cup six years later. He gained 20 caps for Portugal, his debut coming on 3 June 1959 in a 1–0 win against Scotland.  He was a member of the 1966 World Cup squad.

CB: Bruno Alves 
He spent most of his professional career at Porto, winning a total of nine titles, seven as first-choice, and appearing in 171 official games. He also won trophies in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg, and in Turkey with Fenerbahçe. A Portuguese international since 2007, Alves represented the country in two World Cups and three European Championships, winning the 2016 edition of the latter tournament.

CB: Pepe
Born in Brazil, Pepe moved to Portugal playing for Maritimo.  In 2004, he moved to Porto while he established himself as one of the best defender in Portugal.  In 2007, he earned a dream move to Real Madrid.  At the time of writing, he won two Champions' league with them.  Although born in Brazil, he chose to represent Portugal.  At Euro 2016, he emerged as one of Portugal's best player as Portugal won their first ever international trophy.  He earned the Man of the Match in the Final against France.


CB: Abel Xavier
Xavier played for clubs in Portugal, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Turkey, Germany and the USA.  Xavier was selected for UEFA Euro 2000, and became one of the key figures in the competition, not only due to playing some of his best football but also due to a distinctly bleached-blonde hairstyle with a matching beard. 

CB: Jorge Andrade  
Started with Estrela da Amadora and was bought by Porto FC in 2000.  After Japan/Korea 2002, he joined Deportivo La Coruna.  In 2007, he joined Juventus, but this spell was very unsuccessful due to injuries.  He was capped 51 times by Portugal and went to the WC 2002 and Euro 2004.

LB: Hilario 
Hilario played his entire professional career with Sporting CP, appearing in nearly 450 official games and winning seven major trophies.  He was the starting leftback of Portugal in 1960's.   He went to the 1966 WC finals in England.

DM: Costinha
Costinha played in the lower division in Portugal before getting discovered by Monaco. In 2001, he joined FC Porto, where he was a part of the team that won the Champions league in 2003. He also played in Russia, Italy and Spain.  Capped over 50 times.  He played at both Euro 2004 and 2000, and the 2006 FIFA World Cup. D uring the latter, on 25 June, he took part in the Battle of Nuremberg, being one of four players sent off against the Netherlands after two bookable offenses. 
Costinha

DM: William Carvalho 
Born in Luanda, Angola, Carvalho moved to Portugal when he was just a few years old. At the time of writing, except two loan spells, he has mainly played for Sporting SP.  Carvalho first grained international recognition when he was named player of the tournament at the 2015 European Under-21 Championship.  At Euro 2016, he established as a starter of the national team.  He was also a member of Portugal's team at the 2014 WC Finals.  

DM: Oceano
Born in Cape Verde, he was probably the greatest player from there. Oceano's family emigrated to Portugal when he was a child. He started his career at Almada A.C. in the lower leagues and, after spells in the second division with Odivelas F.C. and C.D. Nacional, signed with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the 1984–85 season.  He appeared in over 400 matches for two spells.  In between, he played for Real Sociedad and Toulouse.  He earned 54 caps and was a top player in the early 1990's.  He went to Euro 1996.

CM: Renato Sanches 
At the time of writing, he is considered one of the best young midfielder in the world.  He played for benfica before moving to Bayern Munich in 2016.  He played a big role during Portugal's Euro 2016 winning campaign.

CM: Mario Coluna 
Mario Coluna is one of the greatest player ever for both Portugal and Benfica. He won two European Cup with Benfica in 1961 and 1962.  He was the captain of Portugal in the 1966 World Cup. He was known to be Eusebio's friend and his top assister on the field.
Captain of Portugal in 1966

LW: Silvestre Varela
He represented mainly Sporting and Porto during his career, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 212 games and 44 goals over the course of nine seasons and winning 11 major titles with the latter, including three national championships and the 2011 Europa League. He also competed professionally in Spain, England and Italy. Varela appeared for Portugal at Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup, scoring in both tournaments.

LW/AM: Luís Boa Morte
Having come through the youth ranks with Sporting Clube de Portugal, Boa Morte received his first big break by joining Premier League side Arsenal in 1997. He also went on to play for Southampton, Fulham and West Ham United. He joined Greek side Larissa before moving on to South African side Orlando Pirates. In October 2012 he returned to England and joined fourth-tier side Chesterfield. Boa Morte earned 28 caps for Portugal and was selected for the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

RW: Nani
Nani came through the ranks of Sporting CP.  In 2007, he joined Manchester United, where his career was up and down. He was a part of the team that won the Champions' League. He earned over a 100 caps for Portugal.  He is a regular member of the national team from 2006 onward. He contributed to Portugal's winning Euro 2016.
Nani

FW: Liedson 
Liedson moved to Sporting CP in 2003 after playing for Corinthians and Flamengo without successes. From 2003 to 2011, he scored 173 goals for them, becoming one of the club's greatest players.  He helped them to reach the UEFA Cup Final in 2005.  He was first capped by Portugal in 2009 and went to play at South Africa 2010.

ST: Eder
Born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, Eder made his Primeira Liga debut for Académica on 24 August 2008.  he also played for Braga, Swansea and Lille.  At the writing, he has 32 caps. He scored the winning goal against France at the Final of Euro 2016.
Eder scoring against France 

ST: Rui Jordão 
He played for Benfica, Sporting CP, Racing Zaragoza and Vitoria SC.  With Sporting CP, he was the league's top scorer twice and was Portuguese Player of the Year in 1980.  He had 37 caps in total.  He was probably best remembered for scoring twice against France at the semifinal of Euro 1984. 

ST: Eusebio 
He is probably Portugal's greatest player.  Along with Pele, he was considered to be the best player in the world during the 1960's.  He helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea) and received the Bronze Ball award. He won the Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. He played for Benfica 15 out of his 22 years as a footballer.  He won the European Cup in 1961.
Eusebio

Honorable Mention
William Carvalho, Rolando, Nelson Marcos.

Squad Explanation
-- I have difficult time looking for goalkeepers.  I found 4 keepers, whom I knew nothing about.  I chose three with the most experience according to their bios. Nuno was the only one with some international experience with Portugal.
-- Jose Aguas was born in Angola, but he was not of African descent.
-- Eder scored the most important goal ion Portugal's history.  
-- Renato Sanches is actually too young, but he contributed to the Euro 2016 victory.  At the time of writing, his career with Bayern Munich has not panned out.  However, his contribution for Euro 2016 was too important for the history of Portuguese football.  I am keeping him on the squad as of 2017.  
-- William Carvalho also played a part in that victory, but when I first created the blog, he only made honourable mention.  In 2017, I decided to select him to the squad.  José Luís Vidigal who spent his career playing in Italy 
-- According to various source, Cristano Ronaldo is of Cape Verdean descent.

Formation