Wednesday, July 12, 2017

What if Argentina sent to this team to the WC Finals 1958

Argentina South American Champion 1957

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This is my alternative team for Argentina at the 1958 WC Finals. The team only has 22 members because it was the official number of players in 1958.

Argentina had a disastrous World Cup Finals in 1958.  A year earlier, they dominated and won the South American championship in 1957.  They beat second-place Brazil 3-0 and third place Uruguay 4-0.  However, shortly afterward, the three offensive stars of that team, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio, left Argentina to play in the Serie A, and goalkeeper Rogelio Dominguez also join Real Madrid.   The 1957 team was also missing Alfredo Di Stefano.

In the 1950's, most countries banned overseas-based players from their national teams.  Please do not forget that the best player in the world in the late 1950's was Alfredo Di Stéfano. This policy barred all of them from playing in the 1958 World Cup.  If Argentina was able to reinforce with their European-based players, they would have a run for the money. 

The host Sweden banned professional players from its national team prior to the World Cup Finals, but decided to lift the professional ban for the Finals. The professional players made the difference and Sweden reached the Final, but most of them had passed their prime. The tournament was also weakened by various events in the world.  England suffered from the Munich Air Disaster 4 months before the start of the tournament. Hungary was also disbanded after the Soviet invasion of 1956.  Many of its players were in exiles. That left Brazil of Pele, Garrincha and Didi as the only true force at the World Cup Finals. Pele was only 17 years old in 1958. The seven European-based Argentine players, namely Alfredo Di Stéfano, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Mashi, Rogelio Domínguez, Ernesto Grillo and Miguel Montuori would have made the difference.

Please see the blog World Cup 1958 Finals Missing Players.

Players Added: Alfredo Di Stéfano, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Mashi, Rogelio Domínguez, Ernesto Grillo and Miguel Montuori.

Players Dropped: José Varacka, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio.

GK: Amadeo Carrizo
Amadeo Carrizo was the young goalkeeper for River Plate's "La Máquina" in 1940's.  For them, he won five Championship trophies in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.  He was considered one of the greatest keeper from South America. Despite his greatness, Argentina constantly refused to select him.  He only earned 20 caps between 1954 and 1964. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1958. He also played for Millonarios in Colombia.
Amadeo Carrizo

GK:  Rogelio Dominguez (not on the original team)
Rogelio Dominguez played around the same time as Carrizo.  He earned 59 caps.  He missed the 1958 World Cup Finals because he moved to Real Madrid in 1957, and Argentina did not select overseas players.  He was Argentina's 1962 World Cup team. With Real Madrid, he won two European Cups.  Before Real Madrid, he played for Racing Club in Argentina.

RB: Francisco Lombardo
Lombardo started his career with Newell's Old Boys. In 1952, he joined Boca Juniors where he played 196 games. In 1960 Lombardo left Boca on a free transfer to join their hated rivals River Plate, but he only made 9 appearances for the club before retiring later that year.  Lombardo made 37 appearances for Argentina. He played in 4 Copa Américas; 1955, 1956, and 2 in 1959. He also played in the 1958 World Cup.

RB: David Acevedo 
Acevedo played for Independiente, where he won two Copa Libertadores in 1964 and 1965.  He was a member of Argentina's 1958 World Cup, but did not play in any of the matches. He also participated in the Copa America of 1967, where he played all five matches. He played briefly for Banfield before his retirement.

CB: Pedro Dellacha 
Dellacha joined Quilmes Atlético Club in 1945. In 1952, Dellacha joined Racing Club where he went on to make 184 appearances and help the club to win the 1958 league championship. Dellacha played 35 times for Argentina. He played in three editions of the Copa América winning the tournament twice in 1955 and 1957. In 1957, he was the captain of the team and was awarded the Olimpia de Oro for his role in leading them to victory. He also played in the 1958 World Cup.
Pedro Dellacha 
CB: José Ramos Delgado 
Born in Argentina of the Cape Verdean ancestry, he started his playing career in 1956 with Lanús. He soon earned a move to River Plate where he played 172 games in seven seasons with the club. After a short spell with Banfield, he moved to Brazil to play for Santos, where he played alongside Pelé, Coutinho and Pepe in the club's golden years.  He continued playing for Santos until the age of 38.  Capped 25 times.  He went to the 1958 and 1962 WC Finals.

CB: Federico Edwards
Edwards started with Union of Santa Fe, but only played there for two seasons. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1951.  In 1960 he continued his career in Independiente de Avellaneda. He also played for Temuco Sports Club from 1961 to 1963 in Chile. For Argentina, he went to the 1958 World Cup Finals.

CB: Alfredo Pérez 
Perez  came to the River Plate in 1951 from Rosario Central, and remained there until 1960. With River Plate, he won 5 League titles and played 196 games without scoring goals.  He went to the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden, but did not play a single match in the Finals.  He played against Bolivia in the World Cup Qualifiers. He had 3 caps in total.

LB:  Federico Vairo
Vairo started his career at Rosario Central in 1947, he played for the club for 8 seasons before moving to River Plate. River won three consecutive league titles between 1955 and 1957. Vairo played for the Argentine National team at the World Cup held in Sweden in 1958. At onetime he was the player with the most games played for the national team. His record was not broken until the 1990s.

DM: Nestor Rossi
Nestor Rossi is one of Argentina's greatest defensive midfielders.  Nicknamed "Pipo", he started his career at River Plate, playing from 1945 to 1949, and then again from 1955 to 1958, winning a total of 5 Argentine leagues. He played with La Maquina, but at the end of their peak.  He also won 6 more with Millonarios in Colombia. He played in the 1958 World Cup Finals and was a part of their 1957 Copa America winning team.
Nestor Rossi vs West Germany, World Cup Finals 1958

DM: Eliseo Mouriño
Eliseo Mouriño began his career at Club Atlético Banfield before moving to join Boca Juniors with whom he won an Argentine league title in 1954. He played as a holding midfielder for the early part of his career before converting to centre-back and was part of the Argentina squad at the 1958 FIFA World Cup. He died in a plane crash in 1961.

RW: Omar Oreste Corbatta
Corbatta is one of Argentina's greatest right wingers.  He played mainly for Racing Club and Boca Juniors, winning four major titles and scoring 86 official goals with both teams combined. He lost the Copa Libertadores to Pele's Santos in 1963. Capped over 40 times. He was part of the Copa América-winning team in 1957 and 1959. Corbatta also played in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, contributing with three goals in three games in an eventual group stage exit.
Omar Oreste Corbatta
AM: Miguel Montuorl (not on the original team)
Miguel Montuori is regarded as one of Foirentina's greatest footballers.  Started his career in Chile. He joined Fiorentina in 1955, winning one scudetto, and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1961.  Born in Argentna, he was the first non-Italian born player to captain Italy.  He was also regarded as an "unfortunate" player, due to his many runner-up medals, and his injuries, which forced him to retire during the prime of his career.

AM: José SanFilippo 
During his club career he played for San Lorenzo, Boca Juniors and Banfield in Argentina, Nacional in Uruguay, and Bangu and SC Bahia in Brazil. He is the 5th highest scoring player in Argentine football.  At the international level, Sanfilippo played for the Argentina in the 1958 and 1962 World Cup Finals. He was also part of the Argentina squads that won the 1955 Pan American Games and the 1957 South American Championship.

CM/AM/FW: Alfredo Di Stefano (not on the original team)
The best player in the world before the emerge of Pele and Maradona. He was one of the younger member of the great River Plate in the 1940's.  In 1949, he moved to play in Colombia before moving to Europe in 1953.  He won 5 straight European Cups with Real Madrid. He was credited in turning Real Madrid into a legendary club. His international career was limited to the fact that Argentina did not select overseas players.  He played for Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
Alfredo Di Stefano
FW: Ernesto Grillo  (not on the original team)
Grillo started with Indpendiente before moving to play for AC Milan, winning 1958-1958 Serie A title. He returned to Argentina in 1960 to play for Boca Juniors, where won league titles in 1962, 1964 and 1965.  Capped 21 times. The highlight of Grillo's career came in a 1953 match versus England, when he scored a legendary goal for Argentina. He also helped Argentina winning the 1955 South American Championship.

SS/FW:  Omar Sivori (not on the original team)
Sivori is remembered one of the greatest ever player from Argentina. He won the Ballon d'Or in 1961. After Argentina won the Copa America in 1957, he joined Juventus where he enjoyed 8 successful years.  He was credited with the resurgence of the club.  With John Charles and Giampiero Boniperti, he formed "the Magical Trio" with the club.  In Argentina, he played for River Plate.  After Juventus, he joined Napoli.
Omar Sivori (R)
LW: Osvaldo Héctor Cruz
For Argentina, Osvaldo Héctor Cruz was capped 21 times. He went to the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden. He was also a member of Argentina's Copa America winnning team in 1955 and 1957.  For his club career, he played for Independiente in Argentina. Overseas, he played for Palmeiras in Brazil and Union Espanola in Chile.

CF: Antonio Angelillo (not on the original team)
Antonio Angelillo was a member of the "Angeles With Dirty Faces". He moved to Italy after Argentina won the Copa America in 1957.  He scored 31 goals in 31 matches for Inter Milan in the 1958-59 season, the second highest record at the time.  He was considered to be one of Inter Milan's greatest players.  He also played with Roma, Genoa, Lecce and AC Milan. He earned 2 caps for Italy.

ST: Ricardo Infante
Ricardo Infante was the 2nd highest scoring player in the history of Estudiantes de La Plata and the 6th highest scoring player in the professional era of the Primera División Argentina.  Against Rosario Central in 1948, he scored a goal using rabona from 31 meters out. In 1958, Infante was part of the Argentina squad that played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup.

FW: Humberto Maschio (not on the original team)
With Omar Sivori and Antonio Angelillo, Maschio earned the nickname "Angels with Dirty faces" collectively as a group. In 1957, he moved to Italy to play for Bologna after Argentina won the 1957 Copa America.  However, it was in Atalanta where he became a star and earned a bigger move to Inter Milan.  For Argentina, he scored 12 goals in 12 games.  Later he played twice for Italy.

ST/FW: Ángel Labruna 
Ángel Labruna is the second top scorer of the Argentine First Division with 293  goals. Labruna was also part of the celebrated River Plate offense, nicknamed La Máquina (The Machine), and he was considered one of the best South-American footballers of his generation.  He played 37 matches for Argentina, scoring 17 goals. He also won two South American Championships (1946 and 1955) and as a nearly 40-year-old he played in the final phase of 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.
Ángel Labruna 

Players Pool
Antonio Roma, Jorge Griffa, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio,
José Varacka, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial, Bruno Pesaola, Francisco Lojacono, Ernesto Cucchiaroni.

Squad Explanation
-- I do not believe the additional of better players would have changed much.  It takes more than just better players to win a World Cup.  This is just a fun blog.
-- As mentioned in the introduction, Argentina won the 1957 South American Championship by beating Brazil and Uruguay by a large margin.  The Brazilian team of 1957 was before the emerge of Pele and Garrincha. However, Didi, Djalma Santos and Zizinho played on that game.
-- In 1958, only 22 players were on the World Cup squads.
-- I add seven European-based players to the 1958 squad, namely Alfredo Di Stéfano, Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo, Humberto Mashi, Rogelio Domínguez, Ernesto Grillo and Miguel Montuori.  They were all big name players in the late 1950's.
-- I drop 7 players from the original team: José Varacka, Norberto Boggio, Julio Musimessi, Eliseo Prado, Norberto Menéndez, Alfredo Rojas, Ludovico Avio.
-- Alfredo Di Stéfano needed no introduction.  In 1958, he was at the peak of his career.  He just won his third European Cups and also the top scorer in that edition.  He was the reigning Ballon d'or winner at the time of the World Cup Finals.  He would have arrived in Sweden at the top of his game. 
-- When Omar Sivori, Antonio Angelillo and Humberto Mashio arrived in Italy, they quickly earned the nickname "The Angels with Dirty Faces" or "Il Trio del la Muerte"(the deadly Trio) for their South American flair, their fearless playing style and clinical finishing. 
-- Juventus paid a world record transfer fee for Omar Sivori in 1957.  He was the South America Player of the Year in 1957.  He immediately established a formidable partnership with John Charles.  In his first year with the club, he brought the scudetto back to Turin.   
-- Antonio Angelillo's second year (1958-59) in Italy would be his best season.  He scored 33 goals in 33 matches. No one managed to match his goal total ever since.   
-- Humberto Mashio had a 100% scoring rate with Argentina.  He scored 12 goals in 12 appearances.  He was top scorer at the 1957 Copa America.  However, he failed to settle down with his first Italian club, Bologna.  He did not become a star until he joined Atalanta in 1960.  I selected him to my 1958 team because of his reputation with the national team in 1957.  Any coach would gamble on such a talented player.
-- Before he moved to Europe, Rogelio Domínguez was voted as the best goalkeeper in South American in 1956 and 1957.  In Europe, he established himself as the starting goalkeeper for Real Madrid, where he won two European Cups.  However, the 1958 team would not be missing him too much.  The starting keeper in 1958 was none other than the great Amadeo Carrizo.  Amadeo Carrizo is ranked the greatest goalkeeper of all-time by IFFHS.
-- From 1951 to 1963, Rogelio Domínguez earned 58 caps while Amadeo Carrizo who was 5 years older only played 20 times between 1954 to 1964.  So Rogelio Domínguez played more for the national team than Carrizo. I do not know the reason why Carrizo was snubbed.  On the 1962-1963 season, the pair would play for the same team with River Plate.  Domínguez was brought into the club to replace the aging Carrizo.  However, Carrizo kept his starting position and Domínguez left after a single season.
-- In the 1950's, only two goalkeepers were selected.  Antonio Roma was on the 1957 Copa America team, but did not make it to the actual 1958 World Cup Finals.  He would become a big idol with Boca Juniors. He was my number one keeper for my Boca Junior All-Time Team.  In 1958, Roma was playing with Ferro Carril Oeste.
-- The backup keeper at the WC Finals was Julio Musimessi. He started for Boca Juniors in 1958. Jorge Griffa was not considered on the 1958 team even through he was playing at home that year.
-- Both Ernesto Grillo and  Miguel Montuori were making impacts in Serie A in 1958.  Grillo would won a Serie A title in the 1958-1959 season.  Montuori helped Fiornetina to reach the 1957 European Cup Final.
-- Nestor Rossi was known as Argentina's greatest defensive midfielder.  He was 33 years old in 1958 on his last year with River Plate. I admitted not knowing his fitness level, but he was on the original team.
--Oreste Corbatta was considered the greatest right wing.  At 22 years of age in 1958, Corbatta was at the prime of his career.  He was the star of the team in the actual World Cup Finals. His goal against Cile in 1957 is sometimes described as Argentina's greatest goal.
-- Angel Labruna at age 39 probably had passed his prime, but I could not leave out this legendary player from La Maquina. 
-- In 1958, there were also several other Argentine of note playing their trade in Europe, namely Ernesto Cucchiaroni, Eduardo Ricagni, Bruno Pesaola, Santiago Vernazza, Héctor Rial and Francisco Lojacono. They were not selected to my team because Argentina had so much talents in 1958.
-- Héctor Rial is a household name in Europe because he was playing with Alfredo Di Stefano's Real Madrid, but I preferred the players whom I selected.  The talents in Argentina were very deep in 1950's.
-- The other national teams could also field better teams. Please see the blog World Cup 1958 Finals Missing Players.

This lineup is unrealistic.  I just put the best eleven players on the field.


  1. excellent blog!I believe they could have win but tactically i don't know, argentina maybe needed another manager..herrera?

  2. i wonder with many world cup scenarios with different team choices..argentina missed so many chances, could have won all..the ww2..and even when argentina won could have won with a possible much better team..maradona bochini/alonso even the 3 in 78 and 86..

  3. What if Argentina 1998 WC team please