Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Real Zaragoza Greatest All-Time Team

Copa del Rey 2003-2004
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Real Zaragoza has spent the majority of its history in La Liga, winning the Copa del Rey six times and the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, amongst other trophies.

Team
GK: Enrique Yarza (Spain)
Enrique Yarza was born in 1930.  He was the keeper of one of the best historical period of Real Zaragoza with Los Magníficos. He moved there in 1953 from Club Deportivo Fuenclara.  He played for them from 1953 to 1960.  They won two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966, and the Fairs Cup in 1964.
Enrique Yarza

GK: Andoni Cedrún (Spain)
Andoni Cedrún appeared in 351 La Liga games over the course of 17 seasons, representing mostly Zaragoza with which he won three major titles, including the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup. He started his career with Athletic Bilbao. He played with Cadiz before heading to Zaragoza in 1984.  His father Carmelo Cedrún a goalkeeper played for both Athletic Bilboa and Spain.

GK: Juanmi (Spain)
After graduating from Real Madrid B Team,  he was third-choice for Real Madrid behind Francisco Buyo. In the 1993 off-season, Juanmi moved to Real Zaragoza as backup to veteran Andoni Cedrún. After two years as second-choice, he went on to become the Aragonese side's undisputed starter, being instrumental in the club's 2001 conquest of the Copa del Rey. Capped once for Spain.

RB: Alberto Belsué  (Spain)
After beginning with lowly Endesa de Andorra, Belsué joined La Liga club Real Zaragoza, where he helped to win the 1994 Copa del Rey and the following year's UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.  He also played for  Alavés and Numancia.  He was capped 14 times.  He played at the European Championship in 1996, converting one of the penalties against England in the quarterfinal.
Alberto Belsué

CB: Xavi Aguado (Spain)
Xavi Aguado began playing football with local CF Badalona. After two seasons at local CE Sabadell FC in the second division, he joined Real Zaragoza in La Liga for the 1990–91 campaign, quickly establishing as first-choice whilst displaying aerial ability and team leadership alike (he would be early on named club captain).  Aguado was part of the Zaragoza team that beat Arsenal in the 1994–95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final.

CB: Fernando Caceres (Spain)
Cáceres began at Argentinos Juniors and in 1991 was transferred to River Plate where he won his first title, the 1991 Apertura.  He then moved to Spain to play for Real Zaragoza, where he won the Copa del Rey in 1994 and the Cup Winners' Cup.  The following year. Cáceres had a brief spell at Boca Juniors, before signing for Valencia CF and then,  Celta de Vigo.  Capped 22 times, he won the Copa America 1993 and went to USA 1994.
Fernando Caceres 

CB/RB: Casuco (Spain)
Born in Lorca, Region of Murcia, Juan Martínez Martínez was better known as Casuco. He  played with Granada CF and then the Elche CF in the 1970's.  He joined Real Zaragoza in 1979, where he spent ten years and played his best career as a player, becoming team captain. He helped Real Zaragoza to win the Copa Del Rey in 1985-1986.

SW/LB: José Luis Violeta  (Spain)
José Luis Violeta made his debut with Club Deportivo Puertollano.  He played for 14 seasons at Real Zaragoza (1963-1977) as a part of the glorious era.  He was a symbol of the club. He won two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966.  From 1966 to 1974, he was capped for Spain 14 times, scoring a single goal and debuting in 1966 against Uruguay.
José Luis Violeta 
CB: Manuel González (Spain)
Born in Granada, he began his career with Segunda División Granada in 1964. From 1966 to 1977, he played for Real Zaragoza, where he played the prime of his career.  He played 303 games, the third player with most appearances. He rejoined Granada at the end of his career in 1977.  His father Manuel González played for Real Madrid.

LB: Severino Reija (Spain)
Severino Reija played of the best historical sides of Real Zaragoza( Los Magníficos). They won two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966, and the Fairs Cup in 1964.  He participated with the national team at the 1962 and 1966 World Cup. And in 1964, he was a member of the European Nations' Cup that spain won at home. 

LB: Jesús Ángel Solana (Spain)
Solana was a product of Real Madrid's youth ranks. He was used regularly in five of his six seasons with the capital club's first team, as it won five La Liga titles in a row.  However, Solana would be most known for his spell at Real Zaragoza, where he won a Copa del Rey as well as the memorable 1994–95 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal.  Capped once.

CM: Juan Manuel Villa  (Spain)
He was a graduate of Real Madrid's academy. He played with Alfredo di Stefano, Puskus, etc at Real Madrid before moving to Real Zazagoza. He spent 10 seasons there.  He was a part of Real Zaragoza's Los Magníficos) that won two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966,He was a part of Spain's winning side at Euro 1964.

CM/DM: Juan Antonio Señor  (Spain)
Juan Antonio Señor played for Alves, but mainly for Zaragoza, amassing nearly 400 official appearances in nine years. In 1983, Spain needed to score 11 goals to qualify for Euro 1984 on the last match.  He scored the all important last goal that qualified Spain to Euro 1984 Finals.  He went on to represent Spain in the Finals as well as the 1986 World Cup Finals. He had 40 caps in total.
Juan Senor vs Diego Maradona
CM: Eleuterio Santos (Spain)
Eleuterio Santos started playing with local CD Tenerife. In March 1963 he moved to Real Zaragoza, going on to spend nine of his ten seasons with the club in La Liga and being part of an attacking frontline dubbed Los Magníficos, which also featured Canário, Carlos Lapetra, Marcelino and Juan Manuel Villa. They won two  two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966. 

LW/FW: Juan Seminario (Peru)
Juan Seminario had a great career in Europe during the 1960's.  He played with Sporting CP, Real Zaragoza, FC Barcelona and Fiorentina. He became the top scorer in La Liga with 25 goals for the 1961–62 season while playing for Real Zaragoza. For Peru, he had 19 caps. He scored a hat-trick against England in 1959. 


LW/FW: Carlos Lapetra (Spain)
Carlos Lapetra spent ten of his 11 years as a professional with Zaragoza, appearing in 279 official games (62 goals) and winning three major titles with the club during the Golden period of the club. Lapetra played for Spain at the 1964 European Nations' Cup and the 1966 World Cup, winning the former tournament.
Carlos Lapetra 
AM: Santiago Aragon (Spain)
Santiago Aragon started with Real Madrid, but never settled down.  He spent most of career there on loan. He went to Real Zaragoza in 1993. Aragón was part of the side that won the 1995 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, having conquered the Copa del Rey the previous campaign. 

AM/CM: Gustavo Poyet (Uruguay)
Poyet began his career with short spells at Grenoble and River Plate. He then spent seven years at Real Zaragoza, with whom he won the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 1997, Poyet moved to Chelsea and helped the club win the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In 2001 he moved to Tottenham Hotspur. He was also part of the Uruguay side which won the 1995 Copa América.
Gustavo Poyet 
AM/FWFrancisco Higuera (Spain)
Francisco Higuera spent 11 seasons in la Liga.  He started with Mallorca.  He went on the play for Real Zaragoza, winning Cope del Rey in 1995 and the Cup Winners' Cup the following year. He played for Mexico's Puebla FC at the end of his career. He was capped 6 times for Spain.

FW: Jorge Valdano (Argentina)
Although he initially played for Newell's Old Boys, Alavés and Real Zaragoza, his most successful period at club level was at Real Madrid.  For Argentina, he scored four goals in the 1986 tournament, including Argentina's second goal against West Germany in the final. In total, he earned 23 caps for his nation between 1975 and 1990, scoring seven goals.
Jorge Valdano
RW/FW: Canario (Brazil)
Canário played for America Football Club (RJ) in Brazil. In 1959 he moved to Real Madrid. He won the European Cup in the 1959–60 edition.  After spending the 1962–63 season with Sevilla, Canário switched to Real Zaragoza, going on to be part of an attacking frontline that was dubbed Los Magníficos (The Magnificent. He reached four Copa del Rey finals with the Aragonese during his stint, winning the tournament twice.

FW: Miguel Pardeza (Spain)
Miguel Pardeza was part of Real Madrid's generation of footballers known as "Quinta del Buitre". He was a key player as they won La Liga in 1987.  However, he spent the better part of his career at Real Zaragoza, whom he played between 1987 and 1997.  He was also a part of the team that won the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup. He later played club football in Mexico at the end of his career.  He was capped 5 times.  
Miguel Pardeza
ST: Diego Milito (Argentina)
Milito began his club career with Racing Club in 1999.  He starred at both Genoa and Real Zaragoza. He is best remembered for playing with Inter Milan. He scored 32 goalsin all competitions including two goals in the 2010 Champions League Final the club's 2009–10 treble-winning season scoring . Earned 25 caps for Argentina. He represented his country in two Copa América, and at the 2010 World Cup.

ST: Joaquín Murillo (Spain)
In 1954, Joaquín Murillo joined Real Valladolid CF, where he played for three seasons. Then he ended up at Real Zaragoza team in which he scored 113 goals in 178 official matches. With 88 goals in the league, he is the top scorer in the history of Real Zaragoza and he is also the second highest scoring Catalan player in the league.

ST: Marcelino Martinez (Spain)
In 1959, Marcelino Martinez  signed with Real Zaragoza from local Racing de Ferrol, going on to remain with the club until his retirement 11 years later. During his spell with the Aragonese, Marcelino scored 117 official goals, winning three major titles, namely two Copa del Rey trophies. 

Honorable Mention
Gabriel Milito, Fernando Caceres, Luis Cuartero, Cacho Blanco, Pablo Aimar, Juan Barbas, Javier Planas, Pichi Alonso, Nayim, Francisco Guerri, Juan Eduardo Esnaider, Savo Milosevic, Carlos Diarte.

Squad Explanation
-- The team focused a lot on the great team that won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1995 and Los Magníficos of the 1960's.
--  Los Magníficos of the 1960's won two Copa del Generalísimo(now Copa del Rey) in 1964 and 1966. Severino Reija, Carlos Lapetra and Marcelino Martínez also represented Spain at the European Nations Cup in 1964.  Canario, Eleuterio Santos, Juan Manuel Villa, Severino Reija, José Luis Violeta,  Casuco and Enrique Yarza were other members on that team.
--Andoni Cedrún, Miguel Pardeza, Francisco Higuera, Gustavo Poyet, Santiago Aragon, Jesús Ángel Solana, Fernando Caceres, Xavi Aguado and Alberto Belsué were on the team that won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1995.  Nayim earned his honorable mention because of his fantastic goal vs David Season at the 1995 Cup Winners' Cup Final. A large number of players played on the 1995 team.  I normally reward players for wine g the biggest trophy for their clubs.  
-- Juan Seminario became the top scorer in La Liga with 25 goals for the 1961–62 season.  He only spent a single season there.
--  Luciano Galletti was a right wing,  The team needs one.
--  The team has too many attacking midfielders.  Aragon and Poyet were automatic selections.  I have to drop Saturnino Arrua. 
-- Diego Milito had a wonderful career here. His goal average was  a goal in every other match. He edged out Pichi Alonso Spain. 


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