Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sport Club Internacional Greatest All-Time Team

2010 Copa Libertadores

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

SantosFlamengoSao PauloCorithiansBotafogo
Vasco Da GamaPalmeirasInternacional
FluminenseGremioCruzeiroAtlético MineiroBahia.

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
Claudio Taffarel earned over 100 caps.  He was the starting goalkeeper for the World Cup winning team in 1994. 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, which was the first ever European trophy for a Turkish club team. He is a member of Brazilian Football Museum – Hall of Fame.

GK: Manga  (Brazil)
Manga was the starting keeper for the legendary Botafogo side that also featured Garrincha, Nílton Santos and Mario Zagallo in the great Botafogo of the 1960s.  He also won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1971 with the extraordinary Uruguay's Nacional playing alongside Luis Cubilla and Luis Artime. For the national team, he had 12 caps.  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. He played for International from 2002 and 2009. With Inter, he won Copa Libertadores and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2006.  The Club World Cup Final was an upset win against FC Barcelona featuring Ronaldinho.  He was uncapped.

RB: Paulinho (Brazil) 
Paulo de Almeida Ribeiro is better known as Paulinho. 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 in two spells. Between the two spells. He spent one year playing for River Plate. He was the backup rightback at the World Cup Finals in 1954.

RB: Claudio Duarte (Brazil)
Claudio Duarte was a one club man.  He played his entire career with Internacional in Brazil. He was a member of the club's great side of the 1970's, playing with Chile's Elias Figueroa in defense.  He won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles: 1975 and 1976, and six straight Campeonato Gaúcho 6 times between 1971 and 1976.

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, Nena played with SC Internacional 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. Between 1947 and 1952 he played 5 times for Brazil. 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 Internacional, Bangu, Botafogo, Grêmio  (two spells) and 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 for Brazil.  He was an unused sub in the 1986 World Cup Finals, but he played 4 games in 1990.  He helped Brazil to win the Copa America in 1989.

CB: Indio (Brazil)
Indio played most of his career with Internacional between 2005 and 2014. He was on both of their Copa Libertadores' winning teams in 2006 and 2010.  In 2006, he also won the World Club Cup, beating Barcelona in the Final. He was also one of the club's most dedicated player.  He also won the Recopa twice(2007 and 2011), and Copa Sudamericana in 2008.  He was a fan favourite while at the club. He was voted into Brazilian Bola de Prata (Placar) for 2006.
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 also played for Dallas Tornado, winning the NASL Cup. At the international level, 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).  He won Campeonato Gaúcho: six times (1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947 and 1948).

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)
Caçapava began his professional club career at CE Gaúcho de Caçapava do Sul.  He went to the Internacional de Porto Alegre in 1972, playing in the club's greatest period.  He won the 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 where he won Paulista in the same year. He also played in Palmeiras, Vila Nova de Goiás, and Ceará.

DM: Batista (Brazil) 
Bastista began his career with Internacional, where he won 3 Brasileiros and 4 Campeonatos Gaúchos.  In Europe, he played for Lazio and Belenenses.  He was capped 38 times for Brazil.  He started all matches at the World Cup Finals in 1978, but was used mainly as a sub fours years later in 1982.  In 1982, he was 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 Italy's AS 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 the 1982 World Cup Finals.  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)
With River Plate, D'Alessandro 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 playing with San Lorzenzo and Internaconal. 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 for Argentina.
Andrés D'Alessandro 
FW: Claudiomiro (Brazil)
Claudiomiro played for several Série A clubs in Brazil.  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.  At the international level, he earned 6 caps all in 1971, scoring a single goal.

FW/RW: Tesourinha (Brazil)
With Internacional, Tesourinha was a member of the club's famous "Rolo Compressor" team of the 1940's.  He was also a part of the "Expresso da Vitória" at Vasco de Gama.  He was the first black player  in history to play for Grêmio.  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)
Larry began his career at Fluminense where he played from 1951 to 1954, and champion of Campeonato Carioca in 1951 and the Copa Rio in 1952. He played for Internacional between 1954 and 1961.With Bodinho, he formed the most invaluable double striker attack of Internacional. He was also the top scorer of the Brazilian team in the 1952 Summer Olympics, when he scored four goals in three games. 

ST: Bodinho (Brazil) 
Known for his header, Bodinho began his career with Ibis. He spent 4 seasons with Flamengo. He joined Internacional in 1951, where he formed a great offensive partnership with Larry.  He won Campeonatos Gaúchos five times. He also played for Flamengo.  He played 5 times for Brazil. He represented Brazil at the 1956 Pan-American Games in Mexico.

ST: Escurinho (Brazil)
Escurinho played for Internacional from 1970 to 1977. He was a part of the club's greatest side in the 1970's. He won two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles: 1975 and 1976, and Campeonato Gaúcho seven times.  He also played for Palmeiras and Coritiba. He also played in Ecuador and Chile. He was also a musician, recording a Samba record while he was an active player with Musician Bedeu.
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 Vaz Franco was better known as Valdomiro. He was best remembered for playing the great Internacional side of the 1970's, playing alongside Falcão, Carpegiani and Figueroa.  For Brazil, he played 23 times between 1973 and 1977.  He went to the 1974 World Cup Finals and remembered for scoring a goal against Zaire in the first round.

ST: Fernandão (Brazil)
Fernandão 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 them 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 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, Edevaldo.

Squad Explanation  
-- The Cope Libertadores in 2006 was Internacional's first major international trophies. I selected Fernandão, Clemer and Indio from that team.
-- Fernardao was the hero of Copa Libertadores in 2006. He was the MVP as well as the top scorer.  He captained the team as they beat FC Barcelona for the World Club Cup. Barcelona featured a team of Ronaldinho, Andrea Iniesta, etc.  Up until that point, it was the club's two biggest trophies.
-- In 2010, the Internacional won their second Copa Libertadores. Only Andrés D'Alessandro and Indio made my team.  Indio played in both Copas Libertadores.  Andrés D'Alessandro became the South American Player of the Year that year.
-- Internacional won three Brasileiro titles in the 1970's.  It was one of the club's greatest period.  Ten players from that era were selected. Elias Figueroa, Falcao, Valdomiro, Claudio Duarte, Escurinho, Manga, Claudiomiro, Caçapav, Batista and Paulo César Capergiani from that era made my all-time team. 
-- Falcao won the Bola de Ouro Player of the Year award in both 1978 and 1979. He finished 3rd at the 1979 South American Player of the Year.  He is probably Internacional's greatest ever player.
-- Elias Figueroa was probably the greatest defender playing in South America during his career in Brazil.  He was named the Brazilian Player of the year award in 1972 and 1976. He was also awarded the South American Footballer of the Year three times in a row. 
-- Many critics felt that Batista should have started for Brazil at the 1982 World Cup Finals in Spain. His defensive presence would have saved Brazil.  In 1982, he was playing with Greimo, but he played with Falcao over here. Both came from the academy and contributed to glorious period in the 1970's. See this blog team of Brazil 1982.
--  Manga is another big name player on this team.  He came after his glorious career with Botafago.  Cláudio Taffarel started his career with the club.  He actually did not play many games for the club.  Nevertheless, he made a name with the club and earned his first cap while playing here.
-- 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 and Edevaldo.
-- 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. 
-- I rewarded Dunga a spot on the team because he was a home grown. 
-- Carlitos, Tesourinha and Adãozinho formed the famous three striker attack of the 1940s, a team known as the "Rolo Compressor". The first two players are on my all-time team, but I did not have space for Adãozinho. Carlitos remains as the all-time leading scorer for the team.
-- Internacional never had a world famous striker with many caps playing for Brazil liked Romario, Ronaldo, Bebeto, etc. With over 20 caps, Valdomiro is the club's biggest name. 


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Botafogo Greatest All-Time Team

Copa CONMEBOL 1993

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

SantosFlamengoSao PauloCorithiansBotafogo
Vasco Da GamaPalmeirasInternacional
FluminenseGremioCruzeiroAtlético MineiroBahia.

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 about 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 Mario Zagallo in the great Botafogo of the 1960s.  He also won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1971 with the extraordinary Uruguay's Nacional playing alongside Luis Cubilla and Luis Artime. For the national team, he had 12 caps.  He went to the World Cup in 1966.

GK: Jefferson (Brazil)
Having begun his career at Cruzeiro, Jefferson then spent 4 seasons in Turkey playing for Trabzonspor and Konyaspor before returning to Botafogo. He is among the players with the most appearances for Botafogo club history. He made his senior debut for the Seleção in 2011 and was named in their squads for two Copa América tournaments, the 2014 World Cup and their victory at the 2013 Confederations Cup.
GK: Sebastião Wagner (Brazil)
Sebastião Wágner began with Bangu in the early 1990s. In 1994, he went to Botafogo. Wágner was an important figure of the team that 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. He left in 2002 and played for other clubs in Brazil.

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)
Oscar 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.  He was born in 1922.

CB: Sebastião Leônidas (Brazil)
Sebastião Leônidas 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 World Cup 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, where he scored his only international goal against Portugal.

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. He played 34 times for Brazil between 1972 and 1975. He was the starting fullback at the 1974 World Cup Finals.
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)
Didi is considered one of the greatest players ever from Brazil.  He was capped 68 times for Brazil between 1952 to 1962. He was voted the best player in the 1958 World Cup Finals.  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 played for Botafogo between 1967 and 1975, which tied Quarentinha and Manga, with 442 games. 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.  After Botafogo, he played for Santos, Atlético Paranaense, Bangu and CSA, where he finished his playing career.  He capped twice.

CM: Mendonça (Brazil)
Mendoca played for Botafogo between 1975 and 1982. Then, he played for many clubs, including Portuguesa, Bangu, Gremio Palmeiras, Santos FC and in Qatar with Al-Sadd.  At the international level, he was capped twice for Brazil between 1982 and 1983.  He was a part of the 1983 Copa America team, but never played a game.

CM: Gerson (Brazil)
Gerson had 70 caps for 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 also played with Didi and became his understudy, in which he would inherit the position on the Seleção. Gerson had over 70 caps.  He also went to the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.

CM: Martim (Brazil)
Martim began his career in 1929 with Guarany FC of Bagé in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. In 1930, 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. He played in 1930 and 1934 World Cup Finals.

RW: Garrincha (Brazil)
Garrincha is considered one of the greatest footballers and perhaps the greatest dribbler in history.  He inspired Brazil to win the World Cup in 1962, which widely considered the best individual effect in World Cup history.  He was the Player of the Tournament that year.  He also played in 1958 and 1966.  Brazil never lost a single match with Pele and Garrincha on their lineup. He was a member of the great Botafogo's team in the 1960's.

RW: Jairzinho (Brazil)
Jairzinho had 81 caps from Brazil. "The Hurricane" was a star at the 1970 World Cup Finals, where Brazil won.  He was one of two players who had scored at every single game of a given World Cup Finals.  He also went to the 1974 World Cup Finals in West Germany.  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 of the 1960's that also featured Garrincha and Didi.

AM: Paulo Cezar Caju (Brazil)
Paulo Cezar Caju began his career with Botafogo, where his team won the Campeonato Carioca (championship of the state of Rio de Janeiro) several times. 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: Quarentinha (Brazil)
With Botafogo, Quarentinha won four Bahia State League (1953, 1957, 1964, 1965), three Rio de Janeiro State League (1957, 1961, 1962) and two Rio - São Paulo Cup (1962, 1964). 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: Paulo Valentim (Brazil)
With Botafogo, Valentim 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. 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: 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, Wilson Gottardo, Sérgio Manoel, Gonçalves, Donizete, Clarence Seedorf, William.

 Squad Explanation
-- Garrincha is Botafogo's greatest ever player.  However, he was often exploited by Botafogo.  He was paid a fraction of what he was worth.  He died penniless at the age of 49.  
-- Garrincha, Nilton Santos, Didi, Gerson, Mario Zagello and Jairzinho are probably automatic selections.  I do not really need to explain their selections.
-- The Botafogo team of 1960's was considered one of the best club teams in the history of world football.  I selected the following player from the era. Manga, Nilton Santos, Mario Zagallo, Didi, Quarentinha, Paulo Valentim, Rildo, Jairzinho, Gerson, Amarildo and Garrincha.  Carlos Roberto, Caju and Sebastião Leônidas came around the mid-1960's.  That is 14 out of 25 players on this all-time team.  
-- The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A did not start until 1968.  Botafogo won the first ever Brasileiro title that year.  Manga, Paulo Cesar Caju, Gerson, Carlos Roberto and Jairzinho played on that team. Mario Zagello was their manager.
-- I wrote a blog post about Botafogo from 1955-1964 here.  They had a rivalry with Pele's Santos at the time.
-- -Gerson would replace Didi at the national team.  Jairzinho also inherited Garrincha's position.
-- Carlos Alberto Torres appeared on several all-time lists, but he only played one season for Botafogo.  Instead, I took Josimar.  Then, I opted for an extra midfielder.  
-- After their successful period in 1960's, they went 21 years without winning a title.
-- Tulio helped the club to win the Brasileiro in 1995.  It was their first Serie A trophy since 1968, the very first Brasileiro.  Sebastião Wagner was also on the team.  Túlio was famous for scoring a controversial goal with his hand against Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 1995 Copa América in Uruguay.  At that time, he was rated as one of the best Brazilian youngsters.
-- The Copa Conmebol in 1993 is the only major international trophy that Botafogo won. I don't know much about the team.  I put Williams on honourable mention because he won a penalty shootout.
-- I went for Wagner and Jefferson over Paulo Sergio who was the backup goalkeeper at the 1982 World Cup Finals.  They spent more time with the club.  Jefferson also played for Brazil in recent years in which I have seen him in action.
-- Alemão and Mendonça were both capped by Brazil during their career over here.  Alemão later played with Diego Maradona for Napoli.
-- Clarance Seedorf joined Botafago at the end of his career.  It was rare to have an European star to play in Brazil.  I put him on honorable mention.
-- Heleno de Freitas was one of their earliest star players.  He scored 204 goals in 233 matches, but went to the Boca Juniors in 1948, the year Botafogo won its 9th state championship.

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