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.


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