Saturday, February 11, 2017

Gremio Greatest All-Time Team

Intercontinental Cup 1983
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.

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, commonly known as Grêmio, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. It was founded by English and German immigrants on 15 September 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa Libertadores de América, two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and five Copa do Brasil.[2] Grêmio plays in a tricolor (blue, black and white) striped shirt, black shorts and white socks, as first kit.

Copa Libertadores 1995

GK: Eurico Lara  (Brazil)
Eurico Lara played for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense from 1920 to 1935. He played his last match on 23 September 1935, when his club defeated Internacional 2–0.  Due to cardiac problems, he was substituted during half-time, dying approximately two months later in Porto Alegre. According to legend, he died during that match, after defending a penalty shot by his brother. He is mentioned in Grêmio's anthem.

GK: Danrlei (Brazil)
Danrlei is best remembered for helping Greimo to win the Copa Libertadores in 1995 and Recopa Sul-Americana in 1996.  He left Greimo in 2003, but never found the same successes.  He was capped twice for the senior side and 5 times for the Olympic team.

GK: Mazarópi (Brazil)
Mazarópi played for Vasco da Gama, Coritiba, Grêmio, Náutico, Figueirense and Guarany de Bagé. With Greimo, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1983 and the Intercontinental Cup that followed.  He also holds the world record for the longest time without conceding a goal, with 1,816 minutes while playing for Vasco da Gama.  He earned a single cap.

RB: Francisco Arce
Arce was a part of the great defensive unit of Paraguay in 1998 and 2002.  Arce started his career in Paraguay playing for Cerro Porteño, where he won the national championship on three occasions. He then moved to Brazil where he played for big clubs such as Grêmio and Palmeiras. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1995 with Gremio, but he spent much of his career with Palmeiras.

CB: Hugo De Leon (Uruguay) 
De León joined Nacional in 1977. With Nacional, he won the Copa Libertadores in 1980. In 1981, he left Nacional to play for Gremio therefore missing the final game of the 1980 Intercontinental Cup which Nacional would subsequently win. With Gremio he won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup in 1983. After spells in Brazil and Spain he returned to Nacional in 1988, to win the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in that year, and the Copa Interamericana and Recopa Sudamericana in 1989. He also played for River Plate of Argentina.  he was capped 48 times.

CB: Airton Pavolhao (Brazil)
 In the course of his career (1949–1971), he played for Força e Luz, Grêmio, Santos and Cruz Alta Rio Grande do Sul. Airton is a legend with Gremio. He won eleven Campeonato Gaúcho with Grêmio (from 1956 to 1960 and from 1962 to 1967).  He was capped 7 times.
Airton Pavolhao

CB: Raul Donazar Calvet (Brazil) 
Calvet was a member of Pele's Santos team in the early 1960's.  He played for them between 1960 and 1964.  He was a part of the team that won two Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups. He also played for Gremio.  Capped twice.

CB: Atilio Ancheta (Uruguay) 
He started his career with Club Nacional at home, where he won the Copa Libertadores in 1971.  He moved to Greimo in 1971 and was considered a legend there.  For Uruguay, he earned over 20 caps.  He was a member of Uruguay's team that reached the semifinal at the 1970 World Cup Finals.  He was elected one of the best defenders of the Finals.

LB: Everaldo (Brazil) 
Everaldo earned 24 caps for the Seleção.  He was known for being the starting left back at the World Cup Finals in 1970.  He was the first ever player from Gaucho to have won a World Cup.  Greimo added a Gold Star on its flag to honour Everaldo's achievements.  Everaldo spent his entire career with Greimo and was considered one of its greatest players.  
LB: Roger (Brazil) 
Roger played for Grêmio between 1994 and 2003. After Grêmio, he played for Kobe Vessel in Japan. Between 2006 and 2008, he played with Fluminense.  In 2007, he scored the winning goal at the Final of the Brazilian Cup, giving him a record 4th title with the Cup.  He was capped once.

DM: Dinho (Brazil)
Dino played for Confiança, Sport Club do Recife and Deportivi La Coruna (Spain) before making it big in Brazil.  With Sao Paulo, he won back-to-back Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1992 and 1993.  With Gremio, he won a Brazilian Cup, a Copa Libertadores in 1995, the Recopa Sudamericana in 1996, and the Brazilian Championship of that same year. He won the Gaucho Football Championship of 1995 and of 1996.  He was capped once.

DM/CM: Emerson (Brazil)
For nearly a decade, Emerson was a key player for Brazil.  He was due to captain the 2002 side, but an injury right before the Finals kept him out of the tournament.  He played for Gremio, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Santos.
CM: China (Brazil)
China started playing on a club named "July 14" in Passo Fundo and then went to Chapecoense.  With Grêmio, he was part of the team that won the titles of the Campeonato Gaúcho (1980), Brazilian Championship (1981), Copa Libertadores (1983) and Club World Cup (1983). He also played in Vasco da Gama in 1984, Noroeste in 1988 in Beira-Mar from 1990 to 1992 also passed through Leixões from 1992 to 1994 and in Passo Fundo. He was capped 5 times.

CM: Gessy Lima (Brazil)
Gessy began his career with Uruguaiana. Grêmio brought him in 1955, and turned him into a midfielder.  He won eleven titles with the club between 1956 and 1962. He earned 4 times.

CM: Milton Kuelle (Brazil)
Milton spent his entire career with Greimo. He was known for all round abilities.  He won Campeonato Gaúcho: 1956 to 1960, 1962 to 1965.  After retirement, he became a dentist.  He was capped 6 times.  

RW/FW: Tarciso (Brazil)
Tarciso is Gremio's all-time appearance leader and the second highest goal scorer.  He won the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup in 1983. With the emerge of Renato Gaúcho, he was sold to Goiás.  Later, he played for  Club Cerro Porteño in Paraguay.

AM: Valdo (Brazil)
Valdo made his professional debuts with Grêmio Football Porto-Alegrense, with which he won four consecutive Rio Grande do Sul Leagues. In the summer of 1988, he signed with S.L. Benfica of Portugal, alongside compatriot Ricardo Gomes. Both Valdo and Gomes left for Paris Saint-Germain F.C. in the 1991.  After he left PSG in 1995, he returned to Benfica and also played in Japan.  Capped 45 times. He went to Mexico 1986, but did not play.  He played in Italia 1990.

AM: Formiguinha (Brazil) 
He played his entire career with Greimo.  He won the Campeonato Gaúcho:1956, 1960,1962 and 1965. He was considered a legend at the club.  After retirement from playing, he became a dentist.  Between 1964 and 1968, he was elected to become a Porto Alegre councilor by the PSD. 

AM/LM: Ronaldinho (Brazil)
He was a member of tyhe "Three R's" with Rivaldo and Ronaldo that helped Brazil winning the WC in 2002.  He started his career with Gemio before moving to Europe. He played with Paris St Germaine and Barcelona before his form started to drop. He formed the REM line with Etoo and Messi before fighting among them destroyed the team. 
FW: Foguinho (Brazil) 
Foguinho was a star with Greimo in the 1930's.  He won Campeonato Gaúcho: 1931 and 1932.  He scored over 100 goals for the club.  After retiring from playing, he worked in radios.

FW: Paulo Nunes (Brazil) 
Paulo Nunes was a product of Flamengo's golden generation that included Djalminha, Júnior Baiano, Marquinhos, Nélio, Marcelinho Carioca and Sávio, but his career there was limited.  In 1995, he moved to Greimo, where he teamed up with Mario Jardel and had his best part of career, winning two Campeonato Gaúcho titles, the Copa Libertadores, the Campeonato Brasileiro, the Recopa Sul-Americana and the Copa do Brasil and being the lead scorer in the 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro and the 1997 Copa do Brasil. He was capped twice.

RW/FW: Renato Gaucho (Brazil)
Renato started his career in Esportivo in Bento Gonçalves. He was later signed with Grêmio, where in 1983 he won the Copa Libertadores, and the Intercontinental Cup, where he scored twice.  In 1987 he moved to Flamengo and won the Green Module of Brasileirão Série A in the same year. Then in 1988 Renato moved to Roma, but returned to Flamengo after only one disappointing season. With Fluminese, he was known for his belly goal in the Campeonato Carioca of 1995, against Flamengo.  Capped 41 times.  He was not selected for Mexico 1986.
Renato Gaucho
ST: Luíz de Carvalho (Brazil)
He was an idol at Greimo, earning the nicknames "the King of the Turn" "El Maestro".  He won 12 titles with the club.  In the mid-1930s, he moved to Rio de Janeiro, playing at Botafogo and Regatas and Vasco da Gama. While at Vasco, he became one of the first player in Brazil to endorse a product for marketing purposes. He also played for the national team.

AM/FW: Alcindo (Brazil) 
During his club career he played for Rio Grande (1963), Grêmio (1964–1971), Santos (1971–1973), Club Jalisco (1973) and Club América (1974–76) of Mexico, and Francana (1978). Alcindo is Grêmio's all-time leading scorer with 636 career goals for the club.
He was part of the Brazilian team for the 1966 World Cup. In total he earned 7 caps and scored 1 goal for Brazil. His brother Alfeu played for San Lorenzo de Almagro, in Argentina. 
ST: Mario Jardel (Brazil)
During his prime, he was one of the most prolific strikers in European football.  He scored 266 goals in 274 games.  He won the European Golden Boot for two years. His best years were with Porto, Galatasaray and Sporting CP.  He was a legend for Grêmio, playing a major part in the squad that won the 1995 Copa Libertadores. 

Honorable Mention
Adílson Batista, Mauro Galvão, Ortunho, Ênio Rodrigues, Joãozinho, André Catimba, Tcheco, Paulo Isidoro, Eder, Marcelinho Paraíba, Élton.

Squad Explanation
--- Paulo Isidoro and Eder were made famous by their participation with the World Cup Finals in 1982.  For Greimo, Paulo Isidoro appeared in several all-time list, I discovered on the internet.  Eder was often not mentioned. I feel both players did not spend enough time with the club.  
-- Mario Jardel only played a short time here, but he won the Copa Libertadorres scoring nearly 70 goals for the club between 1995 and 1996. His contribution to the club was greatest than some of the players I have ignored.
-- Ronaldinho also did not play much at the club, but he was probably the greatest ever player produced by their academy.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fluminense Greatest All-Time Team

Campeonato Carioca 2012
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.

Fluminense Football Club was founded on July 21, 1902 by the sons of Carioca aristocrats, being led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian sportsman, in the bairro of Flamengo, a direct contrast between the aristocratic founders and the modest ground it was founded on. Cox was elected as the club's first president. Fluminense has been state champions on 31 occasions, second only to Flamengo with 33. The team has been national champions four times, most recently in 2012, and won the Copa do Brasil in 2007.

GK: Carlos Jose Castilho (Brazil)
Carlos Jose Castilho went to 4 World Cup Finals: 1950, 1954, 1958 and 1962, but only played in 1954.  He had a reputation for being lucky, earning the nickname "Leiteira".  He played over 695 games for Fluminense. He was daltonic and he believed he was favored because he saw yellow balls as if they were red, though he had trouble at night with white balls.  He also decided to partially amputate a finger so that he did not need to rest for an injury.
Carlos Jose Castilho
GK: Felix (Brazil)
He played goalkeeper for  Atlético Juventus and Associação Portuguesa de Desportos and Fluminense. With Fluminense, he won won Campeonato Carioca: 1969, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976.  He has 47 caps with the Brazilian Seleção.  He was known for being the starting keeper for the 1970 World Cup-winning squad.

GK: Batatais (Brazil)
In career, started at early 1930s at Comercial Futebol Clube of Ribeirão Preto, he played for Portuguesa, Palmeiras, Fluminense and América-RJ where close his career in 1948. He won five Rio de Janeiro State Tournament in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and 1941. For Brazil national football team he participated at 1938 FIFA World Cup and played two matches.

RB: Carlos Alberto
Carlos Alberto was one of the greatest fullback ever played the game. He was the captain of the 1970 team in Mexico.  His goal in the Final was considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament. He missed the WC in 1974 through an injury.  He played with Pele both at Santos and NY Cosmos. He had 53 caps for Brazil.
Carlos Alberto Torres

RB: Píndaro (Brazil)
Pindaro was an all-time great playing for Flumiense.  Together with Castilho and Pinheiro, he formed a great defensive unit for the club in the late 1940's and early 1950's.  Despite being a top defender, he did not attend the World Cup Finals in 1950.

CB: Pinheiro (Brazil)
Pinheiro held the second highest appearance record for Fluminense. He was involved with over 600 games.  Pinheiro was Rio de Janeiro's champion in 1951 and 1959, Rio's 1952 Cup, Rio-São Paulo Tourney in 1957 and 1960, as well as several other lesser-known titles. Before Fluminese, he played for Americano.  At the club, he played for many position, including goalkeeper. He earned 17 caps, attending the WC Finals in 1954.

CB: Edinho (Brazil)
Born in 1955, Edinho played 45 times for Brazil.  He went to three World Cup Finals: 1978, 1982 and 1986.  He was the captain of the 1986 team.  Edinho was also in the team which finished fourth at the 1976 Summer Olympics. He spent most of his career with Fluminense, but also played with Flamengo and Fluminense FC.  In  Europe, he played with Udinese in Italy and Gremio.

CB: Ricardo Gomez (Brazil)
He started his career with Fluminense at home before joining Benfica in 1988.  He would then join Paris St.Germaine in 1991.  He went to play in Italia 1990, where Brazil was known for their defensive tactics.  In 1994, he was selected as the captain for USA 1994.  However, he was injured at the last minute and did not attend the WC Finals.

CB: Thiago Silva (Brazil)
Thiago Silva  became the most expensive defender in history when he moved from Milan to Paris St. Germain.  Before moving to play in Europe, he played for Juventude and Fluminense in Brazil. He was a key player as Fluminense to the Final of VCopa Libertadores in 2008.  For the national team, he was the captain of Brazil ill-fated team in World Cup 2014, but did not play against Germany in the semifinal. He was an unused sub at the WC Finals in 2010.

LB: Branco (Brazil)
Branco appeared 72 times for Brazil, between April 1985 and February 1995.  He went to both Italia 1990 and USA 1994.  In 1994, he scored a powerful against Holland that sent Brazil to the semifinal.  On the club level, Branco played for Internacional (1980–81), Fluminense (1981–86)(94)(99), Brescia (1986–88), FC Porto (1988–91), Genoa (1991–93), Grêmio (1992–94), Flamengo (1995), Corinthians (1995), Middlesbrough (1996), and MetroStars (1997). 

LB: Altar (Brazil)
He has spent his entire career at one club (Fluminense), for which he played 551 games, scoring twice. He was called “magro” (slim) because he was skinny and despite his modest physical appearance, was a tough tackler and tremendous marker. His duels with Garrincha were legendary. He retired from playing in 1971 aged 33. He was a member of Brazil's 1962 WC winning squad.

DM: Denilson (Brazil)
He played entire career (1962–1974) at Fluminense, and won four Rio de Janeiro State Championship (1964, 1969, 1971, 1973), and three Guanabara Rio Cup (1966, 1969, 1971). At international level, he made 9 appearances for the Brazil national football team, scoring 2 goals, and participated at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, making two appearances against Bulgaria and Portugal. He is known as the 'king of step-overs'.

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: Delei (Brazil) 
Delei started his professional career in 1979, playing for Fluminense. During his spell at the club, he won the Campeonato Carioca in 1980, 1983, 1984 and in 1985, and won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1984. He had brief careers with Palmeiras, Botafogo, Belenenses on Portugal and Atlético Paranaenseafter leaving Fluminense.  He was capped once by the senior national team, but played for the Olympic team in 1979.

CM: Pintinho (Brazil)
In his career, he played for Fluminense and Vasco da Gama in Brazil, Sevilla and Cádiz in Spain, and Farense in Portugal. For Fluminense, he played in 381 matches and scored 23 goals between 1972 and 1980.  his second longest career was with Sevilla, which lasted from 1980 to 1984. He earned 3 caps with the Seleção.

RW: Tele Santana (Brazil)
Telê started his career as a goalkeeper, but switched to an attacker.  He played for clubs such as Fluminense, Madureira and Vasco da Gama.  With Fluminense's shirt, he played 557 matches and scored 165 goals.  He was the third highest player in appearance to play for the  club and also the third highest scorer. He was better known for being the manager of Brazil's World Cup team in 1982.
Tele Santana

LW: Hércules de Miranda (Brazil)
Hércules started his career in 1930, playing for Juventus, leaving the club in 1933, joining São Paulo da Floresta. He moved to Fluminense in the same year, leaving the club in 1941, after winning the Campeonato Carioca in 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940 and in 1941, and scoring 164 goals in 176 games.  Hércules de Miranda joined Corinthians in 1942, playing 73 games and scoring 53 goals for the club until his retirement in 1948.  He played six games for the Brazilian national team, scoring three goals. Hércules debut defending the national team was a 1938 FIFA World Cup game, played on June 5, 1938, against Poland.

LW/AM: Rivelino (Brazil)
He is considered to be one of the greatest left-sided midfielder ever.  His signature move was the "flip-flap". He was a member of Brazil's great 1970 team and also played in the 1974 team.  He had 92 caps for Brazil.  He was known for his master of the "flip flap" move. He started his career with Corinthians, but in one of the club's worst period in history. He moved to Fluminense in 1974, forming a great team with Carlos Alberto.  He also played for Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.
AM: Julio Cesar Romero "Romerito(Paraguay)
Julio Cesar Romero was considered the best outfielder in Paraguay's history.  He also had careers in Paraguay, the USA, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.  His two most famous stints were with NY Cosmos and Fluminense.  He was a big idol with the Brazilian club. He led Paraguay to win the Copa America in 1979 and to qualify for the World Cup Finals in 1986.  He was selected as the South American Footballer of the Year in 1985. 

AM: Dario Conca (Argentina)
Conca played for Tigre and River Plate in Argentina, but he made his name with Flumiense in Brazil. He played an important role in the 2008 Copa Libertadores campaign. In 2011, he made a dramatic transfer to Guangzhou Evergrande, which the transfer fees was a domestic record.  It was reported that Conca's annual salary would be $12.5 million, putting him among the highest paid players in the world. He helped the club to win the AFC Champions' league in 2013.  After a brief return to Flumiense, he returned to China and played for Shanghai SIPG.
Dario Conca

ST: Benedito Assis (Brazil)
He played for São Paulo between 1980 and 1981. In 1982, he went to Atletico-PR. He formed an offensive partnership with Washington.  His career reached its height when he joined  Fluminense in 1983, where he was reunited with Washington.  Assis played 177 games for Fluminense and scored 54 goals between 1983 and 1987. He was capped twice.

ST: Ezio (Brazil)
During his career (1986–1998) he played for Bangu, Olaria, Portuguesa, Fluminense (he scored for this club 118 goals in 236 matches), Atlético Mineiro, Americano Rio, CFZ do Rio, Rio Branco-ES and Internacional Limeira. He won, as a Fluminense player, one Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1995, and two Guanabara Cup titles, in 1991 and 1993.

ST: Waldo (Brazil)
Waldo was best known for his time at Fluminense, being top scorer in the former club's history by scoring 314 goals in 401 matches.In 1961, he joined Valencia, winning the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1962 and 1963. He won the Pochochi Trophy in 1967. He also played one season with Hércules CF.  He was capped 5 times.

ST: Henry Welfare (England)
Welfare was considered an early icon for Fluminense.  He arrived at Rio de Janeiro on 9 August 1913 to work as an English teacher. i In England, he had played for Northern Normals, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers. Soon after, he started to play football for the Fluminense Football Club.  He played with Fluminense for 10 years, up to 1923. With Fluminense, he held the extraordinary record of almost a goal per game, scoring 163 goals in 166 games. Welfare ended his career after scoring the winning goal for Fluminense against Botafogo, in 1924.  For his loyal service to the Club, he was elected a Member For Life of the Fluminense's deliberative council.

ST: Fred (Brazil)
Fred began his career at América Mineiro before transferring to local rivals Cruzeiro in 2004. After two seasons there, he moved to Lyon of France in a protracted transfer saga, and won three consecutive Ligue 1 titles there. However, he had poor performance at the end of his stay.  He joined Fluminense in 2009.  He won the MVP of Campeonato Brasileiro in 2012.  At the time of writing, he earned 39 caps. He went to the WC Finals in 2006 as backup striker.  At Brazil 2014, he was the starter.  
Honorable Mention
Marco Antonio, Bigode, Jair Marinho, Pintinho, Gerson, Paulo Cezar Caju, Carlos Brant, Jandir Bugs, Tim, Russo, Francisco Rodrigues, Romeu Pellicciari, Pedro Amorim Duarte, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Arthur Machado, Zeze, Renato Gaucho, Ademir de Menezes, Washington.

Squad Explanation
-- Thiago Silva was an important player as Fluminense made a run at Copa Libertadores in 2008. He also made over 100 appearances of the club and voted the best defender in Brazil while he was playing there.
-- Gerson only played for them at the end of his career.  Paulo Cezar Caju also played two seasons. 
-- I do not have spaces for attackers:  Escurinho, Renato Gaucho, Ezio, Zeze, Orlando Pingo de Ouro, Tim, Russo and Romeu Pellicciari.  
-- Ademir de Menezes only played one season with Fluminense, but he was sensational that year. He won the Campeonato Carioca by scoring 24 goals in 23 games. I nearly selected him to the team.
-- Henry Welfare was a historical player.  He was significant to the early history of the club.
-- Denilson played his entire career with the club.