Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sport Club Internacional Greatest All-Time Team

2010 Copa Libertadores

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.

Sport Club Internacional is ranked first in Americas and sixth in the World in number of paying members, with more than 104,000. Internacional won Copa Libertadores titles twice: 2006 and 2010.  In 2006, they also the FIFA Club World Cup, defeating European champions Barcelona in the latter and South American reigning champions São Paulo in the former. Other international titles include the 2007 Recopa Sudamericana, the 2008 Copa Sudamericana and the 2011 Recopa Sudamericana.  Perhaps no other time is remembered with more affection and longing by the Internacional supporters than the victorious Seventies. In that decade, Inter became the most successful club in Rio Grande do Sul and in Brazil. 
2006 World Club Cup

GK: Claudio Taffarel
Taffarel earned over 100 caps.  He was the starting goalkeeper for the WC 1994 winning team. During an 18-year career, he played professionally for six clubs, including Parma, Internacional, Atlético Mineiro and Galatasaray. He won an UEFA Cup with Galatasaray.

GK: Manga  (Brazil)
He was the starting keeper for the legendary Botafogo side that also featured Garrincha, and also for winning the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1971 with the extraordinary Nacional of Cubilla and Artime..  He went to the World Cup in 1966.
GK: Clemer (Brazil) 
Clemer played for several Brazilian clubs, but his most important stints were with Portuguesa, Flamengo and International. With Inter, he won Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.

RB: Paulinho (Brazil) 
At Internacional, Paulinho was known as "Captain Piranha" for his leadership.  He won three Campeonato Gaucho between 1951 to 1953.  He moved to Vasco De Gama and played there for 9 seasons between two stints. He spent one year playing for River Plate. He was the backup rightback at the World Cup Finals in 1954.

RB: Claudio Duarte (Brazil)
Duarte played his entire career with Internacional. He was a member of the club's great side of the 1970's.  He won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles: 1975 and 1976, and Campeonato Gaúcho 6 times. 

SW:  Elias Figueroa (Chile)
Elias Figueroa was one of the best defenders in South American history.  He was named the Brazilian Player of the year award whilst playing for Internacional in 1972 and 1976. He was also awarded the South American Footballer of the Year three times in a row. He played notably for Santiago Wanderers, Internacional and Uruguayan club Peñarol. He also represented Chile 47 times, appearing in three world cups, in 1966, 1974, and 1982.
Elias Figueroa 
CB: Nena (Brazil)
From 1940 to 1949 the defender played with SC Internacional in Porto Alegre and won with the club eight state championships. In 1949 he moved to Portuguesa with which he won the Torneio Rio-São Paulo of 1952 and 1955. In the 1960s he worked as youth coach with SC Corinthians Paulista. Between 1847 and 1952 he played five times for the Brazilian national team. He was also part of the Brazilian roster of the 1950 World Cup where Brazil finished as runner up, but did not get to play.

CB: Mauro Galvão (Brazil)
In Brazil, Galvão played for Sport Club Internacional, Bangu Atlético Clube, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (two spells) and CR Vasco da Gama. In 1990–91 he moved to FC Lugano in Switzerland, where he would remain for the following six seasons.  He was capped 24 times.  He was an unused sub in Mexico, but he played 4 games in the 1990 World Cup Finals.  He helped Brazil to win the Copa America in 1989.

CB: Indio (Brazil)
Indio played most of his career with Internacional. He was on both of their Copa Libertadores' winnning teams(2006 and 2010).  He was also one of the club's most dedicated player.  He was a fan favourite while at the club.
LB: Oreco (Brazil)
Oreco began his career at the Santa Maria, where he played for a year. He then played for Internacional of Porto Alegre, for which he played for seven years and won five Rio de Janeiro championships in that period. He was also a Corinthians player for eight years.  he won the 1958 World Cup as Nilton Santos' backup.

LB: Abigail (Brazil) 
Abigail began his career with Força e Luz football Club of Porto Alegre club that are obsolete today. In February 1942, at the age of twenty years, he was signed by Internacional where he was part of the legendary "Scroll Compressor" Colorado (considered by some critics as the greatest team that existed in Rio Grande do Sul).

DM: Dunga (Brazil)
Dunga's bluecollar and defensive style of football symbolized a new era in Brazil's football.  This period in Brazil's football history was called "Era Dunga", as according to fans and journalists. He played 91 times for Brazil.  He was the captain of Brazil's World Cup winning team in 1994. He also went to Italia 1990 and France 1998.  For domestic football, he played in Brazil, Japan, Italy and Germany in his career.
DM: Caçapava (Brazil)
He began at CE Gaúcho de Caçapava do Sul and went to the Internacional de Porto Alegre in 1972, where he won Brasileiro in 1975 and 1976. He was also a Gaucho Champion for Inter in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978. In 1979, he transferred to Corinthians of São Paulo where he won Paulista in the same year. He also played in Palmeiras, Vila Nova de Goiás and Ceará. In 1984 and returned to Rio Grande do Sul to play in Novo Hamburgo, and retired in Fortaleza, Ceará in 1987.

DM: Batista (Brazil) 
Bastista began his career with Internacional, where he won 3 Brasileiros e 4 Campeonatos Gaúchos.  In 1981, he moved to rival, Gremio. He also played for Palmeiras before heading to Europe. He would play for Lazio and Belenenses.  He was capped 38 times for Brazil.  He started all matches at the WC Finals in 1978, but was used as a sub in 1982.  Famously remembered being fouled by Diego Maradona in the 2nd round that led to Maradona's red card.

CM: Falcao
At one stage, Falcao was the world's highest paid footballer.  He played with Internacional at home before becoming the star of Roma in the 1980's, winning the Serie A in 1982-83. In 1985, he returned home and played for Sao Paulo. For the national team, he was a key player for the fantastic Brazilian of Spain 1982.  He won the Silver Ball in Spain. He also went to the World Cup Finals in 1986.

CM: Paulo César Capergiani (Brazil)
Carpegiani began his professional career at Sport Club Internacional of Porto Alegre, in the Rio Grande do Sul, where he played from 1970 to 1977, winning two Brazilian Championships (1975 and 1976). Carpegiani also played for Flamengo (1977–1980), winning the Brazilian Championship in 1980.  He was capped 30 times and went to the WC Finals in 1974.

AM: Andrés D'Alessandro (Argentina)
He was a youth product of River Plate.  He won the 2001–02 and 2002–03 Primera División titles with them before heading to Europe in 2003. He played with Wolvesburg, Portsmouth and Zaragoza before returning to South America, first with San Lorzenzo and then, Internaconal. In Brazil, he became one of the club's biggest stars.  In 2010, D'Alessandro led Internacional to their second Libertadores Championship, and was elected the best player in South America for that year.  He was capped 28 times.
Andrés D'Alessandro 
FW: Claudiomiro (Brazil)
Claudiomiro played for several Série A clubs.  He won the Campeonato Gaúcho six times with Internacional.  However, injury problems led him to leave the club.  In 1975, he joined Botafogo-RJ. The following year, he went to Flamengo-RJ, where he remained until 1977.  Earned 6 caps.

FW/RW: Tesourinha (Brazil)
With Internacional, Tesourinha was known to be a member of the club's famous "Rolo Compressor" team of the 1940's.  He was alsoa part of the legendary "Expresso da Vitória" at Vasco de Gama.  In 1952, he joined Grêmio, becoming the first black player  in history to play for the club.  For Brazil, he was capped 23 times. He was chosen as the best player for the 1945 South American Championship.  An injury kept him out of the 1950 World Cup Finals.

ST: Larry (Brazil)
He began his career at Fluminense Football Club where he played from 1951 to 1954, and champion of Campeonato Carioca in 1951 and the Copa Rio (International) in 1952, that year he was also the top scorer of the Brazilian team in the 1952 Summer Olympics, when he scored four goals in three games. With Bodinho he formed the most invaluable double striker attack of Internacional.

ST: Bodinho (Brazil) 
Known for his header, Bodinho joined International in 1950, where he joined a great offensive partnership with Larry.  He won Campeonatos Gaúchos. He also played for Flamengo.  He played 5 times for Brazil.

ST: Escurinho (Brazil)
He played for Internacional from 1970 to 1977. He won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles: 1975 and 1976, and Campeonato Gaúcho seven times.  He also played for Palmeiras.  He was also a musician, recording a Samba record while he was an active player.
ST: Carlitos (Brazil)
With Tesourinha and Adãozinho formed most invaluable three striker attack of the 1940s, a team known as the "Rolo Compressor".  He played entire career (1938–1951) at Sport Club Internacional, and scored 485 goals. He is still to this date the top scorer in the club history. He won ten Campeonato Gaúcho, eight consecutive (1940–48, 1950 and 1951). 

ST: Valdomiro (Brazil)
Valdomiro was best remembered for playing the great Internacional side of the 1970's, playing alongside Falcão, Carpegiani and Figueroa.  For Brazil, he went to the 1974 WC Finals and remembered for scoring the goal against Zaire in the first round.

ST: Fernandão (Brazil)
He started his career with Goiás of Goiânia before moving to Marseille in 2001.  He returned to Brazil to play for Internacional in 2004.  In 2006, Fernandão led Sport Club Internacional to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time ever. Fernandão was a joint top scorer of the competition and was voted man of the Match in the final against São Paulo.  He also skippered the club to win the FIFA Club World Cup in the following December. He was capped once.

Honorable Mention
Bolivar, Luiz Carlos Winck, Pablio Guinazu, Dorinho, Dario, Lula, Milton Ramos Vergara, Bráulio, André Döring, Gainete, José Villalb, Edinho Campos, Adãozinho, Salvador.

Squad Explanation  
-- For rightback, Paulinho was known for his leadership.  Claudio Duarte played his entire career with the club. He won many titles for the club. I have to leave out Luiz Carlos Winck
-- By name recognition, Carlos Gamarra is probably the second most famous centerback who played here.  However, he only spent a short time with the Reds.  His exclusion for this team is somewhat controversial, I admitted. 
-- Fernardao was the hero of Copa Libertadores in 2006 and skipped the team as they beat Barcelona for the World Club Cup. Up until that point, it was the club's two biggest trophies.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Botafogo Greatest All-Time Team

Copa CONMEBOL 1993

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.

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, also known as Botafogo and familiarly as A Estrela Solitária (The Lone Star), is a Brazilian sports club based in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. Their best club side probably was from the 1960's.  The team led by Didi, Garrincha, etc was known for its rivalry with Pele's Santos.  They won the Campeonato Carioca in 1957, 1961 and 1962, and in 1968 they won Serie A. The club entered a dark period after that.  In 1989, it ended a period of 21 years without a title when the club won the state championship, retaining the trophy in 1990.  They won the Copa CONMEBOL in 1993, their first international title.

My blog ob Botafogo from 1955-1964 here.
The Great Botafogo of the 1960's
GK: Manga (Brazil)
Manga was the starting keeper for the legendary Botafogo side that also featured Garrincha, Nílton Santos and Zagallo in the great Botafogo of the 1960s, .  He also won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1971 with the extraordinary Nacional of Cubilla and Artime. For the national team, Hhe went to the World Cup in 1966.

GK: Jefferson (Brazil)
Having begun his career at Cruzeiro and spent time on loan at Botafogo, Jefferson then spent four seasons in the Turkish Süper Lig in service of Trabzonspor and Konyaspor before returning to Botafogo. He is one of the eight footballers with the most appearances Botafogo club history, with 420 appearances since 2003.A former world champion at under-20 level, Jefferson made his senior debut for the Seleção in 2011 and was named in their squads for two Copa América tournaments, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and their victory at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
GK: Sebastião Wagner (Brazil)
Wágner began with Bangu in the early 1990s. In 1994, he went to Botafogo. Wágner was an important figure of the team won the Brasileirao in 1995. He also won the 1997 Campeonato Carioca and the Rio-São Paulo Tournament of 1998.  Wagner played 412 games for Botafogo.

RB: Josimar (Brazil)
Josimar won 16 caps with the Brazilian national team, from June 1986 to November 1989. He played three times during the 1986 Football World Cup after an injury to first choice right back Édson. His two goals for Brazil were memorable, and were scored in his first two international matches, in that tournament. He played mainly for Botafogo and a short stay with Sevilla in Spain.

CB: Oscar Basso (Argentina)
Basso made his debut at first in Tigre, but soon went to River Plate. In 1944, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro, where he was a key player in the 1946 championship.  He played 209 games. In 1948, he moved to Inter Milan and then to Botafogo in Brazil, where he played alongside Nilton Santos. 

CB: Sebastião Leônidas (Brazil)
He started in football at America Football Club (MG) and  transferred to the America Football Club (Rio de Janeiro). In 1966 , he moved to Botafogo as a replacement for Nílton Santos. For the national team, he was projected to start at the WC Finals in 1970, but he missed the cup through an injury.

CB: Mauro Galvão (Brazil)
In Brazil, Galvão played for Sport Club Internacional, Bangu Atlético Clube, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (two spells) and CR Vasco da Gama. In 1990–91 he moved to FC Lugano in Switzerland, where he would remain for the following six seasons.  He was capped 24 times.  He was an unused sub in Mexico, but he played 4 games in the 1990 World Cup Finals.  He helped Brazil to win the Copa America in 1989.
Mauro Galvão

CB: Rildo(Brazil)
In 1961, Rildo began his senior career with Botafogo. In 1967, he transferred to Santos FC.Rildo was a member of Pele's Santos team in the late 1960's.  He would also also join him at New York Cosmos in 1977.  From 1963 to 1969, Rildo played 38 times for Brazil. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1966.

LB: Nilton Santos (Brazil) 
Nilton Santos had 75 caps.  He went to the World Cup Finals in 1950, but did not play a single game. He won the World Cup in 1958 and 1962 with Pele and Garrincha.  He is widely considered to be a pioneer in the offensive wingback position and was one of the greatest in his position. He spent his entire career with Botafogo during one of the club's greatest period.

LB: Marinho Chagas (Brazil)
Marinho Chagas was a top leftback during the 1970's and was known as being a right-footed leftback.  He played for many clubs in Brazil, USA and Germany.  His longest stint was with Botafago, which lasted 4 years.  He played with Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto for NY Cosmos. 
Marinho Chagas
CM: Alemao (Brazil)
Alemao was capped 39 times for Brazil. He went to two World Cupo Finals: 1986 and 1990.  He also won the Copa America in 1989.  For his club career, he played with Diego Maradona at Napoli where they broke up the dominance of Northern Italian clubs.  He won the UEFA Cup, scoring a goal in the Final. He also played for Botafogo in Brazil, Atletico Madrid in Spain and other clubs.

CM: Didi (Brazil)
He is considered one of the greatest players ever from Brazil.  He was voted the best player in WC 1958.  He was also on the 1954 and 1962 team.  He joined Real Madrid in the 1950's, but returned after less than a year because of a personal feud with Alfredo di Stefano. He also played with Garrincha at Botafogo, a team considered among the best ever club side in Brazil.
CM: Carlos Roberto (Brazil) 
Carlos Roberto was a long-time player for Botafogo, which tied Quarentinha and Manga, with 442 games. Between 1967 and 1975, he scored 15 goals. He was twice champion of the Torneio Rio-São Paulo and Campeonato Carioca with Botafogo, in 1967 and 1968. He won the Taça Brasil of 1968.  He capped twice. Although he was not selected to the squad for the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals, he was part of manager Zagallo's build-up to the finals. After Botafogo, he played for Santos, Atlético Paranaense, Bangu and CSA, where he finished his playing career.

CM: Mendonça (Brazil)
He joined Botafogo in 1975.  In 1982, he left the team to sign with Portuguesa; He played in the Brazilian football championship in 1984, scoring seven times in twenty games. In 1985, he joined Palmeiras. In 1987 he changed his jersey again, joining Santos, where he played thirty-two games. In 1989, after a period in Qatar with Al-Sadd, he returned home and played the Brazilian championship with Inter Limeira. He was a part of the 1983 Copa America team, but never played a game.

CM: Gerson (Brazil)
He was the central midfielder for Brazil in the 1970 World Cup Finals. He is considered one of Brazil's best ever passers.  He played on the legendary Botafogo's team of in the 1960's with Garrincha.  While at the club, he played with Didi and became his understudy, in which he would inherit the position on the Seleção.

CM: Martim (Brazil)
He began his career in 1929 with Guarany FC of Bagé in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In 1930, he move on to Rio de Janeiro where he joined Botafogo FC. He won the State Championships of Rio of the same year and 1932. From 1933 to 1934, he played for  Boca Juniors in the Argentina, where he became the first Brazilian in the club's history. With Boca Juniors, he won the national championship of 1934. After this he returned to Botafogo winning State Championships in 1934 and 1935. He stayed with Botafogo until the end of his career in 1940.

RW: Garrincha (Brazil)
He is considered one of the greatest footballers and perhaps the greatest dribbler in history.  He inspired Brazil to win the WC in 1962, which widely considered the best individual effect in WC history.  He was the Player of the Tournament that year.  He also played in 1958 and 1966.  He was a member of the great Botafogo's team in the 1960's.

RW: Jairzinho (Brazil)
"The Hurricane" was a star at the 1970 WC Finals.  He was one of two players who had scored at every single game of a given World Cup Finals.  He also went to West Germany 1974.  For his club career, he played for the famous Botafago team of the 1960's.  He was an understudy to Garrincha. He also played in France with Marseille.

LW: Mario Zagallo (Brazil)
Mario Zagallo was involved in 4 of Brazil's 5 World Cup titles.  He won 1958 and 1962 edition as a player.  In 1970, he was the head coach.  And in 1994, he served as an assistant coach.  For his club career, he played for America, Flamengo and Botafago. He was a member of the great Botafago team that also featured Garrincha and Didi.

AM: Paulo Cezar Caju (Brazil)
Paulo Cezar began his career with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, where his team won the Campeonato Carioca (championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro) several times and many more trophies in the end became one of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatass all-time greatest and most honoured players. He was featured in the Brazilian Bola de Ouro team of the season in Brazil in the seasons 1970, 1972, 1976, 1977. He was capped 57 times.  He went to both 1970 and 1974 World Cup Finals.

ST: Paulo Valentim (Brazil)
Valentim best remembered for his career with Botafogo and Boca Juniors.  With Botafogo, he played alongside Garrincha, Jairzinho and Nílton Santos.  In 1960, Valentim moved to Boca Juniors where he won two championships with the club.  He was also the clubs topscorer 4 times. Valentim scored 10 goals in 7 Superclásico games against River Plate. He is still Boca's highest scoring player in games against River Plate. He later played for São Paulo, Atlante F.C. and Argentino de Quilmes.  He was capped 5 times, scoring 5 goals.

ST: Quarentinha (Brazil)
He played for Paysandu and Vitória, before joining Botafogo. After a short spell with Bonsucesso he returned to Botafogo and later played in Colombia. He won four Bahia State League (1953, 1957, 1964, 1965), three Rio de Janeiro State League (1957, 1961, 1962), two Rio - São Paulo Cup (1962, 1964), one Mexico Tournament (1962) and one Paris Tournament (1963). He was also the top goalscorer for three consecutive years in Rio Leagues (1958, 1959, 1960). For Brazil, he was capped 13 times , scoring 14 goals. No-one in the history of Brazilian football has a better goal average. 

ST: Heleno de Freitas (Brazil)
The striker spent most of his career with Botafogo, scoring 209 goals for the club, most with his head. He also played for Boca Juniors in Argentina, Vasco de Gama, América (Rio) and Santos. He scored 19 goals in 18 appearances for Brazil as the team finished runners-up in both the 1945 and 1946 Copa America championships. He was joint top goalscorer in the 1945 tournament.

ST: Amarildo (Brazil)
Amarildo's career lasted from 1957 to 1974 and he played for Goytacaz, Flamengo, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama, and in Italy for Milan, Fiorentina and Roma. With Brazil, Amarildo was capped 23 times, between April 1961 and June 1966, and won the 1962 World Cup as a replacement for the injured Pelé. He scored eight goals for his country, including three during the 1962 tournament, one of which came in the victorious final itself.

ST: Tulio Maravilha (Brazil)
Tulio played for many Brazilian club teams. In Europe, he had short-lived career, playing for Sion and Újpest. His best years were while he was at Botafogo, where he was three times the Brazilian top scorer (1989, 1994 and 1995) and won the 1995 Campeonato Brasileiro.  With the national team, Túlio was famous for scoring a controversial equalizer against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1995 Copa América in Uruguay. 

Honorable Mention
Djalma Dias, Nariz,Wilson Gottardo.

 Squad Explanation

-- I went for Wagner and Jefferson over Paulo Sergio.  They spent more time with the club.
-- Carlos Alberto Torres appeared on several all-time lists, but he only played one season for Botafogo.  I opted for an extra midfielder.

In most all-time lists, Carlos Alberto Torres started on the rightback position, but I did not select him to the team.   Jairzinho also started along side Garrincha.  In real life, Jairzinho replaced Garrincha on the team and they played together when Jairzinho fisrst made his appearance with the club.  I just do not feel comfortable playing two right wide players on the same field. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Vasco Da Gama Greatest All-Time Team

Expresso da Vitória 

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.

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama was founded on August 21, 1898  by Portuguese immigrants, and it is still traditionally supported by the Portuguese community of Rio de Janeiro. The club is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.  In 1924 Vasco da Gama was pressured by the Metropolitan League to ban some players that were not considered adequate to play in the aristocratic league, notably because they were black or mulato and/or poor. After Vasco refused to comply with such a ban, the other big teams, Fluminense, Flamengo and Botafogo, among others, created the Metropolitan Athletic Association and prohibited Vasco from participating unless it complied with the racist demands.  Between 1947 and 1952, the club was nicknamed Expresso da Vitória (Victory Express), as Vasco won several competitions in that period, such as the Rio de Janeiro championship in 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950, and 1952, and the South American Club Championship in 1948. Players such as Ademir, Moacyr Barbosa, Bellini and Ipojucan defended Vasco's colors during that period.

Copa Libertadores 1998
GK: Moacir Barbosa (Brazil)
Barbosa was one of the greatest keepers in Brazil's history, but he was, however, associated with Brazil's loss to Uruguay in 1950, in an upset loss dubbed as the Maracanazo.  He became the scapegoat of the event.  He was also a member of the Brazilian team that won the 1949 Copa America.  For his club career, he played mainly for Vasco Da Gama.

GK: Jaguaré (Brazil)
When playing with CR Vasco da Gama, he won the championship of Rio de Janeiro. He also played for FC Barcelona, Sporting CP and SC Corinthians Paulista. The most successful period of his career was in the 1930s with the French club Olympique Marseille. In Brazil, he is also considered to be the person who popularised the use of gloves by goalkeepers.

GK: Carlos Germano (Brazil)
He started his career with Vasco De Gama.  He helped them to win the Copa Libertadores in 1998.  He left the club in 2000 and played for many clubs.  Capped 9 times for Seleção.  He went to France 1998.

RB: Cocada (Brazil) 
Cocada started his career with Flamengo, but did not succeed there.  He moved to Vasco De Gama and became a key player.  His brother is the striker, Muller who was on the 1994 World Cup team.

RB: Orlando Lele (Brazil)
He began his career at Santos Futebol Clube in 1972, then transferred to the Coritiba Foot-Ball Club in 1973.  He joined America in 1974. He later played for Vasco between 1977 and 1981. he moved to Udinese in 1981. He played for Brazil 6 times.

CB: Bellini (Brazil)
Bellini was Brazil's captain for the World Cup Finals in 1958. He was credited for starting the tradition of lifting the trophy high in the air, making the gesture winning symbol.  He won another World Cup in 1962 and participated also at 1966 FIFA World Cup as the team captain again.  During his career he played for Vasco da Gama, São Paulo FC and Atlético Paranaense. 
CB: Orlando Peçanha (Brazil)
During his club career he played for Vasco da Gama (1955–1960), Boca Juniors (1960–1964) and Santos (1965–1967). He was part of the Brazilian team that won the 1958 FIFA World Cup, and also participated in the 1966 FIFA World Cup as the vice captain of the team. In total he earned 30 caps.

CB: Augusto da Costa (Brazil)
He captained the Brazil team to the 1950 FIFA World Cup final leading them to become the runners-up of the tournament after losing to Uruguay. He was born in Rio de Janeiro. He started his career in 1936, with São Cristóvão, leaving the club in 1944. In 1945 he joined Vasco, retiring in 1954. He played 20 games for the Brazilian national team and scored one goal.

CB: Brito (Brazil)
Brito was best remembered as a part of Brazil's great World Cup team in 1970.  He played over 10 years with Vasco De Gama. He also played for Internacional, Flamengo, Cruzeiro, Botafogo, Corinthians, Atlético Paranaense and River-PI.

LB/LW: Felipe (Brazil)
Felipe started in 1996 with Vasco De Gama.  He won the Copa Libertadores in 1998 with them.  He later played for Roma, Galatasaray, etc.  He earned 9 caps for Brazil, winning the Copa America in 2004.

LB/DM: Mazinho (Brazil)
Mazinho played 35 internationals for Brazil national team, winning the 1989 Copa América, 1994 FIFA World Cup and the Silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. He was also named in the squads for the 1990 World Cup and 1991 Copa América.  Mazinho played with Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras and Vitória in his homeland, with Lecce and Fiorentina in Italy, and with Valencia, Celta de Vigo and Elche in Spain. 

DM: Danilo Alvim (Brazil)
Danilo Alvim is considered one of he greatest defensive midfielder in Brazil's history.  He played 25 games between 1946 and 1953, winning the 1949 Copa América. He played on the ill-fated 1950 team alongside Zizinho.  For his club career, he was a part of Vasco da Gama's legendary "the Victory Express" team. He also played for America.
Danilo Alvim
CM/DM: Ely (Brazil)
Ely do Amparo played for  América and Canto do Rio.  Ely was  member of Vasco de Gama's "Expresso da Vitória squad" that won the Campeonato Carioca in 1945, 1947, 1949, 1950 and in 1952, winning the South American Club Championship in 1948 as well. For Brazil, he went to the World Cup Finals in both 1950 and 1954.

LB/CM/DM: Jorge Sacramento (Brazil)
Jorge was known to be a member of Vasco De Gama's "Victory Express", playing with Ely and Danilo Alvim.  He played for them between 1945 and 1954.

AM/CM: Juninho Pernambucano (Brazil)
He was the leading player at Olympique Lyonnais leading them to seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2002 and 2008.  For the national team, his selection was limited by the number of great attackers in his generation.  He was only capped 40 times for the Seleção and went to the 2006 WC Finals in Germany.
Juninho Pernambucano 

CM: Geovani da Silva (Brazil)
In 1983 he was transferred to Vasco da Gama, where he became famous, playing alongside the likes of Romário and Roberto Dinamite. He also played in Europe at Bologna F.C. 1909 and Karlsruher SC, and a brief stint at Tigres de la UANL in Mexico. He ended his career in 2002. He represented Brazil at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he became the top scorer, and was also elected as the best player of the tournament. Capped 24 times from May 1985 to September 1991.

LW: Francisco Aramburu "Chico" (Brazil)
Francisco Aramburu known as "Chico" started with Gremio, but joined Vasco de Gama, where he was a member of the famous "Victory Express" team. In the 1950 World Cup Finals held in Brazil, he played four games and scored four goals. He played in the famous game against Uruguay, which lately became known as "Maracanazo".

AM: Ademir (Brazil)
Ademir formed a great attacking trio with Zizinho and Jair at the ill-fated World Cup Finals in 1950.  That line is considered the greatest ever seen in a World Cup Finals. He won the Golden Boot at the tournament.  He also won the Copa America in 1949. For club football, he had two spells each with Sport Recife and Vasco da Gama. He also had one spell with Fluminense.
Ademir de Menezes

FW: Russinho (Brazil)
He has played for Brazil national football team at the 1930 FIFA World Cup finals.  He played club football for Andarahy, Vasco da Gama and Botafogo, winning the Campeonato Carioca in 1924, 1929 and 1934 with Vasco da Gama and in 1935 with Botafogo.

FW: Ipojucan  (Brazil)
At the age of 11, he joined Vasco da Gama, where he stayed for 20 years. He scored 225 goals in 413 matches for Vasco's main team, making him the fifth-highest scorer on the team. In 1954, he moved to Portuguese Sports, where he finished his career. He was capped by the Brazilian National Team 9 times, and scored 1 goal.

ST: Edmundo (Brazil)
Nicknamed "Animal", he was known for drewing attention both on and off the pitch.  He played for a number of clubs in Brazil, Italy and Japan.  Edmundo was only selected 39 times for the Seleção, largely for his behaviour and playing in the same generation as Romario, Ronaldo, Bebeto, etc.  He played for Brazil in the victorious 1997 Copa América, and at the 1998 World Cup, where they finished in second place. 

ST Romario (Brazil)
Romario helped the Seleção to win the 1994 World Cup Finals in the USA, receiving the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year. He missed the 1998 World Cup Finals because of an injury. He is one of very few strikers to surpass the mark of 1,000 goals. In Europe, he was best remembered for his stint with Barcelona FC.
Edmundo and Romario
ST: Vava (Brazil)
Vava's nickname was "Peito de Aço" (Steel Chest). He played for Sport Club do Recife, C.R. Vasco da Gama, S.E. Palmeiras.  he was capped 20 times.  He won the WC in 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals.  He won the co-winner of the Golden Shoe award in 1962.

ST: Bebeto (Brazil) 
Bebeto is the sixth highest goalscorer for his national team.  At the 1994 World Cup, he formed a formidable strike partnership with Romário to lead Brazil to their fourth World Cup title.  His best club career was with Deportivo La Coruna, where won the Pichichi Trophy in 1993.  He played for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Cruzeiro, Botafogo, Sevilla, Toros Neza, Kashima Antlers, and Al Ittihad.

ST: Roberto Dinamite (Brazil)
Roberto Dinamite is a legend at Vasco Da Gama.  He is their appearance record holder and all-time leading scorer. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1978 and 1982.  He scored 3 goals in 1978.    he was the Copa América Top Scorer in 1983.  In 1982, he was backup striker who received a callup after Careca got injured and unable to play in Spain.
Roberto Dinamite

Honorable Mention
Donizete, Ramon Roque Rafagnelli, Mauro Galvão, Bismark, Pinga, Sabará, Fontana, Ricardo Rocha, Tostão, Acácio, Mazaropi, Coronel, Maneca, Fausto dos Santos.

Squad Explanation
-- Coronel missed out on the rightback spot.
-- Vasco Da Gama has many great centerbacks. All of my selected centerbacks have long careers with the club. Mauro Galvão was my last back dropped.  He deserved to be on the squad.
-- Both Leônidas da Silva and Domingos da Guia only played one season at the club.
-- Danilo Alvim, Ely and Jorge Dias Sacramento were a part of  as part of Vasco's "Expresso da Vitória" squad.  They formed one of the greatest midfield in Vasco Da Gama's history.
-- Carlos Germano, Felipe and Juninho Pernambucano won the Copa Liibertadores in 1998.
-- I went for two younger strikers, Edmundo and Bebeto over Maneca.